Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Check out my new site: ArtSlope.com!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I recently launched a new arts and culture destination site called ArtSlope.com. It’s a strong complement to the blog, I think. Check it out to see some of the week’s coolest news in design, art, photography and fashion. Thanks!

Objects of Life: Patti Smith & Steven Sebring

Monday, January 11th, 2010

“Objects of Life,” a collaborative exhibit by rock legend Patti Smith and fashion photographer Steven Sebring, opened this week at the Robert Miller Gallery. It’s a complement to the pair’s Sundance-award winning documentary, “Dream of Life.” It’s also a must -see. For more info, check out my review for The New York Times Style Magazine.

Greg Lauren’s “Alteration”

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

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For his newest series, “Alteration,” artist/sculptor Greg Lauren has hand-sewn treated Japanese paper to simulate various materials (wool, cotton, gabardine), frayed edges, wrinkles and folds. Each of his paper garments represents a different male character or archetype, all personally relevant to Lauren (who happens to be the nephew of fashion legend Ralph Lauren), and painstakingly crafted over the last year and a half. Each piece explores complex ideas regarding inherited ideals, and the stimuli one encounters on the way to owning his individual identity. As Lauren says, “I was taught to dress like Cary Grant and JFK, but actually felt more like Charlie Chaplin or Oliver Twist.” The resulting pieces are absolutely incredible – beautiful, exacting, layered with multiple meanings. The show is on view at 28 Wooster Street through November 1st. For more info, check out my review at clearmag.com.

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A Trio Of Great Design Books

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I recently reviewed three great titles for Clear Magazine: Spacecraft 2, KarimSpace, and Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling. Check out snippets from the reviews below!

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Spacecraft 2: More Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts
Published by Gestalten / $75 / 280 pages
Pushing the limits of classical architecture and satisfying the changing spatial needs of modern life, the projects in Spacecraft 2 demonstrate innovation at its best…inspiring projects by young and little-known artists toy with conventional spatial design and reveal the genuine excitement and possibility that exist in architecture today.

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KarimSpace
by Karim Rashid, forward by Daniel Libeskind
published by Rizzoli/ $86 / 256 pages
Karim Rashid is probably best known for his household designs for Umbra and Method. In KarimSpace, he shares real and conceptual interior projects for restaurants, hotels, residences, retail environments and public areas…his creative process and his ability to combine familiar shape and colors with unexpected materials…Sometimes space-age, sometimes almost biological, the work is always playful, and consistently lives up to Rashid’s definition of design as the “rigorous beautification of our built environments.”

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Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling
by Marcel Wanders
published by Gestalten /$70 / 320 pages
Wanders’ first monograph showcases a decade’s worth of provocative work: from personal art editions to textiles and furniture for clients like B&B Italia, Droog, Cappellini and Moooi, to architecture and interiors for Miami’s Mondrian South Beach Hotel and more. Photos, designer comments and sketches offer readers a first-hand account of Wanders’ world.

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To read the full reviews, visit book reviews on my Writing Samples page.

Dumbo gets Personal…

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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During this past weekend’s 2009 NY Photo Festival, DUMBO was, wonderfully, once again taken over by all things photo for five days. One down-under gallery, however, is continuing the celebration, and taking things personally.

Set on the second floor of the Front Street Arts Building, through an orange door, up the stairs and to the left, the Randall Scott Gallery is one of many galleries in the building, and just one of many more galleries to welcome photo enthusiasts and practitioners during the week’s festivities.

At the request of gallery owner Randall Scott,  six photographers (each represented by Vaughan Hannigan) were asked to step back from their normal commercial work to share more personal projects, for a show entitled, of course, “Personal.” The result is a small but potent exhibit that reminds us of the magic kept up photographers’ sleeves, and the potential losses that occur by limiting artists to any one genre.

The twenty images ultimately selected are diverse – from Martin Schoeller’s raw, close-up portraits of a man and woman from the Piraha tribe in Brazil’s rain forest to Henry Leutwyler’s series of objects studies associated with iconic individuals, to Timothy Hogan’s pair of burnt fashion photos to Brad Harris’s “Swimming Hole” series, Mark Zibert’s sexy “Woman in Oil” or Giles Revell’s archival pigment insects  (“Scarab” and “Damsel Fly”). But throughout, the personal thread is clear, and the sum total a success.

Schoeller, who has been a New Yorker contributor for many years and at one time worked as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz (this influence is clear in some of his elaborate settings), is probably best known for his extreme close-up portraits of celebrities and politicians. And though the subjects here are far less recognizable than Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie or Jack Nicholson, it’s a testament to Schoeller’s eye that regardless of our familiarity, his intimate portraits consistently elicit that same human truth through their rawness, in exposed facial crevices and unflinching eyes.

Photos from Leutwyler’s ongoing “Artifacts” series  – Hendrix’s guitar, Michael Jackson’s bedazzled glove, the gun that shot Lennon (aptly named “The Day the Music Died”) and Elvis’s television, complete with bullet hole – demonstrate the object’s potential for power and drama, and just how much life and energy a story or persona can imbue.

Timothy Hogan, known for high-end commercial work, literally set fire to the assignment, at the suggestion of Mr. Scott. Slowly burning a Dolce & Gabbana dress shirt and Bally loafers, with his camera set on a timer, Hogan captured the evolution of fashion on fire. Shots of the two fabric remains hang on the gallery’s wall; a screen near the sitting area reveals a revolving series of photos that document the burn from start to finish.

Harris’s “Swimming Hole” set recalls any-town America, and the magic of adolescents set free, with portraits of teens climbing trees above the water, sharing a cigarette on the water’s edge, and individual portraits that reveal his subject’s simultaneous maturity and childishness.

One of the beauties of art – and photography, specifically – is the empathy a piece can evoke in the viewer, the response one’s work can elicit from another, that human element that connects us. In this way, “Personal” hits home. And thankfully, though the NYPH09 festival’s parties are over, this one runs through June 6th, .

For more info, check out www.randallscottgallery.com.

Images courtesy of Randall Scott Gallery.