Thursday, December 28, 2006

Dialectical Dependencies: Theory and Practice


"intellectual concepts are one thing and crass practice is something else: the action of one on the other is usually difficult to demonstrate because it is not likely to be direct or simple." - Michael Baxandall, Painting & Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Charles Saatchi's Two New Online Projects


Beloved by many, nemesis to a few (at least reportedly), Charles Saatchi has recently launched two online initiatives for artists to display their work. One is catered more toward student artists and it's called "Stuart", an initiative which allows students to sell their work internationally or locally without a dealer or gallery taking any percentages from a deal. The other online initiative is a website called Your Gallery which allows virtual online communities to foster between artists. Below is the direct link to the websites:

1. Saatchi's "Your Gallery."
2. Saatchi's student centric community for artists to sell and display their work "Stuart."





Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Art Basel Miami Beach: Overall Impressions


Here's a link to an article which gives an accurate description to a colossal event. Personally, attending Art Basel for the first time and attending at least 6 other major art fair was just enjoyably overwhelming! The article is written by Anthony Haden-Guest, whom I actually had the honor of meeting while in Miami. Without further ado: FT Article, Mammon and the muse.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Gavin Brown Gallery: Gee Vaucher





Gee Vaucher
Children that have seen too much, 2006
105 x 70 inches, approximate

"All art is a pathway to the soul. A pathway to each other." - Gee Vaucher

Other related Art Comment links:
Art of the Portrait: Gee Vaucher at GBE@Passerby
Film Review, Michael Haneke: Cache
Scope Hamptons 2006: Sadie Weis







Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Art Comments One Year Anniversary


I'm proud of the fact that last December, my first blog entry for Art Comments covered a live performance by the amazing Brad Mehldau Trio, a trio and artist who has incited my personal journey of inquiry into the sublime and aesthetics . This personal journey later required proper documentation and what better way then online via the worldwide web where it could be shared and documented publicly. I had no idea that Art Comments would develop and grow into what it has become: An interdisciplinary online collaborative journal founded on the premise that if experiences are not documented and later shared, then it is as if they never happened; a journal that focuses exclusively on aesthetics that are of the sublime, challenging, thought provoking and compelling.

Here are a few links from the past year:

Alfred Brendel's performance at Carnegie Hall
Martha Stewart interview with Art Comments during Fashion Week 2006
Brad Mehldau review
Film Review: Cache

This year also saw the addition of several contributors, two fashion specialists in Jennifer Jackson and Sonia Bhalla , and art contributor Don Porcella .

I would like to thank everyone for their continuous support to this journal whose mission is to share knowledge and foster growth for both the readers and contributors of Art Comments.

To celebrate Art Comments one year existence, the Art Comments team and friends will be gathering tomorrow night, December 20, 6pm - 8pm at GBE@Passerby for drinks and to view the work of the seminal artist and master painter Gee Vaucher.

Thanks to all,

Solus Editor
Peter Duhon









Sunday, December 10, 2006

Art Basel Miami Beach: Valery Koshlyakov


valery_koshlyako
Visit the AC photo blog at Flickr.

Alexander's head, 2006, spraypaint on canvas. 200 x 150 cm.

Highlight from Art Basel in South Miami Beach 2006.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Art Basel South Beach

Not even sure what to say other than the event is massive with a capital M! I will post some select photos shortly here on Art Comments and on my flickr account so check both daily for updates.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Brief Blackout Period for Art Comments


Due to feverish prepartions for the major art fairs taking place in Miami (South Beach), next week, a total of approximately 12 that will run concurrently in one weekend, including but not limitied to Scope Miami and Art Basel Miami , which take place precisely between December 7 - 10, there will be no blog posts until December 7 2006. Please check back with Art Comments on December 7 when regular postings from the various team members will resume. Thank you.



