click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
acaf: asian contemporary art fair
Masayuki Yoshinaga, Roadrunner ST-01, 1999, C-print
Please excuse the light reflecting off the surface of the photograph.
I love samurai-ness of his pose with his bike, the incredible lines of the bike itself,
and that the subject matter is presented so starkly frank and devoid of context
Before I got into fashion, I studied Japanese art history in college and worked at the Asia Society
and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
. I have a particular fondness for Asian art, and design-wise, I am completely inspired by the minimalist Japanese aesthetic to this day.
So I was excited to attend the Asian Contemporary Art Fair
this weekend at Pier 92. It was a great exhibition, with galleries from Japan, China, Korea, India, Indonesia, as well as England, Germany and good old New York. I took a lot of photos of the pieces that struck a chord with me. I wanted share them with you, with gallery links where possible. Note: I will be adding the works gradually tonight and tomorrow. Enjoy!
Ma Jun, Television, 2007, porcelain, from the 'New China Series'
Krampf Gallery, New YorkPossibly my favorite piece from the show.
It is incredible how this artist has combined traditional
Chinese ceramics with contemporary electronics.
The extra layer of droll is that this and most televisionsare made in China.
Ma Jun, Television (back), 2007, porcelain, from the 'New China Series'
Krampf Gallery, New YorkMa Jun, Radio, 2007, porcelain, from the 'New China Series'
Krampf Gallery, New YorkLong-Bin Chen, Guan Yin Manhattan, 2006, phonebooks
Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New YorkYou may think this sculpture is marble, but amazingly
this Guan Yin (Kannon) is carved out of a Manhattan Phone Book.
Liang Kegang, Buddha, 2007, tea leaves
Beatrice Chang Contemporary Art, New York3 of 6 shiny Mao's at the entry to the show
I cannot tell you how many versions of Mao there were,
which was right up my alley. Chairman Mao is so graphically pleasing.
In fact there were many pairings of Mao and Marilyn (Monroe), a la Andy Warhol.
Labels: acaf, asian contemporary art fair, contemporary art, east-meets-west, japan, ma jun, masayuki yoshinaga, sculpture