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Make Yourself At Home at NYC’s 7eleven Gallery


All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker

Life is but a Dream. That lyric from a ubiquitously famous children’s song takes on a deeper, and far more surreal, meaning when placed in reference to certain forms of contemporary art. For me, the experience of any kind of artwork is always more satisfying when it can facilitate transportation to an alternate reality or dreamlike state. Having taken possession of a massive, street level space in Chelsea, the 7eleven Gallery is currently hosting just such an experience; a group exhibit entitled Make Yourself at Home. As the title suggests, the vast industrial space has been transformed into life sized tableaus of re-imagined every day rooms – bath, bed, living, dining – that reminded me of interior design as executed by Tim Burton consulting with David Lynch. While the furniture – which included a fountain springing from the center of an upholstered ottoman, a sofa woven from black electrical chord (adorned with eyeball throw pillows) and a bed with a staircase replacing its mattress – provided the focal centerpieces, I appreciated the small details, from wallpaper printed with thousands of tiny helicopters to a Hello Kitty Pez on its own tiny shelf, that brought the themes of each room to life.

Helllooo, Kitty!

What could be a teenager’s bedroom featured a newspaper photo tacked to the wall depicting the classic Sid Barrett-era Pink Floyd, complete with googly eyes glued to Barrett’s Face. I also loved the shower stall’s falling water hologram accompanied by the sound effects of water running. Very trippy!

In direct opposition to most exhibit’s strictly hands-off policy when it comes to “interacting” with the art works, here visitors are encouraged to literally ‘make themselves at home’ and touch or sit on the furniture. Like an underground version of last year’s high profile Showtime House, Make Yourself At Home – highly recommended for both fans of art and modern interior design – is one of my favorite exhibits of the year so far.  Thank to Geoffrey for providing the images seen here.

Make Yourself At Home runs only through June 6, 2010 at the 7eleven Gallery, located (temporarily) at 169 Tenth Avenue near 20th Street in Manhattan.

Showtime House in Tribeca, See It While You Can!

Showtime House Montage
See Rooms Inspired By All of These Shows at Showtime House!

As a hardcore NYC-loving gal, I am always looking for fun weekend adventures to have here in the city. Today I am putting fans of Modern Interior Design and / or Showtime Television programming on notice: you only have two more weeks to see the mind-blowing awesomeness that is Showtime House, which Geoffrey and I spent a couple of hours exploring yesterday afternoon. For this years’ exhibit, two New York penthouses – located at the top of the luxurious Tribeca Summit Lofts building – have been transformed by a selection of renowned designers into thematic rooms inspired by Showtime’s 6 Original Series; Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, The Tudors, United States of Tara and Weeds. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Showtime channel and Metropolitan Home, and features entirely different rooms than those found in last year’s Gramercy Park Showtime House. So even if you went last year, you will want to go again.

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