Monday, December 19, 2011

ALL...THAT AND MORE : Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim

Hanging out in the Rotunda of the Guggi is ALL that and more....Maurizio Cattelan!!! What a conversation starter for you and the kid. Be ready to talk about taxidermy horses (this is a sore spot with the girls), Grandma in the refrigerator, Hitler on his knees and see if they notice the flower in the bum on top of the refrigerator....oh there is a lot to talk about in this show! Kid approved yes, but be on your game for some very interesting word exchanges.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

GLAM ROCKS: Jim Hodges at Barbra Gladstone Gallery

Jim Hodges at Barbra Gladstone Gallery through December 23, 2011

I'm metalizing things all the time. I work in product design so this is a common request, but a boulder? Ok, I want one, but it's not going to fit in my one bedroom NYC apartment. Perhaps, I need a virtual gallery? Make sure to see Hodges work at the 515 West 24th street Gallery as well.

"I'll be your mirror",  that's what he said to me....

Friday, December 16, 2011

HIGHER THAN KITES: The End Of Gravity, JACOB HASHIMOTO at Mary Boone Gallery

There are some gallery shows that I go back to over and over and I take friends and family and then I hate to see the shows leave. This one in particular Jacob Hashimoto at Mary Boone Gallery at 745 5th Ave, since it's close to where I work, I can drop in at lunch and as an added incentive, in the lobby of this Art Deco building, there is a pianist from 11 to 1pm everyday (a rotation of 10 pianist share this engagement) it's a nice way to add a bit of glamour to your work day. I've told some of my colleagues about the show and I bet not one of them has gone yet and that's a shame, because we're all designers and I think there would be a common appreciation for Hashimoto's work. I hope they'll see this post and go over tomorrow, as it closes December 17, 2011.

Using traditional kite-making techniques Jacob Hashimoto assembles hundreds of bamboo and paper fragments, hand drawn and painted, strung together and suspended between dowels to form layered masterpieces.

The price list for these pieces is quite spectacular at $ 35,000 to $ 60,000 and last time I visited most of the work had sold. The amount of time and effort to assemble each of these pieces alone is remarkable but also each circle, rectangle and square has been hand drawn and/or painted. Let's just say it's been a love affair and unfortunately the affair ends this weekend.

I haven't distinguished if I'm in love with the pieces themselves or the what it took to make them, but most likely it's the combination of the two.