Tag Archive | 2009

I Was Just Thinking. By Ricci Albenda

I Was Just Thinking
Photo By Gail

I Was Just Thinking. By Ricci Albenda is part of the collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, on exhibit at The Whitney Museum through March 6th, 2016.

Extruded Aluminum Bench

Bench Front View
Billet 1: Extrusion 1 Bench, 2009 (All Photos By Gail)

Can you squeeze a chair out of a machine, the way you squeeze toothpaste out of  a tube? Extruded aluminum, commonly used for double-glazed window frame systems, is made by squeezing heated metal through a shaped hole, or die. Intrigued by the warped lengths that occur during this process, the studio sought to make seating, formed in single extrusions, that makes imperfection part of the design.

Bench Right Side View
Bench Viewed from its Right Side

The Heatherwick team worked with an Asian factory whose extrusion machine, used to make aerospace-industry components, can exert 11,000 tons of pressure. The result is a series of seats in which straight, clean lengths contrast beautifully with raw, disfigured ends.

Bench Left Side View
Bench Viewed from its Left Side

This electroless-nickel-plated, aluminum bench was designed by Thomas Heatherwick in collaboration with contemporary art gallery Haunch of Venison.

Bench Rear View
Extrusion Bench, Rear View

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City.

Fred Tomaselli, Big Stack

Big Stack
Photos By Gail

Fred Tomaselli (born 1956) is known for his unique hybrid paintings and collages, layering cutout elelments with passages of paint. Big Stack (2009 Photo Collage, Acrylic and Resin on Wood Panel)) is one of the tallest works that Tomaselli has created: its peak corresponds to the ceiling height of his former studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Composed of images of speakers and amplifiers, the Stack seems to extend indefinitely into the starry night sky. The work resembles a kind of cosmic radio tower — a source of communication, or perhaps miscommunication — and serves as a contemporary Tower of Babel.

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY.

Big Stack Detail
Detail

Skull Snow Sculpture!

Skull Snow Sculpture
Image Source

This awesome Snow Skull was built way back in 2009 by Skull A Day’s Noah Scanlin and his pal Paul Overton of Dudecraft Dot Com. Read about its accidental genesis at This Link!

Update 10/21/19: Dudecraft Dot Com link above delivers a 404 Error that is not resolvable. Such is the way of the Internet.

RIP Jeanne-Claude

RIP Jeannne Claude

Oh man, this news breaks my heart so bad. Jeanne-Claude, one half of the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, has passed away of a brain aneurysm. I’ve been a huge fan of Jeanne–Claude and Christo for ages and ages, ever since I saw a documentary film about the making of their Running Fence project when I was in college. And just a few years ago I was fortunate to experience The Gates right here in NYC’s Central Park.  The snow was a foot thick on the ground and it was freezing outside but nobody seemed to mind. It was so awesome. It’s so weird that even just yesterday I was on a high floor in the building where I work on Wall Street that had several framed pictures of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands on display. Pictures of their artwork are all over this building. I am so sad right now. The following statement is from the website Christo Jeanne-Claude Dot Net.

“Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist and resident of New York City, died suddenly November 18, 2009 as a result of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Christo is deeply saddened by the passing of his wife, partner and collaborator and is committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue. Christo is dedicated to completing their current works in progress: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates, as Jeanne-Claude would wish.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris, France in November, 1958, sharing the same date of birth and have worked together for 51 years creating temporary works of art. It is Jeanne-Claude’s wish that her body be donated to scientific research. A memorial will be announced at a later date. Christo requests that flowers not be sent. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.”

Surrounded Island

Surrounded Islands (1980-83)

RIP Ken Ober

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Ken Ober on The Set of Remote Control

In a previous life of mine, back when MTV didn’t suck balls (i.e. before you were born), I used to watch a tacky, low-budget game show on that network called Remote Control. Basically your standard Pop Culture Trivia-themed game show where contestants answered fun questions about Rock music and classic TV  shows  for points, while sitting in easy chairs flanked by bowls of snacks, Remote Control was just awesome. The show helped to launch the careers of exploitation film actress and spokesmodel Cari Wuhrer (Who? Exactly), comedian Colin Quinn and box office poison Adam Sandler, and was hosted by a guy named Ken Ober. Ken Ober continued to work in the entertainment industry in his post-Remote Control career, but never achieved the “household name” status of some of his costars: and now he’s dead. Yes, Ken Ober, best known as the former host of MTV’s Remote Control passed away over the weekend of as yet unspecified causes. He was 52. Read more on this sad story and reminisce about the rad genius that was Remote Control at This Link.

RIP Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer

Blue Cheer 2008
Peterson in 2008 With Blue Cheer Band Mates Paul Whaley and Duck MacDonald.

Blue Cheer bassist and lead singer Richard Allan “Dickie” Peterson has passed away on October 12th, in Erkelenz, Germany, where he lived, after a long fight against cancer. He was 63. I had Dinner with Dickie and other members of Blue Cheer a couple of years ago, and he was a really cool guy. More info from Blue Cheer’s publicist after the jump.

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Gail In Print: Modern Drummer, November 2009

MD Nov 2009 Cover

The great Brann Dailor of Mastodon graces the cover of November’s Modern Drummer, where you will also find my long-awaited article on Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden. Out to subscribers now, on newsstands everywhere October 6th!

RIP Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze

Actor and classically trained dancer Patrick Swayze, star of the blockbuster films Dirty Dancing and Ghost has passed away in Los Angeles after losing his two year batter with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Remembering Guitar Legend Les Paul

Les Paul RIP

Les Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, has passed away on August 13th, 2009 at the age of 94, due to complications from pneumonia. This news makes me so sad I can’t even think of anything to say about it right now, but you can read an obit from the New York Times at This Link.