Friday, November 24, 2006

Vilém Flusser Quote:


"Photographers encode their concepts as photographic images so as to give others information, so as to produce models for them and thereby to become immortal in the memory of others." -

Vilém Flusser, Philosophy of Photography

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Namehato Fashion Show: Spring Preview 2007


IMG_0272
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.


written by Jenny Jackson in New York


Namhato, Love Brigade Clothing, Inc.’s first Spring collection was a success. This collective of brilliantly creative individuals, unveiled a collection that was received by the shows audience as a Brand that fashion enthusiasts should give attention. In less than one year, Love Brigade opened its doors; opened a boutique in Williamsburg (an up and coming Brooklyn neighborhood where the creative energy is explosive); launched an online boutique; premiered the first collection (Fall ’06); launched Spring ’07, and launched men’s for Spring ’07.

From an insider’s point of view, I see that Love Brigade has begun with a strong start and is not operating dangerously fast. The Spring fashion shows were evidence that Love Brigade is capable of executing a concept where creative genius is sustained throughout the entire process. In creating a fashion line, it is quite easy to loose sight of the goal where a collection turns out to be something different from the original theme and concept. But, alas, the Love Brigade collective proved that, though we may be young, we are damn genius.  

Namehato:  By the scene, for the scene. When once asked who is the inspiration for the clothing, Alyssa Key (fashion director and founder) responded, “Ourselves. You think I’m kidding?”

And finally, a little blurb that Alyssa and I together wrote about the collection:

“Inspired by the spiritual mystique of Native American tribe inhabitants of New Mexico, Love Brigade has collaborated on designs that inspire a sense of freedom whilst still donning the most luxurious fabrics. Creations stemmed from dark blood pumping emotion not free from the strains of society, but with a glimmer of hope that one day we will achieve everything that we are living for. Namehato breeds bravery. Namehato forces freedom. Namehato means love.”

…and this is only the beginning.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Book Launch: "Scattered Joy" by Alexandra Seegers



article written by Sonia Bhalla, NY, New York

Before I went to the book launch of Scattered Joy , I did not quite know what to expect. I thought this would be an event where the author would just be promoting herself and her book. But after attending the event, and speaking with the author, Alexandra Seegers, I came away inspired.

Alexandra Seegers started her book project 5 years ago when she took a trip to Tibet. Since childhood, she had always wanted to visit the place. She fell in love with the region, which inspired her to do more trips to South Asia, Vietnam and Thailand. And as a result, this book was created.

Author, Christina Morato describes
Scattered Joy as she says that it "shows the dignity and the spiritual and cultural wealth of the women that the traveler has met in the remote villages of Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal and Tibet." The book is a compilation of photographs showing women and children from these regions living everyday life, including depictions of cultural rituals. Alexandra Seegers integrated herself in these environments as she lived in these regions for weeks or months at a time and was able to capture moments that evoke emotion and give a true sense of reality to the audience. Although the subjects of the photographs may be living in rural areas and in poverty, the photographs show women with strength and beauty. These photographs inspire and motivate one to take notice of the serious issues concerning women in these third world countries.

This book is supported by a company called Gaia de Vida, founded by the author herself, which forms alliances with non-for-profit organizations in order to create multi-media presentations which focus on issues pertaining to under-developed countries, such as famine, health, clean water, micro-credit, shelter and safety.
Scattered Joy is Gaia De Vida's first project to be used as a tool to raise money for these countries and to promote the cause of Gaia de Vida associated non-profit organizations.

The book launch was a pleasure to attend. It was held at the
House of Tibet; a cozy setting for the book launch. The author was wearing an elegant Vietnamese embroidered top – an appropriate choice for the event. A lot of her friends came for support. The author gave a presentation, giving an overall summary of the book and explaining the purpose of this project. Alexandra inspired and encouraged me (and I am sure it also encouraged other people) to think about the various issues concerning these countries and to be more pro-active. Alexandra Seegers is an amazing woman, who is determined in her cause to better the future of the women and children in South Asia and South East Asia.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Gavin Brown Enterprise: Gee Vaucher

Portraiture

Art of the portrait. Many have attempted, few have succeeded. Gee Vaucher's name belongs side by side with the art giants of the past and present, with those few who have succeeded and completed something relevant, compelling and provocative with portraiture. Pseudo-art created to appease the masses for huge commercial gain is not what I'm referring to but rather the kind of art that is beautiful due to simple fact of what it awakens upon the viewer emotionally, socially and even at times politically.

The exhibition at Passerby with the four portraits (and other works) by Gee Vaucher is a must see. Make the time and go see it!

GBE@Passerby
436 W 15th Street


by Peter Duhon


Monday, November 13, 2006

Art Auction/Gala: Chelsea Art Museum

Just wanted to alert everyone's attention to an event that will take place tonight at the Chelsea Art Museum, its an auction/gala and cocktail party. Visit the official website, www.atoaauction.com for more information.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New Dutch Realism




Mokum Gallery
Peter Hartwig
Oil on Panel
Waitress



Wonderful night last night. I attended an elegant affair that was organized by W Hotels, W magazine and Gallery10G , which featured three artists; KEVIN COOLEY, OFER WOLBERGER & MATTHEW SPIEGELMAN. Champagne was the drink of the night but I couldn't stay long since I had plans to meet up with a friend at the National Arts Club to attend a panel discussion held there: Collecting Today's Art in Today's World. Artist Joan Giordano moderated the discussion among the different panelists which included heavy-hitters: Alexis Hubshman, President Scope Art Fair, Gregory J Peterson, Collector Contemporary Realist Art, Dr. Lowery Sims, adjunct curator, The Studio Museum and former Curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum Missy Sullivan, editor Forbes Collector.

After the discussion, we were all directed to the Grand Gallery located at their facility to see the show, New Dutch Realism. Did I enjoy the show? Let's just say that I was one of the last people to leave the gallery. I absolutely loved the program and the art and I am planning on posting most of the pictures taken and posting some of the notes that I took from the panel discussion. While touring the Grand Gallery, I met two lovely art dealers from Amsterdam, Lucas van Hasselt and Liesbeth Hemelriik. who were representing some of the artist's work that was on display.

I'm writing this column rather late since earlier in the day, my network and server was down. I actually started the day pretty early, waking up around 6am, in hopes to write an extensive entry, only to find out that I could not access the Internet! Stay tuned for more information concerning the events of yesterday.







Friday, November 03, 2006

Jackie Bunwich Gallery Review

By Don Porcella


• Online Galleries














Online social and networking groups like Myspace break down traditional economic, cultural and political borders offering members the opportunity to promote anything they create. This is especially true for artists who can post their art work and get valuable feedback. Artists are thriving on Myspace in a democratic exchange of images and ideas. Relevant online art galleries are forming in this new virtual space frontier.

Jackie Bunwich promotes her gallery as the first Myspace based gallery in the world. Jackie Bunwich Gallery exhibits the work of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and musicians working in a variety of media. The gallery opened in September 2006 on Myspace and exhibitions run for one month. Bunwich lives in Vancouver, Canada where her online gallery is based.

The Jackie Bunwich Gallery's current show is called "Soft Pot" which is a collection of artists that Bunwich has known and some that she has met on Myspace.

I especially like the work of Taylor McKimens
(www.taylormckimens.com), a very versatile artist, who creates unique
work in a variety of mediums. His art is not bound by any specific discipline (like being just a painter for instance). He is capable of making anything he wants because he has a consistent visual language that crosses over and through different disciplines.

Online galleries give the gallery owner a chance to establish a gallery with little to no start up costs. Bunwich is hoping the gallery will evolve commercially and she is interested in doing projects outside of Myspace/Internet.

Bunwich says the next show will feature Jeff Ladouceur and Peter Thompson, two artists from Canada.
The Jackie Bunwich Gallery is always looking for new artists and reviews work on a regular basis. If you are interested in submitting art work for review, send 5-10 jpegs to jackiebunwichgallery@yahoo.ca.
Jackie Bunwich Gallery would love to be your friend! Her Myspace
address is www.myspace.com/1126298553.

Written by Don Porcella

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Shearer West: Portraiture Quote


"A portrait can take on only the most basic elements of a biography, while a biography cannot convey the presence of the individual with such immediacy and evocative power." - Shearer West, Portraiture

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

London Frieze Art Fair: Jenny Saville




JENNY SAVILLE
Rosetta 2, 2005-2006
Oil on watercolor paper, mounted on board
99-1/4 x 73-3/4 inches (252 x 187.5 cm)

This towering painting by Jenny Saville, a painting that I revisited many times while in London and stared at with amazement, was clearly one of the highlights at Frieze , a painting evoking pathos and sardonically questioning traditional expectations of portraiture, though I'm sure that the response to this painting will fall into 3 camps:

  1. Hans Holbein purists who perhaps have serious disdain for the loose, violent and sobering approach here.
  2. Admirers of Lucien Freud who feel that this painting stands for all the great things happening right now in contemporary art.
  3. And the camp, myself included, that simply admires Holbein , Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Upcoming Art Opening: Gavin Brown Gallery


I'm excited about an upcoming event at the Gavin Brown Gallery which will take place this Friday. Will let everyone know how things workout. Also, I'm trying this new feature where if you have a Google Calendar, you can simply update your personal calendar with mind so that it corresponds to the event which I have written about.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Feigen Contemporary Gallery: Elizabeth Huey



Bedlam
2006
acrylic and oil on wood panel
53 1/4 x 101 inches

Article by Don Porcella in New York

Elizabeth Huey's recent paintings on view at Feigen Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea continue to explore the effect architecture had on the mentally ill who were living in American institutions in the 1800’s. Her show, THE KIRKBRIDE PLAN, owes its title to Thomas Story Kirkbride a key figure in the science of Psychiatry. His concept that architecture should provide moral or intellectual instruction laid the foundation for asylum construction in the United States.


Hydrotherapy

Huey and I both have degrees in psychology and to me her paintings are about psychological space. Her work is a perfect view into the mind. We churn images in our mind trying to digest what we see, hear, feel, etc… Using a collage-like approach, Huey presents a mixed bag of visual information. We see that through mental illness we have a more accurate picture of how the mind processes imagery, experiences, etc…




Burned Over District

In Huey’s work one clearly sees these visual and mental conflicts playing out in a somewhat grand but purposefully disjointed narrative. Much the same way one might imagine a mentally ill person trying to deal with their very confusing environment.

Huey’s work offers us insight into mental illness and how we deal with it in our country, but more importantly she shows us the power and beauty of the mind trying to comprehend its surroundings.



Restraint

Elizabeth Huey
Main Gallery
September 14 - October 28, 2006
Feigen Contemporary
535 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel 212.929.0500 Fax 212.929.0065
www.FeigenContemporary.com





Monday, October 23, 2006

Iconic art magazine leverages New Media

Thought I would draw everyone's attention to a new online offering by the established and respected magazine, ArtReview.

"ArtReview Goes Digital
. Register at www.artreviewdigital.com.

Each year ArtReview Magazine, the leading contemporary art monthly, publishes its list of contemporary art’s most influential individuals – artists, dealers, collectors, curators and directors." - Art Review



Friday, October 20, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006




Here's a photo of the LOUISE T BLOUIN INSTITUTE at night. I attended the opening reception of the newly founded institution while in London. Apparently, I was there with all the heavyweights in the art world: art critics, patrons, artists, celebrities and the like. While I was surveying the institute and digesting the light installations of world-renowned artist James Turrell (he wasn't at the show), I met several interesting people and even had to defend James Turrell and contemporary art.

Seems that the dreadful quote "a child can do that" exists on both side of the Atlantic and is commonly used. However, being a champion of the arts, I was able to dispel that notion of "anyone can do that" and the young lady was happy that we spoke. In fact,
after our friendly and obviously insightful discussion she suggested that maybe I could tutor her nine year old child about art history (or something like that). We were all drinking champagne so some of the details are quite fuzzy. But at least I was able to help her see the light but who knows.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Scope Art Fair London


Scope Art Fair
Photo by Peter Duhon.

