Le Noble Savage – Ink & Collage – 7’6″ x 5’6″, Noble Salvage – A person who has not been corrupted by civilization.
To day I was talking about collages with my co-worker, Victoria. She said that she loved collages and how she loves making hem with her sister. I on the other hand don’t see how people can like collages. I have always saw collages as a 5 year old craft or just taking out colors from magazines and using then to fill in a picture not using the subject from the magazines at all. That in my opinion is known as a stereotypical collage.
I will bow down to the person who can create a collage that can set my mind in aww. And the person I bow down to is Wangechi Mutu. I call her, Kara Walker: the collage version. The first Time I ever saw her work was it the fall of 2013 taking a tour at the Brooklyn museum ( I apologize for not writing about her sooner). The collages were huge, the one above is around 7.5 feet. First you notice the size, than the people, the fuzzy background, next the magazines, the thin paint lines and final the story.Just the size could scare anyone away. Wangechi Mutu has created giant monsters who’s beauty takes time and thought to see.
Sadly I can not just describe her work to do it justice with such a vague memorie. So if you want to learn more just click here.
Till May 8th at the Guggenheim Museum there is this amazing exhibition up called Gutai- Splendid Playground. The word Gutai means concreteness the total opposition to what the work in the exhibition really is. The works are made from Japanese artists around 1954–72, during this time many Japanese artist began to question art and what art really is. You just really have to see it for yourself because this is an exhibition I just can not explain in my own words.
I have been so inspired about this exhibition that I am right now experimenting any way I can with paint, performance, sound, video, anything.
To find out more click here -http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/gutai-splendid-playground
So just last Thursday I had my last day working at the Rubin Museum until the next year, and because the holidays are coming up the Rubin was very generous and bought the teens who work for the museum tickets to see the Ann Hamilton exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory. This is so far the number one best gift I have personally every received. If someone really want to get me the best present ever then they would have a hard time beating this.
Ann Hamilton created this amazing piece of art that you could actually play with. There are these big huge gigantic swings that could fit two or three people and when you are swing you are moving this big white curtain in the middle of the room. Then on one side of the room there is a guy writing about the curtain and on the other side there are two actors reading about the curtain. Plus you could lay under the curtain and watch it move. Hamilton created the most childish dream I have ever had. I just felt like all the stress that I had during the week just floated right out of me. I can’t think of the last time I was truly at peace with myself. I had no clue what Hamilton’s message was but I didn’t really care because I was totally marveled over everything.
Though I did figure out what her message was until I read about it, but I just don’t want to tell you guys because I feel you first have to experience it before you know anything at all.
Just warning, that this is only going on until January 5th 2013, so make shore you get there.
For more information on anything here please click this -http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/ann_hamilton
I know that we all heard if on the news, Sandy has destroyed almost the whole east coast. Weather to me is not just destruction, but the art of mother nature she is the women that decides how things turn out. This storm to me was a test. A test to see how the east coast would react to all this destruction. There have been floods, houses torn apart, trees fallen down, thousands of people without food water, heat, and/or shelter.The entering that I Know firs her is that New York was definitely up to the challenge. I see people volunteering everywhere most places I know that many programs helping with the aftermath of sandy, don’t need anymore volunteers because they have to many and I am very proved to be in a community that cares so much, I know for a fact that two shelters in Brooklyn don’t need any more donations just food and water thoughts. This for me has been a horrible week. But not to horrible mostly horrible for the city this week instead of staying at my house all day I went out and helped at local shelters and organizations that need my help. It wasn’t that hard I just had to get out of my bed and go to the organization. Even though my government is doing this, it’s going to take all of New York to get it back on its feet. So get up, get active and find some place to help. Its not that hard to find a place that needs your help, just look on the internet.
These are some pictures of what my neighborhood looks like.
One thing that I love about New York is all the galleries there are. When I have a free day what I love to do is to go over to the Chelsea Art Galleries and see all the new art. At Chelsea all the art work is extremely modern and created by mostly young artist that are creating tomorrow. Its exquisive just being there and going in and out of all the galleries. I love how all the art would is so different and creative in there own way. Plus there FREE so you could go in and out as many as you please. The thing that I would recomend most for the people that go are to make shore you have a lot of time to spare because once you go in one gallery, you would want to go in them all, and trust me there are A LOT! The reason that I love going to these galleries is because all the would you see is creating the new tomorrow and as an artist I always have to be on top of that. You need to live modern, because as much as I worship the renaissance period, but today a good piece of art work is the creativity, passion, detail and hard work that makes a piece of art work good. So check out the Chelsea Art Galleries, and try telling me you didn’t go “wow” when you walk right in to one of the galleries.
If you want some more information on the Chelsea Art Galleries click here- http://westchelseaarts.com/index.php?target=home
These art just a few of the many artworks in Chelsea and I mean 1 out of 1000. Go look for yourself.
Map of the Chelsea Art Galleries
I love living in New York there is always somethings so new to see because the when you live in a city like New York it constantly changes. Especially the art, weather its in a museum or for the public its always something interesting to look at. The place that I constantly love to see art is on the subway tracks. To day when I was going to the David Zwikner museum in Chelsea. I saw these insanely cute sculptures at eh 8th/14st at the A, C, and E stop.
These sculptures where created by the one, the only, Tom Otterness!!! (and the crowd goes wild! At least in my head it does). Tom is supper supper good at creating these figure-ens that are both really cute and funny all at the same time. I give Tom two thums up for his creative and humorous sculpture. I feel like that his creativity comes from old cartoon charatures and he’s just bringing them to life and in the city. I dont know why but his pieces remind me of the smurfs and how then come to New York. Because their both cute, funny and small.
If you want to know more about Tom Otterness then click here –http://www.tomostudio.com/index.html, This website can also give you some information on more of his projects, where he’s showing, also where more of his public art is displayed. Hes world wide baby!
You would not believe what just happend to me yesterday. So I was going home to Brooklyn by the F train. I got on the plat form waiting for the F train and the next thing I knew a very old train was pulling up to the plat form. I was like what the heck is going on. It turns out that this year the MTA in New York is having some fun by using vintage trains this year. It was so cool being on a vintage train, like going back in time. The seats were very low and they had this weave pattern on them. The the poles were white and long and felt like plastic. They even had old adds on the train over your head. On the out side it was amazing. I couldn’t believe that I actually road a vintage train. The train on the out side was a dark green color with little circle bumps where the hinges are.
If you want to catch a vintage train this year you better hurry because the next and last time they are running them is this Saterday on the F and M tracks in Manhatten. For more information click here – http://www.mta.info/metrocard/promos/Vintagetrain/index.html
If you want to see more real vintage trains you can try visiting the Transit Museum. click here for information- http://www.transitmuseumstore.com/drupal/?utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=nytm-google-museumkywds&gclid=CLyP5PGXj60CFQXd4Aodu30OoA
below are pictures of the vintage train I went on