• Looking for an eagle trainer who has an eagle

    My friend and fellow Eagle Rock, Rock and Eagle Shop associate, Joe Williams, who is helping me by designing the merchandising for the shop, posted this ad today on Craigslist after we spoke about how great it would be to have a live eagle at the event. An eagle who would be treated well, and who would enjoy the company of humans at the opening reception on the 1st of April. This may not come to pass, but the act of advertising for one is in itself a unique and fulfilling experience.

    wanted: eagle trainer/eagle owner for unique community opportunity (eagle rock )

    Date: 2012-02-29, 12:45PM PST Reply to: wddff-2877628047@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    looking for a person who owns an eagle or takes care of an eagle to participate in a non profit community arts event in march/april in the eagle rock neighborhood of los angeles. any kind of eagle will do!

    Location: eagle rock it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests PostingID: 2877628047

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/29/12 | Permalink
  • The Penn Station Eagles

    click here for images of the eagles in their travels and in situ.

    Photograph of a Penn Station Eagle at the Cooper Union by Triborough on flickr

    From 1910 until 1963, when New York actually had a Pennsylvania Station, 22 stone eagles (by artist Adolph A. Weinman) stood guard. Today 14 of them are known to still exist, and only three still in the city. Their new roosts are as follows:

    Two of the city eagles are easy to spot. You can find them perched in front of the Penn Plaza complex. The third of the city eagles is a bit harder to find, sitting in a courtyard of a Cooper Union building at 3rd Avenue and St. Marks Place. You can see it through the fence on the 3rd Avenue side.

    Three eagles have taken flight to Long Island where you can find two at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and one at the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station. The greatest concentration of eagles winds up being in a rather ironic place, in the city where the plans for the destruction of their original perch were approved – Philadelphia. There, four eagles stand perched on the corners of the Market Street bridge.

    The other survivors are further dispersed with lone eagles roosting at Valley Forge Military Academy in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, Vinalhaven, Maine, and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/27/12 | Permalink
  • Saucy stick drawing on a rock from a long long time ago

    Part of me says it doesn't really read as much of a figure, but I really wanna see what they say it is, so I suspend my disbelief. Click here for the article about the 10-12,000 yr old well-endowed fellow.

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/24/12 | Permalink
  • Marcel Broodthaers, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles

    This made me happier than a four year old on Christmas morning. Emily from Side Street projects found out about this Broodthaers piece from an art historian friend of hers. Good mojo from 1968, which also happens to be the year I was born.

    Marcel Broodthaers (1924 -1976) Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles Broodthaers created this fictitious museum in Brussels in 1968, through which he organized exhibitions, publications, and films. He was one of the first artists to question the role of the institution, display, and text in an art object’s reception. He also produced an unlimited edition of gold ingots stamped with the museum’s emblem, an eagle, a symbol associated with power and victory.
    “With the help of a fiction like my museum it is possible to grasp reality as well as that which reality it conceals.”

    and another manifestation of this quote:
    “Fiction enables us to grasp reality and at the same time that which is veiled by reality”

    the text from the actual museum guide: The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles was created in 1968 by Marcel Broodthaers. It was opened as a semi-fictional institution, with Broodthaers taking the role of ‘museum director’ just months after he participated alongside fellow artists and students in the occupation of the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. A wave of demonstrations and occupations were happening across Europe and the World in 1968 due to the increase in social awareness of the population and the dissatisfaction towards the institutions and governmental policies that allowed events such as war, racial discrimination and the onslaught of global capitalism to happen.

    The occupation of the museum symbolized a re-claiming of institutional space. Broodthaers had deliberately taken up the role of ‘artist’ four years earlier (he had previously been working as a poet and writer), and through the ‘museological’ format he found a way to both critique the institution and form a space to experiment with his own artistic ideas. The Museum was initially opened in Broodthaers’ house and studio, and had no permanent location. The image of an eagle acted as the emblem of the Museum and its Department of Eagles. There were 11 subsequent sections that included prints, signage, photography, drawings and many artifacts which were shown in various exhibitions and locations.

    click here for more

    click here for the NY Times article

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/22/12 | Permalink
  • Meeting with Emily Hopkins at Side Street Projects

    A hive of bus' and trailers, Side Street Projects (click here) exists within and beyond them. Their introductory quote on their website kinda says it best:

    We teach artists how to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves with educational programs that encourage self-reliance and creative problem solving in a contemporary art context.

