Archive for June, 2011
We’re gearing up for this summer’s Hampton Showhouse and just had to feature one of our fellow designers at this year’s house, the very impressive Eileen Kathryn Boyd. We can’t wait to meet Eileen and see the beauty she has in store for her room at the Showhouse! One of our most memorable features of Eileen’s work was her her own tres chic Long Island home in last December’s LonnyMag. As color fanatics, we simply l-o-v-e this house in its entirety, but can you get over how her pet portrait looks so regal perched above the Living Room mantle?
In April, we were lucky enough to participate in a Chelsea gallery tour hosted by Doris Athineos, Senior Art and Antiques Editor of Traditional Home magazine. One of our stops was to the Pavel Zoubok Gallery on 23rd Street – one of the few (he may have even said ONLY?!) galleries in New York to focus solely on collage, assemblage and mixed media installation. We were especially taken with artist Mark Wagner, who uses actual US dollar bills to create collage. The artist views this medium as a way to address ”cultural, social, political and symbolic roles that money plays in our society.”
Each piece we viewed had a huge impact – the thought of collaging with actual currency seemed like quite a shock at first thought, but as the gallery pointed out, any other artistic medium would have simply been purchased with those dollar bills.
And, of course the peacock motif Wagner collage…
We were intrigued to see this very related installation at the Guggenheim Museum over the weekend: 100,000 one dollar bills attached to the walls of a gallery hall. After winning $100,000 from the Hugo Boss Prize last November, German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann decided he would make a statement by tacking it all, in $1 increments to the walls of the Guggenheim.
In an interview with the NYTimes, Feldmann says: “I’m 70 years old, and I began making art in the ’50s. At that time there was no money in the art world. Money and art didn’t exist. So for me $100,000 is very special. It’s incredible really. And I would like to show the quantity of it.” It’s a powerful installation and one, along with Mark Wagner’s work, which makes quite a statement on the value of a dollar.
Our friend, Robert Passal, decorated the most beautiful room at the Decor by the Shore Showhouse in Deal, New Jersey. There are so many gorgeous details to take in- from the amazing wallpaper to the lovely painted black door, but we were especially smitten by the chic painted floors:
Some other fun, patterned floors we are loving!