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Mark Manders Tilted Head at Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Tilted Head Front View
All Photos By Gail

Mark Manders’ Tilted Head is a work of fiction. It has the appearance of unfired clay combined with everyday objects but in fact is made entirely of cast bronze. The cracks and fissures that cover its surface imply an organic process of drying and decay, yet its metal form is fixed.

Tilted Head 1

It might suggest an incomplete model, abandoned in the artist’s studio, if not for the fact that its colossal size and civic location lend it the air of a grand monument. Eyes shut, the androgynous figure’s mask-like features are at rest, undisturbed by an abrupt slice through a third of its face. The unfinished side of the head is held as if in a splint by wooden planks, one tied with rope.

Tilted Head Rear View

At the back, chairs and a suitcase, all slightly reduced in size, protrude from a mass of formless material. These shifts in scale, unexplained objects, and trompe l’oeil bronze effects alter our perception and spark the imagination.

Tilted Head Back Detail
Back of Sculpture, Detail

Mark Manders (b. 1968, The Netherlands) has been interested in the human figure throughout his career, and is particularly fascinated with the head, which he sometimes depicts detached from the body and juxtaposed with different elements. These heads are always stylized representations rather than individualized portraits.

Tilted Head Side View

His approach creates a paradoxical sense of both immediacy and timelessness, of something newly made with fresh clay yet belonging to the traditions of classical statuary. With Tilted Head, Manders has rendered a compelling fiction of human form that inhabits a poetic space between representation and abstraction, serenity and rupture, life and mortality.

Tilted Head Right Side View

Mark Manders’ Tilted Head is Curated by Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume. It Will be on Display at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, Adjacent to Central Park, Through September 1st, 2019.

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Andy Warhol Was Here

I Was Once Here

Photographed by me on the sidewalk outside the Comme des Garçons Boutique on West 22nd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Bust of Gustav Mahler By Auguste Rodin

Bust of Gustav Mahler
Photo By Gail

Ascetic, sharp features give this bust (circa 1909) of conductor/composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) an aristocratic look. Mahler modeled for Rodin, though the sittings were difficult to endure for the nervous composer, who saw rest as “time wasted away from his work.” This, according to his wife, Alma Mahler.

Trivia: After Mahler’s death in 1911 (at age 5o) from a bacterial infection of the heart valve, Alma Mahler went on to be married to Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, for five years.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on NYC.

Ice Head Sculpture

Ice Head 1
All Photos By Diane Anderson

My friend Diane (a.k.a.”Diaaahhne!”) took these fun photos of an Ice Head Sculpture sitting atop a parking meter near 5th Avenue between 96th and 97th Streets in Manhattan. I’m sure it was once malleable snow, but the consistently frigid temperatures that we have been enjoying just lately have turned it to solid ice. Kinda creepy.

Ice Head 3

Phrenology Model Hinged Case

Phrenology Head Hinged Case
Head Case!

You should stash your drugs in this.

Here we have a ceramic storage case shaped like a human head and adorned with markings that harken back to the long abandoned “science” of phrenology, which you can read about here. Because, why not? Then you can buy this rad Phrenology Head Hinged Case (measurs 4″ x 6-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), which you can open and put stuff in, for just $39.95 at This Link. It makes a great House Warming Gift!

Phrenology Head Hinged Case Open

Plush Shark Attack Hat!

Plush Shark Attack Hat
Shark Attack On Your Head!

In most of the country, it’s definitely the time of year to be keeping your head covered for warmth, if not for fashion’s sake! Fashion! If you are one of those folks whose sense of humor/style dictates that wearing a warm hat which resembles a small shark chomping on your head is an excellent fashion choice, have I got a deal for you! The Shark Attack Plush Hat is available now and it will fit even a big gigantic head like yours! Look:

  • Plush hat shaped like a man-eating shark with buggy eyes
  • Fabric lining
  • Secret pocket with fortune!
  • Velcro size adjuster
  • Fits adults and kids heads ( up to 22-1/2″ or 56-59 cm)

Sale Priced at just $19.95 and ready to be owned by you once you click This Link!