Tag Archive | Sculpture

Joseph Gross Gallery Presents Cecil: A Love Story By Joseph Grazi

Mufasa By Joseph Grazi
Mufasa By Joseph Grazi: Taxidermy Bats, Dried Butterflies and Stone Sculpture on Wood Mounted in Plexiglass (All Photos By Gail)

Writing this rad blog has been an excellent way to discover and start to follow the careers of many cool and talented local artists, one of whom is Joseph Grazi, who creates fresh artworks by mixing taxidermy with classic statuary, juxtaposed with pristine colored pencil and graphite renderings, and giving the result a slight twist in perspective. Joseph Gross Gallery is currently hosting Cecil: A Love Story, Grazi’s latest body of work, which is a multimedia exhibition that examines the public’s erratic moral compass in the wake of highly publicized tragedies.

Cecil a Love Story

On August 15, 2015 the world learned through a flurry of rage posts populating social media newsfeeds that the (until then widely unknown) Zimbabwean icon Cecil the Lion had been killed by a trophy hunter. The hunter responsible, a white, privileged dentist named Walter Palmer, had become the most hated man on the planet overnight.

Cecil Large Installation

Cecil: A Love Story scrutinizes the public’s alarmingly inconsistent morals, particularly in relation to animals. Through various media, Grazi creates a dialogue surrounding how we perceive and process atrocities committed against human beings versus those against animals.

Panthera Repax
Panthera Repax

Why did killing of Cecil the Lion by Walter Palmer make frontpage news over a terrorist attack that happened in the same week? Why did Jimmy Kimmel cry over the death of Cecil, but not after 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram?

Panthera Nobla
Panthera Nobla

Having worked with lions in Africa for a period of time, the artist brings an informed perspective to the exhibition that contrasts the suburban American mentality surrounding wildlife. Wildlife, the artist argues, is a human construction. People say “don’t play God,” but rather, he states, “we already are God.” The wilds are only wild because humans allow it to exist.

False Prophet 1
False Prophet 1 (left) Installation Detail

Further, Joseph Grazi investigates what it is specifically about lions that has infatuated humans throughout history. A timeless tradition and continuous obsession, with imagery carved into ancient churches to the modern suburban home – the exhibition begs the question “why are lions so special?” It dives deep into our
collective consciousness to discover why Cecil, of all creatures and all lions, was deemed so extraordinary.

Panthera Regal
Panthera Regal

Joseph Grazi and Lynzy Blair
Artist Joseph Grazi with Joseph Gross Gallery Director, Lynzy Blair, at the Exhibit’s Opening Reception

Panthera Aesthetica
Panthera Aesthetica

Cecil: A Love Story By Joseph Grazi will be on Exhibit Through October 31st, 2016 at Joseph Gross Gallery, located at 548 W 28th St, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

False Prophet
False Prophet 2

David Shrigley, Memorial

David Shrigley Memorial
All Photos By Gail

Across the centuries, memorials have acted as public sites of collective remembrance and markers of our shared cultural heritage. Some monuments continue to hold a contemporary significance, while others have become obsolete in an ever-changing urban and social landscape; their meanings often lost from civic consciousness.

Memorial, Rear View
Memorial, Rear View (Plaza Hotel in Background)

Memorial, by British artist David Shrigley honors one of the most common of all acts: the writing for a grocery list. By engrave this ephemeral, throwaway list on a solid slab of granite — a material ubiquitous with the language of monuments — the artist humorously subverts both a daily routine and the role of the classic memorial.

While Shrigley’s shopping list might appear to posture as a counter-monument, through its celebration of common activity, its anonymity and absurdity, the sculpture becomes a memorial both to no one and to everyone — perhaps standing as a simple but poignant ode to humanity.

David Shrigley: Memorial will be on view through February 26, 2017 in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street. 

