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
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
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
We’d like you to meet Seattle-based artist Tyson Anthony Roberts. A graduate of UC Davis, Roberts paints abstract landscapes that employ lines and shapes to represent the ever changing environment, but it’s his spot-on palette that really attracts me to his work. He uses a lot of muted hues and sporadically injects vibrant, often unexpected colors that really pop against the gradated shades of grays, greens, and browns, making for a pleasing abstract work of art.
Aberdeen, 25″ x 26″, Acrylic on wood panel, 2009
Aloha 15th, 30″ x 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009
Butchart Gardens, 24″ x 36″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009
RxArt is a non-profit organization that uses art to promote healing and wellness in healthcare facilities. One of its popular projects is its contemporary artist coloring book, which I recently read about in the Art Issue of W magazine. The second volume of Between the Lines will be released in November, although it’s available for pre-order now through RxArt‘s Web site. Artists such as Dan Colen, Raymond Pettibone, Ed Ruscha, and Kehinde Wiley contributed more than 50 line drawings to be finished by you! According to W, the coloring book comes with a set of crayons designed by KAWS, although I haven’t been able to find any more info about that at the moment.
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Tagged art, artists, Between the Lines coloring book, brian donnelley, KAWS, kid's art, RxArt