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Glass Lighting, a tribute to Saint-Malo, and more

Pictured: William Jess Laird, Audrey Melton, Bryony Roberts, GBA

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Photos: William Jess Laird.

Photos: William Jess Laird.

Artist Sophie Lou Jacobsen and lighting design studio In Common With have collaborated on a series of striking lamps that pay homage to shapes found in nature like mushrooms and flowers. They are all made in Fort Greene by the artisans of dungeonwho have used traditional glass techniques such as fazzoletto, which involves spinning molten glass to achieve the appearance of flowing fabric, and collapsing, which uses gravity to mold a shape. The result is a fresh take on the classic Murano mushroom lamp and tulip shades. Starting at $1,250, available at incommunavec.com.

Photo: Audrey Melton

For Cheyenne Concepcionof the installation in “Sink or swim: the future of the climate”, a new exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park that presents artistic responses to climate change, it has created a tribute to Saint-Malo, a former fishing village about 30 miles southeast of New Orleans. Concepcion was shocked when she learned the history of the community: Founded in the 1760s, it was the first permanent Asian American colony in the United States Filipino sailors who had escaped indentured servitude on Spanish ships formed the village, building houses on stilts above the bayou. The community remained there until a hurricane destroyed the village in 1915. Today some stilts are still visible, but the site is threatened by erosion and rising sea levels. Little documentation exists of the village, so Concepcion envisioned a type of building that early settlers might have built based on the bahay kubo, a traditional Filipino house – but au instead of using the typical palm fronds on the roof, she covered it in shimmering silver fringe. “I bring this place lost in our collective memory,” says Concepcion. Until March 12, 2023.

Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein, courtesy of the artists and Sal on 94 Design. ©Robert Earl Paige. © Herbert Bayer

Chicago-based artist and designer Robert Earl Paige86 years old, coined the term abstract to define the brightly colored abstract paintings, ceramics, collages, sculptures and textiles he made throughout his life. Some of them are featured in “Robert Earl Paige: The Power of the People“, a solo exhibition at the Freeman Alley gallery in Salon 94. “There are something like 35 artistic movements, and I thought, How could I add to thisPaige told me during a guided tour of the exhibit, hosted by fashion designer Duro Olowu. “It had to be a new visual order, something I could bring to the table which was a combination of all the movements I love.” These references include Senegalese fabric patterns, Bauhaus fonts, Mondrian paintings, and the radical black political movements of the 1960s. “You hear all the time that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you’re not trained to see, then you’re going to miss things.” Until October 29.

Photos: Michel Vahrenwald.

Photos: Michel Vahrenwald.

Architect Bryony Roberts designs public installations that take sensory considerations into account – from a curbside nap nook in Hudson Square to a climbing rope sculpture for Exhibit Columbus, an architecture festival in Indiana. His latest piece was to fill the public square of Lincoln Center with dozens of large cushions, which are intended to be soothing and relaxing, to Large Umbrella, a festival for children with autism and other forms of neurodivergence. While the installation only lasted from September 16 to 18, Soft represented a heartwarming sensibility that is sadly lacking in the public space.

Clockwise from left: Photo: Ryan Hodgson-RigsbeePhoto: Courtesy of GBAPhoto: Courtesy of GBA

From above: Photo: Ryan Hodgson-RigsbeePhoto: Courtesy of GBAPhoto: Courtesy of GBA

During Mardi Gras, people belonging to the Black Masking Indian tribes wear ceremonial costumes adorned with beads and feathers to honor their descendants who escaped slavery. Charles DuVernay, member of the monogram hunters tribe who have been sewing these costumes since he was a child, riffed on the clothes for a new series of beaded wall hangings made in collaboration with Guilty By Association, an arts organization founded by former New Museum deputy director Karen Wong and l artist Derek Wiggins. “Our desire is to prolong the artistic practice by giving a second life to our work and to make this heritage contemporary”, specifies DuVernay. Starting at $1,900, available at gba.family.

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