Emi and I have started checking out Opening nights at Jonathan Levin gallery in Chelsey, NYC. It sort of provokes us to see different art scene in NY or at least “A Scene” that brings us back to “Back in the Days in NY” when how things were more interesting and attracted interesting crowds together.
Now I am blogging about this, I become one of those who revels all the hidden fun around us but hopefully you will consider me as more of one who “Shares” rather one who “Leaks”.
Walking in, you can’t deny the presence of “Young Generation of NY” are all here. It’s packed from the street and it’s even more so inside. Every opening draws such size of audience and I find it quite interesting. I saw some familiar faces from the last one we came for. There are toddlers in hands with young parents too. Bottled water in ice buckets runs out fast as it gets pretty hot inside from the amount of visitors swarming around. It has lots of of energy in here.
Jonathan Levin gallery’s Motto is Committing to New and Cutting Edge Art of Today.
Welcome Flag on the Ground floor. I love it!
Gael trying to read.
It’s almost like a good old day’s Club scene.
By the way, Here we go again, We saw it! In the restroom of Jonathan Levin gallery, The Mysterious FUZZY WOOL ART!
A house wife? Not sure for how long this is going on, but now I am looking forwardd to the next one!
“The End is Far” is the title of this exhibition.
The color scheme and how Gody whole thins is Not at my taste but I quite enjoyed how audaciously everything is put together and like to pay respect to the amount of work the Artist had put into this to knit up from a small grape vine to an entire wall surface of a room.
The show at the end made me feel provoked and I have to say the Crowd’s energy was quite powerful to almost turn the exhibition to a performing Art.
The Exhibition ends on March 23rd. Go check it out!
Mysterious Fuzzy Wooly Work of Art at Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC
An opening night of Japanese artist, Haroshi at Jonathan Levine Gallery was so packed with so many visitors, I was sort of running out of breath. Sweating. One of the most successful openings that I have seen in a long time in Chelsea Art scene. We actually thought it would be quite fun to take Gael to see the opening night of such an Artist’s main medium being Skateboards and all the related parts and tools even including a sand paper. And no surprise to that yet quite impressed about how much the artist is loved by the public, the Skaters. Artist himself as a passionate skater, Haroshi sure expresses his love for world of Skaters and skateboards.
Gael takes a bathroom break in a hallway of Gallery and tells me, ” Mom, Did you see the Fuzzy Bear in the Bathroom? ” ” A Bear? No, I haven’t been in the restroom yet.” So here I go stay in the line to use the bathroom and I am curious now.
I am waiting for my turn.
The fuzzy Bear!
This Art is hanging on the bathroom wall. Haroshi is an artist who only works with skateboards. I ask one of the gallery staffs if this piece is related to the exhibition but they don’t know what I am talking about. Who’s then??? Love the composition and colors put together in classic knotting techniques. It’s really dense.
Swarming visitors inside of gallery.
The main piece of Haroshi. His precision in workmanship and patience as an artist is unbelievable. Small colored cubics are cut pieces from skateboards and put back together to hand carve and sanded to come to this final product. I know it has this casual cartoon like feel to it, but again the dedication behind his work is truly impressive.
Ok the Haroshi exhibition runs through Feb, 13.
So go check it out and also check out if Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear and the Hot Pink Gun is there!
Thanks to you all for coming and having a lovely dinner with us and Emi! Who couldn’t make it, you were there with us at heart. All the wonderful gifts ( especially this year’s trend DIY wonderful foodie’s gifts! YUm YUm) , Hugs and chats… That’s what friends are for and You Friends are Our Family.
And Special thanks to Chicco, the Chef and Owner of Celestino for Wonderful and Generous Full Course Meal! Wow.
Happy Birthday Emi! LOvE you So MuCh.
At NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, Upstate NY.
