Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five...

(Above) TEN: Ten hand carved folk art birds, by Bob Rowe, Albert Zahn, Miles Carpenter, William Dawson, Carl McKenzie, and an anonymous carver.


(Above): NINE: Nine heads in a drawing by Gugging artist Johann Fischer (1919 - 2008).

(Above): EIGHT: Eight sets of antlers on an eccentric, bizarre birdhouse by Elwood Graham James (1890 - 1960), Mingo County, West Virginia, c. 1930s.

(Above): SEVEN: Seven tulips in an anonymous, thrift store painting, c. 1950.

(Above): SIX: Six hand-painted hair styles on an African barber shop sign.

(Above): Five: Cinco brand metal cigar box with beautiful color and patina of blue and orange.

(Above): FOUR: Four photobooth photos in one by self-taught artist Lee Godie (1908 - 1995).

(Above): THREE: Three vintage harvest masks, c. 1940, from the Zitlala region of Mexico, used to evoke rain during the Dance of Las Tiacololeros.
(Above): TWO: A pair of painted photo booth vernacular photographs.


(Above): ONE: One round enamel outdoor Coca-Cola sign, c. 1950.


I FOUND THIS VERY OLD CIGAR BOX LAST WEEK, with the word “Cinco” on the front, which became the impetus for this post of finding ten things from our collection with “a number between 10 and 1” personified in the object. It was a fun assignment, walking around and looking for objects to fulfill the assignment. It was Cinco’s fault. Enjoy.

6 comments:

Joey said...

The Elwood Graham James birdhouse is incredible. Any more info. on the artist available?

Maureen said...

Three masks, very scary!

Christine H. said...

These are great. I keep wanting to sing the 12 days of Christmas to go with this...

Jennifer said...

Love the post. Love the idea. Would be a fun challenge for any blogger!

John Foster said...

Their is some scant info on Elwood James. I bought this piece through Cyr Auction House in 2001. These pieces, about a dozen or more birdhouses, toured Germany at Museum fur Kunst und Gerwebe in Hamburg. I have the German newspaper article from that show. I will send you more info offline to your email.

elka said...

You come across the most amazing stuff. Great range! Vernacular photography especially.

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