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Robert C. Jackson’s Tinkering With Reality at Gallery Henoch

Pairings Feast
Pairings Feast (All Photos By Gail, Click On Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Robert Jackson’s Tinkering with Reality is a disarmingly fun exhibit of contemporary pop-realist paintings whose everyday subject matter lends them an element of the absurd. More than anything, this exhibit reminded me of the paintings of Robert Deyber, but without the obvious visual puns attached.

Pop Betsy Ross
Pop Betsy Ross

Pancakes
Pancakes

Robert Jackson’s paintings offer tightly contained theaters of absurd impossibilities that speak to the very act of creating itself. Jackson’s regular cast of characters includes unbelievably tall stacks of pastries and hamburgers, anthropomorphized apples, Oreos and balloon animals, as well as colorful wooden crates whose graphic faces flatten the picture plane even as they enhance the painting’s ‘trompe l’oeil’ effects.

Pop Floral
Pop Floral

More Donuts
More Donuts

Jackson paints scenes that delight in their illusory spectacle as they navigate through painting’s loaded history. Jackson’s props lack traditional sophistication by designs – the silliness of a balloon dog or the artificial sweetness of an Oreo cookie lend a playful spirit to the philosophical conundrums that Jackson explores in his narrative-driven paintings.

Dollar
Dollar

Robert Jackson’s transfixing work makes it easy for the viewer to suspend their disbelief. But there’s an element of self-awareness in Jackson’s paintings that makes the viewer conscious of Jackson not trying to simply fool, but to make the viewer think about the process of being fooled.

Props
Props

Painted at human scale, Props looks like scene the viewer could walk into, pick up a burger and walk out of again. Jackson finds a way to cleverly imply his own presence in the work through the bitten red delicious apple on top of a Pop Kola crate, and the tiny green Fisher Price figurine on the stack of crates to the left.

The Thinker
The Thinker

I also really loved the way Jackson references other works of art within his paintings, such as the homage to Rodin’s The Thinker, above.

Art Project
Art Project

And of course you cannot talk about Balloon Dogs without thinking of Jeff Koons.

Icons
Icons

How many “Iconic” works can you identify in the painting above? Tinkering With Reality is one of my favorite current exhibits, and I recommend very enthusiastically that you check it out in person!

Robert C. Jackson’s Tinkering With Reality will be on Exhibit Through November 29th, 2015 at Gallery Henoch, Located at 555 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001

Gallery View

Robert C Jackson Tinkering with Reality Signage

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Junk Food Underpants

Me Undies Fast Food Design
All Photos By Gail

Last month, Anne and I went to this Beauty Event Thing, which we (wrongly) assumed was some kind of Cosmetics Product Tradeshow, but which turned out to be a convention center full of little girls standing in long lines to buy makeup. Plus, lots of Tweeting. It was basically ridiculous. Two grown women with real lives had absolutely no business being there except as a means to score free product to write about on our blogs, which was much easier said than done.

One of the booth displays was from a brand called Me Undies that sells expensive underpants, one style of which has pictures of junk food on them. Yes, I just typed that.

Me Undies Fast Food Close Up Detail
Detail of Junk Food Print Fabric

There is no denying that Junk Food Underpants have a great visual appeal, even if I believe that most younger ladies prefer a bikini style to a high-waisted brief. Nevertheless, they look quite well-made.

Me Undies Donut Display

Me Undies, as you can see, was going full-on with their booth display, which included oversized inflatable donuts and papier-mâché pizza slices. Nicely done!

Me Undies Pizza Slice Display

Visit Me Undies at This Link.

June 7th is National Donut Day! Woo!

National Donut Day 2013
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The first Friday in June every year is celebrated in the United States as National Donut Day! This is a true thing. Today only you can get a free donut at all Dunkin Donuts (where you need to buy a beverage to get your Donut) and Krispy Kreme Donut Shops. Go! Go while you can! Get a free Donut!

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobile

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobile
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I went to the opening reception for Kenny Scharf’s Kolors exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery on 27th Street. Out front of the gallery this customized golf cart (kart) was parked. We called it the Donut Mobile.

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobiel Front End

This is the front of the Donut Mobile.

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobile Rear Fins

Dig those rad vintage fin details on the rear end of the Donut Mobile. Kenny did that. The display cases you see there? That’s where the donuts go.

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobile With Donuts

Some people on Kenny’s staff put donuts in the display cases. The donuts were supplied by the Donut Plant on 23rd Street. I did not get a donut, because I was not fast enough. Sadness.

Kenny Scharf Eats a Donut

Kenny ate a donut that was iced purple in the same color as his suit. He seemed very happy. I love his art.

Kenny Scharf Donut Mobile Name Plate
Kenny!

Schiller’s Liquor Bar Gives Away Free Donuts

  

Geoffrey and I were sitting on a bench outside of a boutique sandwich shop located at the south west corner of Rivington and Norfolk Streets. This was on Wednesday night at about 6:00 PM. We were waiting to cross the street and check out an opening at Sloan Fine Art Gallery, and we did not want to appear too eager. As Geoffrey was sitting to my left and facing east, he suddenly punctuated our conversation with the phrase, “I think that guy across the street is giving away donuts.” It does not take much more than that to get my attention. I turned to see a man standing just outside the entrance to Schiller’s Liquor Bar, at the south east corner of the intersection, holding a neatly stacked tower of donuts on a silver cake plate. We made haste to cross the street in his direction. “Are you giving away these donuts?” Geoffrey asked the man? “Yes, something something blah blah free donuts,” the man replied. So Geoffrey and I each took one of the donuts, which were the old fashioned, plain cake donuts, sprinkled liberally with cinnamon and sugar, and still tasting quite fresh and moist. Yummy! Free Donuts! New York City!

“I See The Donuts”