Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adam and Eve

Pair of tall carvings, 20 inches high, showing our original parents looking a bit shocked. That one bite of the apple changed everything.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Doll Goo Man

Doo Goo Man, now in retirement, still stands tall, proudly showing his work stains.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wings box

An odd mid-century plywood box that looks like it's about to take flight.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Want a free t-shirt?

Exciting offer for fashionistas. A free t-shirt from Candler Arts. Wear this to your next gallery opening and see what happens. Please email me at with your size (small to xxl), address and the style you prefer -- the costumed child or the man. One per customer (They're expensive as t-shirts go. Additional shirts are $18). Allow three weeks for delivery as each one is handcrafted by a t-shirt artist.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Window on the world

A vintage color photograph showing a child pressing his or her face against a window in what appears to be a vehicle with curtains.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A trophy cup worth competing for

If you like surface,  you've got to like this handmade cup with inlaid wood, c. 1930s. Age has taken its toll on the varnish, but that's only enhanced the cup's beauty.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Relics of industry

I'm partial to visually interesting objects that were used in the workplace. The items pictured here represent the rail, agriculture and auto industries. The railroad crossing sign with reflectors has taken on a softer appearance after years of being outside. The International Harvester tractor grill, from the 1950s or earlier, has an expressive face. The shapely and colorful iron object, called Tuff Girl, is a slide hammer used to bang dents out of auto bodies. A body banging a body -- collision shop humor.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Juke joint painting

This is a large oil on board, c. 1940s, that was displayed in a juke joint in southwest Atlanta. The grandson of the propertyowner sold the contents to a picker, and the painting made its way through the regional art market. I like that at least a portion of the body color is unrealistic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Creative use of bone

The new show at the American Folk Art Museum includes bone structures made by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. The wildly creative Von Bruenchenhein used chicken parts to build some of his sculptures. Unlike Von Bruenchenhein's work, the piece pictured here, using ham bone, was functional; it held a cigarette pack and matches. One bone has a cut groove to hold a pack of matches. The other held loose matches. The box in the middle held a cigarette pack. The curved bones circling the box and larger bones are held together with woven material. The paint spot decoration is quite elaborate, as good if not better than the paint on Von Bruenchenhein's pieces. Just by coincidence, the same day I received this strange creation, I saw the movie Winter's Bone. Bone -- not ham bone, not chicken bone, but human bone -- is key to solving that movie's central mystery.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Five Black Horses

I decided to post this Malcah Zeldis painting that I've had since the early 1990s after seeing the latest post at American Folk Art @ Cooperstown, the excellent blog run by Paul D'Ambrosio, chief curator at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Unlike me, Paul puts considerable thought into his posts. He is a friend of Malcah Zeldis, and in his post shares her life story and how her Jewish heritage has influenced her art. The painting pictured here dates to 1989. I had to shoot it at an odd angle because it's under glass. I bought Five Black Horses in Cooperstown, at the now defunct Toad Hall gallery.

Friday, November 5, 2010


One of the lots in the Nov. 10 Skinner sale.


Skeezix was a character in the comic strip Gasoline Alley. The strip began in 1919 but the infant Skeezix didn't arrive as an orphan on the doorstep until 1921, in an attempt to draw a broader audience, i.e. women. Skeezix is slang for orphaned calf. The characters in Gasoline Alley actually aged, so this oilcloth Skeezix probably dates to the late 1920s.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Someone's smiling

The midterm elections, Nov. 2, 2010.

Target game board

This 19th century game board looks somewhat modern to me, I guess because it's reminiscent of the target paintings of Kenneth Noland, who died in January at age 85. Noland, a native of Asheville, N.C., was prominent in the mid-century abstract Color Field movement, which produced paintings of flat shapes of solid color. He was married to Paige Rense, the former editor of Architectural Digest. Noland's painting pictured here, "The Other Side of Midnight," is courtesy The game board was made well before Noland was born. I don't know what game was played on the target side; the flip side is a conventional checkerboard with slots for the pieces.