Friday, January 25, 2008
Yesterday I attended a lovely lunch for Mark di Suvero hosted by LA Louver. Mark is considered one of the world's top post-modern sculptors and it was an interesting gathering of curators and press. One of the hot topics of conversation was the merging of art and design--and yes, fashion. With the Murakami exhibition leaving an indelible imprint on the art world this past year and all sorts of other movement in that direction, it is a timely and controversial discussion.
I launched this site almost three years ago out of a desire to write about things that inspire me and have lived through the initial and slightly painful snub of design, fashion, and art writers, who did not understand exactly what TrustYourStyle was doing. Not able to create a box that quite fit my genre, I was lumped into "lifestyle" and I'm okay with that. But thankfully in the past year, I've watched as the blog world slowly started turning in a direction closer to my heart, melding the coverage of art and design, and now art and fashion.
All I know is that as a designer, I'm usually more inspired by art than fashion. There is a long and rich history of artists working in fashion and designers working with artists. Why there should be a separation or any snobbery about designing a dress versus a chair still beats me. Personally I find great delight in the artists who create "high art" as well as trash cans and sunglasses. If you design world class museums and feel like designing a surf board, why not? If you've ever constructed a couture dress with hundreds of pattern pieces and have experienced what goes into getting it right, then there is true empathy for the painter who almost commits suicide over getting an elbow just so, or the poet who contemplates jumping off a bridge because a line isn't working.
I could go on, but would rather leave this topic open to comment and future revisit. So back to the art itself:
On the first floor of La Louver's new Mark di Suvero show, there are three large pieces, my favorite being the untitled steel, rope, aluminum, rubber, and wood piece that lets you comfortably lay back and even swing in it if you please (see top photo). I tried it out and found it very comfy! Perhaps true luxury should be redefined as lounging in post-modern art.
This large steel and stainless steel piece rotates and can be hit with a hammer to make as much noise as you like.
Ring Neste is a steel and stainless steel piece that casts beautiful shadows on the floor. It also moves and reminded me of a giant prehistoric charm on a magical diviner.
Upstairs, there are smaller sculptures, some pen and ink pieces and a stunning steel and stainless steel installation, M-Axled, in the Skyroom.
The Mark di Suvero opening reception is 7-9pm this evening at La Louver.