    A great feature about them on KPCC:

    Side Street Projects from KPCC on Vimeo.

    Side Street hosts artist projects on site, they have a myriad of art classes for kids as a part of The Woodworking Bus & Trailer program, and a particularly artist-valuable podcast series called What Do Curators Want and an artist lecture series, called Shop Talk. They also have equipment to rent for artists on site for extremely reduced rates. I came in last year to scan some of my collages on their large scanner. A blessed resource it was, and a pleasant way to spend time, since everyone who has anything to do with the place seems to have to be interesting, humorous and easy to be around.

    I also got a kick out of their description of where they're located:

    Side Street Projects is temporarily located in a vacant lot in-between Church’s Fried Chicken & an abandoned victorian house that is slated for development. Our lot is 25,000 sq ft and has some wonderful features including a foundation of an old barbershop.

    Emily, the Director, has given me the proverbial thumbs up for The Rock and Eagle Shop, and has committed to helping in one, some or many ways. She already has. My failing pen was scratching away as her suggestions re: funding and storefronts and alternative spaces flowed out of her. I have a lot to do now in following up on all that she advised, but feel better about everything due to our sit-down.

    There may even be a bus in our future. That is something that could be explored, not without its own set of complexities, but a whole new set of charms as well.

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/22/12 | Permalink
  • Michael Heizer, the big (340 ton) rock is coming our way

    As most of us in the LA art arena are aware, there is a very very very big rock set to travel to LACMA this year, and then to be levitated: "Levitated Mass," has garnered loads of attention for its load-ness and the mass of red tape that has blocked its passage. Its going to happen though I have a feeling. Michael Goven of LACMA has to get it here now, after spending so much money thus far to do so.

    click here for the most recent news - it really is on the way! click here from the LA Times about the coming of the rock

    Here's what it says on the LACMA website: Levitated Mass, coming Soon

    Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer is composed of a 456-foot-long slot carved into the earth, over which is placed a 340-ton monolithic granite boulder. As with other works by the artist, such as Double Negative (1969), the monumental negative form is key to the experience of the artwork. Heizer conceived of the artwork in 1968, but discovered an appropriate boulder, which is one component of the greater artwork, only decades later, in Riverside, California. At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest monoliths moved since ancient times. Taken whole, Levitated Mass speaks to the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from monolithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.

    Image: Michael Heizer, preliminary sketch for Levitated Mass, 2011, courtesy of the artist © Michael Heizer

    click here for the website about Heizer's past works. He's no stranger to rocks

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/19/12 | Permalink
  • The Eagle's is out there

    Some nice book ends! Enviable:


    and ya gotta love these knee pads on this guy:

    click here for an artist who sculpts ambitiously sized bronze animals, primarily the Eagle

    He has been sculpting the bald eagle since 1971 and is considered the foremost sculptor of this magnificent creature. His artistic and accurate renditions of the bald eagle are widely recognized as those best capturing the beauty and freedom of our nation's proud symbol. Throughout the year, Bald Eagles dive in the lake after fish and perch in the trees near his studio. Studying eagles in the wild, Curtis observes their courtship rituals, nesting habits, and drawing their catches from the waters of the lakes and rivers. His commanding portrayals of the powerful and symbolic eagle remain unequaled.


    I want this Eaglebearwolf!


    and this I can't live without:

    click here for an artist in Idaho, who used a metal cutting machine to construct this giant 17 foot eagle:


    Wouldn't it be nice to accompany your morning toast with these eagle egg cups:

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/17/12 | Permalink
  • My favorite portrait of Mason WIlliams - in the water surrounded by: ROCKS!

