Måns Swanberg, the gentleman behind Blacklist Director Pistachios, has just launched the OTO Taco Truck on his Famous OTO website (toy company!), it’s super rad. I’m still particularly won over by the Ice Cream Truck for Cats – so cute.
Check it out www.famousoto.com
There has been a bit of a switcheroo in nature’s appearance. After summery green lushness, more naked trunks dwell decorated with sparse golden glinting leaves. Cascades of these fallen leaves also meander the sidewalks creating colorful imagery over the asphalt. The chill bites your face giving a sunburnt look and does something magical to your hairdo- the cold smoothes it perhaps. Almost like nature is saying “I’ll strip away all the greenery but my weather will make your hair look cool.”
1. ‘SYMPHONY in D MINOR’ from Patrick Gallagher.
Livin’ in the city you experience nature to a lesser extent, but no worries, alternatively there’s a plethora of art and films that allow you to indulge and get your nature fix. Today it’s wet outside so the first piece I’ll include is Symphony in D Minor. It’s an installation where a thunderstorm is experienced indoors, via kinetic sculptures suspended in the air. Visitors can push the suspended tubes to create the sounds of a storm, the tubes glowing with abstract clouds.
2. The second piece emulates more of a spring day due to the colors and sereness. Falling Garden by artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger is an installation of hanging floral delights from the ceiling of very old church in Venice. Visitors get to lie down and stare above at the floating botanical objects. Clearly this is quite a relaxing venture.
3. Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud Cities was exhibited in Berlin a few years ago and consisted of approximately twenty of his biosphere works. The environmental centric works provoke thought on space, place and our relationship with nature. Cloud Cities has a predominantly monochrome color scheme and coupled with its sharp geometrical shapes it evokes a winter wonderland aesthetic.
4. BBC- Planet Earth – Mountains
The Planet Earth TV series is excellent. Grab your hands on the box office set and you can nature binge watch; Mountains, Fresh Water, Ice Worlds, and Seasonal Forests and so forth. Blink away from the screen and you’ll be startled by your urban surroundings.
5. Rounding off this segment honors shall be given to Sir David Attenborough. Absolutely anything Attenborough utterly transports you into the nature sphere. His episodes are captivating with imagery of the rich diversity of animals across the world and their dynamic habitats. Attenborough’s voice is remarkable as narrator on the episodes – I’ve always thought his voice as an alarm clock would be a soothing way to be awakened.
International Flavor Friday
Some beautiful collages are coming from out yonder – Melbourne, Australia. Lillian O’Neil is the artist behind various large transfixing collages that have a reoccurring theme of LOVE.
Moon Lovers, 2013 (104.2 x 389.1cm)
Love Bomb, 2011
Lil is all about true love and passion, the notion of heartbreak and relationships, spilling these into an assemblage of impressionable collages. The collages all consistently have a space feel (stars and the moon kind of space) that aid in evoking the outer world dreaminess and heightened emotional condition one exists in when in the love zone. Sourcing images from old catalogues, photography books, film stills and from other archival materials, Lil draws on her interest of how images massed together, compress time and history.
I recently caught up with Lil while she was in New York and we had a good chat about illogical international romances, sweets (donuts) and the importance of having an evacuation plan on days when the full moon looms above. She boldly rode a bike through Times Square and said she felt “real fear.”
Billy Name: The Silver Age
Currently exhibiting at Milk Gallery is Billy Name – The Silver Age.
As resident photographer of the Warhol Factory, his images are a time capsule/legacy of Factory life and people in all its commotion and haze. We have all seen many of his iconic Factory shots, particularly of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Nico at some point. I’m drawn to this exhibit because it rekindles nostalgia for my teen years when I went through my Warhol Superstar obsession. I ordered any book about Edie Sedgwick, watched Ciao Manhattan far too many times and listened to The Velvet Underground religiously.
Billy Name was attached to the Warhol Factory from 1964 – 1970. In that time he had a short romance with Andy Warhol, helping him set up the Factory and adorning it in silver. Clad only with a camera manual, self-taught Billy Name was able to finesse his skills in the Factory, shooting the superstars while experimenting with composition and lighting. Name lived in the Factory and his darkroom existed in one of the Factory bathrooms. The set up allowed him to catch every essence of Factory life.
Check it out at Milk Gallery until December 7th!
Zabriskie Point’s exploding final scene
I watched Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point” again the other day and remembered how tops the final scene was. The film was made in 1970. Clearly!… It has psychedelic aspects and addresses some elements thematic of the era such as social oppression/change, freedom, heavenly 70′s haircuts and attire. As I mentioned, the final scene gets me every time and receives double love for the Pink Floyd music accompanying it. For me, films that evoke more emotion are winners and this final scene takes you through the brain wave of emotion. In the space of 5 minutes, there’s calm, mystery, eye bulging, stress, passion, dreaminess, bliss and so much more.