April 13th, 2010

Peek: The Accidental Egyptian and Occidental Arrangements

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“In order to publish our book we are beginning an online fundraiser culminating in an evening event at envoy enterprises in New York City on April 19, 6 – 9pm. Our goal is to raise $3000 by May 1st so we can begin printing. Here’s how you can help support the project and also get something special in return!”

The book The Accidental Egyptian and Occidental Arrangements features over 25 photograph-based collages of xerox imagery on cut paper. Culling from our personal image collection, the collages reflect not only our personal aesthetics and sensibilities but new compositions and relationships. This project is also furthering our respective use of xerox collage and book/zine format. The series is very much about arrangements, with repeating deconstructed portraiture and images of Coastal Maine, Rainforests and Ruins all taking cues from each other to suggest various relationships of cultural and humanistic qualities. We were inspired to make this book a reality after being asked to produce a piece together for TOKION’s February 2010 “collaboration” issue.

April 12th, 2010

Love: Keller Spring/Summer 2010

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April 12th, 2010

Shop: Spring 2010, Week 2

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A.P.C Cotton Trench Coat $460; Charlotte Olympia Eve Ankle Boots $1,140; Tom Binns Multi Chain Necklace; Elizabeth and James Cotton T-Shirt Dress $245; Acne Wonder Stars Cotton T-Shirt $110; Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 High Top Sneaker in Green $595; Nars Easy Lover Lip Gloss $24; Topshop Denim Mesh Shoulder Sweat $44; A.P.C. Quilt-Detailed Cotton Parka $390; Chloe Cotton Bodysuit $540; Elizabeth and James Charmeuse Long Skirt $395; Chloe Louise Calfskin Satchel $1,995; Topshop Striped Crop with Knotted Tie $28

April 8th, 2010

Eat: Spring Dinner for One

Photograph by Anna Stockwell

Photograph by Anna Stockwell

Photograph by Anna Stockwell


Photograph by Anna Stockwell

Photographs by Anna Stockwell

I love nothing more than cooking for a crowd, and have always thought that a meal alone was slightly depressing. Recently though I’ve found that the act of spending an hour alone cooking and eating a meal just for me, has really started to appeal to me. After a hectic day at work, the kinetic activity of cooking, and the quiet of being alone, is just what I need sometimes. With no one but myself to please, I can play whatever music I want, cook as slow as I want, and eat whatever I want. With this unusually warm April weather in the city, spring produce is all I want, even though the farmers markets aren’t actually full of it yet. I created this menu to fulfill some of those warm weather cravings: roasted baby artichokes dipped in a tangy and garlic-laced yogurt sauce, sweet diver scallops pan-seared in butter, and a herb-packed lentil and carrot salad, sprinkled with a bit of feta and served in lettuce wraps. Sweetly green and fresh and sloppy with sauce, I think this is a meal best eaten with your hands. Since no one was watching, I happily used my fingers to dunk artichokes (and scallops too) in generous amounts of sauce, and pinched the lettuce wraps closed to eat them like some kind of petite burritos. My local wine shop recommended I try a high acidity white to counter balance the sweetness of the artichokes, so I sipped at a glass of a cheap Grüner Veltliner between my messy bites, and thoroughly enjoyed it. You could also try an everyday Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre, but since artichokes have a tendency to make anything taste sweeter, avoid any sweet white wines. For dessert, I made a Turkish milk and almond pudding: cold and creamy comfort food.

This meal takes about 45 minutes to prepare. If you want to decrease prep time you can cook the lentils up to two days in advance. If you want to make the pudding too (and I really think you should), you’ll need to make it at least 4 hours, and up to 48 hours, before serving. The recipe for the pudding can be found here.

This is what you’ll need:

Rice Flour (if not making dessert, all purpose flour can be substituted if you like), Green Lentils, A Carrot, 3 Lemons, Fresh Mint, Fresh Parsley, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (optional), Cumin, Salt & Pepper, Greek Yogurt, Olive Oil, 2 Cloves Garlic, Agave (or Honey), 4 Baby Artichokes (or more if you like), 3 Large Diver Scallops (Make sure they are marked “Dry” and get more if you like), Butter, A Romain Lettuce Heart, and a bit of Feta Cheese (optional)

and if you’re making dessert too, you’ll need: Almond Flour, Whole Milk, Amaretto (or almond extract), and Sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.

2. In a medium saucepan, cook ½ cup green lentils in 1½ cups water until the lentils are tender and most the water has evaporated, about 25 minutes.

3. While the lentils cook, prepare the artichokes: (For some helpful step-by-step photos see here). Remove the outer layers of dark leaves, and then using a vegetable peeler, gently peel the stem and the underside, so that the artichoke is uniformly pale green. Cut off the very end of the stem, and the top third of the artichoke, and then cut it in half. If it’s a particularly large baby artichoke, cut it in quarters. Immediately after cutting each artichoke, rub all the freshly cut surfaces with half of a lemon. Put the sliced artichokes in a small baking dish, and dress with any remaining lemon juice from the lemon half, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover the baking dish with a piece of parchment paper, and roast until the artichokes are dark green and tender, about 20 minutes.

4. While the artichokes roast, make the sauce and the lentil salad. For the sauce: In a small serving bowl, mix together 4 Tbs. Greek yogurt, ½ Tbs olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tsp agave (or honey or sugar), and 1 small garlic clove, finely minced or put through a garlic press. Let the sauce sit so the flavors will have a chance to meld.

