Saturday, 30 August 2014
POPARCHIVES DIARIES BY DUSTIN PITTMAN - CLAYTON PATTERSON - THE GOD OF THE LES
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARIES OF PHOTOGRAPHER Dustin Pittman
CLAYTON PATTERSON "THE $16 BURGER SHOW" WITH ELSA RENSAA & THE Art Collective BAND - DAMEHT
Longtime Lower East Side archivist, artist, photographer, Clayton Patterson has announced that he is leaving New York for a small village in the Austrian alps.“The $16 Burger show,” a pop-up exhibit featuring Patterson’s work, along with his life partner Elsa Rensaa’s original artwork, was held in a gallery space formerly known as "PopBurger" in the Meatpacking District. It has been christened “Galerie ABP,” short for Au Bon Punk. Patterson, calls the neighborhood “the Dead Meat District.” Dameht, a band which is part of an art collective in NYC, helped stage the exhibit, along with Kate Litvinov.
I believe in Clayton and everything that he represents. I, to, have witnessed the distruction of the LES and other Historic Manhattan Neighborhoods only to be priced out with Corporate Drug Stores, Banks, Expensive Coffee Shops, Cellphone Popup Stores and other Mall Related storefront trash. Mars Bar=GONE CBGB'S=GONE Max Fish=GONE Brownies=GONE.
The show was a celebration of young and old mingling together creating equal good vibes and loving spirits. Clayton Patterson is the GOD OF THE LES.
GOD IS GOOD....... Photography and Text by Dustin Pittman
Clayton Patterson & Partner Elsa Rensaa Photographed by Dustin Pittman
The Art Collective Band DAMEHT Photographed by Dustin Pittman
LES Artists "Thumbs Up" In Front of Clayton Patterson's Neon Photographed by Dustin Pittman
Clayton Patterson's Jacket Designs Photographed by Dustin Pittman
One Of My Favorite Artists Favelapunk @ Clayton's Opening Photographed by Dustin Pittman
The LES Artists of Tomorrow Photographed by Dustin Pittman
Street Fashion @ Clayton Patterson's Show Photographed by Dustin Pittman
Clayton Patterson with Close Friends Photographed by Dustin Pittman
DAMEHT Performs @ Clayton Patterson's After Party Photographed by Dustin Pittman
DAMEHT Performs @ Clayton Patterson's After Party Photographed by Dustin Pittman
Goodbye Clayton and Elsa. We Will Miss You Photographed by Dustin Pittman
“The $16 Burger Show: Clayton Patterson with Elsa Rensaa”, 58-60 9th Ave. Exhibition until May 14.
Monday, 09 December 2013
MUTATE AW13 / DIEGO ZÚÑIGA
[ M U T A T E . AW13 ]
The homonymous firm of the Mexican designer returns this Fall/Winter 2013 with MUTATE. The starting point is the beetle, an insect that throughout history has been an inspiration for industrial design, architecture and the military world. With eight all-black looks, MUTATE is characterized by oversize pieces, tailored quality and sporty touches. It surprises us with dynamic and original cuts, mesh details, and for the first time in the brand’s history there is a couple of functional accessories (cap and backpack) to create an outfit that reflects the concept perfectly. The collection? Wide-cut blazers with relaxed lapels, sweaters with wide sleeves, pants with big cargo-like pockets, and short wide pants. The textures reflect inspiration and are mixed with the designer’s characteristic black-over-black detail. The fortress, intellect, routine, and strength of the contemporary man is what emerges from this proposal from Zúñiga.
Make up:Ossiel Ramos
Model: Model: Frederik Tölke @ BANG! MANAGEMENT
Shoes: @ Feminine and Masculine
Monday, 14 October 2013
CERRE: SPRING 2014 VIDEO FASHION WEEK STYLE.COM
25hours Hotel in Vienna. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio
Last month, during MQ Vienna Fashion Week, I stayed at the quirky 25hours Hotel located at the border of Vienna's newly trendy 7th district and steps away from the wonderful MuseumQuartier (so you can get your fill of Egon Schiele AND hipster thrift shops). The 25hours Hotel reminds me of a few things: the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam--and a time-traveling Bozo the Clown on acid. But really, it's like no other hotel that I've ever stayed at.
