Tag Archive | Water

Modern Art Monday Presents: Agnes Pelton, Sea Change

Agnes Pelton Sea Change
Photo By Gail

The forms of Agnes Pelton’s Sea Change (1931) channel the movement and energy of water, which the artist regarded as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of human thought. Created the year she left Long Island for the Southern California desert, Sea Change can be understood as a meditation on personal transitions; however, Pelton refused such specific readings of her art. Influenced by modern Theosophy, an esoteric blend of religion and philosophy, as well as the mysticism of the American Symbolist painters, Pelton believed that art channels the universal energies of the natural world through color and light, which are experienced rather than purely seen. She described color as “active,” likening it to a voice or “vibration” that is ideally perceived like “the fragrance of a flower [which] fills the consciousness with the essence of its life.”

Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Water) at the Brooklyn Museum

Water
All Photos By Gail

Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957 – 1996) ever-generous artworks invite viewers to participate in them — by eating candy from a gleaming pile of sweets making up one of his works, for example, or removing a poster from an endlessly replaceable stack of paper. Yet despite their decisive ephemerality, these works are imbued with both personal and political undertones. While invoking the allegedly content-free vocabulary of minimalism, Gonzalez-Torres nonetheless subtly hints at possible meanings through parenthetical subtitles he assigned to each untitled work.

Water

The luminous, blue-beaded curtain Untitled (Water) evokes images of an aquatic landscape but also dreams of travel and escape. The strings of faceted, blue plastic beads have as their source the humble curtains often found in bodegas, but when stretched across the expanse of the entranceway, the shimmering strands resemble a waterfall. Installed in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum, Untitled (Water), 1995, serves as a threshold, a place of passage, marking off the activity of the street from the theater of the exhibition.

Water Detail
Water, Detail

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Kenny Scharf WAT-AAH Wall Mural

Kenny Scharf Wataah Wall
Photo Courtesy of WAT-AAH Blogspot

This very colorful mural by renowned street artist turned fine artist Kenny Scharf adorns one side of a building located near the corner of Lafayette and Prince Street in SOHO. The 50-foot high abstract painting is part of the Taking Back the Streets campaign from WAT-AAH bottled water to promote the popularity of drinking water among children and teens. Find out more about the campaign at This Link.

Variations on a Theme: Must-See Art Jewelry Exhibit at Forbes Galleries

Ice Theme Various
Variations on the Theme: Ice (Various Artists. Above Photo by Gail. All Other Photos Courtesy of Goldstein Communications)

The idea of “wearable art” in the realm of modern design is fascinating me to, so I was very excited to attend an opening reception last week for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)’s exhibit at Forbes Galleries showcasing 25 years of outstanding jewelry design.  The exhibition, Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC, will dazzle museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 Designers who are AJDC members.

Cornelia Goldsmith, Ice Ring
Cornelia Goldsmith Ring, Theme: Ice  (Also seen as part of the collection in photo above)

Annually, the AJDC  and goldeneaglecoin.com asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as Water, Spiral, Ice, Pyramid, Wheel and Flight imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials. On view in this exhibit at Forbes jewelry gallery is a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Each thematic collection is displayed beautifully in a separate glass vitrine.

Sandy Baker Wheel Brooch
Sandy Baker Brooch for the Theme “Wheel”

“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC.  “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive.  Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”

Jane Bohan Wave
Jane Bohan Interprets “Wave”

Since its establishment in 1988, the AJDC has worked to educate and promote the awareness of jewelry as an art form. Members of the American Jewelry Design Council are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential. This year’s theme “Wave” delivered awe inspiring works of art which were debuted at the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas this past June.

Michael Bondanza Tension Bracelet
Michael Bondanza “Tension” Bracelet

Artists exhibiting in Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC include:

Sandy BakerJane Bohan

Whitney Boin

Michael Bondanza

Petra Class

Jaclyn Davidson

Falcher Fusager

Geoffrey Giles

Cornelia Goldsmith

Michael Good

Sarah Graham

Alishan Halebian

Ron Hartgrove

Barbara Heinrich

Susan Helmich

Jose Hess

Cornelis Hollander

John Iversen

Scott Keating

Christo Kiffer

Paul KleckaSteven Kretchmer

Pascal Lacroix

Anthony Lent

Linda MacNeil

Gregore’ Morin

Jennifer Rabe Morin

Adam Neeley

Mark Patterson

Kent Raible

Paul Robilotti

Todd Reed

Alan Revere

Susan Sadler

George Sawyer

Mark Schneider

William Schraft

Tina Segal

Diana Vincent

Barbara Westwood

Although the gallery is not that large, the exhibit is laid out in a way that makes the most of the small space. These pieces are each unique and it’s fun to look at them, compare each to the other contributions to that shared theme and see what everyone came up with.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show:

Petra Class Tear
Petra Class, Theme: Tear

Falcher Fusager Pyramid
Falcher Fusager, Theme: Pyramid

Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch
Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch

Michael Good Spiral Necklace
Michael Good “Spiral” Necklace

Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa, The Smile
Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa. Theme: The Smile

Gregore Morin Peekaboo
Gregore Morin, Theme: Peekaboo

Variations on a Theme is a must-see exhibit for jewelry lovers and anyone interested in Modern Design. I really enjoyed it!

Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC Will be on Exhibit Through February 22, 2014 at Forbes Galleries, Located 62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), New York City. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

AJDC Logo White Stripes 2013

Ron Hartgrove Puzzle Ring
Ron Hartgrove “Puzzle” Ring