Amsterdam-based designer Germans Ermics has worked extensively with frosted, ombre and colored glass in his furniture design studio. The Presence – Absence Table expands on his ideas with a design made from hardened laminated glass mirror with graduation from 100% Mirror to 100% Red Glass. It is really quire stunning.
Presence – Absence was originally created in collaboration with Iskos – Berlin for the Side by Side Outside SE exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in 2017. A statement on the table is below:
“The clearest way to perceive and define the world is through negation, through opposites:
We understand the meaning of light when it becomes dark; we first understand what our parents mean for us when they are gone; the presence of loved ones is truly grasped in their absence.
Presence and Absence walk together – Side by Side – as inseparable as day and night”
Photographed at The Salon Art & Design in NYC. Limited Edition of 8 Pieces, Available from Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris.
Geoffrey and I went all the way down town on a mission to investigate the Museum of Feelings, which turned out to be a bust, because the line was (realistic estimate) 90 minutes to 2 hours long. And we are about waiting in lines no. So, while we were down there (because Battery Park City is a fucking haul from our respective residences), we decided to just see what kinds of cool snaps we could take. Because Geoffrey is obsessed with the Instagram, and I know that I can always score a few blog hits with a fun photo.
And what we saw as soon as we walked into the Brookfield Place mall, which is what you have to walk through to get to the Museum of Feelings, was this awesome Christmas Tree studded with Disco Ball Ornaments. Super Groovy.
As you can see, the ornaments are mix of the classic mirror disco ball variety, and red or green mirrored mosaic designs. Festive!
As we walked through the mall towards the water, we entered the famous Winter Garden, (which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, but as since been beautifully restored) and that is where the full-on Disco Ball Christmas Trees were hiding.
If you end up in that part of town for whatever reason during the Christmas Holidays, take some time to walk around and enjoy all of the decorations, because it is really beautiful down there.
Near the Water Street side of the plaza at 88 Pine Street is a two-piece abstract sculpture called East West Gate, by Taiwanese artist Yu Yu Yang (1926 – 1997), consisting of a large shiny stainless steel disk standing upright next to a 16-foot-tall steel rectangle with a circular hole in it, suggesting that the disk has been cut from the rectangle.
This circle in the square creates an intriguing visual and philosophical perspective for the viewer who repeatedly regresses in the reflection of the disk.
Yang’s works show a rich variety of forms and subjects with their essences based on Chinese cultures through expressions that incorporate both eastern and western aesthetics. A renowned sculptor, environmental designer and architect, Yang was a versatile and prolific artist who left behind a great legacy of art.
Agnes Denes’ The World of Thornes(1968) is a new acquisition at MOMA, and man is it ever rad! Made of electroplated plexiglass and synthetic polymer paint on a light box, the piece is challenging to photograph because it is like trying to shoot a mirror straight on without getting yourself in the photo. These pictures turned out really good though. Love this!
While I did very much enjoy Carrie Fisher’s one-woman Broadway show, Wishful Drinking – I’d never stoop to call myself a Star Wars fan. The thing is, the whole Darth Vader mystique is iconic enough that it bleeds over into the mainstream, not obsessed-with-Star Wars culture. Anyway, I saw this item over on the Geekologie blog and, due to my passion for all things big, shiny and geeky, I had to snag it. Thank you, please drive through.