Monday, January 20, 2014

I HAVE A DREAM

Romare Bearden, Martin Luther King - Mountain Top, 1968
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream: that our culture will continue to embrace art as a means of expression, promoting equality, education, and opportunity.
[Image via IFPDA.]

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CHRISTOPHER WOOL at the GUGGENHEIM







I'm excited to share my newest DIY, inspired by the Christopher Wool retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Wool (b. 1955) is an American artist, known by me for his large text-based canvases, such as the ones shown here.  Using commercial materials, such as black enamel, rollers, and stencils, Wool creates paintings that feature words as their subject, drawing to mind the shapes and contrasts that words create on a white page.

The New York-based artist studied painting at the New York Studio School, and subsequently studied film at NYU, before dedicating his career to painting.  I was surprised to find beautiful suites of black and white photographs as a part of the retrospective, depicting lonely scenes of city life. These works were surprisingly relatable to Wool's large canvases, equally monochrome and devoid of human interaction.

Making this dress was an enlightening experience, providing me a glimpse into the process behind Wool's much more involved canvases.  First, I chose a plain black dress from my closet (worn here), and found some commercial stencils at an art supply store.  Using acrylic paint, I painted the words from Wool's Untitled work, "THE SHOW IS OVER THE AUDIENCE GET UP TO LEAVE THEIR SEATS TIME TO COLLECT THEIR COATS AND GO HOME THEY TURN AROUND NO MORE COATS AND NO MORE HOME." The quote is from Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces, and is a poignant example of Wool's theme of nihilism.

Seeing Wool's retrospective gave me a much greater appreciation of his work, helping to establish a broader context of themes and mediums, and viewing the full timeline of his practice.  The exhibition closes on January 22nd.

Dress: DIY (originally from H&M)
Tights: Topshop
Boots: Ash
Sweater: Velvet

Photos by Hannah Kauffman.

Friday, January 3, 2014

SNOW DAY

Kim Beck, Total Sell Off (1), 2009

What do you wear on a snowy day in the park?  This ensemble was inspired by Kim Beck's Total Sell Off (1), which I found via Artsy.  Much of Beck's work deals with the financial crisis, using phrases related to liquidation and shut downs.  One of her projects involved planes that flew over Manhattan, releasing smoke that spelled out the words "Lost Our Lease".  I'm thankful to have a warm, happy home on this snowy day.

Scarf: thrifted
Leather jacket: DKNY, thrifted
Skirt: Courtesy of eShakti Custom
Gloves: Saks Fifth Avenue
Sunglasses: Linda Farrow

Photo by Kathy Paciello; Beck image via Artsy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

SHE LIKES TO PARTY


Yolanda Sanchez, She Likes to Party, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
My New Year's Eve attire was inspired by this expressionist oil on canvas work by Yolanda Sanchez, aptly titled She Likes to Party.  I hope you enjoyed time with family and friends over the holiday, and wish you all the best for 2014.

Dress: Cynthia Steffe, thrifted
Tights: Uniqlo

Photos by Lauren Ricciardi, Sanchez image via Artsy.