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Yes, It Exists: Deep Fried Toy Tanks

Deep Fried Toy Tank
Photos By Gail

This deep-fried toy tank is one of seven identical models that make up the artwork entitled Visual Art, Add Oil! March Forward! (19992005) by Chinese artist Zheng Guogu.

Deep Fried Toy Tanks

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Art and China After 1989 at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Pink Thing Of The Day: Made in China (Pink) By Sui Jianguo

Made in China Pink
Photos By Gail

Available in a signed, limited edition of 120 pieces, Made in China (Pink) by Chinese artist Sui Jiango was photographed in the Taglialatella Galleries on Tenth Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Made in China Pink

Coffee Table Museum By Joel Otterson

Coffee Table Museum
All Photos by Gail

On the way to Jonathan Levine Gallery for this past Saturday’s opening reception, I walked by Elizabeth Dee Gallery and was drawn inside by this stunning creation, which is called Coffee Table Museum, and was created by artist Joel Otterson in 1989. The mixed media installation / sculptures includes a natural wood plank coffee table adorned with perhaps a dozen coffee pots and coffee makers plus cups and what you might call coffee service accessories.

 

Coffee Table Museum

Here is the installation from another angle. I am just in love with this thing.

Coffee Table Museum

Note: the Pink Drip Coffee Maker.

Coffee Table Museum

Elizabeth Dee Gallery is Located at 545 West 20th Street, Just East of 11th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Damien Hirst Cup and Saucer Set

Damien Hirst Cup and Saucer Set
All Photos By Gail

This gorgeous Damien Hirst-Designed Cup and Saucer Set — where each pairing is patterned after one of Hirst’s iconic works — is on sale at MOMA’s 6th floor gift shop. Own the complete set of six designs for only $180!

Damien Hirst Diamond Skull Cup and Saucer
Diamond Encrusted Skull Cup, Detail.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Escalator

Pink Escalator
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OK, I realize that this is just an enclosed escalator that’s back-lit by pink lighting, but still. Photographed at Mattel’s Barbie Store in Shanghai, China. Design by Slade Architecture.

Jeff Koons Banalty Series Comes to Fine Dinnerware!

Koons Bubbles Michael Set
All Photos By Gail

To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Bernardaud, makers of fine porcelain and other luxury decorative items for the home, has created a collection of tableware designed by filmmakers, photographers and artists including Jean-Michel Alberola, Marco Brambilla, Sophie Calle, Fassianos, Jeff Koons, Michael Lin, David Lynch, Marlene Mocquet, Nabil Nahas, Prune Norry, JR, Sarkis and Julian Schnabel.

Koons Banality Bear Plates

During Saturday’s art crawl, we stumbled upon a boutique that’s opened up in Chelsea, located at 465 West 23rd Street, just east of 10th Avenue, where this design-ware will be on display throughout the summer of 2013. Before we were politely told that no photographs were allowed (of course), we managed to snap a few shots of Jeff Koons Banality Series, based on a selection of his most popular projects.

Koons Banality Series Sign

The Bernardaud Pop Up Store is more of a showroom than a regular retail outlet but we’re guessing you can place orders for the dinnerware at the shop (the lady working there seemed very nice) and have it delivered to your home at a later date. It goes without saying that it likely costs a fortune, but what else is money for, if not to surround yourself with nice things? For more information, and to see designs by the other artists, visit Bernardaud 150.
Bernardaud Signage
West 23rd Street Storefront

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Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds at The Mary Boone Gallery

Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds Installation at Mary Boone Gallery
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If a first glance at the photo above has you wondering how a gallery floor covered with a vast and pristine aggregation of Sunflower Seeds qualifies as “Art,” please consider that these aren’t merely sunflower seeds but, rather, tiny hand-painted ceramic sculptures of Sunflower Seeds, and you may find your perception shifting. The Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea is currently hosting an installation of Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds (2010), which originally debuted at London’s Tate Modern, where it covered nearly the entire floor of the Turbine Hall gallery. The Boone Gallery show has been significantly scaled down in size (from 100 million seeds in the original installation to several million here) but it is nevertheless an impressive sight.

Visitors to the Tate exhibition were originally encouraged to walk across the sculpture, but this practice was soon halted out of a concern for public health (something about dust inhalation). Likewise, visitors to Mary Boone are not permitted to walk on the ceramic sunflower seeds, and with the ubiquitous gallery guards (Art Nazis) watching you at all times, it’s best not to even try.

Watch a cool video where Ai Weiwei talks about the project and walks you through the process of creating the seeds below.

Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds installation is on view at Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street in Chelsea, New York through February 4, 2012.

Baby Boy with Sixteen Toes Born in Rural China


Sixteen Little Baby Toes!

Here at The Worley Gig, we enjoy freakish things. However, we do not generally blog about freaks of nature, because we find that to be in questionable taste. That said, I was oddly charmed by this picture of a Baby born in rural China with eight toes on each foot, because look at all of those little toes! Other than being digitally challenged (he’s apparently got extra fingers but no thumbs, for ten digits on each hand) the baby has a normal face and body and appears to be healthy. Here’s the Reader’s Digest Condensed-version of the story, according to Shanghaiist.com: “Two new parents from Leizhou, Guangdong got a bit of a surprise last week when they discovered that their newborn baby boy had eight toes on each foot. The baby has the usual number of fingers (ten in total), but oddly enough, no thumbs at all. Doctors say the birth anomaly could have been caused by either genetics or environmental pollution, though that doesn’t seem like much of a prognosis to us at all.” This is a bit of a drag for the child but certainly not anything that can’t be adapted to and overcome. Maybe a group of philanthropic doctors will even donate their facilities and services to reconstruct the baby’s feet by removing a couple of toes. I’m not sure how easy it will be to adjust to life in a world where having opposable thumbs is the norm, but I imagine having no thumbs from birth will make that hurdle easier to tackle when he comes to it. Good luck to you, little many-toed baby!

Something You Don't See Every Day: Mutant Piglet with a Monkey Face!

Bacon!

This Mutant Piglet with a Monkey Face — and I totally cannot even believe I just typed that — was recently born on a farm in China. I think it looks kinda like Sully from my favorite Pixar movie of all time, Monsters Inc. What do you think?

Sully!

Random Thoughts on Last Night’s Survivor Debut

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Well, Survivor China got off to a roaring start last night and it looks like this season is going to be another good one. I can already see at least a few potential arrogant drama queens ready to make this a very entertaining twelve weeks. First off there’s the Sunday School Teacher who refused to participate in the Buddhist ceremony at the beginning of the show because Jesus would disapprove. Then we have the Professional Poker Player with the huge beer gut (his name is Jean-Robert but I am henceforth calling him “Genre Bear,” because that is how I ‘heard’ his name the first time it was pronounced). And last but not least we can enjoy the spoiled brat antics of the Whiney Anorexia Case from NYC, whom I predict will be the first to go once her tribe loses an immunity challenge. Based on last night’s show, here’s some general observational commentary from the couch.

Skills to Acquire Before You go on Survivor

If I knew I was going to be, literally, stranded in the jungle/wilderness for 39 days with no modern conveniences, little if any food and a necessity to rely 100% on my own wits/ survival skills/ ability to tolerate pretty idiots and hopelessly annoying assholes, I would certainly make sure that I learned how to do the following things:

  1. MAKE FIRE
  2. Swim
  3. Fish
  4. Build a shelter of out materials available in the Island Jungle Wilderness

 

I have zero sympathy for anyone who hasn’t mastered the above skills before landing at camp.

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