Objects and Everyday Goods at Mike Weiss Gallery

Adam Parker Smith Installation View
Installation View: Sculptures by Adam Parker Smith (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite Chelsea venues, the Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently hosting a group show called Objects and Everyday Goods, which features new works by artists that we were first introduced to at Mike Weiss — such as Cameron Gray and Tom Fruin — both of whom make art that is just insane, as well as some new favorites and a few artists we’ve not seen before. It’s fun to discover new art at Mike Weiss Gallery! Let’s take a peak at this eclectic show!

Tom Fruin Break Time 2 and 1
Tom Fruin Break Time 2 and Break Time 1

If you know the work of Tom Fruin you will instantly recognize these pieces as his. Fruin creates colorful “stained glass” mosaic structures — such as his famous Watertowers — out of panels that look like the above. He is a genius. This exhibit also has examples of Fruin’s Drug Bag Quilts series and other metal work.

Tom Fruin Break Time 3
Break Time 3

Adam Parker Smith Ex
Adam Parker Smith, Ex

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, sculptor Adam Parker Smith has created a very narrative series of his crazy, mixed media structures that include everyday objects like small festive cakes, floral wreaths and  balloons. This one, seriously, I just love it. LOVE IT!

Bold as Love
Bold as Love

You might recognize Parker Smith’s very visually engaging works from when we last saw him on the Bowery as part of the Not a Painting group show at The Hole. It is good to see him in a nice place like Mike Weiss!

Hit or Miss
Hit or Miss

Any art that includes Cake, I automatically dig it. Cake Art!

Installation View 2
(Far Right) Michael Zelehoski, Incomplete Cube Series, (Center Foreground) Liao Yibai, Zhulong Dragon, (Rear Background) Cameron Gray, Must Have for Summer

Liao Yibai Zhulong Dragon

Are you wondering if Liao Yibai’s sculpture of an oversize bike chain, Zhulong Dragon is the BFD of the show? Yes, yes it is. It’s amazing.

Liao Yibai Zhulong Dragon

Big, Shiny, Beautiful.

Cameron Gray Our Unoffical Mascot for Fall
Cameron Gray, Our Unoffical Mascot for Fall

Last time we saw Cameron Gray, he had transformed the Mike Weiss Gallery into a fully immersive, psychedelic acid trip/fun house with his fantastic Gymnasty exhibit, which we went to about six times. That was lots of fun. Who knew Cameron could make realist paintings like these, which I think must be inspired by ready-to-wear fashion catalogs. Really nice.

Cameron Gray Denim Done Right
Cameron Gray, Denim Done Right

Bes sure to add a day-brightening stop at Mike Weiss Gallery to your next Saturday art crawl!

Objects and Everyday Goods will be on Exhibit Through March 26th, 2016 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Objects and Everyday Goods Signage

The Button Show at Rush Arts Gallery

Installation View
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

I have to thank my friend Andrew for turning me on to The Button Show; a super fun exhibit that’s up now at Rush  Arts Gallery. Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, The Button Show features sculptures and other artworks created using regular clothing buttons, incorporated with other found objects, to create unique art that is delightful to behold.

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Io Palmer, Buttoned Up Cloud

On display are the works of 11 artists who each work with buttons either as the dominant medium or a featured element in their sculpture, photography and wearable artworks. Participating artists include veteran Button Artists Amalia K. Amaki, Beau McCall and Lisa Kokin.

Lisa Kokin Sleep
Lisa Kokin, Sleep

Lisa Kolin uses buttons, chicken wire, thread and spray paint to create sculptures that obliterate the surface of otherwise easily recognizable objects.

Lisa Kokin, Rescue
Lisa Kokin, Rescue

Clown Head
Lisa Kokin, Party Hat Diabolique

I think this is my favorite piece by her. It’s easy to see some of the other tiny objects — 45 RPM records, doll parts, toys, belt buckles, tiny souvenir license plates, clock faces — that are part of these very fun artworks.

Lisa Kokin, Piecework

This one, called Piecework, actually takes on more shape when seen from a distance.

Detail From Lady
Detail From Piecework

Curator Souleo offers, “I am proud to help highlight the medium of clothing buttons in visual art. Clothing buttons occupy a familiar but seemingly insignificant presence in our lives. Each artist forces us to reimagine this everyday object as a viable tool for communication and self-expression through visual art. In these works, buttons become signifiers of issues of class, politics, race, beauty and personal narratives in ways that are visually stimulating and highly engaging.”

Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left
Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left

These spider-like sculptures, covered with iridescent black buttons, remind me very much of the work of Louise Bourgeois.

Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45
Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45

When I look at this oversize Record Adapter, I wonder how many people under 20 even know what this is, or what it was used for. Nostalgia!

World Spinnin Detail
World Spinnin Detail

Red Bath Tub

This gorgeous Red Bathtub is called Dark Musk Oil Egyptian Crystals & Florida Water/ Red Potion no.1 (but in all lower case letters, and no spaces between the words), and it is by Beau McCall. Created from Buttons, fabric, and thread over a cast iron tub, this is the show stopper.

Red Bathtub

Bathtub Interior Detail

So beautiful.

