Daily Pic: A wall piece called “Perpetual Summer” by Josh Tonsfeldt, from his promisingly peculiar show at Simon Preston Gallery in New York. The materials listed for this work are “tire and fruit”, the latter being replaced whenever it gets too funky. (Although a touch of rot is allowed, to boost the olfactory factor.) There’s something very strange about being confronted, in the flesh, with a subject that has such strong evocations of Old Master painting – minus the tire, of course. And it’s rather nice that the real objects have an aesthetic and emotional valence that is so close to their painted versions. That makes us realize that we pay too little attention to the simple content of classic still lifes – and how the paintings kept summer alive year-round, in an age before international shipping.