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Favorite Art From The Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2019!

Patty Carroll Cooking The Goose
Patty Carroll, Cooking The Goose, $5000, Edition of 10 (All Photos By Gail: Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail))

This year, New Yorkers definitely needed a seasonal hard reboot, and the Spring edition of the biannual Affordable Art Fair brought much-appreciated flashes of color and whimsy into the City during its exciting four-day run in late March. Whether you’re an experienced collector, someone looking to invest in a single piece for your home, or an art lover who just enjoys the inspiration and joy of browsing, the Affordable Art Fair is a great place to expose yourself to (and purchase) art from a finely curated selection of cutting-edge, contemporary galleries from across the globe. For me, this recent fair really embraced the spirt of fun and humor in art. Let’s look at a collection of my favorite fun artworks spotted at the AAFNYC for Spring 2019!

Ara Cho Cactus Sculptures

Ara Cho creates these soft Cactus Sculptures for Gallery Art Plaza, located in Seoul, South Korea. Made from stuffed, sewn and embellished leather, they sell for just $400 each.

Ara Cho Cactus

Here’s a closer look at a piece she calls City Oassis – Ferocactus A (2019). Unique and super cute!

Liv Antonecchia Cake Slices

Among the best bargains of the fair, these fun stoneware and glazed ceramic sculptures of Cake Slices, by Liv Atonecchia were selling for just $54 each! I found them in the booth for Miller Gallery of Charleston, SC.

David Bowie Ziggy

Miles Purvis Daniel made this bold and colorful collaged portrait of the late, great David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust ($6500), also found at Miller Gallery.

Olivia Bonilla Heatwave

Displayed in that same gallery, just in front of Ziggy, was this imaginative sculpture by Olivia Bonilla, who manifested the dreamlike vision of a fancy Cupcake with NYC Yellow Cabs imbedded in its sky-high swirl of frosting. Entitled Heatwave, it was priced to move at just $225!

Pink Wrapped Candy

Online gallery ArtStar teamed up at AAFNYC with New York artists Robyn Blair and Name Glo to transform their booth display into an installation of candy-themed artworks that had fair-goers stopping in their tracks to grab a photo or two for their Instagram feeds!

Pink Roller Skate
Pink Roller Skate ($4500)

These visually enchanting sculpted pieces incorporate specialty candies suspended in a hand-poured resin and a Plexiglas case. IThe Name Glo neon-look LED lights are sculpted by artisans based in New York.

Rainbow Cloud and Lips
Blue Rainbow $4500; Purple Lips $3000

Red Glitter Popsicle By Betsy Enzenberger  

You can get a better look at ArtStar’s display wall as you admire this monumental Red Glitter Popsicle sculpture ($2850) by Betsy Enzenberger from just across the aisle at Retrospect Galleries, which is based in Australia.

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Betsy, who lives in Los Angeles, also had these smaller Popsicle sculptures for sale, priced at $200$300 per piece. They are so cool!

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Visit her website at This Link to inquire about commissions!

Popsicle Series

Here’s another Popsicle Series by Argentinian artist  Maximiliano Pecce, selling for $4500 per sculpture at Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana.

Popsicle Series Orange and Pink

Each ice cream treat measures 40-inches by 24-inches and is made from melted recycled plastic covered with colorful plastic beads. Check it out.

Popsicle Series Detail

Maximiliano’s work is an effort to increase awareness of the amount of plastic waste produced daily by our modern society, while retaining a nostalgic energy to those younger days of playing with plastic beads! I like it!

Sebastian Burdon Pink Happy Dog

Sebastian Burdon’s Pink Happy Dog ($2350) was found at Tag Fine Arts of London, UK!

Wall of Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

French artist Ortaire De Coupigny works with various materials and pigments to create his unique painted fish before suspending them in paraffin wax and covering them with transparent resin. Genuine sardine tins (manufactured in his local area) are used where possible to create an interesting dynamic between an industrial, mass-produced everyday object and art. The tins sell for $170 to $249, each.

Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

Ortaire is representedat the Affordable Art Fair by at Ronen Art Gallery of Amsterdam.

Nine Buddhas By Tal Nehoray

Nine assorted-color, laser-cut Plexiglass seated Buddhas in a box frame (Nine, $950) is the work of Israeli artist Tal Nehoray. Found at Contempop Gallery, with locations in Tel Aviv and NYC.