The lively "show" mood of the hotel is right in step with many Vienna institutions: the Prater, the Opera Ball, the Life Ball and the city's many music and theater venues. The building that is now the 25hours Hotel began its life in 1971 as a 6-storey student dorm designed by architect Dr Kurt Schlauss.
25hours--a mini empire with hotels in Austria, Germany and Switzerland--opened their property in Vienna in March 2011 after being refurbished by the Viennese firm BWM Architekten und Parnter. The second phase of the hotel was unveiled in April 2013, with 219 guest rooms spanning 7 storeys--topped by the wildly popular Dachboden bar on the 8th floor.
Headed by Armin Fischer, the Augsburg-based design team Dreimeta was responsible for the hotel's aesthetics and design. A humorous take on the world of spectacle. Sexy and surreal fantasies inspired by Vienna's circus legacy. In 1808, a permanent circus opened in Vienna's Prater amusement park. Throughout Europe, the circus experienced its heyday in the early 20th century when it was a combination of a freak show, a chance to gawk at people from faraway lands, and vaudeville entertainment.
With this in mind, Dreimeta gathered together and revamped vintage finds from this period, without concealing the age of the pieces. They sought out memorabilia with a story to tell. "Juggling clubs, trapeze wires, chairs and desk lamps--we trawled countless flea markets, hunting and gathering," recalls Fischer. "Everything at the circus is temporary and can be put up and taken down quickly. The troupe uses the venue they find themselves in and make the best they can of it with simple means. We wanted to give the hotel an improvised feel too, while still making it seem cosy and not unfinished."
After soaking up the hotel's "Euro hipster backpackers run off and join the circus" mood, I was prepared for whatever my room was going to throw at me....Luckily, I'm not clown-phobic (unlike so many others) so I was delighted by this whimsically frenetic mural behind the bed of my rather spacious suite. I wondered what kinds of dreams I would have in this bed (nice ones, it turned out)....and would it scare off any male suitors who might find themselves in my suite...(no, thank god.)
The mural behind the bed and all of the other 19th-century circus-themed paintings in the hotel are by Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek, one of Germany's best-known illustrators. They were my favorite element of the hotel.
I liked how this plush blue rug was used to delineate the "living room" area of the suite....the round rug and others around the hotel are an indirect allusion to a typical circus ring.
The office area of the suite (and there's a kitchenette, complete with dishwasher to the right, not pictured). This is a bit of a gonzo aside, but I can't hold it in: the mismatched letters and numeral 1 on the wall remind me of an obscure feud between Barneys New York's former creative director Simon Doonan and artist Jack Pierson. Pierson claimed that this style was his intellectual property and that Doonan had stolen it for displays at Barneys Co-Op.
Even though the hotel is technically 3 stars, one of the many things that imbues an overall luxury feel are the bathrooms. My suite had a cavernous rain shower that was big enough for a circus elephant, and included copious amounts of sustainable bath products. The lighting in the bathrooms is reminiscent of a performer's dressing room (and they were flattering) and the taps have a nostalgic feel.
The fixtures, like this stool and the waste bucket, feel like they were plucked from a circus trailer.
I don't drink soda but I love the designs of these bottles from the mini bar. What I did partake in was the complimentary tins of high-end aromatic teas that were replenished daily.
Vintage luggage stacked and repurposed as a display for the flat-screen TV. Clever! And who could not love this turn-of-the-century clothes form.
Each room has its own mascot outside the door....I had the illustrated man snake charmer...
And who doesn't love a good transgendered trapeze artist....
