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95 Horatio Street By Do Ho Suh

95 Horatio Street Full Street
All Photos By Gail

If you stroll all the way to south end of the High Line to where the park terminates at Gansevoort Street in the meatpacking district, you may look across and consider that someone has blasted a passageway right through the building. But, that is an illusion.

95 Horatio Street

A new site-specific work by Korean artist Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) visually reconnects the building facade of 95 Horatio Street with the elevated railway that once occupied the neighborhood. Although today the High Line ends at Gansevoort Street, here Suh imagines what the vista might have looked like in the days when train tracks continued to run through buildings down into SoHo. 95 Horatio Street previously housed the Manhattan Refrigerator Company, which had a private siding for the railway, allowing direct access to St. John’s Terminal further downtown.

95 Horatio Street Close Up

The digitally rendered image, titled 95 Horatio Street, was just unveiled on June 26th, 2017, on the southwest corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Suh is interested in the emotional and psychological significance of architectural space: its relation to personal memory and the collapse of time are themes he explores across media. His fabric recreations of former homes, meticulous rubbings of the interior of his New York apartment, and drawings of mobile and anthropomorphic architectural structures are evocative meditations on the definition of home, and how this definition is affected by displacement and context.

95 Horatio Street Detail

95 Horatio Street is the sixth work to be presented in this series of public art installations, organized by the Whitney Museum in partnership with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art.  This installation is organized by curatorial assistant Christie Mitchell.

Do Ho Suh: 95 Horatio Street will be on Exhibit For An As-Yet-Undetermined Period  of Time.

95 Horatio Street Perspective

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Morning, Interior By Maximilien Luce

Morning Interior
Photo By Gail

This intimate scene, Morning, Interior (1890) depicts artist Maximilien Luce’s close friend, fellow painter, Neo-Impressionist Gustave Perrot getting up and dressing as morning light streams through a garret window. Luce enlivened the traditional subject of an artist in his humble living quarters with a vivid palette of red, orange, yellow and blue, applied in stippled brushstrokes, in keeping with the newly minted technique of pointillism. Little is known about Perrot, aside from the fact that he died young. In 1892, his brief career was remembered in a fifteen-work tribute held at Salon de Independants in Paris.

Morning Interior Detail
Morning, Interior, Detail

Shark Attack Tea Cups!

Nicole Gordon Low Tide
Low Tide By Nicole Gordon (Image Courtesy of the Corey Helford Gallery)

Disneyland’s Mad Tea Party attraction, commonly known as the Tea Cups, is not generally considered to be one of the park’s more terrifying rides. But…say there where menacing sharks lurking inside each brightly-painted, whirling cup — what then? Now that would be very scary!

Fortunately, that is not the case, and the provocative image you see above is not from an actual news source, but rather it is a surrealist painting by Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon, entitled Low Tide. I quite like it. If you feel similarly, perhaps you would like to know that on Saturday, July 15th, 2017, the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will host an opening reception for its exhibit of new works by Gordon, in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled  Dehydrated Rainbow. Here’s a bit more information in case you maybe want to check it out.

Nicole Gordon’s paintings lean on the whimsical and somewhat grim, an expression of beauty met with the horrors of real world change and transformation. The artist describes her work as a combination of fantasy with darker truths: her use of bright colors and out of place objects create an imaginative view of reality. For Dehydrated Rainbow, Gordon selects amusement parks and rides (many of which are now abandoned), meshed with pop-culture iconography as her subjects.

The exhibition features 15 new oil paintings and a special, interactive installation inspired by the series. Populated with ghost-like children, these dramatic, vibrant landscapes draw from our innocent childhood experiences and something more sinister. Children are painted in black-and-white to suggest this world is a dreamscape, rather than reality. One element that repeats throughout is a Tea Cup, as you see in the painting above.

 Gordon explains, “The spinning tea cup ride is something so joyful and so innocent, but also so terrifying and sickening. I think it is something most people can relate to visually. The ride is often simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying, not unlike the experience of looking inwardly and relying on ourselves for a deeper understanding and connection with the world around us.” And of course, it ismuch worse if sharks are involved.

