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Kaleidoscopic Watertower by Tom Fruin

8 Jun

‘watertower’ by tom fruin, 2012
found plexiglas, steel, bolts
25 x 10 x 10 feet
images by robert banat courtesy the artist

picturing the piece at the sun plays over its surface

Tom fruin has unveiled his newest kaleidoscopic structural installation ‘watertower’ as the premiere work completed in the united states for his series ‘icon‘. the brooklyn artist has built a 25 by 10 foot tall water tank formed from nearly 1,000 colorful salvaged plexiglass pieces gathered from all over NYC. the work has been constructed atop building 20 jay street, near the east river waterfront in brooklyn. The glittering sculpture is illuminated by natural light during the day, while from sunset to sunrise an ardunio-controlled light show, designed by Ryan Holsopple, is conducted inside the work. ‘watertower’ is visible to any person with a clear view of the dumbo, brooklyn, NYC skyline. the illuminated, colored glass work will be on show from june 7th, 2012, remaining on exhibition until the following june.


Meat balloons by ODL

3 Jun

“At the japan premium beef storefront, chicago-based design studio ODL (object design league) have created a meat-themed installation of their ‘balloon factory’, with balloons that take the form of sausages and steak cuts. The installation was curated by sight unseen as part of the NoHo design district during new york design week.

The ODL team creates their own balloon formers, which are primed with soap before being dipped into latex. The thin coat of rubber that adheres to the surface becomes the actual balloon. while it is still wet, latex colours can be mixed or the balloon can be hand-painted to achieve various visual effects. once dry the rubber is leached and vulcanized to be strengthened for inflating. in all, each balloon takes about three hours to produce.

The meat balloons at japan premium beef are shaped like sausages and different cuts of steak: porterhouse, flank, filet mignon, and T-bone. all use an initial clear latex, dripped with red, pink, and brown. steven haulenbeek, caroline linder, Michael Savona, and lisa smith of ODL left some pieces on butcher trays in the store window, while others they inflated, tied with twine, and twisted together to hang.

ODL explains: ‘this iteration extends the original ‘balloon factory’ project and carries a strong reference to the intricate fake food prevalent in restaurant windows in japan.’ A limited edition run of 40 meat balloons are available for sale at the ODL web shop“.


Cut-and-paste religious rewritings by Meg Hitchcock-steger

3 Jun

‘the satanic verses: ‘repentance’ from the koran’ by meg hitchcock, 2012
letters cut from ‘the satanic verses’ by salman rushdie
21″ x 19

Brooklyn, new york artist meg hitchcock weaves together spiritual traditions by cutting away from religious texts letter by letter, then placing these characters by hand in a swirling combination of characters creating the words of other holy books. hitchcock was raised as a fundamentalist christian and now does not identify with religious learnings. Through her work, the artist celebrates all religions and the human need for transcendence– to reach outside of oneself for a connectedness with ‘the other’. through her works hitchcock feels she honors this timeless urge in humanity by uniting various faith systems through art, raising both religions by making art from their only actualized form. the artist says of her work, ‘I incorporate and ‘cross-pollinate’ the sacred writings of all spiritual traditions, suggesting that all religions derive from the same source, and are sustained in the same unwavering faith.’

‘In ‘the satanic verses: ‘repentance’ from the koran cut from ‘the satanic verses’ by salman rushdie’, I recreated a chapter from the koran called ‘repentance’ by cutting letters from ‘the satanic verses’, the novel by salman rushdie. by reconfiguring the letters of this controversial novel into a passage from the koran, I seek to bring restitution to the original offense. it is not my place to speculate whether mr. rushdie regrets or seeks repentance for producing his novel; my intention with this text drawing is to address the issue of religious intolerance and extremism under which he and others have greatly suffered’. -hitchcock speaks to ‘the satanic verses’

‘throne: the book of revelation’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
44.5″ x 30″

milk and honey: ‘michael row the boat ashore”, 2012
letters cut from the bhagavad gita
40″ x 26″

‘prayer to lakshmi’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
4″ x 4″

‘I am the oblation: bhagavad gita, ch. 9’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
12″ x 12″

buddhist prayer for peace’, 2012
letters cut from the methodist hymnal
7 x 5 in.


Charging gadgets with solar-powered urban infrastructure

18 May

“The ‘street charge’ concept takes into account the changing urban environment and our social need to stay connected at all times via our smartphones or androids. the simple intervention, developed by brooklyn-based studio PENSA! looks to harness the potential of our current street infrastructure as a platform in which to power-up our mobiles and other portable gadgets;
it makes use of what already exists, rather than considering that additional systems be installed on our sidewalks. PENSA!’s design would utilize photovoltaic cells to charge the integrated LED lighting and storage battery housed within the channel of sign structures. attached would be a shelf and bench, offering a so-called ‘rest stop’ for individuals to take a moment to read an e-mail or text a friend while giving their device a quick re-charge”.


