Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Neighborhood!!!!!

You know you live in a strange place when this is how they they set up the pedestrian signage. Not so pedestrian, eh?

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Coney Island Film Festival

Yeah, It was a blast. Especially opening night, enthusiastic screeners, side show, burlesque and more. My brother came up from D.C.and...we really enjoyed the other films especially the ones about Coney Island itself. One film about neophyte fire eaters made us think we should try it ourselves, there's always the side show school...or maybe not.




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Up Coming, Two Events!!














Two Events!!

#1

My film, Gizmo Kaleidoscope, is showing on Sunday 2 p.m. at the Coney Island Film Festival as part of Program 13. It should be a nice day for the boardwalk, the beach, some knishes or dogs and a film.

Hope to see you there.

#2

I'll be speaking about the creative process at the B&H Event Space in October
Susan Shaw: Grist for the Mill
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

AND...voting is still open for the my project, Videos on Broadway in Pepsi Refresh Project. Please click and vote every day. Thank you!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Road kill...it's that kind of a day




Now might a similar artwork consist of snotty dealers, mean curators and grandstanders? Hmmm...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pepsi Refresh Reminder - Please vote!



I'm very excited to be asking your support by voting online for a new project of mine, Videos on Broadway. We're finalists in the Pepsi Refresh Project, and we stand to get significant funding if we receive lots of daily votes by September 30.

The way it works is every day you get 10 votes to help 10 organizations. Just go to this url: http://www.refresheverything.com/videosonbroadway or from your cell phone: Text 102152 to Pepsi (73774) (standard rates apply) or start off or post elsewhere with the Pepsiwidget below.

The first time you'll have to register, it takes two or three minutes. After that you can vote in seconds. Just keep on voting for us every day, and we'll be funded and you can use your other daily votes to help some other good causes.

We already have a starter grant from the Puffin Foundation, and we've run a prototype with great success (see details below). With Pepsi we can make Videos on Broadway a regular event.

If the project looks like something you'd really like to support, try to vote for it every day from here until the end of September. We really stand a good chance!

For more on the project itself, including video, go to: www.videosonbroadway.com

We are incredibly excited about this opportunity, and we hope that, thanks to your voting and the grant from Pepsi, we can present videos from all over the world to the sidewalk-walking public from our storefront window at Union Square for many months to come.

And of course, for all you video artists out there...remember we have an OPEN CALL to participate in our projections.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Still Lives




Here are some of Kurt's images of a dysfunctional family that call to mind the photographs of Bernard Faucon. The human obsession with the humanoid is always interesting. When poking around for this entry I discovered a whole site devoted to manikin photography, Fantomatik. And not to think this is too strange a current exhibition, The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, has an entire room dedicated to these issues/obsessions.

Remember OPEN CALL for Videos on Broadway.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Two planets...you know what they are...

Many times Kurt and I independently photograph the same things. Recent examples:





Remember OPEN CALL for Videos on Broadway.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Pepsi Refresh Project — Good News for Videos on Broadway



I'm very excited to be asking your support by voting online for a new project of mine, Videos on Broadway. We're finalists in the Pepsi Refresh Project, and we stand to get significant funding if we receive lots of daily votes by September 30.

The way it works is every day you get 10 votes to help 10 organizations. Just go to this url: http://www.refresheverything.com/videosonbroadway or from your cell phone: Text 102152 to Pepsi (73774) (standard rates apply) or start off or post elsewhere with the Pepsiwidget below.

The first time you'll have to register, it takes two or three minutes. After that you can vote in seconds. Just keep on voting for us every day, and we'll be funded and you can use your other daily votes to help some other good causes.

We already have a starter grant from the Puffin Foundation, and we've run a prototype with great success (see details below). With Pepsi we can make Videos on Broadway a regular event.

If the project looks like something you'd really like to support, try to vote for it every day from here until the end of September. We really stand a good chance!

For more on the project itself, including video, go to: www.videosonbroadway.com

We are incredibly excited about this opportunity, and we hope that, thanks to your voting and the grant from Pepsi, we can present videos from all over the world to the sidewalk-walking public from our storefront window at Union Square for many months to come.

And of course, for all you video artists out there...remember we have an OPEN CALL to participate in our projections.

Patterning








Just went to the Charles Burchfield show at the Whitney. Interestingly, at one time Burchfield worked as a designer at a wallpaper factory in Buffalo, New York, using his fascination with nature in the service of home decoration.

His wallpaper reminded me of a subway train I saw earlier this year. The whole train exterior had been patterned to advertise Target. It was slick and beautiful. Imagine if artists and surface designers were asked to do all the trains. What a phantasmagoria that would be.

Here's a blog I came across that features some stellar surface designers.

Remember OPEN CALL for Videos on Broadway.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Girl Who...




In these last warm days, I've been going out to see the Yankees a lot. In fact, I'm going tonight. At the game, my baseball buddies throw statistics and player stories back and forth. I have my particular favorite. If you want to stump most fans ask them if they know the name of Jackie Mitchell.

In 1931, the New York Yankees stopped in Chattanooga for an exhibition game. It was a huge event due to the appearance of "Murderers Row". Fans, reporters and photographers all turned up. Jackie Mitchell stepped up on to the mound to face the first batter, the "Sultan of Swat," Babe Ruth! A neophyte player with only 1 pitch, a "sinker," Mitchell used it to good effect. Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Ruth was especially angry at the strike out and threw his bat around etc.

The next day Baseball Commissioner Landis banned Miller from playing pro ball. It was big news in the New York Times even back then in 1931. Why did all this happen? Because Jackie Mitchell was female.

Jackie continued her career anyway, pitching in exhibition games and in 1933, she signed on with the House of David, who were characterized by long hair and beards. Mitchell stayed with them until 1937, but eventually became disenchanted. Who wants to play an inning while pitching on the back of a donkey? She quit at the age of 23.

She's my baseball hero. Now where's my Jackie Mitchell baseball card?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Francoise Gilot



Thinking back to good things about last year. I saw the artist who started me on my artistic path at the age of twelve, Francoise Gilot.Here I am at Francoise Gilot's opening at BLT Gallery. Below is one of her gorgeous monotypes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Just the Way You Like It..

These are two snaps from a trip to Rehoboth. I like the color and mystery in both, especially in the one of Kurt.




Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Art as Sharp as a Pencil!



Dalton Getty turns ordinary pencils into miniature sculptures. Working slowly sometimes an individual sculpture taking 2 and a 1/2 years.He uses only a blade, a sewing needle and very bright light.

In the fast moving internet age, these hark back to kinder simpler times.

And lest you think that there is not a pencil carving world out there...

Remember OPEN CALL for Videos on Broadway.