Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wearing jewellery conducts a dialogue with the body, the mind, and the feelings. Wearing jewellery enables each of us to transfer exterior signs of interior states. Jewels open up spaces for the imagination. They accentuate or invoke in each of us the feeling of being an individual.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I'm lucky to be staying with friends this weekend in upstate New York. They run an inn on the the Northville Lake near the Great Sacandaga, and it's beautiful here! I found an amazing treasure in the bathroom here... Domes Of Silence! Althought they sound like deadly science fiction mumbo-jumbo, they're really metal pegs to put on the legs of furniture to protect your hardwood floors. I took a bunch of pictures of them, the illustration on the back is phenomenal. Also, you can view the inn at www.orendaga.com
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
On display were six large scale hanging sculptures made entirely out of paper, velum, and foam-core. Made with the most ordinary of materials, the work is loaded with ornamental references to luxury goods, classical architecture, jewelry, and decorative arts. The resulting hybrid forms are endlessly adorned and heavy with the indulgence of ornament.
The visual stimulation from the opulent swags, chains, gems-like crystals, and honeycomb beads are made palatable by the stark white color palate. The use of the white paper neutralizes the abundant information that is a result of Hassenfeld's thousands of hours of work cutting, gluing, folding, and painting layer upon layer of paper. Yet, there are still slight color variations within the installation. Some of the paper has a warmer tonal quality, while some components have a cooler tonal quality. As the color white shifts to blue, ecru, and ochre, the identity of the paper takes on a biological feel. It seems more alive with the loss of sterility.
The fluctuation in scale involved in this piece transcends the viewer to another world. The vibration between the artwork and the viewer is in a constant state of tension as new elements constantly reveal themselves to the viewer. Traditionally minute ornaments are enlarged to dwarf the viewer, while there are also elements that have been shrunken down exponentially.
I spent a long time in the Bell Gallery experiencing the installation. When I was still for long enough, I was able to notice that each hanging sculpture was slightly twisting and swaying. I could feel the artwork flexing in space, as the paper was quietly breathing or slowly dancing. It momentarily gave me a sense of vertigo, and it seems as though I was a little bit dans la lune.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The color gray is a neutralizer, allowing for the material to succeed to form, and for the viewer to view the form of an object without obstruction. Gray can also erase history, pretext, and interpretation. It is a democratic tool, subsidizing an object in to its more primal elements.
Despite the intrinsic qualities associated with gray, it seems that our contemporary culture is adverse to this color. We spend hour dying gray hairs, movies won't be watched if they are black & white (gray), gray days are percieved as dismal, and gray suits are associated with a conformist and boring life style.
Personally, I have long since stopped trying to hide my gray hairs, and feel that it's time to embrace this wonderful hue into our aesthetic vocabulary.