from the vaults: david armstrong, RIP

Here’s one from the vaults. A Huffpo interview I did a few years back with David Armstrong, who I’m very sad to say died today.  I remember him getting cranky through the process and sending strange missives all in caps, but mostly I remember being so impressed by his grace and wit. And of course his brilliant photographs, which […]

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design matters: sharpie DIY kicks

Here’s a small collection of hand-painted converse sneakers,  cool kicks – or trainers, as the Brits say – that I came across when listing a pair I own for my etsy shop, romanlovesgigi. The pattern is one of the company’s design, and as you can tell from the description below, I love them, and lament that they’re too large (size 7): ‘These vintage […]


shanzhai biennial: faux-ism in art

Duchamp through the eyes of Koons, or just what happens when irony falls down the rabbit hole? I’m not quite sure, but Cyril Duval’s work has often piqued my curiosity. Years back I wrote a profile on himfor Clear magazine when he was launching Item Idem, and he happens to have a show up now at Johannes Vogt. Duval’s […]

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desktop clutter and serial tv

Been super busy, sick, dealing with rats and lying landlords who won’t admit they threw my bike out – a vintage Schwinn all tuned up and repaired, a gift, and my first bike in years – so I haven’t been much in the mood to write here. Sorry! And sometimes two hours of Oz (my serial de jour, second round) is necessary, and […]


selections from the vernacular pic collection aka my orphans

I started collecting old snapshots after spending hours sifting through an immense warehouse of junk that we regulars affectionately called “Sid’s on Driggs”, a space now occupied by a yipster grocery store and luxury apartments. I learned when they were asked to pick up the remains of loved one’s estate (ie. the unwanted contents of […]

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broad moments: RIP joan rivers (june 8, 1933 – september 4, 2014)

Joan Rivers had balls and a razor sharp wit. She said what she wanted long before it was cool to be UN-PC, and shocked without trying to. Her work ethic was as legendary as her repartee, so its no surprise she went out kicking to the very end. A brave, strong woman, and one of […]