Tag Archive | Sculpture

Glass Bambi

Glass Bambi
All Photos By Gail

While on an Art Safari at The Met this past weekend, we discovered the rare Glass Bambi, which is actually called PixCell-Deer #24, created in 2011 by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa as part of his Heisei period works. Glass Bambi was realized by covering a full sized Taxidermied Deer with variably sized artificial crystal glass beads, called PixCells, a term coined by the artist. PixCell combines the idea of a Pixel — the smallest unit of a digital image — with that of a Cell. Clever.

Glass Bambi

Whether intentionally or unintentionally on the part of Nawa, PixCell-Deer #24 resonates with a type of religious painting known as a Kasuga Deer Mandala, which features a Deer — the messenger animal of Shinto Deities —   posed similarly, with its head turned to the side, and with a round  sacred mirror on its back.

Glass Bambi Detail
In Japanese art, the Deer is often depicted as a companion of ancient sages, and has auspicious and poetic associations

Glass Bambi Head

Glass Bambi is part of Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met in Galleries 223–232, on Exhibit Through September 27, 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC!

Hans Op De Beek, The Drawing Room at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Installation View with Geoffrey
Installation View With Geoffrey! (All Photos By Gail)

Marianne Boesky Gallery is currently hosting The Drawing Room, an exhibition of new work by Belgian artist, Hans Op de Beeck who works across all media including large installation, sculpture, video, animation, photography, watercolor, drawing, text, and music. His work is a wide-ranging reflection on the tragicomic way in which humans stage and organize their lives, discussing how we deal with both space and time and with each other, and how we often lose the plot along the way. Implementing seemingly banal images, Op de Beeck touches on big, universal themes, frequently serving as a memento mori for the artist. He seeks to find a balance between seriousness and a sense of perspective, between banality and the extraordinary.

Cityscape (The Road), 2015
Cityscape (The Road), 2015

In 2009, Op de Beeck first showed a collection of large watercolors in his solo exhibition In Silent Conversation with Correggio at the Galleria Borghese in Rome, Italy. Since then, Op de Beeck has worked steadily on what is now an enormous series of black-and-white watercolors of fictitious places, landscapes, characters, and objects. Within these works, free association gives rise to images suffused with a sense of melancholy, and between the lines collective themes and emotions are conveyed.

Two Women

In The Drawing Room, Op de Beeck reveals a new series of watercolors in which postmodern landscapes sit side by side with more universal, anonymous images. The artist painted these watercolors during the night, after all of the machines in his studio were switched off, the phones stopped ringing, and his staff had left, sometimes taking until dawn to complete the work at hand.

House

Nighttime
Night Time Film

Op de Beeck utilized the watercolors he has produced over the last six years to create his latest animation on view, Night Time (extended). The film takes the viewer on a silent, enigmatic journey through invented, nocturnal settings that are sometimes populated with unknown figures. The images are primarily timeless in nature, but often show contemporary cultural and subcultural references as well. Many of the frames have a cinematic feel, attributed to ‘establishing shots,’ grand panoramic views, and ‘close-ups’ of bodies and props.

Clouds

Vanitas (Variation) 2, 2015
Vanitas (Variation) 2, 2015

The film and watercolors are complemented in The Drawing Room by two sculpture series. The first, Vanitas Variation, consists of wall sculptures made from solid grey plaster. These monochromatic works combine conventional objects from the still-life genre – candlesticks, glasses, and open books—with more contemporary objects such as soda cups, cell phones, spray cans, and cigarette butts.

Vanitas (Variation)

Gesture (Cherishing), 2015
Gesture (Cherishing), 2015

The second series, Gesture, shows life-size arms (the artist’s) performing simple actions: a hand offering a few blackberries, two hands holding something fragile, a hand calmly writing. The unspectacular gestures bring poetry and solace into daily ritual, and the fossilized scenes from both sculpture series form just another part of Op de Beeck’s mute, somnolent, and nocturnal universe.

