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New Works By Hassan Sharif at Alexander Gray Associates

Combs (2016)
Combs, (2016) By Hassan Sharif (All Photos By Gail)

We were first introduced to the suspended sculptures and assemblage art of Hassan Sharif in the exhibit Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum back in 2014. Right now, Alexander Gray Associates is hosting a exhibit of Sharif’s recent work, featuring sculptures and woven assemblages. Recognized as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practice in the United Arab Emirates over the past four decades, Sharif has transgressed traditional frameworks for art making by extending his practice to performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage that integrates ordinary objects as the primary medium. The tapestry-like works in this exhibition are conceptually linked by their relationship with the human body and social structures.

Combs Detail
Combs, Detail

For this series, the artist creates artworks from sourced inexpensive and mass-produced goods that he buys at local markets in his native Dubai. By cutting, bending, grouping, and braiding these cultural artifacts, he sheds their functionality to enhance their aesthetic and political significance. For Sharif, “the work is about consumerism. “I use cheap materials, ordinary things that are readily available in the market,” he explains.

Back to School
Back to School (2015)

By weaving together, in the ancient tradition of tapestry making, ordinary objects consumed by today’s society, Sharif points both to the hyper-industrialization impacting everyday life and the abandonment of old traditions that were key to building strong bonds among the members of communities in the past. On his interest in unifying aspects of both the ancient and modern, the artist explains “I want to nurture new ways out of the old and present these in a contemporary visual and artistic context.”

Back to School Detail
Back to School , Detail

In Sharif’s body of work, the rhythmically repetitive act of weaving echoes the involuntary functions of the human body, such as swallowing, breathing, and blinking. At the same time, the materials deployed to create the works 
in this exhibition, including combs, nail clippers, masks, and gloves are traditionally used to modify or cover the body. Recently, Sharif has centered his production around large-scale wall sculptures that incorporate objects that as he describes, “people depend on greatly to keep up with their daily routines and activity. So long as they are alive, they keep using, exhausting, and relying on them as if they are, in one way or another, part of their own bodies.”

Masks
Masks (2016)

In Masks, Sharif creates a grid of many colored face masks which cascade towards the floor, tied to one another by their black ribbons to ultimately form an irregular fringe at the bottom of the sculpture. The artists notes that masks have “an important historical role. In the Middle East, women cover their faces with veils. In Africa [masks are] used in dances to ward off evil spirits. Hiding one’s identity has become increasingly important.”

Masks Detail
Masks, Detail

Ladies and Gentlemen (2014)
Ladies and Gentlemen (2014)

For Ladies and Gentlemen, he assembled mass-produced and inexpensive female and male shoes, into a drape-like object that emphasizes seriality and the dislocation of functional objects. His use of shoes speaks to an interest in sexual politics across centuries and geographies; in the work, men and women occupy a common space, and are bound together with hand-painted papier maché and ropes. In this way, he refers to the intrinsic connection between individuals and society.

Ladies and Gentlemen Detail
Ladies and Gentlemen, Detail

Sharif’s interest in visual accumulation, and in systematic production, calculations, and geometric permutations are apparent in his choice of material for Combs (2016). For this work, he assembled plastic combs in a variety of bright colors, which jut out from the wall at irregular angles creating a haphazard visual rhythm. For the artist, combs, widely used to tidy hair, exemplify the use of logic necessary in mass-production of consumer goods. As he explains, “the number of teeth, the distance between them, their length and thickness, all seem to be well calculated, and they have been so for thousands of years.” Sharif echoes the geometric precision of the combs by organizing them in a meticulous gridded pattern in space, following a calculated mathematical model of his own invention, to create a hanging tapestry.

New Works by Hassan Sharif will be on Exhibit Through May 14, 2016 at Alexander Gray Associates, Located at 510 West 26th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District

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Punching Bag and Artificial Leg
Punching Bag (Left Background) and Artificial Leg (Right Foreground)

Furla Handbags Previews Tones of Neo-Pop Collection for Spring/Summer 2015

Interactive Artwork
All Photos By Gail

Eye-popping colors. Experimentation. Painted effects. The new Furla collection for Spring/Summer 2015 plays with fashion, art and graphics, melding the worlds with a dynamic appeal, understated elegance and upbeat energy! And what better way to introduce this new line handbags than with a fun party at the Furla NY showroom?

Furla Champagne
“Ah, Proseco.”

Not only did we get to preview dozens of stylish handbags, but there were also all of the ingredients of a festive event, including free-flowing Preseco.

Furla Party Snacks

Also, delicious Party Snacks!

Furla DJ

And even a DJ (sporting a Furla Bag over her shoulder, of course)!

Random Furla Bags

CANDY FURLA VANILLA CARTOON MINI SATCHEL
Candy Furla Vanilla Cartoon Mini Satchel

Inspired by the Neo-Pop artistic movement, a post-modern interpretation of Pop Art, the new styles vibrate with lively colors, primarily festive shades of sunshine, hibiscus orange and ocean blue, counterpointed by gentler shades of white, gray and dove.

KELIS FURLA TOTE
Kelis Furla Tote

TWIST FURLA TOTE Display

Splashes of colors that with chromatic gusto are often combined together to form daring color-block effects, adding a distinctive personality to the new Furla Twist Bag, a versatile and labor-intensive buckets-shaped shopper, complete with a metal bar and a woven inner compartment.

TWIST FURLA TOTE

SPY BAG FURLA BACKPACK

For trendsetters on the go seeking a relaxed modern elegance from sunup to nightfall, Furla presents the season’s novelty shape: the soft-edged, user-friendly Furla Spy Backpack in soft nappa and suede that is adorned with either mini or macro flat studs in burnished metal that set off a graphic polka dot effect.

VERTIGO FURLA PAINTING TOTE
Vertigo Furla Painting Tote

OPERA FURLA CLUTCH
Opera Furla Clutch

In the iconic Furla Metropolis Bag, a small chain-strapped bag characterized by hand-stitched padded details that trace geometric motifs down the front, the clasp features a multi-color rubber coating, again in pretty color combinations.

ALICE FURLA TOP HANDLE with ALICE FURLA CROSSBODY
Alice Furla Top Handle, Alice Furla Crossbody

The same padded details also enhance the clean and sleek personality of the new Furla Alice Tote, an expression of contemporary casual class that reveals a painstaking artisanal expertise and distinctive details that transcend time.

CandyBags Ceiling Display

Pushing ahead with its ability to innovate and reinvent a longstanding heritage, anchored on impeccable Made in Italy craftsmanship, prized materials and an ever-evolving creativity, the latest version of the iconic Furla Candy Bag in soft PVC is a high-impact explosion of colors and opposing textures that add a touch of playful glamour to any day.

Blue Candybag

Yellow Candybag

CANDY FURLA PAINTING SATCHEL

Also of note is the version featuring resin brush-stroke effects that vary from subtle trickles to bold splotches, rigorously hand-applied to make each bag unique.

CANDY FURLA PAINTING SATCHEL

Candy Furla Bubbles Mini Satchel
Candy Furla Bubbles and Mini Satchel
Interactive Artwork By Maho Tonouchi

Further strengthening the brand’s bond with the art world is the collaboration with prominent Tokyo-based illustrator, Maho Tonouchi, who inspired the interactive artistic installation, starring the new Furla bags, presented during Milan Fashion Week.

For more information on Furla handbags visit US Dot Furla Dot Com!

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Sprayground Presents New Backpacks for Fall / Winter

Silver Pink Blue Trio
Backpack Party at Red Light PR! (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

Here in NYC, you have to live like a Boy Scout and be prepared for anything at all times, so you really need a big, lightweight and comfy bag to hold all of your stuff. Fortunately, Sprayground has a new line of outrageously cool backpacks like the ones at The PNW for fall and winter and there is surely a design that will fit right in with your personal brand. Check out some of these rad styles we saw at a fun party held at the showroom offices of Red Light PR! – It must of been a costume Halloween party becuase everyone had freaky bottom grillz on, weird stuff.

Sprayground Backpack Display

Sprayground Embroidered Mayan Design

Embroidered Mayan Design.

Pink Camo with Wings

Pink Camo with Wings – WANT!

Ninja Turtle Grillz Leonardo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Grillz (Leonardo). This design is available at Bloomingdales.

Great Escape and Spongebob

Great Escape and SpongeBob. If you ask me, Spongebob was born to be a backpack!

Backpack Themed Cocktails

The party also featured an open bar, serving refreshing backpack-themed cocktails. I had one of the Pink Mambas, which was delicious!

B&W Weave

Black & White Weave, very stylish!

Gold Mamba

Gold Mamba – Super fine!

These bags are all super lightweight when empty, are very roomy and have multiple zip compartments to keep your secret stash secret.

Stashed Money Leopard Fur Zipper View

Stashed Money Leopard Fur

Stashed Money Leopard Fur – check out the inside!

Stashed Money Leopard Fur Inside

Holy Cow! I’m Rich!

Price points on these must-have Sprayground styles range from just $40 to $95, so these bags are all very affordable. For more information on Sprayground accessories and to purchase any of these awesome Backpacks please visit Sprayground Dot Com.

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Damien Hirst Inspired Backpacks Sell for $55 K!

Damien Hirst Pills Backpack

Talk about an unexpected alliance. Luxury fashion accessory retailer, Just One Eye has announced a new project based on a collaboration between renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen’s handbag company, The Row. You can’t make this stuff up.

Created in a limited edition of 12 pieces in each of nine designs, and with a portion of each sale to benefit UNICEF, these works blur the line between high art and high fashion. Signed by the artist, each backpack features uniquely individual embellishments, from an assortment of prescription pills (an homage to the Medicine Cabinets series), to Hirst’s signature Spot Paintings. These Backpacks will sell for around $55,000 each (not a misprint) but you have to call for an exact price. Available from 12/12/12, or maybe already sold out, at This Link.

Damien Hirst Spot Backpack