Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

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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Maelstrom at the Met

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Over the long weekend, I finally got a chance to see “Maelstrom” (2009) by American artist Roxy Paine. Set on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Maelstrom” is a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture. Walking out onto the rooftop, surrounded by gorgeous views of the city and Central Park, visitors are encompassed by the sculpture – what initially appears to be a chaotic maze of tree branches. It is Paine’s largest and most ambitious work to date, and it gives one a sense of being immersed in the middle of a cataclysmic force of nature.

But there is definitely order to the piece – the steel itself implies this, as does the piece’s overall grace. And the juxtaposition of the natural world and the built environment – “Maelstrom” is one of the Paine’s Dendroids, based on systems like vascular networks, tree roots, industrial piping, and fungal mycelia – further reinforces Paine’s balanced success. The installation is up through November 29th, and I definitely recommend stopping by. I know I’ll be back, if only to see how Paine’s piece plays with the changing seasons in NY.

For more information, visit The Met’s website. And check out the installation video below.

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Signs of Life: The Art of Judith Eloise Hooper

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

"Hot" by Judith Eloise Harper. In this demonstration of the American Sign Language symbol for the word 'hot,' the figure appears to be soothing his singed fingertips with a cooling breath. Measuring 7" long, 4" wide and 2" deep, "Hot" is made of grog-infused terra cotta-look clay.
“Hot” by Judith Eloise Hooper. In this demonstration of the American Sign Language symbol for the word ‘hot,’ the figure appears to be soothing his singed fingertips with a cooling breath. Measuring 7″ long, 4″ wide and 2″ deep, “Hot” is made of grog-infused terra cotta-look clay.
"The River Green" landscape and poem by Judith Eloise Hooper.

"The River Green" landscape, ASL sculpture translation and poem by Judith Eloise Hooper. Poem reads: "Life ran and fed us, deep and green it snaked onward; Spring, grieve, mourn winter!"

When asked as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, artist Judith Eloise Hooper responded, “Happy.”  Today, she says, “Living and working as an artist in NYC has given me that childhood dream.” Throughout her work – be it sculpture, topographic landscape, collage, ceramics or works on paper, Hooper seems to celebrate life.

Her hand sculptures – some functional, others patterned after the symbols used by American Sign Language speakers – are hand-sculpted from two types of earthenware: grog-infused clay with subtle variations in color and an overall terra cotta look and sand-colored stoneware. Of these, Hooper says: “Hands are silent speakers, communicating through touch and gesture, saying what words often can’t.”

Of the landscapes, she says: “I want everyone to be able to look at landscapes, whether farmland or cracks in the sidewalk, not as the earth’s crust but as a delicate skin embracing the earth. My landscapes are a reminder of our world as something living and breathing and as something that produces life and the natural beauty in that life, whether it’s planned and planted or simply forces its way to the surface.”

With “The River Green,” Hooper beautifully marries the two series.

For more information on Judith Eloise Hooper, visit www.JudithEloiseHooper.com or Judith.Hooper.BrooklynArtist.com or JudithEloiseHooper.etsy.com.