Saturday, September 13, 2014

Burwell House - revisited 9/2014

I stopped by the Burwell House and crept around. It was a windy 50 something and the walkways creaked. I was alone - well pretty-near. A young couple came out o the barn area and I suspect romantic activities preceded. I hope so. The grounds looked lovely, and Minnehaha Creek was flowing at a brisk pace, considering.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hidden Excelsior

This sign is slightly out of sight in Excelsior Commons. It doesn't stop me from being grouchy, but it reminds me of the time when I am. I turn and spy this old Excelsior Amusement Park sign - watching me. Amusement clown (old Excelsior Amusement Park Sign)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Minnehaha Steamer Under Glass


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The COV, Wayzata

Sunsets' gone.... Cov Sunsets is now The Cov. I don’t know how to insert the line above the O in COV on my keyboard, but there is one in their name. The interior is elegant white, with a nautical theme. The staff is young and good looking. New; Island bar. We only dined there once, and it takes more than one time to get the picture. I asserted myself, and we took a table with a view of "the lake". Very nice. A train rumbled by as we dined, and as a trainspotter I was happy with that. Cov lights

Monday, September 01, 2014

Snapper Crossing

I have seen the "Turtle Crossing" signs many times. Now there is another, more specific sign.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Galpin Lake, Excelsior

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shorewood Welded Whimsey

"Whimsey" might be a weak word to describe these heavy duty welded wonders. Artist Gary Berry, a neighbor, welds these fantastic creatures at home. He tell me he has many more.... I pulled around the final corner on my way home only to be greeted by a gigantic black figure with arms above his head in a menacing manner. I was surprised, then laughed as I passed the welded metal menace. No question that Gary’s own large frame is reflected in this work, which stands over 9 feet tall. His Golden Canine (I do no know the names of the pieces so this must suffice) weighs about 600lbs., but doesn't eat much! Gary talks about these works very affectionately, and has a somewhat paternal relationship with them. Not unusual in the arts, and certainly not in the sculptural arena. They have a presence.

Apple Day Approaches....

Friday, August 22, 2014

An Incident on 394

The song on the radio was very appropriate; "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues", Perhaps a call-in. This was perhaps a call out. Speeds had dropped and I rolled by and took a couple photo. Callous. Not really, just life in the city. He wore a short sleeved white shirt and dark slacks. Late 40s. Dark hair combed back.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trainspotting is fine art

I have given some consideration and thought to these box car artists. I have taken interest in street graffiti, but only in a jaded manner. Most street graffiti has its own tired rhetoric and disregard. Railroad Car Art interests me more. It travels. The romance of the rail. The fact that I have been harassed while taking photos.... photos of art that in many cases must have taken hours to create. I can relate. The defacing of property- well that is a problem. More later on the moving canvas.

Monday, August 18, 2014

“Sails” sculpture in the Excelsior Commons

I was taught art criticism by Leon Golub. He was the master of the objective analysis of art. Formalstic - at least to start. (His art was not objective but social) For me, In the end I have done no formal art criticism. Here we go: The Katherine Nash piece “Sails” is an 1980s sculpture of welded brushed metal, steel I believe. Simple, abstract pieces were very common in the late 70s and early 80s, to my recollection. - They came from the large following of minimalist sculpture of the time. “Sails” is a series of triangles connected to create a 3 level stack of pyramids. The cold grey color and brushed metal quality lend a water-like shimmer to a contrasting hard metal structure. The two concepts at first seem at odds. I think they are, but the shapes do echo sails, and the colors, water, enough to make a connection. Perhaps at this point one might consider the timeless enduring qualities of water and the transciency of metal. The contrasting materials then make a deeper statement.

Crow, Excelsior Bay

I will begin this week with a crow. Later I will post an analysis of a sculpture in the Excelsior Commons. Analysis will be according to the style of my mentor, artist and art critic Leon Gollub. "y'know!"