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An exhibition on the topic of climate change
In 2011, while Southern California-based artist Jeff Frost was on his way to painting an abandoned building in Bombay Beach, his drive was interrupted by wildfire that would ultimately consume over 500 consume Tomorrow land. “I dropped what I was doing and spent the whole night in fast motion,” he recalls. Fascinated by this fast-paced and destructive force, he embarked on a new mission: to document how residents, firefighters and news agencies dealt with these dangerous incidents, and to buy special protective equipment to optimally contain the fire. The 300,000 photos and time-lapse videos he took – of 70 different forest fires from 2011 to 2018 – are part of his latest work, “California on Fire,” which show a terrifyingly vivid and intimate look at the environment that is now part of the group “Implied Scale: Confronting the Enormity of Climate Change” at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, on view until July 22nd. With photography, video, drawing and installation, artists either deal directly with climate change or pay homage to nature. Includes photographs of leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica by Catherine Chalmers and a 21-meter-long mural by Ted Kim depicting, among other things, the incredible amount of trash that has accumulated in cities. As with Frost’s work, according to Kele McComsey, director of Mana Contemporary, the intention of the exhibition is to make the viewer think about changes they can make. “Do not detach yourself from nature”, he says. “We all share the same space.” “Implied Scale: Confronting the Enormity of Climate Change” can be seen until July 22nd on manacontemporary.com at Mana Contemporary.
Since 1988 – with the opening of Amanpuri, an idyllic boutique hideaway on a remote peninsula in Phuket, Thailand – Aman Resorts has been famous for its signature combination of generous hospitality and architecture, shaped by the local design language of each property. With over 30 resorts around the world, from Cambodia to Morocco, the hotel group is taking further inspiration from its destinations with its first foray into ready-to-wear clothing. The collection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories includes sleek slip dresses, bespoke monogrammed shorts and shirts – as well as a selection of sleek swimwear and sportswear – in colors taken from Aman’s sun-drenched locations, including dusty ocher, baked terracotta and navy blues . Made in Italy, the pieces are made from materials such as silk, linen, cashmere and Japanese cotton and, according to Kristina Romanova, Russian model and head of product development at Aman, are designed to put those who wear them in “vacation mode”. The Essentials by Aman collection is available in Aman boutiques worldwide starting at $ 61.
For Pride Month, a compendium of contemporary queer photography
The fact that Pride Month in the United States began just as many American cities woke up from over a year of hibernation meant that the internet was suddenly full of LGBTQ people partying, protesting, going to the beach – in the world alive – what caught me Think of the power of such everyday images and especially of a photo book that Gingko Press published last September. Under the title “New Queer Photography: Focus on the Margins”, it is a large-scale survey of 52 emerging and established international artists whose work camps out from simply erotic to painfully sweet, activist to amusing. Most of the artists featured are portraitists, and I am drawn to M. Sharkey’s naturalistic, documentary images of gay and trans teenagers; Bettina Pittaluga’s celebrating couples with a wide range of body types; Luis Venegas’ twinks in hand; and Christopher Sherman’s strangely cropped 35mm male look on male skin. In fact, however, the collective – these artists and their subjects together – speaks most for the current moment: “Isn’t a peripheral perspective much more exciting than in many ways?” Asks the editor Benjamin Wolbergs in the introduction to his book the things from the middle Look out? ”Of course it is. $ 65, gingkopress.com.
Alien sculptures made in isolation
Danish ceramist Ditte Blohm, who lives in London – whose work ranges from elegant tableware and freeform porcelain to stoneware sculptures – fled the pandemic on a regular basis on “solitude retreats”, rented a cottage and switched off all digital distractions before returning to her studio in Walthamstow. Blohm is comfortable in isolation and spent last year producing a new series of expressive sculptures that she calls “Mind Maps”. In stark contrast to her rather minimalist works, these bold works are inspired by “small snippets of memory – an experience, a smell, a person”. Blohm often works on five or six sculptures at the same time, building, drying, firing and glazing them over many weeks. “Each one is different and each has its own little soul,” she says of the sculptures in this series, all of which were hand-sculpted. Her art reflects the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi – “Finding perfection in the imperfect” – and the Danish design tradition of combining simplicity with function. “My work is all about presence,” she says. “If I can enjoy what’s here, that’s all I need.” Available from the gallery space and design studio at 8 Holland Street, 8hollandstreet.com.
Lucie and Luke Meier, the two creative directors of Jil Sander, have fond memories of wearing Birkenstocks when they were children. “Those were my dry shoes for my canoe trips in Ontario,” says Luke about the vacation he took as a child. For Lucie, they have been her favorite shoes for as long as she can remember. Today the duo owns several couples. No wonder: Birkenstocks was founded in 1774 and is the most reliable shoe in the world in terms of comfort and functionality. Now these two brands are working together on a new line of shoes. Starting this week, the collection will include four styles in earthy tones: cream, olive and black. Three of the sandals are redesigns of classic Birkenstocks – Arizona, Berlin and Milano – with a raised sole, elongated straps and a thin, silver buckle. The fourth style, the Velan, is a new shape for the German shoemaker with a round, closed toe and a soft leather strap that wraps around the ankle – a familiar feature of Jil Sander’s shoes. From $ 475, jilsander.com and 1774.com.
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