Saturday, February 19, 2011

Inner City Pressure!

That's right. This is how we do *bitches*.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

On vacay

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hi ya!

So, how's it going? How have you been? I haven't seen you in sooo long. Yes, I've been absent from the blog for quite some time. Well after much laziness (ha ha) and feeling pretty uninspired, I'm back! Here starts my fall journal, available in paper and electronic form. It was originally supposed to be a summer journal, dedicated to the season that I love most. Then I thought hey, why not see what another season has to offer. I already have a crush on spring. I can't love winter. I just can't, and trust me I've tried. I need attention, and winter just can't be bothered. That leaves fall, yes, yes. So here it is, my effort to fall for fall.

My fall journal starts with Spuyten Duyvil, a wonderful Brooklyn bar with which I have a bit of history. They've expanded their garden area! Good thing I found this out just in time for the END of summer. Yess! Well I can always go freeze my ass off, wait this isn't winter, chill my ass off while I get to know my new friend fall. Oi!

The garden is where I found this little sculpture. I'm not sure what it means. I don't know why it's there, and personally I like my white men a bit larger, but fun was had by all.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Father of Street Photography

Before there was reality TV and the Sartorialist, Henri Cartier-Bresson roamed the globe photographing candid scenes of people in their daily lives. He gave people a glimpse of human diversity and became the father of photojournalism, eat your heart out, National Geographic!!MOMA is honoring him again; his last show there was in 1947, with a retrospective of over 300 photographs detailing a visual map of his trek around the world. Photos from India and Indonesian, the Chinese revolution, Gandhi’s funeral, postwar in the US, old cultures in Europe as well as portraits of iconic figures in the mid 20th century are all included in the show. I can't help but wrap my head around what it is that I love so dearly about his photography, it is a magical balance between subject matter and composition and appeals greatly to our fascination with travel. The show is a must see this summer!

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

Remember when you were in college and your walls were covered in blacklight posters and you spent all your time in there playing video games and doing mad drugs? Yeah, me neither, but if that past had been my reality, the Faile & Bäst Deluxx Fluxx Arcade would evoke flashbacks fo' sho!

Brooklyn-based duo Faile and collaborator Bäst have taken over a store front on Allen Street in the LES and transformed it into a classic video game arcade. The installation is complete with a change machine that dispenses tokens which you can insert into the games to obtain special screens.

This show is a lot of fun because for once, instead of not being allowed to touch the art, you're encouraged to interact with the machines and pushing their buttons often results in hilarity. I was particularly amused by a game that allowed me to turn the Eiffel Tower into a mushroom, back into the Eiffel Tower, back into a mushroom again and so on.

The Deluxx Fluxx Arcade will be open to the public until May 27. I would recommend visiting at night as the neon light bars on the front windows probably don't look as cool in the daytime. Check out some photos below.

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Shepard Fairey's May Day

Shepard Fairey has been making a lot of noise around town the past few weeks. First there was the mural on Houston, which may or may not be legal, then the Obey popup store, all leading up to the sonic boom that was his May Day opening at Deitch Projects last night, the gallery's final exhibition.

When we arrived shortly after six, the horde of eager fans outside Wooster Street had already wrapped itself the length of the block on Grand Street and beyond. Our friends had just given up their spot in line but we convinced them to get back in and let us join them further up. We took advice from the guy behind us in our original spot and grabbed some beers and brown paper bags from a nearby bodega to soften the realization that we were going to be there for a while.

An hour and a half later, we found ourselves inside the immense space with limited edition signed prints in hand. Hundreds of Fairey-stylized images of iconic figures lined three of the walls with a replica of the Houston Street mural filling the back wall. I freaked out a little upon spotting the Macklovitch brothers, A-Trak and Chromeo's Dave 1 at the opening.

May Day will be up all month until May 29 so be sure to check it out and say a proper goodbye to Deitch as well. Check out my pictures from the show below.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stop the press - Banksy's married!

And that's about the only thing you'll learn about him upon seeing "Exit Through the Gift Shop," aka the Banksy documentary that hits theaters this Friday.

The film, directed by Banksy, isn't so much focused on the notorious mystery artist, but rather French filmmaker/"artist", Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash - a monster created by Banksy and a perplexing piece of living art which the art community has mixed feelings about.

What I enjoyed most was the footage of artists like Shepard Fairey printing out and piecing together his artwork at Kinko's and Invader, Guetta's cousin, plastering his mosaics onto the streets of France in the middle of the night.

Banksy himself appears in front of the camera, his face hidden inside a dark hoodie and his voice disguised by a voice box. He comes off as somewhat of a mischievous and humorous Darth Vader. You only get to see his hands as he works (which is where I spotted the wedding ring.)

This film was the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time while also being inspiring and thought provoking. Run, don't walk to the theatre to take it all in the minute it's out.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How I love thee!

His genuis lives on . . .
Lee A. McQueen 1969-2010

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Monday, March 1, 2010

NG Solving My Identity Crisis: Part I

While perusing fabulous jobs at National Geographic, I stumbled upon a project they are working on with IBM involving genetics, migration and DNA testing. The project involves mapping migration patterns of the human species through DNA testing and the call was for traditional, indigenous and original peoples to participate. Obviously, I jumped on board (see DNA swap testing kit in image!). Scientists for years now have already proven that sequences in all of our DNA can be traced back to Africa, so I'm looking forward to where my peeps went from there, the anticipation is killing me! The idea of giving ethnic groups with no written history a map of where they've lived and travelled is incredible and inspiring and giving me visions for my ph.d thesis! Go here for the Atlas of the human journey and stay tuned for results!

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