Friday, July 29, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kitty Katz [192]

Kitty Katz
Sunnyside, New York

1. Cat Soup, Williamsburg, NY
2. Patriotic Storage, Long Island City, NY
3. Kitty's Auto School...and more, Crown Heights, NY

We are constantly receiving messages from the universe but are often too preoccupied with our daily routines to hear or see them. Sometimes we smile, acknowledge their presence but choose to ignore the advice they carry, while at other times we just don't know how to interpret the information. Occasionally, the message is so literal, graphic and compelling that we have to pay attention. Signs are all around us waiting to be taken at face value...or not.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Word Strike Action Committee [190]

Word Strike Action Committee
New York, NY, USA

This was the voting form used in the referendum held from 9 to 15 January 2011 allowing South Sudan to become an independent state on 9 July 2011 at midnight (00:00) local time. After several decades of a civil war that was one of the longest lasting and deadliest wars of the latter 20th century (the First Sudanese Civil War and the Second Sudanese Civil War), a peace agreement known as the Naivasha Agreement was signed on January 9, 2005, giving autonomy to the state of South Sudan.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Alison Safford [189]

Alison Safford
Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

1. American Aggressors: from the Museum of Communism in Prague (above a McDonald's just to make sure Lenin is spinning in his box)

2. Hell Toast: from a restaurant in Prague, no idea what it means, but of course I want some. Didn't think toast had it in it.

3. Duck Tour: Was on the Corridor in Jamaica Plain, someone had spray painted FUCK YOU, and some optimist came along and corrected it to read DUCK TOUR, twisting the mean aggression (by an American Aggressor no doubt) into something that made me laugh every time I walked by.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Leora Lutz [187]

Leora Lutz
Santa Monica, CA, USA

felt, thread and sisal
1080" x 12"
Santa Monica 18th Street Arts Center

A conceptual piece comprised of an imaginary abstract alphabet.
The "letters" spell out a haiku:

streams of thought carry
inquiry that wraps around
river's pebbly path

The detail spells out the word "pebbly".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ruben van Klaveren [186]

Ruben van Klaveren
Amsterdam, North-Holland, the Netherlands

I am interested in the blank slate that can be formed by the recombination of conventional signs,
this recombination can scramble meaning and open up the doors for new interpretation.
A re-evaluation of the message of the sign.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Joanne Kaliontzis [185]

Joanne Kaliontzis
Boston, MA, USA

Surface Art
I encountered this sign when traversing the construction-filled streets of Boston during the Big Dig construction project.
The actual location was near the Aquarium as I recall.

I was delighted to see that the City of Boston had an active public art plan during construction, although they claimed to not know anything about it when I sent a note of thanks with this photo to the Arts and Tourism office...

Sadly the sign is gone as is the ugly overpass that had shadowed the city for too many years...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Christa Klinckwort [184]

Christa Klinckwort
Mexico City, Mexico

"For me too?"


"I Will trust only to persons of 200 years with their parents"

Friday, July 15, 2011

Karen Krolak [182]

Karen Krolak
Somerville, MA - USA
Monkeyhouse Founder/Artistic Director

While attending a workshop with Simone Forti in Orvieto, Italy, I tumbled into love with psychogeography. Sometimes my meandering evolves into movement phrases, textile pieces, poetic texts, or soundscapes. Other days I merely gather images on my phone to send as silly missives to friends.

For the love of pigs and chickens, I can not remember where I happened upon the first sign. It instantly reminded me of the first pages of The Little Prince. About a year later, I was in San Francisco performing with Anne Bluethenthal. I found the missing snake notice fluttering among some signs for sublets on a telephone pole near her home. I was charmed by the description of spots under the chin as if the average passer-by might stop and snuggle up to it like a puppy or a kitten.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gary A. Bibb [181]

Gary A. Bibb
Denver, CO, USA

"Some signs present visual experiences which transcend their literal meaning." Gary A. Bibb

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Joanne Dougan [180]

Joanne Dougan
Boston, MA, USA

I am the Founder and President of Plan C Strategies: Boot Camp for Your Entire Life. I take photos with my iPhone. Signs and license plates are my favorites. I have many, many, but selected three as requested.

1. On their cell phones all the time, rude and obnoxious...just like adults.
Essex, MA 7/11

2. Now I know how to get rid of The Man...sweater back waxing.
Brighton, MA 6/11

3. As seen in the Public Garden
Boston, MA 9/09

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

nowhere [179]

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The photos selected are from a series of digital manipulations sourced from the obsequious street markings utility repairmen line our streets with. I have long been fascinated by the language they use and the visual noise it creates. Taken out of context, they speak a new language whispered only to the viewer.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Katie Lee Mansfield and Tim Haley [178]

Katie Lee Mansfield and Tim Haley
Newburgh, NY, USA

Two images from the blog:

which contains documentation of an ongoing signage project.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Margaret Bellafiore [174]

Margaret Bellafiore
Weymouth, MA, USA

1. Sign posted in front of lot in Central Square area of Cambridge, MA
Inferring police brutality with correction by grammar police!

2. Photographed by Margaret Bellafiore
outside the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

R Marlowe [173]

R Marlowe
Helena, MT, USA

1. Hamilton, a town on Montana 93 south, traveling from Missoula to the Salmon River. We did a u-turn to take the shot. Once past the towns, the scenery is unbelievably spectacular. And so much is uninhabited! Last great places, indeed. Tucked into these vast spaces are people who might be the last of the American Individualists, if there ever really were any, living a rough, honest, and surprisingly compassionate life far away from the madding crowd.

2. The ad also tickles me for its terrible line break.

3. Emblematic of who co-exists here in Montana

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Danielle Hanrahan [172]

Danielle Hanrahan
Salem, MA, USA

1. "Rats, Rats"
Berlin, Germany 2011

2. "Mexico"
Exhibit on the Berlin wall on a section of the Berlin wall
Berlin, Germany 2011

3. "Uncle Sam"
Berlin, Germany 2011