Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Design competitions, televised art classes, virtual parties, online orations and more ways to feel connected

Grayson Perry’s TV Art Class

Brilliant British artist Grayson Perry (CBE RA) is teaming up with Channel 4 for a television show instructing viewers how to hone their own creative skills. With Grayson’s Art Club, the beloved artist will offer tips on painting, drawing and sculpting. He then hopes to display the work in a future exhibition. Perry tells the Evening Standard, “Accessibility is a part of what I want …

Hand Soap and Dish

$15

To limit single-use plastic, the brand by Humankind delivers their rich, concentrated hand soap—which comes in tea tree, grapefruit or lavender—with an accompanying bacteria- and mold-resistant dish. Your first order will arrive with both products, but those that follow include just the soap. by Humankind’s cold-processed and cured cubes contain a higher amount of glycerin (the moisturizing agent in soap) and boast a greater density, …

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Artist Kate Shepherd’s Video Walk-Through of Her Galerie Lelong Exhibit, “Surveillance”

“While you’re looking at the paintings, they’re reflecting you,” artist Kate Shepherd explains in her three-minute walk through of Surveillance, her captivating, highly conceptual show at NYC’s Galerie Lelong & Co. Shepherd began this series in 2017, with the intention to have the shifting, reflective quality of each painting’s enamel surface be the subject itself. She refers to the process behind the works as puzzles …

Simon Freund’s “Mit Oder Ohne” Memory Game

Simon Freund’s newest photo series, Mit Oder Ohne (which translates to “With or Without”), features 32 Polaroid photos taken with flash and those same 32 scenes captured once again without flash. Rather than present the two side-by-side, Freund turned his collection into a memory game. The game—accessible online or in print on original Ravensburger memory cards—comes in 16, 36 or 64 squares and showcases the difference …

Sir James Dyson and Other Entrepreneurs to Produce Ventilators

Corporations helmed by some of the world’s most successful executives are pivoting their businesses to meet the demands of hospitals facing the current global health crisis. Dyson (named for its founder Sir James Dyson) successfully designed and will manufacture 15,000 ventilators in response to a plea from UK’s Department for Health and Social Care. A spokesperson for the company says, “We have deployed expertise in …

First-Ever Recordings of Penguins Vocalizing Underwater

For the first time ever, scientists have recorded the sounds of penguins communicating underwater. While it’s commonly understood that the flightless birds chirp to one another on land to ask for help with food and foraging, the underwater calls are less understood as researchers found that penguins were “often hunting alone when making their calls, suggesting they might have been directed at their prey instead.” …

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Big American Bourbon Soap

$9.50

Duke Cannon Supply Co’s oversized Big American Bourbon Soap bar incorporates Buffalo Trace Distillery’s award-winning (and delicious) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The liquor lends this American-made soap a sweet and oaky scent—much like that of a whiskey barrel. At 10 ounces, it lasts longer than any average bar.

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The Elements of a Home

$18

From the importance of the clink of ice in a cocktail shaker to the devilish development of cutlery, Amy Azzarito’s book The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks tells the tales of more than 60 ordinary furnishings and objects. Arranged alphabetically, the book’s entries traverse time to pick through origin stories and interesting advancements that anyone who loves …

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PIKUNIKU Game

$1

Available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and Steam, the doodle-like adventure game PIKUNIKU challenges users—who appear as a blob with telescopic legs—with puzzles and tasks in single or local co-op player modes. The game relies on a storybook-like plot line with mini games hidden within the larger mission and plenty of underlying relationships and Easter eggs to uncover—from “a deep state conspiracy” to a …

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Explicite Perfume

$180

Working with Spanish perfumer Jordi Fernandez, Parisian fragrance brand EX NIHILO created their sublime “EXPLICITE” scent. Top notes of pink pepper and nutmeg are balanced by florals including peony and lily of the valley, while sandalwood and amber add a rich weightiness to the fragrance. Fernandez took inspiration from Spanish landscapes for the perfume, and the result is summery and sultry. Price is in Euros.

