February 28, 2017

Amargosa Opera House & Death Valley Junction

I was camping with Great Outdoors at Tecopa Hot Springs this past weekend. One day we took a little drive up to Death Valley Junction to see the Amargosa Opera House. My first visit there. Read all about the opera house and hotel here. Marta Becket died January 30, 2017, at age 92.

Marta Becket (3665)
Marta Becket.

Amargosa Hotel (3622)

Amargosa Hotel (3644)

Amargosa Hotel (3647)
Amargosa Hotel lobby.

Amargosa Opera House (3626)

Amargosa Opera House (3637)

Amargosa Opera House (3694)

Amargosa Opera House (3698)

Amargosa Opera House (3702)

Amargosa Opera House (3703)
The stove is the only source of heat and was burning with a low fire when we were there
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Death Valley Junction Garage (3716)
Death Valley Junction Garage

Death Valley Junction Garage (3720)

Pink Tutu at Amargosa Hotel (3662)
Historic pink tutu not for sale.

More photos here.

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February 19, 2017

The Broad Museum

Michael Jackson and Bubbles - Jeff Koons (3481)
Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

No Arts; No Letters; No Society - Damien Hirst (1092)
No Arts; No Letters; No Society by Damien Hirst

Norm's, La Cienega, on Fire - Edward Ruscha (3499)
Norm's, La Cienega, on Fire by Edward Ruscha

Nurse Ko2 - Takashi Murakami (3578)
Nurse Ko2 by Takashi Murakami

The Nazis - Piotr Uklański (1099)
The Nazis by Piotr Uklański

These are photographs of actors who played Nazi officers.

The Broad Museum Lobby (3536)
The Broad Museum Lobby.
The stack of giant plates is simply No Title by Robert Therrien. I think I could come up with a name easily.

Untitled, 1984 - Keith Haring (8686)
Untitled, 1984 by Keith Haring

Under The Table - Robert Therrien (1087)
Under The Table by Robert Therrien

Tulips - Jeff Koons (3459)
Tulips by Jeff Koons

Metallic Venus - Jeff Koons (3589)
Metallic VenusJeff Koons

Looking Into Storage - overbright (3610)
The Broad provides two windows through which you can view their storage area
. I've never heard of something like this before. This is the first time I've seen museum storage. I overbrightened this photo to bring out details in the shadows.

Inflammatory Essays - Jenny Holzer (1084)
Inflammatory Essays by Jenny Holzer

Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls Of Millions Light Years Away - Yayoi Kusama (1108)
Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls Of Millions Light Years Away by Yayoi Kusama

Giant Figure (Cyclops) - Thomas Houseago (3556)
Giant Figure (Cyclops) by Thomas Houseago

Blue Red - Ellsworth Kelly (3502) Noiselessened
Blue Red by Ellsworth Kelly

Balloon Dog (Blue) - Jeff Koons (3489)
Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons

The complete set of my photos from The Broad are here.

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December 18, 2016

Tom Of Finland Music Video

If you don't already know that this is very NSFW, then you should not follow this link.

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Keith Haring Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum

The five vehicles painted by Keith Haring are on display at Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. The website doesn't say how long the vehicles will be on display there.

Keith Haring Exhibit at Petersen Museum (1059)

Keith Haring - BMW Z1 (7903)
1990 BMW Z1

Keith Haring - BMW Z1 (7897)

Keith Haring - Buick Special (1062)
1963 Buick Special

Keith Haring - Buick Special (7859)

Keith Haring - Buick Special (7872)

Keith Haring - Honda (7875)
1987 Honda CBR1000F Hurricane

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7878)
1971 Land Rover Series III

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7882)

Keith Haring - Land Rover (3380)

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7891)

Keith Haring - Mini Ferrari (1053)
1962 SCAF/Mortarini Mini Ferrari 330 P2 Motorized Child’s Automobile

The complete set of photos is here.

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July 31, 2016

"The Journey" - For 2017

I saw this at a Burner presentation/party Saturday evening in Palm Springs.

The Journey model (0880)
It's a spiral wooden tube that has been bent into a donut
and you can play with it when it's on the playa. 42 feet across. The ring is 10 feet high. The perfect dimensions to attract all sorts of adventurous men who want to play jungle gym. Clothing optionally.

The Journey model (1315)
Although it looks tempting, it will not be burned
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The Journey model (0892)

The Journey model (0893)
On the interior walkway
. Please to note that the structure had already attracted at least one adventurous man who wants to play jungle gym.

It'll have audio and video, too, that will respond to the environment somewhat. Dan Reeves, the brains behind this, specifically said it would respond to art cars when they approach. I consider that a commitment. Here's what the artist had to say - all becomes clear!

Crowdsourcing to come, he said.

He's looking for volunteers.

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July 5, 2016

Pink

Pink at the Billy gathering (6905)
This past week I was at a Billys gathering in northern California. One of the Billys asked me if he could paint my whole body pink. Who am I to say no? Oddly, it was the white paint in my pubic hair that drew the most attention.

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April 3, 2016

Art In Downtown L.A.

Street Art (0731)

Street Art (0734)

Street Art (0737)

Street Art (0741)

More photos from this alley as well as photos inside the adjoining artist's studio can be seen here.

