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1 Percent Nor’Easter Collection Pop Up Shop and Gallery

Gallery View
All Photos By Gail

When I was invited to an exhibit of “Functional Art Glass,” my first reaction was, WTF is Functional Art Glass? Then I read a little bit further into the press release and realized that, back in the day, a piece of Functional Art Glass was referred to as a Water Pipe, or a Bong. And now, it is functional art! I can’t tell you how much I love knowing this. As Andy Warhol once said, “Art is What You Can Get Away With.”

1 percent metrocard photo by gail worley

Celebrating Twenty Years in business, lifestyle accessories brand 1Percent, one of the leading online retailers for smoking accessories, is currently hosting a gallery showcase, pop-up shop, and a series of events in New York City for the month of January. The gallery features over 75 unique glass sculptures in the Nor’Easter Collection, and you can see why these pieces have risen the status of collectable art. Nor’Easter is a celebration of pipe culture from respected glass artists spanning across the east coast, including MTP, JOP!, Coyle and Slinger.

Coyle
Artist Coyle (AKA Dan Coyle) Works on a Pipe

For fans and collectors alike, 1Percentwill provide a one-on-one exclusive experience with Brandon Long, the gallery curator, as he explains the basics of functional glass, the innovators, and the outlook for high-end glass collectors with the current glass renaissance. I was lucky enough to get a VIP guided tour of the glass with Brandon, and his knowledge is not only impressive but his stories are fun and engaging.

Slinger + EF Norris Grateful to Be American
Slinger + EF Norris, Grateful to Be American, Price: $10,800

Brandon knows many of these artists personally and is familiar with their education, techniques and methods of creating these pipes. He had a fascinating anecdote about every piece in the gallery! I will attempt to recall some of what he said in my captions for the photos to follow.

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Jeff Koons Banalty Series Comes to Fine Dinnerware!

Koons Bubbles Michael Set
All Photos By Gail

To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Bernardaud, makers of fine porcelain and other luxury decorative items for the home, has created a collection of tableware designed by filmmakers, photographers and artists including Jean-Michel Alberola, Marco Brambilla, Sophie Calle, Fassianos, Jeff Koons, Michael Lin, David Lynch, Marlene Mocquet, Nabil Nahas, Prune Norry, JR, Sarkis and Julian Schnabel.

Koons Banality Bear Plates

During Saturday’s art crawl, we stumbled upon a boutique that’s opened up in Chelsea, located at 465 West 23rd Street, just east of 10th Avenue, where this design-ware will be on display throughout the summer of 2013. Before we were politely told that no photographs were allowed (of course), we managed to snap a few shots of Jeff Koons Banality Series, based on a selection of his most popular projects.

Koons Banality Series Sign

The Bernardaud Pop Up Store is more of a showroom than a regular retail outlet but we’re guessing you can place orders for the dinnerware at the shop (the lady working there seemed very nice) and have it delivered to your home at a later date. It goes without saying that it likely costs a fortune, but what else is money for, if not to surround yourself with nice things? For more information, and to see designs by the other artists, visit Bernardaud 150.
Bernardaud Signage
West 23rd Street Storefront

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The Suckadelic Art Toy Universe: Retrospective and Pop Up Store

NYC’s Boo-Hooray Gallery announces the first retrospective gallery exhibition by subversive toy-making geniuses, SUCKADELIC. Intentionally confusing, misleading, disappointing and really funny, SUCKADELIC’s limited edition parodies of action figures reverberate with a vicious wit and are oddly eyeball-pleasing in the manner of all kinds of toothsome 20th/21st century collage and montage art. The toys and their aggressively situationist piss-take packaging comment on pop culture commodification and the consumer habits of compulsively shopping kidults: The very process that made KAWS, Takashi Murakami and Michael Lau art-stars on the Art Basel Miami/Armory Show/Venice Biennale tip. This exhibition marks the first time the entire SUCKADELIC catalogue will be exhibited in one place. For the duration of the exhibit, a SUCKADELIC SUCK-SHOPPE pop-up store will be open. Original artwork, sculptures, silk- screens and paintings will also be for sale. The opening night party takes place on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 PM where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the characters from the SUCKADELIC Universe. You know I’ll be there!

Boo-Hooray Gallery is Located at 521 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, and the Exhibit is Open Every Day from 11 AM – 6 PM from January 12 – 23, 2011

Gail and Geoffrey’s Rad Adventure at the Girlie Action Holiday Party!

Well, the Holidaze are officially upon us, and what that means is ‘tis the season to get wasted for free. Yay! NYC-based independent PR firm, Girlie Action (named after a line in the Rolling Stones’ arguably most-famous song, “Satisfaction”) has been representing cutting edge bands, artists and trendy products for as long as I’ve been writing in NYC, so it was nice to be included on the invite list for their holiday party, which took place last night. The location for this seasonal shindig was the Wired pop-up gadget store on Broadway at (positively) Fourth Street: former home to the late, great Tower Records. I haven’t been in that space since Tower was forced out of business a million years ago by people who think all music should be free. With cold beers and salty snacks in hand, Geoffrey and I wandered the three level store – a consumerists’ winter Wonderland of futuristic techno gadgetry and hipster accoutrements – with a mixed sense of awe and nostalgic chagrin. Because, wow, wasn’t Tower Records just the best?

Speaking of hipsters, the place was lousy with them. Fortunately, G and I escaped to the safe haven of the Wired Store’s comparatively empty lower level (once home to CD singles, magazines and classical music) where we dodged the flailing appendages of drunken geeks playing interactive video games, and caught a showing of IMAX: Deep Sea (in 3D!) on Blue Ray, which was just insane. We were also able to snack on a selection of assorted delicious cupcakes courtesy of the Cupcake Corral while enjoying a DJ set by Nomi Ruiz. As we dashed off into the cold night so I could get home in time to watch Top Chef All Stars, I would have to say that our time spent in the Wired Store was a fine, festive kick off to the holiday season. Thanks, Girlie Action!