October 20, 2010

Has the art market thawed? Frieze thinks so.

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Just in case you don't have your finger on the pulse of the art world, here's the skinny.  There are a series of "Art Fairs" in major cities all over the world that take place annually or biannually.  Galleries apply and pay a substantial amount of money to rent a "stall", and in turn sell artwork to the public. These fairs are massive cultural meccas - full of art, talks, panel discussions, performances, awards, and contemporary musings on current educational platforms and art-making in general. In short, it's a total playground for new and emerging ideas and practices as well as established ideas and concepts.

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Each year, thousands of collectors come in droves to these fairs - so smaller fairs have popped up around the bigger fairs and are populated by the galleries who were rejected from the bigger fairs, or simply didn't want to pay the premiums. These smaller fairs have leveled the playing ground somewhat, but there is a status symbol to being included in the big-deal fairs like Basel, The Armory, Frieze, Cologne,...

For example, the Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience (the complete list of exhibitors is here) over 170 galleries were exhibiting work this year, with miles and miles of labyrinth-like temporary walls studded with works - some hung so heavily that you wonder how the wall stays vertical.

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There are more galleries than ever this year and a higher quality of applicants,' says Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp, who, when she set up the annual art fair eight years ago, never in her wildest dreams thought it would become such a London blockbuster. (from Wallpaper magazine)

Stories like this one are not uncommon: "New business is what makes fairs worth it, otherwise we could just stay in our galleries and work on our shows,” said Rachel Lehmann (B13). The gallerist sold only to new clients, including Jennifer Steinkamp’s Orbit 8, 2010 (shown below) (all three editions plus the artist’s proof), for $55,000 each." (From TheArtNewspaper.com's article here)

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Andreas Geiger at Sprüth Magers (B9) summed up the overall feeling: “People are acquiring, but there’s no more five-minute buying. The market has found a good pace, it’s not crazy, but it’s solid.” (The Art Newspaper)

But it's not all about selling - it's about seeing and learning. There are a series of talks and educational events, concerts and performances, and prizes awarded to Artists and Galleries. There are also a series of Artist Projects - including Jeffrey Vallance among others.

"The coveted Cartier Award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under thirty years of age. The Cartier Award is organized by Frieze Projects, sponsored by Cartier and presented in collaboration with Gasworks. The recipient of the prize will have the unique opportunity to present their work at Frieze Art Fair 2010, guaranteeing a major international audience. Additionally the prize will cover production costs of up to £10,000, an artist’s fee, per diems, travel expenses and a studio residency at Gasworks in London from August to October 2010." (from Art Knowledge News)

Bridget Riley was one of the featured "conversations" of the Frieze Art Fair, she spoke with Michael Bracewell about her lifetime of artmaking and development of her signature style. Many of the talks are available here as podcasts.

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Enjoy!

October 19, 2010

Estudio-Iris

Recently I was given a gift from Estudio-Iris's Dimple Collection.  I am in LOVE!  The simplicity and uniqueness of her designs are captivating.

This young designer, trained in architecture, has meticulous attention to detail and a controlled hand.  She is meticulously aware of how her work reacts to the body, giving the pieces a fanciful quality. Estudio-Iris has recently launched this jewelry line and I look forward to seeing more of what's to come. 

 

 

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Two Way Bracelet

 

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Stackable Rings

 

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All images courtesy of Estudio-Iris


October 07, 2010

Tulip Chair Shoes :: Kobi Levi

1Admit it.  These Saarinen Tulip Chair-inspired shoes are pretty freaking fantastic.  Impractical, yes.  But there's a little part of you that loves the ridiculousness of it all, right?  Created by the very talented shoe designer Kobi Levi - be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

2 Also, a big thank you to Jeni for sending this my way!  [Jeni owns and operates Stitched Cards.  Check out her Chairs, Etc. series, a collection of greeting cards featuring iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories!]

So, what other furniture-inspired fashions have you seen?  Share in the comments!

October 02, 2010

Art + Design = Life

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(Etsy: ArgyleWhale)

When it comes to design, we forget that it is handmade, just in a different way.

Certainly this had some labor involved in its making.

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(NYT Logo - made of chairs)

But design can be fun and lite (or light).

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Design can be inspired from anywhere and anything.

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Ikea has put out a visually stunning cookbook (notcot.org) titled: Homemade is Best

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Is this the future? Will everything be broken down into a global visual language?

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Which begs the question:

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Design + life = unexpected delights in everyday life
(blend of hand-made, mass-produced, creative applications)


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Remember:

Everything is going to be alright

That goes for everyone. (below: Kumi Yamashita)

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And anyone.
After all, this is our world.

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(above: Richard Galpin, "Noosphere", 2006)

September 29, 2010

pattern - orla kiely

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Pattern looks to be a lovely coffee table book from London-based designer Orla Kiely.  The 304 pages include her bold, colorful graphics and her own personal account and inspirational images that have shaped her style.  The book explores the use of pattern in design and how they have shaped her collections that range from her womenswear line, housewares, furnishings, luggage, accessories, as well the coveted handbags.

September 22, 2010

Tires Rock...and Roll

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Tire by Roy Lichtenstein 1970 image source: ElissaSCA

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Pattern and Degradation Opening reception at Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Maccarone, New York image source: VernissageTV Didier Didier

Tires are in.

Ever since we had the car tires balanced 3 weeks ago and found out they had weather cracking, it has been nothing but tire research and obsessive e-gathering of info by Tom. Including tread designs and compounds, you tube videos of tires being tested in Sweden near the Arctic circle, images of tires so zoomed in they fill the entire screen. When we opened up the NY Times art section last week and saw the huge picture of Rob Pruitt's new gallery show in NYC I was as Tom puts it "surprised to see that someone else saw the art in tread design" or as I put it "amazed to find his same recent obsession made manifest in the NY art scene." The tire has been used often in modern art. I found Lichtenstein's portrait of a Tire. I like it, even though Tom says it's old tech. When I think of tire that's the image that comes to mind, a big outdated symbol of power! It's been nothing but tires tires tires everyday, I don't think I've ever been so keenly aware of tires, everyday we go out we stop to look at people's tires, they must think we're vandals. As Tom puts it, "black and commonplace and taken for granted, hissing beneath your car seat is a work of art!"

Literally there's hundreds of tires going by outside our window right now, we hear tires, we see tires, I'm sure Tom dreams about tires, and smells them too. We also just heard, involuntarily, John Lennons' I'm Just Sitting here making the wheels go round and round(no doubt with tires mounted!!) Snow treads, summer treads, rain treads, treads that wear fast, treads that last! With tires black is the new black! You may recall BMW's ad for a car freak, using the tire tread as brush. Set up on a giant canvas the Z4 powerslides across the surface to create a unique work of art. Their campaign was dubbed "an expression of joy" I think it's an expression Tom is all too familiar with!!

September 19, 2010

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio, Mark Bradford, and me.

Happy Monday - Blog2Modern Readers,

I haven't had a chance to post an entry in a while, due to the fact that I am currently in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts (!!!)  I was invited (in August) to do a large-scale solo installation in the lobby area of the Deconstructivist gem, designed by Peter Eisenman - one of the New York Five.  (For you architects out there, you've probably seen the Wexner every contemporary Art History and Architecture book out there.)

(Below: Main façade of The Wexner Center for the Arts)
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Thanks Wikipedia for summing up the mission of the Wexner and doing all my links for me:
"The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university’s mission of education, research, and community service. The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the Center."

Currently on view is Mark Bradford's mid-career retrospective.  They don't allow any photos in the galleries, but he did an installation in the lobby (below)

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Bradford and his assistant projected his name onto the wall, traced it and then painstakingly removed portions of the wall, exposing the myriad of past colors that the wall has been painted.  This wall will be removed and will travel to each of the venues (
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) following its debut at The Wexner Center for the Arts.  Bradford is a recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. (new recipients to be announced September 28).  His show is on view at The Wexner until October 10.


 

My installation will run concurrently with the remainder of Mark Bradford's show as well as the next round of exhbitions titled Six Solos which will open in November and run through February. I'm particularly excited to be showing with Erwin Redl, who works with LED lights and will be outdoors on the grid-façade.  I absolutely adore his work. I'm also excited for the Tobias Putrih/MOS show too!

(below: Erwin Redl, "Flow" 2007)

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I am working directly with the lobby, which is known for its "floating column".

(below: Eisenman's "floating column")

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We're still working on the installation, which was designed spontaneously on-site via 3D modeling software. Here are some teaser shots of my work in progress, title is still in the works.

Enjoy!

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My website will have photos upon completion of the project. The installation opens on Tuesday, please come and see if you are in the Columbus Ohio area, or like to travel or drive.

This installation was inspired primarily by the supposed "death of print" and therefore, CMYK design. Thus my selection of cyan, yellow and magenta as my palette. The "off register" look of the striped walls was highly inspired by mis-printed cartoons, the printing process, mathematical progressions, the use of lines to create space, and the inherent translucency of the material, flagging tape. 

Oh, and "Go Bucks!"

And just in case you wanted some gift ideas - Check out this really rad CMYK inspired dishes and this neato pen "for designers" - I want all of the above!

September 01, 2010

2Modern Design Brief

Nature Inspired trends and visual delights from the design world....

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Tree bark, Tree stumps, Tree cross-sections...whatever your name for this trend it's big and getting bigger! This tree inspired rug was spotted on BLTD.

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A trend that crosses all mediums of design...spotted - Bark inspired footwear! Found on Design Scene.

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For that modern cabin in the woods! Found on Dezeen

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Bark-art by artist Parvez Taj. Modern motifs blended with organic textures have created a unique and urban decor accessory. 

August 31, 2010

Modern Kids/Baby Gear

This weekend was one of my best-friend's baby shower.  

The time is coming where many friends are married; this is the fourth baby of the year.  All these showers have forced me to learn about all cacophony of baby gear that parents seemingly need. 

I am on a never-ending search for GREAT baby products.  They most certainly exist and really are show-stoppers!  I am always looking for products that I can feel excited about finding, giving, and using.  

Below are two products that I find unique, modern, and a worthy read. 

SuperWagon | Zen by Kaiku Design 


Every seat is a window seat...

Designed and engineered in California to get you and your little ones outside!Provides maximum comfort and ergonomics for riders and driver.18mos +


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Pebble Mattress by Nook Sleep Systems


Nook presents the world's most considered infant mattress. From a unique air layer that fosters oxygen flow inside the mattress, to the superior softness of all-natural eucalyptus fibers, to the unique pebbled surface that promotes air circulation, every detail is examined for maximum breathability, non-toxicity and smart design in the crib.


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August 26, 2010

It's hot, get naked.

Spencer Tunick, an artist who is famous for working with hundreds of nude bodies in his photographs since the mid-90's is in the midst of several current projects including tackling each state in the US.

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above: "Mexico City 1 (Zócalo, MUCA/UNAM Campus)", 2007

His work has spawned an unofficial website/blog too -  his "installations", as he refers to them, are EPIC. They require thousands of participants getting naked and arranged in groups. So understandably, he's get a huge fan base of supporters.

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Undress circle - bruges theatre

above: at the Bruges Theatre; below: The artist, Spencer Tunick

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Check out his website for more images - he is constantly repositioning naked people in large groups. Instead of this being strange and disturbing for the common person - it is more like looking at a landscape and then only realizing that it is made of people. There is a Soylent Green joke in there somewhere...

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Above: On pink rafts in a Miami pool!; below: Tunick talks about his work and past installations.



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