by Lauren Whitney
Don Draper of AMC's "Mad Men" is the ultimate alpha male. He lives not in sweats and a tee, but in broad-shouldered suits and blade-thin ties. Even when he relaxes at a nightclub with the requisite Manhattan in hand, he looks flawless. Women doff their coats to lay them across puddles so he can walk across without sullying his wing tip shoes. But for all his charm, Don's behind the times. The full-on early 1960s wardrobe works for his time and place, but not with modern life. (Remember, he had Betty handling all his ironing.) Still, you can borrow some of his cachet without looking like you're in costume if you follow a few elementary rules of wearing retro styles.
If you're buying authentic vintage clothing, stick to wearing a few items at once instead of going retro head to toe. Wear only vintage and your wardrobe may begin to look more like a costume. Pair skinny slacks from the Kennedy years with a modern jacket in a solid color and contemporary shoes. Found a great hat? Wear it with jeans and a leather jacket to avoid looking like you raided the back of Grandpa's Eisenhower-era closet. Vintage accessories belong with clean modern lines to show them off to full advantage.
A loud statement piece requires everything else to whisper. Major throwbacks in prints and silhouettes -- big plaids on sportscoats and cardigans with contrasting trim, for example -- demand low-key, modern minimalism everywhere else. While smaller vintage touches can combine well, something bold should stand on its own. Little sharks can share a tank, but throw a great white in there and see what happens. It's just as true for sharkskin jackets as it is for actual sharks; one big item is plenty.
Keep retro fresh by choosing one aspect of the look to emphasize. If the silhouette's borrowed from the past, keep the print firmly in the present. If you're wearing an old-school print, then the shape needs to be up to date. A starburst pattern on a wider tie confers vintage cool to a contemporary shape while a thin one looks more present-day in a solid or tone-on-tone silk. Mix your prints if it feels right; they never did it in the bad old days, but you have the luxury of wearing a plaid and a stripe together if the colors match.
The key is not to overdo the retro style. A vintage watch, a bold geometric print shirt, and a pair of tapered slacks look cutting-edge when worn separately, but together they look more like a thrift store accident. The goal here is Don Draper -- not Don Knotts.
In a Socratic dialogue written by Plato, Meno a representation of the unconnected consciousness as “I”, an individual, is reduced to aporia, or confusion. Within this analogue to chaos theory, the opening of transmutation allows for the genesis of ordered consciousness through the recollection of primordial existence, and all its eras thereafter, allowing the uninhibited consciousness to roam freely between parallels. In this state, “I” as self, becomes a spectator, witnessing the unfolding of all cosmic alchemy. Unplugged from the greaterconsciousness, the “I” as self, encounters its own demons in its journey to understand divinity.
Goodich seeks to explore the complexities of an undefined universe and traverse its many portals of psyche. Using a vast lexicon of media, and decades of experimentation to perfect various unique techniques, the images formed leave a distinct and lasting impression on the viewer. Within his work, are parallels in expression to our deepest fears, passions, and inclinations. A line drawing can spiral into a gargoyle, a passionate kiss can morph into a dangerous dance with Persephone, darkness can phase into compositions of white light.
Viewing his work is like taking a trance walk into three, or sometimes four, simultaneous realities. And though some of his pieces are actually illuminated, even the works on paper give the feeling of luminosity through space and time. Silhouettes pass in and out of emotions of color and temperature, as if passing through levels of intensity. Forms evolve from chaos.
Whether it is layers of plexiglass interwoven with glassine papers, monotype imagery, oil stick drawings, or black sharpie draftsmanship combined with frottage textures and adjoined text fragments, the work punctures into the consciousness creating various portals of perception. There they seek to (de)reconstruct and (pre)explore, investigate, the simplest and most profound places, the complexities of our universal (dis)connectedness, in layered time fragments.
