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Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum

Somewhere in Tom Sachs’ overdeveloped imagination, the cold, logical utilitarianism of engineering confronted the intuitive, whimsical nature of art and something unexpected — a symbiosis — developed between them.

Brooklyn MuseumTom Sachs is an artist and a sculptor, as well as a member of the loosely-defined, collaborative, four-person-collective known provocatively as Satan Ceramics.  He recently stepped out on his own for a solo exhibit, appropriating the entire glass entryway of the Brooklyn Museum’s Rubin Pavilion and organically transforming it into an immersive sound system experience. He incorporated “found objects” (such as plywood, batteries, duct tape, and foam), audio components, and his hallmark text and symbols (such as the word Satan and the acronym NASA) into multiple variations on the Boombox, ranging in size and complexity. The functional art pieces shape the space of the exhibit holistically, as is his trademark style.

Tom Sachs Boombox RetrospectiveTom Sachs Boombox RetrospectiveI found the exhibit altogether fascinating, both deeply nostalgic and strangely contemporary. My favorites were Defender (2000), an amalgamation of refrigerators, speakers and an arcade console and Bureau des Passeports et Cafe Haute (Unknown), a tongue-in-cheek, capsular shack constructed to resemble the gritty, urban, Plexiglas interior of a bodega — the kind one might find on the dodgiest side of Anytown at three in the morning — all the while serving “bourgeois coffee”, peddling novelty $20 Swiss Passports and offering an ATM with a $5 fee and a receipt in the form of a zine (some examples of which appeared authentically, semi-pornographically seedy).

Tom Sachs Boombox RetrospectiveTom Sachs Boombox RetrospectiveTom Sachs Boombox RetrospectiveBoombox Retrospective runs through August 14, and it’s definitely worth a look-see.

Tip: The exhibit is entirely located in the pavilion, so paid admission to the Brooklyn Museum is not required unless you wish to visit one of the other exhibitions.

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Lunch at Lincoln Station

Lincoln Station BrooklynLincoln Station BrooklynLincoln Station BrooklynNow, I like to try new cuisines as much as the next “foodie”. But sometimes you just need simplicity, the tried-and-true, the creature comforts of an old favorite. For me, that’s a sandwich. A really good sandwich with eclectic fillings and incredible bread. And that’s what can be found at Lincoln Station: a really, really good, simple sandwich. Both that Lynn and I tried — the Brisket with BBQ Sauce, blue cheese and slaw, and the Eggs and Avo with Jalapeño Salsa — were excellent.  Lincoln Station is the third restaurant from Emiliano Coppa and Chef Anna Klinger, who are behind Park Slope favorite al di la Trattoria.  Don’t hesitate on this one. You may just turn to find me (mid-bite) sitting at the communal table next to you.

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– J.


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