Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Glenview Mansion Visit

Overlooking the Hudson River and Glenwood Power Station, Glenview Mansion is an incredible example of Aesthetic Movement design and Architecture.  Begun in 1876 and completed 1877, the house has been mostly restored to reflect the period lifestyle of the John Bond Trevor family who lived at Glenview until around mid century.
Even the floor tiles where meticulously designed.

Rotating bookshelf.  Probably my favorite find at the mansion.

 Stained glass skylight above the staircase.

  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Solo show preview

New painting titled Deus Ex Machina for my upcoming solo show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco this September.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bannerman's Island

I just took a visit to Bannerman's Castle; an odd structure on an island with a rich history located in the Hudson River about 90 minutes north of New York City.

Since the time of the revolution there have been only five owners of Pollepel Island, now known more familiarly as Bannerman's Island.

In November 1900, gilded age businessman and arms dealer, Francis Bannerman VI purchased the island for use as a storage facility for his growing surplus business.  His dangerous munitions stockpiles, stored in New York City warehouses, were no longer welcome in the densely populated area forcing his move to a more remote location.
This location proved dangerous as well after at least two explosions occurred on the island throughout its use.  On August 1920, 200 tons of shells and powder exploded in an ancillary structure, destroying a portion of the complex and blowing out building windows across the river in the city of Newburg.

Most of the building were devoted to the stores of army surplus but Bannerman built another castle in a smaller scale on top of the island near the main structure as a residence.
One of the only remaining turrets of the false harbor that once surrounded the island.
Bannerman's sales of military weapons to civilians declined during the early 20th century as a result of state and federal legislation. By 1950 the arsenal and island were essentially left vacant. The island and buildings were bought by New York State in 1967, after the old military merchandise had been removed, and tours of the island were given in 1968.
On August 8, 1969, fire devastated the Arsenal, and the roofs and floors were destroyed.The island was placed off-limits to the public. During the week before Sunday, December 28, 2009, parts of the castle collapsed. Officials estimate 30-40 percent of the structure's front wall and about half of the east wall collapsed.  The castle now stands as a ruin with only about half of the structure to remind us of its once glorious presence on the Island.
Today, the castle is property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is mostly in ruins.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Welling Court Mural Project

I just finished my addition to the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens put together by Ad Hoc Art.  Here are some images of the process:






AD HOC ART CONTINUES MAJOR PUBLIC MURAL PROJECT COMPRISING 44+ INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS REPRESENTING OVER 50 YEARS OF STREET ART

 -- An Art Event Celebrating the Streets, Solidarity, Community, and Culture --

WHAT:              The community of Welling Court in Queens, New York first asked Ad Hoc Art to help them spruce up their neighborhood in 2009.  Ad Hoc Art was honored to do so and rose to the occasion in May 2010 organizing a project fitting for the diverse, enthusiastic, and energetic inhabitants.  Now, a year later, Ad Hoc has assembled another spectacular crew of legendary and groundbreaking artists spanning more than 50 years of activity for the 2nd Annual Welling Court Mural Project.  The project has received remarkable global acclaim since its launch and continues to garner support as more walls, artists, and enthusiasts augment that success. 

This second round is not to be missed as we bring ever-more art and eyes to this Queens gem.  To celebrate, the community’s annual block party coincides with the project’s opening, featuring cuisine and music from the ethnically diverse and multi-talented hosts.  Whereas this tiny neighborhood is providing some major hospitality, it cannot provide for all the thousands of attendees, so please think of it as a big social picnic potluck art fun action and bring some of your favorite tasty foods, beverages, or other contribution to share with your fellow revelers.  If you would like to offer help or assistance to the artists, items always useful are: exterior bucket paint, paint rollers/brushes, spray paint, acrylic paint, exterior primer, etc.

The project transforms several city blocks into a 24/7 street-level gallery, bringing art from around the world directly to the heart of this community.  Renowned artists with deep roots in the street movement have created site-specific works for this project and many will showcase various creative sundries for your perusal.  This new array of visual experiences provides fresh contexts for how people working, visiting, and living in this diverse cultural gem of Queens think about and interact with their environment.

Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Alison Buxton, Beau Stanton, Bunnie Reiss, Caleb Neelon, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, Chor Boogie, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Don Leicht, Ellis Gallagher, Ezra Li Eismont, Free5, Garrison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, Jesse Jones, JMR, Joe Iurato, John Ahearn, John Fekner, Jordan Seiler, Katie Yamasaki, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Matt Siren, Michael De Feo, Michael Fumero, MIMEO, Mr. Kiji, Neko, Nuria, OverUnder, Pablo Power, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, ROA, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sinned, Sofia Maldonado, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, Veng RWK, Zam, and more.

In addition to the murals and festivities, there are special events and artist’s projects happening throughout the day.

The project will remain up and visible for public viewing, 24/7/365.

WHO:             Ad Hoc Art + Artists
                        The Community of Welling Court, Queens
                   You

WHERE:            11-98 Welling Court {@ 30th Ave & 12th Street}, Astoria, Queens 11102

WHEN:            Saturday, June 25th, 2011 from noon until 9pm.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Exploring Glenwood Power Station

Located thirty minutes north of NYC directly on the Hudson River, Glenwood power station is an industrial historophile's dream. Seeing the brilliant structure on my weekly rides of the the metro north it quickly became the focus of my exploratory fascinations. Constructed between 1904 and 1906 to provide power for the electrification of the New York Central and Husdon River Railroad also helped to contend with the increased traffic from the newly built Grand Central Terminal.

The plant was put on standy in the 1950s and finally closed in 1960. Although there were plans to adapt the building for residential use, these have not come to fruition, and in 2008 the Preservation League of New York State named the plant as one of the seven most endangered sites in the state.

The entrance into the smaller of the two buildings, structurally sound but provided potentially dangerous obstacles.




A little tease into the 6 story building that housed the main generators.
The sound of the river could be heard echoing throughout both buildings.

The main generator room complete with balconies and control panels in tact. Its massive size and architecture had an overwhelming  cathedral like presence .
The glory days.
Perhaps the best find in the power station...the east smokestack.  The outer layers of brick have been crumbling and lined the floor as well as the tiny entrance inside.
Exiting the smokestack. The bricks pouring out from the door were the trail that lead us to the inside of the stack.
An easy entrance into the larger of the buildings wasn't as fortunate as it was with the first. A floorless catwalk from the smaller building into the larger was the only way in. A makeshift bridge made from scraps of wood, building doors and many "Dear Jesus's" provided access across.