Hey what’s up. I just got home from a very fun cruise to ports in Canada and Maine and enjoyed taking lots of holiday snaps of cool things which I will now share with you on this rad blog in the coming weeks. The Shark Attack Street Sign pictured above was spotted in Lunenburg, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. There were all kinds of different fish depicted on colorful, elevated posts along the streets and they are a pretty cool addition to a very picturesque, historic town.
A cacophonous summary of the grand aspirations and unrest of the late 196os, Robert Rauschenberg’s Signs (1970) was originally commissioned as a cover for Time Magazine. When the collage was rejected by the publication, Rauschenberg turned it into a print “conceived to remind us of the love, terror, and violence of the last 10 years. Danger lies in forgetting.” United States soldiers in Vietnam, peace protestors and the anonymous victim of an urban riot are combined with the images of five public figures, three of them recently murdered: President John F. Kennedy, presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. They are joined by Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, and the singer Janis Joplin, who died from a drug overdose a few months after Signs was made.
Photographed as part of the exhibit Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, at the Museum of Modern Art Through September 17th, 2017.
I was walking on the High Line with Geoffrey when I felt compelled to stop and capture the image of this billboard, seen above, on my camera. It looks like Death Avenue (best name ever) is a brewery/restaurant that (judging from the photo) likely has a good burger and lots fancy beers, if you are into that kind of thing. Check out their menu — and find out the origin of the historic restaurant’s name — at This Link!
I think I can safely say that every single time I’ve stumbled across a cool exhibit at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, located just off 11th Avenue on 20th Street, it’s not only because I’m on my way to a gallery located a bit further east, but because I recognize a piece of art in the window as one I’ve seen at Frieze Art Fair. This indicates that the artists they represent are truly memorable, because Frieze is massive. My point being, I stopped in to Elizabeth Dee on Saturday because I recognized the artwork of John Giorno, who creates text-based paintings of bold, thought provoking slogans originally sourced from poetry that the artist has written, or lines that never made it into a final poem. It’s amazing to see that, at age 79, John Giorno continues to create works that speak so poignantly to a contemporary audience.
In this series, entitled Space Forgets You, Giorno presents his paintings in three different styles: in vibrant, rainbow-hued paints, as pastel water colors, and earth-toned graphite drawings. Although many of the sayings are repeated over the various groups, the method by which each was created definitely affects ones perception of the message.
One gallery room is dedicated to the water colors.
Another displays all of the smaller, graphite drawings.
My favorites in this series are the rainbow colored paintings. This one I’ve seen at Frieze, but done with black paint on a white canvas.
It always gives me great satisfaction to use this phrase, for some reason.
This one is great. It should be on a T-Shirt.
John Giorno’s Space Forgets You will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015, at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Located at 545 West 20th Street at Eleventh Avenue (West Side Highway), in the Chelsea Gallery District.
OK, I’m aware that Frieze Art Fair 2014 ended over two weeks ago, so I know I am little off my game on getting some substantial coverage up on the blog. But I’m a busy girl, so sue me. Last year I posted a selection of photos of my favorite Word Art from Frieze, and there was lots more of that this year, so call this an encore performance. Enjoy!
Judging from the electrical cord hanging off this one, I’d guess it lights up, though it was not lit up at this juncture.
These two seem to go together I think.
This door had a message on the other side as well, but I’ve forgotten what it was.
The images across the letters that spell out “MAGIC” are photos of buildings exploding.
Behold! The new McDonald’s Uniform!
First runner up on the most recent season of Survivor!
Not sure if this is art or an advertisement. Don’t care.
Obviously this is some type of mathematical formula for which there are no wrong answers.
Who Cares What?
Always a good call.
What is it they say, that if you have to talk about it, it probably isn’t that case? Yeah, that.
I have no idea what’s going to happen.
But there will be more Pictures from Frieze 2014, Coming Soon!
