Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Walking around the Lower East Side

fence on median park

water tower shadow projected onto blank billboard

There was a lot to see and a lot to forget. Mary Heilman's 1970s doors were exciting, as was the shadow of a water tower on a blank billboard.

Elizabeth Peyton made me want to vomit. Everyone who knows me know I have my impolitic moments, usually at parties, but sometimes in the ether. This may be one of them, but I doubt she's one of my readers. Way back when I was moved by the Kurt Cobain show. It seemed to capture the smallness of being a fan. Also I was 24 and a bereft Nirvana fan myself. But by now smallness doesn't even begin to describe the scope of this project. Which honestly seems to be just to make a marketable brand, and to excuse it by piggybacking on other marketable brands.

Art should be more.

But it was a gorgeous day.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

President Barack Obama

Fall in New York

Some balcony Sukkahs in Satmar Williamsburg

Brooklyn Botanic Garden drain

Autumn in New York, both above and below. Happy Sukkot everyone!


The pedestrian sidewalk on the Manhattan Bridge, seen from the Q

It seems it's not conventional to introduce, but to dive right in seems too abrupt. I'll try to avoid over-explication, so this doesn't end up reading like the pilot of a long-running series. But if I wasn't chatty, I wouldn't be starting a blog.

So. This is an open sketchbook. It's about sidewalks, and things on the sidewalk. About cities -- especially New York City -- and public space and personal space and how it's not easy being green. It's not an eco-art blog, but rather an art blog with urban and eco leanings.

Or at least that's what I think it is. What it really is, dear reader, we will have to wait and see.