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Matthew Sleeth, Rules to Live By at Claire Oliver Gallery

It Was All a Dream
All Photos By Gail

Claire Oliver Gallery is currently hosting Rules to Live By, new works from Australian artist Matthew Sleeth. This is Sleeth’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Installation View 2

In Rules to Live By, Sleeth seeks to draw attention to how signs program us to behave in a prescribed manner. By adopting their form and aesthetic while misappropriating their ideology, the artist has constructed a series of sculptural works that question the dogma of a politically correct society.

The Revolution

With this new body of work, the artist suggests we delve beyond superficiality for a deeper meaning in life. The texts featured in these works are sourced from a combination of found, combined, appropriated or completely invented signs or instructions.

You Can Do Anything

Rules to Live By builds directly from Sleeth’s pivotal 2011 installation, The Rise and Fall of Western Civilization (And Other Obvious Metaphors), which was also exhibited at Claire Oliver. The Rise and Fall encompased a 120 foot, three-ton concrete and plywood sculpture, representing a freeway system arcing through space (and rising from knee height to over 12 feet in the air) with a road surface populated with various signs, images and objects. Inspired by the public response to the messages portrayed in that installation, Sleeth choose to expand on the irony of the impact mass media has on the population at large.

Guns Dont Kill People

Sleeth explains, “Over many years, I have explored concepts of ‘algorithmic control’ in my work. I have been particularly interested in signs as a cultural iconography; I am both seduced by their elegance and uneasy with their Orwellian effectiveness.”

Happiness Equals Expectation Over Achievement

“These roadmaps of sorts are the rules we live by; they are the software that controls the way we negotiate our environment. I have long been fascinated by these sets of instructions that hold such sway over us. Why is it so difficult to ignore a sign?”

You Get the Art You Deserve

The contested behaviors being negotiated in each sign are either encouraged or discouraged by the assumptions embedded or coded in the text. Many of the conventions explored in these works depend on a range of cultural assumptions in order to function. Part of the rationale of this project is to make these assumptions visible through the process of pattern recognition within and between the insignias.

Will My Children, This City

The images in Rules We Live By appropriate the formal qualities and exacting methods of fabrication of their cultural referents. The viewer is meant to recognize the codes of persuasion being used in each work and how these refer to the social contexts from which they are drawn.

Nobody Really Cares

Owl
Matthew Sleeth Signage

Matthew Sleeth’s Rules to Live By will be on Exhibit Through December 3rd, 2016 at Claire Oliver Gallery, Located at 513 West 26th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

I Want A Pony

Installation View

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Product Review: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

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Above Image Source. All Other Photos By Gail

As consumers, we are constantly monitoring what we eat, and scrutinizing food  product labels; but we don’t think as deeply about what we allow to touch our skin. Not many people are aware that a skincare product’s ingredients can, and do, find their way into our bloodstream. It’s a scary thought. After watching This Film, I became increasingly vigilant about checking labels on household products, searching out natural, fragrance-free, and chemically safe product alternatives for cleaning around my home and I came across to the maids service brooklyn, probably the best thing that happened to me.

Mollys Suds Advisory

Recently, I was asked to try the laundry powder Molly’s Suds and received a small sample packet it email to try on my own laundry. Molly’s Suds has a fascinating back story: the product line was created by a pediatric nurse, who began to do extensive research on chemical product additives after suffering the stillbirth of a child. She discovered that newborn baby cord blood and amniotic fluid have shown the presence of multiple non-natural toxins (as many as 240 chemicals have been found in cord blood). More than 120 of the chemicals were from toxins in food, personal care, household and environmental products. From her own personal tragedy, she felt a responsibility to teach others about these toxins, and to make a difference.

Mollys Suds Sample Package

The sample I received (shown above) contained enough laundry powder for two average-sized loads of wash, and you need to use just over one measured tablespoon for effective cleaning! If you are in the habit of using half a cup of liquid detergent (or more) per load, as I am, you know this may seems weird, because you can’t believe that such a small amount of product will really work. I was excited to put it to the test!

Being detergent-free, Molly’s Suds is low-sudsing product (in fact, you may see no suds at all), but don’t panic just because you are accustomed to equating lots of suds with a higher degree of cleanliness. One thing has nothing to do with other, so just trust that the small amount you’ve added to your wash is sufficient to get your clothes clean.

Upon coming out of the dryer, my clothes smelled fresh and clean, but had no discernible perfume-y scent, and even a well-trod-upon rug came out bright and stain free. I am sold on this product and happy to spread the word about Molly’s Suds: A safe and effective laundry product! Learn more about Molly’s Suds and buy their products online at This Link!

Mollys Suds Label

Pink Thing of The Day: 3D Print Pink Owl

3D Print Pink Owl
Photo By Gail

Over the weekend, I a made pit stop into the 3D Print Show taking place in the Chelsea Gallery District and got a quick but eye-opening crash course in what this phenomenal technology is all about and a sneak peak at the best affordable 3d printers that are about to hit the market. It’s amazing how these objects are made! Anyway, here’s a Pink Owl I took a photo of.

 

Cuteness Alert: Baby Owl in Knit Hat


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Yes, this is a real baby owl wearing a knit cap. So cute, I can’t even live.

Thanks to Deborah K for The Tip!

Owls Are Cool

“I Am An Owl. How Cool Am I?”

I love owls and I almost flipped out when I saw this cool photo of an owl leaping into the air just prior to taking flight. Read all about this rare nature photo at this link.

Originally spotted at Neatorama of course!

Recipe of the Day: Halloween Caprese Salad with Eyeballs

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is coming up in just over a month. Scary! Maybe you are already on the look out for delicious and festively themed foods to stock your Halloween party buffet. For the adventurous culinary artists out here, I suggest trying this unique take on the classic Caprese salad with a side of olive eyeballs! To me, it looks like a little owl, and would probably be a fun recipe to make with your kids.  I’m hungry already!