Friday, 31 July 2009

Song Dong

This is an installation piece by Chinese artist Song Dong in the MOMA that kind of puts my compulsive collecting in perspective! The artist's mother grew up in hard times in Communist China and hoarded everything incase one day it would be useful, even when times were better. When the artist's father died, he convinced his mother to let go of all these things, and their final use would be as a piece of art. Shortly after this his mother also died. It was a huge room filled with all her these things that she held onto her whole life all neatly stacked up in rows, in and around the timber frame of her old house. It was pretty amazing to see, especially after knowing that she had died, as it was literally her whole life laid out in one room. There was everything from old broken tvs, children's toys, plastic bottles and food packaging and even tiny old bits of string and empty tubes of toothpaste. If anyone gets the chance to go then do, it's pretty remarkable.


OK so this blog was meant to be about things that I have collected, but since being in NY I have just been posting photos of cool things that I've seen but could never own. This is one of them. This is a Kodak fling and it's one of the first disposable cameras. I saw it in the MOMA and I was desperate to have one! An epic trawl of the internet will shortly commence!
When I get back to the UK I will scan all the things that I have acquired while out here. Ticket stubs, random bits of paper etc etc...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Beautiful shop sign

On Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


More signs

Sea Port

Beautiful shop fronts

More amusing signs

I'm afraid that until I get back to the UK and have the use of a scanner again, this whole blog will be signage.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

more painted signs

I have enough photos of painted signs to take this blog through to next month!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Coney Island!

Ok so I haven't even attempted to blog for weeks but I can't really be blamed because I'm in New York and there's much better things to be doing! But I will attempt to make it up some how. So I went to Coney Island on Saturday, I have to say it was tackier, more garish and more derelict than I could ever have imagined. I enjoyed it so much though. It was worth the 1 hour train ride just for the painted signs. I will post more, I have literally hundreds of photos!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

hand painted type

I'm finding lots of painted signs around brooklyn, some of which are awful and some of which are gorgeous! I will post some of each.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

silly little dogs

I have observed that New Yorkers have an obsession with silly little dogs. Everyone seems to have at least one. Some people have swarms of them and some seem to own normal dogs just to walk alongside their silly little dogs to make them look even smaller. It seems that the Pug is a favourite, as well as this thing (above), which I don't know the name of. I have started taking photos of them covertly, which is proving difficult as people seem not to like you taking photos of their dogs. I hopr to have quite a collection by the end of this trip!

Monday, 6 July 2009

new york New York!

so no posts for a week! first post: candy. more packaging to follow...