In mid October, when all the leaves just started turning to those gorgeous autumn like colors in golden mustard and velvet reds, we were invited to a lovely weekend home of Chicco and Paola’s for a cozy sleep over and visit to Wool Festival up in Rhinebeck, NY. The sun was cuddly and warm against crisp air that signals true beginning of beautiful fall. It has been many weekends and long hours of work, so a get away over a weekend felt much needed to rest my soul and recharge a bit. A small back pack does the magic, a warm pair of socks and sweaters for the family, we are ready to Off!!!
On a way to Chicco’s, we also had stopped at New Paltz for a quick lunch and bit of stroll. Its always a nice drive you have going through New Paltz for it’s warm and cozy scenery and the small down town’s lively antique shops and restaurants to spend a good half day. Water Street Market by the old Train station is also a cute spot to browse and get nick knacks to local cheese and wine to take home for the weekend. While you are in downtown, I also like to suggest you to go visit Huguenot street Historic Site for bit of French style historic Stone houses and this one amazing shop where you can taste all sort different kind of aged Balsamic vinegars and olive oils you can bottle your self: Scarborough Fare.
A little get away here we come, and I am so ready for this!
In Korean expression we call Autumn for a season when Horses get to really grow and the Sky gets real high. And I think that is so right.
It was such a warm day. We are near the New Paltz, NY here.
In New Paltz downtown, taking a walk along a small river.
This little shop, Scarbrough Fare carries Mighty flavors to be bottled by you!
Gael tasting almost every kinds of Vinegar here. They are really great kinds. Most of them are imported from Italy and Spain.
We took 3 flavors home. Espresso ( yes Espresso, the coffee), Bianco white and Apple.
We picked up Vintage Cricket set at one of Antique shop in Water Street Market. It was both me and Gael’s first time! We had fun playing it at Chicco’s Garden.
At lovely kitchen having some pasta dinner. We are waiting for the home owners to arrive. They are bit stuck in the traffic back in the city…
The morning after long and relaxing Sunday breakfast. From the left, Amelia, Gael and Ercole. Yum Fluffy and Warm home made pancakes. Kids are the Best.
Yeah we are here at Rhinebeck! Wool Festival!!!
It’s a big venue full of much to see!
Hays, Farmers, Sheeps and Lamas, Yarns and Knitters… It’s Fantastic here!!
Hand dyed cashmere rugs. They are So soft and Very expensive.
Some demonstrations. She’s weaving a rug.
And they are Just so irresistible!! Lamas.
Gorgeous wool Yarns. Colors are amazing. It’s very inspiring.
Omg, How cute is he!!! Kids are going nuts.
By the way, A great pattern at one of animal booth. Many of cuties are walking around and getting ready for ” Best in show” for the later afternoon.
It’s truly a big party! Proud farmers!
Emi and Ercole.
OK , I am back to see some yarns and rovings. Roving is carded stage of airy wool balls. Once you twist the roving, it becomes a yarn. I always love rovings as somehow colors are true to how it’s dyed than a yarn form. It’s gorgeous.
Amazing Rovings. They come in millions of colors. All Felting Artists use these to create anything that is done through felting technique. Paola is one of them and She makes the most beautiful art pieces by wool felting.
This booth had some amazing colored rovings in Cashmere and Alpaca and so much more. All of these are to be sold by weight. Which is a very typical way to do so.
You can also buy all sort of tool related to make yarns from rovings and fleece. Carding machine, spinner, spools and knitting pattern books….
He’s making wool yarn by using a Yarn spinner. There’s a little foot paddle and you need to coordinate while you hold the string of roving. The paddle spins the machine.
Knitters, Hold your breath.
She’s needle quilting.
This is a typical wooden basket/back pack for the farmers and you can dare it and rock it like this cool wool lady! Yes you can buy this basket at the festival.
Here we are at the ” Best in Show”
Showering light on Emi and Chicco.
Vegetable dye demonstration.
We have been waiting for the 2:00 pm Sheep Shearing!
To Shear a fully grown Sheep takes a well experienced skill and also strength to hold her down during a full shearing that lasts about good 5-7 minutes. Depends on the time of the year when you shear or clip the woolen fleece off the sheep, the quality of wool can change quite a bit.