“In this new body of work,” she continues, “I explore the relationship of a young person set against a backdrop of common, pleasurable experience crossed with destructive events. These seemingly banal activities are set against imagery of destructive forces imposing fury against the quietude. These dreamscapes represent the thrilling and terrifying worlds that we can create within our own minds if given the chance to truly be alone.”

Dehydrated Rainbow By Nicole Gordon will be on exhibit from July 15th to August 12th, 2017, at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), Los Angeles, CA 90033. The opening reception on Saturday, July 15th runs from 6:00 -11:00 PM, and it is open to the public.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase By Vincent Van Gogh

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase
Photo By Gail

This still life, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase (1890) is not mentioned in Vincent Van Gogh’s letters and has puzzled scholars as to its place in his artistic production. The subject enjoys a certain rapport with the mixed bouquet of summer flowers he made in Paris; the quasi-abstract floral wallpaper design in Berceuse of Arles , and the white porcelain vase in the Irises of Saint-Remy (both paintings also on exhibit at The Met). However, the palette and style of this painting, especially its distinctive blues and ochers and graphic, brick-shape hatchings, link it firmly with the landscapes made just prior to his death in Auvers on July 29, 1890.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Silver Towers Presents: Art Meets Mixology Rooftop Event in Hell’s Kitchen!

Silver Towers Vertical View
Even the Vertical Views Are Outstanding! (All Photos, By Gail Except Where Noted)

Nothing says “Hey Look, it’s Summer” quite like a rooftop party, am I right? Speaking of parties, the timing was certainly perfect for Art Meets Mixology: a fun event I attended on the day of the Summer Solstice, held at the Silver Towers luxury high-rise located just east of the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen! Views for miles!

Art Meets Mixology Signage

View of Hudson

Aside from the outstanding urban vistas available from the Silver Towers roof deck, which overlooks West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue, plus intoxicating beverages and delicious snacks, the centerpiece of the evening was the unveiling of Hell’s Kitchen Rising, a three-dimensional, eight-foot sculpture depicting the Past, Present, and Future of Hell’s Kitchen, created by acclaimed mixed media Artist Miguel Ovalle (also known as Dizmology) and his video collaborator Dru Blumensheid.

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Hell’s Kitchen Rising is comprised of white scrim stretched across a convex, semi-circular frame, supported by flame-shaped relief sculptures across the breadth of the work, on which images of Hell’s Kitchen life are projected in kaleidoscopic fashion. Vibrant orange back-lighting makes the sculpture really come alive!

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Hell’s Kitchen Rising Detail

The Art Meets Mixology event is part of a series of events celebrating Hell’s Kitchen and property owner Larry Silverstein’s vision for the neighborhood, which he conceived more than 30 years ago when he purchased the land where Silver Towers stands today. Mr. Silverstein has also been a supporter of the visual arts and has actually housed artists in the World Trade Center towers for over a decade.

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Miguel (seen in the above photo) currently has his Galactical Ride sculpture displayed on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center, where Silverstein Properties has converted 34,000 square feet of raw office space into a street art gallery.  “I am excited that I was able to do this piece for this event,” Miguel offered. “The sculpture celebrates the influence of architecture from the Silver Towers structure, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and New York City,” he continued. “It has a beautiful curve which is symbolic of a burst of light energy.”

Bar

Guests were also treated to food from some of the best chefs in Hell’s Kitchen including 5 Napkin Burger and Le Vela, and cocktails were sponsored by 1893 from the makers of Pepsi-Cola.

5 Napkin Burger and Cocktail

Margarita Cocktail
Tequila Jalapeno Margarita – Spicy!

In addition, celebrity mixologist, Rob Floyd from Bar Rescue wowed the crowd with his interactive, intimate Cocktail Theatre performance demonstrating the power of liquid nitrogen to create a melt-in-your-mouth summer cocktail. Check out the video below!

Bartender Rob Floyd
Image Courtesy of Accomplices

Rob is quite showman, and he made sure everyone had a good time! I know I did!

