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!"

Friday, August 15, 2014

Carson's Bay 8-14-2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grays Bay revisited.

I visited Gray’s Bay briefly. The sun rose behind the boat, making a photo of the boat.... well, pretty unlikely. I was trying out a camera I purchased a few years back but never used. When I discovered my “old favorite” still had more digits left, I put the “new” one in the closet for later reference. That time has come. Digitals cameras are not forever, and having a reserve is reassuring. The literature box is obscured by the foliage. I pulled the stalks back. Summer rules. Not so this year. Summer has been very hard to find.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Apple Days in Excelsior (September)

The tradition of Apple Days continues this weekend. LATER: Oooos! A brief review of my Event Calender informs me that Apple Days is on Saturday, September 20th. I have to get higher power reading glasses.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tonka Cruiser Car Club. A Weekend Car Show, Excelsior

A neighbor of mine is the organizer. Another couple are regular participants. They sat and talked. They told me engine details and part numbers. They explained aircraft engine timing. They grew up with cars and grease on their pants. I confess I didn't have much to offer. I was told that the Studebaker didn't have any chrome, all the exterior bumpers and "chrome" were made of stainless steel. That I could understand. The tork and camshafts and 12 cylinder Jaguar timing, not so much.
The top end speed, 100.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Oars up, Carson's Bay at 7:45pm

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Catch the Fizz

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sitting On Top of the World

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The sunny Tour De Tonka

They got a late start! These two riders were hastily trying to close ground. I arrived late to capture a few photos of "The Tour". The riders I caught were just coming off the final climb on Market Road. Shorewood. A little sun stressed, they cheerfully cruising toward the finish.