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The Button Show at Rush Arts Gallery

Installation View
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

I have to thank my friend Andrew for turning me on to The Button Show; a super fun exhibit that’s up now at Rush  Arts Gallery. Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, The Button Show features sculptures and other artworks created using regular clothing buttons, incorporated with other found objects, to create unique art that is delightful to behold.

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Io Palmer, Buttoned Up Cloud

On display are the works of 11 artists who each work with buttons either as the dominant medium or a featured element in their sculpture, photography and wearable artworks. Participating artists include veteran Button Artists Amalia K. Amaki, Beau McCall and Lisa Kokin.

Lisa Kokin Sleep
Lisa Kokin, Sleep

Lisa Kolin uses buttons, chicken wire, thread and spray paint to create sculptures that obliterate the surface of otherwise easily recognizable objects.

Lisa Kokin, Rescue
Lisa Kokin, Rescue

Clown Head
Lisa Kokin, Party Hat Diabolique

I think this is my favorite piece by her. It’s easy to see some of the other tiny objects — 45 RPM records, doll parts, toys, belt buckles, tiny souvenir license plates, clock faces — that are part of these very fun artworks.

Lisa Kokin, Piecework

This one, called Piecework, actually takes on more shape when seen from a distance.

Detail From Lady
Detail From Piecework

Curator Souleo offers, “I am proud to help highlight the medium of clothing buttons in visual art. Clothing buttons occupy a familiar but seemingly insignificant presence in our lives. Each artist forces us to reimagine this everyday object as a viable tool for communication and self-expression through visual art. In these works, buttons become signifiers of issues of class, politics, race, beauty and personal narratives in ways that are visually stimulating and highly engaging.”

Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left
Camilla Taylor, They’ve Already Left

These spider-like sculptures, covered with iridescent black buttons, remind me very much of the work of Louise Bourgeois.

Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45
Beau McCall, World Spinnin’ on a 45

When I look at this oversize Record Adapter, I wonder how many people under 20 even know what this is, or what it was used for. Nostalgia!

World Spinnin Detail
World Spinnin Detail

Red Bath Tub

This gorgeous Red Bathtub is called Dark Musk Oil Egyptian Crystals & Florida Water/ Red Potion no.1 (but in all lower case letters, and no spaces between the words), and it is by Beau McCall. Created from Buttons, fabric, and thread over a cast iron tub, this is the show stopper.

Red Bathtub

Bathtub Interior Detail

So beautiful.

Kool Aid Man
Domino Kool (Hood Classic I)

Beau McCall also created this stunning representation of a Pitcher of Kool-Aid Dink Mix being poured into a glass.

Kool-Aid Pour Detail

I love how he uses clear buttons to represent the ice.

Button Desk
Tablet Arm Desk

ABCDEFU

The Message: ABCDEFU. Yes.

The Button Show will be on Exhibit Through March 12th, 2016 at Rush Arts Gallery, Located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 311, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Button Show Signage

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Must See Art: Nick Cave at The Jack Shainman and Mary Boone Galleries


Loud Speaker by Nick Cave (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

It very rarely happens that an artist has two shows running concurrently at two different Manhattan galleries, but right now the work of artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with This Guy) is being featured in two Chelsea galleries just a few blocks apart, which makes it very easy to make it to both – and you simply must, because his stuff is off the hook!

At Jack Shainman Gallery, Ever After features several different types of Cave’s ‘Soundsuits.’ One set, entitled Loud Speaker (see top photo), is a series of suits joined together by fabric and embellished with black mother of pearl buttons – very gorgeous and enigmatic. There’s also a similar set of suits that are not conjoined but are also covered in white/cream mother of pearl buttons. A third set at the front of the gallery is comprised of human scale, cream colored shaggy fur suits with rabbit ears. This set remind me of the film Donnie Darko for some reason. Cool and creepy at the same time!


Soundsuit of Found Sweaters

Walk a few a blocks uptown to the Mary Boone Gallery and you’ll encounter For Now, another Cave collection of Soundsuits, this time featuring colorful stand-alone works, each distinct to the other and made up of familiar “found” materials ranging from Dogwood twigs (previously seen at the Museum of Arts and Design), rag rugs, and sock monkeys sewn together, to tin noise makers, old fashioned toy tops or ceramic bird figurines. I know that Nick Cave has a staff that does the assemblage of these suits, but somebody had to think of the ideas for these things, and they are pretty twisted. So, high fives all around! I recommend you make time to see both of these exhibits while you can— both are kid friendly, by the way.


Soundsuit of Found Objects, Pipe Cleaners, Leggings


Soundsuit of Dogwood Twigs

Jack Shainman Gallery is Located at 513 West 20th Street. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Ever After is on exhibit through October 8, 2011.

Mary Boone Gallery is Located at 541 West 24th Street. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For Now is on Exhibit through October 22, 2011.