The band previously known by nearly half a dozen other names including The Five Sounds, The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, The Jazziacs, and Kool & The Flames, became Kool & The Gang in 1969. That year, they released their first single called “Kool & The Gang” and their self-titled album as well. Continue reading Kool and The Gang Stained Glass Window
At the recent Boutique Design NY (BDNY) show at NYC’s Javits’s Center, I was on the look-out for pieces with a big “Oh, Wow” factor, and this super-colorful, suspended mosaic sculpture by Tennessee-based contemporary artist Dana Jo Cooley did not disappoint. Cooley calls the piece, My Window Your View: A Transfiguration. Here’s the story of how it came together.
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Tomodachi (2020) is the Japanese word for ‘friend.’ This tiny Pink Bulldog‘s friendly appearance is enhanced with a coat of crystals made by Swarovski, an Austrian company that produces crystal glass used in jewelry and optical instruments. Combined with artist David Flores‘ organic contours and intersecting areas of pink and red, the surface of the canine’s body resembles a form of flamboyant camouflage.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style on View Through September 12th, 2021 at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, CA. Find out more about the Exhibit at This Link.
If you’re going to be visiting the Whitney Museum, walking on the High Line, or otherwise spending time in the Meatpacking District, make sure to find your way to Gansevoort Plaza, (located between Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street) to check out a new Public art installation, Bombora House, by Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin. An internationally known sculptor whose work has been featured across NYC, and written about here on The ‘Gig, Fruin’s work can be seen as a celebration of human behavior and everyday life.
“If you really want to understand what makes up the fabric of people and places, you often learn all you need to by looking at the floor,” says Fruin of his approach. Reusing collected fragments of street and retail signage, disposed theater props, plastics and metals, Fruin creates something beautiful from nothing. Fruin refers to this process as “quilting,” whereby discarded items are brought together to create a map of life. With Bombora House, Fruin conveys messages of hope, stability and joy in the sculptural interpretation of a home and a suggestion to look at our surroundings with a fresh perspective.
This set of French Doors was originally installed in the Sedgwick S. Brinsmaid House, one of the earliest examples of Prairie-school architecture in Iowa. The horizontally oriented building, with its stucco-and-wood surface, pierced details, and abundance of geometric leaded glass, relates closely to works by Frank Lloyd Wright. A contemporary of Wright, Arthur Heun began his architectural career in Chicago and was an important member of the Chicago Architectural Club, where he exhibited a design for this house in 1902.
Sash windows, chandeliers, and lanterns were designed en suite with the doors; the distinctive element is the chevron pattern, its angles echoing the broadly projecting gables of the house.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.