Girl On a Chair By George Segal

Girl on a Chair
All Photos By Gail

George Segal (1924 – 2000) was an innovator in sculpture known for his installations of white plaster figures with ghostly appearances. He depicted the dignity in everyday life, showing people poised at a bus stop, paused before a Traffic Intersection, or conversing on a park bench. Segal’s work also took on political themes such as the Holocaust and gay pride. At the time the Girl On a Chair (1970) sculpture was created, the artist discussed its art historical references:

“The chair is like a ladder with steps, the box is like a house, the girl is like a Greek caryatid holding up the roof…I’ve always liked the hardness and softness combined, this wedding of organic and geometric.”

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

Girl on a Chair

Brooklyn Museum Presents: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Sneaker Culture Poster
All Photos By Gail

If anticipating a visit to Nike Town is as exciting to you as a trip to Disneyland, then The Rise of Sneaker Culture, an exhibit exploring the history and evolution of the popular footwear, on now at the Brooklyn Museum, is your wet dream.

Case 1 Gold Sneakers

Not that the Brooklyn Museum doesn’t know how to do an exhibit of shoes, because did you see the Killer Heels exhibit? That shit was just out of control. So maybe my expectations were too high. Because the only things separating the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit from a trip to buy new trainers were prices on the shoes and sales people walking around in referee shirts asking what size you wear. Yawn City.

Installation View

The again, maybe gazing at rows of sneakers that you can buy anywhere displayed inside of Plexiglas cases gives you a boner, in which case here’s a little bit of exhibit hype from  the museum’s website. “From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a global obsession. The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world. The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon.” Woo.

Brown Canvas High Tops

I think these are antique high tops.

Case 2 Grey Sneakers

Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder.

Converse X Damien Hirst
Converse X Damien Hirst Butterfly Print Sneaker (2010)

Also featured are sneakers by Prada and other major fashion design houses and designers, as well as those made in collaboration with artists including Damien Hirst and Shantell Martin. This was my favorite part of the exhibit, and if all of the shoes were like this small sampling of sneakers, I would have been over the moon. Check these out.

Christian Louboutin Studded Sneakers

These Christian Louboutin Roller-Boats (2012) feature Louboutin’s signature red soles and gold pony-skin uppers, embellished with aggressive studs. I can’t even imagine how much they cost.

Christian Louboutin Studded Sneakers

Reebok X Alife Hot Pink
Reebok X Alife Court Victory Pump “Ball Out,” Hot Pink (2007)

Thank god I found a Pink Shoe to write about! Alife’s reimagining of Reebok’s famous tennis shoe, the Court Victory Pump, went on to become one of the most sought-after sneakers. True to its name, Ball Out, the upper is cleverly made using tennis-ball-like material. The original release of the Ball Out was yellow, followed by a number of other bold colorways, including this fuzzy, bright pink version. I would wear them.

Film footage, interactive media, photographic images, and design drawings contextualize the sneakers and explore the social history, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.

While you’re at the museum, add significant value to your visit by checking out the Faile Exhibit, Savage/Sacred Young Minds, which is just insane.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture will be on Exhibit Through October 4th, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor.

Sneaker Culture Signage

Modern Art Monday Presents: Otto Dix, Dr. Mayer-Hermann

Dr. Mayer-Hermann
Photo By Gail

Dr. Mayer-Hermann was a renowned throat specialist whose waiting room was filled with the most prominent singers and actresses of his day. Artist Otto Dix was among his patients. While Dix is best known for his unflinching depictions of prostitutes, disabled war veterans, and other traumatized subjects, here he depicts an established professional with wit and satire. In this portrait painted in 1926, the abundance of circular shapes that fill the canvas parodies the doctor’s round body and face—from the curves of his chubby hands and the round bags under his eyes to the reflector on his headband and the mirror above his head.

Dr. Mayer-Hermann by Otto Dix is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art on NYC, and is currently on view on the 5th Floor, in the Painting and Sculpture I Lobby.

Video Clip of The Week: CROSSS, “Dance Down”



OK, I realize that this is asking a lot (i.e. too much) of those out there who are wantonly ignorant of all music recorded before 1995, but imagine if you can a mash-up of Jefferson Airplane’s “Lather,” The Zombies “Beachwood Park”, and any Sid Barrett-era Pink Floyd tune that teeters on the precipice of sanity, only one million billion times creepier, and that’s what “Dance Down” by Canadian trio, CROSSS (yes there are three “S”s) reminds me of.

“Dance Down” is a song that is mastered so loud that I bet when the volume is on zero you can still hear it, and it is Fucking Amazing. Visually, the no-frills (and yet, highly stylized) Monty Pythonesque animation resembles a series of Edward Gorey drawings come to life. This my favorite thing I’ve seen or heard in months, though I admit that the first time I played the video I had to stop and re-start it three times to make it to the end, because it freaked me out so Intensely.

