Video Clip of The Week: Saint Etienne, “Dive”

Hey whats up. You may have noticed (or not) that the Video Clip of The Week took a break last Sunday because I was at sea on a leisurely cruise vacation to ports in Canada and New England. I’m back now, and have admittedly been feeling wistful about the end of summer and the return to the soul-sucking day job. Coincidentally, what I love about this clip from ’90s alternative rock darlings Saint Etienne is how much it reminds me of a travel film for the exact type of holiday I just enjoyed. Because, Lighthouses.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the video, director Esther Johnson said:

“Dive” is such a summery song, and when I first heard it I was reminded of days at the seaside, with fish & chips and milkshakes. I chose to shoot the video in Scarborough, because many of the locations and features I loved there as a child are still intact: the ice-cream parlours, the funicular railway, the (now derelict) Futurist theatre, the signs. These features also link with another of my loves as a filmmaker: French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. The song’s immediacy and in-the-moment-ness suggested that the video’s story should take place in a single day. The boy visits the girl from across the sea; they spend the day together; they part. The various recurring motifs were inspired partly by my own memories, partly by the New Wave, and partly by the history and iconography of Saint Etienne.”

“Dive” can be found on the band’s most recent album, Home Counties, which came out on Heavenly Recordings in June of this year. Enjoy!

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Pink Think of The Day: Inflatable Pink Wig

Inflatable Pink Wig
Photo By Gail

Yes, It Exists: This Inflatable Pink Wig was spotted in the Flying Tiger shop on Third Avenue near 73rd Street in Manhattan. Sells for just $6.00! What a bargain!

Shark Attack Street Sign

Shark Attack Street Sign Detail
Photos By Gail

Hey what’s up. I just got home from a very fun cruise to ports in Canada and Maine and enjoyed taking lots of holiday snaps of cool things which I will now share with you on this rad blog in the coming weeks. The Shark Attack Street Sign pictured above was spotted in Lunenburg, in the province of  Nova Scotia, Canada. There were all kinds of different fish depicted on colorful, elevated posts along  the streets and they are a pretty cool addition to a very picturesque, historic town.

Shark Attack Street Sign
Warning: Shark Alert

Eye On Design: Rolleiflex Twin Lens Camera

Rolleiflex Twin Lens Camera
Photo By Gail

Irving Penn purchased his first of many twin-lens Rolleiflex cameras in 1938. He acquired this one in 1964 and used it and other similar models for portrait sittings for the next four decades. The camera is topped with a modified Hasselblad chimney viewfinder and mounted on a Tiltall pan/tilt head above a table tripod of the artist’s own design.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Larry Bell’s Pacific Red II at the Whitney Museum

Pacific Red II

Larry Bell has exploited the transparency and reflectivity of glass to great effect since the beginning of his career, when he inserted a square piece of glass into a painting and titled it Ghost Box (1962).  Pacific Red II (2017)

Pacific Red II

Pacific Red II

Over the years, Bell has developed coating and laminating techniques in order to tint his sculptures or imbue them with metallic or smoky finishes.

Pacific Red II

Pacific Red II

Here on the Whitney Museum 5th floor outdoor terrace, Bell has installed Pacific Red II (2017), a work consisting of six laminated glass cubes, each measuring six-by-eight feet, and enclosing another six-by-four foot glass box.

Pacific Red II

Pacific Red II

The multiple surface interplay and respond to their urban surroundings, when glass towers abound.

Pacific Red II

Pacific Red II

Read more about the painstakingly brutal installation process of Pacific Red II, and see a video, at This Link.

Pacific Red II

Modern Art Monday Presents: Juan Gris, Still Life with Checked Tablecloth

Still Life with Checked Table Cloth
Photo By Gail

Juan Gris (1887 – 1927), a master of disguised images, presents a table brimming with coffee cups, stemmed wineglasses, a large white-footed fruit compote (see from the side and from above) containing thickly painted grapes, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Bass extra stout ale with its distinctive red diamond logo, a newspaper, and a guitar. Yet, Still Life with Checked Tablecloth (1915) has another equally compelling identity: a Bull’s head. The coffee cup at lower center doubles as the animal’s snout, black-and-white concentric circle at left is a “bull’s eye,” the bottle of ale is an ear, and the sinuous edge of the guitar is the horn. The letters “EAU” on the wine label, which ostensibly stand for “bEAUjolais” can just as easily represent “taurEAU” (Bull).

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Pig Thing in a Tutu with Cowboy Hat

Wicker Pig
Photo By Gail

This week’s Pink Thing, a Pink Pig in a Red Tutu with a Silver Cowboy Hat (who may or may not be related to This Guy) was spotted in a Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Restaurant on the corner of 8th Avenue and 33rd Street in Manhattan. You can see that the pig is adorned with tiny Christmas lights, which the restaurant probably turns on once night falls and the joint gets to jumping, as they say.

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