Art

Philippe Quesne for Performa 13

The French artist Phillipe Quesne transported a mostly 30 something audience to a mystical mole land in Red Hook, Brooklyn with a live theremin soundtrack, local scotch on the rocks and a Michelle Williams sighting.

It was all part of the city-wide Performa 13 visual arts biennial taking place now until November 24th.

Ghosts

Boring life = less posts. It's a scientific fact. Thankfully, I am starting to go out again after crawling out of an industry - read: not fashion - hole. Not a whole lot of glamour in the garment industry folks.

Anyhow, how wonderful to break the fast with an art opening at the Rauschenberg Project Space in collaboration with BALLROOM MARFA. My friend Larry Bamburg had a piece in the show! He's amazing. Fun fact: his smart and hot wife, Jenny Moore, is the new Executive Director at Chinati Foundation. Big ups to that family.

To learn more about Robert Rauschenberg the artist go to his dedicated page on Artsy.

Chris Sheller quietly contemplating Bamburg's sculpture. With ghosts.

Chris Sheller quietly contemplating Bamburg's sculpture. With ghosts.

So this is where they eat! Actually         GhostFood         is this avant art thing where the public gets the 'taste' endangered food through scent and mimic texture or better said it's a "  simulated taste experiences of foods threatened with extinction due to the effects of climate change." Plus it has the name Ghost in it. 

So this is where they eat! Actually GhostFood is this avant art thing where the public gets the 'taste' endangered food through scent and mimic texture or better said it's a "simulated taste experiences of foods threatened with extinction due to the effects of climate change." Plus it has the name Ghost in it. 

This is what ghosts eat people.

This is what ghosts eat people.

Karina Cousineau  of      Karina Dresses      looking very chic while experiencing non-food. And how about that great idea for a Halloween costume in the background.

Karina Cousineau of Karina Dresses looking very chic while experiencing non-food. And how about that great idea for a Halloween costume in the background.

Forrest Williams       and I. He's all dreamy sexy and I'm crazy times. He was drinking water and then headed to the gym for a swim. I was drinking my second vodka tonic and headed to Grand Sichuan for soup dumplings and tea smoked duck. Damn that man looks good!

Forrest Williams and I. He's all dreamy sexy and I'm crazy times. He was drinking water and then headed to the gym for a swim. I was drinking my second vodka tonic and headed to Grand Sichuan for soup dumplings and tea smoked duck. Damn that man looks good!

MDJ at Hauser & Wirth

Friend I'll grow old with Matthew Day Jackson opened his latest show in New York at Hauser & Wirth last Friday to much applause. Enormous in ideas and scope - Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue - was visually arresting. One had to wrap their eyes around the scale of each piece before beginning to contemplate the emotional depth. The shit was bananas. 

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Hauser & Wirth in the old Roxy nightclub space 511 West 18th Street

E'ry Month

Thank goodness we live in a multi-cultural city where gallery openings and art happenings occur on the regular. Last night I dragged my ass out to enjoy one such event and to support my friend, artist Jonathan Marshall at WILDLIFE gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

La Nina Tatuada de Llullaillaco by Jonathan Marshall. Stunning papier mache sculpture that served as a sort of elephant in the room. Surely would have encouraged intelligent conversation if we weren't standing around drinking Dewer's and sodas.

A tiny lady in a large glass box. Fuck gentrification (but keep opening those delish restaurants!)

Frieze

I love me some Laura Seymour. She is everything you would want in a friend and more (super talented, compassionate, dry sense of humour, perfect amount of bitchiness ;)

We took in some art this weekend at the Frieze art fair on Randall's Island. For those haters who do not consider fashion to be art...FACE! Tell it to the revered artists who think otherwise.

I apologize for not knowing all of the artist's names for work below.

