Deborah Butterfield's "P├Áhina"
SFO aiport, CA from my 2011 archive

January 26, 2011

I have walked by this piece of Deborah Butterfield's countless times at the SFO airport. I FINALLY remembered to document it.

I first came across her work years ago in Chicago's gallery district. I remember the piece as being small in scale and being drawn to it because of the materials. At first glance it seems to be made from driftwood pieces, but they are in fact bronze cast to look like driftwood. They are cast in a foundry (they also casts pieces for other artists such as Lynda Benglis, Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, Louise Bourgeouis [RIP, love you], and Kiki Smith) in Walla Walla, Washington.

The second encounter with her work was at a not widely known (or maybe it is) sculpture park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Meijer Gardens" (for short) is one part garden and one part sculpture park. While in graduate school outside of Detroit, a few of us ventured to Grand Rapids to visit the Tropical Butterfly Exhibit there (phenomenal). The sculpture park was the unplanned pleasant surprise of the trip. The sculptures have an ample thirty acres of breathing space (not as much as Storm King but enough).

The second surprise was that the garden and park is possible due to the generosity of Frederik and Lena Meijer who are behind the supermarket chain, Meijer. The supermarket reminds me a bit (but not as sophisticated) of a European Wal-Mart. Well, if you can even use the word sophisticated and Wal-Mart in the same sentence. When you find yourself in Grand Rapids, go visit. It is a must. Give yourself plenty of time.

Thierry Guetta's work, Madonna's Greatist Hits "Celebration" Album
SoHo, NY from my 2009 archive

January 10, 2011

It is officially 2011, here is to a great year!

Over the holidays, I watched Banksy's, "Exit Through The Gift Shop" which I highly recommend. There is much debate surrounding Thierry Guetta's authenticity as an artist. Regardless, this documentary provides insight into the work and process of street artists and is above all else, highly comical. I think you will enjoy it.

December 28, 2010

Happy New Year! Well, technically it is not the New Year yet but soon it will be 2011. Have a good one and be safe!