My fiancé and I live in Chelsea, known to many as the art gallery epicenter of New York City. Peppering the sidewalks like haphazard splashes of paint on a Pollock canvas, there are almost 350 concurrent exhibitions at any given time. Some Saturdays, with no plan in mind, we meander the avenues neighboring the Hudson River and walk from 20th street until 25th. One such day in February, 2012 we stumbled upon Petzel Gallery.
Anarchy, animation, trash, charcoal, linen and the world of a deranged evil villain collide in the gallery.
Batman Returns, the show by artist Joyce Pensato ran from January 12 – February 25, 2012. Pensato, is an artist born, raised and currently working in Brooklyn. Her proximity to Gotham is not lost on me. “Batman” is a motif that first appeared in Pensato’s drawings as early as the mid-1970’s. “I was resisting working with the traditional still life — apples and pears and all that crap,” she says. Something clicked when she first sketched the caped crusader. “I just fell in love with Batman. I think it was the ears.
In honor of New York Fashion Week 2013, which so nicely coincides with Valentine’s Day, I bring you (dear reader) a series of red-toned vignettes. Each outfit from a designer’s recent show also represents a style or facet of love, using a series of adjectives ending in ‘ic.’ I admit I used a thesaurus for some of these – knowledge is power. Which type of love and blood-stained hue best represents you?
In preparation for the onset of autumn (the leaves are a’changing and there’s a crisp in the air), I bring you a mix and match of light sweaters perfect for the in-between weather of seasonal changes.
Sweater: A bold, Southwestern motif lends an on-trend accent to a slouchy collegiate sweater by Topshop found here./ Room: Retreat to a Southwest hideaway, at home. Live in a handcrafted cove of pine with distressed, hand-painted turquoise finish. The details give it the necessary character and situate your in your own personal desert oasis: twigs, conchos, cacti, a stampede of horses, antlers and painted flowers. Las Cruces bedroom found here.
Sweater: Knitted from the softest angora-blend and adorned with two intarsia tigers, Mulberry’s light-brown sweater is a sartorial conversation starter. The relaxed fit and flattering neutral hue make it a weekend fail-safe, found here./ Room: Designer Valentino’s drawing room plays on rich browns, and deep contrasts between dark and light, where a Léger Peinture Murale (1932) and a Ming-dynasty tiger sit regally atop a mantle. Can you find the mammal? Photographs by Jonathan Becker via Vanity Fair August 2010.
Sweater: Like the Salvador Dali couch, or Marilyn Monroe’s famous red pair, these lips were sealed with a kiss! To purchase, click here./ Room: Live inside of St. Valentine’s house daily with this ultra themed dining room. Heart plates, red lacquer, color blocked drapes, and the whimsy of someone’s Barbie dollhouse! Photography by Donna Griffith and esign by Jennifer Brouwer Interior Design, via Coco + Kelly!