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Pink Thing of The Day: Neon Pink Retro Wall Clock

Neon Pink Retro Wall Clock
Photo By Gail

This Nostalgia-inducing clock hangs on the wall behind the bar at The Odeon Bistro on West Broadway, SOHO NYC. They have great steak frites there!

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Duke A. Barnstable NYC Street Sheriff

Duke A Barnstable Stars
All Photos By Gail

We haven’t seen much of the lo-fi work of street artist Duke A. Barnstable around the Chelsea Gallery District until we spotted these assorted star-shaped NYC Street Sheriff badges plastered on an electrical box near the northwest corner of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Duke A Barnstable Stars

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Martin Creed, The Back Door at the Park Avenue Armory

Armory Drawing Room
All Photos and Videos By Gail

To have experienced The Back Door, Martin Creed’s interactive art exhibit installed throughout the Park Avenue Armory, was like walking into and exploring an authentically disquieting dreamscape version of Disney’s Haunted Mansion for adults who dig weird art.

Martin Creed Small Canvases

As the most mainstream-accessible part of The Back Door, two collections of small-canvas paintings can be found in the Armory’s first floor Board of Officers Room. It got much less-safe from there.

Small Canvas Painting

Crossing all media including painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, film, sculpture, fashion, and more, Martin Creed’s practice considers our everyday existence and the visible and invisible structures that shape our lives. Creed continues his ongoing exploration into rhythm, scale and order in The Back Door;  the artist’s largest installation in the US to date, which is a survey of his work from its most minimal moments to extravagant, larger-than-life installations.

Installation with Dress Form

Utilizing both the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the historic interiors of the building, Creed re-imagines the space with opening and closing doors and curtains, a slamming piano, and a room full of balloons, among other new works made for this exhibition. These materials and situations, when grouped together, create a playful spectacle within a framework that provides the viewer with a fascinating way to counter our visually overloaded, choice-saturated culture.

Half the Air in a Given Space Signage

The most popular work in the exhibit is called Half the Air in a Given Space, which is a room filled half-way to the ceiling with large, inflated white latex balloons.

Half The Air

It was recommended that you queue up for this room as soon as you arrived, as there might be a wait of 10 minutes or more. They only let six or so people enter the room at one time. This is why:

Half the Air in a Given Space Signage

Once you squeeze your way into the room, the balloons, which are about 17″ in diameter, will be over your head, and you will need to gently bounce them upward and away from you in order to navigate your way to an exit on the other side of the room, which is marked by a red Exit sign. I wouldn’t recommended this experience to anyone who is prone to panic attacks or who has claustrophobia, or for a small child, but otherwise it is quite fun and there is no need to freak out.

Half the Air in a Given Space Signage

As you can see, I was able to get these fun photos while submerged in a sea of Balloons! When would you ever have the chance to do this again? There were assistants at the room’s exit door, to help you get out.

In the above video, I am in a room called The Parlor, in which the overhead lights flash on and off at one-second intervals for a piece called The Lights Going On and Off. The door on the other side of the room opens automatically, so it is impossible to be trapped in there. Again, no need to panic!

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

Next, I entered the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, which is a massive room the size of an airplane hangar. There is a screen suspended from the ceiling about midway into the room, which shows nearly static film clips of people doing mundane things like sitting and staring.

Film Clip Woman

This is a woman sitting in a room.

Film Clip Room

This is the room she is sitting in. There are six short films ranging in length from 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

Exhibition Continues Sign

Across that room to the right, you will see the above sign with an arrow. Follow it to an open door and enter an entirely new space.

Funny Walks

You are now in a long corridor that extends the length of the building, which is divided into 9 small kiosks, each showing a different short film. The first one shows different people crossing the same street, one at a time, while demonstrating a “funny walk,” as the famous Monty Python sketch would call it.

Naked Man

Another film is this naked man standing in a room with occasional close-ups of his ass.

This  video clip is from a film that shows a numerical countdown.

This one is called Fuck Off. Either there was no video, or it just wasn’t working, for this audio-only clip of someone using the F Word, a lot. (Warning: NSFW)

Squatting Woman

I didn’t stick around long enough to find out why she was squatting.

Parental Advisory

When you see this sign, you are about to watch a video of a penis going from flaccid to erect, and back again. Hashtag-trying-too-hard.

These Roving Musicians are fun to stop and listen to as they wander through the various rooms. Those curtains they are seen walking through open and close by themselves, and constitute a separate artwork called A Curtain Opening and Closing.

White Grand Piano
The Veteran’s Room

Grandfather Clock
A Large Piece of Furniture Partially Obstructing a Door

Field and Staff Room

In the Field and Staff Room, you will see chairs stacked on top of other chairs and tables stacked on other tables, a row of small cactus plants in front of a mirror (lower right in the above photo) and a video installation.

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I felt like I was back in the ’60s.

Painting in the North Corridor
Abstract Painting in the North Corridor

Veterans Room 2
Veterans Room

Even if art is not your thing, you would probably have enjoyed its distractions as you explore an amazing historical building and imagine what types of ghosts must inhabit this obviously haunted space.

Find out more about Martin Creed’s The Back Door, which has now closed at This Link!

