Tag Archive | Teddy Bear

World’s Largest Rilakkumo Plush Bear

Giant Rilakkuma Plush Bear
Photo By Gail

Do you fantasize  about owning a Plush Bear that’s as tall as, and likely (hopefully) much, much rounder than you are? If so, then your search is over, and all you need to make that dream a reality is 1,300 American dollars! Here’s what I can tell you about the World’s Largest Rilakkuma Plush:

“Brought to you by San-X Japan, Rilakkuma is loved for his cuddly cuteness and tendency to to be lazy. Rilakkuma is big in Japan, big in America, and now . . . BIG in your house! This gigantic jumbo plush measures in at 6 feet tall and weighs 24 lbs. He’s so big, you could probably just use him as a chair. But if not, he definitely makes the comfiest BFF ever. Includes signature zipper and blue polka dot material inside.”

$1,300 you say? I say: worth it.

Spotted in It’s Sugar on Broadway in Downtown NYC.

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Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion (Seventh Nightmare) at Kianga Ellis Projects

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion Teddy Bear
Does This Teddy Bear Remind You Of Anything? (All Photos By Gail)

If you pay attention to global pop culture, then you’ve probably heard of the Japanese Harajuku style and Kawaii (Cuteness) culture, where the adorable has an undercurrent of rebellious edge. For just a short time you can immerse yourself in a kind of Cuteness Overload at Tokyo-based Artist and Fashion Designer Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion (Seventh Nightmare) installation, through March 29th only at Kianga Ellis Projects. Geoffrey and I paid the space a visit yesterday and it was positively disorienting.

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion
Detail of Walls and Ceiling

According to the Artist’s statement, Masuda has, “created this work as if I was writing my own autobiography.” The small room (about 150 SF), covered on all sides with the collage of multicolored material speaks to his different reflections on “the various mortal sins I have committed, or to which I have fallen prey, through my life thus far.”

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The only props in the room besides the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling ocean of multicolored brick-a-brack is a twin size bed, which evokes the feeling that you are entering child’s fantasy bedroom.

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion

Since the space is so small, it gets crowded with, say, more that five people in the gallery at one time, especially of you are trying to get photos that show a good section of the space. But fortunately, people were being very courteous about waiting out in the hall of it got too crowded, since many visitors (including several Asian girls dressed in their full-0n Harajuku Babydoll Lolita fashions) wanted to get their photos taken against the colorful backgrounds. And who could blame them?

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Details of Colorful Rebellion

You probably won’t see another exhibit quite like this again in your life, so if this seems like your thing, don’t waste any time in checking it out.

Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion is on Exhibit only through through March 29th at Kianga Ellis Projects, Located at 516 West 25th Street, Studio 306B (when you get to the Third Floor Landing, walk through the door marked “3” and the exhibit is down the hall on the right) in the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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Desire Obtain Cherish: We Are Known By The Company We Keep at Unix Gallery

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All Photos By Gail

If the new standard of originality in the arts is based on how cleverly you appropriate and reinvent images and ideas from other well known sources, then LA based pop art sculptor known as Desire Obtain Cherish (real name Jonathan Paul) is a genius. We Are Known By The Company We Keep is his new solo show at Unix Gallery, and it is a mind blower.

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Some kind of Blow Up Sex Doll Thing

Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) works across a wide variety of different media to create art that both validates and critiques the cycle of consumerism alluded to in his pseudonym. His controversial and self aware work combines pop, street, conceptual and appropriation art to explore contemporary society’s unrelenting obsession with sex, drugs, luxury, media and fame.

Here are some of our favorite works from the show.

Stuffed Honey Bear Beehive

Giant stuffed Bear Shaped Like a Beehive fills the center of the Gallery’s front room.

Hirst Spot Painting Wrapped Candy

Wrapped Candy Sculpture inspred by Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings.

Warhol Mondrian Pollack Homage

This series of conjoined canvases pays homage to Warhol, Mondrian and Pollack.