Os Gemeos, Silence of the Music at Lehmann Maupin

Os Gemeos Installation View
Above Image Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin. All Other Photos and Video By Gail

Each year, at least one of the Chelsea galleries hosts an exhibit so impressive and over-the-top in size and scope that we like to refer to it as Art Disneyland for the duration of its run. One year, it was Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, with its multiple, mirrored infinity room installations. Another, it was Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of The Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow: a sort of Greatest Hits of the Japanese Superflat artist. And last year, we would nominate Mike Kelley’s mind-blowing Superman Origin Story that filled the cavernous spaces of Hauser & Wirth with otherworldly delights. Those were all fantastic exhibits worthy of multiple visits, no doubt about it.


This year’s Art Disneyland is over at is Lehmann Maupin on 22nd Street, and you have just under 2 weeks to check it out before you miss out. Silence of the Music, starring the whimsical, elevated street art of Brazilian artist duo Os Gemeos  was virtually impossible to gain entry to during its opening reception on September 8th, and four weeks later it’s still drawing huge crowds and endless tour groups. It’s easy to see why as soon as you enter the gallery.

Os Gemeos

At their first New York solo show with Lehmann Maupin, twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo have transformed multiple rooms into an immersive installation that combines drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture, and kinetic and audio elements. These newest works represent an evolution of the style Os Gemeos has honed over decades, while also returning to their early experimentation with diverse mediums, including new oil paintings. This exhibition offers a heightened multi-sensory experience that embraces the power of human imagination and the vast possibilities in visually interpreting the subconscious.

Can Y'all Get Funky

Os Gemeos broke onto the art scene in the late 1980s as graffiti writers in their São Paulo neighborhood of Cambuci, and are now internationally recognized for a figurative style that typically features their signature yellow characters, thin dark red outlining, and intricately patterned designs. Initially influenced by the graffiti movement coming out of New York, they were ultimately inspired by the ingenuity and resourcefulness evident in their working class neighborhood. They made their art accessible to the community as a way to contribute a sense of optimism in the midst of the economic disparity, violence, and drug use that proliferated.

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos

They believed that the popular Brazilian art movements of the time, which favored conceptual, minimalist, and concrete art, were limiting to a wider audience. Instead, they embraced work by self-taught artists like Arthur Bispo do Rosario, who created all of his work from a Rio de Janeiro mental institution during the 1930s. Following a 1993 visit with the prominent San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee, the twins developed a rigorous studio practice while continuing to make murals. This allowed them to extend their unique artistic vision beyond the streets to an international audience that includes galleries, museums, and private collections. Os Gemeos’ practice continues to be marked by a commitment to the accessibility of art and to exposing the realities of the working class while also celebrating its resilience.

2 Gs on the Moon
Photo Op: 2 Gs on the Moon

Silence of the Music extends Os Gemeos’ approach to an exhibition as a total work of art, a concept exemplified in their Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston solo exhibition in 2012. Conceived as a site-specific installation, each room contains a unique grouping of paintings and objects that cover the wall, floor to ceiling.

B Boy Room

The exhibition pays tribute to music in particular. Included in their B-Boy room are boom box paintings — canvases with embedded speakers that play tracks linked to the imagery on the canvas — and interactive sculptures that play LP records.

B Boy Room

O Dia Da Festa de Break (The Break Party's Day), 2016
O Dia Da Festa de Break (The Break Party’s Day), 2016

For Os Gemeos, the era during the 1970s and 1980s was an influential time of discovery and sharing; the improvisational structure, descriptions of everyday life on the streets, and bravado in sharing these stories that this golden age of hip hop fostered is intrinsically linked to their practice.

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos Video, O Iluminado (The Illuminated), 2015

Here’s a little video I took of the  kinetic sculpture pictured above, which is called O Iluminado (The Illuminated)!

Installation View

Similar to the surrealist artists of the early 20th century, Os Gemeos seek to defy conventions and push boundaries in art and society through the unbridled exploration of the subconscious and imagination. In direct contrast to the surrealist notion of a solitary dream space, however, the twins have described a shared intuition and subconscious experience that is translated visually through their collaborative process. They often allude to this notion of duality with their incorporation of the sun and moon, which is representative of masculine and feminine forces.

O Beijo (The Kiss), 2015-2016
O Beijo (The Kiss), 2015-2016

The room Kiss is painted in bright hues that exude a sunny splendor and is anchored by a mechanical sculpture, representative of the masculine, which plays compositions arranged by Os Gemeos together with their brother.

