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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.

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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.

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 



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Untitled (Strawberry tree); 2009, gouache on paper


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Untitled; 2009, acrylic and gouache on board



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

Exit Through The Gift Shop.

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.

mindthegap at PRISM.

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.

graffinis swimwear.

Usually when someone tries to repurpose graffiti for commerce I’m opposed. It always seems to lose its luster when removed from its natural environment and reprinted on lamp shades, sneakers, bandannas, what have you. But Graffinis‘ swimwear truly impresses me!

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According to the company:

“Graffinis Swimwear began as an idea to combine the urban experience of New York with the style and comfort of modern swimwear. We use photographic imagery taken from the streets of NYC and engineer them directly into the cut of each suit. Our subject matter ranges from the graffitied walls of Chinatown and Soho, to everyday objects like street signs, ATMs and everything else that inspires. That’s Graffinis. That’s our style. Rock on.”

Whether it’s the fact that the shiny lyrca bathing suit material lends itself well to making the images pop — just like the way it does on the street — or that the designers are using super-colorful graffiti cuts (or a combination of both), the idea works (it’s best on the Brazilian string and one-piece halter). Don’t you think?

yarn art.

There is a lot of graffiti on our street, and for the most part, it’s pretty toy. But this morning we had a pleasant surprise when we opened our curtains and saw some interesting street art right outside our window. We couldn’t tell what it was from our aparment so Ryan went to investigate and discovered that what we first thought was a bunch of wires hanging from a vent was actually a rainbow of yarn! It’s really funny to sit and watch people walk by the yarn rainbow because some people stop and stare, while others don’t even notice at all, which makes me wonder what other things — the small details — they miss out on every day. 

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