Gallery Mondays: “A Night Out” by Billy

a night out billy big apple fest

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.

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Fan Art Fridays: Natalie Portman

natalie portman fan art

Today I found out that Natalie Portman is playing Jackie Kennedy in the new film coming in December called Jackie. 

And oh-em-gee did the clothing design and hair and makeup artists do an amazing job at transforming her! I can’t handle how amazing the resemblance is.

Needless to say, I might actually go see the film in theaters.

For this week’s Fan Art Fridays, I decided to feature the actress in pop art form. This fan art was done by Mr-FunnyFace on Deviant Art.

See the original fan art here and enjoy the trailer for Jackie below.

Gallery Mondays: Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia’

MARK MOTHERSBAUGH: MYOPIA contemporary austin

Back in March when I visited Austin, Texas, I dropped by The Contemporary Austin to check out some art. The exhibit on view at the time was Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia.’

My favorite part of the exhibit was the room filled with albums upon albums of pop art. Each card in the 4-section albums come across as a scene, and each album appears as its own mini drama.

Above is my favorite album. The card on the top right corner strikes me as most heart-wrenching because of the way the woman’s head is bowed down in deep thought over whatever had happened in the scene before.

Learn more about the exhibit over on The Contemporary Austin’s site.