Time and Time Again…

November 26, 2008

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With the challenging times, one needs a sense of humor to keep the optimism high and the hope alive.  Or you might give ode to a time when life was all about decadence, debauchery and displays of fabulous-ness.  The 70’s! When Andy Warhol and Studio 54 paved the sidewalks of New York and the world followed. Yet on the other side of the street, Wall Street to be exact, gold spiked to $800.00, Inflation rates were over 14%, OPEC limited the supply of Oil, there were wars in the Middle East and the U.S. economy was a disaster. Hmmm….sound familiar?  We just do not learn do we?  Well, with the sense of humor at hand for a mere £20,000.00 you can purchase these fantastic clocks, installed in 1971, they overlooked The London Stock Exhchange until the mid 90’s.  Retrouvius is the proud holder of the clock collection and while you are at it, spend some more money on their houseware goods, they are fantastic.


You Spin Me Right Round

September 9, 2008

Remember when we were wee young things looking for something to do with long days of sun? A saving grace was the arrival of the county fair. For one long weekend you could get lost in pure amusement and visual stimuli – a real attention grabber was the Spin Art booth. By just squeezing color tubes onto a whirling canvas you became the next Jeff Koons. Bringing your proud new piece home for Mom to paste up on the fridge for all the world to see. London based Illustrator Miles Donovan has taken this to a level of good repute with pop-culture illustrations. Catch his work in The New York Times, The Observer, and Billboard. Keeping the youth alive, he is the man behind PEEPSHOW where you get a view of the showreel and an idea of where he spins his artistic wand.

Brains for Hollywood

September 8, 2008

Hollywood Hill, an organization dedicated to putting Hollywood’s creative players at the forefront of social change, holds their BigBrainBoy’s Mobile Media Summit this weekend. Mobile phone fans will fly in from faraway lands underscoring the power these little communication gadgets have. Mobile apps, mobile games and mobile media roll out their best and brightest new gizmos that facilitate entrepreneurship in its purest form while mobile banking shows how one little phone can feed a nation, sort of. Read the rest of this entry »

Sculptor Philip Simmons’ latest project is a chandelier of golden guns. This giant bit would be one branch.

In a small town in Texas, teachers are packing heat. High schoolers guess which teachers are concealing guns as they make their way through the cafeteria line or head into their classroom. The idea to put guns into teachers’ hands came from a school administration scared of the nearby highway and the distance from the sheriff’s station in town, worried security guards would be quickly taken out while teachers would be helpless to stop a massacre at school. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t you wish you’d held on to that Colt 45 bobblehead you bought for your man at a garage sale? Not only is Colt 45 hipster pop, honing in on Pabst Blue Ribbon at limited open bar events, the bobblehead doll is worth thousands as a collectible. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Eat Art World

June 24, 2008

Frank \Most people attend Art events to hob-nob, drink bubbly, party with the worlds eclectic and they might even discover the next art hero of the era. Frank Fu goes to be a dog. Attending the 52nd Venice Biennale, he left his hotel traveling hand and foot along the walk ways, bridges and ally ways panting his way to Giardini. Equipped with dog collar around his neck with his name inscribed in gold, and a written message on his jacket for all the world to see “I Love Venice Biennale and Venice Biennale Loves Me”, he explored the event from the ground up; literally. Just when you clink your glass, raise your brow and adjust your judgment hat there comes along an artist who breaks the barriers by becoming Mans best friend. Can someone say “ruff ruff”.

In Buenos Aires, when I interview club owners or designers a number of them express a vision of “elegant trash” that they’re looking to project. This video nailed it with the cabaret ho models in the street car-styled tour bus.  Don’t get shook by this strange choice of still from Youtube – this guy is the least attractive thing in the video.

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Wuchess.com launched this week and is the RZA’s latest project, bringing chess fans and Wu fans together.  Finally.

This New York Times video is an interesting meeting of two people of starkly different upbringings hanging out, as the NY Times chess columnist (that’s a job!) and the RZA play chess in a hotel room in Manhattan.  The redheaded stepchild of a reporter is a strange match for the RZA. Read the rest of this entry »

The Party

June 6, 2008

The Party

In Paris, I read a book about a party circa 1920. It had all the glam and trouble of any wild party in a big city but, because it was from the era of my great-grandparents, the drugs and sex were that much more provocative. This photo blog, The Party, has the same title as the French book and evokes the same gawker feel – a biracial, bisexual party in the hairspray 60s/polyester 70s is just so naughty and nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Un-Natural Disaster

April 20, 2008

When Artwise Curators commissioned Troika to create the signature sculpture for the new addition to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. they had no idea the tornado would be so apropos. The recent baggage debacle that has resulted in the resignation of high level staff, has brought a new level of irony to the artwork. Read the rest of this entry »