Tag Archive | Winter

New York City’s First Snow!

At least we don’t have to shovel it! Filmed in the Papyrus Card Store on Broadway and Park Place. Enjoy!

Really Bitchen Winter Group Show at Joseph Gross Gallery

Francesco Locastro Truth In Artifice (Verte En Artifice)
Francesco Lo Castro, Truth In Artifice (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite Chelsea Gallery discoveries of 2015 is the Joseph Gross Gallery, where we got turned on to cool and creative artists like Sebastian Wahl and the ridiculously hot Joseph Grazi, among others.

Erik Otto Take Refuge In The Shining Light
Erik Otto, Take Refuge In The Shining Light

Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, the ladies that work there are super nice and friendly — which we certainly know that is not the case with many galleries — and that makes visiting Joseph Gross a pleasure. Right now, they have a very eclectic Winter Group Show going on where you can see the artworks featured in this post, plus many more!

Take Refuge In The Shining Light Detail
Take Refuge In The Shining Light (Detail)

Even Venega Day Map 1112
Center – Even Venega, Day Map 1112

Erik Otto Distant Memory 01
Erik Otto, Distant Memory 01 (Also seen on the far left in the photo above)

Look how beautiful this one is.

Francesco LoCastro Traversal
Francesco Lo Castro, Traversal

Francesco Lo Castro has a few stand-out pieces in the show. He works with acrylic, spray paint and layered epoxy resin on wood. These pieces have so many visual aspects to them and are quite captivating.

Francesco LoCastro Ubicomp Everyware
Francesco Lo Castro, Ubicomp Everyware

Sean Newport UF Oh Yes
Sean Newport, UF Oh Yes

Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. He has two pieces in the group show that resemble origami, but are actually acrylic on hand-cut poplar wood.

Miniportal 111
Miniportal 111

I love the way his use of color recalls the effect of recessed lighting.

Sergio Garcia, It's Knot A Bike
Sergio Garcia, It’s Knot A Bike

I love this tiny Pink Tricycle and the play on words in its title. Clever!

Victor Solomon Now You Talk 'bout Some Prime Time
Victor Solomon, Now You Talk ’bout Some Prime Time

Anybody wanna shoot some hoops?

Now You Talk 'bout Some Prime Time Detail
Detail from Above Work

Rune Christensen Modern Icon
Rune Christensen, Modern Icon

This painting by Danish graffiti artist Rune Christensen reminds me very much of Paul Insect, whose art I adore.

Joseph Gross Gallery’s Winter Group Show will be up through January 23rd, 2016 at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Illuminated Mexican Restaurant

Pedros Mexican Brooklyn
Photo By Gail

We had quite the snowstorm here in New York on the same day I had to travel to Brooklyn for an Art Opening. Lovely. As much as the snow and wind created an unfortunate commuting experience, it did also make for an opportunity to take some nice photos. Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 73 Jay Street, at the corner of Front Street, is illuminated by exterior lights that change color in rotation, and I stood still just long enough to snap this photo just as the lights were turning Pink! Excellent.

Fun Video: Ithaca Ice Wars Competiton!


Every winter, world class carvers travel to Ithaca, NY to show off their sculpting skills in a national ice carving event known as Ithaca Ice Wars. Sculptors spend an entire day transforming giant blocks of ice into breathtaking pieces of frozen artwork. You can see how the entire town gets involved in the spirit of finding a way to have a good time while freezing your butt off.

The event at which the above video was filmed took place in late December of 2013. So, while it doesn’t get really freezing in Manhattan until at least January, you can see that folks upstate are already finding ways to turn their suffering into wild adventure at least a month ahead of us.

This looks like an amazing event.

Ithaca Ice Wars 2013

Shark Attack Snow Sculpture!

Snow Shark

Shark Attack in the Snow!

Snow Heart

Snow Heart
Photo Courtesy of Ula Einstein

Um, Appropriate?

Skull Snow Sculpture!

