Carla Gannis – Garden of Emoji Delights

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You know what is the shizzz? Transforming Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (above) into Gannis’ Garden of Emoji Delights (below)! I came across this piece at Pulse 2015, and was FLOORED, after seeing the original in Museo del Prado in Madrid AND after studying the original painting extensively at IU when I was getting my BA in Art History. I mean WOW. There are no words to describe my excitement for turning an iconic piece of art history into a contemporary, relatable, fascinating work of art that represents the 21st century – just as Bosch’s work reflected themes and issues of his time.

Take a look for yourself! LIKE WOWZAHSSSSS. Seriously. I am so beyond in love.

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Check out the comparissons from the original painting to the 21st century remake!

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21st Century Gannis Version:

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Need I say more?! This piece totally is the definition of reworking an old master and giving it a meaning that is relatable to us today.

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The ART I Saw This Year That I Truly He(ART).

After traveling the world to get my MA in Contemporary Art, I had several opportunities to see shows that I would have not come across normally. In no specific order will I list some of my most incredible ART moments that I truly he(ART).

1. Venice Biennale:942345_10200407645409313_901043945_nDays spent in Venice during the Biennale were NOTHING compared to Art Basel (Miami). In B E A UTIFUL VENIZIA, the Netherlands’ Pavillion stood out with Mark Manders’ Room With Broken Sentence. The sculptural works, which covered 23 years of the artist’s activity, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, were simple, yet intricate. The works were simple in the sense that colour and subject matter were not shocking. Clay portrait busts and sculptural figures covered the pavilion, but were presented so you were not overwhelmed, and in an almost highly organised manner (image below). Although traditional materials were used such as wood and clay, what was truly fascinating was how the pieces were held together. For example, a clay sculpture of a female hanging off of a wooden table – almost looking like the front of a viking ship – was suspended by a wire string contraption (above). MIND BLOWING.Not only was the pavilion least anticipated by me, but several months later still leaves an impact on me today. 946683_10200407647089355_236647333_nThe Biennale was one of those events that was not about the PARTYING, like Art Basel, Miami Beach. Nor has it ever been thought of in that manner. It was about what each country could bring to the table. Walking for 12 hours a day, for five days straight was 100% worth me wearing crocs by the end of my time in Venice (I kid you not).

But there is one issue that is still on my mind. While some of you may know the main grounds for the Biennale are the Giardini and the Arsenale (where the Encyclopedic Palace was located), there are also some off-site pavilions – which I happened to miss out on. Why may you ask? Because although I was getting my MA in Contemporary Art, my PASSION for Modern Art will always remain. And so I took a trip to Peggy Guggenheim’s Museum. And boy, was that a worthwhile visit. Although Mrs. Guggenheim may have been the Mistress of Modern Art, who cares that she slept with half of the artists that are in her museum?! It is BREATHTAKING. Rothko. Warhol. Kelley. Ernst. Dali. Brancusi. Picasso. The list goes on and on. Need I say more? All I can say is if you ever are to visit the Biennale, make sure you take at least a few hours to visit the Guggenheim as well. Both represent history and culture that should not be missed.

2. Inside Out: The People’s Art Project:1385059_10201083899715248_288651712_nMy dissertation was about to be due, but I had the opportunity to take part in JR’s Inside Out Project in London. Was it worth the time? WITHOUT A DOUBT. Paranoid after hearing lines were hours long to get your portrait taken, to then be wheat-pasted in a designated location, of course was a constant concern. But I prioritised with my art partner in crime (image above), and together we successfully were not only the first in line, but had a great time meeting others alike. People whom too admire JR, and were there for the same reason: to be part of a Project that not only means something to you, as an individual interested in the arts, but to take part in a global movement. This is something I had never done before, and if I ever have the opportunity to do it again, I would not think twice. JR’s staff is incredibly friendly. They don’t make fun of you for practicing your poses, aka taking selfies of yourself on your i-Phones and such to see what pose would look best, because the reality is you only get ONE shot. Literally. And it turns out, after practicing all my poses I winged it while in the photo-booth (image below). But hey, at least I entertained myself for a good two hours practicing facial expressions.                                                                       935974_10201083898995230_1309614194_ntruck3-20131006_141951

3. James Turrell’s Aten Reign (2013):1003170_10200663410643284_1123671427_nLuckily, I was in NYC to see Turrell’s first SOLO show in a New York museum since 1980, at the Guggenheim (WHAT A YEAR FOR THIS ESTABLISHMENT). But actually. Turrell has always focused on light, perception, colour, and space. And what better a place to create a show than in the rotunda designed by renowned architect Frank LLoyd Wright. A few words to describe the experience I would say are: MESMERISING, CAPTIVATING, and SPIRITUAL.

Turrell plays with your senses, primarily sight, having colours fade between different hues and tones. From black, grey, blue, purple, pink, red, orange, colours come and go in a timely manner. Yet time is of no worry when laying below the rotunda absorbing this monumental exhibition.

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Well my dear followers, that is all for now. More coming to you very soon!

XX, CHC (follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

OUT Professionals and OP.Prime PRESENT: ARTFUL MIXER on the BOWERY, NYC

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SAVE THE DATE! On Wednesday evening, October 2, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM Out Professionals and OP.PRIME invite you to network and socialize at SoHo Contemporary Art. A NEW GALLERY located on the fabled Bowery, where SoHo meets the Lower East Side for a PRIVATE VIEWING of contemporary works by such notables as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.

For over 30 years SoHo Contemporary Art has been a source of investment-quality art for galleries and private collectors. Their new, 2900-square-foot gallery is just up the block from the buzzed-about New Museum.