Silver Towers Collage
Images Above and Below Courtesy of Accomplices
Silver Towers Nighttime Pool View

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Georges Braque, Woman Seated at an Easel

Woman Seated at an Easle
Photo By Gail

Georges Braque’s painting, Woman Seated at an Easel (1936) is marked by the sand-laced pigment and curvilinear forms of Braque’s later work, and presents a seated female artist with palette and brush in hand. Set in the artists own Varengeville studio on the Normandy coast, it is one of about ten paintings that depicts figures engaging in artistic or musical activities.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Must See Art: Mark Mothersbaugh, Myopia at Grey Gallery

Farewell Arches to Luxembourg City
All Photos By Gail

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Living in NYC Fucking Rocks! And if you’re looking for cool things to do in the City right now, why not let yourself experience the mind-blowing career retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh: Lead singer of New Wave / Performance Art legends, DEVO, Composer, Artist and De-Evolutionary Genius. The exhibit is called Myopia, and you can see it at the Grey Gallery at NYU. Let’s a take look at all of the fun surprises that Myopia has in store for you!

Self Portrait with First Pair of Glasses
Self Portrait with First Pair of Glasses (2015)

In case you were unable to deduce by the exhibit’s title, the art of Mypoia has its roots in Mothersbaugh’s severe visual disability that he has suffered with since birth. The artist’s personal statement greets each visitor at the front of the exhibit, as follows.

“I grew up in Akron, Ohio and I had severe myopia that went undiagnosed until the second grade. My teacher would say things to me like, “Read what is says on the board,” and I’d ask, “What’s a board?” or I’d make a joke because I couldn’t see anything. My teacher disciplined me almost every day.

“When my sight issues were finally diagnosed, I was in the car with my dad coming back from getting my first pair of glasses. We came over a hill, and I saw smoke coming out of chimneys. I saw the tops of trees. Before then, I had only known the bottom part – the part that I ran into. I saw the sun for the first time and I just went, “Holy crap!”

I showed up at school with glasses, and I started drawing pictures. My teacher said, “Hey, you draw better than me.” It was the first time a teacher hadn’t either spanked me or put me in a corner. I knew then that I wanted to be an artist.”

Quite simply, Myopia is all about the truly unique world vision of Mark Motherbaugh. As the song says, it’s a beautiful world.

Farewell Arches to Luxembourg City
Farewell Arches to Luxembourg City (2014)

Kicking off the exhibit is a room-size, whimsical installation called Farewell Arches to Luxembourg City, which is a series of large scale, double-rumped sculptures inspired by My Little Pony toy figurines. The sculptures are part of Mothersbaugh’s Beautiful Mutants series (more about this to come), in which he uses mirrored imagery to critique distinctions between order and mutation. Here, the animal forms’ unnatural symmetry and smooth surfaces reveal their synthetic nature, which is underscored by the artificial grass and bright yellow backdrop.

4 DEAD IN O-H-I-O
4 DEAD IN O-H-I-O, Stamped Ink with Hand Drawn Additions (1977)

The exhibit then continues on to explore Mark’s formative days as an art student at Kent State University in Ohio.

Mark Mothersbaugh Vitrine of College Art
Vitrine Display of Mark Mothersbaugh’s College Art

Mark Mothersbaugh Student Journal
One of Mothersbaugh’s Art Student Journals

One thing you will come to understand later in the exhibit is that Mothersbaugh loves to journal!

Jocko Homo Pamphlet
Art Pamphlet Which Inspired the Title of the Song “Jocko Homo”

Circuit Bent Calculator
Circuit Bent Calculator (2014)

Mothersbaugh often manipulated exiting instruments as well as creating devices to generate novel sounds. He used this Calculator / instrument in several live performances with DEVO.  An amazing audio installation of his unique created sounds can be found in the Orchestrions Room, which further explores the composers relationship to technology.

Orchestrions Room Installation View
Orchestrions Room Installation View

Mothersbaugh has long been fascinated with machines, using them as a materiel to be manipulated in creating something new and personal. Working against technology’s tendency to generate predicable results, he alters mass-produced machines and assembles unexpected parts to form new, idiosyncratic hybrids. These unconventional, mutant machines embody his belief that originality arises from imperfection. As with his own myopia, he continually embraces flaws as a countermeasure to society’s tendency toward uniformity

Mothersbaugh’s music-making machines, or Orchestrions, feature discarded organ pipes and bird calls that he has been collecting for years. He first assembles the materials, the adapts his compositions to the quirks of the machine. The Orchestrions are a way to demonstrate his belief that flaws are the key to originality. According to the artist, “the limiting factor gives it something unique. It helps you to not fall into the cliche of twelve keys in a row. You’ve got five black ones and seven white ones that repeat all the way up the keyboard. But if you change something in that pattern, if you break one of those keys off the keyboard so that when you go for an F-sharp and it’s not there, it can force you to rethink how to say what you’re trying to say.”

