The Unknown Hipster

Trisha Brown at Dia Beacon

Posted in Art by unknownhipster on May 24, 2010

This was a few weeks ago at the Dia Beacon Benefit.

The Michael Heizer sculpture, the most powerful and impressive piece one might see in an indoor art space, was open to the Art patrons so they could walk around the vertiginous holes. Physical confrontation with the geometric void was in fact so overwhelming that even the most self assured Art experts and trustees would only bend over in the most overcautiously manner, fearing loss of glasses, cellphones, or dignity (by having to be winched from the depth of Art by a crane).

When all the guests were finally safely gathered in the John Chamberlain room, Dia director Philippe Vergne announced that, as a surprise and special treat, Trisha Brown had decided that she will perform a dance piece herself.

She silently came out barefoot, and very slowly became to animate parts of her body at the contact of the other dancers. It started out in very light and delicate touches of fingers and palms. The graceful fragility of hands, wrists, and necks made for a moving contrast with the heavy metal, brutally bent and hammered car parts Chamberlain sculpture which stands next to the soft flexible bodies of the dancers.

A sartorial note : it was hard to figure out a dress code for this kind of event, when everyone has to get noticed while blending in the Art world. For men,  the formal outfits were most commonly pastel cashmere tight cardigans, as if dressed for a picnic, while a few individuals met the occasion with bolder statements.

A rival hipster, Kenneth Goldsmith, made it on to several blogs wearing a paisley Thom Browne suit.

A blond sculptor from Oslo

Posted in Art by unknownhipster on October 15, 2009

Art lovers savoring works by David Hominal

Art lovers savoring works by David Hominal

I took these snapshots at an opening a month ago at Gavin Brown enterprise .

“Europaïsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft” (please double check the gallery web site for the exact spelling) featured 3 European artists, among them, Ida Ekblad, an artist from Oslo.

Ida Ekblad in front of "Dusty chimes of Chrome"

Ida Ekblad in front of "Dusty Chimes of Chrome"

Ida is pretty, and speaks with a slightly hoarse voice which reminds you that none only she’s a poet but also a sculptor, working with metal parts she gathered from junkyards. For me the sculptures evoke, in their colors, early Chamberlains from when the cars were painted in pale blues, off-whites, beiges and yellows (which looks great with rust).

Ida was wearing big headphones around her neck, so there was no pressure to engage her in conversation. If you said something uninteresting or dull she could just listen to her music.

Other works by Ida can also be seen at The Journal Gallery, in Brooklyn.

"Royal Festival Hall"

"Royal Festival Hall"

Artists talk

Artists talk

David Hominal's"Windows",encaustic on canvas, sheeps wool.

David Hominal's"Windows",encaustic on canvas, sheeps wool.

Fashion note: the denim jacket worn by this viewer works perfectly with the wool.