Friday, July 30, 2010
I've been going to Neighborhood Barber for years. Ben has consistently made me look good. They are also one of the least expensive ways to look better in NYC almost instantly at only $14 a cut. Afterwards, go to the Ukrainian Home for some kasha, latkes, or borsht to keep in the Soviet spirit.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
George is keeping an eye on the shenanigans of Wall Street from his perch across the street at Federal Hall. The park ranger behind him is also watching. This is where Washington took the oath to be our first President. Our first Congress and Supreme Court was in this building also.
Posted by Herbert Hoover at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
CUNY tore down my old studio and put up lots of I-beams. They've also put a Target, a Best Buy, and a Costco in that neighborhood. This is the way it goes for artists. Inhabit a forgotten neighborhood, enhance it and get summarily kicked out of it once the properties become more desirable.
This is me in my old studio photographed by Clark Whittington of Art-O-Mat on one of his sorties to New York City.
Posted by Herbert Hoover at 1:41 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Marty Walsh owns Trifecta Gallery, at the Arts District, in Las Vegas and she's also the artist for the portrait of the parents. Note the canvas parent crackers are Mom Saltine and Daddy Keebler. Baby Pewter looks just like her mother!
Name: James and Joy Lane
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Cracker tracker has had moose before. But somehow this moose is different - being both Canadian and an homage to John Deere. John Deere was a blacksmith who escaped creditors by moving to Illinois. The local cast iron plows were no match for the hard soil of the area - the plows were the same technology used since the Chinese first cast iron plows in 233 BC. The cracker is cast in pewter using a similar gravity casting technique.
Deere wanted to improve on the 2000-year-old process and remembered polishing and sharpening needles for a tailor when he was a kid, so he developed a polished, sharpened steel-bladed plow. It became "The Plow that Broke the Plains" perhaps directly responsible for the dust bowl that ravished the area within 100 years - agricultural reform only happened when the dust reached Washington during the Senate's agricultural reform debate.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
William Seward was the 12th Governor of New York, a United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State. He is perhaps best known for purchasing Alaska from Russia - a move ridiculed by most until the gold and oil booms. It is unsurprising that this collector found statues of Seward in both states. The top picture with Seward reaching out for the cracker is from Madison Square Park in New York. It honors his work as a statesman and outspoken abolitionist.
She felt that the bottom Seward didn't deserve a cracker. This Seward tops a totem pole in Ketchikan, AK at the Saxman Native Village. This is a totem pole to shame Seward (red ears indicate the statue is of someone being shamed). His disgrace was based on being a guest at a potlatch and not returning the favor. (He received five boat loads of gifts including totem poles and canoes - that certainly deserves more than a thank you note).
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Charles, Zach, and Dave had a lovely roof party on Independence Eve. Once the sun descended, there were early fireworks all around the horizon. Put that together with the smell of turkey burgers, cow patties, and weiners on the grill, and you've got a perfect Brooklyn night.
That's the Empire State poking up in the top right. I used to live 3 blocks away, so it was always like seeing my house on the horizon. I secretly wondered if I'd be the protagonist from Cat's Cradle living in the dystopian future lobby of the Umpire Snake Bldg if everything went kerflewy (in that sci-fi way).
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Invader, the French graffiti artist has pasted up in Chelsea again. The sneakers belong to an older gentleman tourist who was a bit nervous about being in New York. He asked if the tile work lead to a buried treasure or something.
There are "invasion maps" of some of the tiles for different cities available on Invader's website. He's hit about 40 cities world wide.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Back in 1902, when we still thought the moon was made of gorgonzola, Georges Méliès made a Jules Verne novel into the first Sci-Fi Blockbuster, A Trip To The Moon. Someone in Chelsea liked the movie enough to make an homage on their front gate to the famous scene of the moon getting Apollo 11 in the eye.
I looked at the National Air and Space Museum when we were there last (for Obama's inauguration) and didn't see any cheese on display, so I guess that settles it. No cheese on the moon.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
. . . and all you've got is a lock on your front door.
This amazing sculpture was surrounded by iron spider webs on all the windows instead of the usual bars that make Manhattan ground floor apartments feel like jail cells.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The giant 4 toed foot of the Egyptian goddess Taweret that featured prominently in the final season of Lost was discovered on 81st street near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met's Egyptian collection is amazing. I don't go often enough.
We just saw the Tutankhamun exhibit here in New York. Tut's at the Met too. . . And in Denver. Tut fever is spreading his collection around. It was touring back when we were kids, but hasn't been in New York for 30 years. I guess when you're immortal, 30 years isn't so long, but I'll bet Tut is going to have a hard time finding some of his old haunts.