The event is for members and friends of Out Professionals and OP.PRIME, the network for up-and-coming LGBT professionals. Complimentary SKYY cocktails and beverage alternatives will be provided.

ADMISSION:
Nonmember, $25, evening-long open bar included. Dues-paying Members of OP and OP.PRIME, just $15. Order here. Pre-sale ends at noon on day of event; cash only at the door.

For MORE INFORMATION click HERE.

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XX, DP

James Turrell @ Guggenheim NYC

What do you think of when you hear the artist’s name James Turrell? Some of you may not have heard of him. Some of you folks may have heard of him in passing… since his newest solo show (since the 1980s) at the Guggenheim in NYC is beyond INCREDIBLE. But actually.

Turrell wants you to take in the environment in which you are positioned, and uses a light source to emulate a state that can eventually turn your experience  into one in which you reach a transcendental state of mind. He plays with your sight senses through having colours fade into one another in the infamous Guggenheim spiral entrance… you know, that space where the ODDBALL contemporary artist Matthew Barney once did his Cremaster series.

Here are pictures from my journey. I will never forget and forever cherish this experience, for when is the next time I will be able to witness such an event again? Remember, many of his works are found in outdoor remote locations -so if you’re in NYC vs. the outskirts of Utah you might as well take advantage of the situation.

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Lay on your back. Absorb the light. Let it play with your mind. See where it takes you. Don’t be scared, ET will not jump down from the ceiling, but you may think of light like you never have before…

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XX, DP

MOMA: My Love for Modern Art is an Understatement

I was born into the Modern Art world. I was raised as a Modern Art enthusiast/fanatic. And going to the MOMA only made me love everything from 1900-1970 even more. And what was even better is that Claes Oldenburg’s The Store and (The Street) are on exhibition. Check out the pics below!

The Store:

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But Oldenburg is not my only true love at this museum. Everything from Warhol (Pop Art) to Judd (Minimalism) to Lewitt (Minimalism) to Kosuth (Conceptual Art)… and MORE was FASCINATING, BREATHTAKING, and BRILLIANT!

Warhol:

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Judd:

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Lewitt:

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Kosuth:

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And on top of all these MIND BLOWING iconic works, there is currently an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition of his Chatham series (below) to TOP IT OFF. WOWZAHS.

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MOMA you are totally ROCKING the Modern Art game. If you are a MODERNIST I heavily suggest to block out at least three hours to truly absorb everything this institution has to offer. Or more.

XX, DP

p.s. More art from my American excursions (NYC and Philly) to follow throughout the week! Boy, do I have a plethora of Art to show you dudes! Get excited! I am!

RAE BK – The Interview

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I first came across this piece in London (above – left), and I thought to myself, “HOLY **** THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.” Exciting, fresh, different, intriguing… the list goes on and on. And that is when I decided to try and find out who this artist is. Turns out he is not London based, rather he is is based in Brooklyn. I was on a mission to find out more… His name is RAE BK. Read the interview below to see what I learned (and you will too)! VERY COOL.

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1. Where are you based? While I found your work in London I see that a lof of your work is in NYC… are you an NYC native? Is this your home? I’m based in Brooklyn, NY.  Born and raised.  I have recently been out to London and will be back soon.

2. Your style is not typical street style – then again, what does typical street style mean? Your work exudes difference through its almost Picasso meets Basquiat figures… How would you describe your style? Do you prefer to work with spray paint, wheat pastes, or a brush (and wall or canvas)? I guess my work could be considered ‘Urban Folk Art’.  But in the end it’s simply about making what I like.  Sometimes it involves pounding metal other times it’s pasting up paper.  I tend to go off of the materials I’m presented.  Found paint or objects dictate what the next piece will be like.  I’m influenced by things that are made crudely and for practical use.

3. Which piece of yours is your favourite? Where was it done? Is it still around? A piece I call “Subway Skaters” might be my favorite.  Maybe because it was the most tricky to get up.  It’s still running in a NYC subway station.

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4. Were you trained in the arts or did you feel you had something to bring to the people and this was your means of communication – or both? When I was about 6 my mom’s record player broke.  Rather than throw it out she handed me a screw driver and said “go play”.  I spent hours taking everything apart creating mini-sculptures and developing a love for discarded things. As far as putting art outside on the streets— It’s one part about trying to get away with it and another part about getting a reaction from people noticing it. 

5. If you could collaborate with any other artist – of any form – who would it be and why?! Collaborations are tricky.  It’s like trying to get two pizza makers to make one pie.  One likes sweeter sauce the other salty.  One likes thin crust the other doughy. The end result might taste funny.  With that said, most of my art comes from unintended collaborations. Things I find made by others often get incorporated into my work. 

WELL FOLKS, THERE YA HAVE IT. If you are in Brooklyn, NYC, or even London, keep those eyes open. I PROMISE you will NOT be disappointed.

XX, DP

Street Art Adventures: NYC-Chelsea

Dearest Kiddies,

I have flown across ze pond and landed in the magical New York Citaaaay. And this has not stopped my passion for going on Street Art Adventures… and let me tell you I have found some good surprises:

1. Apparently, this is what the world needs… and I agree, don’t you?

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2. Andre the Giant (right) has now becomes “Andres the Giant,” I wonder what Shep (Fairey) has to say about this….

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3. Mr.Chat has left Paris and has come to Chelsea, NYC… What an INTERNATIONAL feline that pussy cat is…

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And lastly…

4. This pole wants you to eat it… ouch!

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That is all for now folks… I do not suggest eating cement poles, but I do recommend embracing LOVE, SWEET LOVE. And with that I bid you farewell.

XX,

DP