Relief

Relief

Another image of a sculpture. I just seem to get a little too close to show the whole thing.

May 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day and I should be out at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. I didn’t make it last year – the weather forecast wasn’t too promising and heavy rain came just as President Obama was beginning to speak and things were canceled. This image is of the marker for my stepfather’s grave. The flags are put out every Memorial Day by volunteers at ALNC.

 

May 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Freudian Ponderings

Freudian Ponderings

To get some details out of the way – this is an image of an art installation that I made in Chicago in 2007. The title is “Man Hanging Out” and it is by the Czech sculptor David Cerny (there are some diacritics over the C and the y, but I left them out since some web browsers have trouble with them) www.davidcerny.cz.  The statue is of Sigmund Freud and according to info that Columbia College (which sponsored and put up the installation) had in the window below the sculpture, it was “a surprising evocation of the life and work of Sigmund Freud.”   I wonder.

 

I also wonder why I made the image.  Why did I post it after almost four years?  Is a snapshot of art also art? (There was a group of artists some years back who did a ‘rephotograhic’ project.  This usually involves going to a location of a famous photograph and making a new image at the site to show changes that have come over time.  This group, however, photographed famous photographs that are in Public Domain and presented them. They credited the original photographers, but presented the work as their own.  An interesting idea and one that mostly didn’t go anywhere, since it was mostly conceptual art and most people didn’t get or appreciate the concept.)  If the snapshot isn’t art, is it because it’s a snapshot, or did the original art somehow become ‘not art’.  So many questions, so little time, so little importance to them.

 

May 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Look out for the Roof

Look out for the Roof

I was walking around downtown Chicago a few summers ago while the Air and Water Show was going on farther north. I amuse easily and when I saw this formation flying apparently just over the building I made a series of images. I also realize that since 9-11, photos of planes flying into buildings are quite politically incorrect, but I was still amused.

May 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Red Stairway

Red Stairway

Sometimes you come across a scene and can only think – “Where’s Pete Turner when I need him?” Since he wasn’t around, I made this image on my own.

 

May 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Keep Alert

Keep Alert

Like a lot of animals who hang out where a lot of people congregate, this little fellow, who hangs around the trails along the Grand Canyon, doesn’t exactly shy away from people, but is always ready for escape.

May 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Danger

Danger


This is perhaps my favorite sign at the Grand Canyon. I guess that the intelligence and good sense of the American public (not to mention foreign visitors) is too limited to realize that a shear drop of several hundred feet is a disaster waiting to happen. But, in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: ‘Hey, let’s be careful out there’.

May 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous

About four or five years ago, I was driving down I-57 through central Illinois and I really first noticed how many cell phone towers there were along the road. This last Sunday, I started looking closely again and was somewhat surprised to see how many more towers there are now. They have become so common that we don’t even see them any more. This particular tower is the closest to my home (which guarantees that my cellphone will refuse to notice its existence).

May 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Great Hall – Krannert Center

Great Hall - Krannert Center

The University of Illinois Bands Held an Alumni Reunion and Concert this last weekend.  There are over 12,000 living U of I Band Alumni scattered throughout the world and this group met and gave a fine concert Sunday.  The concert was a tribute to Dr. Harry Begian, who passed away recently.  In the long history of the U of I Bands, there have only been five directors; Begian was the third.  In this image, Dr. Robert Rumbelow, the current Director, is conducting the band.

 

The setting is the Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the U of I campus in Urbana.  The Center was built while I was an undergrad at the U of I and I have been fortunate to see and hear some wonderful programs over the years ranging fron the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy to Garrison Keillor along with The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, Burl Ives, Marvin Hamlisch and the ubiquitous ‘many more’. I also attended a number of Christmas Carol concerts put on by the U of I Music Department, where all the choral groups would each sing a few selections.  The viewpoint of this image is from the back of the balcony, and you can see how there is seating around the sides and also behind the stage.  Several of the concerts started out with a women’s choir standing all around the opening looking down on the main floor, and to those sitting below, the voices from above and around had an almost angelic quality.

 

I was also lucky to be on the press tour of the building before it opened with the architect Max Abramovitz, who designed the building.  He had some major problems with the acoustics at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, which he also designed (he blamed the problems on having to redo the plans several times to increase seating and not having the time to start over from scratch, but rather having to tweak the design until the acoustics finally went bad) and so he wanted to show that if given a free hand, he could design for good acoustics.  I’ve performed on stage numerous times and have sat in all parts of the hall and can attest to the wonderful sound (I was in the first – or one of the first – groups to rehearse on the stage – the workmen were still putting up the finishing touches.  We were amazed at how well we could hear each other, which made for a much better ensemble.).  The Chicago Symphony, under Solti, recorded the Beethoven Symphony #9 in the Great Hall and would have recorded more if not for the expense and logistical problems of being so far from Chicago.

May 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Hospital Hallway

Hospital Hallway


I was visiting a patient in Elgin, IL and had to walk down this hallway. I was taken by the interplay of sunlight and shadow with the structure.

May 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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