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Fritz Haeg Edible Estates: Walker Art Center

5 Aug

Fritz Haeg Edible EstatesFritz 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.

Victory Garden

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.

Edible Estates Schoenherr Family

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.Plan EE15-IMG_2526Fritz 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.Foraging Circle



Art On Repeat: Claire Shegog

7 Mar

I went to the opening of the Scope Art Fair last night.  This year Scope is at Moynihan Post Office, a really beautiful post office on 33rd and 8th Ave that will soon be turned into the next Penn Station, thank god.  One artist that I have seen at Scope a few times in the last couple of years is Claire Shegog.  I absolutely love her work, to the point that if I had an extra $3,000 hanging around, I would buy one of her pieces.  Claire is not formally trained and only started making work in 2011.  She was interested in pattern and textures, and was inspired by the Hollywood film director Busby Berkeley.  She has created the Busby series with hundreds of 1 inch tall mini dolls that she hand paints and places on a mirror to form a simple, almost minimal pattern and texture.  Her work is exhibited by the Aureus Gallery, and on view at Scope.  But if you miss it this year, it will likely be back next year.Claire Shegog url GALLERY Screen shot 2013-03-07 at 10.07.27 AM

New Design: Vanja Bazdulj

1 Mar

The London based artist Vanja Bazdulj has created a limited edition set of vases for Anthropologie.  They blend raw materials like felt and resin to create these beautiful sculptural shapes which are full of color and excitement!35X 62X 1X 31

Recession Art: Rooms To Let, Columbus Ohio

26 Feb

Rooms to Let is an organizer of temporary exhibitions in abandoned buildings in Columbus, Ohio.  They take proposals from artists and find empty homes to set up the exhibitions.  I absolutely love this concept, and spent many hours thinking and writing about it in Graduate School at Pratt.  My thesis was called “Temporary Museum,” with the concept of using abandoned spaces, or vacant retail to mount exhibitions proposed by artists.  This concept has never been more important as museums and art institutions continue to lose money and spread their budgets thin.  The other great thing about this concept is that it brings art to areas that may not have galleries or museums.  Check out the upcoming exhibitions they have planned, and if you’re an artist, propose something.Rooms-to-let-art-gallery-abandoned-house-exterior-art Rooms-to-let-art-gallery-abandoned-house 1400x720-LvUx38ALeh4xsr8W  My good friend and artist Mirelle Zacharias (see article) had artists take over her house in Minneapolis before the bank foreclosed the property and knocked it down. “I would like people to come in and be immersed in sort of an experience within a home, and it is a foreclosed home, and find different ideas happening,” -Mirelle Zacharias.Mirelle Zacharias House 44929_440365189406_4644583_n

New Art: David Shrigley // Old Art: Basquiat

8 Feb

This week you must go to Anton Kern Gallery and see David Shrigley: Signs.  Shrigley is known for his silly line drawings, but in this exhibit “Signs” he has turned his line drawing into sculpture.David Shrigley CatShrigley ShitAs for the old art, the Gagosian has you covered with a beautiful installation of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work which opened last night.Jean Michel Basquiat

I hate Valentines Day, but I love Salvor Projects.

7 Feb

My friend Ross Menuez is the designer/owner of Salvor Projects and he has a really unique screen printing process.  He is able to make huge prints on very light fabrics- which, if you’ve ever tried screen printing anything, you know how difficult it can be.  Here are a few of my favorites which cost around $250 and are worth every penny.

Salvor Blue-Alps

Alps- Austria 1936, $280

Lip Service Salvor Projects

Lipstick, photographed by Henry Leutwyler- Limited Edition of 100. $240

Lip Service

Monika Sosnowska: Fir Tree, ending February 17

6 Feb

Public Art Fund is one of my favorite NYC institutions. Without the work they do, New York wouldn’t be as fun.  You must check out “Fir Tree,” an installation by the Polish artist Monika Sosnowska.  New York as a public setting for this piece couldn’t be more perfect. Go to the corner of 60th Street and 5th Avenue, where midtown meets central park. The 40 foot high steel spiral staircase has been manipulated using cranes and pulleys to resemble a tree.Sosnowska Fir TreeSosnowska Fir Tree

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