The enormous sandwich and pack of cigarettes in Still Life Number 36 (1964) reflect Tom Wesselmann’s nonhierarchical approach to subject matter and technique. He believed that anything could be art, including the ordinary consumer items that fill our pockets and kitchen cabinets. In 1962, Wesselmann began a series of large-scale still lifes that incorporated fragments of discarded commercial billboards, which he initially scavenged from trash cans but later procured in new, pristine condition directly from advertising agencies. The larger-than-life proportions of the objects in Still Life Number 36 at first seem to celebrate the surfeit of commercial goods in America’s postwar consumer culture. Yet the layers of collage and painted areas bring together incongruent depictions of reality, creating tensions in the composition that Wesselmann described as “reverberation.
Divided Trays, Snack and Sandwich Pouches, and Easy Squeezy Food Pouches by Kinderville (All Photos By Gail)
Summer is almost over and it’s time to think about going back to school. Ugh, I know; it can be a drag. But school is somewhat more fun when you are bringing your lunch and snacks in containers that are as cool and colorful as those made by Kinderville. A Mom and Dad created the Kinderville line of products as a safe and easy solution to storing and serving their kids’ lunches and snacks. With a focus on quality, and the use of safe materials, their food storage designs are not only easy and fun for kids to use, but they’re also 100% non-toxic, while embracing Green consciousness as well!
The triangular mass of Claes Oldenburg’s Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich”)1963, is actually constructed from many smaller sculptural components including wood slabs, stuffed cushions and fabric pieces, which must be restacked each time the work is shown, allowing ample room for creative variation.
In the above video, the Whitney Museum’s curator supervises and discusses the installation of Giant BLT, and how Oldenburg’s work invites the viewer to look at the world with “fresh eyes.”
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Former Home in the Breuer Building on Madison Avenue
New Photo Added 9/7/2020 (Taken at the Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street, NYC)
Even though the menu item highlighted above actually describes a way to order your Marinated Chicken Breast Sandwich at Jackson Hole Restaurant, we are just going to pretend that the menu describes an order of “Bacon Topped with Bacon.” Because that’s much funnier.
The above grilled cheddar cheese sandwich served between two halves of a glazed donut (Look Here for possible inspiration) is probably the least fancy of a selection of Grilled Cheese Donut Sandwiches found on the menu at Cincinnati’sTom & Chee restaurant, which specializes in grilled cheese concoctions of every conceivable combination. I wish I lived in Cincinnati.
McDonalds restaurants in the country of Austria have just started serving a limited-engagement specialty sandwich called the McRibster. As if the Double Down didn’t go quite far enough, the McRibster is basically a McRib meat thing which has been breaded, deep fried and made all the more artery clogging by the addition of delicious bacon and cheese. It makes my left arm hurt just to read about it. Of course, they endeavor to make it all pretty and deceptively healthful–looking by tossing on some iceberg lettuce, sliced red onion and tasty sauces (in this case, “delicious honey-mustard sauce and spicy sweet chili sauce”) but we can see it is just a heart attack on a bun. Mmmm…tasty heart attack. The McRibster is available at the McDonalds of Austria until March 27, 2012.