Archive for the 'Artsy' Category

Isaac Art

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Persephone and I took a photo of Xy raking up the “street salad” left behind by Hurricane Isaac. Then we drew our own interpretation based on the photo. Persephone drew the gusts and leaves; I drew the branches and the figure with rake, but Persephone drew the face.

A Couple Fun Things I Did Recently

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Sometimes it’s tough working with faculty. They have the summer off, and lots of them take extended vacations. Then they come back raving about what a fantastic time they had. Which is great, except sometimes I start to get a little jealous. So I thought I’d take a moment to remind myself of some fun […]

Family Portrait

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Inspired by my old compatriot Joe Nickell, who is now an arts writer out in Montana, I commissioned local artist Jane Brewster to paint a family portrait. It’s based on a snapshot (above) taken by a random passing neighbor. The painting (below) captures the magic of the original moment and inscribes it to a deeper […]

Two Dozen

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Here’s two sets of a dozen pictures each. For maximum enjoyment, view each slideshow in fullscreen mode. (A button will appear in the lower right corner after you click play.) The first batch is over 40 years old, the second batch was collected (from our refrigerator) over the last three months, but both were scanned […]


Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’m still a little “down in the mouth” from getting a temporary crown last week. In the meantime, please check out this link: The Hypothetical Development Organization I’m not really sure what this is all about. As near as I can figure, these folks aim to propose bizarre and fanciful re-developments of existing urban buildings […]


Friday, September 17th, 2010

I don’t really know Gina very well. She’s a friend of a friend, the intermediary being the irascible PJ Christie. Gina and PJ played together in a band called Rabbit Hatch back in the pre-K days. They played at our 2005 Samedi Gras party, as pictured here. So obviously Gina is a musician but she’s […]

What Goes Around

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

It’s not just a sign — it’s a kinetic sculpture. This was constructed by Peter Hickman and friends at the place where the Jeff Davis neutral ground intersects the Lafitte Corridor at the foot of Bayou St. John. It is propelled by the wind. In my personal opinion, it’s a perfect expression of community desire […]

The Internet Is Such a Strange Place

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Post Dance

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Perhaps I was inspired by all the art we saw yesterday, because when I got home I made a video by pairing a clip I shot Thursday night with a serendipitous musical track. I’ve embedded the video below, but I had to make it smaller to fit my rather narrow template. You’d do better to […]


Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I was leafing through Lagniappe today and came across an article by Doug MacCash, about a guy named Charlie Bishop who noticed a hunk of concrete in City Park and labeled it a sculpture. As far as I can tell, no one else has bought into this idea, except possibly MacCash, who labels Bishop a […]

Spontaneous Public Sculpture

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This sculpture mysteriously appeared on the Lafitte Corridor last week, just in time for the Urban Pathways conference tour. I was surprised and touched. It’s worth nothing that Friends of Lafitte Corridor did not solicit or commission this sculpture, though in retrospect I’m pretty sure I know who made it. It is, quite simply, yet […]

Skylar Fein Rocks

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Here’s a li’l art rock mix in honor of the fun we had over the weekend. I took Persephone to City Park Saturday morning, and we had a ball walking around the Big Lake. (Thanks to the Trust for Public Land for the recent improvements.) After that we visited the New Orleans Museum of Art, […]

The Mania for Documentation Considered as a Disease

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Remember those Brother WP-500 disks I mentioned a while back? I was unable to find a compatible machine to actually read and print the disks myself. My research revealed there were only three models that could read this format. A guy in Britain advised me that they are considered “logically hard-sectored” — whatever than means […]

The Descent of Persephone

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I was tag-surfing on Flickr when I came across this fantastic image called “The Descent of Persephone,” a fresh collaboration from two artists Alvarejo and Silverqe. I noticed it was also tagged “Threadless” which I recognized as an apparel brand, so I kept my eye on it. I didn’t really know much about Threadless except […]

Stairway to Levee Flag

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I was putting up posters last week for the Beyond Jena forum. I thought to myself, “New Orleans East always gets left out of the mix these days. I’m going to start out there.” So I drove out there and started looking around for a little coffeeshop or some such where I could put a […]

I Am Struck by Lightning

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Continuing to experiment with Google Presentation and Flickr’s Creative Commons photo search. The text for this is a poem I wrote about twenty years ago.

Big Sculptures on Campus

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Last Friday I noticed a new sculpture in the quad. Then I saw another, not too far away. What’s going on here? Could it be a part of Prospect.1? On November 1, 2008, Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1], the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, will open to the public […]

An Interlude to Stillness

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Wow. I missed Waiting for Godot, but I have got to check this out: Art In Action!: Site #23: Sean Derry “An Interlude To Stillness” 300 N.Broad (@ Bienville), Mid-City ArtInAction is pleased to announce the premier of Pittsburgh-based artist Sean Derrys public art installation “An Interlude to Stillness” (please visit The project will […]

John Scott

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

MaPó called me Saturday afternoon to tell me John Scott had passed on. I never met the great sculptor, despite his close association with the University’s art department, and now I never will. His works live on, though: down by the river, over on St. Bernard Avenue and right in the middle of the University’s […]

Salute the Lieutenant

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

We saw the final showing of The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Southern Rep. It was a strange play: very funny and very violent. Some people actually walked out during the penultimate scene, which was bloody enough in its own right. The final scene was completely over-the-top. Still I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t too […]