Laying in the bathtub one day, Jasper Johns contemplated what he described as a series of images that ran “through my head without any connectedness that I could see.” Racing Thoughts (1983) contains elements of this scene, such as the hanging khaki pants and running faucet. It also features the subjects of John’s musings, including a puzzle-portrait of his longtime dealer, Leo Castelli, a pot by ceramicist George Ohr, a lithograph by Barnett Newman, and reproduction of the Mona Lisa— all influences on John’s artistic development.
By arranging these images in this way, seemingly affixed to the faux-wood-grain background with trompe l’oeil tape, thumbtacks and a protruding nail, he links them to his career-long preoccupation with illusionism and ambiguity. Disparate though the composition’s elements may be, they are united by a complex web of art historical and personal associations that conjure an image of the artist himself.
Hair Metal is the best name for a Hair Salon that I’ve seen since Curl Up and Dye,a hair salon in Peachtree city GA and they appear to have pretty great reviews on Yelp as well! We especially love the open scissors used in the Skull and Cross Bones logo. Metal!
Hair Metal is officially located at 578 Driggs Ave. but its really on North 6th Street between Bedford and Driggs, in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211.
During our most recent Art Safari to the vast and spectacular Met, we were thrilled by Fatal Attraction, an exhibit of photography from the New York–based artist Piotr Uklański (born Poland, 1968). This exhibition, the first to survey Uklański’s photography, locates his work with the camera at the center of his artistic practice. Reveling in moribund or marginal artistic languages from a position at once ironic and sincere, the artist simultaneously subverts and pays homage to defunct modes of expression.
Uklański’s underappreciated yet historically significant series The Joy of Photography (1997–2007) explores clichés of popular photography using the kitschy subjects and hackneyed effects of Eastman Kodak’s how-to manual for the serious amateur.
Swans, Intentionally Blurry
Whereas artists of the 1980s, such as Richard Prince, appropriated such images by rephotographing them to reveal their constructed nature, Uklańskiremade them, in a manner akin to slightly irreverent cover versions of songs that bring out hidden or repressed aspects of his source material.
In this way, the artist both acknowledges appropriation’s endgame — that there are no new pictures under the sun — while creating a space for the creation of new works.
As an example, here is a blurb from the exhibit that accompanies this photograph of a Waterfall.
“As a photographic subject, the waterfall is so ubiquitous that it is invisible – a natural form that has been subsumed into an image via millions of snapshot mementos, postcards, and artistic renderings. Instead of looking for the impossible – a “new” picture of a waterfall – Uklanski presents the viewer with a dutifully exact representation of the camera’s capabilities as prescribed by Eastman Kodak – until the 1980s, as powerful a shaper of how Americans saw the world as Disney or any presidency. In conflating the roles of the amateur, professional and fine artist, Uklanski was also commenting, ironically – from a European perspective – on how Americans can turn even leisure activities into forms of work and self-improvement.”
Tulips, Intentionally Blurry
Fatal Attraction: Photographs by Piotr Uklański, will be on Exhibit Through August 16th, 2015 in Gallery 851, 2nd Floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Located at 1000 Fifth Ave at 81st Street, New York, NY.
Oh, my. This visually compelling wine bottle stopper combines three of my favorite things: drinking, skulls and the color pink! I am buying one right now, and you should, too. Because Halloween is closer than you think!
Light Up Skull Bottle Stopper Details:
Metal bottle stopper with an engraved skull top
Skull lights up with LED light (battery included)
Multi-color LED light cycles through various colors
Fits most wine bottles – rubber ring provides a tight seal
Size: 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
If pink is not your color, don’t freak out: this rad wine bottle stopper actually cycles through the spectrum, making it multi-colored.
OK, I know there are some recovering Goth parents out there who will think this baby bedding linen set adorned with little skull & crossbones designs is just the coolest thing in the world for their new baby’s crib! Visit Sinin’ Linen for more detailed photos, pricing (very reasonable!) and purchasing info!
Okay, you’ve officially got a full month to shop for Halloween, but you should probably get started early, because here are ten hot items shaped like the Skull & Crossbones – such a popular design year-round, really – that everyone will want to own, whether to plan the perfect Halloween Haunt or to just to live your life like everyday is Halloween!
These shoes may be more in style for the fall, but at this point that’s just a few weeks away. The seasonal change will likely have arrived by the time you can get your very own pair of these very rad Skull & Crossbones Pumps delivered to your doorstep. They’re on sale for just $23.02 (includes all kinds of discounts and free shipping) over at Endless Dot Com. What a Bargain!