<![CDATA[Twenty Gauge Blog]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:36:22 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Field Trip: Architecture for Dogs @ Long Beach Museum of Art]]> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:59:59 +0000 Last week marked the closing of one of our favorite shows this summer, Architecture for Dogs at the Long Beach Museum of Art.
This exhibit features custom dwellings, play spaces, and canine couture from 13 established “barkitects” and firms from around the world. Not only are the...

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<![CDATA[Field Trip: Nick van Woert @ L&M Arts]]> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:47:25 +0000

Thanks to a last minute tip from a friend, I was able to catch the closing of New York sculptor, Nick van Woert's, solo exhibition entitled LabyrinthI did not know the artist but a scroll through the image gallery on the L&M Arts website with photos of large scale hanging 3D metal sculptures jutting with raw, crude bronze casts and a plexiglass labyrinth resembling a life-size lego fort, offered a rather intriguing introduction.

While the space was modest, comprising of two small brick buildings, the show was still well worth the trip. In the West Gallery, contained the six hanging sculptures, Not Yet Titled (2013), resembling spherical maps from medieval society known as mappae mundiOn the plaques held bronze casts of various objects: relevant books, childhood toys, axes, and peace pipes each signifying "the sum of the van Woert's most prominent influences and ideologies".

Just a hop and a skip across the lot led me to the namesake sculpture Labyrinth in the East Gallery. A total contrast from Not Yet Titled, the plexiglass maze with splashes of color and texture possessed a less serious, more playful sensibility. His largest sculpture to date paid respect to everyday objects such as AstroTurf, cat litter, aquarium rocks, ketchup, dog toys, and junk mail. By isolating each object within this architectural plexi-container, the viewer is invited to seek the beauty in what is often overlooked.

For more on the artist, read a fantastic interview and take a tour of Nick van Woert's studio here on Sight Unseen

Or take a trip to his website

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<![CDATA[Modern Man: René Herbst]]> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:12:07 +0000 Considered by many as the pioneer of the modern movement, René Herbst's work continue to provide inspiration for contemporary architects and interior designers. Herbst was born in Paris (n. 1891), and was where he settled to pursue his passion in furniture and interior design.

Rene is most famous for his "Chaise Sandow", a design which was first introduced in 1927. The Sandow chair comprises of a nickel-plated tubular steel frame and the first seat and back using a bungee cord material for support. The style still stands today as a staple modern piece that is beautiful in its simplicity and offers great sitting comfort.

His commitment to the modern movement also extended to his founding of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1921. Under Herbst's direction, the organization strived to make domestic comfort accessible to people of all economic classes.

Salon d'Automne
1936

Salon d'Automne
1934

Chaise Sandow

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