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Shark Attack Tea Cups!

Nicole Gordon Low Tide
Low Tide By Nicole Gordon (Image Courtesy of the Corey Helford Gallery)

Disneyland’s Mad Tea Party attraction, commonly known as the Tea Cups, is not generally considered to be one of the park’s more terrifying rides. But…say there where menacing sharks lurking inside each brightly-painted, whirling cup — what then? Now that would be very scary!

Fortunately, that is not the case, and the provocative image you see above is not from an actual news source, but rather it is a surrealist painting by Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon, entitled Low Tide. I quite like it. If you feel similarly, perhaps you would like to know that on Saturday, July 15th, 2017, the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will host an opening reception for its exhibit of new works by Gordon, in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled  Dehydrated Rainbow. Here’s a bit more information in case you maybe want to check it out.

Nicole Gordon’s paintings lean on the whimsical and somewhat grim, an expression of beauty met with the horrors of real world change and transformation. The artist describes her work as a combination of fantasy with darker truths: her use of bright colors and out of place objects create an imaginative view of reality. For Dehydrated Rainbow, Gordon selects amusement parks and rides (many of which are now abandoned), meshed with pop-culture iconography as her subjects.

The exhibition features 15 new oil paintings and a special, interactive installation inspired by the series. Populated with ghost-like children, these dramatic, vibrant landscapes draw from our innocent childhood experiences and something more sinister. Children are painted in black-and-white to suggest this world is a dreamscape, rather than reality. One element that repeats throughout is a Tea Cup, as you see in the painting above.

 Gordon explains, “The spinning tea cup ride is something so joyful and so innocent, but also so terrifying and sickening. I think it is something most people can relate to visually. The ride is often simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying, not unlike the experience of looking inwardly and relying on ourselves for a deeper understanding and connection with the world around us.” And of course, it ismuch worse if sharks are involved.

“In this new body of work,” she continues, “I explore the relationship of a young person set against a backdrop of common, pleasurable experience crossed with destructive events. These seemingly banal activities are set against imagery of destructive forces imposing fury against the quietude. These dreamscapes represent the thrilling and terrifying worlds that we can create within our own minds if given the chance to truly be alone.”

Dehydrated Rainbow By Nicole Gordon will be on exhibit from July 15th to August 12th, 2017, at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), Los Angeles, CA 90033. The opening reception on Saturday, July 15th runs from 6:00 -11:00 PM, and it is open to the public.

Eye on Design: Scale Model of Progressland for the 1964 New York World’s Fair

Progressland Scale Model
All Photos and Video By Gail

The scale model of Progressland refers to the General Electric pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, whose themes were “Progress through Electric Power” and “The Wonders of Atomic Energy.”

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Sunrise on the Matterhorn by Albert Bierstadt

Sunrise on the Matterhorn
Photo By Gail

In the summer of 1856, during a four-year period of study in Europe, American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt joined several American colleagues on a sketching trip. His fascination with the Swiss terrain resulted in a series of oil studies and pencil sketches, executed during the trip, and several large canvases of the mountain landscape, painted upon his return to New Bedford, Massachusetts. He revisited Switzerland numerous times between 1867 and 1897 to do more sketching.

In this dramatic view of the most famous mountain located in the Swiss Alps, Sunrise on the Matterhorn, the artist depicted the cloud–in circled peak in the distance, strikingly juxtaposed with a low, rocky foreground. The vertical thrust of the mountain is reinforced by the towering pines at the lower left.

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

Video Clip of The Week: The One and Only PPL MVR, “People Mover”

If there is one thing I really love, it’s a song that reminds me of Tim Curry’s cover of “Brontosaurus”, originally by The Move. Therefore, it is impossible for me to not to dig this crazy clip, “People Mover” by a trio of rock dudes dressed like Big Foot, or something, whatever . And there is no denying that The People Mover, an awesome ride at Disneyland, figures heavily into the song’s lyrics: “Stand to the right / walk to the left / when you get off / better watch your step.” So, win-win!

“People Mover” delivers four-on-the-floor kick-assedness that rocks hard enough to crack a skull, and it holds up well even without the trippy video. I could live without the auto-tuned vocals, but I accept that use of this horrorshow of modern recording techniques is what attracts the youngsters. So, maybe it was a major label compromise, you know: “If you must dress like the Yeti, we insist you auto-tune your vocals, for the Kids.” (Me: Fuck the Kids.)

Sign up for PPL MVR‘s mailing list (painless) at This Link and get a free download of the song! See them live at the Echoplex in Los Angeles tomorrow — November 10th, 2104! Enjoy!

PPL MVR

Russian PT Cruiser Wedding Limo

Russian PT Cruiser Wedding Limo
Sweet Ride! (Image Source)

Over at Jalopnik, this Russian PT Cruiser Wedding Limo (yes, I just typed that) is taking a lot of shit for being what it is. But, really, isn’t this car actually all kinds of awesome? It reminds me of Disneyland. I just love it!

Click through to This Link to watch a fun video of the car in action and take a look at how the interior lighting changes colors! Fancy!