5. When the lentils are done cooking, rinse them in cold water, drain, and add to the food processor. Peel one large carrot, slice it into big chunks, then add that to the food processor too. Add one big clove of garlic, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp cumin, a pinch of salt, 1 Tbs of roasted pumpkin seeds (optional, but they do add depth), and the juice of 2 lemons. Pick the leaves off 6 sprigs of mint (about ½ cup loosely packed leaves) and off of 4 sprigs of parsley (again, about ½ cup) and add those to the food processor too. Give the salad a few good pulses until everything is diced and combined, but don’t over-process it into a pulp. Have a taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

6. This salad is enough for two servings, so pack half of it away for tomorrow’s lunch. To serve the remaining half: rinse a few leaves of the romaine, and break into about 4 inch long pieces. Fill each piece, or “lettuce wrap,” with a generous scoop of the lentil salad, and sprinkle with a bit of crumbled feta if you like.

7. Once the artichokes are done cooking, the salad is ready in its little lettuce wraps, and the sauce is waiting, it’s time to cook the scallops: Heat about 1 Tbs of butter in a cast iron skillet until sizzling hot. While the skillet heats, remove the little tough muscle from the side of each scallop by simply pulling it off with your fingers (this may have already been done for you by the fishmonger). Sprinkle a plate with about 1 tsp of rice flour, a pinch of salt, and a very small pinch of cumin. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel, then dip the top and bottom of each scallop in the rice flour mixture before placing in the hot skillet. Cook each side for about 3 minutes, until crisp and brown. Do not overcook! The scallops are ready when they feel barely firm to the touch.

8. Serve yourself immediately. You may need to peel off the outer layer of the roasted baby artichokes leaves before eating. Enjoy!

April 5th, 2010

Shop: Spring 2010, Week 1

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Wood Wood Kimberly Shorts $145; Bodkin Raglan Cirrus Sweatshirt $320; Chanel Le Vernis Blanc Petal Nail Colour $23; Rag and Bone Gomma Wide Linen Top $210; LD Tuttle for VPL Navy Visceral Wedge $788; House of Holland Strapped Skirt $210; ligne 6 Martin Margiela Two Pocket Bomber Jacket $495; Alexander Wang Sunglasses $325; Sunday’s Best Triangle Bib Necklace; Camilla Skovgaard Knot Tassel Clog $ 695.00

April 4th, 2010

Go See: Marina Abramović, The Artist Is Present @ MOMA

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© galeria la fabrica - marina abramović with maracas, 2006

This performance retrospective traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, b. 1946) with approximately fifty works spanning over four decades of her early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances made with Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). In an endeavor to transmit the presence of the artist and make her historical performances accessible to a larger audience, the exhibition includes the first live re-performances of Abramović’s works by other people ever to be undertaken in a museum setting. In addition, a new, original work performed by Abramović will mark the longest duration of time that she has performed a single solo piece. (Please note: Abramović will not perform during MoMA Nights.) All performances, one of which involves viewer participation, will take place throughout the entire duration of the exhibition, starting before the Museum opens each day and continuing until after it closes, to allow visitors to experience the timelessness of the works. A chronological installation of Abramović’s work will be included in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery on the sixth floor of the Museum, revealing different modes of representing, documenting, and exhibiting her ephemeral, time-based, and media-based works. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that includes an audio recording of the artist’s voice guiding the reader through the publication.

Marina Abramović, The Artist Is Present
March 14–May 31, 2010
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
www.moma.org

March 31st, 2010

Robert Clergerie for Opening Ceremony

Image Via Refinery29

Image Via Refinery29

Leave it to Opening Ceremony to bring you yet another great collaboration. These wedge platform oxfords come in four different colors, also including two in polka dots, and one in denim. Perfect for the great weather that is hopefully about to arrive. To purchase visit Opening Ceremony’s website. (Refinery29)

March 24th, 2010

Love: Sunday’s Best

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Image Via Sunday's Best

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March 22nd, 2010

Shop: H-L-N-R, Los Angeles

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H-L-N-R, located on North Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles is a progressive boutique, merging the concepts of eco friendly and luxury. The store has inhabited a paperless system, solar panels, and sustainable bags, and also has some of the best in both women’s and men’s contemporary fashion. Among the international roster of designers you will find is, Ann Demuelemeester, Elise Overland, Giambatista Valli, Jen Kao, Acne Jeans, Kris Van Assche, and Raf Simons. As well make sure to keep an eye out for up and coming talent including Attachment, Julius and MA+. “Today fashion is about the big picture. There are so many lines that complement each other, this is really the philosophy that I go by and how I buy for my stores” -Lorenzo Hadar

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474 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood CA

March 17th, 2010

Go See: Ryan McGinley @ Team Gallery

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Image Via Team Gallery

Ryan McGinley’s latest exhibition “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” opens at Team Gallery this Thursday March 18 and  runs through the 17th of April 2010. Team Gallery is located at 83 Grand Street, cross streets Wooster and Greene, on the ground floor.

For his latest exhibition, Ryan McGinley has shifted his focus away from constructing a youthful sublime within the boundless American landscape and has concentrated instead on creating imagery within the confines of his New York studio. The result is a surprisingly restrained, open-ended study of black and white portraiture. Here we see McGinley not as a chronicler of youthful adventure, but as an engine for an almost scientific cataloguing of a kind of emotional optimism.

more at http://www.teamgal.com/exhibitions/171

Team Gallery
83 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
www.teamgal.com