Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


Please allow me to introduce myself...

A Psycho Moment...

The Skulls of Santa Croce

The Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence is the burial place of many legendary Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Rossini, earning it the nickname "The Temple of Italian Glories." Bodies are interred in the church and as one wanders around, one walks over the tombs of so many Florentines whose lives unfolded just outside the doors. And on the tops of these tombs, which are flush with the floor, are beautiful images of skulls rendered in marble.

Photos by JEF

Madame Squelette

Gingerbread Skeletons

BEAUTY: Art for Halloween--Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle makes haunted houses purely out of Legos. He says no foreign materials are used in his creations (no wood, glue, or paint)...just Legos!

BEAUTY: Art for Halloween--Lindsay Hand

These lovely images of skeletons and skeleton "angels" are by Lindsay Hand. I will be posting her non-skeleton (hence non-Halloween) art in the near future.

Top to bottom: Anne; Baby Teeth; Flora; It's Time; Prayer Book

BEAUTY: Painting for Halloween--Mark Bryan

"The Grateful Dead" by Mark Bryan, a wonderful Halloween version of the classic Norman Rockwell image for a Saturday Evening Post cover.

BEAUTY: Art for Halloween--Our Exquisite Corpse

Gorgeous beaded skulls made out of carved wood from Our Exquisite Corpse.

It's A Pumpkin Eat Pumpkin World...

Costume Contest!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Underwater Art Gallery

In 2010, commercial and fine art photographer Andreas Franke visited the artificial reef of the sunken ship The Vandenburg, off the coast of Key West. After many dives, he created a portfolio of work positing what everyday life would be like on this wrecked ship, under water. These fantastical images make up the collection "The Vandenburg: Life Below the Surface." And the first venue to show these works is The Vandenburg itself! Currently, divers can suit up for a descent to 93 feet below the water's surface to see Franke's work encased in plexiglass and held onto the hull of the ship by ultra-strong magnets. The show closes January of 2012 and then will be exhibited on dry land.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Halloween will be here soon...

BEAUTY: Art--Jon Redmond

Jon Redmond's lovely, evocative work speaks to a certain type of lonely Americana that recalls the work of the great Edward Hopper. There is so much longing in these empty spaces.

Top to bottom: 329; Grays Corner; 330; Oxford Street; 607; Walnut; 612

BEAUTY: Photography--Troy Ruffels

The enigmatic photography of Troy Ruffels feels very painterly, and that is no accident. He is a mutli-media artist who paints as well. These textured, moody, empty landscapes feature the vastness of the night sky in a lyrical, immediate way.

Ruffels is currently Head of Photomedia at the University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston, Tasmania.

Top to bottom: Tundra; Sparrow; Night Air; Flood

BEAUTY: Art--Lui Ferreyra

Colorado-based Lui Ferreyra's fractured, splintered portraits are fascinating. They bring to mind stained glass as well as paint-by-numbers sets.

Top to bottom: Vision; Delusion; Bardos 6; Bardos 5; Bardos 1