I traveled to the Lower East Side to visit New York based painter Field Kallop in her studio. Field is a kind, knowledgeable artist with a careful, beautiful hand. Her paintings are meditations on pattern, line and color and she utilizes sacred geometry to create mesmerizing, multidimensional abstract spaces. We spoke about the role of beauty, spirituality and the importance of craft in contemporary art, especially in work created by women. Looking into a selection of her artists books, we shared thoughts about decorative mark making, ornamentation and the diverse perspectives on these traditions across the globe. A couple of titles for your reference; Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture 3x An Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin
Zurich first. It was gorgeous, and full of cute young Swiss bankers, but too busy for our goals. It had a spirit of "work, work, get it done, money, money"--not unlike NYC and I kept having the urge to check my bberry for work emails while we were there. But as soon as we got on the train to Zug--a really beautiful small town--I never wanted to look at my phone again. Next to Lucerne. We stayed at the Jean Nouvel designed hotel: The Hotel Lucerne. Totally 90's kind of amazing design--lots of chrome details, prints of Luis Buñuel's Objects of Desire on the room ceiling, wood floor, minimal furniture, black walls...just sexy. Next day--we bought tickets for the Lucerne Philharmonic in the morning (also designed by Jean Nouvel) and went on a trip up Pilatus mountain. The mountain was spectacular and with timing on our side--we just made it back to the hotel to change and run to the Symphony. We ended up sitting directly behind the orchestra--facing the majority of the audience and the conductor. The piece was Bruckner's 8th symphony (Go Germania) which was a bit intense for me, but the (very serious and super fancy) Swiss were barely containing themselves from jumping up in ecstasy at the ending. Next stop--Schwyz to have lunch with a friend and his family in their home on the side of the mountain. We had a beautiful risotto with fresh mushrooms picked in the forest up the mountain. When anyone mentions "quality of life" now, I think of this visit. The rest of the story to follow in a post on Vals… Photos by: Liubasha Rose
Mission San Francisco de Asis or more commonly known, Mission Dolores was a massive highlight of a recent trip to San Fran for me. Even though the church and grounds are a touristy stop, it feels lingering and mysterious inside. Like some kind of amazing time warp that allows the place to unfold as a discovery--just like the etherial scene in the graveyard in Hitchcock's Vertigo (a movie I was obsessed with in college). And the Hitch-meets-Lynch, chevron beam ceiling in the main chapel-----is incredible. Photos by: Liubasha Rose
I've been meaning to go to the New York Botanical Gardens for years. Any dedicated 'land-of-plants' is always on my short list of places to visit in a new city, so I was excited to finally make it. The theme for this year was Key West and the flowers were gorgeous. I've never embraced orchids before, but I have been won over. The sheer variety of them was wonderful. Red, yellow, brown, blue, purple...even ones that look like pansies.
April 10-May 10, 2014 @ Johannes Vogt Gallery
A street style feature in my very favorite Grey Magazine's Citizen Grey section.
Jacques Garcia is the incredible design force behind Hotel Costes, Paris & The Nomad, NYC. An inspiration. Todd Selby shot his apartment in Paris.