August 24, 2014
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Walking in NYC, I am always looking at buildings and their architecture and the beautiful skyline. Passing by 18Th street, lots of memories. Here, the building where Kris had his studio on the roof was originally called “the Big Store” when it was built in 1896. It was over 85,000 square feet of retail space that had everything including a doctor’s office. The roof then had greenhouses that raised palms and orchids for sale. In the 1980’s the greenhouses became the home to Gary Lajesky’s Tower Gallery. Known for its light filled loft galleries, and great New Year’s Parties, this was also Kris’ Gallery in NY for many years.
Lucky I was in NYC in time to see this great show at MOMA. Lygia Clark, was one of the most prolific South American artists of the mid 20th century. Her impact on her fellow Brazilian artists, and her exploration of “the abandonment” of art, makes her work especially engaging. Here, the result of one of her cutting from paper.
For Clark, the cutting was the art, the process of making.
In the streets of NYC so many green health stores selling green juices and wheat grass, I even bought some seeds to grow the wheat grass on my terrace, For now, waiting for its growth, I am following the new trend, drink with wheat grass powder and generating in my body healthy energy.
Clark thought of her work as a contribution to the development of art. Here “Bicho (critter)”, in aluminum, one of the works she defined as organic. “Each Bicho is an organic entity that fully reveals itself within its inner time of expression. Duralumin, the material she used, was developed to build the light frames of zeppelins.
Clark produced innovative work over three decades and in the last part of her life she examined the relation between art and society, anticipating today’s concern with the body. Here, “roupa-corpo-roupa-series” 1997, an example of how she used art to deal directly with people’s life and feelings. A man and a woman, with eyes hidden by hoods, experience each other by exploring each other’s clothes, a sensory experience.
We talk so much about green living and nature today and this cube made in 1911 by architects Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham in Sweden is an example of how art, architecture and design can mingle with nature. The tree-house of many dreams, the tree-hotel is a destination for a retreat in paradise.
An image of beauty, “L is for Lemon Slices”, 1971, photogram by Heinecken. He dedicated his life to art and teaching and was interested in all forms of media, photos,lytography,collage,painting, and,sculptures.
Also at MOMA, Heineken was recognized for manipulating magazines into new ideas about multiples as art. From Los Angeles, his work took shape in the 1960’s where he worked and taught. His question about how much can we push art into multiple mediums is today even more interesting.
A tree sculpture in metal by Ruhs , 2004, art conjoined with nature,
adding new meaning to the tree, forest, environment and the art.