Category Archives: artists

ICFF 2010 Favorite: Deborah Bowness wallpaper.

   

Deborah Bowness’s Trompe l’oeil-esque hand printed wallpaper hit our chic spot. The petite Brit has been designing wallpaper for seven years. Ms. Bowness starts with a digital image,  then screen prints or digitally prints her designs, which are offered in drops or in kits — individual pieces that can be arranged to create a unique scenes on your wall. Her images evoke a modern sensibility, influenced by mid-century aesthetics. Her collections include, “Frocks” — a collage of dresses; “Utility” — selections of chairs, lamps, books, and drawers; “Flora & Fauna” — flowers, etc.; “Books” — stacks and stacks of books; and “Illusions of Grandeur” — distorted and faded patterns. We chatted briefly with designer, who informed us that she’s soon launching her Web shop, which will very much imitate her workspace. We can’t wait!!

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ICFF: Saturday afternoon.

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous in NYC. We started our day with a quick brunch at 202 — I had the hammy, eggy, cheesy sandwich, an excellent choice after the Wallpaper* Brazil launch — and a quick stop at the Chelsea Market where my friend Matt purchased the tiniest and cutest cup of coffee we’d ever seen. Next, we strolled along part of the High Line, which was gorgeous and filled with meticulously placed wildflowers and greenery but very narrow and cramped. It’s not a place where one can “lay out” and enjoy the sunshine, more of a pass through en route to somewhere more pressing.



Photographs from Make Yourself At Home.

We descended the High Line and caught an art installation by 7Eleven Gallery called Make Yourself At Home — it runs through June 6th. The gallery was transformed into a multiroom home, each room dressed by various artists using objects they’d created. It was perhaps one of the creepiest yet most resourceful art installations I’ve seen since Ryan and I went to the Meth Lab at Deitch Projects last summer. There was a square, miniature “mattress” turned into a fountain, a little animatronic boy contructed or more accurately deconstruted from what seemed like the face of a Teddie Ruxpin doll, and an ethereal woman sleeping in a mesh/glass enclosed case, very much in the vein of Snow White.

banksy hits boston.

I opened the paper today to a giant photo of a Banksy piece on Essex Street in Chinatown (right around the corner from our place). The proper authorities have been informed (Ryan and Dollar) and are going to investigate. I love living downtown.

Apparently, he’s hit Central Square, too.

Updated: If you’re looking for the Bansky piece, it’s located here, on the back wall of Kaze Shabu Shabu.

And a miserable day to you too . . .

I can’t remember exactly how we came across Darcel, but we’ve been following him from his early blogging days, eagerly awaiting his next adventure. We’ve watched as he’s moved into a fifth-floor walk-up and recovered from nagging Fashion Week hangovers, and now Darcel (or more appropriately artist Craig Redman) has landed himself smack dab in the thick of aboslute hipness with a show at Colette. 

For the month of May, visit the Rue Saint-Honore boutique to catch “And A Miserable Day To You Too,” showcasing Redman’s Darcel sculptures, prints, and various other merchandisable bobs and bits. Can’t make it to Paris? Le sigh. You can also purchase Darcel merchandise on the Colette Web site.

brent comber.

I love the the idea of offsetting modern interiors with natural elements, and Brent Comber‘s stunning wooden objects would look right at home in a sitting room outfitted with acrylic Louis Ghost chairs. In my mind’s eye, the result is an unusual, yet balanced juxtaposition of organic vs. manmade. The Vancouver-based designer started working with natural elements when he ran his landscaping business and through a search to restore his prewar-era home using older wood he found a passion for the organic material and ran with it. In addition to his gorgeous objects, Comber also designs interior spaces and sculptures. Here are a few of his pieces that I’m smitten with . . .

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Shattered (made of Douglas Fir with a natural finish)

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Alder Cubes (made of Alder with a clear finish)

clare rojas.

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Clare Rojas is hands down one of my favorite artists. Her work is inspired by street art, folk art and folk hobbies, and even cartoons — unique combinations that result in humorous narratives conveying themes of feminism, history, and folklore. We have a poster print that she did years ago for Philadelphia-based Space 1026 hanging on the wall in our apartment, and it always provokes conversation with guests. I absolutely adore it.

Currently, Ms. Rojas has a show, which unfortunately closes tomorrow, on view at SCAD. “Through the Woods” showcases the artist’s work from the past five years. Her more recent pieces incoporate a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs, which I recently got into last year when Ryan and I were traveling back and forth from Boston to Pennsylvania planning our wedding. We often stopped at this quirky PA dutch gift shop along the highway that sold hand-silk screened hex signs and ended up giving them to friends at our wedding. If you’re not familiar with the hex sign tradition, you can read about it here. They’re round or hexagonal folkart signs painted with symbols that promote (among other things) good health and peace, and you can find them affixed to Pennsylvania Dutch (not Amish) barns in Pennsylvania.

I’m hoping that Ms. Rojas will continue exhibiting “Through the Woods” at another gallery, but in the mean time, here are a few of my favorite pieces . . . 

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Untitled (Blue and Yellow); 2009, gouache on paper 



Clarerojas_strawberrytree
Untitled (Strawberry tree); 2009, gouache on paper


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Untitled; 2009, acrylic and gouache on board



Clarerojas_brothersisterquilt
Untitled (Brother and Sister Quilt); 2009, gouache on paper

Boston Combat Zone at the Howard Yezerski Gallery.

I know what we’re doing tomorrow night . . .

Being as we live on the edge of what used to be known as “The Combat Zone” — Boston’s once designated area for adult entertainment — we’re probably going to head to the Howard Yezerski Gallery tomorrow evening for the opening of its newest show, Boston Combat Zone. While the area has certainly cleaned up its act since its heyday (only two strip clubs and two adult entertainment stores remain) on the right evening it’s still entirely possible to brush past “a john” and his workforce.

The show runs from February 12-March 16, 2010.