Nikolai Soren Goodich attended Otis Parsons, Art Institute of Chicago, and Rhode Island School of Design. He is a California native, and is the son of a renowned Cinematographer and a Black History Historian. He previously ran Orbetello, a creative loft venue and studio based in Los Angeles, has exhibited at Coagula, and has frequently set up multi-media pop up shows in both New York and Southern California. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
October 25, 2014 thru December 2, 2014
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is currently presenting No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,from October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014. This is an outstanding touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, featuring recent work by 13 artists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. No Country presents some of the most interesting artists in South and Southeast Asia today. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.
Banksy hits the nail on the head with this piece. There is graffiti all over New York but you generally don't see crowds gathered around it snapping photos, or building owners slapping plexiglas over top to protect it from other taggers. When Banksy's name is attached, it becomes profound. Not because of his fame, or because of his Bruce Wayne style anonymity… but because it actually is profound.
During the month of October, the undercover artist is attempting to mount a city-wide New York show called "Better Out Than In", complete with museum style audio tours of the work, facilitated through toll-free phone numbers next to the pieces. The profundity comes from shifting the point of view folks have about stuff they normally ignore. And not getting caught.
The Bedroom. A place to reflect after a hard day and to dream of what tomorrow holds. Your bedroom is your place of retreat, a sanctuary where you can escape the daily stress of your life and take a moment to surround yourself with luxurious fabrics and warm plush pillows.
If this does not sound like something you can do in your current bedroom, you may be in need of a makeover or maybe just a sprucing up. Don't panic, achieving that first class hotel experience in your own bedroom is easier than you might think. Here's how to start.
Remove the Clutter
Anything that does not contribute to your relaxation or resting needs to be removed from your bedroom. Laundry can be stored somewhere else and anything that reminds you of work or bills should be out of site. Keep relaxation in and work out.
If you’re fascinated by New York architecture and history, make time to visit The Morgan Library and Museum. Billionaire philanthropist J.P. “Jack” Morgan had a discerning eye for collectibles, and many wonderful rare collections have also been donated to The Morgan over the years. If you get a vicarious thrill out of seeing what catches a billionaire’s eye, then this is the place to indulge yourself.
Future Americans will be living in smaller spaces and with fewer rooms. Formal living rooms are going extinct. Kiss the dining room goodbye as eat-in kitchens replace them. Separate rooms are also disappearing. Smaller-scaled furniture is overtaking built-ins and big pieces. Luxurious products such as spa showers, high-tech fixtures are on the rise. Master bedroom suites won't be bigger, just busier. Everyone's working at home. Remote control lighting and shades will be the new normal. Thumbs-down on swimming pools and hot tubs. Thumbs up on gardening and entertaining outdoors.
The Elevated Park That Never Got Off The Ground - By Garrick Jones
As the economy peaked several years ago I flew up to Portland Maine to meet with great local designer Mitchell Rasor (MRLD), and City Planning officials. We joined other international developers, and a fleet of consultants and advisors for design presentations and a blistering barrage of heated and hightly publicized Community Review and City Council meetings. Myself, Della Valle Bernheimer, and MRLD had designed one of two proposals before the City for development of the Maine State Pier, a dilapidated deep sea berth pier which protrudes far out into the Portland harbor from a crossroads between a gorgeous and vibrant little downtown and a now quieter but recently rezoned manufacturing district known as the Eastern Waterfront.
Walk The Line, an exceptional way to experience New York City. An elevated green park with a sense of rear window curiosity. High Line Park is open from 7 am to 10 pm year 'round, featuring unique characteristics throughout the four seasons with the natural changing landscape and events. Surrounded by the wildflowers and green foliage, the pathway meanders alongside the buildings, intimate park benches and inviting seating steps providing plenty of resting spots. The cityscape unfolding among the brilliant design structures, integrated seamlessly with the urban setting. A hideaway above the street traffic with amazing views from dusk to dawn, it is equally magical for tourists and residents alike.
