April 23rd, 2007

Chris Keeley

Flying motorcycle

Flying motorcycle

Larry Neal, proprietor of The Butterfly gyroplane company, is the inventor of the incredible Super Sky Cycle, a flying motorcycle. A kit to build your own costs $37,195. Neal is also developing a two-seater model.
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From the press release:
"The problem with flying cars in the past was what to do with the wings once you were on the ground," said Neal. 'With a 'fly-drive' gyroplane, just fold the rotor blades and drive on down the road."

"Using rotor blades for the wings of a flying car makes the fly-drive Super Sky Cycle a new kind of vehicle," Neal said. "There's nothing else like it, a gyroplane that can fly at freeway speeds, land in 20 feet, be driven home as a motorcycle, and fit in your garage."
Link to Super Sky Cycle page, Link to YouTube video (via MAKE: Blog)
Chris Keeley

Lori Earley in Juxtapoz

Lori Earley in Juxtapoz

Juxtapoz magazine profiles incredible pop surrealist painter Lori Earley whose new solo show, Anima Sola, opens Saturday, April 28, at New York City's Opera Gallery. Seen here, "Regret." From Juxtapoz:
 Img Features 07 Loriearley Loriearley4-1 As for her trademark “elongated” style, Earley expresses a kind of bemused frustration with people who are convinced she uses a computer to generate her images. “I can see why people would think they’re digital, but it’s a little upsetting, because when I first started doing all this, barely anyone had a computer. I don’t even think Photoshop existed for regular users. Then when it came out, I thought, shit, now everyone’s going to think I do all my stuff in Photoshop.”

Earley is classically trained and credits much of her technique to the painter Steven Assael, who she studied under at the School of Visual Arts. The elongation is something she developed entirely on her own and she prides herself on her meticulous perfectionism. She says she’s gone through different color phases depending on her mood and is influenced by everything from music, to movies and books, but has a special affinity for fashion.

“I love looking at fashion. Fashion in and of itself is an art form. It’s so much more interesting to look at a dress that has all these layers and detailing, and when it comes to painting, I love painting that. I like weird fashion that looks kind of timeless and bizarre, like Alexander McQueen, Versace, Gaultier, and all those guys.”
Chris Keeley

It’s important that we not blame homeless substance abusers seeking detoxification for the high cos

It’s important that we not blame homeless substance abusers seeking detoxification for the high cost of these services in hospitals.

I have seen many of these “frequent fliers” come into our out-patient programs burdened with multiple psychiatric diagnoses, chronic health conditions like H.I.V./AIDS and hepatitis C, criminal backgrounds and long histories of drug-treatment failures.

April 23, 2007
When an Addict Finishes Detox (4 Letters)

To the Editor:

Re “Revolving Door for Addicts Adds to Medicaid Cost” (front page, April 17):

We applaud New York State’s efforts to reduce costly inpatient detoxification services and improve the overall quality and outcomes of care. It is essential that savings from these efforts be reinvested in effective community-based chemical dependency services.
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Chris Keeley

From the humble Polaroids Mr. Mapplethorpe was making when they first met to his more provocative an

The collector Sam Wagstaff, left, and the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a 1974 portrait by Francesco Scavullo.

From the humble Polaroids Mr. Mapplethorpe was making when they first met to his more provocative and refined photographs, which now command $300,000 a print at auction, the influence of Mr. Wagstaff’s taste and aesthetic sensibility on his work is undeniable.

April 24, 2007

The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe

Tall, handsome and rich would be one way to describe Sam Wagstaff, a legendary figure in the international art world of the 1970s and ’80s. Urbane is another. Iconoclastic, certainly. And glamorous, without a doubt. But the word that keeps cropping up in “Black White + Gray,” a new documentary about Mr. Wagstaff by a first-time director, James Crump, that will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival next week, is “visionary.”

Mr. Wagstaff was one of the first private art collectors to start buying photographs as early as 1973, long before there was a serious market for them. His photography collection came to be regarded not only for its scholarship. It was also original and unorthodox, and turned out to be extremely valuable. Mr. Wagstaff sold it to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1984 for $5 million, a fortune at the time, establishing that institution’s collection of photographs, now among the finest in the world.

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