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November 29, 2012

JAN MATULKA-ONE OF MY FAVORITE CUBIST ARTISTS! YUP-A NEW GENRE!

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Today’s post is on one of my favorite Cubist Artists.  I have always been in love with Cubism as I am interested in the philosophy of deconstruction.  When you take

a whole, and instead of bringing all the parts together, you start to take them apart.  and then, what does an object actually look like once you start to take the pieces apart.

I am sure this thought is  akin to how to process what happens in all of our lives.  It makes much sense to me, maybe its the new train of thought for the day.

The artists definition of Cubism is as follows:

A nonobjective school of painting and sculpture developed in Paris in the early 20th century, characterized by the reduction and fragmentation of natural forms into abstract, often geometric structures

usually rendered as a set of discrete planes.

a style of art that stresses abstract structure at the expense of other pictorial elements especially by displaying several aspects of the same object simultaneously and by fragmenting the form of depicted objects

Czechoslovakian-born artist Jan Matulka is one of the pioneers of early American Modernism. He spent several years working alongside Stuart Davis, developing a new style of Cubism oriented around the distortion of form.

He exhibited in many major museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum’s first three biennial exhibitions of contemporary American painting. His work was also strongly affected by his encounters with

Surrealism in New York and Paris during the 1930s. Matulka taught at the Art Students League and influenced several important modernists, including David Smith, Dorothy Dehner,

and Irene Rice Pereira.

After 1940, Matulka slipped into obscurity until a major retrospective of his work was mounted at the Whitney Museum in 1979.

November 27, 2012

WHAT’S IN A PHOTO? MAJOR TALENT-KOTO BOLOFO

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I was looking at a review about a book about the “behind the scenes” at Hermes and low and behold!

One of the world’s most talented photographers! Koto Bolofo a South African Artist born in Lesotho in 1959 and was raised in Great Britain.

Koto has shot short films for Vogue and Vanity Fair and GQ.  

He has created insane advertising campaigns for Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Dom Perignon.  His eye for mis en scene coupled with his talent is very exciting.

Think to the Louis Vuitton campaigns recently, featuring very famous iconic artistis featured in very daily life.

There is a wonderful youtube video from june 15 2010  take a look.

Koto is a talent you should know if you enjoy photography.

Enjoy!

Love,

Jamie

November 12, 2012

IN, IN, IN, LOVE, LOVE WITH ROBERT GOBER!!

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OK! THIS is my kind of art! Yes, I do love Botticelli, and Ansel Adams, and Sargent, and everyone I write about!

Childhood, memory, loss, and sexuality–these are some of the issues that Robert Gober has explored in his work since the 1980s. Considered one of the most important American artists of his generation, Gober has developed a unique sculptural practice that links many of the issues

underlying Surrealism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism to psychological questions concerning the body and our domestic environment.

Gober’s sculptural works address a variety of formal and humanistic concerns by juxtaposing functionality and dysfunction, and the familiar and the strange. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the series of sink sculptures for which Gober has become well known, such as his right-angle sink .

The sink carries a psychological charge

that is at once idiosyncratic and common, mysterious and humorous. The power of this imagery lies in the paradox of the nonfunctional aspect of his sinks; these sculptures suggest the ritual of cleansing while their lack of plumbing frustrates this possibility.

Mr. Gober stands at the forefront of a generation that emerged in the 1980s and devised new ways to fuse the personal and the political, the accessible and the mysterious. His art is a sometimes subtle, sometimes furious protest against what might be called delusions of normalcy;

the sexual, racial and religious prejudices these delusions engender are examined at their point of origin, the childhood home.

He has communicated these themes in shifting ratios of folk art, Surrealism, Pop Art, Magic Realism and Social Realism, leavened by doses of the body and performance art of the 1970s. There are moments of eerie trompe l’oeil, as in his cast wax legs or torsos with individually applied hairs,

which jut startlingly from walls and corners, like phantom limbs or parts of bodies otherwise crushed by buildings.

Rather than using existing objects or having them copied by fabricators, as many appropriation artists do, Mr. Gober makes all his pieces in the studio, working alone or with assistants. (Even that white plastic crate and those green apples.) There may be countless little imperfections or a

breathtaking sense of perfection, but either way the almost devotional artisanship imbues common objects with an uncommon gravity, along with the sense of energy, growth and vulnerability that defines real bodies.

Mr. Gober has woven baskets, carved wood doors and playpens, and fashioned his signature sinks out of plaster painted with enamel. He has reiterated these forms in deviant versions: slanting and squeezing the playpens into child-unfriendly cages; twisting the doors into knots or doubling

them into cruciforms. Here, one wraps itself around a corner, like a splayed body. He has doubled or truncated his sinks to resemble tombstones, chests or awkwardly joined torsos.

His art includes things as seemingly innocuous as hand-laminated sheets of plywood, as monstrous as a hand-painted cereal box 80 inches tall and as quietly incendiary as wallpaper whose patterns alternate images of a lynched black man and a sleeping white man.

A recent hybrid is a sink with horrifically stretched wax children’s legs looping through the drain and faucet holes: a child deformed by the parental need for purity.

Other symbols of repressive cleanliness include bags of cat litter and rat poison in painted plaster, and cast bronze or pewter sink drains, sewer drains and culverts. A huge culvert penetrates the abdomen of a nearly life-size concrete Madonna that was in his controversial installation unveiled at the

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 1997.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

LOVE

JAMIE

November 7, 2012

Guest Blog! Sketch42

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I’ve written about my friend Jamie Herzlinger’s work many times. We met almost 2 years ago. She was a fan of my blog and she, Erica of Design Blahg and I all went out to dinner, and became friends. At that very first dinner, Jamie told me about a plan she had to bring high end interior design to the internet, in the form of Jamie Shop. Two years later, and Jamie Shop, is a reality. As Jamie envisioned it and laid it out for us at that first dinner (I was still 8 months pregnant) Jamie Shop is an online source for trade only furniture, without the commitment of a decorator. Clients of the shop are considered clients of Jamie’s world wide network of design connections, and she  and her team provide design guidance from quote to white glove delivery. This is commitment free design, without hourly fees or contracts, and at prices well below retail. And while it’s not right for every project- some homes and clients do need full scale design services- many people who want to be actively engaged in their home’s design, or don’t have the budget for a high end design all at once, will be able to source the most high end goods while under Jamie’s watchful eye.

After that first dinner Jamie and I became fast friends. She used one of my paintings in a show house, and in turn I’ve written about her many projects over the years. We get together for dinners and lunches whenever she is in town (She splits her time between NY and Arizona.) The first post I ever wrote about Jamie’s brand of minimal, elegant luxury, was met with a strange response: tons of comments, sure, but also a huge number of actual PHONE CALLS about it. Normally, phone calls about posts are nil. Her room was my favorite room in the entire Kips Bay Show house one year. And she even offered to give me a bed for Cookie after another (alas I had no place to put it).

You may have noticed that Jamie has been sponsoring many design blogs over the past few weeks, but Jamie has ALWAYS been very supportive of the blogging community, and honestly, it makes me really happy to see that when a designer – who we all happily write about for free- can benefit from online marketing, that she turns to the design bloggers who have been supportive of her all of these years and sponsors their blogs.

Anyway, congrats to Jamie for realizing this project!

Her work varies with the specific projects and locations, obviously, but its always grounded in simplicity, classicism, and  quiet luxury.

Since I’ve written about her so many times, I specifically requested she send me photos we haven’t seen before on this blog, and I really love every photo posted here. So quiet. So calm.

Please check out Jamie Shop for access to high end design at below retail prices.

Visit http://www.jamieshop.com/

November 1, 2012

ARMEN ELOYAN-NOT A CHILD’S IDEA OF A CARTOON!

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I always wondered what lead adult artists to paint childlike paintings and I got my answer when I stumbled upon the work of Armen Eloyan.
 His work is at once, disturbing and dark
then comical and colorful.  I always find exploring the pathos that leads to different views in art wonderful!
The world depicted by Armen Eloyan (born in 1966 in Armenia, lives and works in Zurich) in his strikingly gestural and expressive paintings can be anything from brutal to
messy and dark, yet paradoxically they are almost invariably also loaded with an undercurrent of humor.
Armen Eloyan’s paintings engage him entirely emotionally, mentally, and physically. Each of Eloyan’s works is a celebration, or more precisely a ritual, that he insists on executing in
the privacy of his studio, depicting images that usually stem from his collective and personal experiences in life. These can be anything from the fairy tales and comic strips he has heard
and seen during his childhood, to Hollywood films and images of celebrities that marked his youth. In this way Eloyan not only faces the challenge to fuse his innate need to paint with a
world of story telling, he also adds to them his own verve and vigor that consistently verge on parody, absurdity, and vanity.
  In Armen Eloyan’s impasto paintings, a wonderful pathos, brutality, sensuality, and a sense for the grotesque all coexist in some post-disaster condition. Eloyan creates a mood,
and this mood,
this state of mind echoes throughout the works he creates.
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