Eye On Design: A Night in Korakuen Dining Installation

A Night in Korakuen
All Photos By Gail

For his firm’s participation in this years Dining By Design event, renowned Interior Designer Roric Tobin calls on his extensive work in Japan and his deep appreciation for Japanese design, imagining an evening celebration in the classical Japanese garden of Korakuen.

Table Detail

This setting for A Night in Korakuen evokes the gardens, starting with a deep blue carpet from Stark as its base. The focal point is the dramatic Flow dining table with its striking shock of orange veins running through the Onice Bella Rosa slab from ABC Stone,which is set on a metallic casting of wooden branches.

Origami Crane Chair

At the two heads of the table are Crane chairs in contrasting veneer based on the iconic origami shape. The seating is filled out with acrylic ballroom chairs with cushions upholstered in colorful silk.

River Rock Buffet

The River Rock buffet has a cabinet of grey birdseye with a slab of aqueous cast glass floating above. Rushes and irises surround the piece to make it feel as much a garden sculpture as furniture.

Lotus Leaf Side Table

The final piece from the Roric Tobin Designs collection is the Lotus Leaf side table, which consists of three small disks of Verde Ming marble in a simple stepped formation.

Tabletop

Tablescape elements are courtesy of Christofle, with china silver and geometric candelabra which complete the look. Above, a dramatic flock of illuminated origami cranes sweep through the air. Finishing the scene are dramatic contemporary kimonos mounted on the upholstered walls.

Installation With Kimonos

This vignette was created in collaboration with Modern Luxury Media.

Advertisements

Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery Presents Dan Lam’s Delicious Monster

Dan Lam Delicious Monster
All Photos By Gail

While my back was turned, Spoke Art Gallery suddenly became Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery. I understand that this involved a simple name change, and that the gallery is being run by the same people, which is a relief, because Spoke/Hashimoto is walking distance from my apartment, and it always has pretty cool art! Example: their latest exhibit is Delicious Monster, a solo exhibition by Dallas-based artist Dan Lam, who is a lady. Delicious Monster is Dan’s fist solo exhibition at the gallery.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam is known for her biomorphic sculptures — which she often paints in vibrant, fluorescent colors — that appear to ooze and drip from the shelves on which they perch. These sculptures are made from quick-drying foam, and so they are deceptively light weight, despite appearing to be very heavy.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

For Delicious Monster, the artist continues to explore opposing themes of the beautiful and repulsive,  and how often these two different sentiments can come from within the same source. With this in mind, the new sculptures explore color and form while experimenting with new materials and layering processes.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam Delicious Monster Detail

To me, these layered sculptures recall exotic undersea coral, but Dan was actually inspired by the Monstera Deliciosa fruit, whose scientific name literally means ‘delicious monster.’ Resembling an ear of corn with a green exterior, this hexagon patterned fruit is sweet, delicious and tropical, yet it can cause severe throat and skin irritation if eaten before it has fully ripened.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Fascinated by the fruit’s tempting contradictions, the works in Delicious Monster explore this relatable concept: patience is often tested by temptation, and the excitement and desire to have an experience before the appropriate moment can often result in dangerous consequences. The sculptures above show examples of a series within the exhibit where these forms appear to be covered in beads or pearls. Dan creates the look by affixing “half beads” to the exterior of the form before paint is applied.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Exploring a variety of textures, from the shimmering iridescent to pointed spikes, Dan’s sculptures appear almost lifelike, as if they were living organisms from a psychedelic universe. Simultaneously alluring and unsettling, their textures, candy colored hues and organic shapes draw the viewer in, tempting you to touch them and enter their alternate universe.

Please enjoy a few more photos from the show:

Dan Lam Delicious Monster Installation View

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

The gallery installed a ‘Selfie-Wall,’ whose surface emulates the texture of one of Dan’s spiked forms. I was not present at the opening reception, but I can imagine that this wall was very popular!

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

She also created these miniature sculptures for the gallery’s reception desk Adorable.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam’s  Delicious Monster Will be on Exhibit Through Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at Hashimoto Contemporary New York (Formerly Spoke Art), Located at 210 Rivington Street (between Pitt & Ridge). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Dan Lam Delicious Monster Installation View

Dan Lam Delicious Monster Installation View

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Dan Lam Delicious Monster

Modern Art Monday Presents: Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Synchromy No. 3

Synchromy No 3
Photo By Gail

Although this abstract composition, Synchromy No. 3 (1917), bears many traces of European Cubism — angular shapes, fragmented forms, and multiple perspectives — it asserts the primacy of color as a key component of space and form. In 1912, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, together with the painter Morgan Russell, coined the term Synchromism to describe abstract compositions primarily concerned with the rhythmic use of color — a phenomenon they likened to a symphony’s use of sound. Synchromism was one of many diverse approaches to abstraction that flourished in the Americas and Europe on the 1910s, radically departing from traditional vocabularies of painting and sculpture

Photographed in The Brooklyn Museum.

