Modern Art Monday Presents: Jean Arp, Configuration in Serpentine Movements

Configuration in Serpentine Movements
Photo By Gail

In his later years, Jean Arp produced three-dimensional sculptures that he modeled in plaster and translated into stone and bronze. Plaster enabled Arp to experiments with new, unique forms, such as the amoeba-like shapes in Configuration in Serpentine Movements (1950). Referring to his biomorphic art as “l’art concret” (concrete art), Arp emphasized how this style evoked natural forms without imitation or specific definition, as if the sculpture had been created by natural forces rather than his own hand.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: “Donald Trump Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack” By Ledinsky



Do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. Are you also beyond sick of seeing his bloated, orange face on TV and hearing his racist /misogynist /xenophobic blathering? If so, then I am sure you will love this week’s Video Clip, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmoke Crack” by Atlantic Records recording artist Ledinsky.

Making this video extra special is the fact that it was created by a contest-winning fan! Directed by Peder Bergstrand – who, like Ledinsky, is from Sweden — the video premiered just last Thursday and, as you can see, it is lots of fun! Fondly recalling of the Island vibe of a song like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is an addictive pop protest anthem inspired by the Swedish-born (now based in Los Angeles) indie singer/songwriter’s increasing desperation at our political climate. Upon release, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” quickly took off; topping the Spotify Viral Charts in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Columbia, Spain, France and Hungary. Wow! The entire world seems to hate Donald Trump! Because he is just fucking heinous.

“It’s more than being about Donald Trump,” says Ledinsky. “The song is about a love for America, my adoptive parent. Donald Trump is a symbol for a regression into darkness, the end stop of the Chicago model. The frontier was once the Wild West, then the moon. Now it’s a wall.” Right on.  Ledinsky’s enthusiastic call for “Middle fingers in the air, if you’re feeling like I do” cannot be denied, and my only complaint about “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is that it is not nearly mean enough. “DonaldTumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” can be found on Ledinsky’s recently released High Society EP — which includes guest appearances by Refused drummer David Sandstrom and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who contributes drums, guitars and keyboards while also assisting in the creation of the EP’s striking cover art. Enjoy! #ImWithHer

Donald Trump Crack Video Still

Product Review: Bundaberg Brewed Soft Drinks!

Bundaberg Beverages
All Photos By Gail

Summer may be freshly behind us, but you can still drink like it’s summer — whether you prefer cocktails or mocktails — with the delicious variety of real ingredient, non-alcoholic beverages from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. A family-owned brewery in business for generations (based in their home town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia) Bundaberg soft drinks are now available in the states. This is cause for celebration!

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks are best-known for their world-renowned Ginger Beer (Regular and Diet), and their other sparkling craft beverages in flavors like Lemon Lime & Bitters, Root Beer, Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Passionfruit, Peach, Pineapple & Coconut and Guava, just to name few. We received samples of the Lemon Lime & Bitters, Peach, and Pink Grapefruit, and here is our report!

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Do you like Vodka? I sure do. Vodka has a quality I appreciate, in that it tastes delicious with virtually any mixer. If you want to make a killer Pink Greyhound, try using Bundaberg Pink Grapefruit as your alternative to fresh juice, and tell me if you can even taste the difference — because I could not. It tastes sweet and tart like fresh grapefruit juice with a light effervescence. This is my new go-to drink!

Lemon Lime and Bitters

A good friend of mine (who served as the attractive ‘hand model’ for the above photo) does not drink alcohol, but she loves to order a “Seltzer with lots of Bitters” whenever we go out, and she absolutely flipped over the Lemon Lime & Bitters flavor. She compared the taste to natural Ginger Ale. While I am not fan of bitters, I tried a sip and it was truly tasty and refereshing!

Bundaberg Sparkling Peach

Nothing says summer like the taste of a fresh, ripe and juicy Peach, amiright? Bundaberg’s Premium Peach Sparkling Brew (you can even see the tiny bubbles on the glass) tastes like a fresh peach in soda form! We love these soft drinks and can’t wait try other flavors

The Worley Gig Gives Bundaberg Brewed Drinks a Grade of A+!

Please visit This Link to learn more about Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, to find a store that sells them in your area, and also to get some amazing cocktail recipes!

Ian Davenport, Doubletake at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Ian Davenport Installation View 2
All Photos By Gail

Paul Kasmin Gallery is currently hosting Doubletake, an exhibition of new paintings by the British artist Ian Davenport. This is Davenport’s first solo show at the gallery since 2013’s Colorfall.

Primavesi Magenta Purple
Primavesi Magenta Purple

In Doubletake, Davenport explores the chromatic essence of historical masterpieces, the palette of many of the paintings being inspired by a canonical work. He has ranged widely through history for his sources, paying homage to paintings spanning from the 16th century to the 20th, creating a remarkable record of a painter’s taste and powerfully demonstrating how a great tradition of historical pictures can inform contemporary art.

Doubletake

His technique, driven by an enduring fascination with the materiality of paint and the process of painting, is similar in each. First, after studying the painting in depth and gaining an intuitive understanding of its colors and hues, he goes to work using his signature technique, which delivers elegant vertical lines cascading down the panels into rich puddles of color.

Doubletake

Their effect is both sublime, in their evocation of waterfalls, and subliminal, in their reminders of history. Referenced paintings include Van Gogh’s The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet, (1890) pulling out the rich blues of the sky, the green and beige from the lawn and path, and the reds from the roof of the church.

Splat Paintings

Other works that have inspired him include Jan Brueghel the Elder’s Flowers In A Wooden Vessel, (1606), Mada Primavesi (1912) by Gustav Klimt, and The Marriage of the Virgin (1504) by the Italian Renaissance master Perugino.

Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Yellow

Each time, Davenport uses the colors in the historical work as a reference point to initiate his own color sequences and explorations of movement, surface and light. In so doing, he questions how color gives shape to a picture, helping to structure the background and foreground in representational pictures, and produce rhythm and dynamism in abstract art.

Ian Davenport’s Doubletake will be on Exhibit Through October 22nd, 2016 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue (SW Corner of 27th Street) in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Ian Davenport Signage

Ian Davenport Installation View 1

Art By Chad Wys at The Joseph Gross Gallery

Sculpture by Chad Wys

All Photos By Gail

Multidisciplinary artist, Chad Wys has some really fantastic work in  Not The Sum of Its Parts, Just The Parts, up now at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The two person show (which also includes works by Jesse Draxler) examines the variables of abstraction, conceptualism, and mark­making. In this exhibit, Wys rips apart and questions the use of traditional arts materials, rediscovering and reevaluating the limits of the surface.

Sculpture by Chad Wys

Painting by Chad Wys

The title of the show is a reactionary statement against the Aristotelian philosophy that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  Rather, the title attempts to highlight, in a multi­layered approach, that each part is essential, individual, unique, and not­ to­ be overlooked in its contribution to the “whole.” Both artists utilize this principle in their practice.

Paintings by Chad Wys

Chad Wys is interested in manipulating found objects – the more in a state of depreciation, the better – he adds new life, meaning and function to existing materials and products, adding to the object’s history and its journey. Throughout his work he has maintained a longstanding fascination with the ideals of conceptualism. Informed by Dadaism and minimalism as well as post­modernist philosophy, Wys’ work examines visuality, from images and objects to decorations and art, and how the reproduction of these materials influence our visual experience.

Painting by Chad Wys

Not The Sum Of Its Parts, Just The Parts, Featuring the Works of  Chad Wys, will be on Exhibit Through October 1st, 2016 at Joseph Gross Gallery, Located at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Paintings by Chad Wys