Philippe Berry Purple Splash

This freeform wall sculpture of polished and varnished bronze is entitled Purple Splash ($8900) by French artist Philippe Berry. Photographed in the booth for Galerie Duret, Paris.

Badly Behaved Bottles By Love Jordan

Imagine the time and meticulous attention to detail that went into creating Badly Behaved Bottles ($8800) by LoveJordan — a collaboration of artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. Let’s take a closer look.

Badly Behaved Bottles Detail

Wow! Consider the effort that went into filling each tiny bottle with paint, and then arranging them just so. LoveJordan are represented by Woolff Gallery of London.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

This next piece mines a similar idea vein as the LoveJordan collaboration, but then takes it ‘to eleven,’ as the saying goes.  Peek & Choose Multicolored ($6300) is a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Stéphane Gautier make up of sixty bespoke bottles of nail polish displayed in a Plexiglass case. Take a closer look and you’ll realize that each bottle bears the instantly recognizable logo of a well-known brand, celebrity, film, pop culture franchise, etc.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier Detail

I absolutely love this.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

Photographed at Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart of Paris.

Here’s some other random cool stuff that stood out in the crowd!

Egg Cup With French Bull Dog Salt Shaker

Egg Cup With French Bull Dog Salt Shaker ($6500) by CJ Green, spotted in the booth for Byard Art of Cambridge, UK.

Green Robo Love By Carl Smith

Green Robo Love ($800) by Carl Smith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, California.

Composition No 181 By Mara Minuzzo

Composition No 181 ($2500) by Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary, located in Canada.

Lustre Art Booth

Mara Minuzzo also painted the amazing collection of Mid-century Modern Chairs ($800 each), which are the perfect complement to display alongside this totally rad photograph of a vintage Pink Cadillac by Patrick Lajoie, entitled Rosy Days Are Here (In The Round) ($6000) which comes in a handmade aluminum frame!

And that wraps up our recap the Spring 2019 Affordable Art Fait, NY! See you again in the Fall!

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Ilona Keserü, Wall-Hanging with Tombstone Forms

Wall-Hanging with Tombstone Forms
Photo By Gail

Ilona Keserü belongs to a generation of Hungarian artists that emerged in the wake of the Revolution of 1956, which had resulted in restrictions on officially acceptable art and suspicion of avant-garde art produced in Western styles — particularly abstraction. Keserü and other Hungarian artists flourished in abstract modes, despite this marginalization. A vibrant unframed tapestry, Wall-Hanging with Tombstone Forms (1969) exemplifies her desire to merge modern abstraction with references to Hungarian folk culture, making something with local resonance out of an otherwise international vocabulary of hard-edge painting. The undulating, toothlike motif recurring throughout the composition relates to artists study of gravestones at the Balatonudvari Cemetery, southwest of Budapest.

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: WARGIRL, “How You Feel”

When a song instantly conjures a mental movie, on whose soundtrack it fits perfectly, from the very first time you can hear it, that song possesses a cinematic quality that’s been missing from music since the seventies. Just being serious. The transcendent power of the one-song soundtrack hit me as soon as I watched this week’s video clip, “How You Feel” from the southern California-based, mixed-gender sextet, WARGIRL. Blending sixties psychedelia together with seventies funk until it is oh, so smooth, “How You Feel” could have been lifted from a key scene in almost any early James Bond thriller, or perhaps something a bit more exotic, such as Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik. If reading that sentence doesn’t get you excited to hear this band, you are dead from the neck up and there is no hope for you. Visually, the accompanying video is a Mondrian-esque, color-block title sequence to that very same movie in your head. It’s two minutes and thirty-five seconds of pure, cinematic perfection.

Comprised of guitarist Matt Wignall, lead singer Samantha Park, bassist Tamara Raye, keyboardist Enya Preston, and dual percussionists Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri, the various members’ diverse backgrounds allow WARGIRL to effortlessly cross and combine genres. I know it’s often said, but WARGIRL truly is a band that sounds like no other, and that’s a very good thing. “How You Feel” can be found on WARGIRL’s self-titled debut album, which is due out on April 19th, 2019! Enjoy!

