Mike Weiss Gallery Presents: Marc Séguin I Love America and America Loves Me

Self Portrait
“Elvis is King.” Self Portrait by Marc Séguin. (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite venues for contemporary art, Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently featuring new works by painter Marc Séguin in an exhibit entitled I Love America and America Loves Me. Séguin’s mostly large scale canvases examine and poke fun at viral media phenomena and celebrity culture that Americans seem to be obsessed with. It isn’t always pretty, but it is always provocative. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Andy Warhol Snowman
Andy

Andy Warhol is a Snowman.

My Art Dealer
My Art Dealer

Just Married
Just Married

Séguin sure didn’t waste any time portraying 80 year old convicted murderer Charles Manson with his fiance /new wife Afton “Star” Burton, who is 25. Séguin‘s painting is based on a photograph of the happy couple found at This Link.

Project Love
Project Love

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden

What’s interesting to note about this portrait of Edward Snowden is that, when I looked at it along with an artist friend who came to the show with me, we both knew what he was famous for (leaking NSA secrets) but neither of us could remember his name, despite the fact that he was all over the media for most of last and the previous year.

Fuck Sharks

This one is called Fuck Sharks. I love it.

Fuck Sharks
Detail from Fuck Sharks

I laughed for fifteen minutes when I saw the above! Hilarious!

Marc Séguin’s I Love America and America Loves Me will be on Exhibit Through March 7th, 2015 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Marc Seguin Signage

Bacon Thing of The Day: I Bacon Your Pardon

I Bacon Your Pardon
Photo By Sue Simone

Since I can’t be everywhere at once, I have secret, Pop Culture spies located all over the country, who are always on the look out for Pink Things and Bacon Things that they can send me to put on this here blog. The above sign was spotted at a Green Market in San Diego, California. Thank you, Spies!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Pig Windsock

Pink Pig Flying Windsock
Image Source

From the Product Description:

This large Flying Pig measures 32 inches from tail to snout. Made from durable ripstop nylon (the same material used for sailing) so it is weather resistant. Whilst not a toy – safety eyes are used and the windsock comes complete with a fishing snap swivel to connect to a suitable pole or line, now you really can see a pig fly!

Sells for just $18 at This Link!

1 Percent Nor’Easter Collection Pop Up Shop and Gallery

Gallery View
All Photos By Gail

When I was invited to an exhibit of “Functional Art Glass,” my first reaction was, WTF is Functional Art Glass? Then I read a little bit further into the press release and realized that, back in the day, a piece of Functional Art Glass was referred to as a Water Pipe, or a Bong. And now, it is functional art! I can’t tell you how much I love knowing this. As Andy Warhol once said, “Art is What You Can Get Away With.”

1 Percent Card

Celebrating Twenty Years in business, lifestyle accessories brand 1Percent, one of the leading online retailers for smoking accessories, is currently hosting a gallery showcase, pop-up shop, and a series of events in New York City for the month of January. The gallery features over 75 unique glass sculptures in the Nor’Easter Collection, and you can see why these pieces have risen the status of collectable art. Nor’Easter is a celebration of pipe culture from respected glass artists spanning across the east coast, including MTP, JOP!, Coyle and Slinger.

Coyle
Artist Coyle (AKA Dan Coyle) Works on a Pipe

For fans and collectors alike, 1Percentwill provide a one-on-one exclusive experience with Brandon Long, the gallery curator, as he explains the basics of functional glass, the innovators, and the outlook for high-end glass collectors with the current glass renaissance. I was lucky enough to get a VIP guided tour of the glass with Brandon, and his knowledge is not only impressive but his stories are fun and engaging.

Slinger + EF Norris Grateful to Be American
Slinger + EF Norris, Grateful to Be American, Price: $10,800

Brandon knows many of these artists personally and is familiar with their education, techniques and methods of creating these pipes. He had a fascinating anecdote about every piece in the gallery! I will attempt to recall some of what he said in my captions for the photos to follow.

Munny Glass Scorpion

Many other artists have made glass versions the popular Dunny vinyl toy before Coyle, but he was likely the first to turn to turn it into a functioning rig called a Munny. Coyles’ The Munny Project book can also be viewed in the gallery. The pieces above are a collaboration with JAG (Just Another Glass Blower) and sell for about $7,500 each. The Glass Scorpion is by Toby Upton.

Munny Project Side View

Here’s another detail shot.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

The above Mismatched Mini Tube by artist MTP was the first water pipe manufactured in Manhattan, according to Brandon. It is literally made up of many mismatched glass pieces fused together and includes inlaid opals. Price: $2,100. What a bargain.

MTP Mismatched Mini Tube

Just looking at it makes me feel high.

Diet + LIG Joe Hickory Dickory Dock

This piece is called Hickory Dickory Dock, and it is one of my favorites in the show. Created by artists Diet and LIG (Long Island Glass), the images on this piece — which remind me very much of the art of Travis Louie — were created via a sandblasting technique. Unbelievable. Price: $2000.

JOP Black Doll

Artist JOP (Josh Opdenaker) made this Black Doll using a vintage doll face mold. Creepy Cool! Price: $3,000

Coyle Trapped

Coyle’s Trapped features tiny glass men trapped within individual glass bubbles. Price: $4500.

African Stag Beetle + Submarine

How gorgeous is this thing? Created by Th3y for Bear Mountain Studios, Submarine, as it is called, will set you back $3,800.

Also: African Stag Beetle by Toby Upton. Price: $850.

Submarine Opal Detail

Another detail shot of opals that are part of Submarine.

Jop Slinger Pink Chicken

Because this post needed a Pink Thing: Jop!+ Slinger’s Pink Chicken Price: $3000.

As part of the NYC pop up, 1Percent will also offer free rolling classes,  ranging from a beginner class – where one can learn the basics of paper types, sizes, and how to use a rolling machine, all the way to advanced rolling – where more experienced rollers can learn how to craft the infamous “Cross Joint” as seen in hilarious film, Pineapple Express. Ah, James Franco was never better.

Frit + Hodouken Flower Tube

If your looking to pick up some glass for under four figures there are bargains in the basement, such as this lovely Flower Tube by Frit + Hodouken. Price: $650.

Glass Claw Pendents

And jewelry, such as these Glass Claw Pendents for just $150.

Tommy Chong
“Dave’s Not Here.”

On the day I visited, the legendary Tommy Chong was in the house after hosting a special Rolling Class for winners of an online contest. Was he in an altered sate? Probably.

The 1Percent Pop Up Shop and Nor’Easter Collection, Located at 143 Ludlow Street (Stanton and Rivington) will run through January 31st, 2015 and is open to the public seven days a week. Hours are 1 – 9:00 PM Sunday -Thursday and 1 – 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For additional information on the artists, rolling classes, guided tours or exclusive specialty events please visit 1 Percent Dot NYC.

Nor'Easter Pop Up Shop Signage

Stacking Chair By Danny Lane

Stacking Chair
All Photos By Gail

Danny Lane is a London-based designer, visual artist and glass sculptor who specializes in working with fractured and stacked glass.  His popular Stacked Chair (1993) is made up of slab-like green-tinted glass with polished, irregular edges. The chair back and rear, single leg are  constructed of an arched column of stacked irregularly cut and polished glass slabs held together by a central steel rod topped by a nut. Similar construction applies to the chair’s shorter front legs and feet

Stacking Chair Display Shot

This is what the chair looks like on display in the contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I took these photos last summer. You can actually find this chair for sale around the web, with a little Googling effort.

Stacking Chair Detail

Modern Art Monday Presents: Henri Matisse, Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupté

Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupte
Photo By Gail

Matisse painted this oil sketch in the summer of 1904, while working alongside fellow artist Paul Signac on the French Riviera, and he completed the final painting (now at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris) the following winter.

Both Signac and Matisse were influenced by the elder painter Paul Cézanne, whose discrete strokes of color emphasized the materiality of the painted surface over naturalistic illusion. But Matisse went further, using a palette of pure, high-pitched colors (blue, green, yellow, and orange) to render the landscape, and outlining the figures in blue. The painting takes its title from a line by the nineteenth-century poet Charles Baudelaire and shares the poems subject of an escape to an imaginary, tranquil refuge.

Study for Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Luxury, Calm and Pleasure) is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: The Amazing, “Picture You”


For your listening and viewing pleasure on this fine Sunday morning, Sweden’s The Amazing present the video for “Picture You” — a visual accompaniment to their new album’s artwork that will develop over the course of three videos. “Picture You” was filmed in London, but is intended to be seen as a generic cityscape. The French New Wave inspired clip follows actress Tamsin Topolski as she wanders through a cold, modern landscape, filled with anonymous yet familiar faces.

Directed by London design firm Shilling & Shilling, the directors explain that, “The concept was to bring the album and single artwork to life over 9 minutes and getting the 2 parts of the song to work well together, and also being distinct from one another. [We wanted to capture] the idea of normal people being part of the narrative, while also having a protagonist that holds the whole thing together.”

The Amazing inhabits an aural landscape that’s all its own: a panoramic, constantly evolving spectacle marked by layers of intertwining guitars, richly textured keyboards and a rhythm section adept at skewed tempos and a tendency to veer off in unexpected directions. It would take a shelf full of thesauruses to describe the Swedish quintet’s music, but one word that keeps reoccurring is “psychedelic,” a characterization that Christoffer Gunrup, the band’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, dislikes. “I hate the word,” he says. “I have no relation to psychedelic music or prog rock. Reine (Fiske, one of the band’s three guitar players, formerly of Dungen) likes that prog stuff, and he’s very good with sounds, so he would be the one to blame for that.”

“Picture You” comes from The Amazing’s upcoming LP of the same name, due out on February 16th/17th, 2015 via Partisan Records. Enjoy!

The Amazing Band