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Birch Tide by Sam Moyer (public art) by Peter A. Mello
November 9, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: maritime art | Tags: ,

I love art, especially public art in places that surprise you. I also love art that’s influenced by the sea. This covers it.

Birch Tide by Sam Moyer | Total Recall for Public Art Fund NYC 2010

This work is by Sam Moyer and is part of an exhibition organized by the Public Art Fund in NYC and titled Total Recall From the website:

Covering more than 50 tree trunks in the middle of MetroTech Center Commons, Sam Moyer’s work creates the illusion of a forest of birch trees with their easily recognizable silvery bark. Upon closer inspection, this bark reveals itself to be an image of the North Sea transposed on aluminum planks. Thus, she transplants nature from sea to land, layering species over species and allowing numerous realities to co-exist harmoniously. A multi-layered viewing experience, from some perspectives the work is revealed while from others it disappears completely.

Moyer was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. She received her BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C., in 2005 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, in 2007. She was most recently included in the exhibition Greater New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2010). Recent exhibitions include the solo presentation of work entitledShape Shifters, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2010) and group shows at Max Hans Daniel, Berlin, Germany; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; and the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri.

Moyer lives and works in Brooklyn.

Photo credit: Public Art Fund on Flickr.com


Bonus Moby-Monday: Conan and the Whale by Peter A. Mello
November 8, 2010, 5:36 pm
Filed under: maritime, maritime art | Tags: , ,

Conan and the Twitter Whale

Remember Jonah and the Whale? The web 2.0 version is Conan and the Fail Whale.

Conan’s new show launches tonight and Twitter Fail Whale artist Yiying Lu created this graphic to celebrate it.

More about this on Mashable and Conan’s website (http://www.teamcoco.com/)

You can follow Conan on Twitter: http://twitter.com/conanobrien He’s funny.



Oil and Water Do Not Mix! by Peter A. Mello
November 3, 2010, 11:03 am
Filed under: Environment, maritime art | Tags:

I love this poster and the story behind it.  (see video below)

Oil and Water Poster in support of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Buy the poster and support the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Flag dip to Brainpicker on Twitter



Moby-Monday: “In the Unequal Cross-Lights” — Contemporary Sculptors Respond to the Whaling Museum Collections by Peter A. Mello

Giant Squid sculpture by Erik Durant

Last month I took the kids to New Bedford Open Studios and one of the highlights was meeting sculptor Erik Durant and seeing his giant squid which was under construction for the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s outdoor sculpture show which opened last week. Durant’s studio is always a real hit with the kids if for no other reason than his giant ear sculpture with companion Q-tip;  Joy especially loves it.

The sculpture show is titled “”In the Unequal Cross-Lights” — Contemporary Sculptors Respond to the Whaling Museum Collections” and the title is derived from Moby-Dick. From David Boyce’s article in the New Bedford Standard Times:

The project’s title is taken from “Moby-Dick,” referring to Ishmael’s visit to the Spouter-Inn, where in the “unequal cross-lights” he sees a painting on the wall that confounds him. Melville writes that this artwork requires “careful inquiry,” “earnest contemplation,” and “repeated ponderings.” In other words, much like looking at some contemporary art work, one must allow it time to divulge its intentions, its message, its meaning, or merely its composition.

Photo from ErikDurant.com



Moby-Monday: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” by Peter A. Mello

Jeremy Wood is a multidiscipline artist and map maker whose diverse work offers people and places a playground of space and time. In October 2000 he began to explore GPS satellite technology as a tool for digital mark making on water, over land, and in the air. He makes drawings and maps of his movements by recording all his daily journeys with GPS to create a personal cartography. (from the artist’s website)

One of Wood’s projects included a walk though London along the quote: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

Jeremy Wood drawing

Also from the artist’s website.

The text was written over a period of three months from January 2005. The length of the line recorded on foot for the drawing was 44.2 miles, and the total distance traveled to make the drawing was 458.6 miles. I had two bicycle punctures with reinforced puncture resistant tires, the first of which happened 20 miles into a journey looking for locations that ended in having to push the bike home for 9 miles. After closing the body of the last letter, I headed as far north as the land allowed to a small pier on which the Greenwich Meridian is marked, and finished the drawing by circling around on the footpath at the edge of the River Thames for a full stop.

Via PowerMobyDick where you can find lots of other interesting Moby-Dick digital ephemera.



Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat! by Peter A. Mello
May 2, 2010, 9:12 pm
Filed under: maritime, maritime art, maritime heritage | Tags: ,

Bet you couldn’t say that fast three times.  No worries because even though many, many more than 3 just went on view at the always amazing National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, the special exhibition, which has been has been developed in collaboration with the Musée National de la Marine, Paris, is simply titled Toy Boats!

From the website:

Between 1850 and 1950 the development of ships underwent a massive change as steel and steam replaced wood and sail. This ignited the imaginations of children and toy makers and was met by an equivalent ‘Golden Age’ in the development of toy boats.

Borrowing extensively from the collection of the Musée national de la Marine in Paris and some of Britain’s foremost collectors, ‘Toy Boats’ showcases over 100 colourful and imaginative toys which recall the grand liners, submarines and battleships that defined and defended the nation.

By the way, here’s why you can’t say “toy boat” three time fast.



Oceansize | Every Mariner’s Nightmare (video) by Peter A. Mello
April 4, 2010, 8:55 pm
Filed under: life, maritime, maritime art | Tags: ,

First things first. This is why I love the Internet.

One of my professional mariner Twitter friends posts an update that he’s meeting one of his Twitter friend to do something. Being nosy, I follow the link and ultimately end up here and get sucked in by the short film which I think is a dream or nightmare that anyone who has ever gone to sea has had.

Oceansize has a cool website with lots of good info; if you enjoyed the film, check it out.

This is why I love the Internet.

Flag dip to @muffuletta and @brundlefly




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