Tag Archive | Purple

Prince Mural at the Graffiti Room

Prince Mural
All Photos By Gail

I was on a Street Art Safari when I came upon this big game; a  mural of Prince (RIP), located on the side of the Graffiti Room restaurant at the corner of Kenmare and Mott Streets in downtown Manhattan. It looks like they are also having an Instagram contest:

Graffiti Room Contest

So, head on down to the  Graffiti Room and get to snapping and ‘gramming!

Prince Symbol

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Robert Miller Gallery Presents Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala

Glen Rubsamen Polygala
All Photos By Gail

If you’ve ever spent any time in LA or the surrounding area, few experiences that you can have here in NYC will imbue you with a sense of sweet nostalgia for the Southland quite like viewing this series of new paintings and photographs by artist Glen Rubsamen, which he calls Polygala.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Purple Palm Tree

In his second solo exhibition at Robert Miller, Rubsamen presents a series of paintings based on a project he began in 2012 to photograph juxtaposed billboards, palm trees and cell phone masts. As he explains, “it became quickly apparent that it was almost impossible to photograph a billboard in Los Angeles without a palm tree or cell phone tower, or both, sneaking into the picture frame.” Rubsamen describes the work’s static construction as an ‘accidental ensemble,’ an exercise in chance, and humorous negation of the classical principles of perspective, sequence and scale.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Two Guys and Palm Trees

I loved this painting, seen above, so much that I didn’t even want to wait for these two guys to move to photograph it, because obviously they are digging it as well, so why not just bring them into the experience?

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Street Lamp and Tree

I think part of the reason I was so quickly enamored of this exhibit is the color palette he uses – gradations of purples, blues and mint greens – all set against black shadows, which definitely set a mood of either dusk or dawn, while extracting endless memories of time I spent growing up in Southern California. In other words, these paintings really spoke to me, as they did to the friend I attended the exhibit with who is also from that area. I don’t think there is any greater compliment I could offer than that. I would love to own any of these pieces.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Palm Trees

I think these are some of the most beautiful paintings I’ve seen in a recent exhibit. I highly recommend you check out this show while it is still up, because they are even more impactful in person.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Duo Framed

Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala will be on Exhibit Through December 21st, 2013 at Robert Miller Gallery, Located at 524 West 26th Street, In the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Street Light

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Signage

The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden

NYBG Orchid Show Signag
All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge

The Orchid Show is going on now at the New York Botanical Garden and I made the trek from the East Village all the way to the Bronx today with my friend Diane (aka Diaaahhhhne) to check out the flowers and enjoy a day outside in the 50 degree sunshine. Because winter is almost over!

NYBG Snow on Ground

There was a little bit of snow still on the grounds from last week’s storm. It was pretty!

Even though it is still a bit chilly out, you’ll be nice and warm inside the glass domes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which has been climate controlled to mimic rain forests and other climates in which the orchids live.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Orchid Show Schedule

If you looked through a slide show of the 80 some odd photos I took on my visit, you’d probably conclude that I took 80 photos of purple flowers but, as you’ll see, orchids come in innumerable subtle variations of shades of purple and violet, as well as many other different colors.

Magenta Orchids

Orchids with Reflection
Note that although the flower’s color seems washed out from the sun, it is still vibrantly reflected in the water.

Deep Purple Orchids

Purple Leopard Orchids

Purple Leopard Orchids Close Up
Close Up of the Previous Photo. I am not sure what these orchids are called but they look like Leopard Orchids to me!

The show is set up in several rooms throughout the conservatory. In one room a soothing, ambient soundtrack played that reminded me very much of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. Diane said that the music made her feel like she was getting a massage.

Fountain and Orchids

Yellow Orchids

Multi Colored Orchids

Pansy Orchids
Pansy Orchids!

Light Violet Orchids

Orchids Vanilla Sign
I Did Not Know That!

Dancing Lady Orchids
Dancing Lady Orchids

Orange Orchids

Tiny White Falling Orchids

Peach Colored Orchids

Find out more about The Orchid Show — which runs to April 22nd, 2013 — and related events at NYBG at This Link! Don’t miss it!

Purple Bat-Wing Van!

Purple Batwing Van
What a Sweet Ride

I haven’t gotten around to seeing The Dark Knight yet because I am too busy having a life. I’m sure I’ll see it eventually, just like I finally got around to buying a cell phone two years ago. I hate to be one to hop on a trend too quickly.

But I was just surfing around the ‘Net, like I do for fun on a Friday nights, looking for something Batman-esque to post so I can drag some Batman freaks over to the site, and I found this post about Michael Ian Black’s new book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face over on Best Week Ever Dot TV. I decided to snag this Batman-related part of the post so I can steal some of their thunder. Thank you. You’re welcome.

Commentary stolen from Bestweekever.tv:
“What this van lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in totally useless purple fiberglass appendages. This is the kind of van that says, “I probably won’t fit through the underpass.” On the other hand, it would be a perfect getaway vehicle for a bank job because nobody would think you would be stupid enough to rob a bank and then drive away in that thing. In case the van itself didn’t tell you the owner has a thing for Batman, the Batman decal on the side should clear up any confusion.”

Funny.