Tea bag fedora


Last night Victor and I and our friends Oriana and Kimberly met for dinner at Sabay Thai Restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens for some spicy food and to check out Trash-formations, a small exhibit of art made of garbage.

Jefferey Allen Price's contribution to the show

I have to say, after seeing photos of curator N’Cognita‘s past work, the little pieces hanging on the walls felt a bit underwhelming. I was hoping for a dramatic installation, an expectation heightened by the long train ride and bitter cold endured to find the joint in the first place. What I saw reminded me more of the hallways outside the art classrooms in high school. It’s not that some of the work wasn’t excellent. It just didn’t stand out in the setting—a dimly lit little restaurant.

While eating, I did notice a sweet looking fedora from across the room. Before leaving, we all did a loop of the dining room to check out the art up close. It was then that I realized the hat was made of tea bags. Tea bags!

That, combined with the fact that when I asked for extra spicy my food arrived actually spicy made the whole trip worth it (even if we did have to ride the Broadway line local all the way back to Brooklyn). If you find yourself in or around Elmhurst, check out Sabay Thai. We especially recommend the vegetarian duck; and the tea bag fedora by artist Jefferey Allen Price.

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3 Responses to “Tea bag fedora”

  1. Leila Darabi Says:

    Here are some photos of another recent installation by the same artist, far better quality than the one here that i took with my phone.


  2. Ruby Re-Usable Says:

    thanks for posting this review, since I was wondering how it actually looked.

    even in a spacious gallery space, without the proper lighting, art work will not look impressive.

    and bars, restaurants, and cafes are difficult venues to display art, so kudos for Vernita for trying, but we really need to find some better places to get recycled art seen. I am very frustrated at the lack of suitable spaces here in Oly, I have not organized a show in awhile, and even the show I help jury in Seattle is hosted in a “gallery” that is way too cramped to do the art work justice.

    sometimes stuff if better on the net than in real life … and for art exhibits, context really makes a difference and so does lighting!

    LOVE the teabag hat, reminds me of a tea bag dress I saw on-line somewhere …

  3. Leila Darabi Says:

    Indeed, proper space/respect for trash art is a rare find. This conversation reminds me that Recycling the Looking Glass, that rad show in Oslo that has been traveling around Norway for two years ended this week.


    I’m glad you’re out there, Ruby, making art and finding space for it.

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