My eyesight isn’t the best, but it wasn’t hard to spot this tiny Pink Flamingo Lip Balm (I know what it is because I own one myself) on one of my recent walks. The Flamingo and its friend, the Ice Cream Cone Magnet Pen (seen below) were abandoned on a ledge outside an apartment building. I made my documentation, and I continued on my walk.
Yesterday — which I think everyone in the tristate area can agree was simply gorgeous — I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the home of friends Cristina and Eric, in the lovely town of Bayonne, NJ. They were hosting a Covid-safe, outdoor picnic for a small group of friends and fiends so that we could all gather for the first time in 18 months and end the summer on a high note. My friends’ home is a breathtaking and delightful homage to pop culture kitsch and horror movie collectibles which must be seen to be believed, but which I can describe as being like if your Halloween decorations were up year-round. Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, even their well-curated collection of refrigerator magnets is enviable, as you can see by the above photo. Have a great week everyone!
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NYC’s Covid numbers have been way down for over a month now (#nystrong), which means that the city’s cultural institutions are reopening — and no one is happier about that than me! We recently celebrated the 40th Birthday of a close friend by visiting the American Museum of Natural History on its reopening day, and we had all kinds of crazy, socially-distanced-and-masked-up fun. It was in the gift shop near the Dinosaur exhibits that we spotted this fun Shark Attack magnet. Be careful not to get your hands near his mouth, because he is HANGRY!
Are you as excited as I am for the premier of the final episodes of Breaking Bad? As much as I am dying to see what happens next on the Best Show Ever in the Universe of All Time, I am truly sad that the series will be ending after these eight episodes air. Sigh. There is however a way to remember Breaking Bad always and forever, and that is with a set of awesome refrigerator magnets, which I saw on sale for $7 or 8 bucks at Urban Outfitters. You’re welcome. And don’t forget to tune into A&E on August 11th!
Pop Surrealism is a genre of painting that never gets tiresome for me. Connecticut based Artist Robert Deyber paints realist-style visual renderings of clichés, euphemisms and popular sayings or phrases, to create surreal, dreamlike tableaus that really take the viewer elsewhere. I love his work.
Despite his keen sense of humor and the visually absurd, Robert Deyber is a seriously skilled painter. Much like solving Rebus Puzzles, the fun in observing Deyber’s paintings is trying to deduce the title from the images on the canvas. Sometimes it’s really easy and obvious, and at other times quite confounding. You can even make a game of it with your friends!
Here are some of my favorites from Thursday night’s opening reception, where I had the chance to meet Robert, and he was very nice!
Martin Lawrence Galleries is located at 457 West Broadway (Between Houston and Prince) in Soho, NY.