If you’re intrigued by the concept of IKEA and Urban Outfitters collaborating with the snarky minds behind The Onion and TrustoCorp, then DISown – Not For Everyone is a new pop up art installation that you might want to check out. DISown – Not For Everyone is an art exhibition posing as a retail store, but the fact that the display racks of hipster work out clothes and attractively arranged shelves featuring designer household objects (Think: Jonathan Adler) looks and feels so familiar that the “joke” (if you even want to call it that) is not necessarily obvious.
That’s likely why they have a huge printed disclaimer displayed at the entrance to the store, in case someone gets offended. Because, though we did get a kick out of last Thursday’s opening reception, like it says, it’s “Not for Everyone.”
Curated by Agatha Wara and DIS Magazine, the exhibition features products / artworks by over 30 contemporary artists and designers, from Ryan Trecartin to Lizzie Fitch, Jon Rafman, Bjarne Melgaard, Amalia Ulman, Hood By Air (HBA) and Telfar. Prices of the times vary from between $50 to $500 — a comment on the new status of the art object. The idea of Consumer Products by Contemporary Artists is not new, but Dis takes the concept into an entirely fresh realm.
Here are a few of our favorite DISown products!
Emma Dakimakura By Jon Rafman: Assorted Emma Watson Body Pillows sell for $400 Each. Now you know what to get for the Harry Potter fan who has everything!
Gay Wedding Ring (gold wedding band embedded in the sole of a sculpted foot) by Simon Fukiwara: $3,500.
Hood By Air (HBA) Salad Bowl
Hot Mic Tie Clip By Francis Carlow: $350.
Whistleblower Beanie/Flower Pot By Jogging: $60 Each. Artist’s Statement: “This series of beanies continues from a photo shoot…where we were able to sneak the names of famous digital whistleblowers into the scene. We are creating an opportunity for people to endorse important countercultural figures, while also pointing to the commercialization of that radical image as a headwear ornament.”
Waterfall Toilet Paper Roll By Nick DeMarco: $150.
Korakrit Arunanondchai Sweatshirt and Sweatpants By Bangkok Boys: $300. Artist’s Statement: “Feel the look of denim on fire with the comfortable, fun, and easy-to-wear BANGKOKBOYS sweatshirt and sweatpants. They’re an easy solution for the problem of not being able to wash and wear clothes that are actually on fire.”
Bungee Gown By DIS (comes with additional colorful Bungee Cord Straps!): $800
Mobile Trashcan and Planter By Lizzie Fitch: $200 each.
And my absolute favorite:
Sneaker Pumps (Artist Unknown).
Surely one of the most appealing and fun aspects of DISown – Not For Everyone is its nearly unmatched ability to inspire limitless discourse of all manner among those attending the exhibit. Even the evening’s hired bartender asked me of I could explain to him “What all this [was] about?” After I gave him the Readers Digest Condensed explanation, that “It’s an art exhibit posing as a retail store,” he sincerely thanked me, adding of his employer, “They just send us to the job. They don’t tell us anything.”
DISown – Not For Everyone at Red Bull Studios, Located at 220 West 18th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues) in Chelsea, will be on exhibit until April 6th, 2014. Public viewing hours are restricted to Saturdays and Sundays -12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, with live discussions and performances every weekend. A list of weekly events can be found at This Link.
Warped humor: I can’t get enough of it. Maybe that’s why I was so smitten by artist / cartoonist David Shrigley’s new exhibit at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled Signs. As the name suggests, the exhibit is comprised of various types of signage – from crude wooden plaques hung just a foot or two from the gallery’s ceiling, to brightly glowing neon, to minimalist slogans painted on the fronts of stuffed toys, to word sculptures and posters resembling eye-charts for the severely myopic, which Shrigley emblazons with quirky sayings just begging to be deciphered. It other words, the show is a sardonic, snarky good time.
Here are a few of our favorite Signs from last Thursday’s opening reception!
If you look at the lower right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a traffic signal affixed to the wall above a tiny doorway. One second before I snapped this photo, one of those tiny little kids walked through the doorway from the other room and smacked his head. Ironic. See what’s written on the opposite side of the “Help Me” sign below.
Signs by David Shrigley is on exhibit now at Anton Kern Gallery, Located at 532 West 20th Street in Manhattan, though February 19, 2013.