Park Ave Armory Exterior and Signage

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Corridor and Stairwell

Pink Corridor
All Photos By Gail

Oh my, I do love a Pink Room. This corridor will take you to the staircase that leads to second floor location of Meet on Chrystie, a corporate meeting space whose décor could only have been done by an artist. It’s pretty groovy.

Pink Stairs Up

I loved how the aesthetics kick in before you even enter Meet, with its bright pink corridor and pink-painted stairs and railing.

Pink Stairs from Landing

The pink accents stop before you continue on to the third floor, so you know there was a bit of branding going in the decision to create these colorful flourishes.

Pink Stairs Down

It just makes you feel happy and welcome, as you bask in the glow of the pink.

Pink Corridor 2

I’ll be back.

Balloon Saloon, The Most Fun Store in NYC!

Balloon Saloon Exterior
All Photos By Gail

We passed by the Balloon Saloon — which dominates the northeast corner of West Broadway and Duane Streets in Tribeca — on the way to dine at The Odeon Bistro, and just had to stop and take a few photos. Balloon Saloon, which sells all kinds of inflatables, and also delivers every configuration of balloon clusters that you can imagine, was evidently voted The Most Fun Store in NYC; and you don’t even have to enter the store to see why. Because look at all of these Balloon-type Things that they have right out front!

Balloon Saloon Front of Store

They have kiddie wading pools as well! Get yours now before summer is over!

Balloon Saloon Flamingo

Also, you need this Pink Flamingo to float around your pool on! (Cocktails not included)

Balloon Saloon is Located at 133 West Broadway, at the Corner of Duane Street, in Tribeca, New York City. Visit Them Online at This Link!

Balloon Saloon Side of Store

Let’s Go: A Summer Evening Walk on the High Line!

Path View Looking Uptown
All Photos By Gail

Hello, and welcome to our second installation of Let’s Go: a fun, informative and photo-heavy column in which I tell you Where To Go…in NYC, for summer sun and fun! This week, we are taking an early evening walk on the NYC High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, and snakes along between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Purple Fluffy Flowers

Geoffrey and I can often be seen travelling to and from the Chelsea Galleries via the High Line because, while it is usually way crowded at this time of year, it is still less congested than walking at street level, where you have to stop for traffic lights and look out for cars and idiots playing Pokemon Go.

This walk took place on a Saturday night in June, at around 7 PM. Please enjoy!

Purple Flowers

First of all, would not even believe the variety of gorgeous flowers, and flowering  trees and plants, that you will see sprouting up just everywhere. It is like a botanical garden of urban delights.

Fluffy White Flowering Tree

This tree looks like it has dandelion puffs all up in its branches. Dandelion Tree!

Pods

What kind of plant has pods like this? I want to know. To me they look like gnocchi.

Roof Tops with ESB

As I walk along, I enjoy taking artsy fartsy photos of the tops of buildings. You may recognize the tall silver one.

Window Spy Pic

It is cool to test the zoom capability of your camera’s lens by taking spy photos into the windows of luxury high rise buildings that border the path. Super fun.

HL 23 Building

This is an elevation shot of the HL 23 Building, which you can also see just left of center in this post’s top photo.

Zaha Hadid Building

This curved residential building — soon to be full of multi-million dollar condominiums — was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid. You can read more about the building at This Link.

White Flowers and Track

I don’t know what these are, but they sure do smell good.

Yellow Flowers

You may feel like you are in the country, but you’re not. You’re in the jungle, baby!

Pig People Graffiti

Sometimes you can find interesting graffiti; sometimes, not so much. These little dudes that look like dancing bulls; I see them everywhere.

Graffiti Tags on Building

You can also see many different kinds of legitimate Public Art on, or from, the High Line, most of which was commissioned specifically for the park.

Long Purple Flowers and Buildings

Purple Daisies

If you walk all the way to the end of the High Line, close to Javits Center it is a good place to watch the sunset over the Hudson River.

Sunset on the High Line

This not the best photo of a sunset ever taken, but you get the idea.

Flowers Through The Cracks

While it is still summer, you should take a walk on the High Line.

Pink Fluffy Flower

Cheese That Looks Like a Cake

Cheese Cake
Not a Cheesecake (All Photos By Gail)

The French Cheese Board opened its first US concept store in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in Mid-May, and we attended the opening party; because, free cheese! At this boutique storefront, which is located at 41 Spring Street, Certified Cheese Masters will showcase their knowledge of flavor chemistry and cheese and beverage pairings. The flagship location will also serve as a customizable venue for cuisine, art, lifestyle, education, and more. The FCB plans to leverage its partnerships with industry and pop culture influencers to create private events in year-long programming.

Sweet Cheeses

They also try to make the cheese displays look like art, or sweets, which is fun. However, you can tell by the way it smells in there, that they are selling cheese. Just giving you a head’s up on that.

Cheese Art
Cheese Art

The mission of the FCB, the umbrella organization for French dairy products, is to create awareness about the variety of cheeses from France available on the U.S. market. The organization also provides a platform for information, communication and exchange of ideas between French cheesemakers, researchers of the French dairy sector, artists, designers and chefs.