The Orchestrions play a different composition, an example of which you can hear in the above video, every fifteen minutes or so. Very fun!

Rugs
Rugs During Wartime and Peacetime (2004 – 2007)

On the walls of the Orchestrions room, you will see a series of floor rugs created by Motherbaugh beginning in 1994.  The rug series started after the artist designed an entryway mat for his studio, based on one of his postcard-sized drawings. The versatility and functionality of his rugs demonstrates his interest in nontraditional art forms — especial those associated with consumer culture.

2 More Rugs

Always exploring new means of production, Motherbaugh has transferred his rug images into animations, which add elements of drama, spectacle and technology.

2 Rugs

Myopia Installation View
Gallery Installation View

If you are mostly interested in Mark’s work with DEVO, Myopia has no shortage of photos, videos, listening stations, props, ephemera and memorabilia on the band from its inception to present.

Myopia Installation View 2

In its original configuration as a quintet, DEVO included two sets of brothers, Mark and his younger sibling Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale and his younger brother Bob, who died in 2014, and Alan Myers, who passed away in 2013. RIP!

DEVO Press Photos
Collection of DEVO Press Photos

Devo as The Beatles
DEVO as The Beatles Press Photo

The Truth About De-Evolution

DEVO’s first home video release, The Truth About De-Evolution (1976) plays on an endless loop in the gallery. It includes the music videos for “Jocko Homo” and the band’s classic cover of “Secret Agent Man.”

Mongoloid 45 Release Lyric Sleeve
Jock Homo B/W Mongoloid 45 Release Sleeve with Song Lyrics

Stage Props
Stage and Video Props Left to Right: Booji Boy Mask, New Traditionalists Hairpiece, Energy Dome

DEVO Honda Scooter Ad
Still from DEVO Honda scooter kopen Commercial, 1982 – 84

Mirror Images and Mutants Entryway

Don’t forget to head downstairs to the basement where you will discover the wonder oftwo of Mothersbaugh’s fascinating series of visual artworks: Mirror Images and Beautiful Mutants!

Mirror Images
Mirror Images

DEVO Hostess Truck
DEVO in front of a Hostess Truck

Mothersbaugh first began to use mirror images in his journals of the early 1970s, and he continues to use symmetrical forms in his most recent work.

Beautiful Mutants Gallery Installation View

In 1990, he began work on his most prominent mirror-image pieces, the Beautiful Mutants series of photographs, where he transformed historical and traditional figures into mutants. His interest in mirrors is concurrent with his longtime interest in eyes, which was triggered early on by his own severe myopia.

Beautiful Mutants Baby

In a show that is so over-the-top mind blowing, the Beautiful Mutants gallery was my favorite part of the exhibit, and totally unexpected. Be sure to look for the hidden signage leading you downstairs, otherwise you will miss it, and that would be a huge bummer for you! Let’s check out more of these crazy creatures!

Two Beautiful Mutants

Beautiful Mutant

Beautiful Mutants Vitrine

Beautiful Mutant

Beautiful Mutant

Beautiful Mutants Trio

Beautiful Mutant

Beautiful Mutants Diptych

Postcard Diaries Installation View 2

Last but not least, be sure to spend some time in the room which holds Mark’s collection of over 30,000 postcard-sized drawings from his visual diaries.

Postcard Diaries

The artist draws on at least one postcard-sized piece of paper every day, a practice that he started decades ago, when DEVO was first out on tour in the 1970s. These small artworks inspire many of his larger projects across different media.

Postcard Diaries

Postcard Diaries

Postcard Diaries

These post cards are all individually filed in protective plastic sheets inside binders for your perusal.These works have never been seen in an exhibition until now.

Postcard Diaries Installation View

Mark Mothersbaugh Mypoia Will Be On Exhibit Through July 15, 2017, at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, Located at 100 Washington Square East, (between Waverly Place and Washington Place, Facing Washington Square Park) NYC 10003. Suggested Admission is $5.00. For Hours and Other Information Visit This Link!

Exhibit Signage