October 24, 1985 |
Shapes can make a difference in the world of food. Animal shapes, floral designs, hearts, diamonds and other familiar forms send pretty pictures to mind. For the skilled, all it takes to create shapes for picturesque eating is the masterful manipulation of a sharp knife. The less-fortunate majority can avail themselves of myriads of garnishing tools and all-purpose cutters found in any cookware shop.
September 23, 2008 |
The numbers that relegated Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera to second-tier status weren't his goals-against average or save percentage. LaBarbera, usually steady and occasionally exceptional, sabotaged his chances to excel by carrying too much weight and too high a body-fat percentage on his 6-foot-3 frame. His mass allowed him to cover a lot of net, but his bulkiness hampered his lateral movement. He knew it but couldn't motivate himself to do anything about it. "It's always kind of been a black cloud over me, I think, my whole career," he said.
August 9, 1987 |
Soft-spoken, tousle-topped, pale and slim, Elizabeth Murray can melt right into a crowd. Her paintings, on the other hand, have punched their way to the top of the heap of contemporary art. Big oils on canvas often composed of several odd-shaped parts, the New York artist's works pile up and twist and crack as if propelled by some uncontrollable force. Richly painted in the center, they may blast off in all directions or drip off their edges.
July 16, 1987 |
With his slash of red lipstick and eye makeup and wild tangle of hair, the Cure's Robert Smith looked like a prototype for a line of "Eraserhead" dolls on Tuesday night at the Forum. But as unlikely as it might seem from appearances, this chubby harlequin is shaping up as a major rock god.
December 4, 2002 |
What happens when an architect and a food editor team up to bring taste to bland walls? They make geometric decals in mint, lemon and tomato. Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils, who share a 1980s duplex in Venice and a fondness for Pop Art, have blended computer-generated images with vinyl film to create colorful adhesive polka dots, blocks, bolts, even invading aliens, that can be stuck on walls -- and later easily pulled off.
January 26, 1992 |
New Mexico artist Greg FryeWeaver's creations capitalize on the hidden-pictures concept: Within the big scene lie smaller ones. Working with wood and a jigsaw outfitted with tiny blades, he first decides what shapes to showcase on his free-form "canvas." Then, with all the pieces in place, he either stains or hand-paints the shapes in bright colors. A coaster-sized FryeWeaver original costs about $5. Fry e Weaver puzzles are available at Frederick S. Wight Gallery, 405 Hilgard Ave.