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Swept Away: Dust Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design

21 Mar

submitted by Vanessa

About a month ago I saw a Time Out New York listing for a show at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) called Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design (on view February 7- August 12, 2012), which immediately intrigued me. I’ve always been a sucker for sculpture, probably due to my brief excursions into ceramic, glass, and stone as artistic mediums in my teens and early twenties, and combined with my interest in the artistic use of “alternative” and reclaimed materials (Garbage sculpture? Statue of Ulysses S. Grant made entirely of human hair? Elephant dung replica of ancient Rome? I’m all about it. Continue reading

Radiohead Silence

13 Feb

It’s rare that something I saw on a friend’s Facebook status would compel me so far as to write a post about it. The status in question, among other things, touched on whether or not people still care about Radiohead.  Yes, that Radiohead.  The one with the skipping, prancing, manic ball of ??? for a lead singer, the one with the spaced-out composer of a lead guitar player, not to mention an underrated drummer. While this is less a question about their earlier material, to what is the appropriate response to the band now that it really feels like there is nothing left.

I was at a wine tasting over the weekend. That sentence is a lot less cool than it sounded in my brain, but nevertheless, Continue reading