    February 15th

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  • Eagles reunited, a love story

    click here for the story

    and here, my newest acquisition for the shop, a pair of (I will assume) loving eagles on a perch:

    February 14th

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  • Featured artist: Kevin Sudeith - the modern Petroglyphist

    Petroglyph of the Chandra orbiting observatory, Montana

    Kevin and I went to the School of Visual Arts together in NY many moons ago. Its a thrill, and apropo to say the least, to have him agree to be a part of The Rock and Eagle Shop. Kevin has been (hard) working on a project of great patience and originality, traveling for over a year across the country carving images of technological advances and local imagery into massive rocks - taking symbols of mankind's progress and lifstyle and using man's oldest and most archival method of communication to communicate it. He's also liberated himself from a bogged down life in New York by getting commissions from people he meets during his travels, making custom petrogylphs for them that resonate their own lives/identity in large rock faces on their properties. To say his artwork is the kind that will keep on giving is an understatement.

    An impression from petroglyph in Kenmare, ND

    Peruse his website, click here, and support his endeavors. The impressions he makes from the carvings themselves are for sale and would be a meaningful record of this worthy project.

    click here for a great article about his work.

    If only I could afford to have him ship a 2 ton petroglyphed boulder to Eagle Rock for the shop, but we'll work something out.

    Pickup petroglyph in the Sumatra Hills, Montana

    February 12th

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  • Creating Artworks Without a Net

    Mason Williams and I spoke the other day and he ran to get an article from the NY Times to read it to me over the phone. It was about outsider art called, "Creating Artworks without a Net," by Karen Rosenberg from the Jan. 28th Arts section reviewing the Outsider Art Fair that opened recently. A few choice sentences from the article:

    Let's all agree that "outsider artist" is a term of convenience, encompassing the self-taught, the visionary, the geographically isolated, the mentally ill or developmentally disabled, and (in one memorable episode) Homor Simpson.

    ~ The thread linking the fair's 36 booths is a personal compulsion to make art, without a rulebook, and with whatever materials happen to be at hand. =================================================================================================================================================== ~

    At the Museum of Everything, and at the fair as a whole, enthusiasm for unorthodox creative expression meets disdain for the old-fashioned term that commonly describes it. As the Museum's website proclaims, "Death to outsider art! Long live the outsiders!"

    Tin-foil animals by Dean Millien at the LAND Gallery's booth. (You know which animal I wish he'd make for me!)

    I haven't ever thought of myself as an outsider artist, but the more I think about it, the more SOME of the above fits with the spirit of the projects I undertake. Most, but not all of what I do, fits outside of the gallery walls and have a structure that is not recognizable or definable, which I am fond of, obviously. And this project certainly has a bit of an obsessive compulsive atmospheric quality that many of the outsider artists possess. Henry Darger, Adolf Wölfli, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, Joseph Yoakum, all have been a huge inspiration to me. I used to visit Howard Finster when he was still alive at his architectural and landscaped feat of god-animated imagination: his garden, house and and church in Georgia. He would preach to my boyfriend and I while moving great big piles of dirt, filling one hole and then digging another, that was only when he wasn't making mosaics, paintings, bottle effigies or tin structures, all magically erected without a rulebook to say the least.

    It is also quite encouraging, and though I am not a confusion seeker, I still like the message of her focus, to read about Eugenia Joo's intent for the 2nd part of The New Museum's Triennial, called, The Ungovernables.

    The show, The Ungovernables, stolidly denies any ability to define a generation’s artistic output. Curated by the museum’s own Eungie Joo, “The Ungovernables” embraces the shifting political currents that are the only stable hallmarks of our contemporary moment, showing work by artists and collectives who leave ideology behind and seek out confusion and hybridity.

    ~ArtInfo.com by Kyle Chayka, Tom Chen

    February 10th

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  • Friend indeed, and a neglected beast

    I've oft times asked too much of my friends with my all-encompassing projects, so this time I've purposely been working primarily on my own, but there's a time for asking here and there, and when it comes to editing, Kate Mayfield is a dream. She's helped with the press release, with ideas about how to get the website for free, and now she's even come up with a solidly clever plan for something to sell in the shop - so Rock n' Eagle Monday craft nights commence this week.