“Dance Down” comes from CROSSS’s sophomore LP, LO, which was released on June 16th, 2015. Take some drugs and listen to this one in the dark. Enjoy!

CROSSS LO CD Art

NeatoShop Mystery Sale Through August 23rd Only!

NeatoShop Mystery Sale

It’s been a while since the NeatoShop (with which the Worley Gig is affiliated) had a Mystery Sale and Sweepstakes, so we’re super excited to have it return for Neatorama’s 10th Anniversary!

What mystery item will you get? Duh! We’re not telling – that’s the whole point of having a mystery sale.

But what we can tell you is this: you’ll get a physical thing (or a combination of several physical things) worth at least $9.95. If you buy more than one Mystery Item, you’ll get different things.

Will it be a neat random T-shirt? Maybe (that’s why we ask for your size). Or will it be a cool novelty item? Or will you win the super awesome SECRET BIG ITEM? What is it anyhow? Again, we’re not telling – but we can tell you that it’s pretty awesome. If you’re a long-time reader of Neatorama, you’ll know that we’ve given away geeky watches, cool electronics, limited edition collectibles, and more.

So what will you get? Don’t miss out on the fun! Buy a Mystery Item (or a few) today! Click Here to purchase your mystery item! Sale Ends at 11:59:59 on Sunday August 23rd!

Product Review: Tava Ghee, Pure Spreadable Butter

Tava Ghee Packaging
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Do you like Butter? I sure do. You know what I don’t like, though? Cold, hard butter that sometimes arrives at your table along with the bread at even the fanciest restaurants. What is up with that? Butter should be soft and spreadable, and hard butter destroys the bread! There is no need for butter to be hard unless you need to transport it through the desert on a refrigerated truck. Otherwise, no need!

Given my passionate stand on soft butter, it is probably no accident that, while I was at the Summer Fancy Food show a couple of months back, I was introduced to the Tava Life Provisions company and their delicious product, flavored, 100% grass fed Pure Spreadable Butter, also known as Ghee. If you have eaten a lot of delicious Indian food, as I have, you may already know that Ghee (clarified butter) originates in India, where it is used extensively in cooking and its health benefits are widely promoted. Also, it is fun to say: Ghee.

Ghee In Bowl
Ghee (Image Source)

Health benefits of consuming Pure Spreadable Butter include increased metabolism and improved digestive function. Tava Ghee is pure, with no hydrogenated oils, and it is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as being a source of the natural cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Who knew butter could be such a healthy food?

Ghee Butter
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Original Ghee is clarified butter that has been cooked down for hours. It then turns into a beautiful gold color and creates a sweet, caramel, nutty aroma, but maintains a buttery taste. Ghee alone is an excellent alternative to butter for those who are lactose intolerant (all the milk solids are removed through reducing and then filtering the butter) and who want the taste of butter, without the unhealthy fats often found in margarine.

Most importantly, Tava Ghee is delicious. Tava Representatives sent me sample jars of their regular Ghee, plus three gourmet flavored varieties, and I got started cooking with them right away.

Green Chili Ghee with Eggs

Tava’s Green Chili infused Ghee will add a spicy kick to any savory dish, such as meats, vegetables or, in my case, eggs. Eggs scrambled in Green Chili Ghee are ready for a south-of-the-border brunch with just a sprinkling of cheese and a side of refried beans!

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Ghee

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is definitely on trend as a popular and sought-after food ingredient. Tava infuses their lightly whipped Ghee with just the right amount of Himalayan salt, so that no additional seasoning needed.

Pasta with Sea Salt Ghee

It tastes great on pasta dishes like this Capellini with Broccoli and Cheese!

Vanilla Bean Ghee with Toast

To create the fragrant Vanilla Bean Ghee – which is prefect to top your morning toast – pure Madagascar vanilla bean is soaked and stirred into the ghee, leaving a very subtle sweet taste. This Ghee is not so sweet that it should deter you from topping your toast with your favorite jam or sweet spread.

Ghee is easy to bake with, shelf stable for up to nine months, and can be cooked with at high temperatures of 250°C (482°F), which is well above typical cooking temperatures for regular butter and most vegetable oils. Exciting! Find out more about Tava Ghee, get delicious Ghee recipes and even purchase these products online at Tava Life Dot Com!

Homer Simpson Avocad’oh! Mural By Hanksy

Homer Avocad'oh
Photo By Gail

This “Instagram Fodder” by humorist street artist Hanksy is located on the northeast corner of Kenmare and Mulberry Streets in Soho, NYC.