Gesture (Tree), 2015
Gesture (Tree)

The Drawing Room, an exhibition of new work by Hans Op de Beeck, will be on Exhibit Through May 2nd, 2015 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Located at 509 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Hans Op De Beek Signage

Favorite Art From the Affordable Art Fair!

Heidler & Heeps Vinyl Collection
Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection (2014) At Bleach Box Gallery, London (All Photos By Gail)

The Affordable Art Fair, which took over two floors of the Metropolitan Pavilion from March 25th – 29th, may now be relegated to a cache of wonderful memories, but that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit some of the fantastic art we saw over several visits, or give a well-earned shout out to the many galleries from all over the globe who came together to make this such a successful and memorable event for all art lovers who attended.

Here are some of our favorite pieces and galleries from the show!

Tom Morosz Seven's Home
Tom Morosz, Seven’s Home, Fractal Optic Crystal at Ai Bo Gallery, Rye NY

Jacky Tsai War Skull
Jacky Tsai, War Skull (Jack of Spades), Eyestorm Online Gallery

Lucie Bennett Romy In Lights
Lucie Bennett, Romy In Lights, Eyestorm Online Gallery

Valerio Loi Instagram
Valerio Loi, Instagram at Artstar

Eom Hae Jo, Thesaurus III
Eom Hae Jo, Thesaurus III, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea

Yoo Sun Tai, Text and Word
Yoo Sun Tai, Text and Word, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea

Xavi Carbonell, Untitled
Xavi Carbonell, Untitled, Art Angler, New York City

Basquiat-esqe!

Reyka Vodka Bar

A special shout out goes to Reyka Vodka (my favorite), who sponsored Free Admission Friday and hosted an open bar on the second floor. Impulsive Drunk Art Buying! Woo!

Miniature Balloon Dog
Miniature Jeff Koons Balloon Dog, Karyn Mannix Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

The folks in the Karyn Mannix Contemporary booth, who were selling these adorable miniature replicas of Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dogs mounted on drink coaster-sized mirrors could be overhead chatting about how “Jeff Koons does not own the likeness of the Balloon Dog” and thus anyone should be able to do whatever the heck they want with it, and blah blah blah. They have a point, of course, and I am sure this argument holds water right up to litigation time!

Elvis By Keith Haynes
Elvis By Keith Haynes, Vinyl Sculpture, Will’s Art Warehouse, London UK

Happy Days Golden Clouds
Happy Days, 14K Gold-Glazed Porcelain Clouds, Michele Mariaud Gallery, NYC

Ryan Callanan Love is the Drug
Ryan Callanan, Love is the Drug, Tag Fine Arts, London, UK

Tag Fine Arts in London had one of our overall favorite booths, showcasing lots of eye-catching, contemporary pop art, with most pieces priced in the $2,000 range.

David Shrigley Brass Tooth
David Shrigley Brass Tooth, Tag Fine Arts

Tag Fine Arts Booth
Tag Fine Arts Booth

Tom Ungerer, Eat
Tom Ungerer, Eat at Artspace Online

Now You See Me By Nemp Jantzen
Now You See Me By Nemo Jantzen, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France

Check out a detail shot of the above work, just below:

Now You See Me Detail

Yves Krief Mur n 159
Yves Krief, Mur n 159, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France

Constellation V by Pedro Bonnin
Constellation V by Pedro Bonnin, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Where The Action is Mick by Robert Mars
Where The Action is Mick by Robert Mars, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

She No 4 by Chamnan Chongpaiboon
She No 4 by Chamnan Chongpaiboon, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Ninja Skull - Sakura, Shin Koyama
Ninja Skull – Sakura, Shin Koyama, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Rock 'em Sock 'em by Nelson De La Nuez
Rock ’em Sock ’em by Nelson De La Nuez, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA, CA

Jean-Marc Calvet, El Viaje
Jean-Marc Calvet, El Viaje at MZ Urban Art, NYC

Jealous Gallery Booth

Finally, let’s make a pit-stop at another favorite exhibitor, Jealous Gallery, which has several locations in London, UK. It is probably no accident that this the booth where I ended up making a purchase.