As a copywriter, I couldn't help thinking that this hotel project was some copywriter's dream job....the design of the hotel is very copy-heavy....for each room, instead of a Do Not Disturb/Please Clean My Room sign, there is a BOOK with red and green pages of 25 sometimes-witty, sometimes-annoying slogans to choose from: "it might not look like it, but it was fun" "it's the 25h hotel. i need an extra hour." "police crime scene. move on." "still naked." "imagine the rolling stones stayed in the room." And so on.
The top floor is the very spacious Dachboden bar and the circus-cum-hipster eclectic decorating theme continues in full force...
Out on the deck, it's all about the view....on a clear day you can see Maria von Trapp.
Another view...lovely Vienna....
Normally, hipster vinyl-only DJ booths get on my nerves, but as this is Europe, the taste level is higher and more discerning than in tired America. Case in point: Ennio Morricone's magnificently languid soundtrack for the film VERUSCHKA is displayed totem-like in Dachboden...as it should be.
The spacious and airy restaurant at 25hours, 1500 FOODMAKERS, has a great look, if you love ecleticism (as I often do). The pizza is so good, you'll almost forgive the restaurant's ill-advised official slogan, "Fuck it, eat pizza."
Mirror mayhem in 1500 FOODMAKERS.
The hotel at night....I probably took this photo when I was returning from one of my wurst and/or Kaiserbründl runs....
The 25hours is just spitting distance from Spittelberg, that tiny, charming, cobblestoned Biedermeier festooned pedestrian district that was once--horrors!--a red-light district. Now, for better or worse, you can buy postmodern dirndls by Austrian designer Lena Hoschek and the kind of vintage '70s clothing that Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern first shopped for at a hippie boutique called "Shot Down in Ecuador, Jr." circa 1973.
Me doing my imitation of Christ routine in Spittelberg...
The many charms of Spittelberg...this is basically how I feel inside when my appetite is rampaging Godzilla-like through Europe....
Thanks for reading. I had a marvelous stay at 25hours....danke schön.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Auguri!!Happy birthday Diane!!Stefania
I was recently introduced to the work of Los Angeles based artist Vincent Ruiz-Abogado. The sculptures from his series ROCKS AND BOXES are deceptively simple and darkly alluring. Their size allows you to get quite close. But proximity does not betray the illusion. These resin cardboard casts are supremely detailed down to perforated edges and the echos of stamps. It is only with Vincent's more traditionally sculputral Rock elements (and their chiseled holes that you can't quite see the end of) that the viewer is tipped off to the fact that something subtly poetic is happening.
The Golden Colonnade by Upperstudio Text Domenico Principato
Dear Diane, Dear shaded viewers,
“The Golden Colonnade” by Upperstudio is an art installation that features a reflective golden column created for the Vilnius Street Art Festival 13 in Lithuania.
The piece explores the trans-formative possibilities of applying a reflective material to one out of six of Vilnius town hall columns, by firstly covering it with plastic layer in order to protect the surface of column and then wrapping it in luminous golden paper lining.
Monday, 07 October 2013
Sneak Peek: Michael Sailstorfer, enfant-terrible
Dear Shaded Viewers,
Today, a sneak peak at an upcoming November exhibition that can elicit a literal, "this has never happened before".
Michael Sailstorfer will be making his debut solo exhibition in Dubai exclusively at Carbon 12 Dubai.
Time is not a motorway, 2010, A tire which spins itself into the wall, self destructing, "going nowhere fast"
Michael Sailstorfer could be considered either the enfant-terrible or the new voice of a long-line of German contemporary art. His wabi-sabi aesthetic often deals with space, motion and how we function in the world. He is resourceful: he utilizes the day-to-day, decrepit, oft-overlooked functional objects as his materials. He is also naughty: he decontextualizes these materials, reassigning them physical qualities that simultaneously incite wonderment and fear while keeping the palette of decay in the shiny new-ness of his incarnations. Sailstorfer uses his mind through his hands (a tendency since his childhood), deconstructing, tinkering, reassembling with a youthful curiosity, “what happens if…” The results are playful, pure in form… but functionally useless. Yet their wabi-sabi nature does not take away from the works, rather, it reinforces the poetry within the purity (albeit mischievousness) of his latest exhibition, Try to reach the goal without touching the walls (November 18 - January 7).
