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Modern Art Monday Presents: Jasper Johns, Racing Thoughts

Racing Thoughts
Photo By Gail

With it complex accumulation of art historical and personal references, Racing Thoughts (1983)  functions as a kind of symbolic self-portrait. The title refers to a psychological condition in which images and ideas run disjointedly through a person’s mind. Set in the bathroom of John‘s former country house, the running faucet and hanging trousers suggest the artist might be musing in his bath (which, in fact, was the case).

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Hair Metal Salon, Williamsburg

Hair Metal Salon
Photo By Gail

Hair Metal is the best name for a Hair Salon that I’ve seen since Curl Up and Dye, 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 it’s actually on North 6th Street between Bedford and Driggs, in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Fatal Attraction: Photographs By Piotr Uklański at the Met

Lips
All Photos By Gail

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.

Flame

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.

Geese
Swans, Intentionally Blurry

Whereas artists of the 1980s, such as Richard Prince, appropriated such images by rephotographing them to reveal their constructed nature, Uklański remade them, in a manner akin to slightly irreverent cover versions of songs that bring out hidden or repressed aspects of his source material.

Psychedelic Skull and Crossbones

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.

Waterfall

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.”

Sunset

Tulips
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.

Fatal Attraction Signage

Cool Thing of The Day: Light Up Skull Wine Bottle Stopper

Pink Light Up Skull Bottle Stopper

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.

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Skull & Crossbones iPhone 4 Case Set

Graveyard iPhone 4 Case Set
Graveyard iPhone 4 Case Set

Protect the your iPhone 4 in spooky style with the Graveyard phone case. This space-age polycarbonate hard shell and soft silicone inner shell combo sports a stylish Skull and Crossbones design! Perfect for goths on the go!

3-Piece Case Set for Your iPhone 4 and 4S Includes:

  • 2 inner wraps and 1 outer shell
  • Clear access to all ports, buttons, and functions
    Superior impact protection
  • Easy care: simply wash all pieces with soap and water
  • Use just the inner shell for a soft case, or mix and match with the outer shell for extra protection

Available for just $29.95 by clicking through to This Link.

Graveyard iPhone 4 Case Set 3

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