Thursday, May 19, 2011

Millions of Peaches, Peaches for me

Piotr Uklanski Untitled (Agnes) 2002
The Art- Piotr Uklanski's Untitled work is one of my favorites.  Untitled (Agnes) is a piece that is done with crayon shavings and plexiglass. This work makes me nostalgic for those days in art school when we had a free day to do whatever we wanted and somehow everyone ended up melting things...and for me that always meant crayons! I think this ties into what makes Piotr Uklanski's work really exceptional. His ability to mix something seemingly mundane like crayons into fine art is what makes his art intresting and actually fun to look at. This work tiptoes the line between painting and sculpture as well which adds to the complexity of the work. The crayon shavings also add a sense of whimsicality to the work, the tiny bursts of color just make this piece burst with energy and vibrance. This picture does not do the actual piece justice and it (obviously) needs to be seen in person and hopefully this post will inspire you to do so. Uklanski whose interests lie in film, pop culture, and history has a diverse portfolio of work yet they all seem to mesh well. Uklanski's ability to combine high and low and take ordinary and make it unusual and avant garde is what makes his work interesting.

The Duds- Peach, peach peach! I'm in love with colored jeans...however, the highlighter colored jean trend that came and went a while ago didn't really work for me but I am in love with these pretty pastel jeans. I think this outfit like the art above tiptoes a line, with the switch of a few items the outfit can go from casual to dressy very easily. The color palette while very muted stays bold with the fun Missoni pattern. The simple nude shoe is a tad more interesting with the gold flecks which mimics the red flecks and pops of color and sheen in the piece. Add a cute clutch or go hands free with Gisele waves for a chic and polished bohemian look. Whimsical and free just like the beautiful piece above that inspired the outfit!

Golden 1/2 Sleeve Lurex Cardigan
Missoni Golden 1/2 Sleeve cardigan

Cheap Monday Coloured Skinny Jeans
Marissa Flat Sandal
Mark +James by Badgley Mischka
Marissa Flat Sandal

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baldessari and Leopard Booties

John Baldessari
Raised Eyebrows, Furrowed Foreheads
(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet), 2008
 The Art- John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows Furrowed Foreheads (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet) 2008. This work by Baldessari is one of my favorites. Its important to note that this is not a painting and that Baldessari did, in fact, denounce painting in 1970 declaring the death of painting in his body of work. He later used photography and pulled images from mass media since he declared in the title of his first print that he would "Not Make Any More Boring Art." Many of the images in Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads use famous faces yet they are shielded in annonymity. His use of color in the photo helps add to the mystery of the faces as well as to the humourous qualiity of the photo. His addition of color to the black and white photos  takes a moody photo and makes it instantly interesting. It is important to note the size and scale of this work is much larger in person and that the eyebrows appear above the surface while the furrows are 3/4 of an inch below the surface, influencing the texture and feel of the work. The highlite on the eyebrows and forehead accentuate the defragmented aspect of the work and accentuates Baldessari's concern with the idea of the part and the whole.

The Duds- This outfit is one that I actually wore this weekend and was inspired by this work of art. The color pairings in the photo and the restrictive yet well composed quality of the main theme of this work inspired a look that reflected the same minimal yet impactful quality. I know to some this may seem like a pretty out there outfit and not exactly minimal(yellow, blue, and leopard), but for my wardrobe my neutral is definitely leopard and blue and yellow is a standard color combo for me. I accesorized this like with a tan clutch and a skinny navy blue patent belt.

Gap Chambray Shirt
Sparkle and Fade A-Line Ponte Skirt 

Charlotte Olympia Alice Leopard Booties.