Tuesday, December 15, 2009

X-Mas For Mom...

It's been a tough year for my family. First my last remaining grandfather (my father's father) passed away, then 5 months later my father passed away. 5 months after that, my mom begun what was to be 3 heart surgeries (including a triple bypass). I am so grateful that she pulled through things, & even though she is still in a great deal of pain regularly, she is on the path to healing. This year I wanted to do something very special for her for Christmas.

I had an idea to commission a local glass artist to do a piece similar to the one I walked past every day for 5 weeks while my mom was in her first round of surgery, at Tex-San Heart Hospital. The artist is named Gini Garcia, & her site is here (the piece I was wanting created would have been similar to the heart of page 4 of the gallery). Unfortunately due to poor planning on my part & a solid first line of defense from Ms Garcia's mom, I was never able to speak with her about the piece. I finally gave up after unsuccessfully attempting to reach her for a solid week straight (I called every day). Apparently some artists in San Antonio aren't struggling & do not need my money.

I was a bit bummed because I had searched everywhere I could think of (online & brick & mortar) & couldn't find anything I liked... until...

Not only is it heart related, but this one-of-a-kind piece is actually called "Repaired Heart". It is by an New York based artist/musician named Marcus Poston. Even more appropriately, here's what Marcus had to say about it:

"I've been getting into making these hearts lately, as my heart has needed a little healing. This is an unfilled snowglobe made from reclaimed wood, a typewriter key, found copper, an old lightbulb and a key donated by a very nice lady."

I also checked out his Flickr page & found a few other pieces of his that I would love to purchase down the road (translation = after X-Mas). Here they are:

Lost In A Dark Wood:

I have a good feeling that I'll be paying Mr Poston another visit soon...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hey Kiddos, Don't Do Crack

A public service announcement from Pee-Wee Herman...

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Man Who Wasn't There

Totally nuts. Liu Bolin, aka The Invisible Man, uses only paint to camouflage himself into various environments, with high degrees of success. These aren't even the best ones. Click on the link below to see more... here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Clogged Caps 6 (2009/10/25; Early Day)

Here are a few pics I shot on this morning, on the third day of Clogged Caps 6 @ The Yard in San Antonio, TX. Full set HERE.

Monday, October 5, 2009

ACL Fest 2009

Back from ACL Music Festival. Only went Sunday, but it was definitely chock full of great music, good times & a whole shitload of mud. Got to see The Toadies, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, Dead Weather, Michael Franti & Spearhead, plus Pearl Jam on the way out of the festival. Oh, & did I mention mud? There was lots of it too. Full set HERE.

Dirty Projectors rockin' it.

Jack White & company D-E-S-T-R-O-Y.

My view of Dead Weather for most of the performance. Jack White on guitar (he played drums most of the set).

Shot of the screens again. Singer from Dead Weather + more Jack White.

The ever-incredible Michael Franti elevating the crowd.

Michael Franti doing what he does best...

Crowd dancing to Michael Franti & Spearhead.

More getting down to Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Franti speaking from the heart + the greatest moment of the show.

Best crowd all day (during Franti)

Was trying to take a pic of the guy with the flag, but ended up capturing this striking woman instead.

Throw your hands in the air!

Oh, the mud...

No matter where you go... You can't escape the mud.

Even hot dogs...

Can't escape the mud.

Back to the bus, then 10 more blocks to the car, then back home... Goodbye ACL.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool

Leandro Erlich piece from MOMA's PS1 in Queens, New York. I got to see this thing first hand while in NYC recently. A very creative exhibit, what appears to be a deep swimming pool is nothing but a few inches of shallow water laying on top of a thick piece of plexiglass. From above, if looking down into the pool, it appears that if there is anyone in the pool that they are walking in the water. From below, it appears that the people are being seen from underwater. So cool.
My pics & video from the PS1 can be found here.

Pix From My Recent New York Trip On Flickr

Full set here.

A sampling of the goodies: