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!
Kinderville Sandwich and Snack Pouches are the perfect alternative to disposable plastic baggies, with their easy open and close tab design at the top. Non-toxic Silicone is great for food storage and serving purposes because it is hygienic, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria. Silicone is free of toxic chemicals like those found in plastics (BPA, lead and phthalates), and it’s known to not react with food or beverages. There’s also an Easy Squeezy food pouch (seen in the top photo of this post) which is ideal for fruit puree and yogurt
Colorful Silicone Cups (sold as a set with one green and one red cup) have a wide base and low height to minimize spills. Ice Pop Molds (dishwasher and freezer safe) are great for making treats to cool off on these remaining hot summer days! These molds are sold as a set of 4 bright and cheery colors.
Fox and Hedgehog Bibs are 100% food-grade silicone bibs that are perfect for a messy little eater. The fun bibs catch falling food and make clean-up a breeze!
Kinderville products are perfect for use around the home, to send with your little ones to daycare or for use when the family is on-the-go. Safe, resilient and easy to clean, they also encourage reuse and less waste as they are designed to last. After using simply wash, dry and reuse. One set is all you will ever need! Find out more about Kinderville , and shop for their products online, at This Link!
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.
You might be saying to yourself right now (and quite understandably), “What the Hell am I looking at?” Well, what we have here is a Hello Kitty Sandwich Ring. That is, a piece of bizarre costume jewelry where the “Jewel” is a miniature sandwich with the face of Hello Kitty as the bread. Yes, I just typed that. I have no more words for this abomination.
Do you like art and food and doing fun stuff? I love all of those things, so I wanted to let you know about a fun thing happening in town for a limited time only, and it’s free, so I am definitley doing it. For three days only this weekend, Openhouse Gallery in NYC will host a pop-up exhibit devoted to Peanut Butter sandwiches. Yes, I just typed that. The Nutropolitan Museum of Art, as it is being called, will feature the work of photographer Theresa Raffetto and noted food stylist Patty White, who have taken 365 different peanut butter-related photos. These artsy photographs can be purchased, with proceeds, I believe, going to a charitable cause (I had heard this but couldn’t find any written confirmation, so don’t hold me to that statement, about the charity angle, I mean).
At this event you can also meet a peanut farmer, create your own PB&J-themed Art and learn some fun facts about nuts. All those attending will receive a free jar of peanut butter (while supplies last) and a second jar will then be donated to the Food Bank for New York City in your honor. Bringing still even more fun to the party, outside the pop-up gallery, you’ll also find the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck (on Saturday) and the Treats Truck (on Sunday) selling peanut-butter themed treats. I am looking forward to this already!
Openhouse Gallery is located at 201 Mulberrry Street (Between Spring & Kenmare) in Downtown NYC. Dates and hours of the Nutropolitan Pop Up Gallery are March 4 and 5 from 10 AM to 6 PM and March 6 until 4 PM.
Although I’ve been doing the reverse morning commute to Jersey City now for two months (PATH train!), the weather has only just recently gotten un-sucky enough to encourage me to leave the building at lunch and go exploring in my new neighborhood. Today I had to make a trip to the Post Awful and decided to wander around a few side streets to see if there might be viable lunch food options about. This is when I discovered Telly’s Heros, a tiny, hole-in-the wall storefront sandwich place where I purchased a fresh turkey hero with provolone (added 25 cents to the price), lettuce, tomato and onion (because I’m not going to be kissing anybody today) and mayo on delicious soft hero bread for only…$4.00! Wow, what bargain! Adding a Snapple Peach iced tea brought my total to only $5.50 – about $2.00 less than you’d pay at a Subway if you could even find one around this ghost town.
Telly’s Heros and Sandwiches is located at 99 Greene St (one block off Montgomery), in lovely downtown Jersey City. Update: Sadly, Telly’s closed its doors permanently in 2013.