Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts

March 4, 2013

IN PIECES On View Now @ Openhouse Gallery

Remember all of those LEGO sculptures you were so proud of when you were little? Well, they've all been put to shame thanks to IN PIECES, the newest exhibition presented by Avant Gallery on view now at Openhouse in NYC.

A brilliant collaboration between sculptor Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West, IN PIECES exhibits photographs with an America flare, which feature LEGO sculptures that camouflage flawlessly into the scenes (you have to look pretty carefully to spot them). The exhibition juxtaposes the photography and sculpture together, so you can get a good idea about the actual construction and scale of the LEGO pieces. Such an amazing, creative idea will no doubt remind people about how much they love LEGOs and maybe even inspire a few to dig into their old stashes and see what they can create. IN PIECES is on view until March 17th.

February 26, 2013

Sophisticated Legos: IN PIECES @ Openhouse Gallery Thrusday

Remember playing with legos when you were little? Of course you do. Well, sculptor Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West are adding a little sophistication to your childhood toys, and creating fine gallery-worthy art. These artists are using everyone's favorite building blocks as the centerpiece of their exhibition, aptly titled IN PIECES. They incorporate sculptures in staged scenes, like the one above, where if you look carefully you'll notice that the tree in the corner is totally fake, and made solely of legos (see below).

At IN PIECES, the beautiful photography and lego sculptures themselves will be on display. The show starts Thursday night, and continues through March 17th.

what IN PIECES presented by Avant Gallery
where Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St. NYC
when February 28 - March 17

February 19, 2013

Akihiro Nishino Brings Storybook Magic to New York City

Dedication, skill and creativity are three words to describe comedian and artist Akihiro Nishino's (above) pen illustrations.  Traveling the world for inspiration, Nishino spends months at a time crafting each of the drawings that end up becoming his beautifully illustrated books.  This past weekend, for the first time, Nishino travelled with his work to the USA to show off his trademark hyper-detailed art at One Art Space in New York City.

The sheer amount of stuff in each of Akihiro Nishino's drawings is shocking.  Done tirelessly with a .03mm pen, each picture has so much work put into it that you can stare at any given panel for half an hour without fully grasping everything that is happening inside it.  When asked, Mr. Nishino noted that he goes through hundreds per pens per book, and that the best time for him to use a pen is when it is on its last legs and produces even finer lines than intended.  Amazingly, like a high resolution photo, when blown up to several times their size, his work does not lose clarity and even looks better in a large format.

Despite his knack for drawing, the artist hasn't previously considered doing large, gallery type work or working in other mediums. Even director Tim Burton, also famous for his intricate work, has suggested Nishino try his hand at animation.

Akihiro's exhibit at One Art Space was dedicated entirely to showing off the artwork from his three illustrated stories, Dr. Ink’s Starry Sky Cinema, Zip & Candy -Christmas for Robots-, and The Music Box Planet.  Each story was displayed in the gallery with translations below each panel creating an interactive experience that drew Japanese fans familiar with Akihiro Nishino's work, as well as NYCers fascinated by his art style.  We hope Mr. Nishino will make his return to The States with another art show in the future.  If you're eager to get your hands on his work, you can try Amazon on your local Japanese book store.  For future cool exhibits like this one, you can check out One Art Space online.  See some more photos of the show below.

January 14, 2013

Wandering Through Past Futures, Present, Futures @ Storefront for Art and Architecture

Past Futures, Present, Futures is a high-concept exhibit that invites you to create your own version of NYC in whatever year you choose, while discovering other individual's imaginative visions of the city in the past, present, or future. What will the dominant religion be in the year 3028? 'Twerkology' was our favorite answer. Is gin the future of medicine? Will everyone live in caves in 3098 years? According to someone, without a doubt.

Housed in the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the exhibit is highly interactive, allowing the viewer to physically climb through puzzle-piece mobile walls and discover what's inside. Winding our way through the different rooms divided by layers and layers of metallic strips was definitely discombobulating, but also exciting. While climbing through the layers we discovered and read people's alternate realties, pasts, and futures - some very thoughtful and others purely high-larious. Unfortunately, we stumbled upon this exhibit on it's last day, so the only way to experience it for yourself is though our photos below. Check out what's coming up next from the Storefront here.

October 3, 2012

Outstanding Outdoor Installations at The Dumbo Arts Festival

The 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival was not only a showcase of talented artists but it was also a way of transforming the Brooklyn neighborhood with colors, patterns and textures.  Tunnels under the Manhattan Bridge were covered by starscapes and twisting waves of light.  Old buildings by the water were draped in fabric and photos adding a splash of fun to the drab brick structures- and that was only the beginning.  In our opinion, these wonderful displays should be in place year round, but unfortunately most are already gone.

Take a look our photos of the outdoor installations below.

Codex Dynamic, awesome video projections under the Manhattan Bridge

Silhouettes of Us

Tidal Voyage in the East River

Hello Niagara by Amanda Browder draping the old tobacco warehouse

Every Person I Know and Every Person I Don't Know strategically surrounded by Curtis Kulig tags

Somewhere Under an Inverted Rainbow made entirely of candy wrappers by Luisa Caldwell

Antique Jenny on the shore of the East River

Moss Graffiti, green street art

Hindsight is Always 20/20, A study in most and least used words in presidential addresses

Molton Iron Spectacular drawing a huge crowd of pyros

The beautiful Dumbo Freestyle Canopy by fabric artist Rachel Hayes

Light Up a Space or Two by George Kroenert