Bowie and Madonna By Ragman
Bowie and Madonna By Ragman, Jealous Gallery, London, UK

Photo Opportunity Shocking Pink by Russell Marshall
Photo Opportunity – Shocking Pink by Russell Marshall

Simone Lia, I've Got No Brain
Simone Lia, I’ve Got No Brain

Such fun art! If you like something you’ve seen on this post, feel free to look up the galleries or the artists on the Google!

AAS Signage

1,305 Millas / 1,305 Miles, Part 1: Atemporal at Magnan Metz Gallery

Gallery View
All Photos by Gail

I wonder if Magnan Metz Gallery appreciates how much they benefit from people who just happen to walk by and are drawn into the gallery because of what they can see from the sidewalk through its huge picture window that looks out on to 26th Street. I think that the past three times I’ve written about one of their exhibits (this one included) it’s been because something cool caught my eye from the street and I went inside to check it out.

José Angél Vincench Cambio
Cambio by José Angél Vincench

1,305 Millas: Atemporal / 1,305 Miles, Part 1: Atemporal is a group show of work by Hispanic/Latin artists, curated by Solveig Font includes contributions by Alexandre Arrechea, Roberto Diago, Glenda León, Carlos Quintana, Julio Cesar Llópiz, Adrian Fernandez, Adriana Arronte, Jose Angel Vincench, and Reynier Leyva Novo. The pieces range from sculpture to installation, paintings and prints and it is quite diverse.

Adriana Arronte
Adriana Arronte’s Historia (Intervención Sobre Platos Antiguos)/ History (Intervention on Ancient Dishes)

Lotus Dish
Detail from the Above

I couldn’t find any information or press release about this show on the gallery’s website, but there is some interesting stuff to see. It’s worth checking out if you are already on an art crawl in the area.

Here are a few more things we liked:

Works By Reynier Leyva Novo
Paintings By Reynier Leyva Novo

Document for print (ARTnews)
Julio Cesar Llópiz, Document for Print (ARTnews)

Alexandre Arrechea Dancing Moscow
Alexandre Arrechea, Dancing Moscow

1,305 Millas / 1,305 Miles, Part 1: Atemporal will be on Exhibit Through April 25th, 2015, at Magnan Metz Gallery, Located at 521 West 26th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Lena Henke’s Large Standing at the New Museum Triennial

Large Standing
Photo By Gail

I’d intended to provide but more coverage for the current Triennial, Surround Audience, up now through May 24th at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, but there just seems to be too much else going on right now. Still, I do really like this plastic and steel piece, Grosse Stehende (Large Standing), 2014, by German artist/sculptor Lena Henke. I love that it extends the entire height of the room, and that it reminds me of a giant aquarium with a monster inside it.

Picasso Bull Statue, West 58th Street

Picasso Bull Sculpture
Photos By Gail

Post yesterday’s crazy snow storm, I was out exploring today and walked south from Central Park down Fifth Avenue and around the front of the Plaza Hotel, just because. Right across from the Plaza’s posh entrance, on West 58th Street, there sits this mythic Bull Statue by the great Pablo Picasso, which was added in 2000 to what is actually the north facade of The Solow Building, also referred to as 9 West 57th Street.

I like that there is still some snow on the Bull’s horns.

Picasso Bull Sculpture

Christian Haub, Float for Vence

Christian Haub, Float for Vence
Photo By Gail

Here’s a cool photo I took of sculptor Christian Haub’s Float for Vence, (2014, Cast Acrylic Sheet, 36 x 36 x 3 1/2 inches ), on display at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts located at 529 West 20th, Suite 6W, in the Chelsea Gallery District. This lovely piece can be yours for the asking price of $10,000.