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.
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
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.”
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 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.
Remember the New Order album cover? I like the strong hints of a past connection to the music industry. No apologies necessary.
Samantha 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.”