Tag Archives: Birds

Parrots Tile Mosaic in the Fifth Avenue Subway

Parrots Tile Mosaic
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to take the N, R or Q trains to the Fifth Avenue and 59th Street stop on your way to the Central Park Zoo, be sure to first participate in the underground Subway Art Safari that’s going on in the station, as you will not only encounter this colorful flock of Parrots, but also tiles mosaic murals of Penguins, Horses, Monkeys and other creatures.

Parrots Tile Mosaic Full

Parrot Tile Mosaic Detail

Modern Art Monday Presents: Edgar Degas, Young Woman with Ibis

PYoung Woman with Ibis
Photo By Gail

French artist Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) made sketches of this composition, Young Woman with Ibis during his second stay in Rome (1857 – 58). Originally conceived as a depiction of a pensive woman, the painting assumed a mysterious air when Degas added the imaginary Middle Eastern cityscape, the pink flowers, and the two red ibises around 1860- 62. About the same time, he also considered adding the brilliant birds to his large historical painting, Semiramis Building Babylon, which resides in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Parrots Tile Mosaic, 81st Street and CPW Subway Stop

Parrtos Tile Mosaic
Photo By Gail

One of the reasons to visit the American Museum of Natural History is taking part in the Art Safari that you get to enjoy on your way out of the subway! Every time we arrive on the C Train stop at 81st Street and Central Park West to enjoy another urban adventure at this fantastic Museum, we find a new tile mosaic that we’ve not seen before. This pair of colorful parrots rest on the stairway handrail, exiting to the street.

El Gato Chimney’s De Rerum Natura at Stephen Romano Gallery

El Gato Chimney Signage
My Black Heart By El Gato Chimney (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

El Gato Chimney is a fantastic, Milan-based surrealist whose compelling work I doubt I would have come to know and love so well if it weren’t for the Stephen Romano Gallery, which has lovingly featured El Gato’s work in each of their eclectic group shows.

Lost in Thoughts
Lost in Thoughts

Currently, the Romano Gallery is hosting De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), a show dedicated entirely to this young artist’s exciting work.

The artwork of De Rerum Natura is accompanied by a high quality catalog, which includes several intriguing and extremely insightful essays, one of which is by fellow surrealist Martin Wittfooth. By way of introduction to El Gato Chimney’s enigmatic images, I offer a brief but richly descriptive passage from Martin’s essay:

El Gato Chimney’s paintings are a kind of visual alchemy: a unique witch’s brew or shaman’s potion of mysticism, therianthropy (the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into animals by means of shapeshifting), mythological and religious symbolism, and visionary fractals.

Revelation
Revelation

These works echo the technique and compositions of the naturalist painter John James Audubon, while envisioning a psychedelic menagerie summoned on paper from the often-diabolical nether realms of Hieronymus Bosch. Crowned hydras, chimeras, masked birds and crucified crows inhabit a barren world, wherein sacred hearts, disembodied eyes, mysticist dice, skeleton keys and beehives float above or lie upon the landscape.

El Gato Chimney

El Gato Chimney’s imagination implores us to contemplate our collective symbolical archive, while simultaneously offering alternative allegories and personal readings of these devices.

Here are more pictures from the show!

The Charlatan
The Charlatan

The Right Proportion, Guide Me Home
The Right Proportion (Left), Guide Me Home (Right)

El Gato Chimney

El Gato and Fan Admire The Charlatan
At the Opening Reception: El Gato and Writer/Curator Pam Grossman Admire and Discuss The Charlatan

El Gato Chimney’s De Rerum Natura will be on Exhibit Through April 30th, 2015 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Please note that this will be the final snow at this location before Stephen Romano moves to its new, storefront Gallery space at 145 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn!

Speak the Truth
Show Catalog Featuring Cover Illustration of Speak the Truth

Rebirth
Rebirth

Nick Cave Rescue at Jack Shainman

Poodle
All Photos By Gail

Do you enjoy the work of artist Nick Cave? I sure do. I especially like his very fun Sound Suits, but I also enjoy that he can change it up while maintaining his very distinctive design aesthetic. Nick Cave!

Detail With Owl
Detail from Above Work

On view now at Jack Shainmans’s West 24th Street space is Cave’s body of work entitled Rescue. The series includes sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens.

Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.

In the Rescues, Cave focuses each piece on a single canine that has quite literally been rescued from destruction, very much like an adopted pet. These dogs become the benevolent guardians of their self-contained worlds, focusing the spotlight on the forgotten and discarded.

Doberman

A Doberman lounges on a gold sofa while a small dog fiercely guards a wishbone on a shoeshine table.

Wall Collages

Wall Collage Detail with Daisy
Wall Bas Relief Detail

The armatures that envelop these animals correspond with large-scale wall based bas reliefs dripping with crystals, beads, small ceramic birds and metal flowers.

Wooden Pedestal Shrine

The vast amount of detail in these works is astounding. You could spend hours in discovery, examining each piece. Very cool!

Wooden Pedestal Shrine Detail
Detail From Above Work

Rescue by Nick Cave will be on Exhibit through October 11th, 2014 at the Jack Shainman Gallery, Located at 524 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Wall Collage

Cuteness Alert: Dancing Seagulls


This must be some kind of mating ritual, I suppose, but with the backing music it just made me chuckle. So cute!

Thanks to Buzz60 For The Tip!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Lawn Flamingos!

Because nothing says “It’s Summertime, Baby!” quite like Pink Lawn Flamingos!