Video Clip of The Week: The Voidz, “Permanent High School”


Hey what’s up? Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Here in NYC, not so much, but I can tell it’s on the way! After taking a couple of weeks off from this column, I was all ready-and-set to post a completely different band for this week’s Video Clip, but then I read about their stupid personal politics and was compelled to make an abrupt about face on that decision. And that’s too bad, because the song was excellent, but the lead singer sounded like a dick, and I just can’t even with that. Anyway, no loss to you, because look what I found instead? It’s this crazy great video for the tune “Permanent High School” from the Julian Casablancas-fronted band The Voidz!

Soundtracked by Casablancas‘ rather intoxicatingly druggy vocals, watching the video for “Permanent High School” feels like being dropped into a dream-in-progess.  As the band and its entourage load into a waiting van and head to the gig, two attractive female fans steal clothes from random dryers in a laundromat that is thoroughly bathed in glowing pink light. The now-well-dressed, obviously quite avid fans manage to outsmart club security and hustle their way into the show, squirming all the way to the front of stage, where the band is already in the midst of their set. And then . . . one of the ladies gets a little over zealous, shall we say. From there, it’s like the best night of your life, hanging with your best friend at a show by your favorite band! If these ladies look familiar to you, it’s because they are played models by Suki Waterhouse and Theodora Richards (daughter of Keith Richards). Pretty cool!

Aurally, “Permanent High School” (which has nothing to do with High School) is a sublime mix of psychedelia and garage rock, with probably the best lyrics that Casablancas has written in his entire career. “Permanent High School” can be found on The Voidz 2018 release, Virtue. Tristate area residents can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) performing on May 31st and June 2nd, 2019 at New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy!

The Voidz Governors Ball

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Cowboy Hats

Pink Cowboy Hats
Photos By Gail

Part Western Headwear; part Pageant Crown, these fabulous Pink Cowboy Hats were spotted in one of the many fantastic souvenir shops located in Old Town San Diego, while I was on holiday in California last December (2018). I have no idea why it took me six months to make them a Pink Thing of The Week. As you can see, they are more rain deserving of the honor.

Pink Cowboy Hats

Chris RWK Robot With Heart Mural at The Ridge Wall, LES

Chris RWK Robot Heart Mural
Photos By Gail

Street Artist Chris RWK (@RobotsWillKill) painted this version of his signature Robot character on the Eldridge Street side of The Ridge Hotel. The bright red heart he’s holding has a gift tag attached that says “From New York.” Sweet. This mural is part of what is officially called The Ridge Wall; a series individual mural vignettes by a variety of popular street artists that wraps the building’s facade from Houston Steet around the corner to Eldridge. Sponsored by the hotel and 212 Arts Gallery, which represents the participating artists, the Robot with a Heart went up in October of 2018.

Chris RWK Robot Heart Mural
Installation View

Eye On Design: You Are Beautiful Dining Installation By Gensler With Knoll

You Are Beautiful
All Photos By Gail

Link
https://www.gensler.com/research-insight/blog/diffa-new-york-dining-by-design-2019-you-are-beautiful

here’s another one of my favorite Dining By Design Installations from this year’s DIFFA event, which features carefully curated dining vignettes that raise awareness for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. Gensler New York’s 2019 design concept, titled You Are Beautiful, served as a celebratory reminder to all those individuals living with HIV/AIDS that they are Beautiful, both inside and out, they deserve enduring happiness, and, most importantly, they are not alone in their fight.

You Are Beautiful

In partnership with Knoll, EvensonBest, and MillerBlaker, the free-standing vignette embraces the idea of joyful inner beauty too abundant to be contained. The raw and honest space, flanked by stained plywood, reveals the cut-out and applied “You Are Beautiful” message luring guests to peer inside.

Yellow Dishes

A warm color palette informed by the branded red color of an AIDS ribbon articulates the vibrant interior, featuring furniture and tabletop accessories by Muuto and Filzfelt.

Balloons Detail 2

Finally, a series of colorful, transparent Beach Balls dance above the table, representing playfulness and lighthearted respite to spark conversation and empower the values of enduring happiness.

You Are Beautiful

High Fives all around on this one!