Kool Aid Man
Domino Kool (Hood Classic I)

Beau McCall also created this stunning representation of a Pitcher of Kool-Aid Dink Mix being poured into a glass.

Kool-Aid Pour Detail

I love how he uses clear buttons to represent the ice.

Button Desk
Tablet Arm Desk

ABCDEFU

The Message: ABCDEFU. Yes.

The Button Show will be on Exhibit Through March 12th, 2016 at Rush Arts Gallery, Located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 311, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Button Show Signage

Stephen Romano Gallery Presents: Saint Bowie Group Show, Coming March 2nd!

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit
Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano

Save the Date: Stephen Romano Gallery is very honored to be presenting the group exhibition Saint Bowie, opening March 2, 2016, with a reception from 5 – 9 PM. Saint Bowie will be comprised of artist-made devotional mementos, Ex Votos, Santos, Spirit Photos and other reliquaries which mourn the loss of the Starman, and also serve as a means by which to commune with Bowie on the other side.

Saint Bowie will feature art by some of our very favorite artists including Sas and Colin Christian, Nyazhul Blanco and Lori Field, among many others, listed below.

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit

See you there!

Eye On Design: Raymond Loewy, Lawn Chef Portable Grill

Lawn Chef Portable Grill
Photos By Gail

This week we are introducing a new, reoccurring feature, Eye on Design, with  American Industrial Design Legend Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986). Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries.

Among Loewy’s designs were the Shell, Exxon, TWA and the former BP logos, the Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, Coca-Cola vending machines, the Lucky Strike package, Coldspot refrigerators, the Studebaker Avanti and Champion, and the Air Force One livery. He was involved with numerous railroad designs, including the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 and S-1 locomotives, the color scheme and Eagle motif for the first streamliners of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and a number of lesser known color scheme and car interior designs for other railroads. Raymond Loewy’s career spanned seven decades.

Loewy’s popular design for the Lawn Chef Portable Grill revolutionized outdoor cooking and greatly enhanced the leisure time of the American family of the 1950s.

Lawn Chef Portable Grill 2

Raymond Loewy’s Lawn Chef Portable Grill (1950) was photographed at MOMA in NYC, where it is on currently view on the 3rd Floor, in the Architecture and Design Lobby.

BKLYN House: Affordable Boutique Hotel Showcases Work By Local Street Artists!

BKLYN House Front
BKLYN House, Located at 9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn NY (All Photos By Gail)

Street art fans already know that the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, with its artist-friendly rent and budding gallery scene, is also one of the hottest, most fertile areas in NYC to find amazing new street art popping up virtually everywhere you look. Appropriately, BKLYN House, an affordable  new hotel, which had its soft opening in December, 2015, is providing a dynamic venue for showcasing  the work of many of Brooklyn’s local artists.

BKLYN House Lobby
Lobby of BKLYN House Features This Brooklyn-By-Neighborhood Mural By Artist DINK C

The bright, loft-style boutique hotel has 116 guest rooms, a modern and sleek industrial-style design and a collection of local street-art inspired artwork, including unique murals — one on each floor —  depicting one of the unique areas of Brooklyn, which were commissioned specifically for the BKLYN Hotel.

Brooklyn 718

Additionally, the walls of the hotel’s common areas, such as the breakfast room — where guests can enjoy a delicious free breakfast that is included with their room reservation — and the lounge / business center, feature many colorful paintings that pay homage to the vibrant neighborhood scene.

Lounge

Business Center

Two Brooklyn

BKLYN House Art

Brooklyn Street Signs

All art was curated by local gallerist Steven Gonzalez Marin of the Renaissance Collective, who partnered with Image Gallery to select a group of 11 artists, each assigned a neighborhood in Brooklyn that would inspire a wall-sized thematic mural. Check these out!

Bed Stuy Mural
Welcome to Bed Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant) by Josie’s Boy.

Bed Stuy Mural Detail
Bed Stuy Mural Detail

Bushwick by Mano a Mano
Bushwick by Mano a Mano

Bushwick Detail Biggie
Bushwick Mural Detail (Biggie)

Crown Heights by Rez Shaolin
Crown Heights Mural on Post Card by Rez Shaolin

Flatbush by Yes One

Flatbush Mural on Post Card by Yes One

Fort Green eby Mason Eve

Fort Greene Mural on Post Card by Mason Eve

Coney Island

Coney Island Mural by Ovrlnd Collective

Coney Island by Ovrlnd Collective Detail

Coney Island Mural Detail

Dumbo 2

Dumbo Mural By Phetus 88

Dumbo 1

Watch a fun video of the murals in the process of being created, including interviews with some of the artists, at This Link.

Single Queen

BKLYN House features comfy single and double occupancy rooms with Queen size beds, each room featuring Pillow-top Bedding, Flatscreen TV, Free High Speed Wi-Fi and In-Room Coffee Service, among other amenities.

Double Occupancy Room

I tried out the beds and they are super comfy.

BKLYN House is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 9 Beaver Street, Between Fayette and Ellery streets. The closest subway station is the J or the M Train to Flushing Avenue, and then a very short walk to the Hotel. Visit BKLYN House Hotel Dot Com for Rates, Reservations and More information!

BKLYN House Social Media