(L) Ghazaleh Khalifeh (M) Tiffany Huang (R) Adam Dalton Blake
Series 3 of LIFE WTR is out on the shelves. This series showcases three emerging fashion designers: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang and Ghazaleh Khalifeh. The bottle on the right was designed by Adam Dalton Blake who graduated from RISD. His design consists of various faces in vibrant colors. The bottle in the middle is Tiffany Huang’s who graduated from Parsons School of Design. Her pattern resembles textiles while the use of yellow is significant as her last name, Huang, in Chinese means yellow. And the colorful bottle on the left was created by Ghazaleh Khalifeh who graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Khalifeh incorporates swirling blotches of color on the bottle.
Interested in finding out more about the series? Check out: https://www.lifewtr.com/series/series-3/
Serpentine Pavilion // Francis Kéré // 2017
Each summer (from 2000-2017) the Serpentine Gallery commissions an artist or architect to create a pavilion. Former designers have included Ai Weiwei, Frank Ghery, Sou Fujimoto and Jean Nouvel. The 2017 pavilion was built by Francis Kéré. Resembling a tree with a trunk-like structure in center, the 300 square meter pavilion allowed for a sitting area, a cafe and a place for educational events.
Photograph by Sultan Al Ameri
Have you ever listened to an art podcast and found yourself irritated that you were unable to view the work being discussed? That is definitely true for me. Well the Louvre Abu Dhabi has found a way to combat that frustration. Called the “Highway Gallery,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi has placed 9×6 meter billboards of various works from their collection on the side of the E11/Sheikh Zayed Road. If you are interested in hearing about these works as you drive by simply tune into one of three radio stations and you are able to hear a 30 second blurb detailing information including title, artist, medium and a description of the masterpiece. The “Highway Gallery” certainly provides a little culture to your drive don’t you think?
Radio Stations Include:
Radio 1: 100.5 FM
Classic FM: 91.6 FM
Emarat: FM: 95.8 FM
Psychotic Reaction // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2017
David Trulli designed a series of galaxy inspired works. Titled “(space) men in the Cities,” these pieces are created in the technique known as scratchboard. Essentially, Trulli utilized a black-coated clay board in which he carefully scratched out his design. What remains are his meticulous interstellar scenes of astronauts, UFOs and swirling space comets.
(T) Galaxy Door // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2010 (R) Gravity’s Rainbow // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery (L) Galaxy Bridge // David Trulli // Robert Bearman Gallery // 2015
Escape Artist // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2017
You think your college textbooks were big? Well prepare to be shocked. Taschen has published a David Hockney book titled “A Bigger Book” which is so large that is rests on an easel. A Sumo- size book, its dimensions are 19.6 x 27.5 inches and weighs 75 pounds (not including the stand). This book serves as a portfolio of Hockney’s work, providing large photographs of his most famous works from portraits to his swimming pools to more recent iPad drawings.
(L) Construction in Enamel 3 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923 (M) Construction in Enamel 2 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923 (R) Construction in Enamel 1 // Moholy-Nagy // porcelain enamel on steel // 1923
LACMA recently held a retrospective of 20th century Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy. In this exhibition over 250 works by Moholy-Nagy were on view ranging in media from oil on canvas, to plexiglas and brass to porcelain enamel on steel. These are a few of my favorite works.
B-10 Space Modulator // Moholy-Nagy // oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, in original frame // 1942
Nuclear I, CH // Moholy-Nagy // oil and graphite on canvas // 1945
Dual Form with Chromium Rods // Moholy-Nagy // Plexiglas and chrome-plated brass // 1946
Kinetic Constructive System: Structure with Moving Parts for Play and Conveyance // Moholy-Nagy // photomontage (gelatin silver prints, photomechanical reproductions, ink, and watercolor) on cardboard // 1922
E IV (Construction VII) // Moholy-Nagy // oil on canvas // 1922
The Untitled Swing Project // Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan // Arini Creative Platforms // Photograph by Alexa Corbin
Visitors had the opportunity to swing into the art world in an interactive installation by Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan for the 2015 Dubai Design Week. Various countries in the Middle East had pavilions which showcased innovative art and designs. The swings, fittingly titled “The Untitled Swing Project,” was part of the Jordan Pavilion. Swings allow people to feel weightless and free, evoking a feeling childhood innocence. The swings were all connected by white beams, whilst the seats were made of stone from Palestine and Jordan.
Three colossal high definition screens form a 25 foot hight, 50 foot long archway in Washington DC. The entrance to an apartment complex, this work of art was created by David Niles. The screens display a variety of subjects such as elephants, bubbles, astronauts and in this photograph geometric designs. The images are accompanied by music. This, however, is no ordinary video work. Instead of having images on a constant loop, the video changes with the number of people walking through the arch. For example, if bubbles are on the screen, the number of bubbles shown will increase, as well as the music volume, if there are a lot of people walking through. When I visited there was only a handful of people, so it was pretty quite and the geometric patterns changed slowly.
Night Flower (From Left to Right Blue, White & Pink) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 24 x 18 inches // edition 3
The world is filled with photographers. Everyone with a smart phone is a photographer whether they consider themselves to be one or not. Smartphones are something the average person carries with them everywhere. They use the camera, along with numerous photo editing apps, to document their lives in snapshots. Artist Masood Kamandy recognizes the importance of photographs in this smartphone generation. In a recent body of work, Kamandy created and designed his own photography app for the iPhone called “Oblique.” The app is available for download in the Apple App store for $1.99. The app essentially combines all photo processing into one step, compressing the image and causing the photographs to have distorted colors that swirl and blend. Some of his photographs were on view in Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Gallery in Culver City. Curious, I downloaded the app and decided to play around with some of my photographs. I took a snap of my backyard then used the filter features to warp my photo. The last three images are ones I created.
Horizon (Dark) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum, 3 panels (triptych) // 16 x 12 inches each // edition of 3
Purple // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 36 x 27 in // edition of 3
Shear Matrix (White) // Masood Kamandy // 2017 // dye-sublimation print on aluminum // 24 x 18 inches // edition of 3
Photograph by Erin Fong
This past March was the Tiffany X Whitney Biennial curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. The exhibition, which took place at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, consisted of works by five artists who participated in the Whitney Biennial: Harold Mendez, Shara Hughes, Ajay Kurian, Raúl de Nieves and Carrie Moyer. Each artist worked with a Tiffany designer to blend Tiffany’s style with a contemporary work of art. Mendez created a sterling silver death mask. Hughes painted landscapes on a bone China pitcher which rotated under a light, allowing for different views of the pitcher to be illuminated at different times of the day. Kurian made sterling silver card holders with intricate designs and phrases, such as the word ‘PSYCHO.” Nives work consisted of detailed etched glass and Moyer made an installation for the front window.
Photograph by Erin Fong
Winter Wonderland // Photograph by Erin Fong
Sculptural Still Life // Photograph by Erin Fong
Modern Secrets // Ajay Kurian // Card case in sterling silver featuring a stereogram hiding the word “PSYCHO” // Photograph by Erin Fong
Remote Twilight // Shara Hughes // abstract landscape hand painted on bone China pitcher // Photograph by Erin Fong