Video Clip of The Week: The Shins, “Cherry Hearts”


Welcome back, Earthlings. In this week’s Video Clip, The Shins draw on their finest influences of the ’80s British New Wave (see The Human League, Heaven 17, Gary Numan) with an enchanting stop-motion animated video for “Cherry Hearts.” The Stefano Bertelli-directed clip, made entirely out of folded paper here, takes place inside an amusement park, so enjoy the ride!

“Cherry Hearts” can be found on The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, which is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. Check them out on tour (dates below) right now! Enjoy!

The Shins On Tour:
10/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
11/02 Washington, DC The Anthem
11/03 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
11/04 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/05 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/07 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
11/08 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
11/10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
11/11 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/12 McDade, TX Sound on Sound Music Festival
11/14 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
11/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/16 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
11/17 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/19 Ciudad de Mexico, MX Corona Capital
11/30 Auckland, NZ Powerstation
12/04 St. Kilda, AU Palais Theatre
12/05 Brisbane, AU QPAC Concert Hall
12/08 Newtown, AU Enmore Theatre
12/12 Honolulu, HI The Republik

Cherry Hearts Cover Art

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Remote Control Cars for Girls!

Remote Control Cars

This Weeks Pink Thing of The Day is a Guest Post Contributed By Jen Dukson

Gone are the times when girls were supposed to sit tight and play with their Barbies! Nowadays, parents understand that our tastes and likes are not defined by our gender, but by our personality — a girl with a strong personality must have a Pink Remote Controlled Car!

Why pink? Because Pink is the color of joy, and it takes a stand in this world filled with dark, pretentious colors. Pink is an innocent color, and when you see it on an RC rally car or a monster truck, you know that toy is tons of fun.

However, kids still need adult protection and that’s why I can only recommend RC vehicles suited for beginners. Big trucks and fast RC cars are indeed amazing and come with lots of features but they can also be dangerous for small children. Still, if your girl is mature enough to understand responsibilities, you should browse the list with Best RC Trucks for Sale – Top 10 Reviews.

On the other hand, if your small girl likes cars and wants to be a driver someday, one of the two models below will definitely make her day!

#1: 1:16 R/C Assortment 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302- M. Vehicle
Ford Mustang Boss

A beautiful pink RC car for a beautiful girl who is just learning how to drive! This car is mostly recommended for small children (under 7 years old). The car doesn’t come with lots of features and because it is a small version (1/16th scale) you shouldn’t let your child drive it outside. Still, it is a lot of fun to drive it inside and works on a wide range of surfaces. Even more, it comes with a sticker sheet so your little girl can get creative on her brand new car’s design.

I like it for the gorgeous design and because it is quite durable in spite of the small size and plastic body. Still, make sure to not leave it around toddlers – they love putting everything in their mouths!

#2: Traxxas 58034-1-PINK 1/10-Scale 2WD Short Course Racing Truck

Traxxas 58034-1-PINK
The Traxxas truck is bigger than the first option (1/10 scale) and it comes with a lot more features and power. While it’s not one of those remote control drift cars, it is impressive when you drive it outside, on rough terrain. It is also quite fast and comes in several color versions, but we’re only covering pink RC cars today. It is also equipped with a NiMH battery that can be recharged and the Titan 12-Turn 550 Modified motor for increased power.

This cute truck is every racer girl’s dream came true as it looks bad ass and it behaves just like a real racing truck! Even more, if your girl is passionate about engineering, this is the perfect RC car for her as many elements resemble a true car’s inner design.

Both cars are a good fit for beginners as well, but for an adult, I would recommend the Traxxas. The control system is easy to understand but it’s also ingenious and fit for someone who understands how radio control works.  In any case, RC driving is a fun activity that will help parents bond with kids while the young ones develop their creativity and sense of competition.

Author Jen Dukson has a passion for geeky toys, especially drones. During the weekends, she loves to visit parks with her pet and play fetch.

Katherine Bernhardt’s Concrete Jungle Jungle Love at The Lever House

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

The Lever House Art Collection recently hosted Concrete Jungle Jungle Love, a site-specific installation by New York based artist Katherine Bernhardt. I happened to pop in to the exhibit which filled the Lever House Park Avenue lobby, while passing time before dining a nearby restaurant, as the installation’s vibrantly-colored elements drew me in from the street like steel to a magnet.

Bananas and Windex

The explosively colorful exhibition playfully fused imagery and objects of modern culture (Windex, Toothpaste, Tropical Fruits) with that of the tropics. The commission was one of Bernhardt’s first departures from canvas, pulling motifs out of her paintings and giving audiences a unique three-dimensional experience of her work.

Watermelon and Cushions

A combination of acrylic and spray paint canvases, dyed interactive soft sculptures (which the artist refers to as “Gummy Worms”) and a concrete block plant installation, the show’s multi-medium elements serve as a whimsical juxtaposition to the modernist architecture of the space.

