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Octopus and Whale Mural, East 11th Street Between A and B

Octopus Mural
Photo By Gail

You know I am a sucker for an Octopus. A sucker, get it?

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Paul Insect, 2033: Original Works Created in 2014 at Allouche Gallery

Paul Insect
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were trying to figure out why the address of 115 Spring Street sounded so familiar, and yet neither one of us could recall having been to the Allouche Gallery, which resides at that address, prior to the Paul Insect exhibit, the opening reception of which we attended on Saturday night. Once we walked in the door, however, we recognized the space as having formerly been the  home of Opera Gallery — which, who even knew that it had closed? Obviously, not us.  RIP Opera Gallery. I do not miss you that much.

Paul Insect

I like Paul Insect’s work a lot. To bring up a reference from Pop Culture, his unique portraits remind me a lot of the costumes and make-up designed, worn and made infamous by the late Leigh Bowery.

Allouche Gallery Bar
Hey, Free Wine!

And if you are going to reference another contemporary painter doing something similar, perhaps George Condo comes to mind as well, although I prefer Insect over Condo.

Paul Insect

The exhibit’s press release simply states that “Paul Insect’s 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, features a series of striking new montage works on canvas and paper, projecting a world in which people want more, thrive to be the best and pretend to be who they are not.” I like that. Here are more of our favorites from the show.

Paul Insect Diptych

This Diptych (above) and the trio (below) are a little bit different stylistically from the others.

Paul Insect Trio

Paul Insect Abstract

This one has maybe a bit more of a collage feel to it. I love his use of bright colors.

Paul Insect

This one reminds me of Me and Geoffrey when we go out looking at the Art.

Paul Insect

Paul Insect Installation View

Here is a bit more of an installation view. It really is a very nice space.

Paul Insect

The Red in this is just remarkable, although it doesn’t translate in the photograph. It is one of my favorite pieces in the show for sure!

Go see this exhibit, because it is awesome.

Paul Insect, 2033 will be on Exhibit Through January 11th, 2015 at Allouche Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho.

Paul Insect

Robot Bunnies By Gigi Chen

Robot Bunnies
All Photos By Gail

In Robot Bunnies — an illustrated story in five panels –artist Gigi Chen tells the intriguing tale of a couple who order a shipment of Robot Bunnies, only to discover that one of the tiny robotic creatures is actually alive.

Robot Bunnies The Touch
The Touch

The Bunny becomes their pet.

Robot Bunnies The Enbaler
The Enabler

But it is a mischievous Bunny.

Robot Bunnies Gimme Back M' Mobile
Gimme Back M’ Mobile

It steals the woman’s cell phone.

Robot Bunnies Look
Look

In the end, I think it becomes a good pet.

On Thursday, December 18th, the Today Show will be filming at the Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, which is the new home of a giant mural project that Gigi completed in less than 6 days! The show will be live on Thursday and will feature clips of Gigi working on the mural, which were filmed last week. See more of Gigi’s Rad Art at Gigi Chen Dot Com!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Giorgio de Chirico, The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico Song of Love
Photo By Gail

This painting, Giorgio de Chirico’s The Song of Love (1914), brings together incongruous and unrelated objects: the head of a Classical Greek statue, an oversized rubber glove, a green ball, and a train shrouded in darkness, silhouetted against a bright blue sky. By subverting the logical presence of objects, de Chirico created what he termed “metaphysical” paintings, representations of what lies “beyond the physical” world. Cloaked in an atmosphere of anxiety and melancholy, de Chirico’s humanoid forms, vacuous architecture, shadowy passages, and eerily elongated streets evoke the profound absurdity of a universe torn apart by World War I.

Giorgio de Chirico’s The Song of Love is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. View it in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 7, 5th Floor.

Upholstered Chair that Looks like Marble

Upholstered Chair That Looks Like Marble
Photo By Gail

You can’t tell until you get right up on it that this fancy Armchair — which you’d swear to God is made of solid, rock hard Marble —  is in fact upholstered in a satin-like textile which has been digitally screen-printed to resemble marble. Oh, the cleverness.

Louis XV Goes to Sparta, as it is called, is designed by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman for Cerruti Baleri. We spotted it at Kasher / Potamkin Boutique in the Chelsea Gallery District. Get more information and see more photos of this fabulous chair at This Link!

Pink Thing of The Day: Soft Sculpture by Natsuko Hattori

Natsuko Hattori Soft Sculpture
Photos By Gail, Taken at Porter Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn

Artist Statement:

Mocomoco  (もこもこ) is a Japanese word that refers to a soft or puffy surface and the comforting feelings that one might get from holding a toy stuffed animal, or being wrapped up in a down coat. Fabric is my medium of choice because people everywhere can relate more easily to this material, which conveys warmth, natural softness and the intimate human touch. The act of wrapping is central to my sculptures.

My sculptures are created from balls that are individually wrapped with fabric and bounded together to make up an entire whole. Each ball represents the inner state of mankind. The gesture of wrapping each round ball, is an act of transformation that converts pain, sadness and despair into positive energy, such as love or a prayer for comfort.<

My work conveys a sense of happiness and celebrates the human spirit.

– Natsuko Hattori

Natsuko Hattori Soft Sculpture

Detail from The Above Work