Fall Fashion: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

August 28, 2010 § 1 Comment


Hats off to this Vogue’s September issue. The magazine put together purses  and Nick Cave’s soundsuits in a great-looking fashion photo essay. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the Australian musician of the same name) is an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer and posed for the photos wearing some of his most theatrical and surreal sound sculptures.
Raised by a single mother, Nick inherited most of his clothes from the elder of his six brothers. Re-fashioning them with objects found around the house was the starting point for these pieces.

Unfortunately you can’t see the photos online – go buy the magazine and get some extra 790 pages of fashion.


Ah, I wonder what the Sartorialist would say about these suits…
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Ceremonial dance costumes or playful stuffed animals?

Jessica Stockholder at the Palacio de Cristal

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Born in Seattle and with an art degree from University of British Columbia, Jessica Stockholder has been exploring multi-media installations for many years. Now her work takes the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid courtesy of Museo Reina Sofia with an installation titled Peer Out to See. The work was planned for this bright space and includes several elements and many colours. I love the central column formed by shopping and waste baskets, bowls, and other objects made of plastic. Subtle and vibrant, this work reminds me of Frank Stella, Rauschenberg, Miró.
Familiar objects transformed with witty humour and a clever sense of colour.
Stockholder lives and works in New Haven and currently directs the undergraduate program in sculpture at Yale University.

Rodney Graham is The Guardian’s Artist of The Week

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rodney Graham's Good Hand Bad Hand (2010)

Shady dealing … Rodney Graham’s Good Hand Bad Hand (2010), courtesy of
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham is artist of the week in the London’s Guardian. In Vancouver, his piece Dead Flowers in My Studio can be seen at the Contemporary Art Gallery until August 22nd, part of the group show Triumphant Carrot. The exhibition includes works by the likes of Jeff Wall (another Canadian legend) and Sam Taylor-Wood.
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.

From The Guardian:

Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.

Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.

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Dennis Hopper: actor and artist dies at 74

May 29, 2010 § 1 Comment


Actor Dennis Hopper, who appeared in some contemporary classics of the screen as Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider , has died.  Hopper was also a collector,  active artist, and visual arts champion . A retrospective of his artwork, curated by his friend, fellow film-maker and artist Julian Schnabel, is to open at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art July 7th.  The title of the show, Art is Life, gave me goosebumps.

Hopper amassed an impressive art collection during his lifetime. He reportedly bought one of Andy Warhol’s first soup can paintings for $75. He later lost the Warhol and bog part of his collection in a costly divorce.

His seven-year battle against prostate cancer was revealed in October, 2009.

Art Forum 1964 (Blue), 1988, silkscreen, 36 x 36 inches

Last Days to See the Malcolmson Collection

December 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

Man Ray, Ady, c.1930, gelatin silver print

This Sunday, December 20th, is the last day of The Malcomson Collection at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver. Harry and Ann Malcolmson, from Toronto, have amassed a large collection over the past twenty-five years, going from vintage and historic to contemporary. Several notable photographers can be found among the 110 photographs and objects. Some of the artists included in the show are Tina Modotti, Robert Frank, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Alfred Steiglitz, and our local Scott McFarland.

Leonardo da Vinci at Vancouver Art Gallery

December 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

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The Vancouver Art Gallery just announced that will show, for the first time in history the full collection of Leonardo da Vinci‘s anatomical drawings from the Anatomical Manuscript. Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man will be presented from February 6 to March 2, 2010 – during the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During the 17 days of the games, the show will be free to the public.

Elizabeth Zvonar at CAG – Vancouver

December 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Channeling, 2009

Until January 10th you still can see the works of Vancouver-based Elizabeth Zvonar at the CAG. She graduated from Emily Car Institute (now University) in 2001 and got some good venues showing her work since. This exhibition, called On Time, explores the connections between Cubism and rubber bands (!) as metaphors for time. This particular collage, Channeling, reminds me of this.

Chiharu Shiota – Flowing Water

November 13, 2009 § Leave a comment


Chiharu Shiota, Flowing Water,  2009

Isn’t this a stunning work of art? I find it difficult to get emotion from installations, but Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota got the right mix of brains and heart. It is water falling on the beds and it has the extra effect of ambient sound of cascading water. Browse Shiota’s website for more moments of clever beauty.
Seen on designboom.

Raqib Shaw

October 31, 2009 § 1 Comment

Today I learned about India-born artist Raqib Shaw from a client. Represented by White Cube and with exhibitions held at the MOMA and Tate, this 35-year-old painter works in very intricate imagery, often with a violent and sexual content. Largely inspired by fifteenth-century artist Hieronymus Bosch, his paintings resemble kimonos, tapestry, Persian miniatures, jewellry. Rich with enamel and gold leaf, his creatures and plants float on a luxurious landscape.

Fire Destroys 90% of Helio Oiticica’s Works

October 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Brazilians are mourning the loss of almost 2,000 works of Helio Oiticica, on a fire last night in Rio de Janeiro. The works were estimated in US$ 200 million.

Born in Rio in 1937, Hélio Oiticica came to be regarded as one of the most revolutionary artists of the country for its innovative and experimental work. Oiticica was a founder in 1959 of the Neoconcreto movement along with names such as Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark and Franz Weissmann. His work “Tropicalia” was one of the main inspirations of the Tropicalia movement.
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Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer and composer, wears one of Oitcica’s ‘Parangoles’

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