Fritz Haeg is a trained architect, artist, and organic activist whose work spans a range of disciplines and media including gardens, dance, performance, design, installation, ecology and architecture. He is currently the Walker Art Center’s Artist in Residence. Edible Estates was a book published in 2005, when Haeg started the project. He is now on his 15th Edible Estate in Woodbury, Minnesota.
A Londoner and his wife have sown life-giving vegetables in a London Bomb crater.
Haeg’s idea of the Edible Estate dates back to the Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII. The idea is to produce your own food, and to collaborate with your neighbors to work sub-urban landscapes into less isolated communities.
Now Fritz Haeg is working with the Schoenherr family of Woodbury Minnesota to transform their blank suburban yard into an Edible Estate. Mr Haeg, along with several volunteers has been working hard to transform their yard into a food producing installation.
Tearing up the front lawn, a near-sacred symbol of American success and leisure, in favor of tomatoes and beans is still controversial and even illegal in many places. In fact, “The Battlefront in the Front Yard,” a New York Times story published last December, documented a nationwide string of disputes between front-yard gardeners and disapproving neighbors and city officials; some were charged with violating city codes and ordinances.- Walker Art Center
The yard has been transformed from grass to a place for the entire community to come together. There is a round area for the community to sit and talk, as well as a giant pizza oven and a little library.Fritz Haeg has also developed an installation in the Walker’s sculpture garden called, Foraging Circle. Here, you’ll find perennial plants as well as medicinal plantings. Visit the Foraging Circle today at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
There is a new book, “Fire Island Modernist” that will be released in June about the architect Horace Gifford and his contribution to the homes of Fire Island.
“Gifford’s serene 1960s pavilions provided refuge from a hostile world, while his exuberant post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS masterpieces orchestrated bacchanals of liberation. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift once spurned Hollywood limos for the rustic charm of Fire Island’s boardwalks. Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s here. Diane von Furstenburg showed off her latest wrap dresses to an audience that included Halston, Giorgio Sant’ Angelo, Calvin Klein and Geoffrey Beene.” -artbook.com
With a foreward by Alistair Gordon and text by Christopher Rawlins, you simply must put this in your must have list, and don’t forget to get yourself a copy. Horace Gifford is an overlooked major contributor to the modernist movement. With 70 homes in Fire Island, his contribution cannot go overlooked any more.
“As cultural commentary suggests that the magazine industry is being usurped by the new age of the digital, Modern Matter magazine seeks to explore the advances of modern technology into the world of the artist, via an analogue medium – namely, that of the printed page. Modern Matter’s interest lies not just in the newest product or the fastest download, but rather, in the impact which technology has had on the culture of the creative.” -Modern Matter
Issue 4 of Modern Matters magazine is now available for those of you who continue to support printed matter. The idea behind this magazine, exploring the impact of technology on culture, makes you really want to buy and subscribe to the printed paper. As everything becomes more and more digital, we will continue to have tactile needs. Books are better, magazines should be read with your fingers, and we should forget the anxieties of constant updates (@AModernMatter). Modern Matters is the magazine for the person that just wants to sit down and read about something they never knew. Issue 4, Made in USA, featuring Chloe Sevigny, Maurizio Cattelan, Max Snow, Hedi Slimane and more is now available.
Blue Lazer, Gogy Esparza
Gate Woman, Gogy Esparza
My friend and barber Gogy is an up and coming New York City artist. He has produced two books thus far of his witty intelligent view of New York through his lens. Check out his Tumblr page here, and if you are in Berlin this weekend, go to the opening and “Vanilla” book release at Soto. Gogy will also be djing the afterparty.
The first exhibit of Wendell Castle’s work in over 20 years is now on view at R20th Century Gallery in Tribeca until February 24th. On the occasion of Wendell’s 80th birthday, R20th has also released a book of his work. The beautifully formed wooden sculptures are trippy, colorful, and deceptively simple.
Light Sculptures, Fiberglass -Wendell Castle
Wood Sculpture, Wendell Castle
Wooden Table, Wendell Castle
- Wendell Caste Book Available at artbook.com $60.00