A preview of the press release:
This is the kind of ride you take Saturday afternoon, weary from the night before, where everything seems to be going wrong. The video you’re recording is upside down (Welttour, 2003), the steering wheel isn’t turning the way it should (Lenkrad, 2012)… this journey seems like one giant endless maze-like track (Maze, 2012-13). The absurdity is laughable. But at least your partner-in-crime is entertaining you with song (Welttour).
Sailstorfer may play games, egging us on, but this is serious play; he takes that extra step: his art smacks you in the face… gently. His manipulation of juxtaposition plays with you as much as he plays with his materials. The charm of the simplicity of his works oscillates between the beauty of the forms and palette, and the realization that the materials display physical qualities they should not possess, simultaneously absurd and threatening. However, perhaps the best way to epitomize the “Sailstorfer-ness” of Sailstorfer, is to consider his Pulheim Grant.
Upon receiving a 10, 000€ grant, he exchanged it for the equivalent in gold coins and bars and buried them in a field in Pulheim, Germany in August 2009. Whether encouraging “relational art”, stirring up cultural interest, or just instigating a frenzy… Sailstorfer then invited the public to go and “dig for gold.”
But then, just when you think you’ve figured it out, an artist masterfully playing with the perceptions of physics, the boundaries of materials, emotional polarity by inciting a dichotomy of fear and delight… Sailstorfer reminds you, that story, behind his works? Just a story. And you bought it.
Oh, Michael Sailstorfer, you naughty boy, you.
Shooting Star, 2002, In an effort to impress a girlfriend by capturing her a shooting star, he transformed his Mercedes into a catapault for streetlights
Berlin-based German artist (b. 1979) active since 2001. Sailstorfer is represented by multiple international galleries and exhibits in the Americas and heavily across Europe, with works in private and public collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sammlung Goetz (Munich), and S.M.A.K. (Gent).
Til next time,
Katrina, the Dubai-side
Saturday, 05 October 2013
RINASCITA A PERFOMANCE BY THOMAS DE FALCO, 10TH OCTOBER ATELIER LES COPAINS
Dear Diane , dear shaded viewers,
RinAscita is the next perfomance by Thomas De Falco, which will be held at Les Copains Atelier .
The work of Thomas De Falco , follows the artist's tradition of textile wrapping, mediated with the oldest art of tapestry: the weaving of the frame.
In this new perfomance RinAscita : the protagonists are the bodies of two women and a man d united by the leakage of the wrapping , from their mouths and from their heads, the wrapping "material" will eventually cover their entire bodies.
The artist will direct his actors like a chef orchestre. Initially the subjects will be motionless inside a plexiglas box , accompanied by a violin, along with a slow movement and a mutation.
In addition there will be a retrospective of textile sculptures by the artist.
Atelier Les Copains , is a project and space for contemporary art to promote young talents, curators and gallerists Gloria Maria Cappelletti and Fabrizio Meris are their guides.
OPENING PERFOMANCE 10TH OCTOBER FROM 19.30 TILL 22.00
ATELIER LES COPAINS VIA MANZONI 21, MILAN
Thursday, 03 October 2013
OPENING NIGHT: THE 51ST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL HAS REASON TO CELEBRATE
Dear Shaded Viewers,
The evening began with a screening of Paul Greengrass's CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, starring Tom Hanks. The dangerous high seas of Somali pirates jangled our nerves as we, afterwards, mounted buses that took us to The Harvard Club to celebrate not only the film, but the nervy, bold and surprising festival that was about to follow. More to come on that.
The grand reception at the Harvard Club.
Photos by my date for the evening Dolly Meieran