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I am getting ready for 11 straight days of work where I will be dressing 20 (!) people, but I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a painter you might not know about. His name is Thomas Scheibitz.
Thomas Scheibitz, both a painter and a sculptor, was born in 1968 in Radeberg, Germany, and currently lives and works in Berlin.
He uses found media images of empty and idealistic scenes, and deconstructs them into abstract parts. He is influenced by the amazing colorist Josef Albers, and by the Bauhaus movement. His paintings are design oriented and are very architectural. He layers shapes upon shapes emphasizing their flatness, while also creating space amongst them. Make sure you click on the paintings so you can view them larger.
I love this portrait he did. He looks like a professor waiting to speak at a graduation ceremony:
Here is my outfit inspired by “Anlage” above. The composition is like a maze don’t you think? I think anlage means “plan” or “arrangement” in German.
G.L. Brierley is an interesting painter. She is British born, and frankly, I always thought she was a guy. Her name sounds like a London purveyor of fine umbrellas or something, so I assumed that she was a dude. I am now caught rearranging my thoughts about her work, now that I know that “he” is a “she”.
The funny thing is that her forms are so ambiguous that they are sexless. Sure there are feminine details such as bits of painted lace, but the amorphous blobs and cut out shapes that make up these “objects” are slightly grotesque. They almost look like they should make a sound. Maybe like a sighing sound, a filling up and releasing of air. Not really breathing, but intake and outtake, like a piece of machinery. Then again they are totally organic looking, so I find myself having a hard time getting my story straight with her.
I appreciate G.L.’s painting style: Lots of sheer laying of paint, and objects lit within darker backgrounds, and she is definitely a master with a brush. Her work is intensely textured. The paint is splattered, poured, caked on, and then delicately brushed with detail work, with lots of lovely layering.
detail of Lovestick 2:
She is interested in objects of fetish, and her paintings definitely echo the work of 17th century Dutch still-life painters. They depicted a newly discovered natural world which ultimately lead to the tulip becoming a commodity fetish. This painting is called Broidera:
The leaves have fallen on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, and it’s getting colder out. People are clutching at their coat collars to brave the wind, and I see a few mittens making their appearance on chilly hands. The radiators are steaming away in the house, and for crying out loud it gets dark at 5 o’clock! All of this changing weather makes me…well, it makes me want to go shopping.
So…..Here are 8 things I want right now, at this very moment. Click on photos for shopping info:
Halston Heritage faux fur coat. Looks and feels luxurious, but the price is decent at $595
Alexander Wang zipper sunglasses. Oh come on, these are just so cool…
Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch. I would love to waive this around at a few holiday parties this season…
Phillip Lim double breasted wool jacket. This color is fantastic, like a perfect lipstick pink, and I know it will cheer me up during winter months.
Malene Birger silk leopard print dress. Every girl needs a little leopard in her life, and I’ll take mine in the form of a sexy secretary dress, thank you very much.
Rag & Bone moto boots. I am obsessed with R & B and while wearing this boot, I can tromp all over the city this winter and feel superior to the Ugg-wearing folk. I swear if someone invents a winter Croc, I’m gonna lose it…
Michael Kors rose gold watch. I love the masculine look of this watch and it looks waaaay more expensive than it’s $250 price tag
And last but not least:
Kara Ross labradorite pyramid ring. I love the mysterious quality of the stone, and the stoic shape.
So there you have it…hunker down and stay warm this week..
I thought it appropriate to feature artist John Baldessari since he has a big show at the Metropolitan Museum which just opened. John was born in California in 1931, and is considered an early pioneer of conceptual art.
His early major works were large canvases with text across them talking about art theory. He then began employing sign painters to make them, so his own hand was not involved. They were on ready-made canvases painted a cream color. The words painted by the sign painter were in black, in a nice plain font. Looking at them now, they look very cool, almost retro, but at the time I’m sure people thought he was nuts.
In 1970, he burned 13 years worth of work in a series he called ”The Cremation Project”. The ashes from these works were baked into cookies and placed into an urn. It was displayed with a plaque with birth and death dates of the paintings, as well as a recipe for making the cookies. Crazy to think that all of this work was reduced to ash cookies. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone tried to eat one at the opening, I mean it was 1970 after all…and I do believe this bold move propelled him into another realm in the art world.
Much of his work now involves photographs or movie stills. He takes out the “clutter” from a picture or paints right over it, often highlighting noses and ears, which he says don’t get as much attention in art that eyes and lips do.
NY Fashion Week has been in full force, and I wanted to take the time to talk about my favorite shows so far. I know Spring 2011 seems far away, but it is exciting to think about what you might want to wear as the first green shoots are reaching for the sun.
First up is Alexander Wang. Spring is my favorite time of year, and I love to see the more organic fabrics and fresh color palettes that he has focused on this time around. Normally he is the king of black, but this season he took a more spiritual, new age approach and sent his girls down the runway in flowy coveralls with criss cross backs and canvas jackets, and a sea of white white white, with some seafoam and terra cotta as well. He also explored some small doodle-like prints which were interesting, and used metallic foil so it looked like duct tape slashed across a dress or pants.
