Over the weekend, I a made pit stop into the 3D Print Show taking place in the Chelsea Gallery District and got a quick but eye-opening crash course in what this phenomenal technology is all about. It’s amazing how these objects are made! Anyway, here’s a Pink Owl I took a photo of.
In the distinct brand of cubism that he developed while living temporarily in Paris, Diego Rivera used small dots of color, a technique known as Pointillism, to amplify contrasts in texture and pattern. Here, the sleek bottle of green liquid, presumably absinthe, and shiny metal spoon, necessary for preparing the potent drink, are paired against a strip of camouflage tablecloth, a reference to World War I. Additionally, Rivera includes references to his homeland, such as the cigar box with a partial label reading BENITO JUA underneath a miniature Mexican Landscape. This label refers to Benito Juarez, the president of Mexico from1858 until his death in 1872.
The Cafe Terrace is apart of the Permanent Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
My friend Geoffrey turned me on to Swedish Soul Sensation Erik Hassle, whose fun and (appropriately) soulful dance song, “No Words” is this week’s featured Video Clip! “No Words” is maybe the only upbeat pop song I’ve heard where the singer starts out talking about a bummer subject like a funeral, but it turns out he’s going somewhere with it, so pay attention.
As a pair of sassy young ladies jam out in their jammies while making what appears to be an ambitious breakfast in their tiny kitchen (are they roommates or a couple? Either works for me) Erik appears at their dining table, and the ladies aren’t quite sure if they should, you know, stab him with a large kitchen knife, or just ignore an apparent home invasion and continue to groove. Clearly it is bit of a conundrum.
It isn’t long before they are charmed and seduced by Erik’s sweet dance moves, as he boogies into their kitchen and not only destroys their breakfast in-the-making, but also makes quite a mess of the place. Will they be left to clean up the considerable detritus? No doubt.
But they are likely OK with that, because “No Words” is just that kind of compelling and contagious tune about loving who you want while you can. When Erik sings the lyrical hook, “No one knows what tomorrow holds / All we’ve got is here and now,” he makes this relationship song the flip-side of “The Living Years,” and turns deep regret into a celebration of possibility. Because the only thing that matters is what we do with the “Here and Now.” Heavy.
See Erik Hassle on Tour through the end of April if you can (dates below). Enjoy!
04/19 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
04/21 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake, UT
04/23 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
04/24 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
04/25 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
04/27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
04/29 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Spotted in the Bar area at Yum Yum 3 Thai Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.
While on an Art Safari at The Met this past weekend, we discovered the rare Glass Bambi, which is actually called PixCell-Deer #24, created in 2011 by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa as part of his Heisei period works. Glass Bambi was realized by covering a full sized Taxidermied Deer with variably sized artificial crystal glass beads, called PixCells, a term coined by the artist. PixCell combines the idea of a Pixel — the smallest unit of a digital image — with that of a Cell. Clever.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally on the part of Nawa, PixCell-Deer #24 resonates with a type of religious painting known as a Kasuga Deer Mandala, which features a Deer — the messenger animal of Shinto Deities — posed similarly, with its head turned to the side, and with a round sacred mirror on its back.
Glass Bambi is part of Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met in Galleries 223–232, on Exhibit Through September 27, 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC!
Sea Thai Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the only restaurant I will ever deliberately and of my own free will leave Manhattan to eat at. The food is consistently delicious and, if you forgo the cocktails, you can get out of there for about $20, including tip, which is just unheard of this side of the Bedford Ave. L Stop. But one of my very favorite reasons to dine at Sea is to get a chance to sit in the front of the restaurant by the side of this beautiful and serene reflecting pool. It does not get much more Zen than that, as long at you get there before 9 PM, when the House Music starts.