Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers! I hope you have some kind of delicious feast planned for today which may or may not be preceded by a Cheese Plate! The one pictured here is by ceramic artist Lauren Cohen. This work was part of Lauren’s hilarious, immersive installation Brian’s Estate Sale at this year’s Spring Break Art Show. See more of her woks from that show at This Link! Bon Appetite!
If you’ve seen the 1987 horror movie Hellraiser, you probably remember the Butterball Cenobite: one of the minor demon characters charged with dragging people to Hell. If you can’t conjure an image of his likeness from memory, he looked like this: Please Click Me. To me, the wildly surreal portraits comprising Christian Rex Van Minnen’s recent exhibit, Coniuncto look like they could be Butterball’s contemporary relatives, albeit with tattoos and jewel-toned gummy candies hovering over their mutant visages. At the very least, this series of paintings encourages wildly imaginative extrapolation, and that’s what good art is all about!
Continue reading Coniuncto By Christian Rex Van Minnen
I’ve been hearing about Pietro Nolita since it opened (a few years ago at this point), because it is an Italian Restaurant downtown that’s Pink on the exterior and interior. I’ve always meant to visit, of course — because: Pink Restaurant — but it’s not in my neighborhood and I’m lazy, so I’ve never see the pinkness before in person, until now. Continue reading Pink Thing of The Day: Exterior of Pink Restaurant
Add this to the long list of Very Cool Things I saw on my recent Chicago vacation: Spitting Fountains. Well, the proper name for this distinctive piece of public art is Crown Fountain, located in Millennium Park, but if you were a tourist and you asked a Chicago local to point you in the direction of “The Spitting Fountains,” I bet they would know what you meant.
Paying attention all the time is an interesting way to go through the day, but you never know what you might find lurking inside of a derelict Fire Alarm Box. This painted plaster cast of a smiling face and fists is the work of street artist Gregos, who really gets around. You can see additional examples of Gregos‘ artworks, which were also spotted by me in downtown Manhattan, at This Link!
Photographed on the Southwest Corner of 18th Street and 6th Avenue (Across the Street from the Container Store) in Manhattan. (Note: The Artwork has since been removed)