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Noah’s Park Joshua Tree

I had an opportunity to visit one of my good friends Mikel at his Joshua Tree weekend retreat while I was in Palm Springs, so I skipped out on Atl Summit and headed to the desert. Joshua Tree has always been on my bucket list, so I got in my rental car and drove an hour out into the middle of nowhere. A dirt road and lots of Joshua trees later, I arrived at Mikel’s amazing home.

After a tour of his house, we headed into town for lunch, but first Mikel wanted to show me Noah’s Park. It’s an outdoor museum: an installation completely constructed of up-cycled materials. Noah Purifoy was truly a visionary man; Noah poured his entire soul into this art installation. I was blown away, and we walked for an hour among each piece of art, exploring interactive displays. Many works fuse architecture and art as the structures are towering.

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The theater is full scale and has a working stage. Many sculptures have messages. It’s an epic experience, full scale and moving, which was the artist’s intention. It’s obvious that Noah had a point of view, and it’s why the experience of walking the installation is so moving. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area. In fact, I highly recommend a visit to Joshua Tree. It’s a national treasure, and there is nothing like it. I was not disappointed with the landscape and was happy I opted to skip out on the conference. After all, there’s nothing more fun than playing hooky, especially to enjoy a fantasy afternoon in Noah’s Park with a good friend. Plus I found my new hero, Noah Purifoy!

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I do not wish to be an artist, I only wish that art enables me to be.

– Noah Purifoy, 1963

Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, where he died in 2004. He received an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943 and a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. In 1956, just shy of his 40th birthday, Purifoy earned a BFA degree from Chouinard, now CalArts.

His earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts rebellion, was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, the landmark 1966 group exhibition on the Watts riots that traveled throughout the country. As a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center, Purifoy knew the community intimately. His 66 Signs of Neon, in line with the postwar period’s fascination with the street and its objects, constituted a Duchampian approach to the fire-molded alleys of Watts. This strategy profoundly impacted artists such as David Hammons, John Outterbridge and Senga Nengudi. For the 20 years that followed the rebellion, Purifoy dedicated himself to the found object, and to using art as a tool for social change.

In the late 1980s, after 11 years of public policy work for the California Arts Council, where Purifoy initiated programs such as Artists in Social Institutions, which brought art into the state prison system, Purifoy moved his practice out to the Mojave desert. He lived for the last 15 years of his life creating ten acres full of large-scale sculpture on the desert floor. Constructed entirely from junked materials, this otherworldly environment is one of California’s great art historical wonders.

 

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Biennale in Venice, Italy 2015

bienalle 2015 Bienalle 2015 One of the things on my bucket list was Biennale in Venice.

Biennale is an extraordinary art exhibition held in the most awesome locations in Venice. In fact, part of it is held in the Sale d’ Armi, an expansive building where ships were built for the Navy. The compound was a well-kept secret, and all employees lived and worked at this super guarded location. Cool, right?

I can’t even describe how huge the space is, and it goes on for many kilometers. It is the perfect venue for this worldwide exhibition. Biennale is held every 2 years (odd years), and the exhibit is titled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor; it will be up until November 22, 2015.

I had the pleasure of visiting with my dear friend Forrest Spears who is the owner and operator of Your Italian Concierge, a custom travel service that I have recommended to fans and friends for years (I will be doing an interview with Forrest in upcoming weeks, stay tuned). Forrest organized the entire trip. Despite sweltering, heart stopping heat, he managed to pull off an wonderful trip, including the Cipriani pool one day that was very appreciated indeed.

We soldiered the heatwave in Italy to glide through the amazing artwork at the Sale d’ Armi.

Below are a few of my highlights. I highly suggest that you go if you can, and I would definitely hit up Forrest to plan your adventure. He knows his way around Venice and will include a few unexpected secret haunts along the way. I am a lucky girl having Forrest as my tour guide, and I feel very lucky to have checked this off my bucket list…

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Thought provoking, textural, meaningful, and inspiring are words that come to mind. Art with a message with the entire world lending their voice, All the World’s Future took on many incarnations.

Some of the installations were depressing while some were hopeful and some were more than captivating.

It was amazing to see all the world’s creatives point of view in one place.

The exhibit contained performance art, along with photography, sculpture and paintings. Videos and grand installations were abundant. Vitrines with amazingly detailed crafts and interesting objects were sprinkled along the way. Visually, it was delicious.

 

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nothing like a still life

One of the coolest things about pinterest is that I can collect still life photographs to my heart’s content.

I had a very artistic childhood, my Dad Laszlo, was an artist, an oil painter. When I was little I lived in his art studio. He taught me the art of styling a still life. He taught me composition, light and balance when I was around 5. That’s when we started our lessons. We shopped every weekend and pointed out all the finer things as we trolled art galleries and flea markets for props to use in his paintings. So I started early in my love of beautiful objects thanks to him. He was a man of elegance and amazing taste. My teacher and mentor of all things style.

My Dad Laszlo: img723 img730 I am pretty sure that his love for still life is why I am so passionate about them to this day and probably why I became a photo stylist. My early lessons from my Dad made me hone my eye for composition. Painterly still life photography makes me swoon. Here are a couple of picks from my still life pinterest collection. Enjoy xx 3f32e7d6ab350f444188ee422339fefa 742fe603459731f7ad7701d37e6538ad 803534c4cf498ca32ebe5195ba73bbd9 bae585f9ccdc12bdf485a6a4ac4179e5 e3da277a188835625053cd137d33afb6 f8f58d9a9eaf633512eeeea87fe1f147 Since I wrote about composition in our last styling lesson, I wanted to point out that it would be a great idea to study still lives and then set up some still lives to photograph. Still lives are my favorite type of photography to style and buy props for. Have fun with it and with your new found knowledge of composition. This should be a great way to practice styling and photography!

Let me know how you do, take lots of photos and have fun!

If you’re in or near Seattle make sure to check out this fabulous workshop i’m teaching that will be hosted by the lovely Cassandra Lavelle of coco + kelley!

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“Scene” by Jeannette Montgomery Barron {an 80s cultural odyssey}

scenebook5 As most of you know by now, I spend most of my waking hours in the company of photographers. Needless to say I love photographers, in a nerd-o crush-y kinda way. What most of you do not know is that my husband and I are avid collectors of photography. One of our favorite photographers, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, recently released a gorgeous book, “Scene”. Jeanette is currently showing her work in Atlanta and it is available for purchase at Jackson Fine Art Gallery. Her book is also available at the Jackson Gallery. If you aren’t local you can snag a copy here. Bianca Jagger©Jeannette Montgomery Barron This book highlights the 80’s social scene of artists, musicians, trend setters, and unique individuals that made up the uber hip underground art culture in New York City. She had a birds eye view as these were her peeps. These are photos from where she partied and where she worked (lucky her). Not only are the photographs amazing, but each portrait is underscored with a fantastic quote, story, observation, or proposition… yes proposition. Remember this was a time of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. This super hip black and white hyper personal photographic voyage through Andy Warhol’s cloistered underworld will leave you breathless. Let’s face it… she had me at shirtless Willem Dafoe as the cover shot!
CindySherman-1986-NYC ©Jeannette Montgomery Barron Rainer-Fetting-&-Desmond-1984-NYC  ©Jeannette Montgomery Barron Robert Mapplethorpe 19938-1-12 Classic At her latest exhibit at the Jackson Gallery we purchased Bianca, I feel like at least we dipped our big toe into that really groovy pool of cultural history by making her ours. Isn’t that what art is all about?

Pick up her book, it’s a great gift ….ssshhh, it’s my go to gift this holiday season.

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