Sunday, March 22, 2009

Banjos and Brain surgery

This Nashville musician went to great lengths for his art. Eddie Adcock had brain surgery without any anesthesia, so that doctors could implant electrodes into his brain that would allow him to overcome his hand tremors and play his instrument again. 

Dottie Attie, painter

Dottie Attie is an American painter who uses the modernist grid other paintings from the art historical canon as points of departure, in order to create relevant works with contemporary messages. For example, above she uses John Copley's "Watson and the Shark" and adds text about Copley's life.  Below, Vermeer's influence is evident. 

Below: Dark panel at upper left reads "FATHER ALWAYS SWORE" and on the right "THEY WERE AS DIFFERENT AS APPLES AND ORANGES." 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Saved by Science

Justine Cooper, an Australian photographer, has created a series of large-format photos taken behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History. In the storage area rarely seen by the public, an elephant foot wanders out of a locker, a lizard is frozen in perpetual escape mode in a jar, a t-rex grins, and tiger pelts hang in a closet like so many last season's dresses. 

Unfortunately, I can't make the pictures any larger. If you would like to see a slide show of larger images, please visit or 

The Curious Gaze returns with Tara Donovan

Untitled, 2003. Styrofoam cups, hot glue.

The Curious Gaze is back! And with a fascinating sculptor's work no less!

Tara Donovan is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates naturalistic yet otherworldly sculptures out of commonplace materials such as styrofoam cups, fishing line, and drinking straws. Here are a few images from although it is worth visiting the website because there are too many amazing images to post here. Never has Elmer's Glue and tempered glass seemed so lovely.

Untitled, 2001. Steel pins held together with friction and gravity.

Haze. Plastic drinking straws.

Nebulous, 2002. Scotch tape.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monument Valley in the rain

Straddling the corner of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley lies mostly within the Navajo Nation. The scenery has become iconic thanks to John Ford's westerns and Ansel Adam's photos of the area. The day we visited the valley it was raining sporadically, and the classic reds and golds had become muted, the azure skies dramatic shades of grey. So here is a view not many see of Monument Valley, as it rains only a few times a year. 

Saturday, June 28, 2008

More old and new walls in Montreal

This is a postscript to a note from last month, about the imprints and layers contained in city walls. Someone else also liked the traces of old structures left on new buildings, as seen is this parking lot on rue Saint Xavier in Montreal's Vieux Port neighborhood. Click on the photos to get a clearer view of the bricked-up windows. Across the street in another parking lot is a less intentional roof imprint: