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Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

By Tom Ran

Published: October 7, 2014 under Art

Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

Photo: The Rye Arts Center

During the 1960’s as the director of design for George Nelson’s office, Irving Harper’s graphic and industrial design work were seen and experienced by millions. But in the privacy of his home, he found solace in crafting intricate paper sculptures for an audience of one. They were hidden away unbeknownst to the public until Metropolis magazine profiled Harper in 2001 revealing a body of work that numbered in the hundreds. From then on, his paper sculptures were the focus of attention whenever Harper was profiled. Last year Rizzoli and Maharam published a book devoted to his paper works. And now Rye Arts Center is exhibiting 77 pieces from the collection. “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play” is the first time these sculptures are on view to the public. The exhibition has been on open since September and will be on view till December 6th.

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psychylustro

By Tom Ran

Published: May 16, 2014 under Art

psychylustro by artist Katharina Grosse

Photo: Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Public art can be a tricky thing. As an artist, one wants unrestricted expression. As a committee who decides on what artwork to show in public space it must appeal to everyone. The result can be bland and uninteresting. However, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has been able to achieve both by commission artist with progressive ideas. Stephen Powers’s Love Letter to Philadelphia was commissioned by the organization and many more murals throughout the city. This time they’ve worked with Amtrak and German artist Katharina Grosse to create a series of murals along Amtrak’s Northeast rail corridor. Grosse’s colorful paint splattered imagery often uses industrial spray guns to execute her work. This result is fitting for the project. psychylustro is a seven-part mural that inhabits abandon factories, chain link fences, bridges and even plant life. The artwork will be taken care of for the next six months by the program but after that it’s left to its elements.

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Mmuseum’s Third Season

By Tom Ran

Published: May 14, 2014 under Art

Mmuseumm Season 3

Photo: Mmuseumm

Mmuseumm, the smallest art gallery in NYC and possibly in North America is debuting its third season tomorrow. It will feature 20 new works from the collections of Maira Kalman, Casey Neistat, Radiolab, David Guttenfelder, Chee Pearlman, and many others. They’ll be exploring “the microcosm as is the macrocosm.” What that means is up to your interpretation or find out in person by stopping by the opening tomorrow evening at 7pm. Mmuseumm is located on Cortlandt Alley right by the green dumpster between Franklin and White Street.

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Geoff McFetridge Tumblr

By Tom Ran

Published: May 2, 2014 under Art

Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Geoff McFetridge

We always knew Geoff McFetridge was a prolific artist slash, designer, slash, illustrator. After all, the url to his site is championdontstop.com. It seemed as though you wouldn’t go a month without reading about a project that he had just finished. GM having an art exhibition in Copenhagen, GM designing a poster for a non profit, GM creating an animation for a music video. It just goes on and on, and we never get tired of it. As constant as his output is, he manages to surprise us every time. McFetridge took to Instagram yesterday to announce that he has launched a tumblr, further showing the depth of his output. It’s already filled with a wealth of artwork, many of which have never been seen before. It’s a digital exhibition that consists of sketches, animated gifs, and studies. Best of all, many of the images are available in Hi-Res. If you’re an admire of McFetridge’s work, head on over there.

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ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND

By Tom Ran

Published: April 18, 2014 under Art

Margaret Kilgallen Left: "Untitled" 2000; Right:  "Untitled" 2000

Photo: Margaret Kilgallen

An exhibition for the late Margaret Kilgallen is few and far between. An exhibition for a group of artist that she was a part of is almost non existent. Kilgallen and a few of her contemporaries were part of an art group during the early 1990s that has come to be known as the Mission School. During that period, they neither called themselves that or considered it a movement. They were like minded, collaborative, and brought together a creative energy that would have been regarded as outsider art. Their artwork has been widely embraced by institutions and collectors. Over a decade later, an exhibition that features five artist from that school are part of an exhibition titled ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: MISSION SCHOOL. Over 125 works by Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri will be on view at Grey Art Gallery at NYU. The exhibition opened yesterday and will be up till July 12th.

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Coming Soon by Kim Gordon

By Tom Ran

Published: April 18, 2014 under Art

Kim Gordon at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House where her latest exhibition <i>Coming Soon</i> is held.

Photo: Gagosian Gallery

Contemporary Art in a mid-century modern environment, that’s the setting for Kim Gordon’s latest exhibition. Rather than a white wall gallery, Coming Soon takes over the famed Fitzpatrick-Leland House designed by Rudolph Schindler located in Laurel Canyon. The environment in which it’s shown is so much a part of the work itself. The exhibition is part of Gordon’s Design Office project, a practice she began in 1980. It’s a reflective process in which the artist intervenes into the lifestyle of a client, where objects are placed haphazardly in a "lo-fi aesthetic.” Her Wreath Paintings are displayed throughout the house some properly mounted to the wall while other rest on the floor as if the installation had been unfinished. This imperfect setting is meant to evoke an active workspace, an evolving situation that hearkens back to the title itself. Remnants of the paint still adorn the floors, Gordon worked in the basement of the house for two weeks to create the body of work. Though her paintings are categorized as wreathes they take on other natural forms, whether they be an eclipse, a nucleus of a storm, or the pupil within the iris, its left for interpretation. “Coming Soon” is presented by the Gagosian Gallery and will be on view till April 26th.

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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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