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Photos From Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governor’s Island!

Headless Horseman
The Headless Horseman (All Photos By Gail)

With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, holiday enthusiasts were able to enjoy three solid days of spooky-themed parties and events, which were happening all over the city this past weekend. Halloween in New York City: there is really nothing like it. I’m not much for dressing up, but I do love a good adventure, and this year Geoffrey and I had the most fun ever, at the Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, which had a three-night run on Governor’s Island state park —  which is about 10 minutes by ferry from the southern tip of Manhattan. I’d never been there before, so I was pretty excited to see something new. Adventure time!

Manhattan Skyline FiDi

This is the view of the lower Manhattan skyline in the Financial District, as seen from the island. It is very breathtaking, as you can see. To give you a little background on the park, in 1776, during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), troops raised defensive works on the island, which they used to fire upon British ships before they were taken. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a US Army post, and later, from 1966 to 1996, the island served as a major US Coast Guard installation. There are historic buildings all over and at night it looks like you are wandering around one of those abandoned mental institutions where they do the ghost hunting shows. Very Scary!

Atmosphere Shot

The Jack O’ Lantern trail features more than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins, carved by artists from around the tri-state area, set along a festive, paved, tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries-old buildings. The more ornately carved Jack O’ Lanterns are staged on raised pedestals, and the smaller pumpkins help to light the footpath. It looks pretty cool!

Row of Trees 2

Please enjoy a selection of my favorite photos, which I have grouped together in categories, just because. Let’s get to the Pumpkins OK?

Monsters and Horror Movies and Halloween Iconography

Vincent Price

Vincent Price as a Vampire

Cthulhu

HP Lovecraft Creation, The Cthulhu

The Mummy

The Mummy

Werewolf

Werewolf

Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger

Frankenstein and his Bride

Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride

Pennywise with Monument

Here on the left we have Its‘ Pennywise the Clown as portrayed by actor Bill Skarsgard, and I’m not sure what is on the right. What did not quite make it into the frame is one of the featured artists, who was talking to visitors about what tools he uses to carve the designs and that sort of thing. That was fun.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King

Row of Trees

Here are some spooky trees that I am throwing in the mix as a palate cleanser.

Halloween Michael Myers

Halloween’s Original Bad Boy, Michael Myers

Halloween Michael Myers

Sugar Skull 2

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without some Day of the Dead Skull Action.

Sugar Skull

Fairy Tales and Kid-friendly Characters

Snow White and Apple

The Wicked Queen, Snow White and The Poison Apple

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Monsters Inc.

Monsters Inc.

Celebrities and Pop Culture

Barbra Striesand

Barbra Streisand

GOT

Game of Thrones

In Loving Memory

In Memorium

George Romero
George Romero

Of course, it would not be as spooky and Halloween-themed if the Jack O’ Lanterns did not also pay tribute to recently departed celebrities. There were some really good ones!

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

RIP Adam West as Batman

Adam West as TV’s Batman

George Michael

George Michael

Debbie and Carrie

Mother and Daughter Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher passed away just one apart in December of 2016. Unbelievably sad. This pumpkin was a beautiful tribute to two very talented ladies.

While it’s too late for you to make it to this year’s walk, why not bookmark This Link right now, so you can be sure to not miss next year’s Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns!

Night of 1000 JackOLanterns

See You Next Year! Happy Halloween!

Mike Kelley, Shaped Paintings at Skarstedt Gallery

The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter)#6
The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #6: Fall, 1994 By Mike Kelley (All Photos By Gail)

Skarstedt’s Chelsea gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of Mike Kelley’s shaped paintings, never before seen as a group. Dating from the early to mid-1990s, this body of work demonstrates Kelley’s return to the medium following a 15-year span of performance, multimedia and installation art. Deconstructing the canon of modernist color and composition, the paintings manifest Kelley’s psychological road map through images recovered from his memory.

Center and Peripheries #2, 1990
Center and Peripheries #2, 1990

A source of Kelley’s rebellion was his formal art training at the University of Michigan, which emphasized the philosophy of Abstract Expressionism. Reflecting on his time at school, Kelley stated: “My education must have been a form of mental abuse, of brainwashing.” Kelley explored “screen memories” in his shaped paintings, delving deep into his unconscious to recover and identify the repressed memories of his trauma.

Jack O Lanterns

For The Thirteen Seasons series, Kelley created an oval-shaped painting on wood for each month of the year. Meant to resemble his student work, the paintings come to terms with influences of his art education, focusing on elements of Hans Hofmann’s “push-pull” theory, in addition to typically expressive techniques, such as finger painting. Childlike illustrations, such jack-o-lanterns and cartoon animals, reveal Kelley’s memories, unrestrained by conventional composition.

