Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vernissages | Guy Laliberté "GAIA", Marlborough Gallery

On display at the Marlborough Gallery are roughly four dozen beautiful photographic images, many large-scale, of sites on the planet earth taken from outer space.  Perched on board the International Space Station for eleven days in 2009, Guy Laliberté focused his Nikon camera on sites in the Sahara Desert in Egypt, Dolzhanskaya Point in Russia, the Balkhas Lake in Kazakhstan, the Euphrates River in Turkey, and others in the U.S. and Tibet to bring to our attention not only their beauty, but their fragility.
Conventional wisdom holds that the determining wars to be fought in the future will be over water.  In the face of such sentiment, Laliberté designed this creative project for his ONE DROP initiative, “a charitable organization that develops integrated, innovative projects with an international scope, in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable effects for local and foreign populations and in the fight against poverty”.
Like the Renaissance man, Laliberté channels his energy and skills into a variety of initiatives: founder of Cirque du Soleil, Chair of ONE DROP, stilt walker, fire eater and accordionist .
Accompanying the exhibition Assouline has published both an artist’s book and a trade edition titled GAIA with images from the show and more besides.

Elizabeth Davis

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Camminando | Bright Lights Big City

As the darkest day of the year approaches, artificial lighting in the urban environments compensate the seasonal darkness of nature.
I have to admit that it is a pure feast for the eyes of even somebody who does not indulge in shopping like myself.
Nature darkness: my walk started in a poorly lit Central Park
Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
Louis Vuitton geometric display

Media façade: video projections on Fifth Avenue

More traditional media façades
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Nature lighting: almost full moon

Total walk length: 10.3km

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tales from Hyperreality: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

It is again the time of the year...

When over 40 million of American travel over 50 miles or more from their homes. In the same day $282 million worth of food will be wasted, according to the NRDC (National Resource Defense Council). The day after is "black Friday" which is not the title of a horror movie but the day when several hundred million of shoppers (226 millions in 2011) floods shopping malls, retail outlets, or cybershops.

In this surreal apotheosis of consumerism I try to relax and, as always, enjoy recording the most grandiose spectacle extravaganza of consumerism: the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Over 100 feet high cartoon characters float in the Manhattan skyline, cheered by hundred thousand spectators: it is only three weeks after hurricane winds roared over Manhattan and in this unseasonably warm day (what's new?) and New York city seems to be fully back to its relentless rhythms.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Camminando & Vernissages | New York November 9

Resuming my walks to Chelsea after the hurricane: a view from Tenth Avenue

Matta, Rammellzee, Futura and Phase 2, curated by Nemo Librizzi and Joseph Nahmad

Trenton Doyle Hancock "…And Then It All Came Back to Me" at James Cohan Gallery

Charles Ray at Matthew Marks

A view of Chelsea after the hurricane: workers restoring power 22 Street