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March 16, 2016

Public Art

Mural in Santa Monica (0219)
A mural in Santa Monica
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Palladino (0364)
The artist's signature
. His website.

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August 25, 2015

Burning Man Getting Real

John Curley reports that the Man is up (but still missing his head), the Temple is looking like the Temple it's going to be, and center camp has all its walls up (actually, center camp has no walls). Major art works are coming up nicely. The bugs are gone. Temps are predicted to stay below 90° all week long. There's just the matter of smoke from wildfires.

Follow the link above for many photos.

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August 22, 2015

Naked Performance Festival

Biel, Switzerland, is hosting naked performances as part of the Body and Freedom Festival. More info here.

Photos here.

Video of a performance piece done in Biel last year.

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3D Printing With Glass

A team from Mediated Matter and MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering developed this precision technique.

Some of the objects created will go on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City next year.

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July 22, 2015

Giant Interactive Tesla Coil - what could go wrong?

2000 amps, 700 volts. Worth a look to admire Mr. Baritone Beardman (AKA "Matt F.", I think).

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July 21, 2015

San Leandro, Kansas

A few people in San Leandro, California, have already started condemning the erection of the sculpture "Truth Is Beauty" in their fair city.

Truth Is Beauty (1681)

This person, Corey Anderson, started it by calling the sculpture "porn."

This is salacious and indecent at best, and is an insult to every moral person in our town. It draws my mind to places I would rather not go. Should we now put Playboy pictures, or worse, on our office halls and call that “art?” Is this not what some object to as a sexist message, and a 55-foot tall one at that?

Lisa Gaspari-Salmon and Brent Heath like it. Antoinette Troya does not like it and says the city should be ashamed, but she does have one question: "what color lights will be affixed to her nipples?" I suspect Ms. Troya will be out there the first night after the sculpture is dedicated to get an answer.

Gerry Isham doesn't think it's porn, but does think it's tacky. Cathy Costa likes it and applauds the Mayor and Council. Peter Ambrosia thinks it is inappropriate, but suggests pairing it with a statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger from his bodybuilding days.

News story here and here.

The sculpture has not yet been erected in San Leandro, so I hope the good art critics of that city know they still have options. There are lots of Burning Man art pieces sitting around in warehouses that could be substituted for "Truth Is Beauty." Oh yeah, plenty of art. Like this or maybe a larger version of this or, of course, this. Given the choice, I think San Leandrans would beg to have "Truth Is Beauty."

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July 13, 2015

Dream Deeply

There's a website dreamdeeply.com that will transform a photograph into something surreal. See below. You just give them your email address and upload your photo. Before long the new photo is ready for you to download. Free.

San Francisco Pride Parade 2015 (1578)Dream Deeply San Francisco Pride Parade 2015 (1578)
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015 (5267)Dream Deeply San Francisco Pride Parade (5267)

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July 3, 2015

Hayes Valley Temple Video

San Franciscans doing the temple thing.

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June 30, 2015

Marriage Rights Celebration Interpretive Dance

Or something like that. Here's a video of a dancer giving an interpretation of the Supreme Court decision on marriage rights at the celebration in the Castro this past Friday evening.

The celebration was still being set up, so there was plenty of room for this dance. You saw that the dance started right at 18th and Castro, but after being upstaged by two mere men who merely got married, the dance was moved a half block to the center of Castro Street.

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June 26, 2015

David Best's Hayes Valley Temple

Tonight, in Patricia's Green at Linden and Hayes Streets in San Francisco, David Best will open his Hayes Valley Temple to the public. It's the same temple that he constructed there in 2005. David Best built the first temple at Burning Man and has built the majority of temples there since then. I'm pretty sure they're not going to burn this one.

David Best Temple In San Francisco (1262)

David Best Temple In San Francisco (1269)

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June 25, 2015

Military Veterans Honored At Burning Man

Camphellnback will be displaying art that is "borrowed or donated from our own campers, as well as independent artists and art therapy programs at active military and veteran hospitals." And they will create a 32-foot Memorial Wall:

Our Memorial Wall is a space where we leave the names of our own friends and family who served their country. Our visitors are welcome to write messages to their loved ones or those veterans they did not know but still appreciate.

At the end of the event, the wall will be disassembled and brought to the temple, where it will be burned as a symbolic way to say good bye or let go of the pain, hardship or burden that we carry for our lost comrades and family.

Camp Hellnback is seeking donations of material, tickets, and money.

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Pentagramal Spiral Stairway At Burning Man

The people who brought the Cradle of MIR to the playa in 2013 will be building what looks to be a fascinating structure of five intersecting stairways. Own Way:

Unfortunately the video suffers from unnecessarily loud music - or unnecessarily soft speakers.

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June 18, 2015

BELIEVE Sells For $70,000

2013 - BELIEVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg (10)
BELIEVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg
. Photo by Paul D Carey.

The City of Reno has purchased the 2013 Burning Man sculpture "Believe" for $70,000.

In June of next year, the city will permanently install the sculpture in City Plaza following the construction of the new Virginia Street bridge, which began earlier this month. The sculpture was placed at the same location in July 2014 to serve as the backdrop for filming of the American Idol summer bus tour.

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