Portland-based street artist MC Monster travelled all the way to NYC to put up this epic fantasy mural depicting the mysterious yet peaceful confrontation between a Wizard in a Moon-shaped boat and what is either a Dinosaur, or the Loch Ness Monster. To say that this tranquil scene encourages imaginative extrapolation is an understatement. The mural went up in November of 2018 at the First Street Green Art Park (located at 33 East 1st Street, NYC), and those murals tend to change every three or four months, so don’t wait too long to go check it out!
From the outset of his singular career, designer Marc Newson has pursued parallel activities in limited and mass production of functional design objects. Revisiting his roots as a jeweler and silversmith in an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, Newson explores increasingly rare decorative techniques at an unconventionally large, even unprecedented, scale.
Newson’s Cast Glass Chairs (2017), made in the Czech Republic, are continuous symmetrical forms comprised of two hollow quarter-spheres. The boldly colored upper halves rest on clear bases, which absorb some of the reflected hues in their clouded interiors, an effect that subtly changes depending on the viewer’s vantage point.
Photographed in the Gagosian Gallery, Located at 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea Gallery District, NYC· The Chairs are on View in the Gallery as Part of a Larger Exhibition of Newson’s Limited-Edition Furniture and Artworks, Through February 20th, 2019.
The Red Envelope Show is an amazingly fun annual art exhibit that pays homage to the red celebration envelopes distributed by the Chinese community during the Lunar New Year. The show was curated, as it is each year, by Bert Chau of Brooklyn’s Grumpy Bert gallery. Although getting to the show involved a nearly 90-minute subway adventure to arrive at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, it was totally worth it! This was the show’s fourth year, with the exhibit running from January 5th through January 27th!
Red Envelope art submissions by local visual artists were displayed and for sale in Flushing Town Hall’s spacious gallery, with pieces by community and school groups also displayed throughout the building for all visitors to enjoy. Additionally, 25% of the proceeds from sales of the Red Envelope artworks goes towards support of Flushing Town Hall’s visual arts programming!
While the artwork theme was not restricted to images of Pigs, I do love pigs, and it is, after all, the Year of The Pig in Chinese Astrology, so I decided to focus on the envelopes depicting pigs. As you will see, the participating artists got very creative! Please enjoy a selection of my photos from the show!
The story of The Three Little Pigs, or just a grouping of Three Pigs was a popular theme among many of the artists, as you may notice.
Here are a few more Student Submissions, which are all excellent.
There were well over 500 Red Envelope artwork submissions from artists, and almost that many from student and community members! It was great fun to browse through all of the art, which was obviously created with much love.
It was also fun to see work by many Asian artists.
Thanks for the great art Red Enevlope Show! Happy Year of the Pig, Everyone!
Andy Warhol based his Mao paintings, drawings, lithographs, photocopy prints, and wallpaper on the same image: a painting by Zhang Zhenshi that served as the frontispiece for Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (known in the “West as The Little Red Book”) and was then thought to be the most widely reproduced artwork in the world. Warhol chose the image of Mao — then chairman of the Chinese Communist Party — after reading news coverage of President Richard Nixon’s trip to the People’s Republic of China in February of 1972, an unprecedented act of cold war diplomacy that marked the first act by a sitting American president to the nation, which at the tie was considered an enemy of the state.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, at the Whitney Museum of American Art Through March 31st, 2019.
If you look back over the Video Clip of The Week entries that have graced this space so far in 2019, you could almost make a case for arguing that The Rock is making some kind of a low-focus comeback. I’m not one to get my hopes up or anything, but let’s assume that this is officially the case with the band featured in this weeks’ clip: Welsh grunge-revivalists (and — I’m just guessing here — Sex Pistols fans), Pretty Vicious. The tune is “These Four Walls,” and I’m just going to lay all of my cards on the table right now and say that this song is arguably one of the most contagious anthems of youthful rebellion since the original band called Alice Cooper announced that, “Schools Out Forever, Bitches” — or something like that.
There are those who will claim that knowing how to actually sing and play your instruments is overrated, and not a requirement for making good music, but those people are idiots. Pretty Vicious are not ashamed to have chops up the ass, starting with singer Brad Griffiths’ robust snarl that recalls Billy Joe Armstrong as channeled through 999’s Nick Cash — old school! Is it likely that Griffiths even knows who Nick Cash is? Hell no, but the you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit? Wait for the bridge, where guitarist Tom McCarthy pulls out Slash-worthy leads that are just insane. Driving the engine is drummer Elliot Jones, whose adrenalized, machine gun cadence is so fucking punchy and precise, it will knock you right on your ass. And then there’s “I Am A Fucking Rock Star” bassist Jarvis Morgan (he’s the adorable, pouty blond seen in the photo below), who reminds me fondly of my immortal teenage punk rock crush, which, considering that individual went on to become one of most legendary figures in American punk rock history, can only be seen as a good thing. Because I know how to call them.
Visually, “These Four Walls” is a fast paced, performance-heavy clip, effectively capturing the kinetic live energy of Pretty Vicious on stage, while also peppering the action with documentary-style footage of the band cavorting in NYC’s Times Square. Rock action, urban sleaze, decadence, youth — OMG what a great band!
With appearances at huge UK-based summer rock festivals (Reading and Leeds) already under their not-quite-21-year-old belts, Pretty Vicious are certainly poised to give Greta Van Fleet a run for the money! “These Four Walls” will be available on the band’s highly anticipated debut album due out on Big Machine/John Varvatos Records later this year. Enjoy!
One of my favorite recent Christmas presents is the set of vintage Pink Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers that I received from a neighbor. These little guys are so adorable that I have not even been able to take then as far as the kitchen. Instead, they sit on my beside table, so that I can see them as soon as I wake up each morning and get my daily squee out of the way. Squee!
Just so nobody gets confused, the girl pig (with the red bow) has an S on her back for Salt, and the boy pig has P for Pepper! Helpful!
Don’t forget that next week, on February 5th, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of The Pig! Yay!
Jerkface is one of my favorite street artists for his use of popular, easily recognized cartoon characters in his sightly skewed cultural visions. This double-vision mural of Mickey Mouse went upon May of 2018 and it still looks pretty good!
While people will tell you that this piece is at Houston and Mott, you can see from the above photo that it is set quite far in on Mott Street, between Houston and Bleecker.