As I stood in front of this piece of art I couldn’t help but think of Miles Davis and Randy Brecker. I never met Miles Davis but I did have the good fortune to be stuck on an airport Super Shuttle in New Orleans with the Brecker Brothers.By the end of the 90 minute ride we were showing each other pictures of our kids and swapping horror stories about life on the road. Great guys to be stuck in a van with. I have seen Brecker perform a few times, sorry I never got to see Miles.
One of the most amazing parts of the 57th Carnegie International Exhibition is The Neon Ghost House developed by Alex Da Cortes.The Neon house is amazing enough but inside is a small screening room. Running for over three hours there are 57 videos an homage not only to the anniversary but also to Pittsburgh’s famous 57 varieties.
Some of the videos are short and some longer and the artist performs in all of them. We saw him play Fred Rodgers and a strange version of Bugs Bunny singing Moon River.
A lot of people in Pittsburgh buy poinsettia plants for Christmas. They are beautiful although poisonous and people tend to throw them away after Christmas. Another choice is a Christmas Cactus which is called that even though it is not actually a cactus.
They grow well as house plants in our area and if treated properly will bloom year after year. This one is in our bathroom in front of typical Pittsburgh glass brick.
We have had this Cactus for at least ten years. It use to bloom every December like clockwork. You know when it use to snow in December. Last few years it began to bloom around Thanksgiving. This year is the first year in bloomed in October. I figure if global warming continues it will soon be a Memorial Day Cactus.
Some friends stayed at our house over Thanksgiving while we were away. Being good guests they left this beautiful Orchid behind. At first I thought it was fake, nothing out of nature could look like that. However it is beautiful and natural. A perfect candidate to live in front of the glass brick in our new luxurious bathroom.
I took this image when I worked on the space shuttle of a glass cube floating in space. Just kidding I was never on the space shuttle. The image had to be manipulated to eliminate the background and string holding the glass cube. It was shot in a studio and the print was manipulated in the dark room with film masks and multiple exposures. Ah, the good old days.
Summer is the hottest time of the year but made a whole lot hotter by people. Think of all the things you do in the Summer that involve lighting a flame. Campfires,barbecues, fire pits and Tiki Torches all require a flame. So here is my first flame of Summer…flame on Johnny! You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.