There is a major hurricane expected in my area this weekend, but in the midst of preparing for the worst, I can distract myself from worrying that my home and myself will be swept off to Oz by watching the fabulousness that is NYFW Spring 2018!
Lousy weather did not stop me or some of the regions arts movers and shakers from attending the “Seat at the Table (for the future of Broward Arts)” at the Broward Cultural Division this evening. In attendance were people from the visual arts, theater arts, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, teachers, arts organization chairs, curators, collectors, an art appraiser and other arts disciplines – all of us united by our serious concerns for the future of the arts in the county.
The origin of this event was based from the exchange of ideas at an earlier event that took place last month: “Art, Culture and the Creative Economy in Ft. Lauderdale” Panel Discussion at Pipeline Workspaces.
While there was no official agenda, there was a considerable amount of sharing of information that made 2 hours fly by. At the start we were given large index cards with instructions to draw or write what our vision or mission for the future of the arts in Broward is. These we learned would be complied for a future slideshow as part of the branding for moving those visions forward.
Then we learned about the Creation Station Lab, covered a brief overview of advocacy techniques, and did get to discuss a couple of the visions attendees had for the future of the arts in the region.
Afterwards, there was time for some quick networking where I got to exchange information with several amazing creators and found out about a great monthly event in Historic Sistrunk from writer/director educator Darius Daughtry , and about her upcoming film about domestic violence and her dating web series from actress/producer Sandra Justice :
For sure, I’m looking forward to the next Seat at the Table Discussion session and to being more involved in the Broward County local arts scene.
After a particularly nasty and grueling U.S. election season complete with shocking outcome, I have to admit my usual Art Basel – Miami Beach Week excitement had been smushed a few notches.
As the invites rolled in, I found myself confronting a post-election malaise. I wondered if I should just take a pass this year from the many fabulous contemporary art and design world events and Netflix binge instead, sequestering myself in a dark room hoping that this all was a bad dream.
I am so very glad I did not go down the path of least movement but instead ventured out to commiserate with fellow attendees, exhibitors, designers, curators, artists and journalists at the temporary crossroads of the best in contemporary art and collectible design.
Wherever I went, no matter the happening, event or exhibition, I had the best conversations with complete strangers or people who “knew” me from my social media channels but hadn’t met me in person yet. I took tons of photos and some videos (not as much as I would have liked).
While I did not get to see everything I wanted to see, I did see a lot, so stay tuned for upcoming posts!
2016 was a banner year for me in meeting and getting to know artists from a wide variety of different genres including but not limited to film-making, performance art, music, multi-media art, painting, graphic arts and fashion. So, I’ve decided that it’s about darn time that I do posts about them and share why I love their works. First up in my Favorite Artist Spotlight is Philadelphia based artist Alex Kuhn, who’s amazing art practice centers on nature-related works and pyrography. Continue reading “Favorite Artist Spotlight: Alex Kuhn”
The Maison Perrier – Jouët Strand Garden by Andrew Kudless at Design Miami/ was an oasis of serenity and calm in the midst of the biggest design show in North America.
Drawing from Perrier-Jouët’s history with Art Nouveau, San Francisco based designer Andrew Kudlesscombined those elements with those involved in the ritual of serving champagne:
“I was interested in the way that strands, fibers, branches and vines were applied across every aspect of Art Nouveau, from paintings to architecture, says Kudless. “The curving strand motif evokes nature and movement over time. I wanted to look at four of Perrier-Jouët’s emblematic materials – wood, chalk, glass and grapes – and see how I could create strands out of each one.”
The three screens of 8′ curving strands were meant to evoke tree trunks or vines.
The interlocking oak-top benches were meant to evoke the riddling racks and wine wine presses while their concrete legs resemble the chalk that shelters the cellers and nourish the vines.
This table placed in the center of the space was made from bio plastics and was illuminated from within thus evoking the radiant clarity and vibrant personality of Perrier-Jouët wines .
And placed on top of this magnificent table was this extraordinary ice bucket 3D-printed from ground Chardonnay grape skins! Entitled The Perrier-Jouët Marc Metamorphosis, it is a fitting tribute to the freshness, subtlety and sophistication of the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque cuvée using the cognizant metaphor of the wrinkled raisin.
So happy I was able to spend some time in Strand Garden!
More images from this wonderful installation courtesy of Perrier-Jouët: