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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities At The Museum of the City of New York

Lynn's Trapeze Coney Island 2010
Lynn’s Trapeze Coney Island, 2010 (All Photos By Gail)

Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York at age 18 to study photography, and has been inspired by both city and craft ever since.

Opening Day Barclays Center 2013
Opening Day Barclays Center, Brooklyn, 2013

Liao creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are fascinating, complex, hyper-real views that no single shot – or the human eye – could capture. His New York: Assembled Realities exhibit, on now at the Museum of the City of New York features more than 40 works by Liao, which delightfully push the boundaries of traditional documentary photography.

Luna Park Coney Island Brooklyn 2010
Luna Park Coney Island Brooklyn, 2010

I became intrigued by Jeff’s photography from seeing the absolutely stunning photo above exhibited in the building where I work, and after hearing him give a lunchtime talk on how this exhibit came together, I knew I had to see it for myself. I’m so glad I did, because the exhibit is fantastic and not like anything you will see anywhere else. If you are fan of photography and New York, you simply must go.

Here are few of our favorite pieces from the show.

Looking North from Frank Gehry Building 2012
Looking North from Frank Gehry Building, 2012

This streetscape was taken from the uptown perspective of the Frank Gehry Building at Spruce and Fulton Streets in the Financial District. I love how the time lapse effect of the car’s head and tail lights blur together to make it look as if the streets are flowing with hot, glowing lava.

Looking North from Frank Gehry Building 2012
Detail from Above Photo

Cyclone Coney Island 2010
Cyclone Coney Island, 2010

Here’s another terrific picture of the Cyclone Roller Coaster at Coney Island, with a detail shot below.

Cyclone Coney Island Detail

42nd Street South Times Square Manhattan 2011
42nd Street South Times Square Manhattan, 2011

The above shot of 42nd Street Between 7th and 8th Avenues is a great example of a view that cannot be seen by the naked eye from any vantage point on the street. A couple of details from this photo, which spans about ten feet or so across the wall, are below.

42nd Street South Times Square Manhattan 2011 Detail

I have eaten at that McDonald’s more times than I will admit.

42nd Street South Times Square Manhattan 2011 Detail

I saw a movie at that very AMC theater just last month!

5 Points
5Pointz, Long Island City, Queens, 2004

This stunning photo of the late great 5Pointz is truly heartbreaking when you know that this former Mecca of NYC Street Art has since been razed to make way for new construction. NYC is not very sentimental in the face of the  almighty dollar.

5 Points Detail
5Pointz Detail

Cherry Walk Brooklyn Botanical Garden; Decker Farm Staten Island
Top: Cherry Walk, Brooklyn Botanical Garden; Bottom: Decker Farm, Staten Island

Wave Hill Bronx 2013 Greenwood Cemetery Brooklyn Summer 2012
Top: Wave Hill Bronx, 2013; Bottom: Greenwood Cemetery Brooklyn Summer, 2012

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 72nd Street
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

How amazing is this shot of the Spiderman and Kermit the Frog balloons as they float down Central Park West crossing the intersection of 72nd Street (that’s the famous Dakota Building on the left)? This photo tells a million stories, but when I heard Jeff give his talk, he told us about how, when he was all set up to do the shoot on this day, he kept getting moved from his location by the force of the crowds. The problem is that, if he moves locations once he starts shooting, his perspective changes such that he must start all over again. After being forced to relocate a couple of times he was afraid he would run out of time and not even get his shot for the day, but finally he moved up against a wall or firetruck or something, where he was able to stay and get his fantastic photo!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 72nd Street Detail

This is an exhibit that the entire family will enjoy and you can spend hours just examining and discovering all of the beautiful details in each of these Assembled Realities. The best part is that most of them still exist and you can visit them in real life! A gorgeous, hardcover coffee table book of photos from this show is available in the museum gift shop and also through Amazon.com (much easier to deal with) at This Link.

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities will be on Exhibit Through March 15th, 2015 at The Museum of the City of New York, Located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Visit them online at This Link for more information.

Assembled Realities Installation View

Herb Alpert: Totems & Deities at ACA Galleries

Herb Alpert Bronze Totem Red Background
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Herb Alpert? I sure do, My parents had his records with the Tijuana Brass playing all the time in our house, so I have loved his music since I was about five years old.  Just being serious.

But did you know that Herb also makes art? This I did not know this until Geoffrey and I stumbled upon one of his art shows that opened Thursday January 16th at ACA Galleries in Chelsea. The show is called Totems & Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita HuffingtonHuffington being a fellow artist who is a successful dancer.

Herb Alpert Black Totem Red Background

The exhibition features a large selection of Alpert’s abstract bronze sculptures, which (according to the exhibit’s Press Release) “can be compared to the freedom and spontaneity of his improvisational work as a jazz musician.” The fluidity and random free-form shapes of Herb’s gorgeous sculptures reminded me of the “Lost Wax” casting method that was a very popular technique in jewelry making back in the 70s.

Herb Alpert Black Totem White BackgroundHerb Alpert Bronze Totem Red Background

Alpert began working on the Spirit Totem series, as they are called, in 2000, originally taking inspiration from the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. In conjunction with this exhibition, three monumental 16’ bronze Spirit Totem sculptures will be on public view in Dante Park, New York City from January 25th through April 15, 2014.

Herb Alpert Small Totems

These sculptures shown in the photos above and below are in the range of 12-inches high and under.

Herb Alpert Small Totems

Herb and Gail at ACA Gallery
Me (still all bundled up from being out in the cold) with Herb

Herb was at present at the reception and it was fun to have the chance to meet such a music industry legend. He was very nice.

Sculptures by Herb Alpert, part of the exhibit Totems & Deities in conjunction with sculptress Anita Huffington, will be on Exhibit through March 1st, 2014 at ACA Galleries, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor, NYC.

Herb Alpert Black Totem Red Background

Peter Max Paints Hull of Norweigan Cruise Line's Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway By Peter Max

Norwegian Cruise Line has just revealed the Norwegian Breakaway’s signature hull artwork designed by pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max. This is the first time Norwegian has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Launching in April 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest ship to homeport in New York City year-round. Max’s signature artwork will cover approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway’s hull. Read more about the Breakaway, Peter Max and Norwegian Cruise Line at This Link!

André Saraiva’s Andrépolis at The Hole

Andrepolis Full Room
Welcome to Andrépolis (All Photos By Gail)!

For me, a work of art is most effective when it creates a portal to an alternate reality into which the viewer can then immerse himself. A current exhibit which achieves this objective exquisitely is Andrépolis, the first major solo show by Portuguese artist André Saraiva – primarily known as the graffiti artist André – which opened at The Hole Gallery on Bowery this past Thursday.

Andre Graffiti in Neon
André Graffiti Tag Rendered In Neon

As the title suggests, Saraiva has created a simply fantastic miniature Metropolis with this unique installation that is not only enchanting to behold visually, but is also lots of fun to experience as an environment. For this installation, Saraiva built fifteen whimsical sky scraper-like structures (each standing approximately 6 feet tall), fashioned from wood, painted in bright hues (pink being one of his signature colors) and fully accented with exterior neon signage, flashing bulbs and, in some cases interior lights, transforming The Hole’s rear gallery into a hallucinatory nighttime vision of New York city nightclubs and restaurants. Wow!

The Hole Neon Signage

The Hole's Andrepolis Gallery Shot
Fans Explore Andrépolis at Thursday’s Opening Reception

Andrépolis was challenging to photograph. Since the gallery is dark, shooting without a flash looses much of the work’s fine detail, while using the flash washes out the highly desirable moody, surreal and assuredly dreamlike atmosphere created by the many bulbs and neon lights. You can see what I mean by the examples below.

Annabelle Sky Scraper Shot with FlashAnnabelle Sky Scraper No Flash
Annabelle Sky Scarper Shot with Flash Versus No Flash

What I love so much about Andrépolis is how the environment is extremely childlike, yet the subject matter, celebrating the world of nightclubbing and sex shops, exists purely in the adult realm. In a review of the exhibit, Purple Magazine offered that, “These sculptures of nightclubs also link to [the artist’s] activity as a creator of clubs. Each of these sculptures is an altar to the passions in his life: partying, the night, and the irresistible attraction of the lights in the bars and the clubs of the city he is exploring.” I couldn’t have said it better. Andrépolis is very highly recommended.

Sex Shop from Andrepolis

André Saraiva’s Andrépolis will be on Exhibit Through August 10, 2012 at The Hole Gallery, Located at 312 Bowery New York, NY 10012. Phone (212) 466-1100.

Celebrate Earth Day, 2012!

Happy Earth Day Heart

Happy Earth Day,  Everyone! Here in New York City there are quite a few free events and programs going on around town in Central Park, Times Square, The Highline Park and the New York Botanical Gardens, to name just a few. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood at NYC Earth Day Events.

For more tips and ideas on Green Living please visit The Daily Green Dot Com.

You can also read advice and get resources on how to start your own Garden on the official Google Blog at This Link.

We all share this planet so please do your part to save the Earth!

Springtime Flowers Yellow and Pink