Artist Kara Walker’s first public installation, a 75 and a half foot tall, gigantic polystyrene sphinx covered in snowy white sugar, opens May 10 in an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory hall. Although the demolition date hasn’t been set for that part of the factory, the tearing down of other parts of the waterfront factory began last year, soon to be replaced by sky high towers, a park and a school.
Commissioned by Creative Time, the artist has given the sphinx a grandiose title suitable to its monumental size and pose: A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.
As the title suggests, the fate of the factory is an integral part of the installation and she links it back to the ironies and contradicting ethics of gentrification and race matters:
The African-American facial features with the sphinx’s sugary whiteness says plenty about her bold intentions. “She’s possessing two modes of being at once, supplicant with the large butt, but also self-possessed and in control and offering a kind of gentle ‘fuck you.’” -Walker
These photos document the The Citrus Report arriving in downtown Sacramento on Labor Day weekend to find that all of our capitol’s businesses were closed and under construction. There were some hot and tired tears before soothed ourselves with a strange yet comforting lunch, beer and frozen yoghurts at a place called “Freshies”. In all fairness we ended our Sacramento day in a lovely little section called Midtown. To all our stroller pushing, macaroon eating friends out there: Midtown Sacramento is the new Portland. —The Citrus Report Staff
TIME Magazine, honoring Labor Day and the end of summer, have compiled the Top 10 Sweatiest Movies of all-time for us all to enjoy. We were surprised to see Dog Day Afternoon make it all the way to #8, but you got Rear Window, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, A Time to Kill (seriously, McConaughey is just sheening in this film), 12 Angry Men, Do the Right Thing (at #2), and at #1, Cool Hand Luke. Great film. Lots of sweaty dudes, and one shirtless, organic Newman.
If you just want the gist of what is going on in the mass-apparel industry, BusinessWeek has this for you to note: “With fabric and labor costs projected to grow 15 percent in the second half of 2011, apparel makers are redesigning clothing to extract savings.” If you just bought a pair of $125 khakis once every three years, instead of buying the $49.99 sort of crappy khaki once a year, this shouldn’t really affect you. But, as labor-countries begin to become more consumer-oriented themselves and want to wear the pants they are making, labor costs are going to soar. We just sort of made up that analysis. That sounded smart when we wrote it.