Category Archives: Art

Airport Art

I once again found myself sitting in the airport, waiting to get back home.   But this airport at least had some interesting art that celebrated the region.

The airport had some contemporary art right at the top of the escalators on this terminal.   And as this was contemporary art, it needed the label “airport art”, otherwise one might wonder what it was and why it was in the glass case.

As I mentioned, they had a bit of art that celebrated local deities celebrities or somehow notable persons.   This is Robert Johnson, the renowned delta blues guitarist from Mississippi.

More Southern icons from left to right (not a comment on their politics):  Hank Williams, a country singer/songwriter from Alabama, Elvis Presley, a singer from Mississippi, Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer from New Orleans, and Olivier Hardy, film comedian from near Augusta, Georgia.   The dude whose picture hangs below is former president Woodrow Wilson who also lived in Augusta, Georgia for a spell.

This bit of art had some identifiable faces as well as a couple of mystery folks (I suppose I could have looked for a sign).    Patsy Cline, country singer from Virginia, and ‘Tennessee’ Ernie Ford, country singer from of all places, Tennessee.  The people in the middle were the mystery, I don’t recognize the woman and the man is possibly Ike Turner, a musician from Mississippi.   Dr. Martin Luther King was a minister from Georgia, and Ty Cobb, a baseball player also from Georgia.  Hanging below the rest is Jackie Robinson, a baseball player from Cairo, Georgia.

The circular portraits are set inside a notched automobile inner tube, which is a popular way to make a planter in the yard for one’s posies.   So I suppose that the artist wanted us to know these persons were all grown in the South.  Maybe.

 


 

Gallery people

I hadn’t been out much because of the weather.   I saw a listing in the newspaper (yes I still read a physical newspaper, digital is just not the same) for a gallery opening, and most importantly, it said “free”.   So off I went and miraculously found a place to park as well.

The most interesting part to me was that it was full of hipsters.  One doesn’t see  these walking around very much, at least not at the sort of place I frequent.

This is the tarot card reader telling the fortune of this young man (you will graduate from college someday, and get a job)  She was wearing this stylish black jumpsuit and some wicked looking high heels, not the sort of thing you see everyday.

The reason that there was a tarot card reader was because that was what the exhibit was about.   Someone got the idea to make  “black power” tarot cards.  I’m not sure how this is different from any other tarot, but the artists did get to show their work and probably got paid as well.

There was an experimental (plot-less) film showing on one wall and I heard the term “white privilege” bandied about.  I could tell who the filmmaker was, he was the man wearing a scarf  casually wound around his neck (not pictured unfortunately).

One of the artists.

There was the usual sort of swill to drink, by which I mean delicious Bulgarian wine.   They had a sign to indicate that one needed to show proof of age to be able to imbibe, but they forgot to ask me for some reason. 😉  And of course there must be some sort of nibbles to go along with event.   There were roasted beet appetizers and this lovely cake, the shadow is me, just drifting through this event.

New Art

Well it’s not anything I’m making, I remain quite short on inspiration, but I do buy the occasional bit of art to put on my walls.  And as it is that time of year with craft shows there has been the opportunity to add a few things to my walls (although I admit that none of these has been framed or put up yet).

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This came from the same Japanese festival as the obi in the living room.   It is a 3 dimensional fabric piece made using old kimono fabric.  I don’t really have a need for it, but I loved how darn cute it was.  And you know how I love textiles.

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I saw this photo at a craft fair at the college this past weekend.   I was in a crabby mood and did not want to buy anything, I just walked around for a while, feeling crabby.    But I kept thinking about this fox, so I had to go back the next day and buy it.  I have bought art from the photographer before.   She is an older woman (that means she is older than me 😉 which makes her ancient) and she takes amazing wildlife pictures.

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Here’s another look at little boy, her backyard fox.   He has quite soulful eyes, he was much more interesting than the other fox she photographed.   (I used to have a little fox that lived up the hill, but he disappeared one day 🙁 so now we are over-run with rabbits).

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I liked this photo of two Sandhill cranes.They are perfectly lined up so it looks like a three winged bird at first glance.

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This tiny piece of art is a refrigerator magnet.   A friend gave them out at a party and I like the sentiment.  And unlike the other bits of art, this one is hanging ;-).

 

 

 

Art

I’m completely out of inspiration, so here are some pictures of old art that hangs in my living room.

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I still like this piece and the jungle fabric that I used in it.   It sits behind a burgundy wing chair which is the perfect place for it.

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This piece was made for a show, the theme was “Jazz”, so I did some improvisational piecing in it.   Then I quilted it in a riff on traditional quilting.   It doesn’t show in the photo, but the black fabric is iridescent, and the quilting is done with different colors of shiny thread.   I did win 1st place in Professional Quilting sponsored by my quilting machine company and this quilt hung in their booth at the giant quilt festival in Houston.  It was the third quilt in a series based on this same idea.

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This is an ancient piece, it was probably the 6th or 7th quilt I ever made.  I was just showing off my technique.

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I think I made this quilt in about 1985.   Back then it was hard to find all the different solid color cotton fabrics, and as it has aged the fabrics are fading at a differential rate.  I think this has made it more interesting.

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This one is obviously not made by me, and it is the newest thing (sort of) in the room.   It is a vintage obi and I bought it back in October at the annual Japanese festival.   I thought it would just fit a narrow space and look good hanging there.  I guess all of this shows how much I love textiles.

