Posts Tagged ‘art’

Great Architectural Bake Off

Last year WATG and Wimberly Interiors hosted the first Great Architectural Bake Off in New York, in association with Archtober. The event was a great success and will make a triumphant return this year. For the second year in a row, New York’s top design firms will be invited to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake.

Participating firms:
ASH NYC
Bespoke Careers
Dattner Architects
Davis Brody Bond, LLC
Grade New York
Hollwich Kushner
MADE
Wimberly Interiors
Woods Bagot
ZGF Architects

Organized by: WATG / Wimberly Interiors / Center for Architecture

Scaffolding Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the opening of Scaffolding!

Scaffolding curated by Greg Barton, examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access. Through an installation designed by Shohei Shigematsu and OMA New York with graphic design by MTWTF, Scaffolding will disrupt the architectural space of the Center for Architecture, instilling a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential.

Of particular interest to our local New York City audience, scaffolding is a flexible and accessible system hiding in plain sight. Despite its indispensable link to architecture, scaffolding is too often maligned as a necessary nuisance. The exhibition demonstrates how this simple construction technology lends itself to compelling installations, positioning it as a pragmatic tool for radical architecture and civic engagement.

There are an estimated 280 miles of scaffolding occupying New York City at any given time; it is something pedestrians encounter every day. How might we begin to imagine alternative uses and appreciate it anew?

Exhibition Curator: Greg Barton
Exhibition Designer: OMA
Exhibition Graphics: MTWTF

2017 Carrara Residency Update

Now in its 6th year, the ABC Stone-sponsored Carrara Residency Merit Award is cultivating a future for the artistic practice of traditional stone carving. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

The 2017 Carrara Residents are Jorge Vascano and Christina Giuffrida. They spent 4 weeks at Corsanini Studios learning this craft from master mentor and professional sculptor, Stephen Shaheen. The works they started realizing in Italy will be shipped back to the States for completion and will be unveiled and on view at ABC’s Residency celebration coming in March 2018.

Past Merit Award recipients have gone on to work for esteemed sculptors Barry X Ball, Jeff Koons, & Barbara Segal among others.




“Le Poids de mes Ambitions” and “Y Train”, sculptures created by 2016 Merit Award recipients, Brice Esso and Jiannan Wu will be on view and up for auction at Sotheby’s during the New York Academy of Art fundraiser, Take Home a Nude, on October 11th. For further information and tickets: https://nyaa.edu/nude

                  

What’s your StoneArt Design Style?



Cote d’Azur. This subtle yet unexpected limestone draws the eye in and always makes an impression. Gaze deeply and then try to turn away… we dare you.




Opus White. Cool, confident, and chic, this quartzite has nothing to prove. She stands her ground and speaks her mind. (Metaphorically, of course…)




Jasper Shellflint. The name says it all… rife with a sense of spirited spontaneity, semi-precious Jasper Shellflint demands a second (and third and fourth) look.




Burlesque. As its name implies, Burlesque quartzite is a beautifully bawdy twist on its simpler, more neutral siblings. Not for those hoping to blend into the background.




Azul Imperial. This delightfully prismatic quartzite is for lovers and dreamers… soft in appearance yet mightily durable, Azul Imperial is no shrinking violet.

Photo Archivist by day, Artist and Design Maven always: ABC’s Sueey Gutierrez

An artist in our midst. Here at ABC Stone we work every day with a wide variety of design professionals whom we assist in the specification and meaningful application of our materials. We collaborate with them on a substantial array of projects of diverse types and sizes, so it is a great boon to us in this pursuit that we harbor in our ranks personnel who are, in their own right, practitioners of the fine arts. We had a chance to sit down with our Materials Photographer + Archivist Sueey Gutierrez, a visual artist with an upcoming Art Show whose closing will be celebrated at Treme in Islip, NY, to discuss her artistic proclivities and origins.

ABC Stone: When did you first become interested in art?

Sueey Gutierrez: At age three, which is also when I began to create art! I received a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum at the age of six. I would also regularly visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at that time.

ABC: What do you think gravitated you towards art, and sustained your interest in it?

SG: I didn’t really grow up in the greatest neighborhood in the world, and my parents wanted me to stay away from that environment, so they would take every opportunity to enroll me in arts classes. I found a highly valuable outlet in the freedom of expression afforded me by art. I was an only child, and surrounded by adult all the time, so as I had to entertain myself, creative expression became a means for me to do so.

ABC: What is your favorite genre or medium of art in which to work?

