Brian Johnson, one half of the art team Johnaker, held the frame of the silkscreen still. Graham Honaker, the other half, applied the magenta paint.
“See how this ink is ... gak-like?” Honaker said. Johnson nodded. It was the kind of comment that might suggest that maybe the silkscreening was in trouble. But not under Honaker’s steady hand, as he spread the paint evenly to apply one of Johnaker’s images to a shirt that already had a little paint on it, which made it a perfect sacrifice for a demonstration. He used one of Johnaker’s most popular images: a smiling salt shaker on roller skates brandishing a porterhouse steak on a fork, which Johnson and Honaker call Speef.
Soothing, resonant chimes that evoke distant church bells emanate from two large mobile configurations. Typically, their long arms would be rotating in a breeze-driven symphony of Calderesque movement.
As she unwrapped another block of butter bigger than her hand, Robin Shaffer declined to divulge how much butter she puts into the ginger spice cookies that have already become a sensation at the new Four Flours Baking Company.
When photographer Terry Wild submitted a color evocation of a bench at the beach for display at a hospital in Pennsylvania, it was rejected for suggesting isolation and being too depressing for ill patients and their visiting families.
At Yale-New Haven Hospital’s St. Raphael campus, Wild’s image of the bench by the sea easily made the cut.
A probate judge has formally approved the anticipated sale of the half-century old community arts center building on Trumbull Street, the John Slade Ely House, to ACES/ECA, the regional after-school arts education center.
Hartford’s Amphibious Man, a jammy, grungy, surf rock band with a vaguely Spanish sound, opened its set at Cafe Nine last Thursday with their tidal wave of a single, “Laureline.” (The video stands as a DIY triumph.) As the song wound down, singer and guitarist Jason Principi turned around and slowly pressed his heel onto one of the many pedals that filled his effects briefcase. It let the audience catch a glimpse of Principi’s guitar strap, thoroughly duct-taped to his Stratocaster.