Impressive amount of Sheared Fleece. Usually they go through once a year shearing.
Hand Dyed felted Wool sheets. They come in a square shape and they are quite soft.
Ercole and Gael
The Wool festival up in Rhinebeck comes back every year for 2 days in October. If you haven’t been yet, you should visit one for the next year. The drive to get there is beautiful and there are ton of amazing yarns and other source around wool related and also great farm food that’s based on Lamb. And as it is peak of Fall, stopping by farm shops here and there is also lots of fun. Pumpkin picking, Apple picking, apple cider and all those home made pies coming right out of Farmer’s kitchens…
And absolutely amazing Alpacas!
Vampire Gael and Frida Jaehee. Halloween still goes on. 10-31-2012
Are we allowed to have Halloween? Mortally, it felt so wrong to even think about dressing up when there were millions people and thousands houses right here in NY area stranded, destroyed and even lost loved ones. But we decided to dress and go out for Gael and for neighbors. It sort of lifted our spirit. This Halloween felt extra special. How lucky are we?!! It was chillier than any other year in longest time weather wise and definitely this time everything is in more low key in our Clinton Hill neighborhood being respectful to those in difficult times. But there were still many brown stones open for trick or treats, live music and spectaculars!
Importantly, it’s not about spilling drinking or going out. Kids will always remember this special day and they were reminded of those who in needs and unfortunate situations and learnt to appreciate what we got and how lucky we were for everything around us.
Here I like to share a few pics of Halloween at Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Frida Khalo, Two Fridas.
We wish All the kids out there in shelters and needs for the Best Ever Halloween in Year 2013. We will come back!
With Emi and Gael at The XX Concert, Paradise Theater, NYC
It has been a while Gael had graduated from Big Time Rush and Beaver. Jovanotti is maybe the very favorite musician Gael has been after for a longest time in his fairly cute and young life. But as Gael get’s bigger and more exposed to what We are up for, Now there is this strong presence of other bands and artists in his second chapter of life. Rolling Stones, Beatles, various House music, even Brazilians like Viva Brazil… Then so much more from having an access to mom’s I pod nano… Was it like around 3 years old then? Gael would burst out in tears listening to a CD in his room then would say ” Mom I miss my friends…!” It was not really the friends that made him cry. It was the emotion and something in the music that touched his heart. Since then, Gael had many more broke downs with various music. Films, Classical music… Gael would say ” Dad, I really miss my fish..!!” his face covered in tears… Gael was already showing signs of his rich emotions and was able to express somehow.
It is a beautiful thing to watch my little child or maybe it’s more correct to say a little human being shaping his own palette and depth of sensibility and sentiment. And we can help him as parents by providing him opportunities to have exposed to all sort of everything. It’s an amazing journey to be there together and share the moments. I see Twinkles in his eyes. It’s just so beautiful to see that.
Here’s our very second concert with Gael after Jovanotti at Terminal 5. The XX, the absolute favorite band of this moment in Gael’s 9 year old life. Every song, every lyric. It touches Gael’s heart in such a strong way. Here now we are together to love them only in a better way. It’s a live concert!
Paradise Theater, It’s our first time here. it’s a beautiful theater!
The British Indie pop band, XX formed in August 2009 and they have 3 albums out so far. Maybe one of the most talented and well established indie bands out there today in such a short period.
It’s still early. Emi got us great Orchestra seats!
An opening band. Not a bad sound, but like any other opening bands, they were just all right. I liked the back drop images though.
Patiently waiting for XX to come out. Emi and Gael playing” Chop Sticks” ( a real fun game using fingers. It needs a good Addition skill!)
Bit of John Currin -ish moment here.
Romy Madley Croft shows up first. The audience jumps out of their seats. Swirl of applause and screams in the air. It’s exciting!
Such a great and edited sound in many layers. It’s very powerful.
