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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



Artbook: Collective Design Fair

8 May

Artbook Logo Collective Design FairI had the pleasure of finding the best books about design to include in the first ever Collective Design Fair taking place right now through May 11th.Artbook Collective Design Fair  Artbook asked me to transform a former parking garage and municipal storage facility at pier 57 in Manhattan, into a pop-up shop selling the best design books you can buy.  On Friday at 2:00, we will be having a book event with the author Jeffrey Head about the artist/designer Paul Evans.  Get a copy for yourself at the fair or online using my special Popular Offerings reader discount code ARTBOOK25.Paul Evans Book

St. Paul Minnesota: Alec Soth Makes Art Books.

18 Feb

Alec Soth, artist and photographer born and based in Minnesota, owns a publishing company called Little Brown Mushroom.  Yesterday, I was at Askov Finlayson waiting for a table at The Bachelor Farmer (a really good new restaurant in Minneapolis) and I came across several books created by Alec Soth and Brad Zellar.  I was intrigued by House of Coates, a book printed on a Postalco notebook.  Brad pieces together a story from the legendary recluse Lester B. Morrison. Working from a handful of encounters and contradictory conversations, a sketchy paper trail and often confounding interviews with individuals who may or may not have been “associates” of Morrison (including Morrison’s former collaborator Alec Soth), Zellar attempts to reconstruct one episode from Morrison’s decidedly episodic life.  The book, along with the upcoming “Three Valleys” (they are currently on a trip in the Valleys of Silicon, San Joaquin, and Death for the fourth edition of The LBM Dispatch) are available at Little Brown Mushroom.

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Design Inspiration: Wendell Castle

13 Feb

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, Wendell Castle

Light Sculptures, Fiberglass -Wendell Castle

Wood Sculpture, Wendell Castle

Wood Sculpture, Wendell Castle

Table, Wendell Castle

Wooden Table, Wendell Castle

Wendell Caste Book Available at artbook.com $60.00
Wendell Caste Book Available at artbook.com $60.00

New Book: Jean Royère, published by Patrick Seguin Gallery

5 Feb

Jean Royère (1902-1981) quit his day job at 29 to become an interior designer.  In 1934, Royère designed the interiors for the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysees, and his decorating career took off.  Compact and fluid, robust and delicate, Royère’s chairs, lamps, chandeliers, sofas and desks exude a sensuous confidence, suggesting both comfort and alertness. This superbly produced, linen-bound, two-volume boxed monograph would have made Royère proud. The first volume explores the designer’s work across four themes inspired by his creations: “The Vegetal Realm,” “The Animal World,” The Imaginative Realm” and “Line and Design.”Jean Royere Wall LampRoyere Desk LampQuille Set, Jean Royere

The two-volume book will be available February 28th in the US.  You can sign up now to make sure you get a copy.

Apology: New Magazine

4 Feb
Apology Magazine New Issue One

Apology Magazine, Issue One- $18

Apology is a new magazine of art, fiction, games, humor, essays, interviews, journalism and photography. This inaugural issue includes stories by and with Tim & Eric, Ryan McGinley and Terry Richardson, to name a few.  This is a beautiful magazine that is full of a variety of articles and images. Read, Read, Read!
See the article in the New York Times about Apology.

New Order Album Cover Looks Like ApologyRemember the New Order album cover?  I like the strong hints of a past connection to the music industry.  No apologies necessary.

Samantha Box opening reception at Bureau of General Services- Queer Division Thursday Feb. 7th 2013

4 Feb

Samantha-BoxSamantha Box InvisibleSamantha Box has been photographing the queers of the street since 2005.  Join me Thursday at The Bureau of General Services, Queer Division– The last, and newest LGBTQ(etc) book store in New York. The opening reception is February 7th 6-9pm at the Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard Street.

“It is my hope that this continuing documentary project, INVISIBLE, will help to lift the shroud that surrounds these young adults, enabling all of us to be aware, not only of their daily struggles, but also of their resiliency, strength and hope for the future.”

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