SG: The media I prefer are usually dry media, so I like to use colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, acrylic markers, charcoal, graphite dust, and graphite pencil. I’ll occasionally do paintings. The genre that I like the most—it runs the gamut. I’m into pinup art. Alberto Vargas is one of my favorite artists. Dali is as well. Frida Kahlo is one of my greatest inspirations. I’m also into neo-classicism, some Dadaist art. I’m also very much into Pre-Columbian art because my family comes from El Salvador and I’m of Mayan descent. And of course, that genre of art is very stone-based.

ABC: What is your favorite time-period?

SG: Oh wow, that’s a really hard question to answer. I would have to say between the nineteen-twenties and the fifties. I feel that fashion was amazing then, and women were so elegant, and I think all over the world fashion was at its prime.

ABC: What’s your favorite design aesthetic?

SG: I would have to say an eclectic one. I don’t have a particular style, I create my own. I’m definitely into a bohemian look, as far as interior design goes. I like art deco and art nouveau architecture, gothic architecture,—the idea of mixing elements of these aesthetics together. I also like bright colors. My own apartment is designed in this way. It’s very retro-inspired. Much of my furniture is antique, from the 1800s or early twentieth century, but I also bring back textiles and fabrics when I go to visit family in El Salvador.

ABC: What are some of your favorite stones and stone applications?

SG: I love all of the semi-precious stones that ABC has to offer: especially the Amethyst, Pyrite, Tiger Eye, and Malachite. The Blue Agate is beautiful. Then we have a granite that’s really stunning, Lemurian, which has elements of labradorite. And we also have Amazonite which has a turquoise appearance to it which I love. I’m very much into earthy, rich jewel-tones. My favorite applications include functional art, for example, we had a tub done in Lilac marble which I thought was stunning. I like book-matched marble, especially on walls, but not so much in commercial spaces, more residences; I think it’s beautiful, an art piece in itself, it needs no additional adornment, it becomes the focus of attention in whatever room it’s in.

Sueey Gutierrez’s Art Show Closing on Sunday, August 27th from 2PM—5PM, will be hosted by Treme Islip | 533 Main St | Islip, NY | 11751.

This Future Has a Past Opening

A multimedia installation that reflects on the life of Gregory Ain, FAIA (1908–1988), and his 1950 Exhibition House for the MoMA garden, the progressive architect’s last significant building. This Future Has a Past retraces the mysterious fate of the house and unearths an extraordinary moment in Ain’s personal history. Originally organized for an exhibition in the 15th International Venice Biennale of Architecture. Presented in cooperation with Anyspace.

Producers: Katherine Lambert, AIA, IIDA, Founding Principal, Metropolitan Architecture Practice, and Associate Professor, California College of the Arts; Christiane Robbins, Principal, Director of Special Projects, Metropolitan Architecture Practice




ICAA Members’ Reception

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) for an evening in celebration of its members!

ICAA invites all members to spend the evening exploring their 3rd Floor Library and touring their Cast Hall on Tuesday, July 18. Learn about their historic plaster cast collection, deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, and browse through their 3rd Floor Library, which features rare books and special collections about classical architecture and art, as well as urbanism and architectural history.

Membership support directly impacts ICAA’s ability to offer unique programming, courses, and publications of the highest possible quality. They are pleased to open their unique office and gallery spaces to their members in appreciation for the wonderful contributions, inspiration, and vision they lend to their organization.

For more information on their historic plaster cast collection, visit their website. They also invite you to learn more about their Library.

5×5 Participatory Provocations Opening

In 5×5 Participatory Provocations, 25 young architects engage controversial issues in an imagined future, producing physical expressions or provocations. Each team responds to one of five prompts, contemplating the future of drone deliveries, the consequences of luxury high rises as financial investments, luxury tourism on the moon, the fictional development of NSA community branches, and the potential construction of an anti-immigration wall on the border between the US and Mexico.

Participating firms: Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Andrew Kovacs/Archive of Affinities, Anthony Titus Studio, Brillhart Architecture, Club Club, David Emmons, Formlessfinder, Future Expansion, IS-Office, JKurtz, KNE studio, Kyle May, Architect, Norden Design, Platform for Architecture + Research, Path + Price Studio, Peterson Rich Office (PRO), Snarkitecture, SOFTlab, Space Cutter, and Studio Cadena

Curators: Julia van den Hout, founder, Original Copy; Kyle May, founding principal of Kyle May, Architect; Kevin Erickson, founding principal, KNE studio, and associate professor, The Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign