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Even the shadows

at twilight couldn’t conceal

ripe pawpaw from me

 


Mockingbird chick’s

Relentless screeching to mom,

“Gimme more bugs! MORE!”


Sparrow on one arm

Mockingbird on the other

Weathered wooden chair


Summertime

chirping near window

What kind of night bird is that?

Wait! That’s a frog song.

 

wings spread, slender neck

curves slowly down then straightens

graceful heron dance

 

duck swims at high speed

frantic flapping and quacking

paddling bird dog chase

 

indigo damsel

flew through window wings brush wrist

Granna died today


UK coasts

winds build to a gale

foam caresses stone shorelines

birds hover like kites


smell, taste, and hear snow

winter’s blood, water’s sleep dance

fragility’s breath


New York City, Chelsea District, January 2015

All images copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Reid

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To view the area from a different angle, take a walk on the Chelsea High Line, an elevated railroad track that has been converted into a boardwalk and garden.

If you’re a foodie, be sure to check out the Chelsea Market which holds a wide array of gourmet restaurants, a fresh spice vendor, books, and sometimes an arts and crafts bazaar inside a beautifully restored National Biscuit Company factory. This is also where The Food Network has its offices.

 

Also recommended is the cozy Co Pane pizza serving 17 unique, wood-fired combos.

http://www.co-pane.com/index.php

Fashionistas! Check out the Comme des Garçons shop. It’s like being in a toyshop elf’s closet. Besides pointy shoes, apparel becomes outrageously fun wearable sculpture in here.

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Chelsea Gallery Tour Favs:

Murray Guy Gallery, Lucy Skaer’s exhibit Sticks and Stones takes two forms cut from a dissected mahogany tree and duplicates each in a variety of materials. This successful interpretation of belonging to a group with similarities while retaining individuality gives new, exciting meaning to sculpture.

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Peggy Preheim’s exhibit Archipelago combines nostalgic pencil drawings of people in found photos with pressed leaves or other natural materials such as feathers and fur. The delicate illustrations ask us to imagine stories of interaction between gentle humans and nature.

 

Gagosian Gallery, Takashi Murakami’s exhibit In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow is exhilarating in its scale and use of cutting edge materials. Taking queue, as Murakami does, from graphic design precious metals sheets are embossed with skulls then over painted with acrylic landscapes and characters straight from a comic book and screened designs of acidic suns. Thick glossy lacquers embedded with glitter enhance the dimensional quality of the works where mandalas of Buddhist masters beckon neophytes to walk the thin line between the land of living and dead, their insane gestures and eyes give warning of what we will experience there. Gigantic guardian sculptures guard the gates of Nirvana and fight those who try to enter before they are well prepared. The gorgeous scent of ancient wood permeates the front gallery which is entered through a replica of a shinto shrine.

 

303 Gallery, Mike Nelson’s exhibit Gang of Seven takes found objects collected on his tour of the west coast of the United States and Canada and turns them into imaginative and sometimes disturbing sculpture.


New York City, MoMA, January 10, 2015

During the winter residency for my grad school MFA program, I had the pleasure of visiting several places that I love in New York. In this post, I will share some of the highlights of my first stop, the Museum of Modern Art.

MoMa Courtyard in the Snow

*Henri Matisse Cutouts show. Excellent curation. For those of you are less familiar with art history, the painter Matisse became disabled as he aged and was confined to a wheelchair. This was when he produced a new phase of works from collaged paper cutouts. With the help of his lovely assistants, he was able to create monumental murals and even chapel stained glass designs.

Enter the exhibit:  A room of playful works commissioned by Verve Magazine. The circus themes and flowing shapes of the Icarus myth are prevalent. A quote from the artist elucidates his experience making those cutouts, “You have no idea how, during the cutout paper period, the sensation of flight which emanated forms helped me better to adjust my hand when it used scissors…It’s a kind of linear and graphic equivalence to the sensation of flight.”

Next: A room meant to mimic his studio with mockups, paper samples, and photos of him, scissors in hand surrounded by scraps of paper which had fallen to the ground – negative spaces of shapes he had cut. Two long walls hold examples of his “Oceania” series which were printed into wallpaper – sandy beige backgrounds with all white cutouts of seagulls, flora and fauna of the waters.

A darker room: Watch a film of Matisse working with an assistant to design vestments (cloaks) for the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. Stained glass sections are lit from behind. *In the gift shop I purchased holiday cards with tinted acetate covers to look like one the chapel windows maquettes, La Nuit de Noël (Christmas Night).

The monumental works: The highlights in the last few rooms are works inspired by Islamic art such as Large Decoration with Masks which is approximately 11′ x 32′. You will also see the joyful, immersive work The Parakeet and the Mermaid, which is approximately 11’ x 25’ and meant to give the sensation of being in a garden. It was completed towards the end of his life when he was no longer to enjoy his own garden as he once had.

Souvenir: Amongst prints and lengthy books about the artist’s life and career, I found a gem produced by MoMa who commissioned a cutout artist to create illustrations about Matisse and his inspiration from nature and his garden. By printing it on matte surface paper, the book better represents his cutouts, especially in the bonus gatefold pages of his works.

http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Matisses-Garden-Childrens-Book_10451_10001_192106_-1_26683_11486

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*In the contemporary art gallery, adjacent the Matisse Cutouts, I discovered a contemporary artist whose work I would like to share here. Her name is Kerstin Brätsch. These works are large scale oil on paper:

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*A choice selection from the permanent collection of modern masters was on display. They are hard to capture in photos, especially when they are behind glass and A Starry Night and The Persistence of Memory are now. Sadly, some of the life has been sucked out of them by this addition, which was not there the last time I saw those pieces on tour. I was not in awe of the vortex pulling me in as I had been when Van Gogh’s masterpiece was on view in Houston. This is what happens when people insist on touching the art or using flash! Luckily the Guggenheim had some of his work out (sans glass) and I got a taste of that vibrance on this visit.  Less famous, but not less important than the above mentioned paintings, my favorite Matisse oil, Goldfish and Palette, was on view as a nice counterpart to the cutouts exhibit. Other pieces I adore by Léger, Brancusi (Mademoiselle Pogany sculpture below), Cornell, Picasso, and Klimt were present as well.

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*In the design section, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertinya presented a vessel slowly made by bees using a “vase-shaped scaffold” for a beehive which was removed to reveal the waxen vase seen here:

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*Another special exhibit was a retrospective, entitled The Heart is Not a Metaphor, of the sculptor Robert Gober‘s work. Seemingly irreverent with its wallpaper of penis and vagina line art, other rooms papered like a fall forest scene with objects protruding out of wax torsos and crotches coming out from the bottoms of walls , and the like, his work has a serious tone which requires us to think of domesticity, sexuality, and religion more closely. Within the vast, sparse rooms, I felt less claustrophobic than I normally do when thinking of a permanent home. Sexuality felt like an ordinary and mundane activity that might take a turn for the bizarre if one becomes too familiar with it. A sinister underbelly is exposed inside of a fireplace full of girls disembodies legs, pink Mary Jane shoes and bobby socks intact. A nearby installation of a large vintage suitcase had its bottom cutout to accommodate a sewage grate installed into the gallery floor where below a softly lit scene of rocks and water plants swayed in flowing water and bubbles. This somehow lessened the blow of the previous difficult subject matter by offering an escape for the mind before exiting the show. The denouement of his story played out gently with an easy chair covered in custom designed fabric of pink, yellow, and blue florals and birds and other digestible fare.

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*Soul of the Underground, an exhibit featuring works by Jean DuBuffet, contained prints, paintings, and sculptures made from dirt, sticks, aluminum foil, grass, and other common materials used in unexpected ways to evoke gritty, playful, and sometimes shamanistic imagery as antithesis of la bourgeoisie. In the third image below, Landscape with Bulldog, random objects were inked, pressed, and then reassembled to create the final composition.

Le Magicien


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*Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection 1909-1949 reminded me of the fun and experimentation I had when I started taking black and white photos in the 80’s. The surprise revealed on paper in the darkroom is unparalleled by digital photography and I look forward to working in one again someday. At the height of film photography we can see here that playing with light, shadow, form, and perspective are emphasized when color is taken out of the equation. The luxurious platinum, palladium, and silver surfaces reminded me of a treasure box. This is truly an art form that has been lost, but many young people are recognizing this and word has it that shuttered analog photo departments are being revived around the country. This news has helped relieve some of my melancholy around the matter. For a virtual tour, visit the MoMa page below:

http://www.moma.org/interactives/objectphoto/#gallery?dateBegin=1900&dateEnd=1950&objectsSelected=84072

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*Finally, I would like to give mention to the Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye section which showcased vintage stereo equipment, posters, and album art. Especially inspiring to me is this print by Koichi Sato for New Music Media and this stereo with swinging, detachable speakers by artist Mario Bellini and Manufactured by Brionvega S.p.A., Italy.

Koichi Sato New Music Media

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*To see what is on showing at MoMa for during your next visit to Manhattan, check their calendar:

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/


Festival of Texas Fiddling

All images copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Reid

Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Blanco, Texas
December 6th, 2014

Various styles of Texas fiddling graced the room that night:

Los Triñeros, a Mexican-American son Huasteco style that originated in NE Mexico and is a blend of native and Spanish music.
Son Huasteco is usually played by a trio on a small instrument similar to a mandolin, called a jarana; a lower clef instrument called guitarra huapanguera;
and a violin. The highlights usually include the violinist playing with bravado and the vocalist singing in a falsetto, which to me sounds like a voice impersonating the high notes of the violin.

https://vimeo.com/114588521

Los Triñeros

Sean Orr, Country-style fiddler recognizable influenced by Celtic music

Mia Orosco, who I didn’t get to hear, but is an award winning contest fiddler who can be seen elsewhere on the Internet. I would describe her playing as crisp and clean.

Howard Rains, who was apparently playing old style and is involved with a group who has taken the time to learn O. Henry, parlor style songs.

Ed Poullard from Beaumont playing a Cajun style. The song in the video here (https://vimeo.com/114585849) reminds me of unrequited love, very French indeed.

Bryan Marshall, played polish flavored tunes, that I missed during the festival but was able to hear around the fire pit later that night.

To end the night, Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue played a nice long set for the dancers to practice their waltz, two-step, reel, and of course, swing moves.

(https://vimeo.com/114600381)

AFTER PARTY!

Fire pit jam videos: Bryan Marshall, Ed Poullard, and Mark Rubin on fiddle in videos one and two below, Frank Motley on accordion and Jakub Marshall on clarinet in video three.

1) https://vimeo.com/114741894

2) https://vimeo.com/114742897

3) https://vimeo.com/114607236

TEXAS FIDDLE SAMPLE CD

One of the main sponsors of the event was Texas Folklife has compiled a sampler CD of fiddling called, Traditional Music of Texas, Volume 1: Fiddle Recordings from the Texas Folklife Archives, that can be ordered on their web page https://squareup.com/market/texas-folklife I picked one up and have been addicted to it! Nothin’ like a cheery fiddle tune for the holidays.

**Two new terms fiddling terms I heard on that CD are ‘breakdown’ and ‘double stop’. The definition of ‘breakdown’ seems to vary depending on where the players are from. In the north, from what I gather, it refers to a fast paced 2/4 or 4/4 song that allows for a lot of footwork, but in southern climates, it tends to be a bit slower so that dancers don’t overheat. ‘Double stop’ means to play two notes at the same time, which is apparently difficult to do. To ‘stop’ a string is to press it down, but on a ‘double stop’ this is not necessarily the case. In addition, one string can be plucked and the other bowed to play the ‘double stop’.**


Berlin Gallery and Studio Tour – Summer 2014

During the Transart Institute MFA Summer Residency in Berlin, we were given insight into the art world there by going on a gallery tour on July 26th. The tour was organized by the school’s Initiatives Coordinator, kate hers RHEE. This was an excellent way to begin the program. Most Berlin galleries set up at the major art fairs such as Cologne, Miami, Basel, and Hong Kong. Feel free to report to me any errors in this post. All images copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Reid.

Gallery Tour

Gallery Stop 1: Esther Schipper

Exhibit: “Paper Work” featuring works by Ceal Floyer and Karin Sander created with office supplies. The former artist created a series of gradated circular ink blots make by pressing grey pens onto the center of blotting paper sheets until the pens are out of ink. Whereas the latter artist utilizes objects such as a hole punch, clips, or tabs on A4 paper to make patterns.

ink blot walls ink blots close ink blots wall

tabs walltabs seriestabs closeup

 

 

 

Gallery Stop 2: Kühlhaus Berlin.

This is an approximately 18,000 sq feet historical building that was a cooling station before refrigerators were readily available. The courtyard in the photo below, with the whale hovering in the air, used to be a market and train station where people could come and buy foods that had been kept fresh in the kühlhaus. Several people recently purchased the warehouse for cultural activities and are remodeling the building to code, such as making cement stairs. The Berlin Art Prize, an annual art competition between local contemporary artists, was held at the Kühlhaus earlier this year.

Exhibit: Four floors of the gallery contained student works from the school of high art, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee in the GDR (German Democratic Republic), or East Germany. It was explained that arts funding is highly competitive since the conjoining of East and West Germany because now there are two major art schools in Berlin, the other being Akademie der Künste, in the west, which has a history going back to the 1600’s. None of the works had labels, therefore I am unable to provide the names of the artists whose works are shown here, except for a sculptural installation in front of the building which is the result of a performance given by a Kunsthochschule Weissensee affiliated artist, Elena Kaludova. Elena wore a t-shirt with the slogan “STOP BORING ART!” printed on the back so that it could be read as she drilled holes through the wooden sign. The sign had the words “BORING ART” carved out of it. The artist drilled through most of the letters until only the “O” and “R” were left intact.

construction Kuhlhaus facade

 

 

drive thru gate scriptfloating whale

Boring Art plant elementals old technology landscape2 old technology landscape cassette deck with joystickstrips montage light and dark grass drawing musical drawing musical drawing closeup bird lady full bird lady embroidery embroidery closeup colored glass projection

 

 

Gallery Stop 3: Schwarz Contemporary run by Ann Schwarz

Exhibit: works by several artists represented by the gallery

Schwarz Contemporary

 

Monika Goetz_2200 K

Postcard of artwork, 2200 K by Monika Goetz

cyanotype

photograph of paper by Holger Neihaus

pink paper

painting by Fee Kleiss (left) and photo of paper by Holger Neihaus (right)

 

spray paint on nylon

paint on white kite fabric by Henrik Eiben

 

 

Gallery Stop 4: Wentrup Galerie by Jan Wentrup

Exhibit:  The gallery currently represents 13 artists. Works by several of those artists were on display.

Wentrup

Main gallery - Axel Geis's photo realistic chandeliers painted from different angles on highly glossed canvases. The viewer stands in the middle where the light fixture would normally be so that the experience of the installation refers to itself.

Main gallery – Axel Geis’s photo realistic chandeliers painted from different angles on highly glossed canvases. The viewer stands in the middle where the light fixture would normally be so that the experience of the installation refers to itself.

Gregor Hildebrandt creates many of his artworks from cassette tapes. In some cases, as with this piece, he glues the tape to a canvas and before peeling the audio tape back off again, he applies pressure through footsteps, scratching, etc, so that the emulsion stays on the canvas where he has effected it. Those works are names after the music that was recorded on that tape, which he was most likely listening to while making his marks on them. This one is titled “Neues vom Trickser (Toco) IV” by the band Tocotronic.

Gregor Hildebrandt creates many of his artworks from cassette tapes. In some cases, as with this piece, he glues the tape to a canvas and before peeling the audio tape back off again, he applies pressure through footsteps, scratching, etc, so that the emulsion stays on the canvas where he has effected it. Those works are named after the music that was recorded on that tape, which he was most likely listening to while making his marks on them. This one is titled “Neues vom Trickser (Toco) IV” by the band Tocotronic.

Gregor Hildebrandt creates many of his artworks from cassette tapes. In this case, he cut still frames from movies into small rectangles that will fit inside of cassette case spines. The image here is from “Eyes Wide Shut”.

Gregor Hildebrandt creates many of his artworks from cassette tapes. As in this case, he cuts still frames from movies into small rectangles that will fit inside of cassette case spines then displays them in cassette wall organizers. The image here is from “Eyes Wide Shut”.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. A photograph of marble is used as paper mâché landscape on another cement sheet.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. The artists are then creating copies of copies to a microscopic level. Here, a photograph of marble is used as a paper mâché landscape onto a cement sheet.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. A photograph of marble is used as paper mâché landscape on another cement sheet.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. The artists are then creating copies of copies to a microscopic level. Here, a photograph of marble is used as a paper mâché landscape onto a cement sheet.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. After using photographic images as wallpaper on cement sheets, layers appear to be torn away to reveal another texture and shade underneath.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. The artists are then creating copies of copies to a microscopic level. Here, after using photographic images as wallpaper on cement sheets, layers appear to be torn away to reveal another texture and shade underneath.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. After using photographic images as wallpaper on cement sheets, layers appear to be torn away to reveal another texture and shade underneath.

Peles Empire are two female artists, Katharina Stöver from Germany and Barbara Wolff from Romania who both currently work in London. The goal of their collaborative team is to copy the rooms of the Peles Castle in Romania and present it in the new ways. The castle already consists of copied, mismatched styles from Baroque to Art Deco. The artists are then creating copies of copies to a microscopic level. Here, after using photographic images as wallpaper on cement sheets, layers appear to be torn away to reveal another texture and shade underneath.

Cristian Andersen bronze sculpture

Cristian Andersen bronze sculpture

 

Studio Tour

HB 55 (Herzbergstrasse 55) Räume der kunst (rooms of art). This historical set of buildings used to be a margarine factory.

HB55 Räume der Kunst1909margarine factoryKunstfabrik studios

1) Aleks Slota (no images): It was explained to me that Aleks uses a megaphone to recite speeches, that were written but never read, out of his studio window. One example was the speech written in case the U.S. astronauts never returned from their first trip to the moon.

2) Art photographer, who makes commentary on the fashion world and beauty, Ivonne Thein http://www.ivonnethein.com/

wisps

from Ivonne Thein’s Thirty-two Kilos series

toothache

from Ivonne Thein’s Thirty-two Kilos series

facelessplastic and human

video of a woman dressing into and undressing from a second skin

video of a woman dressing into and undressing from a second skin

A hidden camera behind the black box on the wall projects a light portrait of the person standing in front of it, rendering them indistinguishable.

A hidden camera behind the black box on the wall displays a live action, out of focus,  light portrait of the person standing in front of it, thus rendering them indistinguishably.

postcard from Ivonne Thein’s Proforma series which appears to be human bodies seamlessly joined with mannequin heads or possibly just their faces. This is the most subtle and effective commentary on airbrushing / Photoshopping models that I’ve seen to date.

3) Louise Gibson is a sculptress from Scotland currently working in Berlin at a studio near a scrapyard. She embeds discarded clothing and electronics in resin castings. In addition, she melts, morphs, and varnishes large appliances and building materials into blobs of color and sheen. http://www.louisegibson.co.uk/?work-cat=current

trio jeansfaux furgreen fabric plaidpurplesfilled boots melted appliances  fuse boxesresin windowThe Clawsunflowers zink und kabel  stoves fencescrapyard and students colorful scraps