MUST SEE New York art event this week:  On September 3rd, from 8-9 PMBOSI Gallery in the Lower East Side (48 Orchard Street) is having their opening for “RED HOT 100" a film and photography exhibition which seeks to "rebrand the ginger male stereotype.” The exhibition is accompanied by an art book by Thomas Knights which is said to contain “The 100 sexiest RED HOT guys in the world.” Knight has stated the following regarding the project:

"Guys with red hair don’t have the positive role models that girls do in our culture. A male with red hair is not seen as aspirational, culturally speaking, with very few leading men, heroes, action stars or heartthrobs played by men with red hair in Hollywood or on our TV screens. Also the more laddish culture of banter - that maybe is not so prevalent in female friendship circles - creates a fear of speaking out based on the concept of ‘it was just a joke’. While many people may argue calling someone a ‘ginga’ or any other ‘fun’ words for people with red hair is just witty banter, for some of those on the receiving end, the impact to their self esteem is felt much more deeply and can have lasting, detrimental effects at school and way into their adult life. Red Hot is my response to this."

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in LEGOS!!
A joint project between Professor Kevin Griffith at Capital University, and his 11-year old son Sebastian. The 100 Lego scenes were all composed by Sebastian, who didn’t read the encyclopedic novel, but instead, interpreted his father’s descriptions of scenes from the book. Dr. Griffith has described, “What surprised me about the whole project was how many scenes were just devoted to characters’ faces and expressions, and that would make sense, given the novel’s focus on personal pain and addiction.”  He added, “I think that having the scenes reflect an 11-year-old’s perspective gives them a little extra poignancy, maybe.” Check out the entire series here, at Brickjest!

Caravaggio meets foodporn in chiaroscuro food photographs by Nadine Greeff. The photographer has stated “The chiaroscuro style uses the contrast of light and dark to guide the viewer’s eye to a specific area of the image…Certain elements like an ingredient, wine glass or a spoon are occasionally hidden in the shadows adding a bit of mystery.”

Happy Friday to all!
Andrew Kolb has transformed David Bowie’s iconic song, Space Oddity into a picture book! Did you know that Bowie’s song was written before the Moon Landing, as it was inspired by Kubrick’s iconic film, 2001: Space Odyssey? However, the song itself was included in the British coverage of the Moon Landing in July, 1969.

The book is a personal project and only exists conceptually for now but you can check out the entire series here.

The Smithsonian Museums are powerhouse institutions but the libraries equally boast an amazing collection of printed works. Their tumblr gives these historic works a 21st century update by transforming them into whimsical gifs. Check out more of these hilarious creations at their official tumblr!

Jeff Koons is giving a talk at The New School on Sep 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm. I’ve got mixed feelings about his work but if you’re in New York, it should be….interesting. Here’s the description from the New School,

"On the occasion of the presentation of Split Rocker at Rockefeller Center, and his major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons will present a rare artist talk focused on these recent exhibitions and his work in public space."

More Information HERE.

If you like David Shrigley and enjoy drinking high tea, head on over to the restaurant-cum-bar/Gesamtkunstwerk that is Sketch, London. The irreverent designs of the British artist has taken over Sketch with Shrigley remarking, “It will be the first artwork that I have made that can go in the dishwasher.”

If you’re in New York and are looking for something cute to do, check out the exhibition, “Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans,” at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side!!! This adorable exhibition is on view until October 19th, 2014 and it is guaranteed to bring back fond childhood memories.