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If you are a fan of Surrealism, Japanese Manga, human bio-mechanical mutants or warped and unfathomably violent animated shows such as Super Jail, then you might want to stop over at the Stux Gallery on West 25th Street to check out Japanese artist Akikazu Iwamoto’s new collection of fantasy paintings entitled Secret Candy.
According to the show’s press release by Lucy Li, “Akikazu creates wildly imaginative, candy-colored paintings and drawings that offer confronting, amusing and sometimes frightening revelations of our inflated inner desires in their most distilled state.”
Some of his paintings reminded me thematically of the wildly imaginative fantasy worlds of Dr. Suess’s Children’s Books.
It’s noteworthy that Akikazu was raised in Hiroshima (where he still lives), in a house just one kilometer away from the Atomic Bomb Dome. The images and artifacts of the Bomb affected him greatly during his childhood.
The main thrust for his artwork is a general deep-seated sense of wickedness that he believes to exists in every human psyche. Akikazu cites Maurice Utrillo, an early 20 th century painter of emotionally charged Parisian landscapes, as one of his notable inspirations. His works are also influenced by the ethereal colors he witnessed during a trip to Nepal as well as the works of American painter Aaron Johnson and Canadian Marcel Dzama.
His visions take place in a comprehensive atmosphere free from the restrictions of reality, where violently mutated creatures, detached body parts and nondescript organic forms are rendered masterfully, contending an inherent connection between violence and innocence.
These paintings are all fairly large in size and look much cooler in person than in photographs. If Secret Candy seems like your thing I encourage you to visit this exhibit before it’s over, which is always sooner than you think.
Do you love AMC’s Breaking Bad? I sure do. As we count down each weekly episode (2 down; 6 to go) to the series’ ultimate, revelatory conclusion, everyone wants to know which of their favorite characters will make it out alive (I am cheering hard for Jesse and Saul)! The waiting in suspense is excruciating, but you can make it sweeter by whipping up a batch of this Heisenberg’s Blue Rock Candy to enjoy while viewing the greatest television show ever in the universe of all time!
Remember, Rock candy takes patience and temperature precision, so #TreadLightly. Now, let’s cook!
Heisenberg’s Blue Rock Candy Recipe
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons hard candy flavoring extract (try LorAnn flavorings – there are tons to choose from)
- 1 drop blue gel food coloring (AmeriColor makes good quality gels)
- You’ll need a candy thermometer
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup and granulated sugar. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a boil. As soon as mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Insert a candy thermometer.
Continue to cook the candy without stirring until it reads exactly 285 F (140 C) on the thermometer. *Do not overcook it, or it will start to take on a caramel color and your candy might turn green! Once the temperature hits 285, take the pan off the heat and let it sit just until bubbles stop breaking on the surface. Add the flavoring of choice and a drop of food coloring. Stir everything together.
Pour the candy onto the prepped baking sheet and tilt it so that it runs into a thin layer. Let it set completely at room temperature.
Once the candy is set, break it into small pieces by hand. For the full “crystal meth” experience, place the candy pieces in medium zip-top bags and crush them lightly with a rolling pin. Authenticity! Enjoy and remember to store any leftover Candy in airtight containers!
Thanks again to The Savory Dot Com for this Recipe!
I see this truck — which I affectionately call The Pot Truck — parked around my neighborhood all the time. It sells THC-infused hard candy (in the form of lollipops) and most likely other types of green things. Today It was parked at 14th Street and First Ave right by Stuyvesant Town, so I spotted it right away as I got off the bus. As I took this photo with my iPad, the proprietor, shall we say, walked around the side of the truck and made this friendly gesture at me! If you squint, you can just make out the phone number you need to call to contact the friendly people in the Pot Truck. Apparently, they deliver.
The awesome photo above was posted on FaceBook over the weekend by my neighbor and friend, Mary. The photograph clearly depicts a festive and inarguably unique dessert prepared by Mary’s mom, which consists of strawberry Jello gelatin dessert studded with delicious Andes chocolate mint candies. Mary says her brother in law nailed it when he described the flavor as being similar to ”eating an apple while brushing your teeth.” Eeeexcellent.
Here’s yet another great idea for Valentines Day Gift Giving: A Box of assorted Lip Glosses disguised as luscious Chocolates!
Valentine’s Day Box of Chocolates Lip Gloss Details:
- Set of 4 Lip Glosses Packaged just like a box of chocolates
- Each Lip gloss Looks Like a Different Chocolate Candy
- Size: 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/4″
- Perfect for Valentine’s Day
This fun gift will only set you back $14.95! Buy one now at This Link!
Not to be confused with the iPhone app Tic Tac Bacon, the Bacon Tic Tac candy, at present, seems to be in existence only in the realm of Photoshop. Sigh.
Thanks to Dave Hoover for the Image!
I love this photo I took of a jar of Candy Buttons found at Greystone Gardens, a really cool shop in the Berkshires that sells old fashioned candies, antique-y things, toys and other fun stuff.