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Nutaku Adult Gaming Platform Hosts Hentai Is Art Press Event!

Bushwick Street Art Box Truck
Hentai-Inspired Art on Box Truck, Bushwick, Brooklyn (Art By MAST, All Photos By Gail)

Having lived in NYC for 30 years, it’s easy to be all jaded and imagine that I’ve seen just about everything. But writing this blog always affords me an opportunity to discover something interesting and fun. Getting to know the works of Japanese artists like Takashi Murakami and Mr. introduced me to Manga, a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, but I wasn’t really hip to something called Hentai, which is, essentlally, Manga porn, until I was invited to a pretty fun party sponsored by Nutaku Dot Net. Nutaku is the world’s largest English gaming platform dedicated to 18+ titles — and Hentai games are their thing. I like to tell myself: It’s not about what you don’t know; it’s about what you don’t know that you don’t know. And I’m always ‘game’ for an enlightening experience!

Hentai Is Art Signage

There is most definitely a taboo surrounding adult gaming and Hentai (Instagram will not even allow users to tag a post with the word, ask me how I know). It sheds light on the ways in which the topics of sex and eroticism still make Americans uncomfortable. But sex and sexuality undoubtedly hold a place in art, because we see it every time we visit a museum. I think it’s time for everyone to loosen up, and so does Nutaku, so the company put together a two-day pop up exhibit/experience called Hentai is Art, which took place on June 29th and 30th, 2018  in the burgeoning neighborhood where Chinatown meets Tribeca. Hentai is Art was all about presenting Hentai-influenced art and gaming as something that’s fun and imaginative which should be encouraged, explored and embraced rather than shied away from.

Hentai Pop Up Signage

At the Hentai is Art pop up event, visitors were able to immerse themselves in the world of Hentai art with a range of styles and mediums to get turned on to. The ways in which Hentai is breaking into the mainstream — and helping to break down barriers — were showcased throughout the exhibit with virtual reality experiences,  historically-inspired Hentai works, graffiti art, and a unique “toy” showcase. Please enjoy my photos from the press party on the eve of the exhibit’s opening to the public!

Hentai Is Art Installation View

On one side of gallery space, there was a terrific display of images by talented digital artists who have reinterpreted a selection famous masterpieces in the Hentai style.

Mona Lisa by SquChan

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa by SquChan

The Birth of Venus By Mezio

Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus By Mezio

The Swing By Webnatu

Jean-Honore Fragonard’s The Swing By Webnatu.

These works are really fun and playful and would inspired viewers to check out the original paintings!

Painting Detail

It looks like a dick, because it is a dick.

Hentai Is Art Installation View

Hentai gaming has also inspired street art, as Nutaku hit Bushwick, Brooklyn’s famous graffiti scene.

Bushwick Street Art

Detail of Work By Mast

Bushwick Street Art

Bushwick Mural Depicting a Chibi Style Nutaku Tan By Artist Pursue

Bushwick Street Art

Nutaku Tan Mural by Artist Key Detail

Installation View

And then, there were the tentacles. Tentacle erotica is a measured motif among Hentai enthusiasts, and what better way to explore that domain than with these very imaginative sex toys!

Ilka The Tentacle

Ilka The Tentacle (above) and Tako The Tentacle (below) are molded from very soft silicone.

Tako The Tentacle

Winstons Tongue

This one is called Winston’s Tongue, and it is designed for use by Sci-fi / Horror afficneaods who enjoy entertaining monster fantasies. Just being serious.

Jason the Demogorgon

And for everyone who can’t shut up about the Netflix series, Stranger Things, this one is called Jason the Demogorgon! Very scary!

Naughty Rituals Game

Fans and newbies alike were also able to experience the virtual world of Hentai Gaming by checking out games with titles like Naughty Kingdom and Naughty Rituals. Sadly, I am not able to include any screenshots of these games with losing this blog’s PG-rating!

Gamers
Hentai is Art Party Attendees Discuss Their Love of Gaming!

Cocktails

Of course, a party is not a party without food and alcohol, and this event went all out. Check out this spread!

Cocktails
Free-flowing Wine and Proseco, and also, Delicious Water!

Sushi Rolls

OMG, the food was just insane!

Sushi Rolls
Food

Are you craving Japanese food now? You should be. Nutaku: They know how to host a party.

Hentai Mouse Pad

Upon departure, all attendees received a gift bag that included this amazing Mouse Pad, as well as the T-Shirt you see below. With their enthusiast embrace of Hentai titles, Nutaku is pushing the boundaries of gaming, art and sexuality by partnering with artists and game developers from around the world, bringing global artistry and deviant indie style to the adult gaming industry. As the 18+ gaming scene grows, Nutaku is bringing the highest quality titles to a passionate fan base that shares an appreciation for Hentai and digital art!

Hentai Is Art T-Shirt

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Urs Fischer, Things at Gagosian Gallery Pop Up Space

Things Front View
All Photos By Gail

The Gagosian Gallery chose an empty storefront at the the southeast corner or Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street for a Pop Up exhibit by Swiss artist Urs Fisher. The ad hoc gallery space contained exactly one work of art, a life-size Aluminum Rhinoceros entitled Things, whose form is adorned with an array of familiar, functional objects, ranging from a toilet to a handbag. The objects are either imbedded in the hide of the great beast, or they seem to float on its surface, as if attracted by a magnetic force. I went to check out Things on the penultimate day of its exhibition, which happened to be after work on a Friday.

Things Back and Right Side

Here’s some background on Things, and its meaning, from the Gagosian website:

“Amid the bustle of midtown Manhattan, a rhinoceros can be glimpsed through tall, arched windows at street level. Various man-made objects — including a copy machine, a car door, a handbag, a vacuum cleaner, a shovel, and a table — seem to float right through the creature, as if released from Earth’s gravitational pull.

Things Photocopier Detail

Carved out of aluminum, this barrage of incongruous items forms a single, continuous unit, anchored by the rhinoceros, which stands its ground. Produced at life size from a 3D scan of a taxidermy animal, its furrowed visage looms from a height of more than ten feet.

Things Back End

Things considers the ways that objects and forces — from plastic bottles and Wi-Fi signals to memories, history, and emotion — gather around and pass through our bodies as we move through the world, creating countless versions of reality that are specific to each of us.

Things Rear Leg Detail

Things Front and Right Side

Things Toilet

Like the rhinoceros, we absorb all that comes into our vicinity, and in the process we ourselves undergo a constant, often undetectable metamorphosis. Existence itself is thus presented as an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.

Things Right Rear

In his use of traditional materials and current technologies, Urs Fischer’s art tests the boundaries of possibility and perception. He has used clay, steel, wax, bread, dirt, vegetables, and fruit, among other substances, often to extreme paradoxical visual effect, revealing a keen attunement to the infinite mutability of image and form. The vicissitudes of objecthood are further complicated when Fischer’s sculptures are installed outside of the typical white-walled gallery.

Things Back Detail

In a courtyard, a vacated bank, an open field, his extroverted works have acted as portals into the uncanny. Here, the portal opens right between Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. An extraordinary creature made up of ordinary parts, Things transports unsuspecting passersby, if just for a moment, into a world that is at once prehistoric, digital, and mysteriously uncharted.

Things Head Detail

Things was produced in a series of three identical pieces, and all three have been sold to private collectors.

Things Front and Left Side

Everyday Heroes NYC By Alexander Millar

High and Mighty
High and Mighty, 2018  (All Photos By Gail)

Following a five-day preview run, ideally located at the New York City Fire Museum on Spring Street, artist Alexander Millar’s firefighter portrait series, Everyday Heroes NYC moves on to a two-week run in a popular pop up space in SoHo. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, but now living in the north of England, Millar is a self-taught contemporary impressionist with a particular interest in late 19th and early 20th century blue collar workers.

Black FF
Portrait of Wesley A. Williams

Millar now brings his critically acclaimed artwork to Manhattan with his series of original oil paintings and pencil sketches of New York Firefighters, some of whom have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The series is, not surprisingly, very moving, includes a portrait of Wesley A. Williams. Born in Manhattan in 1897, Williams became only the third African-American to join the New York City Fire Department, at a time of segregation and discrimination. He became the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of officer, when he became a lieutenant in 1927. Williams (now deceased) retired in 1952 with the rank of Battalion Chief.

A New Dawn
A Group of Firefighters Raise the Flag at Ground Zero in A New Dawn (2018)

Everyday Heroes NYC is a collection of original oil paintings and limited edition prints which pay tribute  to firefighters both past and present; fathers, brothers, songs, daughter, mothers and sisters. Everyday heroes. These portraits were inspired by and honors the men and women of the New York Fire Department; some of whom perished in the tragedy of  the 9/11 attacks.

Forever in Your Arms

The subject of Forever in Your Arms (2018) is modeled after Keithroy Maynard,  who was one of twelve African American firefighters to die at the WTC on 9/11. Maynard was just 30 years old.

We Could Be Heroes

Painted in a similar style is We Can Be Heroes, seen here as the original oil painting from which a limited print series will be available. The final version of the print will not feature any reference to the FDNY, but will reference New York only, and it can be customized by Millar with any name of your choosing added to the jacket.

Fuerza Y Honor Strength and Honour
Fuerza Y Honor (Strength and Honour), 2018

I like this one a lot.

Power and Glory
Power and Glory (2018)

This one is great, too. This lady was at the opening reception.

No One Left Behind
No One Left Behind (2018)

Alexander Millar’s Everyday Heroes NYC will be on Exhibit Through Saturday, April 20th,  2018 at Millar Fine Art Gallery, a Pop Up Space Located at 138 Wooster Street, NYC 10012. 20% of the profits from sales of these artworks will be donated to the city’s Fire Museum and the Vulcan Society. Visit the Exhibit’s Website at This Link!

Installation View
Installation View

The Egg House Pop Up Attraction on Chrystie Street!

Egg House Post Card
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Eggs? I sure do. If you like Eggs and also enjoy visiting the weird little artsy pop-up events that happen in NYC every so often, such as the Museum of Ice Cream and The Musuem of Feelings, then you will want to check out The Egg House. Celebrating its grand opening this past weekend, The Egg House is an egg-themed pop up featuring immersive installations and offering a multi-sensory, interactive experience, not to mention — but you can see I am about to — the thing that the kids seem to love most these days: endless Instagram /selfie opportunities!

Egg House Greeter

I attended the Press Preview of The Egg House the day before it opened to the public, and it was a pretty sweet time! First of all, there were all kinds of free treats, such as delicious real Egg Nog spiked with your choice Brandy or Rum!

Egg Nog

The Eggnog was supplied by subscription breakfast delivery service, Break & Co. Find out more about them at Break Co Dot NYC!

Egg Macarons

Free Egg-Shaped Macarons? I’m there!

Egg Nog and Macaron

Check out the gooey sweet center of these babies!

Egg Macaron Detail

Samples of treats like these will be available at varying times and are included in the price of your ticket, while vendors Egg Shop, along with Egg Waffle Ice Cream Shop Eggloo will have egg-themed food available for purchase.

Egg Shop Booth

At the press event, the Egg Shop kiosk also served as a DJ booth and provided the rockin’ tunes along with these Fried Egg-shaped White Chocolate Pops!

White Chocolate Fried Egg Pops

Egloo Kiosk

Everybody got one of these Waffle Sundaes from Egloo!

Igloo Waffle Sunday

In addition being a place where you can eat lots of sweet snacks, The Egg House was created to share the universal love of eggs and provide a momentary escape from the city. It is home to a character named Ellis, an egg who made his  way to New York City (note: while the official story refers to Ellis as “he,” I heard Egg House guides referring to Ellis as “she” on my visit,  so I guess there is no fixed answer on that). Like some of us, Ellis struggles, yet remains very hopeful. One afternoon, Ellis falls asleep and guests are invited to explore his house. Egg-citing! Seamlessly connected by a storyline, The Egg House features real life-sized rooms, including The Kitchen, The Foyer, The Pool, Ellis’s Bedroom and The Garden — a in a 3,300 square feet space! Please enjoy a preview of The Egg House, and what you’ll find in the various rooms, via a selection of photos from my visit!

Egg House Kitchen

The first room you come to is an interactive selfie-heaven: the Kitchen.

Egg House Kitchen

You can sit in this Egg Shell Rocking Chair!

Egg House Kitchen

You can also sit in this Giant Egg Carton and pose with the eggs! Ridiculous!

Egg House Kitchen

Op Art Floor Covering

Next, you move on to the Hallway, with its Bridget Riley-esque Op Art floor covering!

Foyer

Ask for a token which you can use to buy an Egg Shop souvenir pin from one of these old-school vending machines!
If you want to renovate your bathroom then might as well purchase some plastic panels and bathroom cladding to have a better outcome!

Egg House Pin

Egg House Swimming Pool

Next up is The Egg House’s most popular feature: the Swimming Pool, where you can frolic in a pool filed with egg-colored plastic balls! Be sure to remove your shoes first!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Ellis Sleeping

Next, you can visit Ellis’s Bedroom, but be very quiet, as he/she may be sleeping!

Ellis Awake
Or Maybe not!

Ellis Family Portrait
Ellis’s Family Portrait

Ellis In Union Square Park

If you peek through the curtain you can watch a video of Ellis’s Adventure in Union Square Park!

This Way

Head down the stairs to the Garden, which is in the basement.

Egg Swing

Wait your turn for the swing and make sure your phone is charged!

Garden Cactus

Egg Swing

After your Egg-cellent Adventure, you’re going to want some stuff to take home.

Egg House Gift Shop

There’s also a gift shop offering Egg House souvenirs and other egg-related merchandise! Check it out!

Egg House Gift Shop Tote Bags
Egg Tote Bags!

Egg House Gift Shop Socks
Egg Socks!

Egg House Gift Shop Phone Cases
Egg Phone Cases

The Egg House is lots of fun for kids of all ages. Grab your tickets now before they’re all gone!

The Egg House is Located at 195 Chrystie Street, NYC, and is scheduled to run through June 27th, 2018. Tickets are $18, which includes admission to the Egg House and Occasional Sampling. Tickets are for a pre-specified, reserved time slot and must be purchased online in advance at This Link. Everything you need to how about your visit to The Egg House is also at that link! Enjoy!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Egg House Signage

The Beatles Pop Up Greeting Cards!

Sgt Pepper
Image Source

It’s been 50 years since The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album widely considered to be among the best rock albums of all time, and aside from a very cool documentary about the making of Sgt Pepper (which was released on Septembers 8th) some cool collectible memorabilia is also making its way to the market. In honor of this exciting anniversary, 3D design company Lovepop have released The Beatles Sgt. Pepper 3D Card! This gorgeous design was created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of three officially licensed designs that include a fabulous 3D rendering of the Yellow Submarine, and the iconic scene of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road.

Yellow Submarine

I suspect you may feel the need to own these. The Beatles‘ cards sell for $15 each or $40 for a pack of all three designs, and can be purchased at This Link!

Abbey Road

Pearl River Mart Reopens in TriBeCa!

Pearl River Mart Exterior Shot
All Photos By Gail

Finally, there’s bright spot on this dismal end of year season. Pearl River Mart, everyone’s favorite Asian Imports Store, has reopened as a Pop-Up at 395 Broadway. Oh, Happy Day. This space will become the store’s permanent location after a brief shuttering in February 2017 to allow for further construction on the interior.

Store Interior Far Right

I made an excited initial visit to the new store and can report that, while it is now much smaller than its previous 30,000 SF, multi-level home, this new space has many of the items you love to peruse, shop for, and give as gifts including ceramics and tableware, tea set, slippers, brocade satin purses and novelty tote bags, trinkets, cosmetics and of course incense and tiny statuary.

Buddha Garden

Pig Mug

Chinese Dolls

Store Center Left

This photo was taken from an upstairs loft, looking from the back of the store toward the front, and will give you an idea of the layout.

Candies

Store Center

Dishes

Silk Purses

Gong

It is so exciting and comforting to have Pearl River back in business. Welcome Back!

Lao Tsu Saying

Pearl River Mart is Located at 395 Broadway, Two Blocks Below Canal Street in Tribeca/Chinatown, NYC.

Thomas Mann Saying

Bead Curtain

Store View

Chinese Clothing

Paper Lanterns

I'm a Pearl River Fan