“Often, my goal is to explore the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic, by relying on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, and the interpretation of the cast shadows in both the sculptural installations, and the flat work.” — Anila Quayyum Agha
Suspended and lit from within, All The Flowers Are For Me (2017) by Pakistana-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha is an intricately-detailed, 1.5M square floating steel cube that casts elaborate floor-to-ceiling shadows, transforming the surrounding space of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at London’s Kew Gardens. Entering the installation provided us with an “Oh, Wow!” moment, for sure. Continue reading All The Flowers Are For Me By Anila Quayyum Agha→
There is much to be said in favor of being ‘unassuming,’ and when speaking of a new favorite dining spot, all the better. Picture a restaurant whose non-descript exterior hints at a place where they serve a mean poke bowl or avocado toast. Once you’re inside and seated, however, you’re swept away by a menu rich with wildly inventive, farm-to-table creations that would be right at home in a Michelin-starred establishment. This was my inaugural experience at 8282, a recently-opened LES eatery serving distinctive modern Korean fare in a casual, comfortable setting. If a restaurant was ever a hidden gem, this is it.
Hey, remember when I found that Pink Staircase at an Asian Department Store called Teso Life, and I wished there was one in my neighborhood? Well, guess what? There is! I found this impossibly adorable, Smiling Pink Cloud Kitchen Sponge at a Teso Life that I only just discovered hiding on St. Marks Place in the Village. Fuckin’ A!
Above you can see that they also sell a Cat-Shaped Pink Sponge, for you cat lovers out there. OMG, the cuteness is deadly.
From the look of these inviting Pink Stairs — not to mention the mural of an elaborately-dressed woman and her cat on the wall — you probably would not guess that you were inside an Asian Supermarket called Teso Life (evidently, it is a chain). On second thought, perhaps you would. I mean, maybe that is why people shop there: for the fantasy.