After getting off the plane in London, I headed straight to the East End of London for the Scope Art Fair. Briefly, I'll just mention that the area chosen for the fair was perfect. The East End area of London reminded me of a nice mixture between both the lower eastside of Manhattan and the vibrant Chelsea area.

Monday, October 16, 2006

London Art Fairs: Scope Fair and Frieze Fair


East End Photo
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Just getting back from an amazing visit to London where I was able to spend time at two outstanding art fairs, the Scope Fair and the Frieze Fair. I have to admit that visiting London for the first time and attending both fairs was joyously overwhelming! Throughout the coming weeks I will post pictures and comments from my visit of London here on my blog and also on my flickr account.

I completely fell in love with London and hated leaving a place where I felt so at home and comfortable. I'm having withdrawal symptoms now and dealing with the fact that I had to leave. I'm not saying that New York is not home but now I would say that I have two loves in my life now, London and New York!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

London Art Scene


Trip to London
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Regular blog posting will resume Oct 16. I'm on my way to London and upon my return to New York I will blog about my findings there. Check back later!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Grant Krajecki: A Few Words with Art Comments


Fashion Week Spring 2007 Collection: Grey Ant
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Immediately following the Grey Ant show at New York Fashion Week Spring 2007, I spoke designer with Grant Krajecki and applauded him on a nicely done show that combined his California cool style designs with exotic tribunal dances that resonated some distinct and logical African influence. Despite the bizarreness of the dancing, it all made sense and even told some sort of story which is why I'm using the term "logical." But here's a brief excerpt from our conversation:

AC:Your on an island stranded and you can only have one book with you, which book would it be?
GK: The New York Public Library's "Desk Reference."

During the recent New York Fashion Week, I was also able to speak with Martha Stewart which you can read by visiting the following link: Martha Stewart Interview
Additionally, you can see some of the Grey Ant show by clicking the following link: Grey Ant

Upcoming Fashion Event: October 13


NAMEHATO
Produced by Lovebrigade.

One of the contributors to Art Comments is coordinating this event!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

GOLDSMITH’S: MFA 2007 SURVEY AT WHITE BOX


buffet 2
Painting by Erin Crowe.

GOLDSMITH’S: MFA 2007 SURVEY AT WHITE BOX AUGUST 29TH – SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2006
by Don Porcella

The new generation of YBA’s (Young British Artists) are emerging in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York at White Box Gallery courtesy of Cottelson Advisors and curator Jennifer Thatcher. It is an eclectic mix of 1st year students from the celebrated Goldsmiths College Graduate School in London, England. This college attracts art collectors like Charles Saatchi and boasts famous alumni like Damian Hirst. Overall this years survey has a do-it-yourself attitude and in certain art works one sees the scope and critique of popular culture.

Erin Crowe is painting portraits of powerful male leaders Warren Buffett and Fidel Castro. Due to their smallish size and unflattering poses, these portraits play with our idea of what portraiture is and pose interesting questions about the power of the artist over her subject. Photographs inform these paintings, but Crowe purposefully imbues the portrait with high key colors and visible brushstrokes giving the paintings an expressive and hand made quality.

Sara Gilder’s Baywatch video presents the artist in a swimsuit made popular on the American TV Show Baywatch waiting on the corner of a busy street after a hard rain. Automobile’s periodically drive by, hit the puddles, and cover her repeatedly in dirty rainwater. Uplifting, with its 1980’s soundtrack, Gilder turns an unpleasant moment into pleasure and at the same time presents a sarcastic spoof on beauty and popular American culture.

Ryan O’Connor poses interesting questions through his choice of materials. O’Connor’s cleverly welds found metal brackets together and in the process transforms the found material into a beautiful and interesting nod to modernist sculpture.

The art pieces mentioned in this article along with other works that were on display at White Box can be seen by clicking the following link: GOLDSMITH PHOTOS

Monday, October 02, 2006

Upcoming on Art Comments: Art Fair Coverage

Currently finalizing travel plans to London to cover two emblematic contemporary art fairs being held simultaneously there: Scope London and Frieze Art Fair. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Observations of The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Alberto Giacometti
Photo by Jenny Jackson.

