FotoFriday: Jenny Holzer’s “Wave T”

Jenny Holzer "Wave T" NY Times Style Magazine - Women's Fashion Fall 2009

Last Sunday the NY Times celebrated the 5th Anniversary Issue of it’s Style Magazine with the above image on the cover. Look closely and you’ll see the sea.

The cover was created by one of the art world’s most successful contemporary artists, Jenny Holzer. In reality the image was an art mashup with Holzer finding Cobalt123’s original image on Flickr. Here’s the story.

Holzer is an American conceptual art whose medium is language, or more precisely words. She uses words in all kinds of locations and ways including recently projecting them onto water like the below image from her interesting Projections website.

Jenny Holzer: Site: Tuxedo Princess, Gateshead, United Kingdom; October 27, 2000; Text: Lustmord - 1993-1995; Projection: Charles Paserelli; Photo: Attilio Maranzano

Here’s a video from Holzer’s recent show, Protect Protect, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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YouTube – Whitney Focus presents Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT

Sea Food, Eat It! The John Dory (NYC)

Rebecca McAlpin for The New York Times

A new restaurant has sailed in and taken the Big Apple by storm. It’s called The John Dory and Frank Bruni reviews it in the NY Times today. (Ocean Deep in Ambience)

TOO many new restaurants are just minor rewrites of a half-dozen restaurants before them, profit-minded plagiarisms with a side of bacon-studded brussels sprouts.

Not the John Dory. In what is clearly a labor of not just love but also vivid (sometimes too vivid) imagination and real guts, the chef April Bloomfield and the restaurateur Ken Friedman have fashioned a place that doesn’t look like any other and that doesn’t taste like any other, either.

ATMOSPHERE A visually frantic, kaleidoscopic riff on a chowder house with an open kitchen and two dining areas divided by an enormous fish tank. (Entire review)

The Times awarded it 2 out of 4 stars which translates to “Very Good.” It must be because you need to call four weeks ahead to reserve a table.

The John Dory has an interesting blog which you might want to navigate to before embarking on your deep sea food adventure.

Finally, in case you don’t actually know what a John Dory is (and I didn’t):

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YouTube – John Dory in Dorset

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This is how you pay pirates to get back your supertanker

paying-pirates

Ever wonder how you’re going to pay those pirates that hijack your $250,000,000 supertanker? Drop them $3,000,000 in a parachute from a small plane. Hard to believe but true but they all got away. Here’s the story in the January 10, 2009 New York Times.

Some things never change, IF you believe this:

The pirate named Jama said he was waiting for his share of the ransom. “When the pirates receive the money, they will divide in shares on the spot, so that they will disembark tonight from the ship with everyone’s share in pocket,” he said.

More pictures.