    Kate surrounded by rocks and eagles and the glow of a needy press release =========================================================================

    and my poor neglected dog, who has been surrounded by eagles and rocks all of a sudden. Must be confusing, but geez - he has it pretty good.

    I would like to help her in return in whatever small ways I can, so, thought to give a shout out to her and her cohort, Gordon Bowen - they gave started their own business, which I'd like to rave about. Its called Metalcast Kits, a full casting studio and source for artist's projects, as well as for their already cast objects for sale, such as the kits for casting your own belt buckle, and new items in the works. My entire family has been ravenous for the buckles - such a great gift Click here for their website

    February 6th

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  • New object of my affection: Truck with this saying emblazoned on its rump: "Have Rocks, Will Roll!"

    I was behind this truck yesterday. Its quite amusing to have this focus on two subjects for a span of time only to have those two things appear all of a sudden everywhere I look. It makes the whole project seem fated and more like a lifestyle than just a project.

    February 5th

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  • Patch Eagle Rock, the community online site for news, has made me a guest blogger

    Here's my first posting with the website. Ajay, the editor, has been giving me advice as to how to get the word out.
    Get Ready Eagle Rock, here comes the Rock and Eagle Shop! Posted on February 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Me at the Eagle Rock Farmer's market getting visual with the locals

    And me with Sir Michael, one of the premier hubs of the Eagle Rock community. He's been gracious enough to help me brainstorm the location for the project.

    The concept was born from a conversation between Mason Williams and Ed Ruscha in 1964. These lifelong friends who have the same appreciation for, and wit with and around words, amused themselves with this idea of having a shop in Eagle Rock that just sold Eagles and Rocks. I have, with their permission and enthusiasm, taken on the task of fully realizing this idea.

    The variety of the interpretation of these two symbols will be extensive. On one side of the space will be the eagle ranging from The Eagles band records, eagle puzzles, photographs and story books on Eagle Chiefs, Eagle Snow globes, a carved eagle sling shot, etc. etc. On the other side of the shop will be rocks such as: pop rocks, hide-a-key rocks, pet rocks, macramed rocks, stars painted on rocks (rock stars), rock collections, and on and on. On the back wall, will be Eagles and rocks together, like an eagle sitting on rock, or an eagle painted on a rock, rock music about Eagles, etc.

    Mixed within the presentations of these objects I've amassed via online and thrift store shopping, will be over 20 contemporary artists works relating to these two subjects: rocks and/or eagles. All works will be for sale, like a group show contained within a thrift store. I am looking for a storefront for 2 months so that this can come to life. I am calling out to the Eagle Rock community to sponsor this show/idea/project by loaning a storefront. I hope there's someone out there with an empty space that would be willing to let me and my team transform the space temporarily into this wonderland of eagles and rocks. I would make sure to leave the space in even better shape than I find it. I've been looking around the central part of the city and see so many spaces that would be perfect, that are boarded up, and ripe for this kind of thing to take place. Please get in touch with any and all ideas for free, or if free isn't possible, reduced rent, for a storefront available for mid-march for installation, to open on April 1 for a 2 month run: bettina@hubbyco.com.

    February 4th

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  • Melinda Rayman, co-Rock-n-Eagle associate

    I wanted to announce that Melinda, who is an artist, poet, comedian and culturally tapped-in entrepreneur has agreed, to my great satisfaction, to be the shop's caretaker during the two month run. While I'll be on site quite a bit, there will be times I'll be out in the field taking care of other aspects of the project, so Melinda will be my collaborator in customer relations, rock and eagle research, sales and guest services. ;)

    photo by mutual esteemed friend, George Porcari ========================================

    February 3rd

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  • Today I got in the car and, I'm not kidding: "Fly Like An Eagle" was playing on the radio.

    Serendipity is too weak a word. I was awestruck, as if some kind of magic had happened. A sign that this is a good trajectory perhaps. Whatever it was, it was the opposite of bad.

    And so was seeing the Women's Surrealism show at LACMA. Lots of rocks in that show. Here's a bad Iphone pic of a good painting here for instance by Kay Sage, called "Blue Wind":

    February 1st

    Posted by hubbyco on 2/01/12 | Permalink