Ah Derek Lam…this season he did a California cool girl, relaxed and confident. He added a touch of 70′s, but not so much as to make the collection look retro. He also used some chambray denim, which seems to be all over the runways for spring. I am crazy for his wooden wedges, and am hoping to snag a pair come springtime, even if I have to beat every other devotee over the head with a shoe box at Barneys.
Marc Jacobs left the 50′s and 60′s behind and went straight for the 70′s for spring 2011. His models were awash in gorgeous plums, oranges, mustards, and pinks. The halter dresses, frizzy hair and giant flowers reminded me of Diane Von Furstenberg, pulling up to Studio 54 looking fabulous and ready to dance the night away. The satin numbers, especially the hot pants, were straight Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. The colors were beautiful, but I could do without satin shorts or pants for that matter, which is why I am just showing you his dresses. He also paid tribute to YSL (of course), and threw in some Missoni inspired prints as well. All in all, he always makes fashion fun, and it delivered a mash-up of co-existing influences, delicious colors, and some great textures and shapes.
Sexy sand? Yes that seems to be what Donna Karan is into for spring. Desert colors and sexy, flowing silhouettes floated down the runway, making one dream of faraway lands.
Thakoon Panichgul jumped on the refreshing band wagon, and he too sent crisp white down the runway in the form of sporty eyelet. Now sporty and eyelet might not seem to go together, but it worked perfectly and his clothing was fresh, sporty, and sexy. He even made the bits of black he showed light and airy without a bit of drudgery.
Lastly, we have Vena Cava, and I think they did a really great job this season. Their looks were effortless, chic, and I imagined the girl wearing these clothes would be well travelled and fun to sit next to at a dinner party.
Last night I went to a cocktail party/exhibit sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar featuring hot accessory designers. You can’t beat great people watching, mixed with viewing fantastic jewelry, shoes, bags, scarves, and hair accessories. Standouts included Anndra Neen jewelry and Abraxas Rex jewelry, and I am also really excited about Jennifer Behr’s new feather hair accessories for spring. Pieces included peachy feathers dusted with gold, so ethereal and gorgeous!
Tokyo based artist Tomoo Gokita is quite popular in Japan, and is getting way more recognized here lately. He paints with black and white gouache and develops figures with abstract squiggles in a very surrealist way. His references are as broad as to include cartoons, children’s books, calligraphy, Abstract Expressionism, and girly magazines. I find his work to be filled with improvisation and to be quite seductive. His perfectly rendered beauty queens are covered with blobs and exploded shapes, with some of them reminding me of “fembots” from the 70′s show “The Bionic Woman”.
So lace is big for fall, yes I know…Maybe it’s because I worked at InStyle Weddings for so long, but I have a hard time with lace in the “real world”. Gorgeous Alencon or Chantilly lace on a wedding gown? Maybe… Lace on my top for da club? No thanks….
However, I have decided to challenge myself and make lace my own. Gone (I hope) is the girly “Little House on the Prairie” vibe, and here is a tougher, more casual look.
The Michael Kors booties are fantastic, but these Dolce Vita heels have a similar feel and are $100.
Lastly, I have included a few more lace items that I could see myself wearing this fall. Note that they mostly are all black. Except for that Marc by Marc ivory dress, I can really only deal with black lace, or maybe gray.
Marilyn Minter is a photographer and photo realistic painter who was born in 1948 and raised in Florida. She uses models for her work, and shoots them close-up with lipstick, glitter, and edible candy sprinkles. Her work is sexy, glamourous, and appears at first to be a sort of twisted, shiny ad for makeup. Her photo realistic paintings are so precise that sometimes it’s difficult to not see them as photographs.
In 2007, she took a series of photographs of Pam Anderson. It is interesting to see her portrayed in this more artistic way.
Here is a photo of Marilyn in her Soho studio. Notice the busy bee assistants in the background laboriously working on those intense photo realistic paintings.
Recently I saw a mesmerizing Marilyn Minter video called “Green Pink Caviar”. It was in the hallway before the escalators at MOMA. I stood for a good 10 minutes staring at the screen as tourists streamed by me. Here is the video, and this is a quote by Marilyn about it:
“I was shooting stills of models with long tongues swirling and sucking bakery products from under a pane of glass. I wanted to make enamel paintings along the idea of painting with my tongue. My makeup artist shot some short videos just to see how it would look. The low definition videos looked so good that later we made plans to do a professional high definition video. I have made both billboards and produced a commercial advertising a 1989 painting show so this made sense as a next step. Green Pink Caviar seems to have a life of its own.”
Madonna used the “Green Pink Caviar” video as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour. Here is some concert footage, with the video coming in at around 2:40.
Matthew Cerletty is a nice Mid Western boy born in 1980. The characters in his paintings all seem devoid of emotion, silent in their loneliness. He often paints himself, and in the past, he has painted images of girls with his own face supplanted. His world is a glossy one, filled with neatly groomed, attractive and vacant people, placed in brightly patterned surroundings.
Here is a picture based on his father. Doesn’t he look like a male Orphelia with the reflection of the floral wallpaper in the bathtub?
Here is a self portrait of sorts, which is untitled: