I made it back to Salt Lake over the holiday. The last couple of times that I have visited family there, I made it a point to drag along the Polaroid Landcamera 230. I found a place locally that sells Fuji FP3000B, so that I don’t have to worry about the x-ray machine fogging up my film at the airport. The snap above is one of my favorites from the latest excursion out west. It is a my most recent nephew sitting on my old man’s lap at a college football game.
Sunday, I took a ride to Storm King. It was the second time that I had been, this fall. The first– was when my sister and brother-in-law were visiting. I wasn’t thinking straight and forgot my camera that time. Sunday, I remembered to bring it. Even though the leaves are now much past prime, they actually kind of complimented the foggy drizzle. These are a couple of snaps from the visit.
Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson have teamed up to create a super cool (imo) interactive piece of art on the web. I think that the artists are as interesting as the piece itself. GQ has a pretty amazing article about Ai, that ran a couple of years ago when he was released by the Chinese government, after being detained for several months. Olafur, is the guy who created the waterfall installations under the Brooklyn Bridge a couple of years ago.
Anyway, the “Moon” collaboration allows individuals to register for the site, then leave their mark on the moon via mouse or touch pad. It is like a giant virtual collaborative etch-a-sketch. Here is how they describe the project–
The instant a touch is made, things are set in motion. Make a drawing to reach out and be touched. Drawing together we are drawn together. This is how we make a difference in the world, on micro and macro levels, individually and collectively. Touch the moon by drawing on it – a vision, doodle, statement, a greeting, thought. . . your drawing is a hinge between you, everyone else, and the universe.
By connecting in spaces for imagination – by determining what to share and how to share it – we can create a greater outcome. Through messages and non-verbal communication, in a language unique to each person, the collective work becomes a testament to personal freedom, creativity, and activity.
Celebrate with us the gathering of creative powers from around the globe to mark the passage from nothing to something and from thinking into doing. Savour this moment of transformation. Leave your fingerprint and see the shared moon grow as others reach out too. Let’s show the world that together our marks matter. Creativity defies boundaries.
Here is one of the marks that I made (so far) 😉
I mean, the rain room at the MoMa was pretty cool. But check out this installation titled “Advection” in Germany by Robert Seidel. I came across the video last week on Core 77, who describe it as “a two-channel video projection displayed on a water fountain and pond in Bad Rothenfelde, Germany.” Similar to the rain room, Seidel’s installation interacts with the individual observing. According to Core 77, “the reflections from the resting water and the shadows from passersby add an additional layer of interactive visuals past the planned digital image. The end product is an ethereal mix of music, digital projection art and fantasy.” Watch the video below to see it in action–
I mentioned the other day that Banksy had taken down a Hot Tea piece in the LES, to make way for his installation on Ludlow. Apparently Hot Tea wasn’t too upset about it (or maybe even gave permission), based on this new work that I spotted on East 4th, the other night. Apologies for the crappy night time iPhone shot.
Downtown NYC has a pretty exciting (IMO) piece of new architecture that opened up last week. It is underground. Despite what Banksy may think of 1 WTC (which I think is kinda stupid, and I’m kinda glad that BOTI is over), the beauty lies beneath. I first walked through the newly opened concourse the day that it opened. I was so impressed that I had to go back with a real camera to document. The tunnel connects World Financial Center to the PATH station at WTC. You can enter at both WFC and just outside of Seven World Trade. More looks–
Some really good new stuff has gone up in the city in the past week. I took the opportunity yesterday to snap some of it. One of my favorites, is the Invader piece above. I also included a shot of the finished Hurricane Sandy tribute piece below, for which Swoon contributed the central figure.
And…. some additional invader pieces.
The funny part about this, is that I walked right past this spot an hour before when I was snapping the new Swoon piece down the block. Anyway, here is a view from across Houston Street, of Banksy’s Reaper installation. Since I had my cam with me, I shot this quick vid. When we first started observing, the reaper in the bumper car was driving to the soundtrack of a live accordion player. Then, smoke machines went on, and so did the track “baby don’t fear the reaper.” That is the segment in the video below.
With only a week left in the month of October, and after yesterday’s efforts were apparently thwarted by “police activity,” Banksy put up this gem today. It is definitely my favorite, to date, from the “Better Out Than In” campaign that the artist has been waging on the City of New York. Not only is it a beautiful piece, but the context is everything. It is located on one of the roll up doors at Larry Flint’s Hustler Club.
Swoon is currently working on a Hurricane Sandy themed mural, on the famous Houston and Bowery. She is one of my all time faves. Photo courtesy of Animal.
I got this idea from a friend a few years ago. When I use the cam on my phone, I tend to snap 5-10 frames. So when I lumped all of them into a video, it came out like a flip book or stop motion. This vid is actually a bit over a year worth of images from my phone. Each image appears for .3 of a second, yet still comes out on the long side of 10 mins. Anyway, this is probably the most personal thing that I have posted since Jan or Feb of 2012. So, try not leave any hate comments.
I’m seriously digging this new piece in Austria by Bezt (from Etam Cru). Especially, I love the subtlety of the fish.
In other news, Banksy put up a pretty dramatic piece in the LES today. It is my favorite so far, from his ‘better out than in’ campaign. The funny part is that he took down a Hot Tea piece that used to be on that gate. What is also funny, is that I snapped a photo in that same alley earlier this year.
So, everyone has probably heard now that Banksy is in town. I wasn’t able to see this piece that went up yesterday. It was buffed pretty quickly. Actually, Animal has the full story. Anyway, the piece above went up this morning about 5 blocks away, and I was able to snap these images. I’m excited to see what he has lined up next for the “Better out than in” campaign.