El Anatsui at Brooklyn Museum

Tim and I walked to the Brooklyn Museum for the El Anatsui exhibit currently showing until August 4th. Anatsui has long been a favorite artist of mine but until now I have not seen his work up close. Nothing prepared me for the colour and emotion the pieces conjured. The bulk of the show consists of his metal "chain mail" sculptures: metal bottle tops and caps hammered or bent then attached together by hand using metal rings. With a team of 30 each piece takes about 3 months to complete. 

1993 at the New Museum

I was 14 years old in 1993 and back then it was all about SWV, Silk and other one hit wonder R&B groups. And maybe a little Tool and Fugazi thrown in.

Tim, Shelzeee, De-Smitten and I attended the opening for NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star at the New Museum last Wednesday and all those early 90's memories came flooding in.

 

Installation by Pepon Osorio. I had the pleasure of seeing his work in Puerto Rico a couple years back and was delighted to see anything by him. Actually, this guy is a baller.

Installation by Pepon Osorio. I had the pleasure of seeing his work in Puerto Rico a couple years back and was delighted to see anything by him. Actually, this guy is a baller.

Video installation and accompanying booklet documenting a year's worth of what happened in 1993. each TV depicted one month. This was created by the museum in collaboration with Claire Lehmann, Sarah Stephenson and This is our work.

Video installation and accompanying booklet documenting a year's worth of what happened in 1993. each TV depicted one month. This was created by the museum in collaboration with Claire Lehmann, Sarah Stephenson and This is our work.

Langdon Graves

Langdon Graves is a friend of a friend but I not so secretly just want to be her direct friend. She is a stellar artist with the most intimate and fine-tuned illustration skills who has recently begun to develop wallpaper.  I predict her new venture will catch on like wild fire. Having spent months searching for a unique wallpaper myself, I know just how monotonous those offerings often are. The repeating eyes pattern is one of many designs.

This artist has something to say. Spread the word.

Forts

All I want for the apocalypse is a Bourbon -neat- in a fort with friends. Pillow city of string lights and draping.  If you're in Fort Greene on New Year's Eve and want to join in, bring some couch cushions, blankets, snacks and party favors. In the meantime, please enjoy these inspirations. xx happy Holidays

 

 

 

 

William Villalongo

It is a New Yorker's 1st world problem to have to miss one friend's opening in order to catch another.  I was lucky to be stuck in this predicament last Thursday.

William Villalongo's  Sista Ancesta at Susan Inglett Gallery was the right choice. The Nymphs are top notch and worth a second visit in order to take in.

Hipstamatic Ipanema

Mr. Tim Bright took these vivid full snapshots of our recent trip to Brazil. These take place along the coast in Barra de Tijuca.

Silence=Death at New Museum & Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays

What with the super moon and winning those Pick 5 scratch off tickets my excitement could hardly be contained. Add to the noise a boombastic Brooklyn Museum first Saturdays party with DJ Spooky on the decks and Keith Haring on the walls! A girl could hardly make it into Manhattan for the opening reception of Phyllida Barlow, Tacita Dean, Klara Liden, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg and Ellen Altfest at the New Museum on Bowery.

Larry Bamburg Science on the back end

Thanks to curator Matthew Day Jackson and Hauser + Wirth gallery for putting together a Good Time.  Let's hear it for the the NYC art scene where conversations are dense (drunk) and stimulating (above and below the belt). Most of all let's spend some time feasting on the gorgeous thought provoking works of Larry Bamburg. Well done.

MDJ & Sons (Babushka style)

Not many things make me happier than to worship at the church of craft especially when the project becomes a gift.

This project had my creative brain doing pirouettes over learning to decoupage an homage to my friend MDJ and his sons. Flynn into Everett into Matt. Laura and Punkin were the missing crucial players here which is fine for now as it only means there is Mod Podge in my future.

R.Kikuo Johnson for The New Yorker

In a strong tribute to Trayvon Martin, illustrator R.Kikuo Johnson drew a series of hooded citizens in the April 9th issue of The New Yorker magazine.