Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Liz Zanis: what i read last week (and i only finished one)
graphite on found printed board, 12 1/4" x 10 15/16", 2007

OMG! It's spring already! And that means it's already time to vote for the FiFi awards. And we are fast approaching Leslie Vosshall's Harvey Lecture! OMG OMG! Warm weather, sunshine, sweet scents, new president, Voshall talk in a geodesic dome? It's like the world has been re-tuned to perfection!

A brief digression on domes...

Sure, the dome at Rockefeller University (aka Caspary Auditorium) is awesome (particularly on the inside), and a great venue for the Harvey Lectures, but if you're a Fuller purist, it's time to shlep across the East River.

Buckminster Fuller designed the Aviary dome for the 1964 World's Fair. It's now part of the Queens Zoo.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A tip from Gothamist, that the sensory immersion at the Coney Island Aquarium will extend beyond the smell of fish sticks at the snack bar.

From the Associated Press:
"The New York Aquarium's 4-D Immersion Theater will combine the experience of a 3-D film with a variety of sensory effects built into the theater's seats and environment. The sensory affects include water mist, a neck air blast, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced floor lighting and seat vibrations."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Amanda Lepore by Artware Editions

From heart candy heart

“I don’t drink, but I smell like I do,” Ms. Lepore casually announced, by way of introduction to a new fragrance that bears her name.

Front Row: A Buzz Without a Hangover
March 4, 2009
Fragrance available at ArtWare Editions.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bond No. 9 Brooklyn

Bushwick based artist Chris Kyung: Pizza #7, 2006

Gawker just ran part of the press release for the new Bond no. 9 Brooklyn scent. Apparently Brooklyn is unisex "with a decidedly masculine attitude." I love it. The notes are all over the place, with grapefruit and juniper up top, a la Snoop Dog's Gin and Juice. They must be conjuring up the west coast of Brooklyn with this one.

As one of my professors once barked at a visiting speaker who had somehow confused a number of the new York schools, "Bronx? Brooklyn? What's the difference? Coney Island, Riverdale? Same thing really!"

Actual Coney Island circa 2007

Which is my way of saying that I rather liked Bond's Coney Island scent. It smelled like cheap yard long margaritas; neon lime syrup, tequilla, mesquite, grilled hot dog buns and boardwalk.

Fine stuff if you ask me. The new scent seems to call up the Brooklyn Boatnic Gardens a la the father daughter team at Eau de Brooklyn. Brooklyn is so many things I suppose. It's also one of the first music videos I'd ever seen on NYC Public television.