Intensive Care Units Cabinet

Intensive Care Units is an ornate display cabinet filled with rows of silver and gilt-accented “blood bags,” each of which is embossed with the name and logo of a famous designer brand.

Blood Bag Close Up
Designer Blood Bags Close Up

Metallic Lollipop Sculpture

DOC has done his Meltdown Blow Pop sculptures like these for other exhibits, but this one appears to be a direct reference to the factory-made works of Jeff Koons.

Obviously, there are many, many layers of thought and meaning behind each work, which made it even more hilarious that one woman followed me around the exhibit repeating the phrase “I Don’t Get It” over and over.

We Are Known By The Company We Keep by Desire Obtain Cherish will be on view through May 6th, 2014 at UNIX Gallery, Located at 532 W 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Breaking Bad Pink Teddy Bear Cake

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Breaking Bad fans will flip over this slightly singed, one-eyed pink Teddy Bear Cake, which any avid viewer of the show will recognize as a reoccurring thematic prop from season two and the key object that fell from the crashed plane into Walter White’s swimming pool. Created by Redditor Hollyicing, details of the cake are below:

It’s a variation of a madeira cake that’s lemon and passion fruit flavour with passion fruit butter icing and stacked using home made passion fruit and lemon jam. Three layers were stacked, then sculped into before I did a crumb layer of icing and then piped the butter icing on top. The eye ball was going to be a gob stopper but I couldn’t get a plain white one in the right size so lumped for a ball of white marzipan. The whole thing was splashed with black food dye and then burnt a bit to give it that burnt bear look (and also because I like burning things).

She did a great job, didn’t she?

Thanks to Neatorama For The Tip!

Ten Cool Things I Saw at the Huntington Library

Huntington Library Flamingo Signage
Huntington Library Signage Featuring Original Audubon Drawing

The Huntington Library, contrary to what you might deduce from its rather literal name, is a former private estate property located in San Marino, California that now hosts a vast and mind blowing art collection and multiple, unique botanical gardens and sculpture collections, in addition to housing one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States. Seriously, the place is amazing. You could spend an entire day there and not get bored.

I spent an afternoon at the Huntington Library this past December and had the best time. Here are some photos I took to give you an idea of what you might see if you decide to visit.

Huntington Library Pinkie
Pinkie By Thomas Lawrence (1794)

Much of the Library’s collection of paintings centers around 18th-century English portraiture. Pinkie, one of the most famous paintings of its time, hangs directly across the room from Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. It is really hard to avoid being moved by their beauty and profound emotional pull.

Huntington Library Blue Boy
Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough

Huntington Library Art Nouveau Lighting

Many of the interior furnishings and fixtures in the main house/gallery remain from the time it was inhabited by its original owners, Henry and Arabella Huntington. You can see from the above light fixture that they had exquisite taste.

Huntington Library Pink Ceramics Case

Mrs. Huntington was a dedicated collector of fine hand-painted china. There are several large rooms entirely devoted to showcasing her collection.

Huntington Library Mother of Pearl Inlay

Because the Huntingtons were ridiculously wealthy, they traveled the world and added pieces to their collection from the countries they visited. The chest that flaunts this insanely ornate Mother of Pearl inlaid design is from Japan.

Huntington Library Main House from Marble Statue Garden

The pristinely landscaped grounds leading up to the main house and gallery are flanked by a remarkably gorgeous marble statue garden. Yes, rich people really used to live this way.

Huntington Library Marble Statue Gazebo

Huntington Library Marble Statue Fountain

I love this large fountain, which bookends the sculpture garden.

Huntington Library Rainforest Dome

It should not surprise anyone that the Library grounds are home to an indoor Rainforest.

Huntington Library Japanese Garden Lake

They also have a huge Japanese Garden which features a large pond, statues, sculptures, a tea house, bridges and topiary.

Huntington Library Teddy Bear Topiary

Huntington Library Warhol Brillo Boxes

Last but not least, there is small collection of Contemporary Art which includes pieces by some of my favorite artists, such as Andy Warhol, bringing the historical art experience full circle.

The Huntington Library Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. Phone (626)405-2100 or visit their Website for hours and admission information.