As a Google Maps Local Guide, I was invited to visit Agoraphobic Gallery over on 39 Spring Street in NYC earlier this month.
The gallery was quite interesting, as is the woman behind it, Jacqui Kenny, a.k.a. the Agoraphobic Traveller. Her agoraphobia makes it difficult to travel, so she peruses Google Maps street view as a way of traveling the world, taking cool screenshots along the way. She finds some really interesting hidden gems in her Google Maps travels, which made it into this gallery.
One of my favorites is the promo image used for the gallery, which I got to see IRL on a long skinny illuminated table lined with Kenny’s screenshots. Called “Camels getting out of the way of the Google car in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,” it features two gorgeous camels in the desert. I can imagine how awesome it must have felt to come across this find. I don’t usually look at Google Maps of places outside the US, so for me this is a really cool scene to have found.
You can view more of Kenny’s agoraphobic travels on Instagram.
Last week I got invited to one of the preview dates for the new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square and it was amazing.
I love animals, and this experience just made me appreciate marine life so much more!
My favorite parts of the experience were the kelp forest exhibits. After the maze, there’s a really cool room of CGI sea lions that move around as you walk passed them. I took a few photos of them and Google Photos made a neat little GIF of it for me!
If you haven’t already gone to see National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, I totally recommend it. It’s a really fun and interactive experience filled with 3D, CGI, and visual art elements.
Learn more about National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.
Continuing on with Hispanic Heritage Month, for this week’s Fan Art Fridays we have the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda!
The actor put out an amazing song today for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts called “Almost Like Praying,” which features a long list of fellow Latin American artists including Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, and Gina Rodriguez.
In light of this, I went on the hunt for some fan art of Lin-Manuel, and of course the majority of what I could find is Hamilton-related. I’m not complaining, though.
This black and white sketch is by Eleanor Orchard. She does a lot of sketches of K-Pop artists as well. I love how serious Lin-Manuel looks here.
See the original fan art on Tumblr and don’t forget to check out “Almost Like Praying”.
If you’ve seen my accessories collection, you’d know that I LOVE owls. I have an owl ring, several owl necklaces, an owl phone case…
The owl obsession is real.
So you can imagine back in fall 2015 while I was visiting the Getty Museum in Los Angeles how excited I got when I saw this adorable owl, part of the In Focus: Animalia exhibit.
A dye imbibition print, called “Jeweled Toad” is by Los Angeles based artist Hiro. The toad brooch was created by David Webb. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the original piece because there was no photography allowed in that particular exhibit, so the above photo is of promo poster outside of the hall. I have my ways.
Is it just me, or is this owl extra fluffy?! I just wanna reach out and ruffle its feathers!
I’d buy that toad brooch in a heartbeat (if it were affordable, and I doubt it is lol).
I just hope that brooch isn’t attached to the owl. That would be cruel.
Learn more about In Focus: Animalia here.
Happy National Comic Book Day!
I really wanted to feature comic book art in honor of National Comic Book Day today, but then I realized I don’t have any in my camera roll.
So, the closest piece of art I could dig up that looked similar to comic book art is this ink on paper drawing by Canadian artist Beau LaBute. I saw it almost 2 years ago at Printed Matter in Chelsea, New York City.
Boy, is it difficult to find anything about this piece, “Crazy from the Heat #2” on the internet! I’m still amazed that I was able to find anything on the artist!
There’s a lot going on in this ink on paper drawing, but two things stand out to me the most. The first is the man, cat, sheep combination going on in the top right corner of the piece. The second is actually more than one thing located in the top left section of the square sitting in the middle portion of the piece.
Yes, I’m talking about the four wine bottles. Does that make me a wino?
Although I couldn’t find much online about this piece, I did notice that LaBute created some similar artwork with artist Peter Thompson, as seen here, here, here, and here.
I wonder what “Crazy From the Heat #1” looks like, if it exists.
Maybe if I post about fall-related things all week the weather will cool down in time for the first day of autumn on Friday.
A few months ago, I came across this really fun apple sculpture while walking through the Meatpacking District in NYC. Called “A Night Out” this ginormous acrylic apple by artist Billy sits right outside of the Dos Caminos location on Hudson Street.
After doing some research, I found that this is not the only apple sculpture that fell from the tree (I’m trying to be funny, bear with me).
Back in 2004, the Meatpacking District held a Big Apple Fest where artists decorated dozens of apple sculptures like the one pictured above to be scattered around NYC from August-October as public art and then auctioned to benefit charities.
Sadly, the Big Apple Fest didn’t catch on as an annual event. Help me refrain from wishing it wasn’t so.
Back to “A Night Out.” This sculpture is such a cool mix of cubism and pop art, which is the case for most of Billy’s work. The characters on it kind of remind me of the ones in the TV show Futurama. What I didn’t notice when I saw it in person was the writing in white wrapped around the top portion of the apple. From the photo I took, I can make out “Dos Caminos” and “Blue Fin.”
I wonder if this apple sculpture was originally set up in Times Square where another Dos Caminos is located right next to Blue Fin?!
See more of Billy’s work here.
I’m not gonna lie, August 2017 was pretty fun.
As expected, some amazing tunes were released during the month. I had to cut my list down or else this monthly favorites would be basically all music.
Here are my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for August!
Favorite News Articles
1. Target is launching a line of $5 wines. I repeat: TARGET IS LAUNCHING A LINE OF $5 WINES.
2. This artist made a Van Gogh painting out of gummy worms. The idea seems fun but then ants are sort of a species that tend to like sugar…
3. Companies like Hertz started cashing in on the 2017 solar eclipse. They got so excited and overbooked, then ended up having to cancel reservations. What even.
4. Justin Trudeau fell out of a kayak. And he might have done so on purpose?
1. “Alone Together” by LEISURE. These guys are just phenomenal. So much groove and chill!
2. “Hurt Nobody” by Andrew Belle. I wish the tickets for his NYC show weren’t sold out so I’d have a chance to hear this live.