Post by Jenny in New York

Last Sunday afternoon, my day off from Love Brigade, I felt the desire to treat myself to the wonders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I entered with an open mind, hoping to find my artistic fulfillment for the day from works by artistic masters. I had no intention of viewing a single exhibition, I merely wanted the works to find me, and they did…

I find it no mistake that I was able to view the Indonesian Textile exhibit on the last day that it was up. Amidst the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas division on the first floor was a magnificent display of mostly 19th century Ikat textiles. Ikat is an intricate form of textile dying and weaving, native to the Indonesian region, but adopted by other cultures. Ikat textiles are most notably tied to spiritual and ritual ceremonial use. With this method of textile design, each thread is tied onto a loom before woven and made into a design. After delegating the design, the weaver then hand dies each thread individually before weaving the threads on a loom. It is difficult to explain the warp and weft differentiation to those of you who are not textile fanatics, but basically the design is created in one direction before woven with threads of a typically solid color die that are woven in the perpendicular direction, but there can be a combination of designs in both directions. The individual thread dying method creates the characteristically blurry appearance of the patterns on the finished textile. With my camera I took several pictures of my favorite pieces from the Met display: (excuse the poor photography, just snap shots w/ no flash for respect to the fabric) and click here or click the picture on this blog to view the rest of the photos for this post.

Some uses of the Ikat ceremonial textiles are for conceiving the newly born and, conversely, for burying the dead. Sectional pieces of the textile may suggest different meanings. As with the receiving blankets, the textile designs may suggest one’s destiny in life and in the after life according to the placement of threads, colors and designs on the blanket. With burial cloths, Ikat textiles are created to prepare the body for joining the dead ancestors in the after life. The ancestors are represented by a stylized shape, as seen on one textile from the exhibition.

The intricate designs in these delicate textiles have individual purposes which often tell a metaphysical story, in this way I found the Ikats to be relics from the past and now modern treasures.

After much delight from my “Trip up” on the Ikats, I decided that there might be something more for me in that massive museum. Frankly, I wasn’t sure that I had fully received my $5.00 donation’s worth yet. So I walked on…into the modern art gallery, I walked and gazed, recognized, and reflected, then (gasp!) are those Giacometti’s? I thought, nearly out loud. It has been about two years since I was introduced to this artist, first through a drawing of one of his sculptures, but it was his sculptures on display in Paris’ Pompidou Centre that really moved me to a love affair with this artist (perhaps inspired by my own?)

What I love most about Albertto Giacometti’s sculptures is the way in which he conducts an extreme search for the individual(s) whom he is molding. On display at the met there were four separate sculptural works and one painting all of which struck me in a unique way, and yet the same themes throughout his work tend to resurface in my mind.

1: Giacometti nearly destructs the figure by pressing and prodding at the sculptural physique as he explores the human surface in search for the soul.

2: Many figures are lovingly elongated in a seemingly relentless manner.

3: Accentuations on the body figure, unique to each work as to all life objects, move his works into a subjective light. While at a mere glance one may think all Giocomettis appear similar, I find the specific accents the aspect which sets each figure apart.

4: The intentional raw display: an expressionistic portrayal of the body, caused by the pressure from his fingering technique that reveals not necessarily the actual movement of the figure, but more the artist’s own individuality; this regarding his personal movement, his sensual search in relation to the one whom he is recreating sculpturally.

When I look at these works, I feel like I know the artist, as if I am feeling his perception of the individuals or other figures. That I closer see a soul that has perhaps touched him in a certain way, helping me to more profoundly understand humanity in general. It is the depth of Giacometti’s exploration that allows me to reach a more heightened regard for the expressions of love, suffering, sexuality, fear, and adoration. I encourage those of you out there reading this to search for yourself and make your own conclusions from the masterworks of Alberto Giacometti.
Enough for now. More later.

Jenny

Friday, September 29, 2006

Philosophy of Photography


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Photo by Peter Duhon.