Wargirl Album Cover Art

Pink Thing of The Day: KAWS Giant Pink BFF Display in Dior Shop

Dior Pink BFF
Photos By Gail

As part of its Spring/Summer 2019 line, Dior has partnered with artist KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) to use a signature Dior Pink version of the iconic BFF figure in a variety of store promotions and campaigns. I spotted this guy — who is about 8-feet tall, suited up in a sharp Dior suit, with hands, shoes and head made from tufts of pink roses (which are actually paper facsimiles) — in the front window of the Dior shop at the corner of West 14th Street and 9th Avenue in NYC’s Meatpacking District.

Dior is also selling a plush toy of the instantly-iconic BFF identical to the one seen here, albeit on a much smaller scale. The toys are a limited edition,  and carry a  price tag of $7,500 (not a misprint) each. That is, of course, if you can still find one!

Dior Pink BFF Back

Lady with Cactus Mural By Sara Erenthal

Sara Erenthal Mural
All Photos By Gail

A lady holding a potted cactus seems like an apropos image to usher in the spring, but this mural by artist Sara Erenthal has actually been up since September of 2018. You can find this work at the corner of Delancey and Allen Streets, where you previously saw This Piece and This Collaboration!

Sara Erentlal Head Tag

Sara even left this tag on the sidewalk near the mural, which is part of The New Allen project!

Lady With Cactus Mural

Eye On Design: Us is More Dining Installation By INC Architecture & Design

Us Is More Dining Tableau
All Photos By Gail

Dining By Design takes place in New York City each year in conjunction with The Architectural Digest Design Show. This collection of high-end, conceptual dining environments is sponsored by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) to raise awareness and funds in support of the organization’s work to fight HIV/AIDS. In the coming weeks, I’ll be showcasing my favorite installations from Dining By Design in the Eye on Design space. This week we are featuring Us is More created by INC Architecture & Design.

Us Is More Floral Lighting Fixture

In this tableau, individual ribbons and imperfect patches of color converge, creating a playful and experiential landscape. An everyday building material (wood) forms the singular core of the installation’s structure, elevated and layered upon by expressive gestures of vibrant color.

Elevation View

These layers are the building blocks that create a dynamic, three-dimensional painting in our ordinary world, where vibrant, expressive gestures elevate simple forms and materials. Alone, they are rather unremarkable, but together they are unforgettable. At this table, and life’s core, us is always more.

The installation’s rainbow color palette was inspired by the visualization of a film still from the rock biopic The Runaways, created by the Instagram account @ColorPalette.Cinema, which takes stills from classic films and adds color-coded swatches beneath them, revealing the essence of the visual language of film.

Us Is More Tabletop Detail 2

Design by Inc Architecture and Design, with Lennie Construction Corporation, and Mehovi Painting Inc. (Paint by Benjamin Moore). Additional services by Ventresca Design in partnership with Color Kinetics, LED-Linear, Loupi Lighting, Electric Light Agencies and Lights on West. Tableware by Colony.

Us Is More Installation

Daniel Rozin Cracked Mud at Bitforms Gallery

Cracked Mud Still Full
All Photos and Video By Gail

It wasn’t until the very last day of the exhibit that I made it over to Bitforms Gallery to check out Israeli-American artist Daniel Rozin’s 3-piece interactive show, Sol. To be honest, I was most interested in a piece that everyone seemed to be writing about, a kinetic sculpture/installation called Cracked Mud (2019), which mimics the cracked surface of a dry river bed, stretched out under a glowing sun-like orb.

Cracked Mud Still 2

According to the exhibit press release, “the effects of climate change are causing lakes to warm faster than the oceans and air, leading to a vast increase of dried riverbeds. Cracked Mud emulates this environment with a large-scale floor installation that takes over most of the gallery space.

Cracked Mud Still 6

A barren landscape illuminated by a glowing sun is suddenly transformed into dynamic, undulating motion by sensors that transmit the observer’s gestures into gradual ripples across the ceramic landscape.

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The work performs as both an interactive and generative experience through programmed periods of activity. Although the artwork is intrinsically mechanical, the rippling effect gracefully echoes the fluidity of nature. Rozin’s ceramic fragments marry the handmade qualities of natural materials with the exactitude of kinetic technology.”

It was very fun and cool to watch the “Mud” react to my movements as I walked around the installation, and the gallery was empty while I shot the video so, except for a slight cough off-screen from the gallery docent, it was nice and quiet as well.

Cracked Mud Still 3

Cracked Mud Still 4