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Clay Time with Nicholas Newcomb

The talented ceramicist, Nicholas Newcomb, recently invited me and a group of friends to his pottery studio in Brooklyn to learn the fine art of ceramics. Through Nic’s teaching, I came away from our “clay time” session with a deeper appreciation of ceramics as well as great admiration for Nic’s work.

Nicholas NewcombNic studied fine art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where he apprenticed with renowned ceramics artist Toshiko Takaezu. He has also worked with highly acclaimed artists, sculptors, and designers such as Leslie Ferst, Regis Brodie, William Hardy, and Christopher Spitzmiller. Now in his eponymous shop, Nic creates a variety of works including minimal, nature-inspired dinnerware, drinkware, serveware, and cachepots; organic lamps and air pod plant holders; and free-form sculptures. Nic’s collections mimic his laid back vibes and his thoughtfulness.

Nicholas NewcombNic’s also a great teacher. In addition to teaching the techniques involved in ceramics, he taught the philosophies behind it too. I learned to let the imperfections go and to embrace the mistakes. Plus we had a great time making our own little objects whether they were functional or purely aesthetic.

Nic Newcomb Clay Time

All in all, I thank Nic for sharing his knowledge and insight. I am excited to continue following Nic’s career.

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Lady Gaga ArtraveIn a very last minute, last ditch opportunity, I found myself sailing for Lady Gaga’s artRAVE concert extravaganza to celebrate her album, ARTPOP at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

Lady Gaga Jeff Koons Maria KucinskiArtist Jeff Koons co-hosted the event, showing off his larger-than-life sculpture of Lady Gaga – a breathtaking and hypnotizing piece of art. You can sense Lady Gaga’s aura through the work.

Lady Gaga ArtravePrior to the concert, there were extremely polished video projections of her new music video, her studies at the Marina Abramovic Insitute, and a 3-channel video projection of herself being tortured. Although difficult to watch, especially surrounded by the merriest “Little Monsters” in the world, it was very well done.

Art world royalty was also in attendance including Yoko Ono, Simon de Pury, and Klaus Biesenbach.

7 IMAG3961What I came away with from the event is that Lady Gaga is a true artist. She has surrounded herself with great artists and she has learned their craft. The most noticeable influence is that of Marina Abramovic, with whom Lady Gaga has been studying. There is a new focus, a new concentration to her. I also saw references to the Fluxus Movement and to Robert Wilson with his iconic gestures. She is wholly devoting herself to her craft, to her art, exposing her body and giving herself to the audience.

Lady Gaga ArtraveBut aside from the flawlessness of the evening, there was also an overall sense of peace and happiness and acceptance. Strangers were telling me that I was beautiful and I made friends with a few people around me.

How could you not be happy in Gaga’s world? And it is her world. She sits atop a throne, legs apart, commanding attention.

Jeff Koons Lady Gaga ArtraveAfter the concert ended, I shook Jeff Koons’ hand and told him that the sculpture was stunning.

And then I locked eyes with Darren Criss. A beautiful end to my memorable night.

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My week with Alois Kronschlaeger

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Alois Kronschlaeger as his “critical eye” as he installed his solo show titled Allotropisms at Cristin Tierney (546 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001).

Alois said that there were four main phases to Allotropisms. Phase 1 was the construction of the wood structure that hangs from the ceiling of the gallery and Phase 2 was the installation of fluorescent lights that lined the top of the structure (which ultimately didn’t get fully finished until after Phase 4). When I came into the process just after Phase 2, they had just finished testing the mesh overlay and the paint in the space. For Phase 3, we had to drape aluminum mesh and attach it to the hanging structure. Phase 3 was a real test of strength and delicacy as we unraveled 100 foot spools that would connect to the wood from above. Phase 4 involved dripping paint onto the draped mesh starting from the bottom and working its way up to the highest points in the structure that Alois could reach. Alois called this part “paint by restraint” as he had to climb into the structure – which was essentially a hazardous jungle gym – and pour the paint gently onto the mesh. This part of the process was really messy for me because as I refilled Alois’ paint bucket and scooped paint off the floor I got dripped on from above as the paint poured through the mesh.

The process of planning Allotropisms was a very scientific one with measurements, renderings, and even a scale model but the process of building the site-specific installation was very organic. Alois put a lot of trust in his team to install this work and it has been a truly remarkable journey. Through this experience I have learned that it’s important to have a plan, test things out, get outside opinions, and then reign it all in to create a stunning piece of artwork.

Here are some photos documenting the process:


Phase 2 Complete

Phase 2 Complete

Phase 3

Phase 3 Part 1

Phase 3 Part 3

Phase 3 Part 3

Phase 3 Complete

Phase 3 Complete

Phase 4 Part 1

Phase 4 Part 1

Phase 4 Part 2

Phase 4 Part 2

Phase 4 Complete

Phase 4 Complete

Phase 2 Final Adjustment

Phase 2 Final Adjustment

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Wood, light, mesh, and paint

When the four elements of wood, light, mesh and paint are combined the result is Allotropisms, a new, site-specific installation by Alois Kronschlaeger at the Cristin Tierney Gallery. Alois’ work exists at the intersection of art, architecture, fashion and design. His forms are surreal and his materials simple, in the tradition of earlier artists such as Frederick Kiesler and Buckminster Fuller. Alois is best known for his site specific installations and sculptures, which demonstrate a preoccupation with environment and light, as well as an interest in exploring time and space via geometry.

I have had the immense pleasure of working with Alois this week on the installation – his most ambitious project to date. The opening of Allotropisms is Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6-8pm at the Cristin Tierney Gallery, 546 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Here is a sneak peak!

Allotropisms by Alois Kronschlaeger

(More to come after the opening!)

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My week with Dearraindrop

In October 2010, my friends Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Owen Osborn of the artist collective Dearraindrop along with Pop Art legend, Kenny Scharf had a show at The Hole Gallery in New York City. The Hole is a new gallery in Soho run by Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman – gallerinas extraordinaire, who previously worked with Jeffrey Deitch at Deitch Projects – and wanted to fill the “hole” in the downtown art scene in NYC.

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the week at The Hole as they got ready for the show aptly titled, Hot Glue Hullabaloo (for the amount of hot glue used to create Cosmic Cavern by Kenny Scharf and the “junk sculptures” by Joe Grillo).

Here is my week in photos:

Joe Grillo Painting

My week starts with Joe Grillo painting.

Laura Grant and Owen Osborn

Laura Grant and Owen Osborn get ready to install the trigger synthesizers with gourd speakers and the guitars.

Tea Party LL Cool J Contest Next Door

Tea Party LL Cool J Contest Next Door

Found this note from Owen in the morning: Went to Philadelphia. Back for lunch.

Synthesizers and Gourds

When Owen returned, we installed the synthesizers and gourds.


Then we installed the guitars.


The next day, we put everything in place for the opening.

Kenny Scharf spray-painting

Kenny Scharf spray paints.

Laura Grant

Laura Grant wearing her own hand-made dress, standing in front of her painting.

Joe Grillo in Cosmic Cavern

Joe in the Cosmic Cavern.

Owen Osborn with Kaleidoloops

Owen toting around his Kaleidoloops.

Meghan Coleman and Kathy Grayson

The Hole Gallery owners, Meghan Coleman and Kathy Grayson.

Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier plays the guitar.

Scott Brewster

Hole gallerist, Scott Brewster, wearing a Dearraindrop hoodie.

Maria Kucinski, Joe Grillo, Laura Grant at Hot Glue Hullabaloo opening

All in all, I had an amazing time working with these talented artists on an awesome and fun show.

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