Gallery Mondays: “Trans…Chair” by the Campana Brothers

transplastic trans chair cooper hewitt campana brothers

Last Tuesday, June 12th, was the Museum Mile Festival in NYC, which many art and museum lovers know as the best three hours to be in on 5th Avenue in Upper Manhattan.

During the festival, a variety of museums along the 5th Avenue strip are free admission, including the MET, the Guggenheim, and The Jewish Museum. As you may have guessed, the smaller the museum, the less people can get in, so the line for the Guggenheim wrapped all the way around the block to Madison Avenue.

Needless to say, my friends and I did not bother waiting to get into the Guggenheim. Maybe next year.

We did get to visit the MET, Cooper Hewitt, and the Museum of the City of New York.

At Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, we came across this wicker chair called “Trans…Chair” by the Brazilian Campana Brothers (Fernando and Humberto). Part of a collection called TransPlastic, the chair is transformed with some interesting objects that have become attached to it.

This is one of those museum pieces you can’t just walk by and not stop to examine. I mean, come on, there’s a flip flop and a baby doll’s leg jutting out of the chair for crying out loud!

Learn more about the chair here.

Fan Art Fridays: Demi Lovato

And here we all thought that the sass was real on Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”
Today, Demi’s collab with Jax Jones and Stefflon Don titled “Instruction” was released, and boy, I don’t think I wanna disobey!

Demi is basically boss lady on this track and I love every second of it.

To celebrate this amazing song, here’s some fan art of Demi by @londonhazz on Instagram. Look. At. Those. Lashes!

Check out some more of @londonhazz’s art and listen to “Instruction” here.

Gallery Mondays: Peace

While strolling past a school under construction in East Harlem, I saw this adorbs crochet peace sign made of yarn on the fence.

Even though crochet reminds me so much of winter, this peace sign screams spring with its florals and vibrant colors.

I’m not sure who created it―much less if it was just one person or a combined effort―but I think it’s such a nice touch amidst all the scaffolding, dumpsters and construction tools on the site.

See the floral peace sign for yourself on the corner of Lexington Ave and 104 Street!

Gallery Mondays: “Harmony” by Tali Lennox #LaMerWaveWalk

tali lennox harmony wave walk

Time to talk about making waves.

In conjunction with Project 0, 50 celebrities created ocean-inspired art for the La Mer Wave Walk installation in New York City just in time for World Oceans Day on June 8th. The list of celebrities, also known as “wave makers,” involved with the project includes Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, and Tali Lennox. The majority of the installations are located in Manhattan with a few in Queens and Brooklyn.

After work a few days ago, I took a stroll down to the corner of West 27th and 7th Ave at FIT to see Tali Lennox’s wave, titled “Harmony.”

Lennox’s wave is inspired by a trip she took to upstate New York. She contrasts New York City’s chaos with upstate New York’s natural setting using what appear to be tall, brown fir trees painted on the inside and outside of the wave.

I hope I have some time to check out the rest of these installations before they disappear on June 21st to be auctioned off for charity. They’re such a great visual reminder of how important it is to conserve our natural environment.

Learn more about Wave Walk and see all of the installations on a map over at www.cremedelamer.com/nyc-wave-walk.

Gallery Mondays: Brigadier General William Mitchell & His Spad

Brigadier General William Mitchell Udvar Hazy Air Space Museum

Today we remember heroes like Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell.

I saw this sculpture of him at the Chantilly, VA Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in July last year. I think I was drawn to it because of the brigadier’s stance. He appears so poised and confident.

Born in France to a wealthy Wisconsin family, Billy Mitchell fought in World War I and was a huge advocate of military aviation. At the museum, he stands next to his Spad XVI.

It took me about two hours to figure out that this was a sculpture of Billy Mitchell because I took this photo at an angle that made the info display card wording blurry.

Bravo photography skills, Dana!

Anyway, I’m glad I took the time to investigate.

However, I’m still not entirely sure who created this sculpture, but it looks a lot like the Brigadier William Mitchell Memorial by Jerry McKenna in Colorado.

It seems I’ve got some more Google stalking to do.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and if you’re near the Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia or DC you should totally check out the amazing aircraft on display!

Gallery Mondays: #25 by Wane Cod & Lucky Liz

wane cod lucky liz garfield graffiti

I turned 23 this past weekend, and it truly occurred to me how old I am when I just looked up when the last Garfield movie was released.

More than 10 YEARS AGO.

What even?!

Anyway, I see this truck by Wane Cod and Lucky Liz every time I run an errand for my boss near 32nd Street and Broadway in Midtown, NYC. On it, Garfield the fat cat looks cool as ever in a pair of dark shades against Cod’s infamous “WANE” stamp.

If this is #25, then I better start hunting for the other 24 trucks!

See more of Wane Cod’s work at www.waneone.com.

Fan Art Fridays: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for President

dwayne the rock johnson fan art

Looks like this misery might actually end for sure in 2020.

This week, our favorite rock, Dwayne Johnson, gave us all some hope during a GQ interview and while on Jimmy Fallon’s show when he said he’d consider running for president in the upcoming election.

Hell, yes!

If anyone can save us from the disaster and woes that the Trump Administration has brought upon us, it’s Mr. Johnson. He’s a strong man with a kind heart.

In celebration of the possibility that The Rock might be our next president, let’s admire this cool fan art I found of the actor on Deviant Art by theSinchan. I’m really digging the patriotism on the t-shirt.

View the original fan art here, and watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talk about running in 2020 on The Tonight Show!