It started with cows

The first project of this sort that I am aware of (no doubt there are others) was the Cow Parade.   Someone or some organization had the idea of making fiberglass cows and giving these to artists to decorate as they chose.   They first appeared in Europe, but when they were in Chicago it was a huge boon to the tourist industry to have all these wonderful, brightly colored cows out on the street.  And then I think they raffled or sold off the herd.

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I’m not sure if this rather drably painted cow is from the cow parade, but I can’t imagine why else the local liberal arts (emphasis on liberal) college would have this in front of a building.   Our very own town cow, the only one left in the city limits.

No doubt inspired by the Cow Parade, some local organization sponsors butterflies, which are painted up by local artists and then sold to promote whatever worthy cause they adopted.

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There are a bunch of these located nearby, and Miss P and I spotted these on a walk.

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This one is downtown by some lawyer’s office.

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This one is outside of one of our favorite restaurants.  Miss P loves to go there for the steak and fries or the freshly made sausages.

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This is my absolutely favorite butterfly.

Downtown today

It’s Sunday again, so of course that means we have to drag ourselves downtown in search of the world’s most delicious sausage rolls.   The weather has turned hot so it is more like one would expect from summer.   So we tried to go fairly early, both so we could find a place to park and to beat the heat.   And of course to find something of interest to photograph.   This is what caught my eye today.

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I like some bad habits, especially those involving food (yes I am talking about bacon, lots of bacon).   I wasn’t sure what was on offer.

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She doesn’t ever say much about being hungry, but when she is bored she selects items from the trash that need to be chewed into multiple tiny bits and then proceeds with the plan.

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This bit sticks out from the building behind it, and it seems to be quite the magnet for stickers of bands and hipster products.

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The circus is coming to town, only instead of elephants it has cats!  Yes cats, those famously independent creatures have apparently been trained to do tricks.  This might be worth seeing, just for the novelty of it.

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It’s nice to know that ” it’s going to be o.k.”. There is always a lot of strife in the world, but I felt much better after seeing this sign.   We’ll see if it’s true.

 

graffiti

Today was a photography day with the photography dude from Colorado College.  Once a month we meet downtown with a theme for the day and a mandate to take a limited number of pictures on said theme.   Today we met in front of the comic book shop and I actually found a place to park.   About 15 people showed up today, more than usual.  But then it was a nice day, with no new  snow, unlike Saturday last!   So our goal today was to walk around the streets and alleys of our little downtown area and think about color.   I was ready for taking photos of the graffiti .

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Not actually graffiti, this is a wall poster advertising a local beer:  Laughing Lab.   M always said he knew why this Labrador was laughing.

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Further down the alley I spotted this building.

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Although it sort of looks like real graffiti, it was purpose painted with these designs that wrap around the building.   Inside is a hair salon and I certainly hope that they do trendy things in there.

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I always find parking garages to be  creepy places and I only use them as a last resort.

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Who is the mad tagger, putting their mark all along the alleyway.   Why it’s me!

 

 

Shadows

It was the monthly free day at our local museum, so of course I went on down there, because I like inspiration and I am a cheap bastard thrifty sort.   But it was the same show as last month, so I decided to look at the art in a different way.    One way that you can tell that a piece of art is important is by the way it’s displayed.  It’s on a pedestal and has lighting to illuminate it just so.   What I got interested in was the way this fancy lighting cast interesting shadows behind some pieces.

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Multiple images like the sort of thing that Andy Warhol did, and totally ephemeral.

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And you might wonder what the original looked like.

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Large pieces have a big shadow.

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Bird, angel or monster?   (I forget).

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This reminds me that I need a tiara.

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Along with the ghostly presence of shadows, we need the spectral image of a reflection in the glass.

 

Santos

There was a recent free day at the local art museum, so I trotted on down there.   (St. Louis has a wonderful art museum and it’s free, so I am against paying to see art, but that’s just me.)   This museum has a focus on Native American and Hispanic art, but also shows  whatever else they can find to flog as art.    Their collection includes an entire family chapel that they moved from northern New Mexico, which is currently not on display, but they were having an exhibition of Santos (Saints) that included both ancient and new works in the traditional style.

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This one is modern, it seems to be skillfully made and has a nice composition

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A very traditional grouping that is probably a copy of an earlier work.

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Old and new.

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Very traditional.

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It’s kind of unfortunate that some churches sold off their art, they no doubt replaced it with something more of the moment.   These original pieces were made with love and devotion and show the influence of the maker’s hand.  And they are art as well.

Traces

This town has had many health seekers searching for a cure to their tuberculosis.   And some were actually cured, but then again, some were not.   Among the people who came for the cure in 1902 was Artus Van Briggle.  He was a Paris trained ceramacist who had developed a distinctive matte glaze formula for his pottery.   He won several prestigious international competitions, but unfortunately succumbed to his condition in 1904.   However, his missus stayed on and continued the business and left us with this splendid building.

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It’s the ultimate elf house (okay, so I admit I would love to be an elf, or even a hobbit but I am rather tall for this).

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The details are so gorgeous!

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Like this lovely cat that guards the building.

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Or a gargoyle.   Every building should be required to have a gargoyle.

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And the building is mostly unchanged since it was built.

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The business was sold several times over the years and eventually moved out of the gorgeous little building.  The Arts and Crafts movement was over, but as we have a plentiful supply of tourists, the market for this pottery continued.   I think we bought the large bowl for my mother-in-law, and I recall buying the bud vase for myself some years ago.   The pottery finally closed several years back, but I have heard a rumor that someone is planning on starting up again this summer as we still have a plentiful supply of tourists.