bits of inspiration – #36.

Loving this photo series of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera featured in the New York Times blog today. In 1951 photographer Marcel Sternberger travelled to Mexico where he befriended the iconic couple and ultimately photographed them in a series of really incredible and intimate portraits. Visit the article here to see more photos form the collection and read about Sternberger’s unique approach to portrait photography.

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Image courtesy of the Frida Kalho Corporation, via the New York Times

bits of inspiration – #30.

Just saw the trailer for the upcoming Van Gogh biography film, Loving Vincent. This movie will be the first of its kind in that it is entirely painted animation. According to their website, the film’s creators have employed a team of 30 painters to paint scenes in oil paint, using the same style and techniques as Van Gogh himself. The project is still in production but this trailer has got me really looking forward to its release. Check it out below.

bits of inspiration – #25.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing work by Mexican artist, Dr. Lakra (Jerónimo López Ramírez). I was working at the ICA in 2010 when the museum exhibited his first solo show in the U.S. and I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. Dr. Lakra is an acclaimed tattoo artist and has made a name for himself in the contemporary art world with his illustrations of tattoo-style drawings over vintage prints. The New York Times profiled his work in a great 2011 article that you can read here. Happy cinco!

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Dr. Lakra, Sin título/Untitled (Chocolatitos), 2003
Image courtesy of the California Literary Review

#techstyle at the MFA.

On Sunday I visited the Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of it’s newest contemporary exhibit, #techstyle. The exhibit explores technology’s influence on fashion design and was really remarkable to see. Several works were intended as performance art while others addressed the issue of waste and sustainability by utilizing repurposed materials. I was especially drawn to a number of pieces that had been created using 3-D printers.

The show runs through July 10 and I would highly recommend seeing it. Below are some photos I took during my visit. Enjoy!

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Incertitudes shirt and shorts, Ying Gao


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MFA Dress, CuteCircuit


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Solar Dress, Pauline Van Dongen


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Anthozoa Cape and Skirt, Iris van Herpen and Neri Oxman


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Kinematics 8 dress, Jessica Rosenkrantz


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Molecule shoes, Francis Bitoni


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Wearable Drawings; leather jacket, Elvira ‘t Hart


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Ensemble, Noa Raviv


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Metallic Leather Fringe Dress, Giles Deacon


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Engineered Reptile Print dress. Sally LaPointe


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Wearable Art, Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture

 

 

decorating with portraiture.

I’ve always been drawn to images of people. For as long as I can remember, images that capture something truly human an intimate about an individual have always been infinitely more interesting to me than fruit on tables or anything else really. As a college senior, when it came to choosing a subject matter for my thesis show I naturally chose to paint a series of portraits depicting my closest friends and family. When portraits of any medium are present in a room, they have they effect of feeling like real presence in your home – they become characters that you live with. Below I’ve put together a few examples of decorating with portraiture from some of my favorite design inspiration sites. Enjoy!

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Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


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Architectural Digest


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Bliss at Home


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Homepolish


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Homepolish


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One Kings Lane


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One Kings Lane


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One Kings Lane

leap before you look – a visit to the ICA.

“Instead of art I have taught philosophy. Though technique for me is a big word, I never have taught how to paint. All my doing was to make people to see.”

-Josef Albers

On Sunday I spent the afternoon with my mom at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, viewing their latest exhibit “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957”. Years ago I worked at the ICA – first as a visitor’s services assistant (gallery monitor) and later selling tickets at the front desk. Despite the lower back pain I experienced from standing on a concrete floor for 8 hours at a time, the ICA is still a special place for me and their latest exhibit did not disappoint.

Leap Before You Look presents the history and the work created at Black Mountain College during the school’s 24-year lifespan. I’m not going to get into a detailed review of the show because The Boston Globe and The New Yorker have already done so better than I can. I will give a little context though. Black Mountain College was founded by Andrew Rice in 1933 and was not, in fact, an art school – but rather a liberal arts college which placed art at the center of its’ curriculum. The school was headed by Josef Albers and ultimately produced many of the most influential artists of post-war America.

As I made my way through the show, I was struck by the number of famous names I recognized from my own study of art and art history (Josef & Anni Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem & Elaine de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Susan Weil to name just a few). While many of the works in the exhibit read as finished pieces by established artists, others have the distinct feel of being a student project. The pieces range from painting to sculpture to poetry to dance and everything seems to reflect the free-form spirit of the institution itself.

Below are a few pictures I took during my visit (back when I worked at the ICA, visitors weren’t allowed to photograph any on-loan artwork but luckily they’ve relaxed this policy). The exhibit runs through January 24 and I absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to visit. The museum is free on Thursday evenings from 5-9pm!

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Josef Albers, Multiplex

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Josef Albers, Encircled

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This was a color study that Josef Albers required his students to perform. As an undergraduate studio art major I had to complete a similar assignment. As I mentioned this to my mom while viewing the piece, a woman next to us said to her friend “they’re still doing this in art school!”

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Josef Albers, Variants

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Ruth Asawa, Untitled Sculpture


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Ilya Bolotowsky, Upright in Gold and Violet


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Pat Passlof, Yardstick

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Franz KlinePainting, 1952

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Susan Weil, Secrets

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Stan VanDerBeek, A Book of Ours

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Come for the art, stay for the view.