Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Four More From the Fair

I replaced my water heater Monday so today, as a reward, I treated myself to another go-round at the Minnesota State Fair. Upon entering, I was greeted with this sight:



I suspect it was something less than Bob Marley's idea of redemption; the callow youth inside didn't appear to have much of a spiritual bent. One fair performer who did raise my spirits is the new "Fresh Fries Fairy", shown here sprinkling "fairy dust" (or was that salt?) on some of her fans:



Speaking of salt, a couple of old "salty dogs", Chris Hillman and his pal Herb Pedersen, were holding court on the Leine Lodge Bandshell. They were in The Desert Rose Band together and Chris is also an alum of The Byrds, Manassas,  and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. He was also in the legendary Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons. A shiver went through the crowd when they performed Eight Miles High:



On a more melancholy note, the horse building seems to have fewer and fewer horses each year; several sections of the horse barn that held horses last year were completely empty:



It is a marked contrast to the other livestock buildings, which seemed full of life.

By Professor Batty


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Mondays in Iceland - #74

Perlan, the strange structure on Öskjuhlíð hill, is all curves:



It was made to be photographed with a fish-eye lens:



Even the service entrance is beautiful.

By Professor Batty


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Four From the Fair - 2016

State Fair Special! Photographic impressions of that venerable Midwestern Institution, The Minnesota State Fair.

Somehow, New York is hot as a Midway attraction:



What is cool is this Hawk who is undergoing rehab at the DNR Center:



I am glad I'm not the person who has to decide the ribbons for the honey competition:



The food building is the pinnacle of refinement and good taste:




And, as a bonus, here is a video of some friends playing "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You" at the Ramberg Senior Center:


By Professor Batty


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts 2016

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I posted about the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit. A whole year has passed, last night was preview night. The Weaver and I joined our friends Nicole and Kip in casting our collective eyes at what we hoped would be a better showing this year. Our expectations were not high; the last couple of years were, to put it mildly, disappointing. Hope springs eternal, however, so here are my impressions as well as some of the highlights:


Country Club Barbie, Nicole Houff

The world's greatest Barbie® photographer returns to the Fair as an artist in residence. She will be there for 12 hours on September 3rd, doing her Barbie magic.

The photography is much improved over last year's debacle. There were many finely printed images, although their subject matter was generally "safe." There were some challenging images, however:


La Muerte del Chauro, Leslie Parker

Sculpture is always strong at the Fair, this year was no exception:


Big Daddy Hum and Mum, Fred Cogelow


Nude in the Key of G, Allen David Christian

Of course, people watching is as much fun as the art:


Renee Lynn Brasuhn and friends pose by her steel and fiber construction.
 
And I just may have captured my image for next year's fair:



Overall, I'd have to give the Exhibit a "B-", the painting was fair to poor, with only a few fine examples. Watercolor and drawing was OK but it has been better. Textiles, ceramics and printmaking, sort of the "poor cousins" of the exhibit had a higher rate of quality work, but were hard pressed to make an impression in the overall cacophony of mediocrity. A big plus for the photographs, however, as there were only a few clinkers (out of more than 100!)

By Professor Batty


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mondays in Iceland - #73

More from Reykjanesfolkvangur, Krýsuvík





By Professor Batty


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Makes Me Laugh

With all the bad, stale or just plain stupid content on the internet, I get a special 'thrill' from finding something fresh, witty and funny. Worst of McMansions fills the bill, it is a politico/economic exposé of the bad taste that prevails in modern home architecture:



The more you explore the site, the better it gets:



I find it to be simultaneously hilarious and depressing.

By Professor Batty


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Autumn Getaway



Jumping the season, we're looking forward to a mini-vacation on the Gunflint Trail in the first week of October. The cabin pictured above is our "home away from home", we've been going there for over a dozen years. We put in a rental reservation a month ago but have yet to hear from Barbara and Ted, the owners.  It might be our last trip, it is for sale,  it just may be that they have a buyer lined up, and don't want to commit in case the sale goes through. It isn't a big deal, there are plenty of places near there we can stay. This place, "Little Ollie Cabin", is kind of funky (pictures at the link), but very comfortable and private. It feels as if it is our own, without the hassles of upkeep and property taxes.

Maybe we'll even see Jono and his crew again!

By Professor Batty


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