Abandoned Lines • Becky’s Lines&Squares #24

Abandoned lines square

Abandoned lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge

We Dutch are associated with more than our fair share of clichés. There’s the dykes, the wooden shoes, the beer, the stroopwafels to name a few. And of course our bicycles.

Abandoned lines square
Abandoned lines…

On average, some 84% of Dutch own a bike. According to this blog that’s more than anywhere else in this world. And with an average ownership of 1,3 bikes per capita (!) we outrank the #2 country Denmark by a landslide.

bicycles-per-resident

I couldn’t find any figures of the average life span of a bicycle. But with so many bikes, and an expected life span of let’s say 15 years that means a fair number of bikes are being discarded every year. While the 15 years are entirely my guestimate, it would mean some 1.5 million bicycles are being discarded every year! And while probably a fair amount of Dutch do the right thing and discard their old bikes properly, I have still to come across one yet…

We rather tend to leave them where we parked them and ‘forget’ about them. Or dump them a little more out of sight. In a canal for instance…

To be continued…

Meanwhile, if you’re really that bored, try and read this…

Psychedelic Lines • Becky’s Lines&Squares #23

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Psychedelic lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge

I’m saving the full story behind Janis Joplin and her beloved Porsche in psychedelic lines for another post. Probably featuring more 60s & 70s stars and their cars. I’ll suffice to say here she bought this 1964 Porsche (when it came in an off-factory dull grey) second hand. At the time she paid $3,500 for it. She then gave one of her roadies, Dave Richards, $500 and a blank canvas to re-paint it.

Psychedelic Lines Janis Joplin & her Porsche
Psychedelic lines

The roadie, Dave Richards, called his masterpiece ‘The History of the Universe’. In true psychedelic fashion after he had completely covered the car with images of Big Brother and the Holding Company (Joplin’s band). As well as California landscapes, the Eye of God, Janis’ astrological sign (Capricorn), skulls, mushrooms, butterflies, and more.

While Janis Joplin sang one of the most memorable lines in automotive history ‘All my friends they drive Porsche’s, I must make amends…Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz’ she faithfully drove her Porsche virtually everyday she was not on tour, until she departed for good in 1970.

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Janis Joplin & ‘The History of the Universe’

To save the rest for another day, Joplin’s Porsche was, after some abuse to restore the grey paint job, restored to its psychedelic lines. It was finally auctioned at Sotheby’s for no less than $ 1.76 million to an unknown buyer. In typical Sotheby’s fashion, they have never disclosed his/her name.

The History of the Universe
The History of the Universe Photo Sergio Calleja
History of the Universe • sideways
The History of the Universe with the line up of Big Brother and the Holding Company on the front fend

For more photos of 60s & 70s stars and their cars, simply click here.

Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines • Becky’s Lines&Squares #21

Cracks & Lines

Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge

Cracks & Lines Square
Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines

Came across this painting at the ART The Hague fair a couple of weeks ago.

It mesmerized me, and looking at this picture it still does. Without the cracks and lines it would totally lose its attraction.

But typically me, I lost the piece of paper where I had jotted down the title and artist’s name… But Becky B was able out help me out with the artist, who is Lita Cabellut. And according to Wikipedia she is a Spanish multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands. Cabellut works on large scale canvases using a contemporary variation of the fresco technique.

Lita Cabellut portrait
Lita Cabellut

If you like her work just as much, it’s definitely worthwhile to pay her site a visit.

For more ‘mesmerizing’ art photos, see for instance here, or simply see the sidebar.

Istanbul lines • Lines&Squares #18 • FunPhotoChallengeLines

Istanbul lines

Istanbul lines
Istanbul lines

For Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge and Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge (CFFC).

These Istanbul lines are where men wash their hands and feet before the enter the mosque.

For more, see for instance some New York lines, or simply see the sidebar.

Blues lines • Becky’s Lines & Squares #17

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Blues lines

Picking away and singing the blues
Picking away and singing the blues

For Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 17.

Came across this blues-y busker on a trip to Valencia, Spain. I was so caught by him, his appearance, his repertoire and his introvert way of performing (the only way blues can properly sang, in my mind), that I stayed. For more than an hour or so. Afterwards I gave him a €20 note.

To my surprise he objected and wanted to give me at least half back in the small change he had. But I told him nowhere in Valencia, or in the world for that matter I could listen to blues like that, sitting on the front row for that little money. Bought his CD, which incidentally was called ‘Blues Lines‘.

For more, see for instance some New York lines, or simply see the sidebar.

Lines to keep us in • Becky’s Lines & Squares #15

Lines to keep us in

Lines to keep us in

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.’

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.

Andy Warhol’s lines • Becky’s Lines & Squares #14

Andy Warhol's Lines

Andy Warhol’s lines

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.”

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.

Lines under my feet • Becky’s Lines & Squares #13

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Lines under my feet

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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.

If you’d like to see more of my entries to Becky’s Lines & Squares challenges, just click here, here, here or here.