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


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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.

Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman


Mara Hoffman
Photograph by Peter Duhon.

Mara Hoffman after a successful show during Fashion Week.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Friday, September 08, 2006

Fashion Week 2006 Opening Night


Fashion Week 2006 Opening Night
Photo taken with Palm Treo 700p.

Fashion Week 2006: Gottex


Gottex
Photo with Palm Treo.

Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman 2006


Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman 2006
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman


Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Spring 2007 Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman


Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

Here in line for the "Mara Hoffman" show. Just got in the building actually. This event is not being held in Bryant Park but rather at an outside location, 18th street inside of the Altman Building.

Fashion Week: Inside the Tent


Fashion Week: Inside the Tent
Originally uploaded by Peter Duhon.

I've been in New York for ten years and I always wondered what it looked like on the inside, inside of the coveted Tent during Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Gottex


Fashion Week: Gottex
Photo with Palm Treo 700p.

Fashion Week:Cia.Marítima


Fashion Week:Cia.Marítima
Photo taken by Palm Treo 700p.

I'm here at Fashion Week and I just experienced my first show, Cia.Maritima. I took pictures both with my camera phone and the more appropriate Olympus E-500. The photos from that camera are much better then the camera phone pics, obviously. I will post pictures from both cameras, so no worries. Also, taking the pictures with my phone and then immediately posting to my blog is just amazing. A great way for all of the Art Comments readers to gain instant access to Fashion Week.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Fashion Week Coverage on Art Comments


Fashion Week Coverage on Art Comments
Photograph by Peter Duhon.

Fashion Week kicks off Sept 8 and I'm excited about covering such an iconic event. Expect a post also from our new colunmist, Sonia B., who will be attending a fashion preview show given by Miss Sixty. Visit Art Comments throughout the week for updates and postings.

Click here to read a previous post by SB.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Richard Bruce, Opening Art Reception


Richard Bruce, Opening Art Reception
Painting by Richard Bruce .

Stillwater, acrylic on birch panel, 48" 2005

Karin Sanders Fine Art Gallery, Reception for the Work of Richard Bruce


Karin Fine Art Gallery
Photograph by Peter Duhon.

Opening reception for the work of Richard Bruce here in the Hamptons, despite the down pour of rain. I took this picture yesterday, looking closely one sees a Richard Bruce painting at the top of the staircase.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Press release: New Columnist joins Art Comments

Major Coup for Art Comments

It is with much enthusiasm that I announce the addition of Sonia B. as a contributing columnist to Art Comments. This new addition is a result of the Artist in Residence initiative that I started several months back and Ms. SB happens to be the first participant of that initiative so its rather fitting that she now joins Art Comments as a regular contributor. Ms. SB brings with her a wealth of international experience (which include long term stays in countries such as Italy, Germany, India and presently the U.S), high-end expertise of the fashion industry (industry contacts and a BA in Fashion Merchandising), and a unqinue sophiscated edge.

Ms. SB will serve as a writer to Art Comments but also as an advisor. Currently we are developing and outlining a comprehensive plan to cover the upcoming Fashion Week that takes place here in New York between Sept 8 - 15.

Additionally, I'm working on bringing another high-caliber columnist to join the Art Comments. Stay tuned!