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Modern Art Monday Presents: Ivan Navarro’s Homeless Lamp, The Juice Sucker

Homeless Lamp
All Photos By Gail

Ivan Navarro uses electric light as his primary medium, appropriate the austere visual language of Minimalism and imbuing it with political resonance.  For Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker (2004–05),  he built a grocery cart out of fluorescent tubes and, with it, wandered to the gallery-lined streets of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The luminous sculpture evokes the work of Dan Flavin while also  referencing an object commonly repurposed by homeless people for storage and transportation.

Ivan Navarro Video

Scored to the Mexican revolutionary song “Juan Sin Tierra” (John the Landless), the accompanying documentary video follows Navarro and a friend as they search for public electricity with which to eliminate the sculpture. presenting the artist as a transient figure, Navarro offers a personal allegory for his early attempts to gain access to the New York art world as well as the difficulties faced by migrants in establishing connections with the place to which they have relocated.

Homeless Lamp

Photographed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City during the Storylines exhibit in 2015.

 

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NYC East Village: Post-Juno in the Park!

Italian Ice Cart
Abandoned Italian Ice Cart, Avenue B and 11th Street (All Photos By Gail)

Geoffrey said a funny thing to me today, which is that he read on the Interwebs that Winter Storm Juno was not so much a Blizzard as it was “a Storm with a Very Good Publicist.” Hah! So true.  Juno failed to completely kick our asses to the curb but it did leave about six inches of white fluffy stuff on the ground.

At lunch today, I went for a walk in the hood and took some pictures. This is what it looked like around Noon on the day after the snowstorm in the East Village, NYC.

UnShoveled Sidewalk

The streets had been plowed continuously all through the night and 80% of the sidewalks were at least somewhat shoveled, so it was not too hazardous to navigate my way without falling on my ass. The above photo is a good example of a sidewalk that no one had shoveled. It still looks very beautiful.

Snow Covered Car

Cars parked curbside had not that much snow on them, really.

Grocery Cart

I’m not sure who this Shopping Cart belongs to.

Tompkins Square Park Sign

Here I am at Tompkins Square Park. Let’s go inside and explore.

Benches with Snow

There is not that much snow on the benches. I have seen way better.

Ping Pong Table

In the spring and summer, people play Ping Pong on that thing.

Fountain

This is a Fancy Bird Bath. Or something.

Snowman 1

These kids were making a few Snowmen with their mom.

Snowman 3

Here’s another one that kind of looks like a Snow Ghost to me.

Snowman 2

And another one pretty close by.

Kids Sledding

Little kids were Sledding on a not very impressive hill.

Dog Run

Many people were out running their dogs. Dogs Love Snow!

Doggies in the Snow

I enjoyed watching these little ones play.

Do Not Feed the Pigeons

Don’t even think about it.

Chess Tables

Too cold to play Chess.

Snow on Bushes and Statue

Snow untouched by humans. So gorgeous.

Snow on the Bushes

Snow on the Cement

Snow Capped Trash Bin

Garbage Bin Snow Cone.

Ice Covered SUV

Ice and snow covered Parks Department SUV.

Community Garden Whirligigs

On the way back home, I walked by a few of the remaining East Village Community Gardens. There is a story of life there, even in the dead of winter.

Pink Flamingo
Snow Flamingo

Penguin House

Happy Winter Everybody!