A Twist on Relational Aesthetics

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Happy Meal” by Montreal artist Thierry Marceau at Joyce Yahouda is no longer in exhibition but is definitely worth mentioning! Why may you ask? What importance does it hold? And why bring it up now? Well, my friends this display by Thierry Marceau displayed the past, relational aesthetics, and celebrated the gallery space in a number of new and exciting ways. 

The ethos surrounding “Happy Meal” was the exploration of the relationship between POPULAR CULTURE and the King of Pop Art, ANDY WARHOL. Marceau transformed the gallery space into a playground of kitschy, gauche McDonald icons in conversation with the late Mr. Warhol.

Upon entering the space, the viewer walks beneath the iconic GOLDEN ARCHES into a McD’s haven. The viewer was then confronted with images, installations and sculptures all relating to that franchise we all know so well and love. Chicken nuggets play in what looks like a play pen, hamburgers sculptures, friends of Ronald McDonald, images and video installations of Ronald McDonald play throughout the gallery space, where viewers could sit on comfy red and yellow pillows mirroring those playgrounds kids are so often used to playing in at the restaurant.

To the left of this so-called McDonald’s sanctuary lay another room. Covered in silver paper, hung images of Marceau depicted as Warhol imitating the environment of THE FACTORY. These two rooms adjacent to each other seem to fit perfectly next to one another – the King of Pop commenting on one of the largest popular culture phenomenon’s that has taken over internationally.

Now, I that I have explained the space, why might you ask is this innovative or any different? What struck me about this exhibition was the underlying celebration of our postmodern world we live in today.

What Marceau essentially created was a place of deconstruction where we could look at the past, and our current situation today and find new ways of interpreting the past to our current situation. This exhibition plays upon this relatively new 90’s theory art historians like to call RELATIONAL AESTHETICS, but puts a twist on it.

Marceau created a space where the viewer could INTERACT, take part and come to ones own conclusions. There was no need for the artist to coerce the audience into interaction because the space he created did this itself. We walk around see what we see and come to our own conclusions. Maybe Warhol was celebrating this global franchise that links people, cultures society together. Maybe he was making a mockery of how culture becomes so wrapped up in our consumer goods and getting a bang for our buck. This twist for me was new and exciting, because I felt an instant conversation arise between myself, McDonald’s and Warhol. Marceau breathed new life into a late artist and older artistic movement. It was NEW, EXCITING, and FRESH. That’s what ART should be.

PEACE OUT, K

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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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY!

WARHOL. A LEGEND. THE KING OF POP ART. THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO YOUR FABULOUS LEGACY YOU LEFT ON THE ART WORLD. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

Here are pictures I’ve taken of Warhol’s work from around the world. Bon Voyage!

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Once you POP, the fun don’t stop.

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!

True or False… Does This Really Happen at Art Fairs?

For a good laugh on this wickedly bright Wednesday, please take a moment to watch this vid of artsy gals impression of what goes on at art fairs… Do you think it is a true impression… or an exaggeration. I mean, obviously it is an exaggeration to an extent, but what some people say at those fairs can sometimes BLOW your mind. Hysterical, in a good way, I think. Judge for yourself.

XX, DP

Is That a REAL Person? Duane Hanson’s Hyper-Realist Sculptures

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You turn the corer in a museum, and BAAM, you see someone who you think is real… but are they? Get closer. And closer. And closer.

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The American artist Duane Hanson depicts every day people in a SUPER HYPER-realist style. His attitudes towards the people he casts and then dresses turn out to be somewhat humorous.You have the old couple in their utterly tacky vacation wear, the woman at the grocery store with her curlers FULLY in tact, and sometimes you’ll come across a celebrity like the Miami Dolphin’s stud Dan Marino.

Hanson started making these incredibly lifelike sculptures starting in the 70s. The sculptures are made from casting actual people – so yes, their bodies are fully covered from head to toe, and once the cast dries, he applies a fiberglass coat which then he paints to make the skin look realistic by adding veins and blemishes (gross). While his work is often associated with the POP art movement, it also falls into the category of hyperrealism.

Keep your eyes open for these “sculptures.” You never know if what you are looking at is real or not. And trust me, sometimes you never know … but for real.

XX, DP

Dots on Dots on Dots on Dots – Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at Tate Modern

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Expect to be blown away. WHAAAM. BAAAM. Not by one painting. But by 125 of his creations. From Lichtenstein’s earliest works, with his experimentation with Abstraction to his picturesque, larger than life benday-dot paintings – be prepared to be amazed. The show is breathtaking. Captivating.

It seems like it never ends, and you never want it to end. There are his nude females and beach scenes, his Chinese landscapes, his mirrors, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and MORE – like his infamous comic book scenes. KAPOW. The paintings (and sculptures too) vary in size from A4 dimensions to paintings (and sculptures) that are over 6 feet tall and 10 feet long – if not bigger. OMG I just can’t get enough. And you wont be able to either.

I want YOU to GO and experience the magical-ness of his dots on dots on dots on dots. Oh, and primary colours. They just POP.

I seriously he(ART) this retrospective and am so lucky to have been in London to witness it. The show is on until 27 May 2013. For more information regarding tickets and such click here. (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BOOK IN ADVANCE.)

XX, DP