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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Paper & Rubber

works by Park Jiyun (incense holes and gouache on rice paper) and Ji Yong-Ho (used rubber tires, steel wood & styrofoam) as seen at Gana Art Gallery.

New Yorkers are easy. A little bit of perfect weather and all we do is marvel and move our lives outside. The husband and I are no exception and so today we did a little bit of gallery hopping in Chelsea. Two artists that stood out were Park Jiyun and Ji Yong-Ho, both at Gana Art (568 West 25th Street).
Park Jihyun's works are light, subtle and exquisitely executed. Like in the work of Karen Margolis, you can see the catharsis the artist might have experienced during the making of this work.
Ji Yong-Ho's Mutant Mythos sculptures worked in perfect juxtaposition to Park Jiyun's series Weightlessness. Ji Yong-Ho animal sculptures are anything but light. Made out of used heavy black rubber tires and steel, the sculptures are at once stoic and ardent.

Gana Art focuses on Korean Artist and offers an artist-in-residence program, providing artists with studio and living space. Visit www.english.ganaart.com for more info on these artists and the gallery.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Eat Pray Love Some More

Orchids growing in our bathroom in Ubud, Bali ©Nina Buesing (Getty)

The trailer for the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love is out and you can watch it at: www.letyourselfgo.com or simply by pressing play below.
Watching it made me glad I just spent so much time eating in Italy, it made be grateful for having been to Bali and reminded me that I need to get my butt to India - with my husband who is my love & best friend.

courtesy Sony Pictures

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wedesday This & That (Art Marathon)

Nymphoto's Picture of the Week © Yijun (Pixy) Liao

First off: Happy Birthday Hank! I ♥ You.

If you are in New York and want to see art: Vivianne Sassen is still on view at Danziger Projects (@ 534 West 24th Street). You can also take a workshop with Ms. Sassen in Italy in late April. Visit www.cesuralab.com to find out more.
Deborah Turbeville's work is at Staley Wise Gallery (560 Broadway, NYC) for a little longer (love those bathers!).

Pieter Hugo somewhat controversial Nollywood is being shown at Yossi Milo (525 West 25th Street, NYC) and le piece de resistance (but not for the faint of heart): Otto Dix at Neue Gallerie (@ 1048 Fifth Avenue, NYC). Peter Schjeldahl wrote a review for this week's New Yorker which is accompanied by a Audio Slide Show titled Weapons of Ambition, find it at: www.newyorker.com.

I really enjoy Yijun Liao's new work, an example above and more at www.bloodypixy.com. And Terry's Diary (www.terrysdiary.com) has really grown on me. Also online, a live stream of Marina Abramovic's MOMA performance: www.moma.org.

And of course Humble Arts' 31 Women in Art Photography is still on view at Affirmation Arts (523 W 37th Street, NYC) which includes work by Emily Shur, Brea Souders, Justine Reyes, Erica Larsen, Robin Schwartz (fellow animal lover) and many others.
Of course the other big group show right now is Whatever Was Splendid at Fotofest (this one in Houston)curated by fellow NYU alumn Aaron Schuhman. The show includes Jane Tam, Tema Stauffer, Hank Willis Thomas (the bday boy), Michael Schmelling, Will Steacy and many other talented artists . The Telegraph just wrote about it and you can read it at: www.telegraph.co.uk.

The Independent has a piece by Jason Florio about his walk through The Gambia.
And of course you can see more of Jason's work at: www.jasonflorio.com.

Knock yourself out ;) Ain't New York great? And the web is pretty neat too.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dr. Frucht Rules

Aretha & Nick like to say that our cat looks like a Williamsburg Hipster . The neon-pink certainly finished off the look. © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Our cat needed a minor procedure today. Dr. Frucht came by last week to check him out and today she came back with a nurse to do the procedure right on our kitchen counter. It wasn't fun for the cat, but it was much less stressful than going to the animal hospital.
My cats are in their very late teens and while still in good health, they are however seriously getting up there in age.
All three of them have already past the average life expectancy of a feline, but are fit and happy.
Dr. Frucht has been a Godsend. Not just because she comes to the house, but also because she respects the way we care for our animals. Our former vet after detecting a heart murmur wanted us to get all sorts of tests and echo cardiograms for our geriatric cats. Besides the high cost of these tests, we felt that was just not humane or reasonable to do these extensive diagnostics. So after much deliberation we switched vets and we are very happy and seemingly so are our cats. Dr. Frucht seems to have the true welfare of the animal at heart, exactly the kind of vet we had been looking for.
If you live in New York and want to reach Dr Avra Frucht, call 212.799.8869.
We think she is excellent.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Work & Play

I wanted to put an image of Dad & I working on the boat, but could not find one. So here is one of me sailing with my parents as a kid instead.
© Nina Buesing Corvallo

In the winter the sailing boats in Hamburg come ashore. It's gets too cold and icy to keep them in the water. The winter months are used to overhaul and refinish the boats.
As a kid I used to go with my dad and help him sand and paint the bottom and keel of the boat.
I was thinking of this today as I was sanding and staining some wood in my house. I did not mind going with my dad as a child, I liked spending the time with him and looking back I realize he taught me about discipline and perseverance. Thanks Dad!


courtesy I Can Has Cheezburger