Roxy Paine, Checkpoint, 2014 The mania surrounding the release of the iPhone 6 would have you believe the device might cure cancer or create world peace. Part science, part magic, we seem to be in awe of it and the onward march of progress it encapsulates—especially when it’s made by Apple. But strip away the marketing babble, the shine, even the color, and you’ll find it’s shape and size eerily mundane. It’s an object that would be at home in the new Roxy Paine show Denuded Lens, on view now at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York through October 18.
Diamond Table During the recent season finale of the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," the show’s resident curmudgeon-slash-woodworker, Ron Swanson, while rushing to finish a handmade chair before an important deadline, smashes his intricate design. “It was too perfect,” he explains. “People will think it was made by a machine.” It’s a sentiment that pops into mind when touring Joris Laarman’s new exhibition Bits and Crafts (through June 14) at Friedman Benda gallery in Manhattan. The show features the results of Laarman’s experiments at the crossroads of technology and design. By using the latest in 3D printing, like the MX3D
Though all the images on display in Photographs 1984-2014 by Peter Arnell at Manhattan's Milk Gallery are black and white, their contents couldn’t be more different. Outtakes from erotic fashion campaigns hang next to blurred New York City skylines. There are high-contrast photos of city crosswalks; a series of geishas in repose; close-ups of clothing out of context; the World Trade Center before and after tragedy; and a large selection dedicated to showcasing women’s feet. (In fact, Arnell’s fascination with feet has its own book.) But then, Arnell’s show at Milk isn’t your typical retrospective. The artist is better known
A video at the New York City gallery traces the 60-year diaspora of Le Corbusier and Jeanneret’s Chandigarh furniture. ProvenanceAmie Siegel2013HD video40 min 30 sec. installation view, Simon Preston, New York The protagonist of multimedia artist Amie Siegel’s new video Provenance, on view at the Simon Preston Gallery in New York City through this Sunday, is a chair. Not any chair, mind you, but one designed by renowned modernist architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. And not even a chair, really, but a design aesthetic—an iconic wooden teepee—that captivates in much the same way Hollywood royalty might. Which helps makes