"two fundamental turning points can be observed in human culture since its inception. The first, around the middle of the second millennium BC, can be summed up under the heading 'the invention of linear writing'; the second, the one we are currently experiencing, could be called 'the invention of technical images'." - Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Press Release: Jennifer Jackson joins Art Comments


Jennifer Jackson
Photo by Talia Chow.

First of all, I would like to introduce myself to the readers of Art Comments. My name is Jennifer Jackson but I have a multitude of nicknames which I often go by. I recently moved to New York City from Austin, Texas where I was a student at the University of Texas. My degree from UT is in Retail Merchandising, and henceforth suggests my interest in the field of fashion. I also attended the Paris Fashion Institute, where I studied and then worked for 3 months in the fashion industry. I am a lover of all things art and music, and would like to share some of my thoughts on Art Comments about the shows that I see, the people that I meet, and the feelings that I get when I view awe-inspiring aspects in art or in life. I hope that you might be inspired by what I have to say, or merely enjoy a writing or two that I share.

Previous Posts by Jennifer Jackson: Review of Catherine Fulmer Show

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

100th Anniversary Shostakovich: Album Recommendation


Alexei Lubimov: Messe Noire
Cover design by ECM.

Perhaps your feeling nostalgic and you want to hear some great Russian classical music. Considering that today officially marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the composer Dimitri Shostakovich, I recommend the album titled "Messe Noire." Performed by Alexei Lubimov, a solo piano recording, this recording features several works by Russian composers as varied as Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergey Prokofiev, and Alexander Scriabin.

The composition on the album titled Largo written by Shostakovich actually reminds me of the monumental Brad Mehldau tune "When it Rains" found on one of his albums titled Largo, a song I wrote about here on Art Comments. Overall the album has a strong contemplative feel. If you pick it up let me know your thoughts. Here's a direct link to order the album: ECM Messe Noire.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Martha Stewart: A Few Words with Art Comments


Martha Stewart during New York Fashion Week
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Right after the immensely successful Artist in Residence program I started for Art Comments which so far has led to each participant -Sonia B. and Jenny J. - eventually being added to the Art Comments team, I've been mulling over what kind of new series that I could introduce for Art Comments readers and one of the new series that I am excited to introduce, which quite honestly is long overdue, is the series tentatively titled, "A Few Words with AC." Essentially, it will be a series where myself or one of the team members of Art Comments will ask a creative person, one or several short, fun but revealing questions. I've been quite belligerent with regard to interviews since I've already conducted one with a bard from London who lives in Manhattan, the raw and adroit Jane Ormerod. I will do my best to post an article regarding that interview soon, an interview that I conducted several months back. Stay tuned for that interview, I learned several things from her while conducting it so I know everyone will like it. Until then though, please enjoy,  "A Few Words with AC."

A Few Words with AC:

During New York's Fashion Week, just prior to the Cynthia Rowely show, I spent a few minutes with the lovely (a truly approachable and warm individual) Martha Stewart, a person who dispels the myth that art and business are two separate things. Well, lets just say with her creative and ever successful approach to her own business, she has definitely blurred the lines between art and commerce.

AC: If you were stranded on an island and could have only one book with you, which book would you chose to have with you?

MS: Oh my! The Encyclopedia Britannica. I love it!

AC: I just want to say that I love your home on Lily Pond Lane!

MS: Why thank you very much!

Editors Note: The exact name of the street could be Lily Pond Drive which is located in the Hamptons but I will never forget the sight of that home, once you see it in person, the sight of it stays with you, I once had diner with someone who lived on the same street as her but that's another story altogether.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery


Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art: Julian Jackson


Photo_09.jpg
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Here in Larchmont, New York visiting the contemporary fine art gallery of Kenise Barnes. The work of Julian Jackson is on display, his first solo show with her. Check back later for more information.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Catherine Fulmer


Spring Fashion Week 2007
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Artist-in-Residence Series for Art Comments: Jennifer Jackson

Catherine Fulmer at the Soho Grand Hotel



The high-waisted skirt is going to be Spring 2007’s new fashion trend, replacing last year’s bubble hem. These thoughts crossed my mind earlier in the day on Wednesday. Come Wednesday night, at Catherine Fulmers' debut show, these thoughts were only emphasized in my mind with her high-waisted satin tailored skirt (this piece which I loved!).

