Empty picture frames at the White House

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I was watching some political coverage on CNN last night about President Obama’s last night at the White House and the transition for President-elect Donald Trump, when this image of empty picture frames popped up on the tv screen. They explained that there had been pictures of President Obama there, and they had been removed […]

Where’s Waldo? He’s been found, and apprehended.

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You’re probably familiar with the series of picture books called “Where’s Waldo,” by the English illustrator Martin Handford, where one is given a vast, visually-busy picture (such as the one below left), with the challenge to find the “Waldo” character in the drawing. The graffiti artist “HiJack” had his own take on the Waldo theme […]

These sculptures were looking for a new home at Christmas

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There was a “pop-up shop” in Newport News that I visited over the holidays which was selling a range of gifts, including paintings, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, and other assorted arts and crafts. There were a series of small sculptures – I’m guessing by the same artist – that featured what I might politely call “unattractive” […]

Industrial Abstraction via aerial views of Lawrence Point, Queens

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While looking for a good street view of the Steinway piano factory for my last post, I found myself taking a virtual tour of my old neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, including a peek around the Con Edison plant which takes up the northwest corner at Lawrence Point. As I was looking for different vantage points, […]

Construction site window into an urban montage

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There’s little cut-open “portholes” or windows in the plywood walls around various construction sites in NYC that allow a look into the site, as you can see in the picture below. (scroll down for more …) The openings in the plywood walls can serve as “frames” for a snapshot of what lies behind them. Sometimes […]

Windows on top of windows: architectural reflections

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve become more-interested in observing architecture and looking for interesting visual compositions in the various buildings and construction sites around New York City. There’s so much to see above the street level (such as this “Wow Factor” over at our sister site, The Arts Adventurer), it’s hard sometimes […]

A new fascination with construction sites and visual composition

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When I go into NYC, I’m often walking around the Chelsea neighborhood, exploring all of the art galleries there. But lately I’ve found myself fascinated by all of the construction sites and funky new architecture going up in the neighborhood. Between the Hudson Yards project, and all of the new luxury condos and apartments going […]

Reflections on NYC architecture and Mark Tobey

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As I was walking around the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC the other day, I noticed the unusual reflections on the side of this brick building (below left). I just wish I had thought to turn around and also photograph the building across the street whose windows were creating this funky reflection and pattern, but unfortunately, […]