olek crocheted bicycle. on Flickr.
Walking around the city, you may have come across some curiously interesting objects covered in crochet. The artist, Olek creates amazing sculptures over everyday objects that is often in public, like bicycles, pianos, and traffic meters, giving a new dimension to things that tend to be pushed in the background. She’s also made “wearable sculptures” taking participants on the subways and the streets, creating public performance art. She’s also created a massive full-scale apartment installation which I remember seeing on the pages of New York Magazine and being stunned how everything was practically covered as one living sculpture. Street art is more than just stencils, stickers, spray cans and silkscreens…
goldwell open air museum. rhyolite, nevada on Flickr.
As you approach the ghost mining town of Rhyolite, you will come across the Goldwell Open Air Museum, which sits at the edge of Death Valley State Park. This piece, The Last Supper, by Belgian artist Albert Szukalski is the inaugural piece of the museum, which opened in 1984.
The museum is unlike any other sculpture park I’ve ever been to. First, it’s literally in the middle of the desert, right before you enter a ghost town. This provides a creepy, yet at the same time serene backdrop. Also, it’s really off the beaten path, and many of the artists that have works on display were renowned Belgian artists who liked the remoteness of the desert.
Being away all of last week with no computer with me, I have been a bit behind in my posts. I’ll be catching up this week and posting a bit of a mix between my usual NYC shots and images taken during my vacation last week in Nevada.
from the source, west street. on Flickr.
From The Source is a unique home furnishings store in Greenpoint that specializes in reclaimed wood. Their warehouse/showroom on West Street is filled with amazing pieces, from beds to conference and dining tables, to lighting fixtures, to horse sculptures. Most of the materials used to produce these beautiful pieces are approved by the Sustainable Furnishings Council, which puts all materials under a rigorous Life Cycle Assessment before getting that stamp of approval.
noguchi museum. astoria. on Flickr.
The Noguchi Museum is right across the street from Socrates Sculpture Park, so going to both on the same day is a no brainer. While Socrates feels more experimental and a work in progress, the Noguchi is very well thought out. Everything has a purpose and feels very much in place. The gardens are beautifully manicured and the space has such a logical flow. When I go to museums, sometimes I feel the anxiety of “art overload” afterwards, but the Noguchi Museum certainly has a calming effect.
Socrates Sculpture Park was once an abandoned landfill and illegal dumping ground until artists and members of the community transformed the space into a place where artists can create large scale works for the public to enjoy, while also providing open studios for artists to create. Also, being able to watch artists work on their latest projects offers a great perspective on the creative process.