Of course I am taken with this intense image from A Cane Chair by Zhang Xiang Installation 2010. It seems to be from an exhibition in China, entitled The Second Experimental Art Exhibition. But not much else is evident on the artist. A perfect union of contemporary art tricks and reverence to craft.
I enjoyed attending the opening of the C.O.L.A. Exhibit at the Municipal Art Gallery on Sunday.
The C.O.L.A. Exhibition showcases new work by each artist created with the aid of the $10,000 award from the Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs. I had two friends exhibiting Carole Kim and Krysten Cunningham. I have blogged on Krysten’s work before (a fellow weaver at the Barnsdall Art Park) – as her weaving’s physicality speaks to me. Her new work veritably jumps off the wall, seemingly wanting to walk across the room – or make a room – or protect you – from something.
Carole weaves a more ethereal space – with light and sound. Either way….inspiring stuff.
Shout to none other than Anthropologie, who has enrolled design diva Paola Navone to do a small but potent line for them. Haven’t seen it in person yet but am looking forward to this tactile celebration of a chair. One almost feels Ms. Navone stitching on those pompoms…
It’s rare that I have architecture envy, but this building (excuse me ) made me red….A temporary theater for London’s National Theater complex is made out of steel framing and painted plywood this lovely “shed” by architecture firm Haworth Thompkins is inspiring. The four towers are ventilation shafts for cooling and the interior is a basic Black Box-every actor’s dream. They sought out to make the building of the building a performance. Its quite the Diva.
Based on the 1957 novel by Count Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, the movie’s being shown as part of a series celebrating the 100th birthday of actor Burt Lancaster. And while this is certainly one of his best performances, the film truly belongs to cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, production designer Mario Garbuglia and of course, director Luchino Visconti. In “My Voyage to Italy,” Martin Scorsese’s 1999 documentary on Italian cinema, he sums up the feat Visconti accomplished: “He worked through total artifice as a way to the truth.”
Its lush and gloriously detailed depiction of 19th century Sicily during Italy’s Risorgimento follows the doomed prince of Salina as he, and the independent monarchy he presides over, finally lost their privileged grip as the middle classes rose up to form a unified, democratic state. Watch as the lavish scenography, meticulous costumes, and golden light of an old master’s painting, give way, in the famous ball sequence of the film’s final third, to a rapturously choreographed departure from order, as Lancaster’s bravely wistful nobleman, the Leopard of the title, sees his world whirling inexorably away. For the price of your ticket, you may just lose yourself in the bargain.
I know this is THE important weekend of the design world here in NYC but sadly it coincides with a Dance Mom weekend. So I will go dark for the weekend here at C&B. I might get an hour in at the ICFF on Sunday to give a report. But frankly, I always end up feeling a bit let down by the fair. My practice just does not incur more stuff. So please pardon me from this reality of life. And I will be back on Monday refreshed.