Monday, April 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
One of the things that I miss most about being in Rio de Janeiro or even in the American Northeast is coming across expressions of street art in unexpected places. I love graffiti art and unless I am in Miami I don't seem to see it much around where I recently moved to. Everything here looks either very 1920's Spanish architecture or brand new faux-modern constructions, with very little room for cool art. I don't mean "graffiti vandalism" but just cool public sculptures, inventive murals or even a random graffiti tag around a construction site wall.
I was in awe when I spotted this amazing mural by the train tracks in West Palm beach. This block long warehouse on Clare Avenue was completely camouflaged in eye-popping colors and made me pull over and do some illegal "trespassing" to be able to photograph it all the way around. I actually had to walk along the train tracks in a completely deserted Sunday afternoon and I was just expecting some baseball bat-wielding gang to pop up from behind a dumpster and bash me. There is an antique Chinese art store that stores many of their statues outside as you can see and I was surprised that by simply walking behind the building (though I was not really supposed to) you could have access to them - and no one seems to bother stealing them.
After doing some online research I dug some info here in The NY Times:
"Jorge Pardo, the Los Angeles-based Cuban artist, has painted the largest canvas of his career: the 40,000-square-foot facade of a former warehouse at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach, Fla. The building, below, is a sales office for 550Q, a condominium being built nearby. Mr. Pardo created the mural on a computer and supervised painters from Sole Scenic in Orlando, who finished it this month."
Monday, April 14, 2008
I just happened to drive by past this really eye-catching mural a couple of weeks ago and had to return there yesterday to check it out up close. This on-going project, unfinished as you can see, is the outside wall of West Palm Beach's Armory Art Center and it's a mosaic of ceramic tiles, pottery pieces, mirror shards and found objects.
With over a dozen state of the art studios, more than one hundred course offerings and an annual student population of nearly 3,000, the Armory Art Center is West Palm Beach’s only community art center. Classes are offered in ceramics, jewelry, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
This is just a dyslexic batch of miscellaneous images that I keep collecting online and never quite seem to find the right post to publish them. They just keeping clogging my computer and after looking at them for weeks & weeks in a row it's time to unload them in this ADD format. I tend to be very attracted to certain images and save them as I browse the web for future blog features. I like tongue-in-cheek humour, saturated colors, cute stuff, nostalgia, etc. Feel free to e-mail me images that you think I would like to post here at the blog!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Since moving to a very gentrified area of South Florida I've been missing the great graffiti art that I used to stumble upon on most of Rio de Janeiro's street corners. I like to get my fix by visiting Wooster Collective, a site that is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world. They have the best images of street art, plus cool posts on related gallery openings and features on artist's portfolios as well. Check it out!
Monday, March 17, 2008
These are a few more images of my adventures here in South Florida. I am always on the look-out for cool stuff for the blog and nothing like some celebrity homages to adorn the pages of Little-Pumpkins. I am very drawn to illustration, cartoons, advertising and visual images in general. I love cute icons, mascots, murals and specially when these images try to portray recognizable pop figures. I grouped a few images that caught my eye starting with a (still) pretty looking Britney Spears, followed by a very bad Tom Selleck portrait at an amusement park. Do they really think that the kids that ride those crappy rides will even know who Magnun PI is? Then a Barbarella-looking hybrid of Jane Fonda and once again Britney. Following that is a really good rendition of Pink and Robbie Williams (whom I am a HUGE fan). I am not too sure if the skinny figure in the back is meant to be Michael Jackson or not ( I hope not). At last, a photo of some guy trying to fool us to think that he is the real Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Yeah, right...