There's an artist who's been making these animals out of discarded plastic bags. He (or she) ties the bags to the ventilation grates above the subway lines so that when the subway rushes through underneath, the animal jumps up and springs to life.
She & Him, is a duet consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. The two first met when they were recording a song for film and immediately struck accord. One album later and we have “Volume One” – a 13-track jaunt into that familiar olde-tyme-country-folk sound that M. Ward so perfectly creates. Zooey’s bold and playful voice seems to flirt with Ward’s guitar, belting out as tempos skip into melodies that remind us of simpler times.
Teddy Bear Skulls
from the artist's statement:
'a pseudo-scientific study of the morphology of skulls: the form and structures that differentiate one
breed from another and give a sense of the story of the individual. my approach is to research,
document, present, and interpret evidence in a formal manner. my subject species is the teddy bear:
a creature made by humans (and made ‘alive’ by imagination) whose morphological history is tied to
social trends. my idea of ‘logical’ evidence (a stuffed animal would have a skull made of felt) becomes
an emotionally loaded image that brings up a wide range of responses and proves to be ripe for further
At the Whitney, 2008 is the year of the Art School Biennial. Not because the art in the new Biennial is immature or because the artists all went to art school—although I bet they did—but because it centers on a very narrow slice of highly educated artistic activity and features a lot of very thought-out, extremely self-conscious, carefully pieced-together installations, sculpture, and earnestly political art. These works often resemble architectural fragments, customized found objects, ersatz modernist monuments, Home Depot displays, graphic design, or magazine layouts, and the resultant assemblage-college aesthetic, while compelling in the hands of some, is completely beholden to ideas taught in hip academies. It’s the style du jour right now. (It also promises to become really annoying in the not too distant future…
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In writing about Elliot Spitzer on his blog, Edward Winkleman sums it up very well.
"This is not a case of a blow job by a willing intern that his enemies used to undermine him. This is a case of a man who made a mission out of destroying others who bent the rules, only to then exhibit the kind of mind-numbing audacity that suggests he was corrupted by power in return. Cheating on his wife is his business. Cheating on her with a prostitute, again, IMO, is his business. But his breaking the law is something that makes this affair our business."