It’s been six years since I saw Industrial Designer Ron Arad’s phenomenal No Discipline exhibit at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and was immediately smitten by the artist’s unique vision of transforming the functional and mundane into extraordinary works of art. Early last week, Geoffrey and I attended a talk by Arad at the Neuehouse Private Workspace Collective, during which he talked about his upcoming exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery and compared creating In Reverse, his new series of compressed Fiat cars, to the process of pressing flowers between the pages of a book. It was an excellent primer to set expectations high for the exhibit, which opened on February 12th. Continue reading Ron Arad, In Reverse, at Paul Kasmin Gallery
The FIATpop-up gallery in SoHo has closed its doors after hosting a run of great art events, parties and performances. Geoffrey and I were excited to celebrate its success by attending the closing night party on Saturday April 30th. The space at 18 Wooster Street (formerly the home of art gallery Deitch Projects) was a futuristic showroom of the tiny foreign cars displayed amid bitchen car-themed art, spreads of tasty Greek food and a variety of alcohol and other potent potables. We especially enjoyed the made-to-order shaved ice drenched in sour cherry syrup and vodka – lip-smacking! British soul-funk/electronica singer Jamie Lidell energized the crowd with a lively performance at 6:30 PM, followed by a DJ set by Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of the recently disbanded LCD Soundsystem. As expected, the place was lousy with hipsters, but G and I effectively worked the room and had a blast before heading further downtown to a Birthday party (shout out to Yvonne!) on the roof deck of a luxury building on Leonard Street. Oh, what a night!