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.
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Tagged 7eleven gallery, art, artists, design, Graffiti, ICFF, NYC, street art, the high line, travel
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.
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 . . .
Untitled (Blue and Yellow); 2009, gouache on paper
Untitled (Strawberry tree); 2009, gouache on paper
Untitled; 2009, acrylic and gouache on board
Untitled (Brother and Sister Quilt); 2009, gouache on paper
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Tagged art, artists, Beautiful Losers, Clare Rojas, Clare Rojas Through the Woods, contemporary art, contemporary folk art, kavi gupta gallery, street art, Street Culture
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.
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Tagged art, artists, Boston Combat Zone, Howard Yezerski Gallery, jerry berendt, john goodman, photography, roswell angier
YES is a London-based art studio with a unique approach toward typography and image making. These hand-printed serigraphs are from a series of original artwork created for the now defunct British band The Stands. If you’re interested, they’re still available for purchase through the Web site.
Last week, Ryan introduced me to William Wegman’s short films. At first I was skeptical, William Wegman? You mean the guy who photographs the dogs? Yes, exactly. Ryan first saw the films as a student at Mass College of Art and Design, also Wegman’s alma mater, and his intial skepticism was later squashed by a new found respect for the artist. These shorts give perspective to Wegman’s body of work and demonstrate his depth and humorous approach to art. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did! It’s a riot!
Oh, and if you’ve enjoyed this short clip, you can watch a longer segment here.
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Click here to read our review of MindTheGap at PRISM.
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Tagged art, artists, Barry McGee, Graffiti, mindthegap show, Phil Frost, PM Tenore, PRISM LA, RVCA, Street Culture