I made the accidental discovery of Posh Pop Bakeshop when I was attracted to the “But, First Coffee” Pink Neon Sign affixed to its rear wall while waiting to enter a restaurant located across the street. Now that’s what I call effective visual marketing! If you look closely, you can see that the bakeshop walls are also covered in tiny, pink plastic roses, for a seductive pink-on-pink glow. It turns out that Posh Pop is a gluten free bakery that does a serious online business, and has just recently opened a brick-and-mortar store located at 192 Bleecker Street, in the heart Greenwich Village, New York City. The bakery specializes in outrageously creative layer cakes, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies and other decadent baked treats of a truly gourmet caliber. I can recommend the Funfetti Cheesecake Brownie (yes, I just typed that) personally. Find out more about Posh Pop Bakeshop, and order some treats for yourself, at This Link!
Geoffrey and I were on our way to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo when we passed a building with a glass store-front from whose interior a Pink Neon Sign called out to me. The building turned out to be the home of the Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society), and it looked like a pretty cool place. We did not have time for an in-depth visit (next time!), but we did snap a few photos in the lobby, which is alive with a streetscape of illuminated, vintage Chicago signage such as the eight-feet tall Gas for Less sign you see above, as well as a fully refurbished Lowrider Car, which you may see in a future post! Chicago!
When I’m out in the city window shopping, nothing attracts my attention like the sight of Neon, and Pink Neon, especially. This Pink Neon silhouette of a reclining nude was spotted through the front window (which, as you can see, also features some attract neon signage) of Bulletin boutique on Prince Street in SoHo. Find out more about Bulletin at This Link.
Bulletin is Located at 27 Prince Street in SoHo, NYC.
Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting a fun group show entitled That’s My Trip, curated by gallery artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, painting, and works on paper from Schoultz as well as Claire Colette, Cody Hudson, Francesco Igory Deiana, Hilary Pecis, Libby Black, Louis Schmidt, Matt Gonzalez, Michel Tabori, Patrick Martinez, Ryan Travis Christian, Terry Powers and Timothy Bergstrom.
According to the exhibit’s Press release, “A series of studio visits in various cities including Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco led to Schoultz’s inspiration for That’s My Trip. He explains, “After an artist tells you about themselves and their work, it would end almost every time with the artist saying ‘so that’s my trip.’ I found this an interesting phrase to explain yourself to someone.”
For the curator, the selected artists in That’s My Trip display a plethora of mediums and approaches, but remain connected by the common interest of their surroundings, and lack of separation between their lives and their work. Schoultz adds, “Their art is a portrait of themselves in some way or another.”
I am not typically moved by Realist Still Lifes, but I love the above painting by Libby Black, who has several diverse pieces in the show.
I also like Patrick Martinez’s use of Pink Neon as a framing devise in his pieces seen in this post.
In case you cannot tell, those are little condoms sitting on the banana.
One of the most eye-catching pieces in the show is Libby Black’s tableau representing a care-free day at the beach, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip (2015). The items in Black’s installation are of personal significance to the artist, connecting her past with the present as the allude to the artist’s annual trips to Florida from an early age. The Publix sun tan lotion, yellow Walkman and the Whitney Houston cassette tape are tangible representations of past memories and treasured possessions. Black’s present is represented by a pair of flip-flops, and a stack of books read and cherished by her. Echoing Schoultz’s perception of the exhibited work as “portraiture,” Black explains, “It’s like a landscape of the real and made up, and also a portrait without the figure.”
That’s My Trip, Curated by Andrew Schoultz, will be on Exhibit through May 2nd, 2015, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.