The focus of Noboo Kawaguchi's art is human beings. She takes people as her subject and delves deep into their emotions and state of mind. Noboo uses the full spectrum of human emotion to show the complexity and beauty of all. She combines notions of 'normal' versus 'strange' to bring forth a distinctive, expressive image. Loving New York focuses on the uniqueness of New York City. Although a native of Osaka, Noboo is fascinated with New York City's ability to not only tolerate many nationalities, but to use it's diversity as an asset in creating a culture where everyone is very different, yet all still consider themselves to be New Yorkers.
Beethoven, Nam Jun Paik, Claus Nomi, and the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade walk into a bar...
Traditionalists may be aghast but they won't stop the current wave of operatic reinvention. A month after Lincoln Center got it's socks rocked by a Chinese opera with live-action stunts and Pink Floyd style projections (Monkey: Journey To The West), the Edinburgh Festival filled every seat to Opera de Lyon's extreme production of Fidelio.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Zack DeZon is a fashion and portrait photographer with a background and education in theatre performance. This mixture of disciplines imbues his shoots with a sensitivity and openness that helps make his portraits stand out not only for their style, but their honesty.
Julian Bern was born and raised in Madrid. After graduating, Julian worked at a computer company for more than 10 years and traveled around the world. It was during his travels that he became serious about photography. In 2009, he gave up his day job to devote himself entirely to photography. He currently lives and works in Madrid.
This is my 'Punk' Guitar Series: I am creating, conceptualizing and building 8 thematic Art Guitars for Gallery Exhibition. As they are both real playable guitars and a visually-impacting art-piece, they can appeal to musicians, artists and art-collectors alike. I have 7 remaining guitars to build.
My aim is to re-define the Guitar, not just as an instrument of functionality, but as a working, playable art-piece.
With the generous support of the Human Rights Campaign, I was able to shoot almost three hundred faces in New York City. We put out the call to any and everyone that felt like LGBTQ applied to them in any way, or ever had, and I didn’t ask them to define that. I shot everyone on film, in black and white, for a few minutes, getting a simple portrait of them, slice of life out of their regular day. The portraits you see here are from those sessions.
iO Tillet Wright
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Art Basel Miami Beach has evolved over the past nine years into the art world's not-to-be-missed extravaganza and can now claim its rightful title of most prestigious art show in the Americas. This is thanks to the presence of hundreds of notable galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa that work diligently to showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists from the previous and current centuries.
This year's Art Basel festivities will take place December 1-4, 2011. The central informational and gathering spot is the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), but a variety of events such as artist receptions, panel discussions, off-site installations, performances and special parties will extend beyond the MBCC into Miami, Coral Gables, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale; all extensions of Art Basel that are within close geographic proximity to the convention center and easy to access thanks to the area's convenient transportation options.
Laurence Gartel was commissioned by Tesla Motors to pimp their ride at Art Basel in Miami Beach. “No major artist ever received a commission to produce art for an Electric Car. I’ve trumped them all by doing so. Electric Art for an Electric Car. Makes sense.” A creative process and exuberant moment of digital art display-using a commercial vehicle wrapping process on printed vinyl. “It is so detailed and something that could never have been painted or conceived by traditional media.”
You can feel it in her fanciful couture and casual wear, together with the exquisite material, a sheer luxury sensation. While her seductive style is all about Miami, Eva recognizes and appreciates the various regions for which she designs. “I modify things to each country, to give the full measure of respect to each culture. I’m not just a Florida girl, I’m more of an international girl.” In Miami, New York, Paris, Tokyo, India and soon Dubai, Eva Danielle’s unmistakable mix of art and fashion is making its mark, across town and across the globe. Beyond the fashion world, each of Eva Danielle’s line of inspired collections is drawn from a different corner of her life and experience.
By Lloyd Jackson
Number 10 - Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Built in 1925 to house the offices and printing plant of the Miami Daily News, formerly the Miami Metropolis, the city’s first newspaper founded in 1896 with the help of Henry Flagler. Designed by New York-based architectural firm Schultze and Weaver, which also created the Roney Plaza in Miami Beach, the Biltmore in Coral Gables, and the Breakers in Palm Beach.