While Fulmer's debut collection show had its kinks, her determination to make her mark on the fashion industry gives aspiring design students a glimmer of hope for success. The large turn out of media, press and the like at the Soho Grand Hotel did get a bit of an unexpected "peep show" by a few models, yet this actually turned out to be a nice piece for discussion among the audience. A general feel of acceptance buzzed at the shows curtail.

Fulmer's sexy designs revealed socialite provocation, edging on hip-hop style. This 20-something year old designer left her New York fashion scene anxious and waiting for more, a smart move by a young and creative business woman.

written by current Art Comments artist-in-residence: Jenny Jackson

Olympus Fashion Week: Manuel


Olympus Fashion Week: Manuel
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700.

Picture taken while waiting for show to start.

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Cynthia Rowley


Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Cynthia Rowley Spring


Fashion Week 2006: Cynthia Rowley Spring
Photo by Peter Duhon.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Grey Ant


Grey Ant
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

In between the models walking the runway, there's dancing.

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Grey Ant


Fashion Week 2006: Grey Ant
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Currently in the show. The vibe here prior to the show is cordial and friendly.

Spring 2007 Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley


Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley
Photo taken by Peter Duhon.

Spring Fashion Week 2007: Cynthia Rowley Spring


Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley Spring
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Here's an image prior to Cynthia Rowley's show. Intense energy prior to the show and during the show. It was an amazing show and classy event. I will post pictures later and expect a story from Art Comments about the show.

Also, Art Comments will be posting its first interview. Stay tuned!

Spring Fashion Week 2007: The Pre-Show, Miss Sixty

Miss Sixty
Of course, everyone is talking about the shows at Bryant Park that commenced on the official start date of fashion week. But what about the few pre- shows that took place before Sept. 8th that really geared up everyone for this magnificent and exciting week? I attended the Miss Sixty fashion show at the Guggenheim. This stellar venue transformed itself to a media frenzy scene. In Miss Sixty style the show was fun, energetic and whimsical. The signature spiral ramp in the Guggenheim, which goes all the way to the top of the building was appointed as the very long runway. Fourty-one looks were presented on 41 models. There were skinny jeans, platforms, lots of denim and funky sillouhettes with high waisted pants, flouncing mini skirts, hippie bottoms and fitting jackets. In good fashion show fun, I did witness one of the models trip in her platform shoes on the downhill ramp! What's fashion week without a model tripping on the runway? At least no one was hurt. Enjoy the last two days of New York Fashion Week!

Written by Sonia B.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

FashionWeek 2007: RSVP but No Entry


FashionWeek 2007: RSVP but No Entry
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Here we are not getting in to the Heatherette show and watching on the screen. I had RSVP'd but that didn't help. I was sent an invitation in the mail and adjusted my schedule to get in but no entry. I was there with my Treo 700p so that I could take pictures and post them to my blog as the show was taking place. No such luck considering that I had to stand in line for about an hour before I was told that none of the several hunderd people standing in line were not getting in. I also had my professional DSLR camera, the Olympus E-500 to take some great high resolution picutres, but no such luck. The "instant sharing" of this event was that of sharing my feeling of dissappointment

Fashion Week Spring 2007: Heatherette


Fashion Week: Heatherette
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Its a packed house and none of are getting in. There's several hundred of us waiting and we are not getting. We've been advised by screaming security personnel to watch the show on the screen. Lady next to me is cursing and crying on the phone. She came to town for this one show. A thousand dollars for airfare and hotel.

Olympus Fashion Week 2006: Heatherette


Olympus Fashion Week 2006: Heatherette
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

its a full house. might not get in. we'll see.

Mara Hoffman Show at Fashion Week


Mara Hoffman Show at Fashion Week
Photograph by Peter Duhon.