Gummy Worm Cushions

Melon Paintings

Gummy Worms and Paintings

Bernhardt explains,”When constructing the show, I envisioned a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. In this show, gigantism rules. You’ll find giant gummy worm sculptures and giant paintings. The gummies could also be seen as giant paint strokes that have fallen out of the paintings. You can play on them or rest on them as well as admire the beauty of gummy worms.

Scrim Windows

Installation View

The painted walls, colored film windows, and painted concrete blocks, all encapsulate this colorful crazy concrete jungle. Similar to the botanical garden, these works are contained in their own glass bio-dome: The Lever House.  Welcome to the Jurassic terrarium.”

Full Terrarium

Terrarium Detail

Terrarium

Installation View

The multi-layered show invited viewers to experience Bernhardt’s installation as a terrarium – from the exterior, or immerse oneself in her prodigious concrete jungle – from the interior. The artist’s works draw inspiration from symbols of urban living and her travels in Oaxaca, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Installation View

Eye On Design: The Tower Cabinet for Mario Tchou Residence, By Ettore Sotsass

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet
Tower Furniture for the House with the Little Chinese Girl, Mario Tchou Residence, Milan (All Photos By Gail)

Ettore Sotsass (1917 – 2007) designed the interiors of Mario Tchou’s Milan apartment and named the project for Tchou’s daughter, who captured his heart as she attempted to scale the Tower.  The latticework, dowels and cubic proportions suggest the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Wiener Werkstatte, and the Bauhaus.

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet Detail

These interests merge with eastern touches — the Chinese red and black lacquer, gold leaf and pagoda construction — into a hybrid table/desk/shelf/cabinet/chest of drawers, a catch-all for the needs of daily life.

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet Detail

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet
Installation View

Sotsass wrote in the architecture and design magazine Domas, “The fact remains that a piece of furniture could be like architecture. with windows from which to looks outside . . .The piece of furniture can be looked at in many ways, always changing.”

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet

The Tower, in short, is a kind of perception machine for the interior of the home.

Ettore Sotsass Tower Cabinet Installation View

Photographed as part of the exhibit Ettore Sotsass: Design Radical, at the Met Breuer (Through October 8th, 2017 )

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Os Gemeos Break Dancers Double Mural on West 14th Street

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 23Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 23
All Photos By Gail

Over the course of three weeks in September (though the exact beginning and completion dates are unknown to me), I watched Brazilian street artists (and twin brothers), Os Gemeos, paint the above murals, which cover the exposed facades of two buildings that border a vacant lot, located on the north side of West 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The murals portray two rival break dancing crews from the 80s. I imagine the artwork, which is a great example of Os Gemeos very distinctive style, will stay up until someone decides to put up a building. Which could happen at any time.

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 9Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 9

This is what the murals looked like when I first walked past them, during the weekend of September 9th.

Os Gemeos Mural Western Face Week of Sept 16Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 16

And here is the progress one week later, on September 16th. You can see that the Pandolfo Brothers (Os Gemeos true identities) have started to incorporate structural characteristics of the buildings into the mural and its characters!

 

Ghetto Blaster Os Gemeos

The Boom Box located in the lower left corner of the western mural is painted to extend onto the attached storefront.

Os Gemeos Hat Chimney Detail

And a building chimney vent has been transformed into another character’s hat — very fun!

Os Gemeos T Shirt Detail

The painted denim jacket that the girl is holding up also contains a tribute to the late graffiti legend Dondi in a design by Todd James. Very meta! Once again, the globally  famous graffiti  twins have come out with a delightful piece of public art that is over the top!

Os Gemeos Mural Eastern Face Week of Sept 23

Os Gemeos Mural Dual View

Modern Art Monday Presents: Autumn Scattering Leaves By John La Farge

Autumn Scattering Leaves
Photo By Gail

Along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge (1835 – 1910) was a pioneer of stained glass design in the United States. Watercolor was especially well suited for developing the designs, because the transparency of the medium could suggest the glowing, gemlike tones of the glass. Autumn Scattering Leaves (1900), an allegorical representation of the season,  was originally created as a stained-glass window proposal for a private home on Long Island. Although the patrons rejected this composition in favor of a figure in classical garb, La Farge exhibited the lyrical watercolor as an independent work.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Pink Thing of The Day: Big Pink Sightseeing Bus

Pink Sightseeing Bus
Photos By Gail

Big Pink Sightseeing is a line of Hop On/Hop Off Tour Buses that will not only delight you with many local sights and entertain you with their knowledgeable tour guides, but when you take a Big Pink Tour you will also be supporting Breast Cancer Research around the world. For every guest riding on these distinctively Pink Buses, a contribution to the local Breast Cancer Foundation will be made by the local tour operator.

Photographed on a foggy day in the port of St John, New Brunswick, Canada, in front of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship!

Pink Sightseeing Bus