Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Hanukkah.

Once upon a time I made these. Happy Festival of Lights to all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Herb Butter on a Cracker from Jeff

While making my under-the-skin turkey rub this occurred to me.

Happy Thanks-forgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fly me to the moon

Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Do you love Frank R. Paul's illustrations? These retro space ship kits evoke the aliens and adventure awaiting in outer space. Build one and blast off.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Daily Supplements.

Name: Phofo
Serial: 1936
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Acquired from: Art-O-mat machine
Machine: Reform School

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fire the Lazzzzor! @ NYC Resistor

Learn how to cut and etch with a CO2 laser. Burn your grandma a doily. Make your parents a customized picture frame with you in it (photoshop out the beer bottles first). Make a jewelry box for yourself or someone you like. Etch a plaque that says "You are the best!" The possibilities are huge.

Want to make something sweet for Etsy but can't cut a straight line? The laser can help!
NYC Resistor is hosting a Laser Class on Saturday, September 11 at 1pm. You'll learn what you can and shouldn't cut, what programs and file formats work best for your original drawings, photos and illustrations, and -- best of all -- you'll get to fire the laser and make something cool.

Bring a laptop and your imagination.

Sign up here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This land is your trash. This land is my trash. To the New York island #art

I went to the Staten Island land fill, you know, the largest dump on earth. For 50ish years we New Yorkers sent all our refuse there. Some of mine is there too. They're in the process of reclaiming it at $1 million per acre! They've renamed it Freshkills Park. All the garbage is still degassing. They're able to sell the gas-off as energy to ConEd -- but certainly not enough to pay for all the acreage development. The irony is that one day people will be picnicing mere feet from strata made of black and white TVs, bed frames, and filing cabinets.

When you threw something away this is where away was. Now our junk is put onto a train and sent to South Carolina. The little yellow front end loader is for scale. These cyan hoes are giants!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Addiction Gallery Tucson AZ @Art_o_mat #art

I own My Addiction Gallery in Tucson Arizona. Last week we installed our Art-o-mat. It has been very popular! Today I was thrilled to pull the knob and receive my pewter Saltine. What a tasty work of art!

Thanks for being a part of Art-o-mat! It is bringing a lot of happiness to my gallery customers!

Harvey Kivel

My Addiction Gallery
Tucson AZ

Monday, August 16, 2010

All you need is Love...and Cracker

What's not to love about the Fab Four rocking out with a cracker? This collector from St. Louis knows that Sir Paul is not only listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", but he is obviously a HUGE cracker fan. Was the song originally going to be "Lucy in the Sky with Crackers"? Don't know, but we do know that the "The Beatlecracker Suite" must have been an ode to crackers à la Tchaikovsky (you might notice that Tchaikovsky was cute and had pretty long hair - making him a very early Beatle).

Name: Bev
Serial: Legacy
Location: St. Louis but purchased at an Art-O-mat machine in the Cary, NC Community Center

Friday, August 13, 2010

Beautiful ladies just walkin' down B'wy. #2 #art

Yesterday I posted 15 pix of Sidewalk Catwalk on Broadway. Here's a few more:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beautiful ladies just walkin' down B'wy. #1 #art

Manhattan is probably one of the biggest sculpture gardens in the world. For instance, there's Sidewalk Catwalk on Broadway.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I've been slimed! I'm in Reader's digest, too! #art

No doubt, kids love the slime machine.

I got mentioned in the August Reader's Digest if you happen to be going to the dentist or doctor sometime soon. I went to buy a copy today and they were already selling September.

Also, check out Kurt Mottweiler's blog. He had a blast with the new Art-O-Mat in Portland.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It used to be a Drug-Free zone. What happened? #art

Make it big. Make it RED. Use Comic Sans. Love this typography! Sugar Free slash Sugar Free? Hmmm. Under that, the letter-sized print-out says It's The Law / It's The Law. Must be a design convention I haven't heard about yet.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Do Not Resuscitate #art

Someone in the MTA has a sense of humor, or it's just alphabetical order. What do you think?

Friday, August 6, 2010

The sky is falling so wear your hard hat. #art

Eye catching graphic in the neighborhood that used humor to remind the workers why they need their hard hat. Hopefully, there isn't that much debris raining down. The graphic for head-runs-into-object would have been harder to illustrate, but is equally as common as object-falls-on-head (i.e. user error).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Louis Armstrong's dog ate my cracker. #art #keytocity

On the front stoop of Louis Armstrong's house is this pooch, forever guarding the hundreds of recordings he made while in his jammies. He filled about 650 reel to reel tapes, half of which are just everyday conversations around the house. He had microphones and speakers everywhere. Sometimes he'd be singing without any background (maybe he had headphones on) and sometimes he played his trumpet. One conversation was at the dining room table. His wife was serving dinner and he was being the ham.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Penguin on the loose in Queens! #keytocity

This little guy was spied on a two way street in Queens a block from City Council Member Daniel Dromm's office. He was without any ID so I wondered if he was guerilla art. We were trying to do all the locations in Queens for Key to the City. Making tortillas at Nixtamal was great. We had 3 tamales and 3 tacos afterwards. They make a killer mole sauce! Eddies Sweet Shop was pretty cool too. We had a great chocolate malted! But my favorite had to be Louis Armstrong's house. One piece of fan mail came from Israel addressed to "Lois Armstrong, Rex Jazz, NEW YORK???" and somehow it got there. I guess Lois was one of Louis's 4 wives. I might have never gone had it not been for Key to the City, because I didn't know it was right here under my nose! All in all, a great one-day borough adventure in the Key to the City.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pretzel Buckles are in production! #art #fashion

The pretzel buckle is available today for immediate shipping!

Coming soon, the saltine buckle. (You can still pre-order at the special pre-order price with about a 2 week wait for delivery.)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Category #fail at Borders Penn Station #art

I was at Borders picking up the latest Linux Pro because they have a feature on open source 3D printing, and my friends at MakerBot were featured. I also grabbed the latest Make magazine while I was there. While I was scanning the categories looking for the hacking/coding section, I couldn't help notice where Playboy and Penthouse ended up: Culture and Society! This isn't at some backwater 7-11. It's at Penn Station in New York City.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Neighborhood Barber cuts it right for $14 #art

I've been going to Neighborhood Barber for years. Ben has consistently made me look good. They are also one of the least expensive ways to look better in NYC almost instantly at only $14 a cut. Afterwards, go to the Ukrainian Home for some kasha, latkes, or borsht to keep in the Soviet spirit.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

George Washington watching over wall Street #art

George is keeping an eye on the shenanigans of Wall Street from his perch across the street at Federal Hall. The park ranger behind him is also watching. This is where Washington took the oath to be our first President. Our first Congress and Supreme Court was in this building also.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

They erased my old studio off the map! #art

CUNY tore down my old studio and put up lots of I-beams. They've also put a Target, a Best Buy, and a Costco in that neighborhood. This is the way it goes for artists. Inhabit a forgotten neighborhood, enhance it and get summarily kicked out of it once the properties become more desirable.
This is me in my old studio photographed by Clark Whittington of Art-O-Mat on one of his sorties to New York City.

Monday, July 26, 2010

A bucket of chilled Rolling Rock in the summer! #art

The flip-flops with painted toes say it all. A nice summer moment shared.