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Eye On Design: Foscarini’s Light Bulb Series By James Wines / SITE

Inversion Room Inside
Immersive Reverse Room Installation at Foscarini Showroom Featuring The Light Bulb Series (All Photos By Gail)

NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s annual showcase of all things Design-related! Must-attend events include a Saturday evening (May 19th) filled with parties hosted by dozens of SoHo showrooms, where you can get caught up on all the latest trends in furniture and lighting while eating and drinking yourself into a stupor. It’s all kinds of crazy fun. We saw a ton of cool stuff this year, but I think we had the best time at one of the evening’s early stops, the showroom of Italian Lighting experts, Foscarini, which is located on Greene Street right in the center of all the hot design action!

Reverse Room Full View

On this evening, Foscarini were celebrating the launch of The Light Bulb Series, by Architect/Designer James Wines in association with SITE— the architecture and environmental arts studio that he founded in New York City in 1970.

Light Bulb Series
The Light Bulb Series on Display in the Foscarini Showroom

The Light Bulb Series is a designer art-house collection consisting of a limited and numbered edition of pieces – based on a reflection of the light bulb as an archetype, with its typical bulb-like shape, produced in a series of surprising provocations, as follows:

White Light

Black Light

Melting Light

Candle Light

Plant Light

James Wines translates this reflection with explorations that revolve around the principal themes that have always guided his architectural research. These are inversion, dissolution, nature, all those statuses of “architectural flaw” which make it possible to rethink reality, giving it shape and then at the same time breaking down its boundaries. Wines’s light bulbs are in turn melted, broken, inverted, turned black, and invaded by nature. A propensity towards experimentation, doing better but also doing differently, which has always animated Foscarini as well.

Plant Light and Black Light

White Melting Candle Light

Reverse Room

The focal point of the party however was Wine’s Reverse Room installation, which he designed together with his daughter Suzan Wines, both of whom were in attendance for the evening.

Reverse Room Table

The endlessly Instagrammable Reverse Room was devised to emphasise the surreal quality of these experimentations: in a dark-walled room, upside down and slanted, with monochrome tables and chairs, the table lamps blink down from the ceiling, whereas the suspension lamps peep out from the floor.

Reverse Room Suspended Bulbs

It is an invitation to think of a world, of design, and therefore of what is possible, where it is always imaginable to shed light differently.

Light Bulb Series Card

Visit Foscarini’s website at This Link for more information on The light Bulb Series and other Foscarini Lighting Designs!

Plant Light and Black Light

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FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds at the Brooklyn Museum

Faile Poster
All Photos By Gail

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds is a crazy fun exhibit that you should make an effort to see before it closes in just under a month. For those who are unfamiliar, FAILE is a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Through their bold and provocative artworks, they raise questions about our relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment, by blurring the boundaries between fine art, street art, and popular culture. This exhibit covers a broad scope of Faile’s impressive resume.

Girl with Skate Board Statue
Fantasy Island

The works on view include multimedia installations, large-scale paintings, and sculptures that appropriate imagery from a wide variety of sources, including American quilts, folk and Native American art, religious architecture, pulp magazines, comic books, sci-fi movie posters, adult entertainment advertisements, and storefront typography.

Faile Paintings Trio

The duo’s colorful and visually engaging paintings are created in the style of comic book/graphic novel illustrations and are extremely dense with images that tell a hundred stories.

Faile Painting 1

Faile Painting 2

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

The exhibition includes The FAILE & BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, an interactive environment created in collaboration with Brooklyn artist Bäst that includes video games, pinball machines, and foosball tables that are simultaneously sculptures and functioning games.

Arcade Installation View

The installation is a nostalgic nod to video arcades and punk rock and graffiti culture. Here are few of the custom-designed games you can play!

Pinball Machine

Games of Deception

See Me Touch Me

Death Awaits Me

Everyone really seemed to enjoy playing the games!

Faile Souvenir Token Machine

All games are free to play, but you can buy a souvenir token imprinted with the name of the exhibit for just $1.00. What a bargain!

DayGlo Arcade View

The arcade theme continues in a black-lit anterior room where you can find Day-Glo Foosball tables and people taking assloads of selfies! Check this shit out!

DayGlo Arcade Floor

This what the floor looks like. Geoffrey laid down on it and had me take photos of him.

Foosball Table

Foosball Table game that you can play!

Up on Two Wheels

The walls are plastered with images from FAILE’s many projects.

DayGlo Images 1DayGlo Images 2

It is like being on Acid.

Neon Sign

Temple Exterior 1

Also on view is FAILE’s Temple, a life-size structure reminiscent of a ruined religious temple. Made of iron, ceramic reliefs, and painted ceramics, and incorporating prayer wheels and popular-culture imagery, Temple imagines a reaction against commercial development and consumer greed.

Temple Exterior 2

The exterior of the Temple reminded me very much of a subway station entrance, albeit much cleaner!

Temple Entrance

Here’s what it looks like inside!

Horse Head Alter

Prayer Wheels

FAILE’s take on the Prayer Wheels found in Buddhism and other spiritual followings.

As you can see, there is a lot to take in at this exhibit and you could easily go twice and notice different aspects of the artworks on each visit.

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds will be on Exhibit Through October 4th, 2015 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor, at the Brooklyn Museum.