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Sharon Van Etten feat. Norah Jones: Seventeen

Reworking “Seventeen” (from 2019’s Remind Me Tomorrow), singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten enlisted Norah Jones for a sublime, bluesy iteration of her brilliantly moving song. Slowed down and pared back, this new version carries immense emotional weight like the original, but even more intimate. Van Etten and Jones performed the song together on various late-night shows last year, but this is the first time it’s appeared …

Bearcubs: Screentime

Reminiscent of a room lit only by the blue glow of a phone, all in the dead of night, the song “Screentime” looks at the technology we have and questions whether it will ever come close to filling the void left by people not there with us. The moody, textured track by Berlin-based Bearcubs (aka Jack Ritchie) channels downbeat vocals through languid sonic layers. It will …

Samin Nosrat And Hrishikesh Hirway’s New Podcast, “Home Cooking”

Culinary tips, tales and tomfoolery from the experts

As many of us spend more time thinking about food, talking about food and cooking, we may discover that we don’t have deep skills or fully stocked pantries. Home Cooking, a timely new podcast, launches today and responds to listeners’ questions about what they can create using what they have in their kitchens. Chef and author Samin Nosrat (creator of Salt Fat Acid Heat) along with …

Duck Sauce: Captain Duck

Duck Sauce (aka Armand Van Helden and A-Trak) returns with an upbeat tune driven by a danceable groove, soulful samples and glitzy house elements. “Captain Duck” marks the third release of 2020 for the duo, which had been on pause for six years. Transportive and optimistic, this infectious track could be the soundtrack for an ’80s-inspired aerobics class, and it’s sure to be cherished like …

Sugar High’s “Songs That Make You Feel Less Alone” Playlist for COOL HUNTING

In celebration of their debut album, and of connection, a playlist made for our readers

RZA: Guided Explorations

Rapper/producer RZA’s Guided Explorations consists of five episodes of meditations for creatives (along with an introduction). While the release of a guided meditation album may surprise some, the Wu-Tang founding member is dedicated to his Shaolin practice and meditation, and has explored spirituality through religion and philosophy (be it Taoism, Christianity, Confucianism or Buddhism). These meditations trace his own stories—from feeling isolated in Staten Island …

Watch the Animal Kingdom Online

Whether it’s elephants gathered around a watering hole at the border of South Africa and Mozambique or jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, creatures continue their day-to-day lives, and we can tune in thanks to various livestreams. Some platforms play constantly, while others are open during specific hours—regardless, each serves as a welcome relief from our immediate worlds, reassuring us that life goes on. Find …

New and More Versatile, Polaroid’s Now Camera

Improved design and increased creative control make this the company's most advanced instant camera yet

Expanding upon the brand’s 82-year legacy, Polaroid‘s newest point-and-shoot instant camera, the Polaroid Now ($99), features upgrades to its focus, battery, flash and user experience, all while maintaining the magic of previous generations. This particular release also signifies the end of Polaroid Originals—an offshoot of the company formed from The Impossible Project in 2017, at the then-peak of instant photography’s resurgence. But for many, the …

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Maapilim’s Ingredient-Driven Collection of Men’s Grooming Products

Inspired by the Mediterranean, a collection of essentials made with wellness of spirit and body in mind

As an alternative to testing and acquiring gels, serums and lotions that work well for your skin type, Tel Aviv-based grooming essentials brand Maapilim launched Good Face Day, a comprehensive subscription box filled with their products. Available as a one-time or bi-monthly purchase, or in a bulk, six-month supply, the luxurious collection of potions alleviate dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles and dull skin. Each product proves …

The Cell Phone: 20 years Ago, Today

Lite Brite Art

So, I’ve been minorly obsessed with memories of my fun 70’s toy, Lite Brite. I always made my own things instead of following the included templates. Anyway, here’s some Lite Brite Art and other random stuff: Silly Dog Pigalle Gallery Lite Brite Camp

Are You Receiving Me?

Artist Jody Zellen explores the collision of public and private space facilitated by mobile telephony in her latest work, Disembodied Voices. Cell phones allow us to converse with each other anywhere, and the separate halves of our intimate conversations can become bizarre performances for audiences of innocent bystanders. Zellen describes the web site as ‘a meditation on the nature of public space’; here you can …