Skull Snow Sculpture
Image Source

This awesome Snow Skull was built way back in 2009 by Skull A Day’s Noah Scanlin and his pal Paul Overton of Dudecraft Dot Com. Read about its accidental genesis at This Link!

Update 10/21/19: Dudecraft Dot Com link above delivers a 404 Error that is not resolvable. Such is the way of the Internet.

Mail Box Snowman

Mail Box Snowman

Image Source

This guy looks hungry for Mail!

Tengo Frio

Tengo Frio Snow Car
Photo By Gail

Mad Props to whomever wrote “I Am Cold” in Spanish on this snow-covered car. Spotted on Eldridge Street, LES.

Afterglow: New Works By Jessica Lichtenstein at Gallery nine5

Jessica Lichtenstein Afterglow
All Photos By Gail

Fans of Japanese Anime, Manga and the Superflat school of Pop Art founded by Takashi Murakami won’t want to miss Jessica Lichtenstein’s latest collection, Afterglow, on exhibit now at Gallery nine5 in Soho. Afterglow is the third solo exhibit by the artist at the gallery.

Jessica Lichtenstein Pink Tree
Spring

It’s worth noting that when I first saw photos of Jessica’s work, I assumed I was looking at Asian Landscapes depicting flowering trees. But it only took a cursory look once we were in the gallery to notice that the abundant “blossoms” clustered around the tree branches are actually tiny naked ladies!

Jessica Lichtenstein Pink Detail
Detail from Spring

Known for her large acrylic word sculptures that serve as a playground for frolicking female figures, Lichtenstein  juxtaposes these works with new sculptures that present a contemplative environment for her signature, lascivious heroines. While still examining facets of femininity and fetishism, Afterglow offers an emotional lens through which to examine relationships. According to the show’s press release, the current exhibit at  nine5, “manifests sexuality in a delicate and sensitive way and thus invites the viewer to bask in the ‘afterglow’ of desire.” I would agree with that sentiment, as the show seems more sensual than sexual, and it is also full of humor and playfulness.

Jessica Lichtenstein White
Winter

Jessica Lichtenstein White Detail
Winter Detail

Afterglow features four circular sculptures of the Seasons series that are inspired by nature as a metaphor for the cycle of relationships – pink blossoms bursting from the trees in Spring, or the iced over world of Winter (both pictured above). These works also highlight the tension between the individual vs. the collective. Each girl is poised in a different position and is reacting to the environment, however together the figures unite in a singular image of a tree and its leaves, thus describing the collective strength of women regardless of differences in emotions and reactions.

Jessica Lichtenstein Bliss
Bliss

Alongside the Seasons are Lichtenstein’s word sculptures, which, again in text taken from the Press Release, “toy with the pornographic world of Japanese-inspired comic books. Creating her own imagined fantastical landscapes infused with a highly sexualized environment, Lichtenstein places appropriated heroines in scenes that are reminiscent of Renoir’s, Cezanne’s or Picasso’s “nude bathers”; scenes that harken back to a time of “female as muse.” The works, layered behind a thick buffer of acrylic, take a critical distance from their own content and in fact, beg the viewer to do the same.

Jessica Lichtenstein Wet
Wet

Through this intermediary, the viewer is asked to engage with and question whether Lichtenstein’s characters are depicted solely to satisfy an insatiable male-dominated gaze, or if such a theory is too narrow, neglecting to address the complex nature of women and their agency in terms of sexuality and desirability. To me, it seems much less complicated. I just think her artwork is lovely and fun.

Jessica Lichtenstein Wet Detail
Detail from Wet. Yes, I See Boobs.

Ultimately, you can interpret Jessica Lichtenstein’s works as having a deep socio-sexual resonance, or you can appreciate them as gorgeous, lighthearted and colorful works of Contemporary / Pop Art that also challenge you to think while you look at them.

Jessica Lichtenstein Pop
Pop

Afterglow by Jessica Lichtenstein will be on Exhibit through December 15, 2013 at Gallery nine5, Located at 24 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012.