Tag Archive | Fireplace

Lori Larusso’s We’ll Be Happier Tomorrow at Porter Contemporary

We'll Be Happier Tomorrow By Lori Larusso

Porter Contemporary is currently hosting We’ll Be Happier Tomorrow,  the gallery’s first solo exhibition of new paintings by Lori Larusso — which I stopped by over the weekend and found to be completely charming.

Through shaped, acrylic panels depicting realist images of mundane objects, Larusso embarks / comments on the American Dream — and the idea of happiness being tied to external consequences — revealing symbolically and metaphorically the twist to having such an unrealistic outlook.

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I really loved the vibrant colors and playful presentation of this show, and how Larusso’s shaped paintings balance both painterly and sculptural effects. Dissections of reality and unreality sometimes are combined in multiple panels interacting with a central idea.

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By including only the necessary information needed to complete the idea and composition, aspects of a specific situation or environment are isolated and brought to the forefront through Larusso’s unique presentation.

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We’ll be Happier Tomorrow by Lori Larusso will be on Exhibit October 12th, 2013 at Porter Contemporary, Located at 548 West 28th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours Are Tuesday and Wednesday By Appointment, Thursday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Friday – Saturday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Will Ryman’s America at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Will Ryman America Exterior Front
This is America (All Photos By Gail)

Artist Will Ryman built a Log Cabin, painted it metallic Gold inside and out, bedazzled its interior walls with collages of gold painted car parts, railroad parts, cotton, computer parts, corn, coal, bullets, arrowheads, chains and shackles, and named the finished piece America. Today, March 30th, is the final day that you can see America on exhibit at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Here are some photos of or what you are going to miss if you can’t make it over there by 6:00 PM.

Will Ryman America Edge Detail
Cabin Edge Details

Will Ryman America Interior from Window
View into Cabin from Exterior

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Interior Wall Detail. The round objects on the bottom row are car gas tank caps.

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Alternate Interior Wall Detail. As you can see, it is very shiny, and reminded me of walking into a Pirate’s Treasure Chest.

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Fireplace

Will Ryman American Rear View
Rear View of Cabin

Paul Kasmin Gallery is Located at 515 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10: 00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Art Nouveau Fireplace and Mantelpiece

Art Deco Fireplace Front
Photos By Gail

Attributed to Jean-Désiré Muller (French, 18771952), this fireplace is made of stoneware, a dense ceramic body that is highly durable. Its strong, sculptural design reflects the popularity of the Art Nouveau style in the years around 1900, when the fireplace was produced. The twisting forms of the vertical sides and the complex, curving shapes of the hair above the mask are characteristic of Art Nouveau design, which emphasized stylized, sinuous lines and commonly employed motifs from the natural world. The fireplace is signed Muller/Luneville, suggesting that it was produced by one of the Muller Brothers in the city of Lunéville, France, who are known for their production of art glass. It is believed that Désiré Muller also worked in ceramics.

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Art Nouveau Fire Place

Installation View