Mr. OneTeas Wack Donalds-ized version of Yoda and Winnie the Pooh were found still clinging to the exterior of the former Germania Bank located at 190 Bowery (Corner of Spring Street), which was the private residence of photographer Jay Maisel for the past 5 decades before being sold to developer Aby Rosen, despite claims that the building had been Buffed of its Graffiti, in preparation for being turned into the World’s Largest Starbucks.
Robert Jackson’s Tinkering with Reality is a disarmingly fun exhibit of contemporary pop-realist paintings whose everyday subject matter lends them an element of the absurd. More than anything, this exhibit reminded me of the paintings of Robert Deyber, but without the obvious visual puns attached.
Robert Jackson’s paintings offer tightly contained theaters of absurd impossibilities that speak to the very act of creating itself. Jackson’s regular cast of characters includes unbelievably tall stacks of pastries and hamburgers, anthropomorphized apples, Oreos and balloon animals, as well as colorful wooden crates whose graphic faces flatten the picture plane even as they enhance the painting’s ‘trompe l’oeil’ effects.
Jackson paints scenes that delight in their illusory spectacle as they navigate through painting’s loaded history. Jackson’s props lack traditional sophistication by designs – the silliness of a balloon dog or the artificial sweetness of an Oreo cookie lend a playful spirit to the philosophical conundrums that Jackson explores in his narrative-driven paintings.
Robert Jackson’s transfixing work makes it easy for the viewer to suspend their disbelief. But there’s an element of self-awareness in Jackson’s paintings that makes the viewer conscious of Jackson not trying to simply fool, but to make the viewer think about the process of being fooled.
Painted at human scale, Props looks like scene the viewer could walk into, pick up a burger and walk out of again. Jackson finds a way to cleverly imply his own presence in the work through the bitten red delicious apple on top of a Pop Kola crate, and the tiny green Fisher Price figurine on the stack of crates to the left.
I also really loved the way Jackson references other works of art within his paintings, such as the homage to Rodin’s The Thinker, above.
And of course you cannot talk about Balloon Dogs without thinking of Jeff Koons.
How many “Iconic” works can you identify in the painting above? Tinkering With Reality is one of my favorite current exhibits, and I recommend very enthusiastically that you check it out in person!
Robert C. Jackson’s Tinkering With Reality will be on Exhibit Through November 29th, 2015 at Gallery Henoch, Located at 555 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001
Do you like Burgers? I sure do. Burgers have been a bit of a Thing for a while now, so there are many different places competing for your money when you want a red meat fix. There are a few places scattered around the city that I frequent, and each does something special with the simple culinary pleasure that is the hamburger. Now, I am adding a new favorite to that list.
Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village hosted an informal brunch today to promote its current exhibit, Indulgences, works on paper and recent paintings by New York artist Walter Robinson. As you might infer from the show’s title, Indulgences includes paintings of sweets and fast food favorites, pharmaceuticals and alcohol. The show also includes a selection of celebrity portraits, nudes and romance novel covers, but I didn’t feel compelled to shoot pictures of any of that stuff, so, you know, just go to the gallery and check it out.
New Yorkers will stand in line for anything. This explains why there is generally an hours-long wait (rain or shine) at the Shake Shack burger stand located in Madison Square Park. The thing is, hype is a huge turn off for me and I refuse to wait 90 minutes for a burger. Luckily, there is an alternative for those looking to procure a delicious, fresh Hamburger, Fries and a Shake without having to invest the better part of the day, and it’s just few blocks east: Fresh & Fast Burger on 23rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
Fresh & Fast Burgers, the Flatiron District’s fast food burger joint, is proud to launch Feel-Good Friday this coming Friday, November 18th. For every burger sold throughout the business day on Friday, Fresh & Fast will donate a burger to the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving. The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, and is one of the oldest and most recognized shelters.
Fresh & Fast is a classic fast food establishment that celebrates ‘fast food’ similarly to the way it was before it became a bad word (synonymous with poor quality food). Using all fresh ingredients, Fresh & Fast serves a custom blend of beef from NYC’s own Master Purveyors; the burger is a custom-created blend by New York’s most respected meat company, featuring angus prime cuts taken from the same cattle that supply premium steaks to Peter Luger’s. The result is a flavor greater than any of the other fast food burger in New York, whose beef would not pass muster in New York’s best steakhouse. While Fresh & Fast beef is served in a fast food setting, you won’t find this flavor and quality anywhere else.
In an effort to support hungry New Yorkers this holiday season, Fresh & Fast asks their customers to help support this cause, and it’s as easy as just buying a quick lunch or dinner. The first Feel-Good Friday will go towards a delivery to the Bowery Mission for Thanksgiving, and additional Friday promotions will be implemented throughout December for the Christmas holidays. Visit Fresh & Fast between the hours of 11 AM and Midnight November 18th, and your burger order will also feed a hungry New Yorker for Thanksgiving.
Fresh & Fast is located at 111 East 23rd Street between Park and Lexington in the Flatiron District. For more information on how you can support the Bowery Mission, please visit Bowery Dot Org.