Friday, February 12, 2016

Post-It Nudes

Recently I checked a book out of the library on the medical collection held at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.  Some prior lendee of the book put post-it notes over all of the nudes.  My word, it's not like these pictures are vulgar in any way, but clearly there's a local prude out there who takes issue.  At least the images weren't permanently defaced.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Dippy Carnegie Library, Oakland Branch, Pittsburgh

Two blocks down from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and in front of the Carnegie Library, Oakland Branch, stands a life-sized statue of a Diplodocus carnegii, a dinosaur species named for the ubiquitously eponymous Andrew Carnegie.  Sometime in the fall, as the temperatures begin to really drop, somebody wraps and ties an enormous scarf around Dippy's neck.  Every year it's a different scarf, and often around St. Patrick's Day the scarf is switched out for one that's very Irish themed.  Just a bit of fun.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Magda Watts Dolls

Tailor and the Rabbi, Magda Watts dolls, Jewish Community Center, Pittsburgh

Born in 1929 in Hungary, Magda Watts  later survived Auschwitz, and indeed, her time in the concentration camp led to her doll-making.   The dolls in the collection at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh depict the lives of working class Jews; Tailor, cobbler, butcher, rabbi, jeweler.  The dolls are very detailed as are the trappings of their various occupations.  Mind boggling the time and attention to detail these dolls would've commanded.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Interior Skylight

Waterlogue Effect Interior Skylight, Pittsburgh, 2016

I think that the waterlogue effect works well with the sky, much like it does with water scenes.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reflection of Compartmental Thinking

Reflection of Compartmental Thinking, Pittsburgh, 2016, Original Jane Haskell

The glass, you see, that protects the original print, serves as an uncontrollable visual echo, a shout of light from the room.  The original photographic print was created by Jane Haskell and consists of different crops of the same image to convey how the same thing can be perceived differently.  My photograph of her photograph is just another layer within her established narrative.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Four Chaplains Mural

Jewish Community Center Mural, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016

Everything you need to know about the mural is in the description, but I would just like to add that it is, as murals tend to be, massive and striking.  There is something eternally heroic and romantic about sacrifice, which belies the equally eternal horrors and waste of war.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shadow Skull

Deer Skull Study, Pittsburgh, 2016

I liked the idea of the skull emerging out of shadow.