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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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.
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Say what you will about Banksy, the guy’s got smarts. And now, he’s taking them all the way to the big screen with his first film Exit Through The Gift Shop. Described as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” the film portrays the bawdy existence of street artists, and by the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a humourous ride. Exit Through The Gift Shop premieres at Sundance (I’m sure to much acclaim — celebs looove Banksy), with limited distribution this spring. Will you be seeing it? I know we will.
Peeped at Wooster Collective.
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Click here to read our review of MindTheGap at PRISM.
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On Thursday evening, LA’s newest art space — PRISM — hosted its inaugural art show, pairing with RVCA for a two-person exhibit featuring Barry McGee and Phil Frost, influential members from the new school of up-and-coming contemporary artists. And if this show is any indication as to the future of PRISM, its fate looks promising. Curator P.M. Tenore (founder of RVCA) wisely chose two ambassadors of the Beautiful Losers generation, perhaps in an effort to promote PRISM as LA’s new IT gallery, and successfully drew in a crowd of hip and fashionable international tastemakers to mingle alongside McGee’s geometric collages and Frost’s Americana-influenced mixed media pieces.
The artists packed the three-story space with artwork, even utilizing stairwells and landings, where they collaborated on a series of stickered and tagged newspaper boxes. Wandering through the lower space (McGee’s space) one can find collages, sculptures (including a large glass-enclosed piece that looked like a garbage pit but after close examination seemed to hold artifacts from McGee’s youth — He-Man, Matchbox cars, etc.), sketches, prints, and even photography. Upstairs Frost’s worked included, large-scale panels that incorporated an image of the American flag layered with paint and within the paint, found objects — perhaps a nod to Jasper Johns and meticulously painted (we think with white out) baseball bats and sets of luggage.
The show is an absolute treat. We lucked out and just happened to be in LA for the opening. But if you find yourself wandering down West Sunset some afternoon or evening, be sure to drop in, stay awhile, and mind the gap.
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All-City? Check. Super-Tags on the Hells Gate Bridge? Check. What’s next? How about the largest fill-in ever caught on video?
My preferred aesthetic is to interpret the traditional in a fresh and modern way, which is why this Delft porcelain set by lovegroove & repucci probably caught my eye. Using centuries-old, iconic blue and white Dutch pottery, the designers swapped the customary motifs with an atypical choice — graffiti. So what do you think? Clever or crass?
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