The Piet Mondrian of San Francisco MUNI

Somewhere in the process of avoiding eCigarettes, this gem of art made an appearance before me! It was a lucky find. The comparison to the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian was immediately obvious. Have no idea what the intention was for the various tapes, but it was one of those opportunities to snap & save. Maybe it will fare better than the standee art I have so recently discovered!

Piet Mondrian's (Dutch, 1872-1944/original spelling Mondriaan) spirit was here in the subway system, not in an art museum.  March 2014.

Piet Mondrian’s (Dutch, 1872-1944/original spelling Mondriaan) spirit was here in the subway system, not in an art museum. March 2014.

It’s all good, some just simpler than others, and some lasts longer.

Here’s to Piet Mondrian!

Captain Spaulding Look-alike Ranks Up Ladder of Success!

Now Captain Spaulding, like his counterpart, Princess Melita Bonaparte, is taking over America–He is just like a stealth bomb–wants all the tax money & none of the bother. “I don’t want to have to work for a living, I don’t go ’round putting rubber chemicals in bread, and I don’t take dogs inside of restaurants, hospitals, or welfare agencies, so why shouldn’t I get all the money & fame I want?” He pouts like this all the time, and the best thing is just to run the opposite direction when you see him posing in front of pre-dumpster disposal art. But look how wonderful those doomed displays are! That must be part of the poetry of pre-Dumpster detritus. It’s splendid one day & rotting in AMC Dumpsters the very next day! Captain Spaulding is joining forces with Princess Melita Bonaparte in an effort to protect this highly dismissed & unprotected legacy of our culture.

“I just want Paramount to stop calling me about my car. I don’t have a car. Put me in a blockbuster film, and everyone will be happy as a foot long Subway sandwich!”

If only Captain Spaulding would stop digressing & write a dissertation about this art work not being taken seriously by the film industry, maybe he’d get a trip to Stockholm out of the deal, and Princess Melita Bonaparte would get her grave back & she could haunt it happily ever after.

We just have to clam up on that one. It looks as if someone glued a Subway Footlong on Captain Spaulding’s head & he didn’t get it. Poor thing!

If you can’t get Captain Spaulding’s look-alike out of your mind, contact Paramount Studios. Tell them to bring back the Studio System, give him a ten picture contract & all will be well with the world.

A VOTE FOR CAPTAIN SPAULDING LOOK-ALIKE IS A VOTE FOR AMERICA!

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster.  "No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard," he implores.  Call Paramount-put me in pictures!"

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster. “No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard,” he implores. “Call Paramount-put me in pictures!”

Let us do everything we can to help Captain America!

Here is proof that the Captain Spaulding look-alike does his part to help Captain America!

"If I can't get into pictures, I'll answer the want ads," says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. "I just want to do my part for Captain America."

“If I can’t get into pictures, I’ll answer the want ads,” says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. “I just want to do my part for Captain America.”

CAPTAIN SPAULDING IS MORE THAN A CARDBOARD DECORATION WAITING TO BE DUMPED!

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art?  Can you keep him from ending in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue?  Can  film promotional art be saved?  Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art? Can you keep him from ending up rotting in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue? Can film promotional art be saved? Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Site of the Missing Grave For Paranormal activities–gone, gone, gone

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities--taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster!  What a loss for film fans!

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities–taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster! What a loss for film fans!


Captain Spaulding was created by Rob Zombie, who makes films. His look-a-like wears a costume courtesy of Spirit Halloween Costume Stores, and his graven image is due to the technology of Dreambox.

Marilyn Mirage: The Image That Endures

5 August 1962, at age 36, the actress known to the world as Marilyn Monroe, was found dead. More than 50 years have passed & her image is still as prevalent as ever. Various likenesses of her image continues to generate sales for all sorts of items. In a very real sense, she is the ultimate of what the business world calls branding. The items range from those appropriately related to her such as biographies, copies of her films for home viewing, to junque souvenirs that have no connection to her career or her life, to art work that is striking in its tribute to an American Film Star, one whose life is generally considered full of sadness, despite the success and acclaim she received while still living.

Articles have been written that are clear about one thing: She made more money (for others) after her death, in the millions, probably more than most others in the entertainment world, with the possible exception of Elvis Presley. While some items that bear her image trespass into the realm of atrocity, some are nice. As in all beauty, it’s entirely in the eye of the beholder.

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol's prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply to Marilyn Monroe.  This  is a numbered limited edition of

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol’s prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply. This image is a serigraph of an original by Andy Warhol. This photograph was taken & shared by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture.

Here is a photograph of the same image, taken from the disadvantage of having to look up several feet with a simple point & click camera.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

One of the finest examples inspired by this Enduring Legacy may be heard, rather than seen as a visual image. That is the song from “BLOOD BROTHERS”Tell Me It’s Not True, splendidly & soulfully rendered by Petula Clark.

