More New York Lines
Here’s my entry to Becky’s lines and squares challenge Oct. 16.
Lines to keep us in
Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 15.
I was told by one of the ‘natives’ the lines, or nets if you will, were put in place to avoid people jumping.
She quite clearly wasn’t a fan of Rudy Giuliani’s policies: ‘if you don’t know how to tackle the real reasons, it’s safest for your re-election to tackle the symptoms.’
Andy Warhol’s lines
Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 14, which is sparked by Victoria C. Slotto’s post Warhol-Pop Art in Words. A wonderful explanation and tribute to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century (he’s up there with Edward Hopper and Tamara de Lempicka). Of these three, he’s truly the one who democratized art. Mostly just by idolizing ‘household brands’.
The Whitney Museum of Modern Arts wrote the following on the this piece:
Green Coca-Cola Bottles was created the year that Andy Warhol developed his pioneering silkscreen technique, which allowed him to produce his paintings through a mechanical process that paralleled his use of mass culture subjects. Here, the image of a single Coca-Cola bottle is repeated in regular rows, seven high by sixteen across, above the company’s logo. The repetitive imagery and standardized format evokes the look of mechanical reproduction, but the black outlines were probably stamped by hand from a single carved woodblock onto green areas printed in a grid pattern. This engenders subtle differences in the work’s pattern; each of the bottles differs in both the evenness of the green underpainting and in the clarity of its stamped profile. The bottles are also often slightly askew, disturbing the overall regularity of the grid and making them appear simultaneously handmade and individualized, streamlined and mass-produced. In his deadpan and ironic way, Warhol at once criticized and glorified the consumerist idols and surface values of America’s media-saturated postwar culture. “A Coke is a Coke,” he explained, “and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”
Lines under my feet
Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 13.
I took this shot of a rather confusing line ‘No entrance exhibition’ which somebody had pasted on the stairs of the main entrance to an art exhibition.
But please note the feet in sneakers on the left. We Dutch hardly take any notice of signs telling us what (not) to do. Unless it’s a ‘no parking’ sign. These tend to cost you dearly if you ignore them…
Which reminds me of our international sports club in Karachi, Pakistan, the good old Sind Club. The only way to access the bar was to walk across a grass lawn to the door. To avoid nagging wives dragging their husbands home, somebody had put a sign on the lawn saying ‘Women NOT allowed on the grass’. Not sure any of the expat wives ever obeyed that sign. My mother certainly didn’t.
Lines in Seoul
Lines in Seoul is my submission for day 12 of Becky’s Lines & Squares.
This is the view from the roof terrace of an ad agency called Publicis WELCOMM in Seoul, Korea.
I spent a wonderful 6 months there as a freelance advertising strategist. I miss the people, the scenery and above all their Korean Barbecue!
Lines in a mask
Submission for day 11 of Becky’s Lines & Squares.
I bought this mask (and two just like it, although not quite similar) at an Indonesian Fair around a year ago. It looks at me all the time when I’m at my desk.
It’s origins are Papua New Guinea (or so I was told by the man who sold me these while claiming to be a Papua himself).
Not sure what I’m going to do with the other two…
Lines in the sky.
Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge.
I love to see those cranes in action, as well as the structures they’re erecting grow taller by the day. Isn’t it just a beautiful play of lines in the sky that signal progress?
A while ago I read that there were more cranes operating in Shanghai, than in the whole of the United Sates.
I’ve been wondering how they erect these high cranes, with their tons of concrete blocks as counterweights. It’s not that this is one of the most pressing questions on my mind that I lose sleep over. But does anybody have a clue?
Lines by the sea. Here’s my 2 cents in response to Becky’s ‘He sends you this most memorable line‘…
I came across these lines on one of the many of Scheveningen’s bulwarks. Reputedly they have been written by one of this fishing town’s many widows…
A rough translation of these lines by the sea:
in the tears
of the sea
It’s getting darker, days are fast getting shorter. Forests are losing their lush green hue and are turning brown. The once vivid dark green lines are now dead or dying.
Can’t wait for the world to turn white…
In the meantime, if you’d like to leave the dreariness of rotting leaves and want to go back to the homepage (which is in Dutch) click here, if you want to smell some good old fashioned motor oil, this is the place to click.
Here’s my entry to Becky’s lines and squares challenge Oct. 2. Mea culpa, I know I’m a bit behind, but I just discovered this.
A bit of a disclaimer: while I do intend to catch and keep up with this daily challenge, I suspect I will miss or fall behind here and there due to my Parkinson’s Disease.
It’s hip to be square. Indeed.