O Beijo (The Kiss), 2015-2016

A sculpture affixed to the ceiling directly above it, depicting a female, moon-shaped face, seemingly kisses the floor sculpture to trigger the music played. This imagery and their installations are meant to conjure a lucid dream state and empower the audience to consider their own subconscious.

O Beijo (The Kiss), 2015-2016

Os Gemeos’ symbolism extends to their characters as well, whose indiscriminate yellow tone is meant to defy racial associations, an artistic decision meant to emphasize unity and the establishing role that diversity plays in their native Brazil and abroad. The twins often incorporate masks, instruments, and musicians in their work as a way to visualize the folk customs, festivals, and crafts that represent the myriad of cultural influences that make up the social and cultural landscape. Silence of the Music combines folk art, pop culture, and urban detritus in order to offer an expansive impression of the artists’ unique artistic perspective and creative process.

Back Benders

Os Gemeos Silence of the Music will be on Exhibit Through October 22nd, 2016 at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Located at 536 West 22nd Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Os Gemeos Signage

Installation View

Long Suffering Trooper By Ryan Callanan

Long Suffering Trooper
Photo By Gail

Who says Stormtroopers don’t have bad days? Mashing up Star Wars with the Passion of Christ like nobody’s business, Ryan Callanan’s Long Suffering Trooper (2016) is resin with a copper patina finish (also available in solid copper). Available in a Limited Edition of just 25 pieces (signed/numbered  by the artist) for $625 each, from TAG Fine Arts in London.

Photographed at the Affordable Art Fair NY in September, 2016.

Jaume Plensa’s Human Head Sculpture at the Crosby Street Hotel

Jaume Plensa Head Sculpture
Photo By Gail

Among the many cool artworks to be found at the Crosby Street Hotel, located at 79 Crosby Street in Soho, NYC is this striking, 10 foot high Jaume Plensa steel sculpture of a human head created from letters of the alphabet. The unique sculpture sits in the hotel’s front lobby, along with this very fun Pug Lamp.

Favorite Pink Artworks From the Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2016!

Julian Stanczak Early Brim
Julian Stanczak, Early Brim, Silkscreen on Plastic, $4675. Harris Stanton Gallery, Cleveland. (All Photos By Gail)

The fall edition of the Affordable Art Fair is going on right now at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Flatiron District. We made a run through during Wednesday night’s Private View and found these fun Pink Artworks that will give you an idea of what you can find to bring home with you at this vibrant, priced-to-own fair!

Moonlight bt Arthit Pansuay
Moonlight By Arthit Pansuay, $3300. A Gallery, Hong Kong

Edie Nadlehaft BLTC
Edie Nadelhaft, BLTC: I❤ U, $1400. Art Star Online.

Louise Marler Pink on Aperture
Louise Marler,  VokarcamERA – Pink on Aperture (Fuji C-Print Light Box), $1380. Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles.

Poodle By Ross Bonfanti
Poodle By Ross Bonfanti, $1400. Rebecca Hossack Online.

Damien Hirst Quisqualic Acid
Damien Hirst, Quisqualic Acid, $4550 (Signed and Numbered By the Artist). Manifold Editions, London, UK.

Matthew Lapenta Emoji Series

(Above and Below) Matthew Lapenta, Emoji Series, $7500 each. Axiom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Matthew Lapenta Emoji Series

A Glittering Moment
A Glittering Moment By Yu Na Kang, $730. Sia Gallery, NYC.

Melissa Tseng Blushed
Melissa Tseng, Blushed (Encaustic on Panel), $760.

Victor Spinelli Circus Circus $1
 Victor Spinelli, Circus Circus $1, $2900. Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC.

Pink Bike By Sergio Garcia
Pink Bike By Sergio Garcia.  The Lawley Art Group, Dallas, TX.

Pink Camera at Bleach Box Gallery
Andy McKenzie, Candy. Bleach Box Gallery, London, UK.

The Affordable Art Fair Runs Through Sunday, October 2nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion, Located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. More Information, such as Hours and Admission Charges, is available at This Link!

AAF Signage