Tell me it’s not true,
Though it’s here before me,
Say it’s just a dream,
Say it’s just a scene,
From an old movie of years ago,
From an old movie of Marilyn Monroe,

Read more: The Blood Brothers – Tell Me It’s Not True Lyrics | MetroLyrics

iPad is making use of the icon--The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame.  This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

iPad is making use of the icon–The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame. This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

THE FILM MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Shows how much the British culture embraced her…

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, "Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC."

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, “Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC.”

Then there is Marilyn Merlot–Crass or Clever?–It’s a Cash Cow & Milking the Estate for every possible nickle. We may never know as the woman who was manufactured to become Marilyn Monroe is not with us to comment. But, sizing up what is known of her life, she seemed to have a desire to be taken seriously. Somewhere along the line, even in death, that have proven elusive. The Green Family laughs all the way to the bank. But the wine is good. Good taste in wine at the expense of appropriate taste in branding has never been a hot issue for those seeking any method at all to keep money coming in. What will be the next posthumous portal of Estate prosperity? Stay tuned.

Unknown Artist

Have had this for years. Know nothing of the artist, when done, name of work. I just like it & have it @ work in a ‘rescue’ frame I glued together. So far it has worked & looks good, better than my photograph with annoying glares can show.

Nice bit of art by one of the most famous artists in the world graces my work desk: A. Nony Mous.  I am guessing it is less than 500 years old.

Nice bit of art by one of the most famous artists in the world graces my work desk: A. Nony Mous. I am guessing it is less than 500 years old.

BACK TO THE PICTURE-Art & Framing-SOMA-83 10th Street

4th of July–& one of my cousins was about to turn 80. I wanted to find something to send, small, nice, something with meaning for her. One of her grandsons is in the United States Air Force. When I saw how beautifully framed & matted the American Flag was in their 4th of July window display, I was almost certain that it would either (1) be much too expensive to consider or (2) be a store fixture, not for sale.

Sometimes it is nice to be wrong, double wrong–and in this case two wrongs made a right!

Customer entrance to BACK TO THE PICTURE/SOMA-83  10th Street-San Francisco.

Customer entrance to BACK TO THE PICTURE/SOMA-83 10th Street-San Francisco.

Matting made for a "Grand Old Flag" & a perfect gift for a beloved cousin.  The matting is exquisite, but does not overwhelm the object it enhances.  A perfect balance.

Matting made this “Grand Old Flag” & a perfect gift for a beloved cousin. The matting is exquisite, but does not overwhelm the object it enhances.

Here is all the contact information you will need.

Here is all the contact information you will
need.

The creative hand off, from artist to customer, to framer--it's a cycle that works very well @ Back To The Picture.

The creative hand off, from artist to customer, to framer–it’s a cycle that works very well @ Back To The Picture.

There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to picture frames & matting. It’s a process–based on skill, intuition, taste, preferences, and cost.

The frame display is engaging on it's own merits.  With the choices offered, your picture will be well matched.

The frame display is almost a work of art on its own. With the choices offered, your picture will be well matched.

And if your needs are more “off the rack” this, too, can be accommodated for standard sized items you wish to display.

Certificates, diplomas, standard sized photographs can be beautifully appointed with the right frame.

Certificates, diplomas, standard sized photographs can all be beautifully appointed with the right frame.

The comfort of the store, not too big, not too small, combined with a very convenient location & the importance of good customer service are all part of the picture.

One Is The Lonliest Number–Or Is This A Cult Thing?

And when three gets left out, there’s no where to go but back to the drawing board! What do these strange numbers mean? Your comments about this mystery are most welcome. I see this around San Francisco frequently, and wonder if this is a new cult. If so, why did I miss out on it? Surely, there needs to be one to follow Melita Bonaparte!

Report this to the Bureau of Missing Numbers.  They look sort of pretty, but is there a subliminal message being sent here?

Report this to the Bureau of Missing Numbers. They look sort of pretty, but is there a subliminal message being sent here?

SHOULD I BE DOING BETTER THINGS WITH MY TIME?

It’s not my fault that someone made an interesting drawing (?/all subjective) on a toilet paper roll holdiing device in the Men’s Room. It’s all I did, really. Just thought it was a bit on the Picasso side & if he had been interested in photography, I think he may have taken a shot at this, so to speak. But, he was a genius, and I suppose that means he did not have time to take such photographs as he was far too busy being a genius.

I get to step back, not being a genius, and record the genius of those who can express their hearts, their souls, in a way that grabs us, shakes us, makes us cry, makes us think.

THE MEMORIAL OF THE UNKNOWN ARTIST:

Two views, one to prove that it is a truly functional work of art…

Here is to prove that can be incorporated on a very functional level.

Here is to prove that art can be incorporated on a very functional level.

Just the smallest shift, allows for artistic ambiguity.

Just the smallest shift, allows for artistic ambiguity.

Thoughts & expressions about what makes art ‘art’ will be discussed till the meek (roaches) have inherited the earth, and the artwork we left behind. From my perspective, many things go into art–but one thing I think that is a common denominator of ‘good’ art is ambiguity, not quite fully explaining one’s inner thinking, nor allowing a full sharing, a sort of holding back. Along with that, the artist who is not afraid of these matters, lets the viewer have a say in the process.

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