Jamie XX has such a beautiful voice. Deep, clean and intellectual sort of.
Gael absolutely loved lighting effects. He thought it was one of the coolest thing he has ever seen.
A beautiful theater. Very Romanesque.
Ahhh It was Such a Great Concert…!!!
I am thankful that Gael is big enough to do this together with us. Emi and I are both around 40’s and We have so much more ahead of us. And I like to thank to those Great Artists out there offering their performance for All age groups.
Heading back home, we are putting who’s music on? Yes XX.
Here are Gael’s 2 favorite songs of XX. Enjoy it!
Nik and Jess, Happily Knotted and much more to come. 09/08/2012, Roxbury Barn, NY
Dear Jess and Nik,
That was maybe the most fun wedding that I have been! I mean we were all talking about ” Stiff Neck” post such head bangings to all your super awesome RoCk StArs’ Super JAmminG!!! That was a truly beautiful unconventionally traditional wedding and Thank you for all the good times and friendship.
We are truly happy for both of you!
Today and Much more to come!!!
Emi and Me, Turning my 40th together. Love you Emi!
My 40th chapter begins here again with full of surprises and hard work. More adventures and lots of LOvE.
Thank You All So much for coming and being with Me! Extra love and all the lovely gifts!
I was One Happy Birthday Girl!
LOvE you All!
Gowanus Grove Bridge, 400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn. Always peaceful.
It opens at 3:00. Still quiet. It’s 5:00 pm now. People enjoy couple drinks and still gathering up.
Mister Saturday, Mister Sunday tees.
The charm of Gowanus Grove is these vastly located cool industrial buildings. All types. Love them!
Not a bad idea to dance under the trees by the water.
Arrive! Jay, Kaja and me.
Mister Dee Jay.
Sangria for me.
Jackson proves that you have paid and now you can dance.
Maybe good 5 degrees cooler here.
Not only you dance here you Hula Hoop too. Whatever works.
Jaehee and Jay.
High as A Kite.
The Beat goes on. The Night goes on.
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Her Posters are everywhere in NYC. Her fabulous bangs and oddly wild dotted outfit that blends into the back ground tells you ” Enough said “. You have to go see her. There is a long line waiting to get into Whitney is impressive. It’s handsome crowd gathering. Everyone seems bit nervous and excite. and Me too! I can’t wait to be in!!!
Doesn’t she look here like Edna in that animated film, ” Incredibles” ?
In the lobby. Awwww, Exciting!
I followed the big balloons and it leads me to the restaurant downstairs. I want this situation at my house!
I am dressed for Ms.Yayoi Kusama. Huge respect.
Going back to Lobby to see Fireflies on the water! I am starting YAYOI KUSAMA!
Only one person at a time is allowed in the room of Fireflies on the water. And you must make an reservation to get a ” Timed ticket” at the ticket desk on the day of visit. Each visitor gets to have 1 full minute per visit.
Thank you Whitney for such a Fab walking guide!
Photos are NOT allowed in the museum so I am about to share many images from the book, “KUSAMA” published by Rizzoli that I purchased at the Museum. Rizzoli edition actually better captures the Exibition at Whitney than Whitney’s own publication.
One of early paintings.
Kusama in her studio, early years. I absolutely loved all the old pics of the artist at the exhibition!!! And her sketch books. To die for….!
She has done series of Pieces working with Fabric, stuffing, shapes, repetition…. This is called ” Cloud”. This covers about good 300 sqft of surface on the floor.
These collection of Stuffed and painted canvas fabric fills up about 800 sqft of room. And it’s up to good 4 foot tall.
There were series of this Typography based posters of Kusama’s Arty parties in 60’s. They make me go crazy. I adore these.
57th street, 5th avenue. Louis Vuitton is an official supporter of this exhibition and also had collaborated ” INFINITELY” collection.
LOvE ArT LOvE FaShiOn LOvE dOtS!
YAYOI KUSMA ends on September 30th. Do not miss it.