Tuesday, May 17, 2016

STUDIO STYLE





Every time I visit Miljan Suknovic's studio in TriBeCa, there's something new and wonderful to behold. 

I stopped by on my way home last night and he had been experimenting by masking some of his larger canvases with shapes which made them seem like portals into a colorful universe.

Blouse: Uniqlo
Pants: Thrifted (by a Danish designer, Auffe)
Shoes: Banana Republic 

Photos by Miljan Suknovic.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RAIN OR SHINE


I finally made it to the Renwick Gallery for the obligatory photo op with Gabriel Dawe's Plexus A1.

The Renwick did not disappoint, and I highly recommend that you make a visit the next time you're in the district!

Photo by William Sealy.

Monday, March 7, 2016

MR. MONDRIAN


It is not important to make many pictures but that I have one picture right.  --Piet Mondrian

Please meet Jason Anfinsen, or Mr. Mondrian (from now on!).  I can't think of a better caption for this photo, captured at Tate Modern, than Mondrian's own words.  I'm not sure how many takes he needed to get this shot, but it is certainly working!

Thanks for Jason Anfinsen for sharing this wonderful photo.


Monday, February 29, 2016

SALVATION MOUNTAIN













Yesterday, I drove to the middle of nowhere in California -- out of the glistening pools of Palm Springs; past the suburbs of Coachella; through farm land, then desert land; past date plantations; along the Salton Sea, riddled with abandoned property, to finally reach one of the greatest folk art treasures in the United States: Salvation Mountain.

Situated in a community characterized by both poverty and divergence from the system, Salvation Mountain stands as a monument to one man's dedication to his faith and determination to tell the story of Jesus.  Created over the span of 30 years by Leonard Knight (1931-2014), Salvation Mountain is made of clay from the earth mixed with straw and covered with hundreds and hundreds of gallons of latex paint.  It is a fragile monument set upon a dune in the middle of the desert, and has faced imminent ruin many times.  Since Mr. Knight's death in 2014, it is presided over by a non-profit organization, which helps to maintain the site and share Mr. Knight's story of diligence and perseverance and above all else, faith.

In anticipation of my visit to the site (which I'd been longing to see for many years), I made a necklace inspired by Mr. Knight's work of art.  While creating this miniature replica of a tiny piece of Salvation Mountain, I couldn't help but marvel at the determination and skill with which Mr. Knight wrangled a barren sand dune into a colorful homage.


Photos by Hilary Pollack.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

XU QU


I found this Maliparma dress/jacket at the thrift store recently, and it immediately brought to mind the intricate maze-like paintings of Chinese contemporary artist Xu Qu.  The mazes in his work are actually enlarged versions of the patterns on modern currency, and references the globalization and commoditization of art.

Dress/jacket: Maliparma
Sweater: J. Crew
Denim: Hudson

Photo by Hilary Pollack; Xu Qu image from Artsy.net.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT


The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. --Frank Lloyd Wright

Today's ensemble is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect who designed over 1,000 structures.  He is most well known for his architecture (such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim), but was involved in much of the interior decoration of his buildings as well, including stained glass.  The modernist style of his glass and structures has inspired design up to the present day, including the stained glass above, and the vintage jacket I'm wearing.

Dress and jacket: vintage, thrifted.

Photo by Hilary Pollack; FLW image from glass-by-design.com

Monday, February 15, 2016

MOROCCO: the Medina

















Since I have a long weekend on my hands, I've finally been culling the hundreds of photos I took in Morocco in January.  It was, by far, the best trip of my life, and I still get excited when I see the colors and patterns in the photos, which, of course, is nothing like experiencing it in real life.

My favorite parts of Morocco are the medinas, the ancient walled-in cities within cities that feel like stepping back in time.  Walking through the winding streets that are mazes of shops and stalls selling everything you could possibly imagine is an experience unlike anything else.  The artisan handcrafts in Morocco are unbelievable, and I couldn't get enough of the tilework, hand-woven rugs, and leatherwork.

The photos above are from Fes, my favorite city in Morocco.

Next up on my Morocco recap: the Sahara Desert.