May 2, 2010

medicine factory - art, cars & putt putt

The Medicine Factory is a beautiful light filled building off E.H. Crump Blvd that feels like it could be on the pre-war industrial edge of any downtown in any mid-size American city – a dying no man’s land in everywheresville.

The art at last week’s open studio tour was tucked in nooks and crannies all around the building.  Down in the partially flooded basement, in a back room where a boiler could be, there was a small video installation of rooms in a building that felt a lot like the Medicine Factory.  (Later I found out it's a building in Milwaukee.)  It was spooky being in the dark empty corner of a huge basement looking at lingering shots of empty rooms, but I was enjoying being creeped out too much to leave before the loop was over.

While my friend was outside having a smoke, he discovered an automobile graveyard behind an overgrown chained linked fence across the street. 

There should be a nail polish or paint color called "Triumph Brown".



  1. You take much better pictures than I do!

  2. No way, man. That photo you took of Maysey Craddock's drawing on the window is gorgeous. And besides, Ms. Alley, you've set the bar pretty high for the rest of us on all things art related by having Jennifer Holiday sing in front of one of your paintings! But thanks for the compliment - great light that night.

  3. Laura Helper-FerrisMay 5, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    ONe of the things I love about art exhibits - and this blog, now that I think about it - is how they seduce your eye into seeing things anew. So you walk out and you see art everywhere, everything is art, and the universe presents you with these astonishing things. (Not to erase the real work of artists in making their pieces.) And hey, I want to say that I really dig the VW picture - the light, the colors, the framing!