Tag Archive | Horse

Horse Sculpture Made From Car Parts

Manchester by Doug Owen
All Photos By Gail

If you haven’t yet been to the Gene Autry Museum of the American West, you need to add that to your list of cool things to do when you are in the Los Angeles area, because the place is just amazing (bonus: the museum is located directly across a shared parking lot from the LA Zoo.). I had the chance to explore this history-rich landmark in December, when I was visiting family for Christmas, and I had all kinds of crazy fun.

During my visit, I took these photos of Manchester (2014); a horse sculpture made out of random car parts, created by American sculptor Doug Owen. In a career spanning four decades, Owen is an artist whose entire oeuvre consists of sculptures of horses. And whether he is using car, tractor, or motorcycle parts, Owen’s choice of medium imbues his sculptures with a touch of humor and of irony, as his horses are constructed out of the very material that ultimately replaced them.

Manchester by Doug Owen

I think his work is super cool. You can read more about Doug Owen at this website, Doug Owen Art Dot Com.

Brainwashed: New Works and Old Favorites By Mr. Brainwash at Taglialatella Galleries

Installation View with Horse
All Photos By Gail

You might recall that last summer we made three or four unsuccessful attempts (before finally lucking out with our timing) to see the massive Mr. Brainwash Life is Beautiful pop-up exhibit, which was located under the High Line at 14th Street for a few months. Seriously, that shit was just never, ever open.

New York Word

Fortunately, this summer’s Mr. Brainwash “Happening” is at a legitimate art gallery with a real address and clearly-posted hours of operation and everything! Yay! In fact, Brainwashed, which opened at Taglialatella Galleries on August 18th, unofficially christened the gallery’s new two-level, 5,000 square foot space at 229 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to its long-time home at 231Tenth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th). The new space is being treated as a pop-up venue until the gallery takes over full occupation of the new building in November.

Smile
Smile!

Cold beverages for the evening were provide by Stella Artois, who has partnered with the gallery for future events, to make sure we can get a buzz on while enjoying the art! Stella!

Stella Artois Print

The Stella Artois brand identity could be seen on various exhibited artworks, and the new collection also features an exclusive, limited-edition Stella Artois print, available only at Taglialatella Galleries.

Beatles 1965
Beatles 1965

Beatles 1966
Beatles 1966

Hey look: Brainwash is still making portraits of (mostly dead) Rock Stars from bits of broken vinyl records. It. Never. Gets. Old.

Bucket Heart
Bucket Heart

Here’s what’s great about a Mr. Brainwash exhibit: Just because we’ve seen it all before doesn’t mean it’s not fun to see it all again! Also: free alcohol!

Maxspray
Maxspray

This piece references the classic ’80s Maxell Tape ad (the UK version of which featured Peter Murphy of Bauhaus – TRIVIA!) and mashes it up with the iconic Brainwash-ala-Warhol Campbell’s Soup Spray Can. So. Many. Influences.

Pink Kate Moss
Pink Kate Moss

It’s interesting to note that this sparkly portrait of Supermodel  Kate Moss veryvery closely resembles the work of Russell Young, who’s also occasionally represented by Taglialatella.

Marilyn
Marilyn

Even though I could easily live without ever, ever again seeing this ubiquitous portrait of Marilyn Monroe appropriated and recycled for the million-billionth time by any artist, I do like the soft pastel colors on this version. He has another with colors that recall the cover of that Police album, the title of which I am too lazy to look-up. You know the one I am talking about, though.

David Bowie
David Bowie as Aladdin Sane

Bowie, yeah, I like it.

More Art Upstairs

There’s More Art Upstairs! Also, Pinkness!

Brainwash Kitchen

Someone needs to give this kitchen a good scrubbing.

Mickey and Lennon

Mickey Mouse made of recycled vintage tin signage. Just behind him, John Lennon gets another vinyl record treatment.

Stella Spray

Brainwashed will run through October 16th, 2016.

Store Front

Horses Tile Mosaic, Fifth Avenue Subway Station

Horses Tile Mosaic
Photos By Gail

This tile mosaic of two horses — a mother horse and her offspring, perhaps — graces the wall near the exit of the N and R Trains at 59th Street (Central Park South) and Fifth Avenue.

Happy Year of The Horse!

Chinese New Year Horse 2014
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Welcome to the Year of The Horse! Gung hei fat choi!

Historic Merry Go Round at Griffith Park

Griffith Park Merry Go Round with Sue
Look How Excited Sue is to Ride the Merry Go Round! (All Photos By Gail)

Now that the snow and frigid cold are kicking off the New Year here in Manhattan, I am looking back fondly at my recent week long holiday trip to Southern California, where I enjoyed clear blue skies, bright sun and warm temperatures each and every day! California!

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Signage
It Almost Never Closes!

On the Sunday before Christmas, my BFF Sue (Pictured above) and I went on an adventure to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, where we rode the vintage Merry Go Round with extreme glee!

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Clown Booth
I don’t know what this is about

Located in Park Center between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Los Feliz park entrance, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round was built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937.  It features 68 horses, each of which moves (in other words, it’s “a jumper”). Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Band Organ

A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music. It is pretty cool and reminded me of Disneyland for some reason.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Distance Shot

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Horse Close Up

This is my horse, which I named Lightning Bug. The Merry Go Round goes remarkably fast and will actually make your hair blow back with the wind it kicks up, so I am guessing that if you are just a little bit stoned or drunk it is much more fun to ride than if you are sober. Fortunately, seat belt-type things are provided, so you can secure yourself onto your trusty steed!

Devil Head
I Like It

Griffith Park MGR Gumball Machines

It costs just $2.00 (what a bargain!) to ride the Merry Go Round for what is probably just a few minutes but feels like a good amount of time. Wee!

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Pinwheels

They sell these pinwheels there as well.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Band Organ

Here is another photo of the Organ, which I believe may have been fancied up for the Christmas Season.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Xmas Display

Here is some additional Christmas Fanciness! I believe in this display, animals in hats are meant to be selling shoes, or perhaps specifically; horse shoes.

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Rules

As is the case with anything these days, there are a few rules that should be followed. At any rate, I recommend you visit the Merry Go Round if you happen to be in the area, and have yourself some fun!

The Merry Go Round at Griffith Park is Open Weekends throughout the Year and Weekdays during the Summer, and over Christmas and Easter vacations, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Hobby Horse Bike!

Pink Hobby Horse Bike
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OK, I know I already wrote about this Hobby Horse Bike’s Twin Brother a few years ago, but this one is PINK! So, it’s allowed.