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Katherine Bernhardt’s Concrete Jungle Jungle Love at The Lever House

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

The Lever House Art Collection recently hosted Concrete Jungle Jungle Love, a site-specific installation by New York based artist Katherine Bernhardt. I happened to pop in to the exhibit which filled the Lever House Park Avenue lobby, while passing time before dining a nearby restaurant, as the installation’s vibrantly-colored elements drew me in from the street like steel to a magnet.

Bananas and Windex

The explosively colorful exhibition playfully fused imagery and objects of modern culture (Windex, Toothpaste, Tropical Fruits) with that of the tropics. The commission was one of Bernhardt’s first departures from canvas, pulling motifs out of her paintings and giving audiences a unique three-dimensional experience of her work.

Watermelon and Cushions

A combination of acrylic and spray paint canvases, dyed interactive soft sculptures (which the artist refers to as “Gummy Worms”) and a concrete block plant installation, the show’s multi-medium elements serve as a whimsical juxtaposition to the modernist architecture of the space.

Gummy Worm Cushions

Melon Paintings

Gummy Worms and Paintings

Bernhardt explains,”When constructing the show, I envisioned a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. In this show, gigantism rules. You’ll find giant gummy worm sculptures and giant paintings. The gummies could also be seen as giant paint strokes that have fallen out of the paintings. You can play on them or rest on them as well as admire the beauty of gummy worms.

Scrim Windows

Installation View

The painted walls, colored film windows, and painted concrete blocks, all encapsulate this colorful crazy concrete jungle. Similar to the botanical garden, these works are contained in their own glass bio-dome: The Lever House.  Welcome to the Jurassic terrarium.”

Full Terrarium

Terrarium Detail

Terrarium

Installation View

The multi-layered show invited viewers to experience Bernhardt’s installation as a terrarium – from the exterior, or immerse oneself in her prodigious concrete jungle – from the interior. The artist’s works draw inspiration from symbols of urban living and her travels in Oaxaca, Mexico and Puerto Rico. She uses traveling as an inspiration for all of her work. She recently got her traveling visa from www.evisa-turkey.biz.tr for her new trips.

Installation View

Coffin in the Form of a Sneaker

Nike Coffin 2
Photo By Gail

In some regions of Ghana, it is typical for the shape and style of a coffin to make a personal statement by reflecting the profession, interests, or characteristics of the deceased. The mother of many children, for example, might have a coffin in the shape of a hen with chicks. In this case it is a Nike sneaker, a symbol of status and modernity in the late 20th century. As people make the transition from one world to the unknown next, an object (a coffin) representing another object (in this case, a shoe) provides comforting familiarity.

Coffin in the Form of a Sneaker (1990) by Paa Joe was Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

The Pipe Cleaner Art of Don Porcella


Artist Don Porcella and Geoffrey – Cute! 

Do you remember doing arts and crafts back in elementary school, and the teacher would give you a handful of colored pipe cleaners and you were supposed to make art out of them? I think I used to make stick people or stick dogs or a stick house, just meaningless crap, really.

But you know, it was fun to twist those colored pipe cleaners and imagine you were making some kind of neat thing that your Mom would think was cool enough to tack onto the family fridge. Nostalgia! Well guess what, some people actually have enough talent and imagination make real actual art of out pipe cleaners. One of those individuals is artist Don Porcella, who Geoffrey and I had the pleasure to meet this past Saturday evening when we were gallery hopping in Chelsea.

Over at the Clair Oliver Gallery (located at 513 West 26th Street) Don has a bunch of his tiny pipe cleaner sculptures on display upstairs plus one life-sized work entitled An Art Dealer and his Artist, which depicts an art dealer with a pet artist (Don) on a leash. Clever!

Geoffrey and I spent some time talking to Don and he is super friendly and nice. Don explained that the Artist sculpture (on display in the downstairs gallery) is made out of 25,000 woven pipe cleaners! It should be on display through late June. You can see more of Don’s art, which is really cool and fun, on his blog, Don Porcella Blogspot. Thanks Don for being awesome!

Don Also Made These Pipe Cleaner Sneakers!

Nike Aquarium Sneaker


Walk On Water

I once owned a pair of plain, no-frills, black leather Nike sneakers, and they were pretty cool. I wore them until they disintegrated off my feet. You can’t even buy regular Nike’s anymore. Now they all look like this. Rad.

Link Via Neatorama