Friday, July 31, 2009

Natural State

Artist: Sook Jin Jo

Pimp my chair

Pimped out 1925 Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair by Mexican artist Edgar Orlaineta. His improvised sculpture is called Criollo and was acquired by Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum last year. The 35-year-old artist graduated from Pratt Institute, New York and is now based in Mexico.

Artist: Edgar Orlaineta | Represented by Sara Meltzer Gallery

Hello, Alice.

Yes, I am super excited about Tim Burton's very own Alice in Wonderland. I think he is perfect for one of my favorite childhood movies. I decided I should do a welcome post for Alice. Now, Vogue did a fashion spread in their December 2003 issue. I remember keeping this magazine somewhere, I have to figure that out. Natalia Vodianova is so pretty. My sister adores her. Anyways, so I searched online and found it. Whoopie, get ready for the thrill! Photographer Annie Leibovitz knows how to make it happen.


*Oversized Alice in Helmut Lang*

*Yves Saint Laurent, featuring Tom Ford as rabbit*

*Nicholas Ghèsquiere for Balenciaga*

*Dior Haute Couture, featuring John Galliano as The Queen of Hearts*

*Rochas, featuring Oliver Theyskens as Alice's author, Lewis Caroll*

*Marc Jacobs, featuring Marc Jacobs as the Catepilar*

*Chanel Couture, featuring Karl Lagerfeld (in Chrome Hearts) as Pig & Pepper*

*Jean Paul Gautier, featuring Jean Paul Gautier as Cheshire the Cat*

*Viktor & Rolf, featuring Victor and Rolf as Tweedledee and Tweedledum*

*Christian Lacroix, featuring Christian Lacroix as guest in the Mad Tea Party*

*Atelier Versace, featuring Donatella Versace and Rupert Everett as Mock Turtle*

Artist: Annie Leibowitz | Source: Cyan a Trend

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Helmet Head

Look what charity has brought together. If it's hip, it's here blog gives you an inside view of one of the hottest charity in Los Angeles. Housed in the Suru Gallery are artist decorated motorcycle helmets produced with the purpose of raising funds for Riders for Health. Check out more information on Celeritas Show and Auction here.

*full frontal*

*Audrey Kawasaki*

*Mike Shinoda*

*Marc Dean Veca*

*James Jean*

*Jesse James*

*Alex Pardee*

Uniting a community

Remember the almighty Jean Shin? She just finished her exhibition, Common Threads at the Smithsonian American Museum a couple of days ago. The Korean artist is well known for her community-based work; gathering as much information and materials from the community and building it into a whole different story. The concept is that the everyday material can be used to create a new life, a new piece of artwork. She usually works in large scale and for her Fall 2010 project, she needs you to participate. For those who live in or nearby the Battery Park City neighborhood (which includes Tribeca), I encourage you to donate a ceramic plate that represent you and your family. Note that you can remain anonymous if you want, but you will be seeing these in her upcoming permanent installation at the PS/IS 276 entitled Settings. For more information, go to Jean Shin's website.

This project was made possible by Percent for Art, New York. Download the donation form here.

Operation BLU

BLU never fails to impress me. I decided to post about his wall painted animation last year, MUTO. In the past, I posted about his other animation called Walking.  Blu is such an eloquent street artist and I really dig his style. You should too. There's much more to love about BLU, check out what he is up to on his blog or website.

Artist: Blu | Blu's Blog | Blu's VIMEO


French illustrator Ernest Pignon was born in 1942 has been doing performance and installation artwork on and around the city walls for thirty years. Most of his illustrations, paintings, drawings and serigraphs has been transfered onto walls in selected streets and booths, blending into the urban architecture that is well respected by the public. Nevertheless, his series, Extases really caught my attention. The dramatic play of light and shadow really mimics Carravagio's most celebrated technique, chiaroscuro. Thus, from the images we can see that the established artist has all the skills he need under his belt. Bravo.

Artist: Ernest Pignon | Represented by Galerie Guy Bartschi | Source: Le Zébre Bleu

Classic meets Modern

So, I was browsing through and saw this post about the Acropolis Museum in Greece. It's gorgeous. Check out what they got for viewers to see. It is interesting to see how the architects, Bernard Tschumi Architects incorporate all the ruins and sculptures into the design of the museum building. The structure itself is made of concrete and steel, all surrounded by top to bottom glass windows. Each of the ancient sculptures are so special that they are displayed on marble pedestals, glass vitrines and steel niches.

Acropolis Museum website | Source: Yatzer

Retrospective: Robert Longo

Sneak peak of Robert Longo's current exhibition:

June 27th - November 29th, 2009
Mamac, Nice, France

To view more pictures, go to the artist's website.
Robert Longo is currently represented by Metro Pictures and Galerie Hans Mayer

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