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Wizard and Dinosaur Mural

Dinosaur and Wizard Mural By Mc Monster
Photo By Gail

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!

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Eye On Design: Cast Glass Chairs By Marc Newson

Marc Newson Glass Chairs
All Photos By Gail

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.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs

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.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs
When You Just Get Tired of Waiting for that Final Person to Move Out Of Your Way

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.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs

The Red Envelope Show Celebrates The Year Of The Pig!

Ice Cream Cones By Ike Sanchez
Red Envelope Art By Ike Sanchez (All Photos By Gail)

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!

Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall

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!

Gallery Shot
Partial Installation View

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!

Set By Adrian K
Piglet Kicks The Big Bad Wolf’s Ass, Set By Adrian K

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.

3 Pigs By Kush Wright (Kid Mind)
Three Little Pigs By Kush Wright (Kid Mind)

Three Pigs School Submission
Three Pigs Student Submission

3 Pigs By Matt Stanton
Three Pigs By Matt Stanton

3 Pigs By Lou Pimentel
Three Pigs By Lou Pimentel

3 Pigs By Aaron Meshon
Three Pigs By Aaron Meshon

Kick or Treat
Pigs In Disguise By Kick or Treat

Boss Hogs By CMYKharma
Three “Boss Hogs” By CMYKharma

Here are a few more Student Submissions, which are all excellent.

Pig School Submission
Ice Skating Pig By Student Abigail Lee

Piglet School Submission
Piglet By Unknown Student  

Olivia The Pig School Submission
Olivia The Pig Piglet By Unknown Student  

Partial Installation Detail

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.

Trio By Diana Vuong
Trio By Diana Vuong

It was also fun to see work by many Asian artists.

Duo By Kevin Chan
Duo By Kevin Chan

Duo By Shawn Cheng
Duo By Shawn Cheng

Classy Pigs By Cong Rong Zhou
“Classy Pigs” By Cong Rong Zhou

Pig Flowers By Dingding Hu
Pig Flowers By Dingding Hu

Pigs By Aimee Pong
Pig Duo By Aimee Pong

New Years Pig By Frank Chang
Year of The Pig By Frank Chang
Hat Pig By Derrick H Pork By Carina Yuen
Pig in Hat By Derrick H; Pork Products By Carina Yuen

Jane Wu and Andrew Bell
This Littler Piggy ByJane Wu; Sausage Pig By Andrew Bell

Showering Pig By Cameron Cundiff
Showering Pig By Cameron Cundiff

Trio By Vinnie Neuberg
Trio By Vinnie Neuberg

Flying Pigs By JosL J0sL
Flying Pigs By JosL J0sL

Quartet By Deepti Sunder
A Day in The Life of a Pig By Deepti Sunder

Pigs By Kathy Ferguson
Year of the Pig Series By Kathy Ferguson

Pig By Not Cool Co
Pig By Not Cool Co.

Set By Rodmex5
3-Envelope Set By Rodmex5

Thanks for the great art Red Enevlope Show! Happy Year of the Pig, Everyone!

Thats All Folks
Thats All Folks By Snowfox3

Modern Art Monday Presents: Mao (1972), Andy Warhol

Mao
Photo By Gail

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.

Video Clip of The Week: Pretty Vicious, “These Four Walls”


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!

Pretty Vicious Band

Pink Thing of The Day: Vintage Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers!

Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers
All Photos By Gail

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!

Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers Backside

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!

Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers

Don’t forget that next week, on February 5th, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of The Pig! Yay!

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface
All Photos By Gail

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!

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface

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.

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface