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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: ENGINE BLOCKS BY SHELTER SERRA

For this series, New York based artist Shelter Serra cast vintage engines that have come to define the American car culture of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Five unique car engines were used to create 17 custom sculptures for Helmut Lang. Engine Blocks will be displayed in our stores from November 7– January 7, 2013.

Shelter, who is the nephew of American sculptor Richard Serra, is well known for his cast-silicone sculptures of Fake Roley Bracelets, Birkin bags, and Beer Cans. He explores a sculptural practice of casting everyday objects in unique materials to replicate archetypes of our culture.

Q&A WITH ARTIST, SHELTER SERRA

What model engines are these casts from? 

Among the five car engines are the 351 Windsor V8 from the 1969 Ford Mustang, a 426 Chrysler Hemi Long Block, and a few Chevy 454 “Tall Decks.” The engine blocks have been reduced to a solitary form, cast with injected foam that has been uniquely dyed in a variety of colors.

What is the process and material?

The foam injection process is an extension of conventional injection molding. First, an inert gas is introduced to a liquid polymer. Then, the high density polyurethane foam is used to fill an empty mold creating a solid object. It is a very similar material and process akin to the fabrication of car interiors and machine prototypes.

What is the inspiration for the work?

This project developed from a sculptural practice of casting everyday objects in unique materials and replicating archetypes of our culture. Through altering the materiality and context of the engine blocks, aspects of our everyday environment are reexamined. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

California native and New York-based artist, Shelter Serra transforms his ideas into a wide range of media from drawing and print to sculpture and video. Born in 1972, Serra studied studio art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a Master of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including Cystem Gallery (Tokyo), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Perry Rubenstein Gallery (New York), and Renwick Gallery (New York). 

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: “FAKE ROLEY” BY SHELTER SERRA 
The Fake Roley was designed and created as homage to the ultimate watch of status, The Rolex Submariner. Five limited edition color combinations were created exclusively for Helmut Lang.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
California native and New York-based artist, Shelter Serra transforms his ideas into a wide range of media from drawing and print to sculpture and video. His work investigates our culture’s relationship to objects of status and how advertising diversifies consumption, fear and beauty. Born in 1972, Serra studied studio art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a Master of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including Cystem Gallery (Tokyo), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Perry Rubenstein Gallery (New York), and Renwick Gallery (New York).
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: “FAKE ROLEY” BY SHELTER SERRA

The Fake Roley was designed and created as homage to the ultimate watch of status, The Rolex Submariner. Five limited edition color combinations were created exclusively for Helmut Lang.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

California native and New York-based artist, Shelter Serra transforms his ideas into a wide range of media from drawing and print to sculpture and video. His work investigates our culture’s relationship to objects of status and how advertising diversifies consumption, fear and beauty. Born in 1972, Serra studied studio art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a Master of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including Cystem Gallery (Tokyo), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Perry Rubenstein Gallery (New York), and Renwick Gallery (New York).

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: “STARLINGS DANCING” HELMUT TEE BY CAT STEVENS 
Starlings Dancing was taken at Southend-On-Sea in 2009 on 35mm black and white film.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cat Stevens has a BA in Media and Photography from Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently showing her Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams exhibition at The David David Gallery in Soho, London. The photos are part of a series from her first self-published book of the same name, which is now out of print. 
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: “STARLINGS DANCING” HELMUT TEE BY CAT STEVENS

Starlings Dancing was taken at Southend-On-Sea in 2009 on 35mm black and white film.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Cat Stevens has a BA in Media and Photography from Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently showing her Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams exhibition at The David David Gallery in Soho, London. The photos are part of a series from her first self-published book of the same name, which is now out of print. 

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: BAND-AID RINGS BY MICHELLE LOPEZ 
The Band-aid Ring is Lopez’s 15-year old idea that got executed last summer when she was making her brother’s wedding ring. Many of Lopez’s sculptures shift the material of a familiar object by having it collide with another idea to deepen the object’s truth. By commemorating a wound with a precious metal, Lopez wanted to make our cuts iconic. These designs render not only band-aids but thimbles, honest wedding bands, armor and protectors of our human injuries, while hoping to contain a bit of bittersweet humor.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michelle Lopez’s work has been seen at solo exhibitions at Feature, Deitch Projects, Simon Preston Gallery, LA><Art, Fondazione Trussardi (Milan). Currently she has a solo show at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris. Notable group exhibitions: PS 1 (Greater New York, 2000), Public Art Fund Metrotech, OCMA California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Michelle has been reviewed in Artforum, New York Times, Art in America, Frieze and Newsweek. She is the recipient of a NYFA fellowship grant in the category of sculpture (2011), UC Berkeley research grants, and a NYFA fiscal sponsorship. Before receiving her MFA from SVA in 1994, Michelle earned a BA cum laude degree in literature and art history from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1992. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Yale University, School of Art in the sculpture department.
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: BAND-AID RINGS BY MICHELLE LOPEZ

The Band-aid Ring is Lopez’s 15-year old idea that got executed last summer when she was making her brother’s wedding ring. Many of Lopez’s sculptures shift the material of a familiar object by having it collide with another idea to deepen the object’s truth. By commemorating a wound with a precious metal, Lopez wanted to make our cuts iconic. These designs render not only band-aids but thimbles, honest wedding bands, armor and protectors of our human injuries, while hoping to contain a bit of bittersweet humor.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michelle Lopez’s work has been seen at solo exhibitions at Feature, Deitch Projects, Simon Preston Gallery, LA><Art, Fondazione Trussardi (Milan). Currently she has a solo show at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris. Notable group exhibitions: PS 1 (Greater New York, 2000), Public Art Fund Metrotech, OCMA California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Michelle has been reviewed in Artforum, New York Times, Art in America, Frieze and Newsweek. She is the recipient of a NYFA fellowship grant in the category of sculpture (2011), UC Berkeley research grants, and a NYFA fiscal sponsorship. Before receiving her MFA from SVA in 1994, Michelle earned a BA cum laude degree in literature and art history from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1992. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Yale University, School of Art in the sculpture department.

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: LEATHER POUCHES WITH &#8220;PRINTS OF PRINTS&#8221; BY ANDREA LONGACRE-WHITE 
The Prints of Prints series takes the physical photographic print as its subject. Brown paper, glacine and other photo related paper products were used to frame the edges and collage them in front of the camera lens. Through digital artifacting and mis-color calibration over generations of printing and reshooting, the initial palette of grays, browns and whites appeared as color.  
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andrea Longacre-White lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she pursued an interdisciplinary course of study, majoring in Photography, Art History and Cultural Studies. Andrea Longacre-White has shown at institutions such as the New Museum, New York and Heidelberg Kunstverein in Germany and was represented in the recent Greater LA. She has been included in recent shows at Marlborough Chelsea, Foxy Production, Higher Pictures, Leo Koenig Projekte (all New York) as well as Michael Kohn and LA&gt;&lt;ART (Los Angeles) and Bischoff Weiss (London). Her first solo show in Los Angeles opens November 4th at Various Small Fires in Los Angeles. 
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: LEATHER POUCHES WITH “PRINTS OF PRINTS” BY ANDREA LONGACRE-WHITE

The Prints of Prints series takes the physical photographic print as its subject. Brown paper, glacine and other photo related paper products were used to frame the edges and collage them in front of the camera lens. Through digital artifacting and mis-color calibration over generations of printing and reshooting, the initial palette of grays, browns and whites appeared as color.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Andrea Longacre-White lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she pursued an interdisciplinary course of study, majoring in Photography, Art History and Cultural Studies. Andrea Longacre-White has shown at institutions such as the New Museum, New York and Heidelberg Kunstverein in Germany and was represented in the recent Greater LA. She has been included in recent shows at Marlborough Chelsea, Foxy Production, Higher Pictures, Leo Koenig Projekte (all New York) as well as Michael Kohn and LA><ART (Los Angeles) and Bischoff Weiss (London). Her first solo show in Los Angeles opens November 4th at Various Small Fires in Los Angeles. 

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: THE WHOLE STORY PHOTO ALBUMS BY DEBRA FOLZ
A hybrid of traditional bookbinding and modern engineering, The Whole Story photo albums are designed to exist sculpturally in your space, calling attention back to the sharing of stories through photographs.  Die cut pages allow for 24 photos [4&#8221; x 6&#8221;] to be added in landscape or portrait orientation. The spine of the album can be customized with a personal message.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debra Folz creates furniture, tabletop, and home accessories for exhibition and production through material exploration and conceptual curiosity.  While blurring the boundaries between disciplines and their assigned material identities, she is motivated by the translation of traditional craft and manufacturing methods into contemporary visual languages and objects.
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: THE WHOLE STORY PHOTO ALBUMS BY DEBRA FOLZ

A hybrid of traditional bookbinding and modern engineering, The Whole Story photo albums are designed to exist sculpturally in your space, calling attention back to the sharing of stories through photographs.  Die cut pages allow for 24 photos [4” x 6”] to be added in landscape or portrait orientation. The spine of the album can be customized with a personal message.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Debra Folz creates furniture, tabletop, and home accessories for exhibition and production through material exploration and conceptual curiosity.  While blurring the boundaries between disciplines and their assigned material identities, she is motivated by the translation of traditional craft and manufacturing methods into contemporary visual languages and objects.

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: NOTECARDS BY JAMES DEWOODY
The characters on James DeWoody’s notecards were lifted from his journal of painted sketches, which derive from Asian-made objects composed in conversation tableaux. For DeWoody, the sketched characters express human feelings more authentically than straightforward figuration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
James DeWoody grew up in Texas but has lived and worked in Tribeca since 1975.   He&#8217;s had over twenty solo exhibitions in galleries across the country and abroad. His work is in many museum and private collections.
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: NOTECARDS BY JAMES DEWOODY

The characters on James DeWoody’s notecards were lifted from his journal of painted sketches, which derive from Asian-made objects composed in conversation tableaux. For DeWoody, the sketched characters express human feelings more authentically than straightforward figuration.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

James DeWoody grew up in Texas but has lived and worked in Tribeca since 1975.   He’s had over twenty solo exhibitions in galleries across the country and abroad. His work is in many museum and private collections.

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November 09 2012

GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: GIFT CARDS WITH &#8220;MAXWELL’S LAIR&#8221; PRINT BY EMILIE CLARK
Maxwell’s Lair departs from the life and works of Martha Maxwell, a peripatetic 19th century taxidermist who shot and stuffed all the specimens for her museum in Colorado. This museum was later expanded into a massive “installation” at the Philadelphia Centennial Fair in 1876. Through the duration of the fair, the artist herself lived in a tiny cave underneath the massive rocky outcropping covered by taxidermy animals in action poses. Like Clark’s other projects based on the works of nineteenth-century women scientists and naturalists, Maxwell’s Lair is not about illustrating Maxwell’s life or her work. Instead, it is an attempt to get at the dynamics of her scientific investigation and highlight a stranger’s more fluid natural world.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emilie Clark is a New York artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. In 2012-2013 she will be having solo shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. In New York, she is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, where she exhibited Sweet Corruptions this past fall. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Her residency culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. She was included in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Biennial Art on Paper in 2010, in addition to several other group shows. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Bomb, Printed Project and Cabinet Magazine, and has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Week, and The Village Voice and Time Out New York. Emilie Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship.
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GREY AREA FOR HELMUT LANG: GIFT CARDS WITH “MAXWELL’S LAIR” PRINT BY EMILIE CLARK

Maxwell’s Lair departs from the life and works of Martha Maxwell, a peripatetic 19th century taxidermist who shot and stuffed all the specimens for her museum in Colorado. This museum was later expanded into a massive “installation” at the Philadelphia Centennial Fair in 1876. Through the duration of the fair, the artist herself lived in a tiny cave underneath the massive rocky outcropping covered by taxidermy animals in action poses. Like Clark’s other projects based on the works of nineteenth-century women scientists and naturalists, Maxwell’s Lair is not about illustrating Maxwell’s life or her work. Instead, it is an attempt to get at the dynamics of her scientific investigation and highlight a stranger’s more fluid natural world.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Emilie Clark is a New York artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. In 2012-2013 she will be having solo shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. In New York, she is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, where she exhibited Sweet Corruptions this past fall. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Her residency culminated in an exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory. She was included in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Biennial Art on Paper in 2010, in addition to several other group shows. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Bomb, Printed Project and Cabinet Magazine, and has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Art Week, and The Village Voice and Time Out New York. Emilie Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship.

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