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An installation by Marie Watt at Loro Piana
Blankets were among the earliest items from Loro Piana, the Italian luxury brand founded in 1924, known for its sumptuous garments made from cashmere, wool and vicuña. And so it is fitting that his newest store, designed by renowned architect Vincent Van Duysen and located in New York’s Meat Packing District, is hosting an exhibit of commissioned work from the Portland, Oregon-based company Artist Marie Watt, whose sculptural practice tends to use the ceiling as the primary medium or theme. To see until the end of the month: “Companion Species: Acknowledgment, Blanket Stories and Generations”. consists of three original works, each depicting a stack of folded throws. For “Acknowledgment” Watt threw the ceilings in bronze and immortalized them like historical figures in a statue, while “Generations” carved from reclaimed wood were inspired by the conifers of the Pacific Northwest and Constantin Brancusi’s “Endless Column”. (1918). However, my favorite is “Blanket Stories”, for which the artist, who is a citizen of the Seneca Nation, collected nearly 50 blankets from friends and family of Loro Piana and attached a hangtag to each with a personal story about the litters meaning. The sculpture towers several feet high is a living totem of color and pattern. “I often say that we are taken into this world in blankets and leave this world in blankets,” says the artist. So your work is evidence of the rich history that these everyday objects carry with them. “Companion Species: Acknowledgment, Blanket Stories and Generations” is on view through January 31, 2021 at Loro Piana, 3 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014, (212) 801-5550.
A few years ago, artist, professional cook, and writer Julia Sherman (known for her ongoing Salad for President project) was looking for a low-alcohol drink. There were few options on the market and even fewer that pleased her. So, as an entrepreneur, she just decided to make her own. This is how Jus Jus: Day was produced with Martha Stoumen, a natural winemaker from Sebastopol, California, who includes a third with the alcohol content of a normal glass of wine and with a delightful label from the illustrator Joana Avillez – was born. Sherman recently launched Jus Jus: Night, a continuation of their first year (this one with 7 percent ABV or just a little stronger). At first it is reminiscent of the gentle fold that a green apple creates, but ends up with a floral finish that is reminiscent of a summer melon. In other words, perfect for serving chilled in a champagne flute, or perhaps disguised as some sort of spritz. Technically, it’s an interpretation of verjus, the pressed juice of unripe grapes. Sherman explains, “We take this organic green juice and tame it with a dash of ripe muscat blanc and ferment it very easily in the style of a pét-nat to create a unique, low-alcohol foam drink. And We never add sugar, commercial yeast or preservatives. “For those of us who hope to honor at least some of the resolutions we have made for ourselves This year (for example, less alcohol or more vegetables), Jus Jus offers an indulgent way forward. $ 29 per bottle, jusjus.saladforpresident.com.
Playful plates inspired by Delftware
The multidisciplinary The artist Clare Crespo brings almost everything she creates into the mood from the crochet dishes she presents at the Heath Ceramics’ Los Angeles Showroom in 2010 for the miniature rooms – made of fabric, wood, clay, foam and other materials – she modeled on the full-size models at the Ace Hotel in LA But recently she turned to another medium to arouse joy: porcelain. Crespo first experimented with the delicate tone in 2018, when interior designer Pamela Shamshiri commissioned an original work for the lobby of the guest house Maison de la Luz in New Orleans, resulting in the installation of dozens of white porcelain snakes entwined in intricate nautical knots. Last year when the world was told to stay home, Crespo returned to the material, this time focusing on dishes. The artist’s new Blue Tiger side plates were made in collaboration with ceramist Heather Levine in a set of 4 and were inspired Delftware and Crespo’s southern roots. Crespo is a native Louisian who now lives in Los Angeles. It is covered with her mother’s Meissen Blue Onion porcelain at the table. “The design has always been so perfect for me,” she says. “A calming color, a fancy but not fussy drawing.” And so she proceeded in a similar way to decorate her own plates, to paint the designs by hand with scenes of cut fruits and vegetables and to roar Tigers, a nod to their affinity for wild animals. As Crespo says, the plates make every meal a “little feast”. $ 335 for a set of four, heatherlevine.com.
An app that explores Sol LeWitt’s legacy
Sol LeWitt insisted that his point of view was not the focus of his work. “I don’t want to be an art personality because my art has nothing to do with it,” he said in 1974. He is often seen as one of the founders of conceptual art and is best known for his wall drawings, of which there are over a thousand. They are large and geometric and can be found all over the world once installed either by the artist himself or by teams of draftsmen who, following LeWitt’s precise instructions, apply pencil, ink, paint or even crayon directly to a wall. Now the Sol LeWitt Estate, in partnership with Microsoft, is turning back the lens with a new app that explores his biography and work. Simply point your phone’s camera at one of the LeWitt cameras Wall drawings at a select number of art institutions, and the app will pull facts about their creation. (It also recognizes an image on your computer screen.) You can also scroll through a timeline that spans more than five decades of LeWitt’s career, take a 360-degree virtual tour of his Connecticut studio, and discover previously unpublished archive photos and audio recordings. To accompany the launch of the app, the debut of “Variations on a Theme” will be released next month, a podcast that deals in more detail with the life and work of the artist. It is indeed a little difficult not to be drawn to LeWitt’s personality, but the artist also believed that his aim was “not to instruct the viewer, but to give information”. In this regard we seem very well served. Download the app here for iOS or here for Android.
After months of detention at home, I have grown tired of my facility. When I heard last fall that California-based textile designer Stevie Howell had unveiled a range of cheerful wallpapers, I perked up. Best known for their luscious silk A few years ago Howell added fabrics to its range of robes and briefs, which are colorfully patterned with intricate, often hand-drawn motifs, after receiving inquiries from customers Interior design projects. Since then, she’s seen her textiles transform into bed linen, curtains, and upholstery – and the next logical step, she thought, was wallpaper. The collection, which includes 14 designs digitally printed with water-based inks on clay-coated paper and grass fabric, includes some of Howell’s most popular patterns, as well as a handful of new patterns, each available in a variety of colors. There is reach that shows a number of outstretched Black and white hands as well as wild side and marmorizatta, both marbling exercises, a calming pastime that Howell picked up during quarantine. With a similarly calming color palette that includes blush and gold and evergreen, The line is charming and uplifting at the same time. “We all look at our walls,” Howell says. “And now we need pretty things and colors that bring joy.” In collaboration with One Tree Planted, the studio will plant a tree for every yard of wallpaper sold. From $ 70 at steviehowell.com.
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