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Jim McKenzie’s Lost Magic Comes to at LA’s Copro Gallery June 4th!

Pugglepillar By Jim McKenzie
Pugglepillar By Jim McKenzie

The New York Contemporary Art Scene’s very own Teen Idol,  Jim McKenzie, will launch his first solo exhibit at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on June 4th, and if you are anywhere near LA, you had better plan to be there!  Lost Magic will feature  a collection of Jim’s Pop Surrealist sculptures that must be seen to be believed.  Jim’s creations for Lost Magic include seemingly fun and playful characters such as a Scarecrow with an ironic phobia of crows,  a half-raccoon, half-unicorn appropriately named Raccoonicorn, as well as a variety of other brightly hued animal hybrids. Despite their candy-color coating, the pieces of Lost Magic were crafted with a darker undertone in mind. Jim explains, “I wanted to showcase the intersection where beauty and sadness intertwine within. I’ve chosen to create contrasting hybrids and, though they have these brilliant colors and seemingly majestic qualities, ultimately, they are all outcasts. This show is for those who’ve lost touch with the magic this world has to offer and for those who still want to see it.”

Watch Jim in the process of creating a few of the fantastic pieces that you will see in this show, in the theatrical trailer below:

Jim McKenzie – “Lost Magic” Theatrical Trailer

Jim McKenzie’s Lost Magic will be on Exhibit from June 4th Through July 2nd, 2016, with the Opening Reception on Saturday June 4th from 8:00 – 11:30 PM. Copro Gallery is Located at 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Toronto)

Untitled Toronto
All Photos By Gail

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957 – 1996) was an active member of the artist collective Group Material (1979 – 1996), which supported an agenda of feminism, civil rights and gay rights in a time of increasing political conservatism. His own understated installations consist of everyday materials such as light bulbs, newspapers, and candy, and address concerns both wholly personal and universal – impermanence, love, loss, and the cyclical nature of life. With Untitled (Toronto), 1992, Gonzalez-Torres has imbued light bulbs,  common utilitarian objects, with poetic significant. The lifespan of each bulb, like that of a person, is of a particular duration and will ultimately burn out.

Photographed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Untitled Toronto Detail

Don Gummer Sculptures on Broadway!

Don Gummer Mondrian
Don Gummer, Mondrian (All Photos By Gail)

His wife, Meryl Streep, may be one of the world’s most famous actresses, but American sculptor Don Gummer is taking his turn on Broadway right now, in the form of a major exhibition of his large-scale sculptures. Don Gummer on Broadway, the artist’s first outdoor public art exhibition in New York City, features nine aluminum and stainless steel sculptures placed along the Broadway malls, adjacent to subway stops, from Columbus Circle (8th Avenue at 59th Street) to 157th St.

Don Gummer Mondrian

Geoffrey and I were in Central Park last weekend and saw a couple of these fun sculptures, including the one above. Mondrian which is, of course, an homage to the famous painter, sits in the plaza at 64th Street and Broadway, across the street from Lincoln Center. It is made from painted aluminum and stained glass, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Don Gummer Mondrian

Mondrian is one of five examples of new work from Gummer’s Haiku series, created in 2014 and 2015, which were created especially for this exhibition. The four additional works included in the exhibition date from 2011 and 2012. The sculptures range in height from eight feet to fourteen feet.

“I first became interested in haiku poems because of the simplicity of their structure,” Gummer states in a press release. “Three lines stacked together containing 17 syllables. Five in the first line, seven in the middle, and five in the third line. I thought of substituting shapes for the syllables and instead of writing a poem with three sentences and 17 syllables, I made a sculpture with three vertical sections and 17 shapes, five in the bottom section, seven in the middle, and five in the top section. The three sections are separated by horizontal, linear flat rectangles, my version of lined paper.

Pretty cool.

Don Gummer 12-12-12
12-12-12

The remaining four sculptures have similar stacked elements, and  structurally relate to the others. This one, called 12-12-12, is on the north side of the Columbus Circle Plaza.

Don Gummer 12-12-12

Don Gummer on Broadway will be up through October 31st, 2015. See the diagram below for the exact location of each sculpture. A cell phone tour, in English and Spanish, which includes the artist’s commentary, is funded by Con Edison.

Don Gummer Sculptures Map

 

Sarah Lucas, Nud Nob at Gladstone Gallery

Metalic Gourd
All Photos By Gail

If you enjoy looking at sculptures of dicks and phallus-shaped objects, then have I got an art exhibit for you! Sarah Lucas’s Nud Nob, up now at the Gladstone Gallery, features a series of large-scale bronze and cast-concrete sculptures displayed either on pedestals or installed directly on the gallery floor. Most of them look like penises. Just being serious.

The large sculpture of a gourd or squash, seen above, is perfectly innocent — I mean it’s obviously a vegetable — until you see it being placed in the context of a collection of phallic symbols. And then it just becomes a penis. Likewise, there is large photo on the rear wall of the gallery in which this squash sculpture is displayed that features a chicken carcase contextualized to look so much like a vagina that I couldn’t even bring myself to photograph it. So, maybe don’t bring the kids to this one, is what I’m saying.

Sara Lucas Sculpture

Does this a sculpture depict two people having sex? You be the judge.

Metallic Nob Sculpture

Banana Eating Model and Penis

In this gallery you can see floor to ceiling photos of an attractive model enthusiastically eating a Banana. And, oh yeah, there’s  a huge concrete Penis in the center of the room. Art!

