Jean Paul Gaultier has blessed Broooooooklyn to showcase his couture fashion! If you haven’t already done so, please take some time to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum. Since tomorrow is the last day, the museum has extended their hours to 8pm for your viewing pleasure. Luckily, I had the chance to take in some of the awesome manifestations of his imagination, so it’s only right that I share. As you enter, there’s a timeline chronicling his journey from apprentice to master and as you follow along it’s impossible not to respect JPG’s dedication to his craft.
There were a plethora of items that accentuated the diversity of Jean Paul’s inspirations, including prints of some of his early work with Madonna as well as actual costumes designed for one of King Bey’s performances. Of course, his famous body-shaped bottle garnered much attention, but one of the main draws were the talking mannequins. At first, the projected live faces freaked people out but as time went along they were met with smirks and giggles as they could also be seen flirtatiously winking at passersby. This was a cool exhibit that drew a motley crew of spectators. It’s always beautiful to see different people come together to share and appreciate something that, at times, can be so polarizing.
“I like difference. Perfection is relative, and beauty is subjective. I wanted to make imperfection admirable.” “When you look at something like a tin can with a fresh eye, you can see a kind of beauty where others will only see a garden-variety object.” – Jean Paul Gaultier. I agree wholeheartedly, so listen to Mr. Gaultier and keep your eyes peeled for my next post. =)
All for the love of culture,
Thanks greatly in part to the Instagram community, last year I was exposed to some extremely talented artists. Luckily, I was able to stumble upon and recognize a lot of pieces by artists like CB23, Tony Depew, Buttsup, Royce, Danielle Mastrion, Rimx, Zimer, Vera Times, Chris RWK, Epic, Bishop203, Phetus and Sen right here in NYC. Scrolling through my feed during a rare slow moment at the pharmacy, I was thrilled to find out that they had gotten together with @popupxnyc to present the Red, White & Black show this past December at Studio J in Long Island City, NY. They also held a closing event last weekend but I missed both of those shows. Through a random series of fortunate events, I ended up on that side of Queens last Tuesday and was given access and a generous amount of time to view and capture the exhibit. Although each artist adhered to the red, white and black theme, all of the work showcased at this venue was so unique. What was most striking was the sharpness of the imagery and such clean lines on every piece. Since the show, I’ve become even more of a fan of all the artists I previously mentioned as well as some new ones. Check out my pics of the event below!
All for the Love of Culture,
Pop Up X NYC
Jamie Hef(left) + Deps(right)
Cosbe(top) + Wonderpuss Octopus(bottom)
Bishop203(left) + Dr Rmdy(right)
Rimx(left) + Danielle Mastrion(right)
Demi(left) + Brian Kirhagis(right)
Cozmik Slop x Skize(top) +
Milksop(top) + Chris RWK(bottom)
Buttsup(left) x Royce(right)
CB23 x Tony Depew
Who would think that someone who used to tag up walls as a teenager would evolve into such a highly sought after art contributor. This is exactly what has happened with Kaws, born Brian Donnelly. He started practicing the art of graffiti while in high school and would take the PATH train from Jersey City to Manhattan to skate and bomb walls and ads throughout the city. As he met other talented street artists, he explored other boroughs and even traveled out of the country to work on collaborative projects. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the renowned School of Visual Arts. After graduation, KAWS freelanced for Disney for a short period of time. You can see some of his work in 101 Dalmatians, Daria, and Doug. If you saw the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, you may have wondered about the strange character with the X eyes. Both the balloon and his 60ft redesigned version of the Moonman were based on one his most well known sculptures, “Companion”. This year, I had the pleasure of viewing his exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, also known as PAFA. It was a thrill to see his work not only alongside many classic pieces of fine art, but also on the outside of the building as well. Unfortunately tomorrow is the last day. If you’re in town, make sure to stop by! Tell them I sent you!
All for the Love of Culture,
Banner – PAFA
Moonman – J. Dobbeling
Balloon – KAWS
If you didn’t know, I am a huge Beyoncé fan. The release of her visual album was a pleasant surprise to fans all over. Minutes before midnight on Dec 12, her self-titled work of art was made available exclusively on iTunes. In an unprecedented move and in an effort to maintain the integrity of her music, Beyonce cut out the middle man and skipped the promo for this project. Skeptics initially thought this to be a risky move, but we are talking about King Bey are we not?! She sold about 430,000 copies the first day! I feel like this is an album that should empower women to follow their dreams with the belief that anything is possible. Take the time to listen and enjoy.
All for the love of culture (and King Bey)!
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I remember the day I decided to start a blog to share my experiences with you. It has been a work in progress and it has definitely come a long way. Going to events to take pictures and talk about the cultural experiences that I was lucky enough to enjoy was tough but it was worth it. The response from you guys has been extremely positive and your input and feedback have kept me going. I want to take the time to thank everyone for supporting me and keeping Nay-Say alive! I hope you will continue to love what Nay-Say brings in 2014. Happy New Year!
I absolutely love cookbooks, all the great releases this year have forced my collection to grow rapidly. Meeting well-rounded chefs at their book signings has been an awesome experience and I encourage anyone aspiring to enter the food industry to attend as many as possible. Each has a unique story to share, some may even be parallel to your own. Personally, I’ve learned so much from their struggles, passions and ultimately, their successes that it gives me confidence that I too can become one of them some day. Here are a few of my top cookbook picks!
Banner Photo Credit: Milk Gallery NY
Do you love the Material Girl? Photographer Richard Corman captures Madonna in NYC’s East Village in 1983, the year she released her first album. These pictures, that highlight Madonna’s spirit, sense of style and attitude, show why she has become the icon we see today. The exhibit ends this Saturday(12/21/13), so make sure you check it out before it’s over!
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the season of giving, the time to give to the less fortunate and shop for family and friends. I had a conversation with someone today about gift giving. I feel like purchasing gift cards is the easy way out. The whole point of giving someone a gift is to show love and appreciation during the holidays, whether it’s a co-worker or friend. So I am going to share some inexpensive ideas for folks that are having trouble deciding what to get! I hope this helps. Enjoy!