Sunday, May 8, 2016

4/15/2016 Andy Warhol

I woke up around 11am after last night's late arrival. We got in at about 10:45pm close to 11pm about.  I was tired and went to sleep nearly instantly. Luke's mom works in a co-op, so she has these organic products that she gets for the low in the bathroom. The amount of coconut oil is crazy and the toothpaste is the best I've ever had. Im scared of the price though for the small tube. I wore my denim jacket and had a coffee with a bowl of cereal for breakfast. The RRL Roper jacket I brought was what I wore out and about. Lucas needed some family time for his pop's birthday. While they had this personal time, I took the bus to just before the bridge over to the museum. I walked over this yellow bridge, the Andy Warhol bridge. 

The parking lot had Andy's pop influences such as the Brillo pad label.  I would have taken more photos, but there was so much to take in and so little time. I went in detail reading every description for every exhibit. I didn't know too much about Andy before going here aside from some pop culture references, specifically the repetitive pieces.

I started on the seventh floor, where there was his initial pictures. Andy began in photography and eventually led to drawing and then film and other crafts. He really was a cultural historian. He took photos, created films, painted, and made sculptures. He was very diversified in his skill set. The following was a reproduction of how he made screen tests. I made my own, and then so in the Silver Factory replication.

As the movement towards the bottom by floor, there was less and less produced by Andy. The most memorable and favorite of mine was the time capsules. These were personal artifacts from the time they were dated. Some boxes were about 2ft x 2ft, with about 500 pieces each. The museum arranged them in a room and opened one of them, arranged in a glass display. He wanted to sell them once he 'finished', so in a sense selling his life. He died before he could do that 

I eventually walked back. The walk was 2 hours or so expected. I like to walk since it gives me a scenic view and lets me explore the city. Walking in a city is the best way to see it. 

Back home, they were barbecuing,  but I couldn't wait to eat. I stopped by a bbq joint named Z-Best BBQ. The guy there wanted to recruit me for the place as well, but I told him I was only visiting. 

Negley Ave was such a steep inclining hill. I was like HOLY SHIT, they have some intense hills. Imagine this hill during the winter with snow or ice or rain. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

5/5/2016 Frieze Week Kickoffs

Frieze week kickoff. I went into the city with a few places to hit up with an agenda. I went to Labor NYC in Chinatown get an Adidas #awaydays movie premier ticket. Stop by that shop if you're in Chinatown for skate needs. The guys there are knowledgeable and friendly. The shop is small, but carries essentials. After this I rode to Deitch Gallery.

I didn't know what time this was opening up except that it was sometime in the evening. I biked by and got there right as it was opening. The gallery was hosting Tom Sachs 'nuggets' exhibit. The works were all created from wood and mixed media. There was painting, etching, carvings, burnings, and various other ways of creation of everyday objects. The scale of the sculptures ranged from small to medium range. 

I ran into an old friend Joe Garvey who came by to check things out. Go google his stuff if you haven't. He is the reason I got a job in NY. Alongside him, I saw NY usuals of KAWS, Dave Ortiz, and Glenn O'Brien. I left at about 7 right when it was beginning to get packed in the small space. I ran into Opening Ceremony Manager Simon Chung and his wife Laura on my way out as well. Oh the people you run into. 

After leaving Deitch, I strolled by the Vfiles Bieber pop-up since I was in the area. The shop was finishing up and closing, but there were still plenty of cops and teeny boppers waiting for a glimpse of the Biebs.


This was a sort of various collective of different artists posts. along Broadway and Howard. 

These two dogs were chilling and looked awesome, a boxer and a bull terrier.

I went to DSM for their opening, as I hadn't been there for weeks. I was trying to get a sales job there once I found out a few people had quit. I stopped going there quite often to prevent myself from wanting to spend money that I didn't have as well. I go there mostly to refresh myself on some brands and see my friends that I use to work with. I ran into a few friends there, specifically Marcel and Paul Lee, they were both pretty occupied in the hectic venue. The installations were pretty artsy, with Know-Wave and Margiela's corners to the Ari Marcopoulous and Alessandro Michele 'Epiphany' Gucci book signing. The free wine and snacks from Rose Bakery didn't hurt either. Swaggy. 

Ghost riding the whip by you. Sometimes things gotta be done. 

I headed to the Cazal 40th Anniversary celebration and Spring 2016 preview show at the Limelight shops kind of early. They had open Hennessy, Ciroc, Baron Tequila, and some other booze I think for three hours. They had a few DJs and some some swag bags. I was there for the giveaway and sights. Free booze brings out the best and worst in people of course as usual and visible this night. Congratulations Cazal, 40 years is monumental.