and I am grateful every time.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
There is a kind of yardart that goes well beyond the usual donkeys, gnomes,
and flamingos and it is found in a handful of small lot parks around the city. They
are usually tended by an owner with a very specific notion of yard aesthetics. I
love these places for no other reason than the sheer abundance of oddball
exuberance and creativity that they present. I will often change course just to
see what new characters or arrangements might have developed. They are an
ongoing outdoor performance piece and they change with the seasons.
The fact that these places exist at all given the onerous weight of surreal-estate,
makes them extra special in my book.
This collection on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg is diminished,
but still going...
This yard off E. Houston is also diminished, but seems to be
making a comeback.
These welded scrap metal citizens weather
Coco the Gorilla has occupied this corner off
Bedford Ave for several years and changes
This park on the corner of 9th and B in the East Village has fence
festooned with scrap sculptures.
The same park also features changing crochet work
by London Kaye.
all photos © Ken Brown
Monday, April 11, 2016
A little Spring catch up on the vertical world
Uni-colonel in Union Square
Dogs and drapes on the Lower East Side
portrait by Aine
Life's little pleasures, a new anthropomorphic
veggie sculpture every week.
all photos ©Ken Brown
Monday, April 4, 2016
I have always been impressed by the talent and technique of the street artists
who tackle the really big mural projects, the ones that involve whole sides of
buildings. The ability to transform a design or concept to this scale is a truly
wondrous thing to behold. There is an amazing array throughout the city, but
I offer this small caveat, I have watched whole areas of once vigorous artistic
activity in some neighborhoods disappear in a few short years as
gentrification moves in. Enjoy these while you can.
Chris Stain in Bushwick
Osgemeos in the East Village
mural by Dozic Fernandez in Brooklyn
Bird-themed homage to John Audubon, Washington Hts.
all photos ©Ken Brown