Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kawai-i-des! Cute kitsch!

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My New Art

A touch of Nicaragua right here on 23rd & Eighth...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Great American Soup!

1970 commercial for The Great American Soup featuring Ann Miller. Reminiscent of 1930s musical production numbers by Busby Berkeley. Conceived and directed by Stan Freberg, music by The Billy May Orchestra, featuring Dave Willock as the husband. Budgeted at $154K, the commercial took over four weeks to produce. It was the most expensive TV advertisement ever produced up to that point. While fondly remembered it didn't help sell much soup.

Thanks to Jesse Archer for the inspiration

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Pretty In Pink

I love 'restacking' brightly colored party napkins...

I learned last week that earplugs have
gender... I couldn't resist..

Girly protection against excessive decibels....

Think Pink! I think my favorite colors are pinks and purples. Also blues, especially sky and aquamarine hues...


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Deena!

A photographic salute to my very cool sister!

Deena at a surprise birthday dinner for our Mom...
summer 2006 009

Deena and I go WAY back.... Here we are absorbed by Saturday morning cartoons in early 1967...

Very early Deena photo...

Here we are, the Holsberg siblings immortalized in art...

We rode through Central Park in a carriage last October...

Back in Summer 2006, in the Chelsea night...
summer 2006 321

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grand Opening II

The other exhibit whose debut I saw last Friday with David and Daniel was MARS-1's 'Nuclear Mystic,' which manages to be psychedelic, busy and a bit too precious : - )  Like Nouar, it runs through March 21 at Jonathan LeVine, 529 W 20th 9th floor-E, btw 10th & 11th. 

...and vaguely vaginal.... MARS-1 is the monicker chosen by Mario Martinez, who aims for 'urban-Gothic, sci-fi abstracted, quasi-organic form... like the sentient ocean of 'Solaris'

I rather
prefer his 'sculptures,' including this grey town worthy of a Tim Burton animation...

...these spacemen sculptures also caught my fancy...

Refreshments resting with a cactus leaf... ...and a gaggle of artworld-istas converge around the non-luxuriant refreshments..

Speaking of Solaris, here's three minutes from that Russian classic by Tarkovsky.. a scientist's dead wife brought to life by a sentient ocean...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Grand Opening I

This past Friday night I went to a gallery opening with David - his friend Daniel is the manager there. There are two shows opening there, today we look at 'Nouar - You Look Good Enough To Eat!.'   It runs through March 21 at Jonathan LeVine on the ninth floor of 529 W 20th St, between 10th & 11th...

Nouar's art is inspired by illustrations of early 1900s children's books (ie Oz series) and of commercial drawings.
Her focus is anthropomorphic food, (ie human form and features on something not human - I learned this word from an article on the cartooon 'Underdog'),


It's the lemonade parade! The pink frame is kind of groovy...

Holy Octuplets!

This, clearly, was not a meat industry advertisement... : - )


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Quirky Critically-Cuddled Collective

...Time to party like it's 2009.... Today's Song of the Week is the first to arrive copyright® 2009, released in January to critical acclaim, though certainly recorded in 2008... It's the ethereal but meaty 'My Girls' by Animal Collective, the avant garde combo from Baltimore that grabbed music critics' attention in 2003 and never let it go. Their new CD is not only their highest-quality yet, but their most accessible, instantly likeable work, a welcome surprise from a group known for challenging forays combining indie rock, neo-psychedelia, 'freak folk,' 'noise pop', and experimental (i.e., enough to scare the be-Jesus out of a casual music listener..)... Not this time! Just watch and listen to 'My Girls, '  a visually stunning animated clip...

The group members have funny, funky pseudonyms - Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist - they are pictured left.... The foursome have been friends since grade school in Baltimore County... They wanted to call themselves 'Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist' but their record company begged them to choose something more unifying and less long-winded, some they chose Animal Collective, a tribute to their old label Animal Records.. Avey Tare comes from 'tearin'g apart the name Davey. Geologist is named for the headlamp he wears to see the electronics during their live shows..... Their musical work defies description, but their videos are always artsy and worth watching...

Here's 'Peacebone'....

and here's 'Fireworks..'

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thomas & Vagner are back from São Paulo (to Buenos Aires). Take a gander at his blog for some noteworthy snapshots thereof..  The contrasts in this Osasco photo are rather brilliant...

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I'm eating one of Murray's Bagels' new 'health bagels' for lunch. It's pretty decent... says BlogScoop: "It had the right chewiness and a wonderful nuttiness, without the dryness that many whole wheat or grain bagels have." I wonder how many calories less it is.. They say a bagel has more calories than a muffin... grrr...

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Merlot and Matzoh Ball

G'mrng. Slowly regaining consciousness here :-)
Last night saw folk-rockers Noah and the Whale in deepest Williamsburg with Christi, more on that later today. About to shower up and help carry six outsize pillows to the needy. I'm feeling ever better, but on, Friday, I truly needed both Merlot and Matzoh Ball Soup... I think the diner's green neon sign is reflected in the soup. Those hands are part of my friend David.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Abrahack Lincbama

Camera in hand, back in business!  I saw this arresting composite of our
16th and 44th Presidents last night in the kitchen of Jonathan LeVine art gallery on W 20th in between 10th & 11th. It's one of a series of Obama/Lincoln blends that gradually shift from all Obama to all Lincoln..

It's crispy outside but sunny.
I'm feeling mostly better. I ate this plate clean last night, an above-average tasting heaping serving of diner barbecued chicken..

Here's a close-up of the same... Glittery, ain't it..

A boy needs his vegetables, you know... Again, rather splendiferously fresh for diner fare...

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Well, I got my memory! So Aaron the Photographer is back... I'll have photos from last night shortly - went to a diner & a gallery opening with David, and froze my artiste butt off get snapping panoramic nighttime views from the 11th floor roof deck while others smoked...

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Friday, February 20, 2009

great. left iPhone at work. iHope. iDon't know what iTemperature it is..

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ok, just managed to step on my expensive glasses, break them, and wound my naked left foot (superficially). we're off to great start today.. :-)   well, at least this will make my favorite 15-year old laugh....

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If I Had A Camera...

...or if my memory arrived today, and could use the Sony CyberShot DSC-T77 I picked up Sunday... If I Had A Camera.....

I'd camera in the moooooooorning
I'd camera in the eeeeeeeeveniiiiiiiing
All over this laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

And so on... in the mood for another folk classic?

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Juan Domingo

From Thomas' blog, from the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, it's Perón himself.
Will I, like him, rise from the ashes mañana after a week of toil and ear wars? For the answer to these and other questions, tune in tomorrow. 

Same Bat-time. Same Bat-channel.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm Better, and It's Snowing

My junior colleague Mr. Wiske points out that it's very rainy snow. My ear is no longer hurting or stuffed up, I think, cross my fingers and toes...

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Meanwhile, Down in Paraná...

Thomas and Vagner took the 35 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires to São Paulo... 

When they crossed the border into Parana state, they didn't wait long to have Vagner's favorite snack, a coxinha (co-shee-nya), which is minced chicken and spices buried in wheat flour batter and deep fried... it means 'little thigh'.

The whiter snack is their cheese bread, or Pão de Queijo and Skol is a popular beer. Thomas' photography is a joy and you should check both his blogs, professional and personal, at least once a week, for a visual treat...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Publication going out... Ear trouble coming in...  I worked 12 hours straight to put the monster together for publishing tomorrow. with a blue rubber stop in my right ear to protect it. I like rubber stops - I'll have to order a whole series of colors... : - )  Time to go lie down & relax.  Cheers...

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Self-explanatory. From Lisbon, via the blog of my good friend Milton, who's studying in Barcelona...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

There's No Need To Fear...

No, Underdog is not here... : - ) When I e-mailed this week's song, 'House Jam,' I abbreviated its creators, delightful and highly respected indie artists Gang Gang Dance, as 'GGD,' - I didn't want to scare my casual fan with images of pounding club music, which Gang Gang Dance most certainly isn't. With it's odd melody-driven midtempo ambient groove, this is certainly music for listening to... The group, oddly, calls their sweet, swaying sound 'neo-tribal' or 'neo-primitivist,' and some of the chanting and instrumentation elsewhere on the album do add a touch of those elements...

You must watch this clip from Tokyo of the Gang delivering an awesome live performance of 'Jam'...  it's smooth as East Asian silk...

We don't know much about GGD, except that they're Manhattan-based, record on The Social Registry records and tapes, and have played well-received warm-up shows to celebrated avant garde and electronica artists such as TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, and Architecture in Helsinki...

I discovered them when I surveyed music critics' best-of-2008 lists over Xmas break...

Here's a little 3-minute modern dance performance art that GGD soundtracked...

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Sunday, February 15, 2009


...today will be the day I replace my broken camera...

Me at MOMA at the Head of the Month...

...a month ago I had this awesome salad made to order at Whole Foods on Houston St, after seeing 'Waltz With Bashir' with David..
It contained caramalized onions, seaweed salad, spinach leaves, and many other goodies...

Did you floss today? (presuming you have teeth..) from MOMA...

...but I like you just the way you are!


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SOTW Mirah

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

well I'm still sick, but it's sunny and warm out...  and I'm not going to hide indoors for 3 days...  no-sir-ee....

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I Flatter Myself

To think my readers will take six minutes from their busy day to watch an animated short just because I think it's kinda purrty..  From Russia with love, it's 'Wind Along The Coast' from 2003 by Ivan Maximov,,,

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Well, I'm going into the 3-day weekend with my massive publication nearly done, but I was unable to shake the ear/throat bug.. Thus, two holiday weekends in a row spent nursing myself back to health...  Leaving out the foul language, nothing further to say on that topic...   It'll be nice to catch up on my audio-reading and Netflix, though...

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Two weeks ago I visited MOMA with Erik and photographed a whole lotta art...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

In Hoc Signo Vinces

I read this phrase in 'A Child's History of the World,' in the East Meadow Public Library, as a lad..

It's an old latin motto 'In this sign you shall conquer' - details here

Much later, New York magazine had a contest for the best incorrectly translated foreign expression. This was translated as 'Vinnie pawned his ring.' :-) 

In the same issue, 'Hava Nagila' was mis-translated as 'the lizard's on me....'

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feeling pretty sick this week, how strange and unexpected....

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The Splendor Below

Mexico City: Aerial view of The Palace of Fine Arts, one of the city's wonders. The building is famous for both its extravagant Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and its murals by Mexican muralists masters Rivera, Tamayo, Siqueiros, and Orozco. This was taken by my friends Joost and Ronald from Netherlands in 2006. Joost's travel albums are very good! You can slideshow them for yourself on his Picassa page.

Here's Joost in Cuba four months ago. He can travel there legally! With Obama in office, soon maybe I'll one day do the same!

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