Friday, January 23, 2015

Found Art Friday 166

Dear ones,
The Art Ranger was again At large and away from her desk performing a delivery. There was a foggy road that ate the landscape.  Music streams now, it used to feel so deliberate to choose and put in a CD (or record album). With physical actions removed, it's as though music is just coming out of your head.  Upon her return, first there was a bath of skies:
(some typos are worth keeping)
Two witnessed by Susan Needleman in Corral de Tierra
And "Thru Sunglasses" from Bonnie Hotz
Then arrived from Friend of a Friend (a great new category),
both connoisseurs and practitioners of Crack Gardening.  First brought to our attention by Diane Gage and Anne Mudge in about 2003 when we were in a show together.

From Karen Glenn via Diane Gage, producer of  "Poem of the Week" a kind of service
So you all?  What of visual note or quirk has occurred in the space between your sky and ground lately?  Please let us know at

Friday, January 9, 2015

Found Art Friday 165

Dear All,
Welcome to The Art Ranger's 5th year of service at the Department of Homeland Inspiration. As we keep on bloggin' what you see here is Art Ranger's version of "news" sifted from the quirk of daily life - images that lean in toward "art".  In fact, would you be interested in becoming a local correspondent this year?  We are not Instagram, though I love their font.  The Art Ranger's wish is to dish up some thoughtograms with your contributed images as a the starting rue.
What's left of last year's Audobon "planner"
 Okay, it is 2015 and that is an odd year.
About the overwrought generally grossed-out nature of our country and its internal and global afflictions, we aren't going to can those worms right now.  BUT WE ARE SO SORRY THAT CARTOONISTS AND JOURNALISTS ARE GETTING THEIR HEADS SEVERED OR BLOWN OFF just for working to root out unstoppable truths.
We will look at it again in March, then May

meanwhile, we must eat to live
What platform are you on? And what if all those platforms give way underneath us?  It is worrisome how much we enjoy using and receiving those emojis. What sort of verbalizing are we letting them herd up for us?
please connect the dots
A walk around the block, down the street from "It's about Time" Clock shop
So what are your attentiveness findings from the neighborhood? or revelations in travel?  Say hello and send pictures to:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Found Art Friday 164

Dear ones,
As 14 draws to a close, thank you for visiting the Department of Homeland Inspiration and completing another trip around the sun with the Art Ranger, soon to enter our fifth year at this post. While many are right now rushing around in parking lots wrapped in consumer packaging and Rudolf re-runs or rumpa tum tum or getting skotchtape stuck on a lot of things, we shall instead offer up a quick hors d'ouevre of imagery from recent days:
lengthening and strengthening

Yet, do you ever get to feeling this way?
oh, hello  - we liked that shape - you wrapped yourself in it - it was a helpful horseshoe shape

Made by shoe shoeing by Artist Sonja Hinrichsen,  found by Susan Needleman

We hope you will enjoy your days/daze, and will see you around the next bend.  Please continue to visit and contribute your images to our discussion right here:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Found Art Friday 163

Dear ones,
Of the blogo-cosm - here are this week's offerings: First of all, we come upon ...
Across the street from
 It's "About Time"- remember?
And down a little ways was
this Squashed abandoned Baby Sock

Now we'll call attention to some words, artfully combined;  so much still hangs on words.

Recently, we took a book recommendation off Face---- from a friend-of-a friend-who-also used-to-be-a-cousin's-girlfriend-who-might-now-be-called-an-aquaintance: The book, "Us" by David Nicholls.  Page 75 makes the Art Ranger laugh thoroughly, reminding us of our perennial challenge to explain this profession to newcomers:
Okay, here's An article worth reading if you care about socially engaged art:
by A.O. Scott, entitled: Looking the Other Way, from which we will share a comment by poet, Patricia Lockwood:
 "I would never tell artists that they had to address social issues in their work, because as soon as you tell artists that they have to do something, they turn around and poop on the floor.  Tell them instead that these questions are difficult, that the story is missing something without them, that they are another dimension, and then see what happens."
Onward awkwardly, after getting vertebrae moved 

Soon the holiday may whack us all with an oversize red plastic hammer.
Perhaps an image sent here will be a winter lozenge: