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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

John McCracken at David Zwirner

Installation View
Installation View Left to Right: Galaxy, Rhythm, Flare. (All Photos By Gail )

Hey, do you enjoy the work of legendary minimalist artist John McCracken? I sure do. According to the obituary published in the New York Times when McCracken passed away in 2011 at the age of 76, “he was one of the few artists affiliated with the [Minimalist] movement who did not object to its name, and who made most of his work by hand: sanding and polishing his enamel, lacquer or resin surfaces until their colors achieved a flawless and reflective perfection.” Right now, David Zwirner Gallery, who has represented McCracken’s art for two decades, is hosting an exciting collection of the artist’s late career works, whose monochromatic, highly reflective surfaces are inspired in part by the West Coast’s car culture. Sigh. If you are in any way a fan, you will not want to miss this exhibit.

Flare, 2008
Flare, (2008)

The exhibition presents key examples from three discrete groups of work — leaning multi-part wall pieces, wall-mounted multi-part reliefs, and freestanding columns — that McCracken created outside of his iconic planks. On view are a selection of the artist’s Beam works, each comprising multiple tall narrow components that lean against the wall, first exhibited in his 2008 solo presentation at David Zwirner.

Installation View
Installation View: Space is on the far left

Song, 2008
Song

Some multi-part works, such as Space (2008), consist of a rhythmic combination of an array colors, here blue and green; while others like Song (2008) explore tonal, more subtle variations within a single color, in this case red. Still others are monochromatic.

Galaxy 2008
Galaxy (2008)

Rhythm, 2008
Rhythm, (2008)

Fire (Left) 2007
Left: Fire,  Right: Light

Titles are likewise employed as a pictorial metaphor in McCracken’s lesser-known wall reliefs, such as Fire (2007), created for documenta 12 in 2007, and Light (2004), which exist in the interstices of painting and sculpture.

Chord 2004

Above and Below: Chord (2004)

Chord 2004

Blue Arc, Red Mara, Black Wave, Green Siskiyou
Blue Arc, Red Mara, Black Wave, Green Siskiyou

In the front gallery you’ll find a grouping of four eight-foot tall freestanding columns, arranged in a configuration similar to the artist’s 2004 exhibition at the gallery, exploring the phenomenological relationship between work, viewer, and architecture through their outsized stature.

Blue Arc, Red Mara, Black Wave, Green Siskiyou

Reflection off of Wave, 2004
Reflection off of Siskiyou (1988)

Sculptures By John McCracken’s will be on Exhibit Through April 15th, 2017 at David Zwirner Gallery, Located at 537 West 20th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Signage

Light (Rear Wall)
Light (2004), Rear Wall

Modern Art Monday: Dan Flavin, Untitled (to the “Innovator” of Wheeling Peachblow)

Untitled to the Innovator of Wheeling Peachblow
All Photos By Gail

Dan Flavin (1933 – 1996) began to use commercially available fluorescent light tubes in 1963. This work marries color and light, bringing them into three dimensions. In dialogue withe surrounding space, the vertical and horizontal tubes both illuminate and obscure the corner — a location not typically used for displaying art. Though the emitted light transcends its physical encasement and transforms the surrounding space, Flavin avoided characterizing his work as sublime and instead considered his light installation as “situations” or proposals. “One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do,” he stated. “And it is…as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.”

Untitled to the Innovator of Wheeling Peachblow

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Victoria’s Secret PINK Dog

Pink Dog
All Photos By Gail

This spotted dog is the brand mascot of PINK, the Victoria’s Secret line of clothing and lingerie that is marketed to college age (and younger) ladies. He’s pretty cute.

Pink Dog

In dimmer light, you can see that this little guy really lights up!

Photographed in the window of the Victoria’s Secret store at the corner of Broadway and Prince Street in NYC.

Plasma Sphere Nightlight

Plasma Ball Night Light

Talk about an Oh Wow factor! Remember when full-sized, tabletop globe versions of these things were all the rage and everybody had one? I still have mine! I love that someone made a nightlight version, so you can have a mini acid flashback every time you get up at night to use the bathroom!

This vivid nightlight plugs directly into the wall and radiates with swirling colored light. When the switch is turned on and the bulb is touched, the internal currents are guided to fingertips and dramatically twist and undulate around the bulb’s interior. Made of glass, xenon glass, and ABS plastic.

Details:

  • Size: 7″x 3″
  • Standard 120V plug in
  • Not compatible with 220

Get yours for just $18 at Fancy Dot Com!

So Cal By Robert Irwin

So Cal Light Installation By Robert Irwin

So Cal Light Installation By Robert Irwin, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light

Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light

Holy Cow, this thing is awesome. The Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light glitters on through the darkest night. Keep your room subtly illuminated and yourself entertained by the swirling glitter with this gorgeous night light.

Fish Tank – Glitterdisk Night Light Features:

  • Night light with swirling glitter
  • Plugs into any standard 120 V outlet
  • 360° swivel plug – always use bubble light in an upright position
  • Glitter will start to swirl after warming up for several minutes
  • Convenient on/off switch at base
  • Light bulb included
  • Size: 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

Sale Priced at just $18.95, buy yours right now by clicking This Link!