Friday, February 27, 2015

Found Art Friday 171

It happens sometimes, Art Ranger lets herself get carried away (obsessed) by the darndest thing, which in this case was Lady Gaga singing last Sunday at the Oscars a medley from the Sound of Music.  First of all, there was the surreal juxtaposition of a tatted up Lady G lilting the songs of our most wholesome of non nuns, Maria  " The hills are alive ......  la la la.... ........ Edelweiss ... Edelweiss  .... small and white  ......  clean and bright   ...   ..."  It was none of that and yet she pulled it off.

Then there was the prominent trumpet on arm thing that we couldn't stop looking at - why that there?  Why has Gaga armed herself with a muted trumpet?  Well, we find out that she needed to have Tony Bennett's drawing of Miles Davis' trumpet etched permanently on her armature as part of her "Cheek to Cheek" experience.

Yah that's right - Tony Bennett's pretty bad drawing of Miles Davis' trumpet is now inked on Gaga's arm
That is so meta, so loopy .....  just a more graphic than usual example of artists feeding off of one another for inspiration.

Showing off the Tat  -  so rather limply yet in a very orchestrated blue velvet way

Or is it a nod to this?
Johannes Vermeer 1655 - and that is not a pearl ear ring
Though here at The Department of Homeland Inspiration we have never sought out Gaga's music, we do enjoy taking note of the highly calculated visuals of this artist's artistic personae and wonder what mashup of past present and future she will bring forth next.

Please send us random finds from your world (so we will not go Gaga) to:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Found Art Friday 170

Dear Ones,
Behold - this is the art for today:
Previously posted 4' 8" tall man with pine cone (phone) in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park
Happily, our research correspondent in the Bay Area has informed us that this man was John McLaren, who was Superintendent of the park for more than 50 years and didn't like "stookies" (statues)!  Oddly, now his stance, and rapport with object in hand, have whole other connotations.

Since we are obsessed with wonderment about humans and their tools, we are today sharing some art adventures from years gone by that very few people ever have seen.  This required some sifting through the internetia of of our own miniature historia:

Cell Phone - from 2001 "Paratools" way before she became The Art Ranger
Bread Slippers - Warm Ciabatta

Boing ---  Flip back to the present:  Phone Henge - "Icebreaker" sculpture made by students.

And "Messages in a Bottle" inspired by Derli Romero
 WELL TODAY wasn't so much "found art" as it was deliberate, prescribed, assigned, or hoped for.
Shall you?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Found Art Friday 169

Dear Ones,
Have you ever found yourself feeling sorry for a fire hydrant?

Fort Ord yet elegant remains

by the college of law
Here you want to breathe and drain the wound.  To allow this ultimate plumbing fixture to be able to be stately again.  Admiring of foundry work, hydrants have always seemed to us such worthy sculptures.   Colorful sturdy reminders of a caring civic infrastructure.  Those things you want to trust about us.
 Memory FLASH from bicycle ride across the united states of america in 1984 - we saw glorious fun like this and now, decades later, understand the flip side.

Our kind of internet search poetry
Oh yes, and we wanted to say this ...  Hope you are in it - somewhere- toes in mud

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Found Art Friday 168

 Dear intrepid ones,
Today's Found Art Friday revisits a book called "Ways of Seeing" (circa 1972) by John Berger that made a loud squeaking noise on the Art Ranger's bookshelf until it was pulled out and cracked open:
(Berger in bold)
It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world: we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.  The relation of what we see and what we know is never settled.
Rene Magritte (1868-1967) - Fine Realities

Art Ranger is, as you read this, roaming about the world looking after that "unsettled" process,  collecting and sharing some of "what we see".  Folding in words describing worlds.  One wonders how Mr. Berger would interpret today's nearly omnipresent phone cam therefore i am era into his argument?
Mysterious sculpture of 4' ft. 8" tall bronze Gentleman staring at Pine Cone (insert phone) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. No didactic plaque present.

"that we are surrounded by it " has taken on new meaning since 1972.  "It" is a vastly different place of (in part) self-made-selfness traced through images-therefore-i-am residue that circulates in a riotously abundant manner ..... instant grams, snaps of chats, posts, loops, memes, #s, and obsessive self-noticings of myriad mobile, satellite and cloud-assisted never-before-possible forms.

Even still, with all our overabundance, so very many moments we perceive,  just do not translate into photographs, yet, we continue to strive to capture more, more, more, as a kind of salve to the living breathing surprise-loving brain. Yet, a great many other image-moments are only noticeable or memorable due to their unpremeditated, out-of-pocket instant inspirational stoppages in time:
not requiring a Nikon camera, yet asking to please be acknowledged
Images were first made to conjure up the appearances of something that was absent.  says Berger. Gradually it became evident that an image could outlast what it represented;...
This is where we live!  Can hardly believe it sometimes.  Because the land used to belong to the US Military, it is still not entirely ruined yet.
An image became a record of how X had seen Y.   He goes on to say:  This was the result of an increasing consciousness of individuality, accompanying that an increasing awareness of history ...   Hmmm. ..... so now Art Ranger wonders about our current "consciousness of individuality" versus increasing? awareness of history.  Uh ....  don't think so ..... more likely to just take things out of context:
Cam doesn't get out much anymore.  He is losing his muscle tone. 
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