November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
As we get going on the holiday gift giving, we’ll be unwrapping paper and tossing boxes like mad. Made me think of the materials we are plowing though. Although we toss it aside, it’s worth noting that cardboard has great structural properties. In 1969, Frank Gehry created a collection of cardboard pieces, a number of which have found their way into museums all over the world.
Makes you wonder what else we could be doing with the materials we no longer need, and which other materials have properties that we typically don’t appreciate.
November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
Yesterday, I got an interesting phone call from the Australian artist
Richard Blackwell. He is having a show in Chicago in December and was
interested in finding a local contact to help him with some work. Google is
working, I have to guess.
He does some very interesting work. I love the architectural nature of his
pieces and the optical play that he so well employs. I recommend hitting
his opening, 6-8 p.m. on December 10th, at EC Gallery, 215 North Aberdeen,
if you can.
November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
Last weekend, I was in Palm Beach for my cousin’s wedding. The ceremony and
reception were held at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club. The staff at this
over-the-top icon of opulence keeps these 20 acres perfectly manicured and
seem to tend to every detail. From the majestic foyer that greeted this
black tie party to the perfectly landscaped setting for the ceremony to the
crystal and gold gilded reception hall where dinner was held, it all spoke
to the fantasy of every 9 year old princess in our great land.
Mazel Tov Melissa and Ross!
November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Chanukah doesn’t start for another 3 weeks, but I find that every year it catches me off guard. Could be denial about winter. Anyway, not this year.
To that end, if you’re feeling like your menorah feels a little like it was styled back when they were hoping the oil would last for the eight days, here are some cool new ones that will make you feel like you are the coolest kid in your hebrew school class.
November 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
Last night, SOFA Chicago opened at Navy Pier with a preview party. This
year’s incarnation is an interesting show full of both great and mediocre
work from artist ranging from the very well known to the emerging. One thing
that struck me, especially as someone who 15 years ago felt more comfortable
in the “craft” world, is the great aesthetic distance between this sphere
and that of the “design” world. Not to suggest that there is no overlap,
there certainly is, but this show speaks more to the relationship between
artist and material than artist and a more current aesthetic dialog.
This all said, there were a few artists that were amazing. The highlight of
the show was Christian Faur‘s crayon pieces at Columbus Ohio’s Sherrie
Gallerie. He casts his own crayons and each piece is effectively a shallow
box full of crayons that he mounts to a wall. They are striking in their
concept and their execution ties these pieces together beautifully.