Tag Archive | Fairy Tale

Surreal Portraits of Fictional Female Icons By Ellannah Sadkin

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (All Photos By Gail)

Ellannah “Ella” Sadkin is a London-based artist who works primarily with acrylic and graffiti pens to produce colorful and abstract works. With its hard black lines, bright flat color and organic and geometric shapes, her style is often described as surrealist cartooning.

Snow White
Snow White

Sadkin was a child of the nineties and a huge cartoon fan, and cites early drawing of The Simpson’s characters as her first foray into cartooning.

Ariel Little Mermaid
Ariel (Little Mermaid)

As an adolescent growing up in New York, Sadkin was heavily influenced by the vibrant street graffiti scene. This later inspired her approach to composition, with large canvas pieces resembling graffiti murals in their layer-upon-layer approach.

Alice
Alice

Sadkin is a self-taught artist and lists Kaws as a primary influence. Her appropriation of cartoon aesthetics has been described as Ren and Stimpy on acid meets Takashi Murakami. Nice!

Photographed at The Pivot Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Shoe House

Pink Shoe House
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I’m not sure if an Old Woman with Too Many Kids lives here, but I would Live in this cool Pink Shoe-Shaped House. Heck, it’s bigger than most NYC apartments!

Yayoi Kusama’s Painted Player Piano and Bench, and Other Variations

Yayoi Kusama Player Piano
Photos By Gail

The coolest thing about living close to the NYC contemporary art scene is that you just never know what kind of unique event will pop up on your agenda. Last evening, literary journal The American Reader and the Robert Miller Gallery hosted a presentation of Robert Coover’s short story The Goldilocks Variations, which was read between musical selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It was as interesting as you can imagine.

Coover’s reimagined narrative expands on the most potentially menacing aspect of the Goldilocks and The Three Bears legend. While in most versions of the story, Goldilocks escapes to freedom once discovered by The Three Bears, Coover’s narrative focuses keenly on the creative ways in which The Bears delight in physically torturing their delicate prey prior to devouring her – perhaps a bit grim(m), but highly engaging nevertheless! Bach’s gorgeous music (originally intended for the harpsichord) was performed on Yayoi Kusama’s 1971 Painted Player Piano and Piano Bench, painted bright red and emblazoned with hearts and Kusama’s ubiquitous polka-dotted motif. Art!

Yayoi Kusama Player Piano 2

White Snow By Paul McCarthy

White Snow Sculpture By Paul McCarthy
Photo By Gail

This massive, black walnut wood carved sculpture of what appears to be a mirrored image likeness of Snow White stands about 14 feet tall and can currently be seen on display as part of Paul McCarthy’s Sculptures exhibit at Houser and Wirth’s cavernous new 18th Street space. However, McCarthy calls this character White Snow, since he is riffing on the classic German fairy tale and also the Disney adaption from the late thirties. If you think this is wild, you should see what he does with the dwarves…

Sculptures By Paul McCarthy will be on Exhibit Through June 1st, 2013 at Houser and Wirth, Located at 511 West 18th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.