Ettore Sottsass’ late furniture for Gallery Mourmans liberated the artist from the ordinary constraints of the market and quantity. The collaboration gave him license to pursue the vast poetic and sculptural potential of perhaps his favorite of all design archetypes, the Cabinet.
As with Cabinet No. 56 (2003) these pieces read as prototypes, concepts and sculpture. Each cabinet in this series is a study in materials, structure, form, color, and visual and sculptural effects — homages to his friends and design masters.
Photographed in The Met Breuer in NYC as part of the 2017 – 2018 Exhibit, Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical.
Hey what’s up. Today we are celebrating the 17th Birthday of The Worley Gig, the Blog Of Neat Things that I launched on this very day, June 10th in 2003 – wow! While many of my peer blogs from back-in-the-day have fallen by the wayside (RIP: Skulls and Bacon, Modern Urban Living, According2G, etc) The ‘Gig is surviving and thriving as we adapt to changing times. Another birthday for The Worley Gig gives me pause to discuss what an incredible year it has been for us. While no one will argue the fact that 2020 has (for reasons that take too long to talk about) been far from the year that we’d hoped it would be, the cancellation of almost every event for the year gave me plenty of time to examine the state of things and make this little home on the web all the more enjoyable for you. Having recently surpassed some 5.9K posts, I’d like to share the site’s most notable modifications with you.
Kicking Ass and Taking Names
In the words of the late great David Bowie, we have gone through numerous “Ch-ch-ch-changes” since the start of 2020. In a quest to up the radness of the blog, we consulted our friend and fellow scribe Ken Pierce; a media genius and founder of both PiercingMetal and The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken. With Ken’s keen guidance, we re-evaluated everything that you’ve been clicking around on for these past 17 years. Ken was able to suggest a multi-tiered facelift that not only improves the look of the blog, but also makes the entire site run cleaner and meaner. Most of the heavy lifting went into the creation of a streamlined menu, found at the very top of the page, which neatly categorizes all posts into their most relevant themes. In the sidebar, the tag cloud and historical archive-by-date have been replaced with a helpful listing of all posts by categories, along with our currently most-popular blog posts, and excerpts from our Instagram feed! It just keeps getting radder.
Exclusive Photos By Gail
You’re probably saying “Wow, Gail, I can’t imagine this getting any better” and I’d have to stop you right there, because another level of radness is in process as you read this. While we’ve been going strong on the web for 17 years, a number of the outlets that I once freelanced for are either no longer in existence, or my articles are missing from their historical archive. As a result, I’ve decided to introduce many amazing interviews and articles into The Worley Gig as added content to increase your levels of media euphoria. Be sure to follow The Worley Gig on our social media via Facebook and Twitter, where these posts are announced, and do drop by our Instagram and Pinterest to make sure you aren’t missing anything. If you like what you see here, please share The ‘Gig with friends. There’s strength in numbers, as they say.
It’s The Real Thing
Oh yeah, before we go, let’s talk about additional upcoming radness. According to our WordPress statistics, The Worley Gig is closing in on one-million users having visited the site. With more than 1.9 billion websites currently online as competition, I think that’s pretty cool! We will also likely hit 6K posts before 2021 rolls around, but we shall celebrate each of those milestones as they come to pass. As you can see, many achievements mark this anniversary, and I invite you to spend some time on the site and check out all of our upgrades and improvements to The ‘Gig. Thanks as always for your readership, and for finding inspiration and amusement in our unequaled coverage of art, design and pop culture in NYC. There is more to come!
This Butterfly Headpiece (2003) by Philip Treacy epitomizes the milliner’s untethered and imaginative approach to design. A swarm of butterflies is assembled from exquisitely worked turkey feathers that were cut, painted and hand-fashioned into delicate, fluttering forms. Butterflies are one of the most potent symbols of collecting. Rooted in taxidermic systems yet resplendent with poetry, the insect occupies a prominent spot in most European Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities. Because of its transformative nature, the butterfly has inspired infinite metaphor, and within the realm of fashion the analogy has particularly flourished. It easily applies to the accessories in the collection of Sandy Schreier, which is full of items that hold the potential for dramatic metamorphosis.
Photographed as part of the exhibit In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, on view through May 17th, 2020 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Legendary Country singer/songwriter Johnny Cash was born on this day, February 26th, in 1932. Cash passed away of respiratory failure on September 12th, 2003, at the age of 71, just four months after the death of his wife June Carter Cash.
On This Date, November 30th In 2003: The corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York City was renamed Joey Ramone Place in honor of the singer of The Ramones who passed away from cancer on April 15th in 2001. The sign is one of the most popular landmarks in NYC for “souvenir seekers,” shall we say. To dissuade those who are light fingered, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.
In celebration of Gay Pride Weekend, please enjoy my article on openly gay country singers, Gay, Proud & Country, which was the cover story for The Nashville Scene during the week of September 23, 2003!