Monday, May 22, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good Monday morning from New York.

It's a bit cool and rainy today, but at the weekend the sun was shining and I noticed that some new sculptures have appeared along the median malls along upper Broadway.


This large bronze mother and child sculpture is by Joy Brown and has been installed at the West 71st Street exit of the 72nd Street subway station.


It is possible to find out more about this public art project by having a look at the Broadway Mall Association link here.  The following photo shows the Joy Brown sculpture on the mall at Broadway and 79th Street.  Its curves seem to echo the architecture of the Baptist Church in the background.


I'm still probably spending far too much time trying to keep up with various current event developments, but thought I would share with you a photo of a painting I completed towards the end of the last century.  I am thinking of getting out the oils again this summer when it will be possible to keep my bedroom/studio window open without fear of a pollen attack.  I am posting more photos of old paintings on my Instagram page.


Thank you all for your visits and comments on my prior post with the pictures from the Met exhibit.  I will be getting back there eventually for another look and more photographs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good Thursday morning from New York.

This has already been a tumultuous week in our country.  I have spent many hours indoors, staying away from hay-fever-producing pollen, but instead following developments on the political, governmental front.  

The pace of various investigations seems to be quickening, even though the President has fired the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Russian governmental officials met with the President in the Oval Office of the White House yesterday.  American press members were not allowed to take photographs.  Tass was allowed to take photographs.

On Tuesday, I did escape my apartment.  I met a friend at The Metropolitan of Art to view a fabulous new exhibit honoring the Comme des Garcons designs of Rei Kawakubo.  You all may enjoy viewing the link in the previous sentence.  I will also share with you some of the photographs that I took while touring the exhibit.


The exhibition designers have created a set of bright white stages and "fitting rooms" that are starkly lit to allow viewers to see many details.


The groups of mannequins sometimes show designs from differing collections.


In many instances, it is possible to have a very close up view, allowing one to examine the tailoring and materials.


Lots of creativity has been used in creating the head dresses, too.


Many of the black garments reveal to the viewer that they are not completely constructed from one shade of black.  Black can have a cool blue tone, or a warmer brown tone.


Some of the garments might not be what one would choose to wear, and yet in some cases, a particular garment might be very wearable.


I do plan to visit this exhibit several more times and only present a small sampling here of what I saw on Tuesday.


It will be interesting to see if the exhibit draws crowds as the weeks go by.  On Tuesday, it was fun to see that some of the visitors were also dressed in very interesting ways.


I am hoping that some of you who see these photographs might also be able to visit the exhibit.


Over on my Instagram page you will also be able to see a short video I made at this exhibit.

Thank you all for your visits and comments.  Now, I will turn my attention back to watching Senate hearings and working on my current Intrelac knitting project.