Tri-partite scheme features a three-story base embellished by decorative elements made of pinkdyed cast stone and striated with artificial veining. Above a twelve-story tower sits an elaborate two-story cupola. The design, like that of its local brethren, takes inspiration from the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain.
Just Missed the Past
Michel Delgado is a self-taught Senegalese artist now living in Key West. Delgado paints emotionally and expressively, conjuring other-worldly narratives of memory and spirituality. His direct vision reveals an understanding of the pain and solitude of immobility and silence, as well as joy, learning and love. Like other Outsider artists, Delgado’s approach can best be described as honest, refreshingly straightforward and visionary, ever powerful.
“Why use a 4x4 to hold something up when I could use a V8 engine instead? Especially if that engine is coming out of a landfill somewhere.” Artist Tom Teitge (rhymes with Tai Chi) built his house in Kauai from salvage. There was a garage here once, until Tom stood a forty foot pole up through the roof, then hung his unique beam structure off that central pole.
M2L is the place to find authorized furniture from all the best European manufacturers, including Walter Knoll, Artek, Montis and many more. Shown above is Eero Aarnio's acrylic Bubble Chair with leather cushions. This is a quick ship item, in stock for two week delivery.
By Eric Jones
I can see my mother. She’s in her twenties standing in our kitchen in Oakville, Ontario, mixing yellow food coloring into white margarine in a Pyrex bowl. She’s telling me that some day she’ll go back to university to get the degree she gave up when she had me. I was four.
Cheyne Gallarde is too young to know that housewives used to hand-tint their margarine, but it’s the kind of detail that he would probably get right. This young Honolulu photographer has an art director’s right-brain and a cinematographer’s left.
Design Miami, the global forum for design, opens its most ambitious show to date in a new location in Miami Beach. This year’s fair features an expanded selection of galleries showcasing some of the most important design works of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with an impressive list of emerging galleries in the fair’s Design On/Site exhibition. In addition, the curatorial program includes a Design Performance by FENDI with New York-based architects Aranda\Lasch and Design Talks moderated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi.
By Barbara Bowers
|Pavilion and sculpture next to the 75-foot lap pool.|
The curtained pavilion that stretches across the back property line at 727 Poorhouse Lane is Hal Bromm’s and Don Meris’ favorite “at home” spot. Overstuffed sofas, white tablecloths and cushy pillows, a creative hodge-podge of chairs and stools form an instant comfort zone in a mature garden of mostly indigenous plants. But in a gentle breeze, not-so-indigenous papaya and banana leaves flutter, accenting the Zen quality of calm and natural light.
By Barbara Bowers
Debra Yates really doesn’t need numbers on her Von Phister Street house address. The striking colors, alone, link it to the well-known artist: salmon, purple, wet cement gray. The baby boulders and black, river-rock edging at walkways; the dramatic use of sansavaria in the garden are all part of the sculptural whole that Yates incorporates into the outdoor spaces she designs.
A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors
Text by Lauren Britz
Photos by Michael Colanero
"It is only in our grief where we find our true strength, find the courage to let go and to create beautiful possibilities for a fulfilling life. Art and photography is our way of letting go through acknowledgment."
Photography isn't just about pictures of luscious landscapes, sensuous sunsets, bouncy babies and beautiful blushing brides. Photography, like all art, has the power to empower. To encourage. To create possibilities. To heal wounds. This is the vision of one spectacular artist photographer, Michael Colanero.
2. Post-Impressionism to World War II
3. Creative Composition
4. The Artist's Way
5. A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
6. The Confident Creative
7. A Real Van Gogh
8. Hollywood Cartoons
9. The Visual Story
10. The Metamorphosis
11. The Cave and the Cathedral
12. The Artist's Guide
13. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
14. Memoirs of Journeys to Venice and the Low Countries
15. The Business of Being an Artist, Fourth Edition