Nud Nob by Sarah Lucas will be on Exhibit Through April 26, 2014 at Gladstone Gallery, Located at 515 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Mademoiselle Pogany II
Mademoiselle Pogany II By Constantin Brancusi (All Photos By Gail)

Paul Kasmin Gallery’s current offering is Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013, an exhibition of significant works from the Estate collection of Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The show celebrates Brancusi’s 100th Anniversary in New York following his debut at the Armory Show in 1913, where Brancusi exhibited five works that directed modern sculpture on a radical new path.

Brancusi Bronze Sculpture

Housed at the 27th Street location of the Kasmin Gallery, Brancusi in New York includes five bronze masterpieces by Brancusi: Head, Mademoiselle Pogany II, The Newborn, Sleeping Muse II and Fish; all presented in a contemporary context as a testament to Brancusi’s continued relevance in today’s art world.

Brancusi The Newborn
The Newborn

Brancusi Sleeping Muse
Sleeping Muse

Fish By Constantin Brancusi
Fish

Brancusi Photo Inspiration

In the  gallery’s rear room, there’s a beautiful collection of black and white photographs  of several pieces you see in the exhibit.  The photos’ monochromatic, matte finishes stand in striking contrast to the highly reflective surfaces of the bronze works.  There are also a pair of inspirational quotes attributed to Brancusi painted directly on the gallery walls. This is a nice touch.

Brancusi Quote Essence

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A fully illustrated catalogue, Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013, published by Assouline, chronicles the sculptor’s success in New York City and his impact on its artistic social environment. The exhibition was produced in partnership with the Brancusi Estate and is curated by Jérôme Neutres, who is the catalogue’s author.

The Brancusi exhibit will be up into the beginning of January 2o14, so you have a decent amount of time to see it, but with the hectic pace of the holidays nearly upon us, don’t wait too long and risk missing what could be a once in lifetime treat!

Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 will be on Exhibit Through January 11, 2014 at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, located at 515 West 27th Street, Chelsea Gallery District, New York.

Brancusi Bronze Sculpture

Brancusi Quote Real Life

Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing at MOMA

Washington DC Souvenir Ashtray
A Souvenir Ash Tray from Washington DC is Part of Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum (All Photos By Gail)

Claes Oldenburg, the legendary pop sculptor, has long been a collector of objects and  images. His studio shelves contain an immense variety of items that, since 1972, he has gathered during his daily travels, alongside experiments and prototypes for his sculptures. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing — currently on exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art — evolved from the artist’s commitment to this practice of collection, storage and display.

Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing
Ray Gun Wing (Top) and Mouse Museum

Located in the MOMA’s center atrium area, the Mouse Museum is the structure in the above photo that is shaped like a Geometric Mouse (a recurring motif in Oldenburg’s drawings, prints and sculptures). The Ray Gun Wing, which was created in 1977, is shaped like a gun. I had a peek inside each of these tiny museums when I was at MOMA the other day, which was a treat.

The Ray Gun Wing, as you might’ve guessed, is filled with cases displaying various types of toy guns and pistols and various every day objects  — from soda can tabs to stones — shaped like guns and pistols. When I first walked into this wing, and saw all the different “prototypes” of toy guns, BB guns, ray guns, Nerf guns from the different eras – I instantly thought that my kid needs that nerf review, and snapped a few pictures for him on my phone. The  Mouse Museum is filled with little fantasy trinkets, toys, candles and small prototype models for some of Oldenburg’s sculptures. I didn’t take any pictures inside of the Ray Gun Wing, because  you weren’t really supposed to take any photos,  but I took quite a few inside the Mouse Museum, because, why not? I had just been to the Punk exhibit over at the Met and I was feeling a little rebellious.  Here are a few snaps of  some of the cool stuff I saw inside a tiny room shaped like a mouse head.

Baked Potato Salt & Pepper Shakers
Baked Potato Salt & Pepper Shakers

Leg Pen
Leg Pen

Spoon and Wax Lips
Silver Spoon and Wax Lips

Skull Glasses

Skull Glasses

Ham and Fire Hydrant

Plastic Ham, Fire Hydrant

Shower Sink Toilet Octopus

Miniature Bathroom Fixtures and Octopus

3D Cherry Pie Slice Ad

3D Cherry Pie

Cake Models and Small Purse

Prototypes for Stuffed Cake Slices, Small Purse

Miniature Play Food

Miniature Play Food

Small Chair and Carrot Dish

Small Chair with Woven Seat, Carrot-shaped Dish

Miniature Ice Cream Bars

Miniature Plastic Ice Cream Bars

The Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing by Claes Oldenburg will be on Display Through August 5th, 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art, Located at 11 West 53rd Street in NYC.

Scott Hove’s Cake Gun Sculptures

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Image Courtesy of Spoke Art

Surrealist sculptor Scott Hove has become famous for his fantastic fake cakes and cake-like sculptures that he creates using carved foam and traditional cake decorating tools. Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco is currently showcasing his latest works in a highly topical exhibit entitled Guns & Ecstasy.

In addition to a fully immersive, single person Cake Installation that Hove calls “A Pentagonal Disco Infinity Chamber” — and which features multiple angled mirrors and a spinning disco ball — the exhibit includes a series of twelve confectionery assault weapon sculptures created in light of the recent shootings and gun violence in the United States.

Scott Hove Weapon of Choice
Weapon of Choice (Image Source)

If I lived in the area, there is certainly no way I would miss this show.

Scott Hove’s Guns & Ecstasy exhibit runs through May 25th, 2013 at Spoke Art Gallery, Located on 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.