Tag Archive | 2016

Eye On Design: Gown for Leslie Jones Designed By Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano Red Dress
All Photos By Gail

Christian Siriano designed this dress for actress Leslie Jones to wear to a film premiere. Jones had tweeted that due to her physique, no fashion designer was willing to dress her for red carpet events. Siriano responded to her, saying he would be proud to design a dress for her.

Leslie Jones In Red Dress

The result was this stunning Red Silk Crepe Faille floor-length gown that she wore to the 2016 premiere of Ghostbusters, and Jones looks fantastic in it. This situation sparked a public debate about the marginalization of certain body types by contemporary brands.

Christian Siriano Red Dress

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit The Body: Fashion and Physique, On View at the Museum at FIT Through May 5th, 2018.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Aïda Muluneh, All In One

All In One
Photo By Gail

In Aïda Muluneh’s photograph All In One (2016), a single figure embodies multiplicity through the addition of extra hands of different hues. Muluneh’s use of colorful makeup is inspired by body art from across Africa and allows her to physically construct a character out of her model. After living around the world, Muluneh (b. 1974) returned to her homeland of Ethiopia, where she founded the Addis Foto Fest, the first international festival in Africa. Though she was born in Ethiopia, she has sometimes felt like a outsider due to many years spent elsewhere. Her photographs, such as this one, bear the influence of that complicated experience, and are drawn from her series The World is 9, which is named after a saying  of her Grandmother’s: “The World is nine; it is never complete and it’s never perfect.” With this series, the artist also recognizes the capacity of photography to convey the multiplicity inherent in any individual.

Photographed as part of the Exhibit Being: New Photography, Up Through August 19th, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

Eagle Eye Fish Mural on East 2nd Street

Eagle Eye Fish Mural
Photo By Gail

I passed by this enigmatic mural, located on the north side of 2nd Street, just west of First Avenue, (right next to Julie’s Vintage) while on the way to meet Geoffrey for lunch. Part Eagle, part, Eyeball and part Fish, this work of street art really has everything! The artist’s signature is visible in the lower, right corner of the above image, but I am unable to decipher it or find him or her via a search for “Jonac” —  which is what the signature appears to say.  Any clues on the artist’s identity, please leave it in the comments – thanks!

Note: The artist has been correctly identified as Lonac in the comments below, many thanks!!

Eye On Design: Maurizio Cattelan, America

America 1
All Photos By Gail

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s bold, irreverent work, America, skewers social complacencies and re-imagines cultural icons. On the occasion of the artist’s 2011 – 2012 retrospective at the Guggenhiem, which featured virtually every work he had ever made suspended from the oculus of the rotunda, Cattelan announced his retirements from art making.

Bathroom with Golden Toilet

Five years later, he returns from his self-imposed exile with a new, ongoing project at the Guggenheim Museum. For America (2016), Cattelan replaced the Toilet in one of the museum’s unisex restrooms with a fully functional replica cast in 18K Gold, making available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent.

Golden Toilet Overhead View
The Seat Is Dry, Even Though It Appears to be Wet

Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art. Cattelan’s Golden Toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all — its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.

 

Golden Toilet

Photographed in the Guggenheim Museum, Level 4 Restroom in the Rotunda, NYC.

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Video Clip of The Week: Empire of The Sun, “High And Low”


Geoffrey has been a fan of Empire of The Sun for a million billion years, it seems, but I never heard their music until the sublime “Walking On A Dream” was used to great effect (i.e. millions of cars and records, sold!)  in a Honda Civic Commercial. So, it is my pleasure to finally introduce this fine electro-dance-rock duo to the Video Clip of The Week with their latest, “High And Low.”

Moving seamlessly from scenes found in nature to futurist imaginary landscapes, the video for “High and Low” is a trippy garden of unearthly bliss; a psychedelic journey through space and time, through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain wherein lies a lush, green world. Here, an intricate living forest and ancient wisdom form to create an out of body experience.  Says frontman Nick Littlemore of the song and its accompanying video, “Imagination is something that we’ve always nurtured and promoted, and however one achieves that ecstatic madness of being is fine. It can be love to some people, it can be taking a walk in nature, or it can be scaling the heights of a psychedelic experience. As artists, we like to live on the edge. I guess this song is about finding some equilibrium there.”

“High And Low” will be included on the duo’s forthcoming third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on October 28th, 2016 via Astralwerks. Enjoy!

Empire of the Sun Band

Renda Writer’s World Peace Mural Tour!

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
All Photos and Video By Gail

In honor of today (September 21st) being World Peace Day, we’d like to introduce you to Miami, Florida-based street artist and Peace Advocate Renda Writer and his one-man World Peace Mural Tour: which recently saw him creating two of his multicolored-text-based World Peace wall murals here in the New York area.

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
Writer Working on his World Peace Mural at First Street Green Art Park in NYC

“My murals involve me writing the simple two-word phrase “World Peace,” repeated over and over, in various color patterns,” Writer explains. “I combine the energetic power of a written mantra with the stylistic visuals of typography, graffiti, and public art and utilize the influence and high visibility of public art to spread the simple message: “World Peace.”

Here’s a little video I made of Writer working on the mural on Sunday, September 11th.

Since conceiving the idea in April of this year, Writer has created 14 such murals in 7 different states including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Washington DC, and most recently in New York City — where these photos and the above video were taken on September 10th and 11th — and in Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, New York on September 17th.  “These murals, as  part of my World Peace Mural Tour, are my commitment to spending the rest of my life creating “World Peace” themed murals across the world.”

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
Fans Gather at East Street Green Art Park to Celebrate the New Mural!

“Through the simple message of ‘World Peace,’  the aim is to bring World Peace into the global conversation and remind the people of the world that it is possible. This is my life’s purpose.” More information about the tour can be found at World Peace Tour Dot Com and Facebook Dot Com Slash World Peace Mural Tour.

Completed World Peace Mural