Liu Bolin, Lost in Art, Hiding in NYC, 2012.
Byam, 82, is a very prolific, self-taught artist who creates out of a desire to produce work that reflects his life and the culture surrounding him. He continues to produce work from his residence in an assisted living facility
in upstate NY. This exhibition is his first in NYC and is only the second solo presentation of his work in public - ever.
A must see.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery, but the top one of Man with Glasses was taken by zanthi.com :)
By Santa Fe sculptor and witch, Erika Wanenmacher.
Otherwise known as the Ditch Witch, Wanenmacher has spent the past few years making sculptures from found objects she picks up on her daily walks along Acequia Madre (“Mother Ditch”).
The middle images above are from Wanenmacher’s wall of spells, which contains an assortment of curiosities assembled in various ways, mainly booze bottles filled with charms made of other discarded items. According to Wanenmacher:
The objects that I pick up carry a resonance of where they came from, who had them, and how they were used. The Sufi word baraka describes it well. It refers to meaning transferred by proximity or love or the flow of grace… I realized quite a while back that the sculptures I made were basically spells. When one makes a spell, intent comes first, directing the energies… If the intent was very clear about what I wanted people to think about in my work, that is by definition magic: the art of changing consciousness at will. Hence the spells. I tend to think of myself as a culture witch, as my sculpture is my magical practice.
Photos taken by zanthi.com at the recent Outsider Art Fair in Chelsea.
New York-based sculptor Mary O’Malley’s porcelain series entitled Bottom Feeders.
Gnomes vs. Snowmen: The battle for Mochimochi Land by Anna Hrachovec.
It was actually shown at Gallery Hanahou (which, btw, is a Z favorite for warm fuzzies) in NYC last year.
Hrachovec is a toy designer and fiber artist currently living in Brooklyn. Her art has been exhibited in the States, Germany, Japan, and The Netherlands. Mochimochi Land is Hrachovec’s squishy, cuddly, ever-expanding imaginary realm of chaos whose mixture of humor and pathos is meant to reflect our own reality.
Beginning the Friday before Veterans Day, Warsaw-born New York-based artist Krzysztof Wodiczko’s somewhat eerie video projections onto the Abraham Lincoln statue in New York’s Union Square will run for a full month, from Nov 8 to Dec 9.
This public art project called “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection,” co-presented by More Art and the Polish Cultural Institute, will feature the sounds and images of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans projected onto the 142-year-old Lincoln statue.
Wodiczko has engaged with dozens of veterans and their family members over the course of several months and filmed fourteen of the veterans and their family members for the installation. He recorded conversations about their war experiences and the toll of duty on their family life and it is these points of view that will be projected via light and sound onto the figure of Lincoln on Union Square.
Ghada Amer is a New York-based contemporary artist born in Cairo and trained in France.
Her sculptural and two-dimensional works depict sexually charged, often erotic images commenting on the role and representation of the female nude as it has evolved throughout history in the art world.
Amer had been a regular visitor to the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry this year, where you can see her finished stainless steel sculpture Blue Bra Girls (see top & middle right images) and where she also worked on her latest bronze sculpture, which was shown at the Abu Dhabi Art fair last week.
Called The Words I Love the Most (2012) at Kukje Gallery and priced at $320,000, Her bronze sculpture is a hollow globe made using a collection of shapes based on 65 of the roughly 100 Arabic words for love (see bottom & middle left images).
Today (Sat/Nov 10), tomorrow (Sun/Nov 11) and Monday (Nov 12) from 8am-5pm, the American Red Cross has planned 25 daily distribution & feeding sites throughout Greater New York to provide clean up kits, comfort kits and nutrition to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Currently, the American Red Cross is reaching out to community volunteers, community partners and corporate partners to assist with this much needed service.
Go on, be a Red Cross Ambassador! Click on the link for a detailed registration page.
Or check out WNYC’s list.
Hanging out to dry …
i ♥ nyc