Clowns

Effigy Hanging Contest

The final work of the series, The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #13: Art represents the month that doesn’t appear on the calendar. Kelley employed a wood grain trompe l’oeil technique to the surface, suggesting that the appearance of wood is effectively permanent through painting. Here, Kelley offers a reminder that art belongs to the thirteenth season, of memory, one that is independent of the calendar’s rhythm and preserves its existence throughout time.

Effigy Hanging Contest, Detail

Prenatal Mutual Recognition of Betty and Barney Hill, 1995
Prenatal Mutual Recognition of Betty and Barney Hill, 1995

Kelley revisits his troubled youth in Prenatal Mutual Recognition of Betty and Barney Hill, which was originally exhibited at Metro Pictures in 1995 as part of the Timeless Paintings series. That exhibition presented paintings along with architectural models of Kelley’s schools, the designated sites of  his abuse. Echoing The Thirteen Seasons, portraits of a boy and girl float aimlessly above Hofmann-like geometric forms in the irregularly shaped composition.

Untwisted Cross
Untwisted Cross

Untwisted Cross follows a similar pattern of regression to childhood in its coarse sketch of a skull among blocks of color. As a diverse group, Kelley’s shaped paintings draw focus to his unique approach to painting and critically inform the rest of the artist’s oeuvre.

Mike Kelley’s Shaped Paintings will be on Exhibit Through June 25th, 2016, at Skarstedt Gallery, Located at 550 West 21st Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Mike Kelley Signage

Clowns Detail

Top Ten Photos of Pumpkin Things That I Took in The Berkshires

Fat Pumpkin
All Photos By Gail

Over the Columbus Day weekend, I went up to the Berkshire Mountains area of Massachusetts and spent a few glorious days enjoying the gorgeous natural surroundings and taking assloads of photos of the just-starting-to-turn fall leaves. Gorgeous! And since we are just getting into fall, and also close to Halloween, I not only saw a lot of Pumpkins but also stuff decorated like Jack O Lanterns. For the purpose of this post, a Pumpkin and Jack O Lantern will be considered the same thing. Please enjoy my photos!

Back of Fat Pumpkin

This is the backside of the really humongous pumpkin you see in the first photo. I saw this amazing colossal pumpkin at the Harvest Festival in the town where we were staying. I think you were supposed to guess its weight, but seriously, I think it weighed a ton. That’s about as specific as I could get.

Jack O Lantern Planters

These cheerful Jack O Lantern Planters were spotted out front of the Big Y Supermarket.

Jack O Lantern Balloons

Jack O Lantern Balloons, how cheerful!

Pumpkin Candle Holder

This is a candle holder that would look amazing in the dark with a burning tea light inside! Spooky!

Two Pumpkins

Two Witch Pumpkins!

Pumpkins on Sticks

These are sort of Jack O Lantern/Pumpkin/Witches on Sticks! Because, Halloween!

Bunch Of Painted Pumkins

Painted Pumpkins and their unpainted companions! Also, gourds!

Jack O Lantern Lamp

This Jack O Lantern Lamp is just fantastic. Want!

Happy Fall and Happy Halloween Everybody!

Pumpkinhead – Self Portrait By Jamie Wyeth

Pumpkinhead Self Portrait
Photo By Gail

Jamie Wyeth (son of artist Andrew Wyeth) began painting Pumpkinhead (1972) as a portrait of his friend, Jimmy Lynch, but eventually finished the painting himself, wearing the pumpkin as a mask.

Cropped at the ankles and wearing a too-small military jacket, he stands alone in a hazy field strewn with dry autumn leaves. To the artist, the jack-o-lantern carries an eerie charm. “I always  loved the carved face just leering at you…” he admits.

Photographed By Gail at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Rob Zombie Jack O Lantern

Rob Zombie Carved Pumpkin
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Halloween Pumpkin carved to resemble Rob Zombie. Very scary!

Abbey Road Jack O Lantern!


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A Beatles Jack O Lantern, that is a cool thing! There’s an alternate version of an Abbey Road Pumpkin at This Link! Happy Halloween, Dear Readers!

Rip The Skull’s Vintage Halloween Postcards

Being a rabid collector of vintage Halloween memorabilia, someone going by the pseudonym of Rip The Skull has accumulated what might be the largest group of Vintage Halloween Post Cards ever seen. There are literally over 1400 thumbnail images of these amazing cards cataloged on just one of his/her many Flickr.com pages. I can’t help but get a vicarious thrill from someone who has such a wild passion for collecting.

This one is just insane!

Sadly, there were no postcards with pictures of Satan on them, but this one (above) looked pretty close.