We all need more neighbours like this. Symphony of Science’s John “Melodysheep” Boswell teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to produce “Garden Of Your Mind,” a remixing of the famed PBS television host and cultural icon Fred Rogers.
Many have been immortalized in history using mediums including canvas, clay and oil but to those in the know the only way to go in the post modern word is to preserve the plasticity of our botoxed lives is by using the medium itself. Introducing portraits in plastic via Lego, Seen at Paul smith stores in the United States and available online by Sean Kenney.
n the movie Tron, Jeff Bridges filled out his computer outfit a little bit too much. The bulge of his crotch was too big, and he was forced to wear a dance belt to conceal it. A similar thing happened years later with Brandon Routh in the new Superman movie; in that case, his crotch was made smaller with computers.
Though the film itself was an initial failure, the arcade video games based on the movie were a great success. They actually out-grossed the film! The cult success to the movie led to Tron Legacy, which was released a couple of decades later!
Underoos, the infamous line of underwear for children and small adults alike, produced by the Fruit of the Loom company in the late seventies is back. Yes you heard it here first. Although updated for kids of today, the much adorned original line included a matching super hero top and bottom, resembling the likeness of characters from pop culture including superman, R2D2 and Wonder Woman. It was one of my favourite escapes (I’m not telling you which outfit I had). Like a superhero who wears their costume under their street clothing, Underoos empowered children to believe they had the ability to believe and do anything. Sort of like an earlier version of Oprah for underwear.
… When is the last time your Stanfields accomplished that?
Gotta love the classic Rubik’s Cube commercial. It’s hard to believe that Newton can unravel the mysteries of gravity yet can’t figure out how to peel the stickers off and move them around to solve the puzzle;) Hey, is that a young Judge Judy?
Like butter ‘flavoured’ popcorn at the movie theatre, the new sour patch video game is a sweet indulgent, if not slightly artificial nod to the candy aisle of the Friday night movies. Product endorsement aside, Sour Patch Kids Gone Sour is a sweet game of giddy indulgence. As you move from the dark seat of the theatre to the overly lit lighting of the candy stand, art imitates life in this new sweeter than reality game.
Like butter ‘flavoured’ popcorn at the movie theatre, the new sour patch video game is a sweet indulgent, if not slightly artificial nod to the candy aisle of the Friday night movies. Product endorsement aside, Sour Patch Kids Gone sour is a sweet game of giddy indulgence. As you move from the dark seat of the theatre to the overly lit lighting of the candy stand, art imitates life in this new sweeter than reality game.
That’s right, the classic comedy is rumored to have secured Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels for the “true” sequel (Dumb and Dumberer didn’t quite cut it) 18 years after the original! Remember this face? How could we forget?
Actually, welcome back. Not necessarily to that same old place that you laughed about. But welcome back all the same. To that hairstyle you tried to replicate. To soup cans as art. To the defining logos, artifacts, and icons – plastic, human, and plastic human – of a time. Sure, we may tease you a lot. But we’ve got you on the spot. Welcome back. Welcome back. Welcome back.
MOPOP is a celebration of everyday life: an archive of the artifacts, icons, items and obsessions that become the backdrop to our daily lives.
GARNET MCELREE DIRECTOR
At a crowded New York art opening, MOPOP director Garnet McElree couldn’t help but notice just what it was that was not being noticed: The art. Instead guests nibbled on their canapés – their backs to what they had come to admire – as they talked amongst themselves: great shoes (Manolo Blahnik? Knew it!).
In a seemingly-unrelated parallel-universe moment, Garnet found himself in his own un-arty dialogue about, well, Pez dispensers. However, as the conversation progressed so did the surrounding circle of Pez-enthusiasts.
Where the art failed to spark dialogue or stir emotion, the artifact succeeded. On a level created by the people, for the people, of the people. Because the rumbling wasn’t just about Pez. It was about stories, connections, and memories. It was about the power of nostalgia. In that moment he knew that people craved a different kind of experience: An environment to showcase the pieces that evoke the unrivalled brand of enthusiasm reserved for matters of the heart, the past, or – quite simply – the supremely cool.
MARY-JO DIONNE Editor in Chief
The only thing writer Mary-Jo Dionne loves more than pens is the act of stealing them from hotels around the world.
And the only thing she loves more than that bit of debauchery is, well, her collection of Boy George t-shirts, Law & Order re-runs, Bea Arthur, hoop earrings, chicklit, memories of watching Welcome Back Kotter with her mom, soy lattes, driving in her convertible Bug (his name is Doug), When Harry Met Sally (and anything by Nora Ephron), red shoes, animal rescue, her grandma's quilts, low-maintenance friendships, puffy stickers, puffy vests, the spirit of entrepreneurialism, Monopoly marathons (she's always the car), and the fact that she has every journal from the time she was 8 stacked chronologically in her office today. They're sitting next to an awfully large cup of pens.
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