The New York Times Tribute to Maurice Sendak

15 May

So, Maurice: Wish you could’ve been here for the outpouring of deserved affection that coursed through the media when you split. If there’s anything to this posterity thing, you’re with us through your work as fully as Laurel and Hardy or your beloved Mozart … so why do I miss you so?
The author, most recently, of “MetaMaus.” A traveling retrospective of his work, “Co-Mix,” is at the Pompidou Center in Paris until May 21.

For Maurice: I visited Maurice last summer. It was joy and bliss under the pine trees. Cajoling the past and blasting the present — both roaring, eyes weepy, giving our emotions a free range of expressions. Maurice is now where the wild things are. Ursula Nordstrom, our editor, Edward Gorey, Shel Silverstein and many others are already there, now celebrating his arrival with a big-bang-binge among the restless natives. Feasting on taboos and dancing the mumbo-jumbo under the No No trees. His departure is an invitation! See you later perkolator!
A French-born artist whose books include “The Three Robbers.”

Maurice Sendak’s books were always a bit scary, but the pictures were so controlled that you were kind of reassured. There’d be these really dense bushes with God-knows-what behind them and it was terrifying, but then there’d be a moon, all nicely framed in a hole in the scenery, as if it knew exactly where you were standing and had gotten into position for you, and it wasn’t as scary then.
A Los Angeles-based illustrator whose forthcoming book is “This Is Not My Hat.”

My first exposure to Maurice Sendak was as a child reading “Where the Wild Things Are.” From the first time I saw it I was floored. It was a book about something I loved; it was a book about drawing! For many years it was the high point to aim for when it came to things like hands, feet, claws, crosshatching and bloodshot eyeballs. There was one small thing that Maurice once said in an interview that left a big impression on me. He said that when he started illustrating books, he really could not draw. I am not sure if he was really hard on himself. I get the impression he was. There is something in his drawings that alludes to this angst. Something unsettling. Maurice did not settle for fantastic, he was aiming for something much higher, and deeper.
An artist with a show in London in September at Ivory & Black.

I have always loved Maurice Sendak’s pictures of children in Ruth Krauss’s book “A Hole Is to Dig.” The simple ink drawings are elegant and expressive and amazingly full of character. They helped me learn how to draw kids. Lately, I have learned these even more important things from him: It’s O.K. to break rules. It’s O.K. to be bad. Have the courage not to pull your punches.
An illustrator whose latest book, with his wife, Eileen Rosenthal, is “I’ll Save You Bobo.”

Clemens Behr

19 Mar

Clemens Behr works with recycled materials and basic geometric forms. His abstract installations, composed of cardboard, wood, paint, tape and found materials, often result in subtle confusions between 2D painting and 3D objects”.

NYC Subway 1980’s

10 Mar

Photos by Bruce Davidson



25 Feb

All images from Back in the Days by Jamel Shabazz


Earth Laughs in Flowers by David Lachapelle

2 Feb


David Lachapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers
Fred Torres collaborations, New York City, usa
February 23rd until March 24th, 2012

American photographer David Lachapelle has created ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’, a series consisting of the ten large-scale still life photographs. The collection will be on display at fred torres collaborations in new york city and will be the first exhibition of these works in the united states.

Lachapelle’s installation explores the fragility of society and ideas of vice and vanity through composing his images in a manner typical to that of baroque still life painting. deviating from the inclusion of solely fruit, flowers and sculls, the artist evokes a contemporary sensibility through his use of items such as pre-packaged foods, mobile phones, medicine, balloons, and barbie dolls. rather than being constructed in an especially balanced composition, lachapelle’s massive painterly-like photographs are intentionally chaotic, engaging the viewer as he/she attempt to reconcile the overwhelming canvas.

The artist conceived the title for the exhibition from the poem ‘hamatreya’ by ralph waldo emerson, in which the author explores the notion of flowers being the expression of nature’s hatred of human ignorance and desire to control the earth. subsequently, each work is named according to the cycles of both seasons and life.

‘Where are these men? asleep beneath their grounds:
and strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet,
clear of the grave.’-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilting Gossip

The Lovers

Spring time

Flower Risk

Later Summer

Flaccid Passion

Early Fall

Deathless Winter

Concerning The Soul


BIG architects: Valentine’s Day Sculpture in Times Square

1 Feb

Rendering of the valentine’s day sculpture by BIG Architects
image © bjarke ingels

Danish architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingles Group) behind this year’s large valentine’s day installation situated in New York City’s Duffy Square, at 46th street and broadway.

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