Archive for ‘aesthetic’ :

Consumer Union Includes ANDREA Air Purifier on its Loser List

Its inventors call the ANDREA Air Purifier “an innovation in ecological living through plant-based air purification.” The Air Purifier is the “first award-winning air filter capable of absorbing toxic gases, such as formaldehyde, from home and office environments through the natural absorptive and metabolic properties of living plants.” The ANDREA…

January 2, 2011


Trees Run on Dunkin’?

This gift card case that I picked up at Dunkin’ Donuts this summer would seem to indicate that Dunkin’ Donuts believes their slogan America Runs on Dunkin’ has extended to Trees Run on Dunkin’, or that America=Tree. There is a slight chance that these gift card cases were overstock from…

October 27, 2009


Easthampton Welcomes Christmas Toss World Championships

Small in scale compared to the Olympics, perhaps. But grand is the first word that comes to mind when describing this past weekend’s first ever Christmas Tree Toss World Championships. The Institute for Aesthletics did a fantastic job organizing this event. We enjoyed blue skies and splendid crashing ocean waves…

September 9, 2008


Artificial Grass Carpeting Goes Hip

FLOR has a new Astroturf alternative for hip homeowners called Green Acres. Highlights from the company’s product description include, “Grass on steroids,” “a modular lawn party,” “pleasantly scratchy like stiff lawn,” “summer fun in a box,” “the perfect antidote for city dwellers suffering from lawn deprivation,” This is maybe the…

May 13, 2008


Frederick Law Olmsted Obsures The Inaesthetic

Robert Fishman’s 1987 book, Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbiaaddresses the monumental act of designing and planning for the planting of several thousand trees in the suburb of Riverside, Illinois: 7,000 evergreens, 32,000 deciduous trees, and 47,000 shrubs to be exact. The brain behind the plan for this…

March 28, 2008


Deborah Kass: ‘take that stuff off your face before your mother sees you’

feel good paintings for feel bad times Paul Kasmin Gallery – Sept 7-Oct 13 Daddy, 2007 Looking at Deborah Kass’ recent paintings is like a Sunday afternoon drive through the last half century of American painting. Kass describes her recent work as ‘nostalgic, longing for post-war high times, when anything…

October 17, 2007


Plastic and Paper

In the last three years I have focused on surface as an essential element of my art, experimenting with volume and texture of the material itself. I have made my own paper, combined paper and plaster, worked with collage and simultaneously experimented with imagery, moving back and forth between representation…

December 1, 2006



Land development along the Coosawattee River and within the Coosawattee River Resort has blossomed within the past several years, bringing increased road building and second home/cabin construction on small lots. The first indication of progress is the red dirt road and the power lines that sag in the Georgia summer….

November 28, 2005