The cobblestones of Water Street in Brooklyn’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood were covered with adhesive plastic sheets, each with a personal, hand-written message as part of an installation artwork at the 2013 DUMBO Art Festival this past weekend.
We spent part of our weekend surfing (and checking out a lot of art and drinking a lot espresso, too, of course) at New York City’s Far Rockaway Beach. Some friends invited us too an après-surf Korean BBQ B-day party at a condo across from the beach, where a group of people have rented the condo exclusively for the purposes of storing their surfboards so they don’t have to schlep them from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The living room has been turned into essentially a very large and comfortable closet to keep a quiver of some twenty boards. Clever. Love it.
We stumbled upon this “Beware of Dog” sign on the gate of small house in the town of Carpinteria, in Santa Barbara County, California, last weekend. What struck us was how the bold typographical warning of the sign contrasted to the very small, cute dog lying on the front lawn in the background. The dog was barking super mildly in a way that seemed more like the half-hearted chirping of sociable bird than a dangerous canine. This pooch seemed to be “phoning it in” when it came to protective duties. That said, looks can be deceiving.
The street art of the prolific New York artist Fumero is a reliable presence on the landscapes of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. His series of “Grampa” illustrations are rendered and wheat-pasted in various sizes, colors and styles, but rarely as large as this new, giant line-drawing “wheatie” that just went up on a wall at the corner of Crosby and Prince streets in SoHo.
Our contributing editor Ryan Baum came across this super awesome mural by the ever-prolific Shepard Fairey at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Fairey’s artwork here is site specific, drawing from local architectural imagery and referencing the city’s important industrial history. Great stuff.
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This ping pong table installed in the second-floor terrace of the first-rate Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (and, by design, the museum-visiting couple playing) is a conceptual piece of installation sound art titled “Sound Piece for the Hammer Museum,” one of a series of projects at the museum by Machine Project. Love it.