Hands On: Build a Kingdom

On Sunday, August 16th from 2-4pm families are invited to a drop-in workshop inspired by Lauren Halsey’s artwork in the Everything, Everyday exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a 2014-15 Artist in Residence Lauren constructed one of her “kingdoms,” built environments that combine contemporary and ancient imagery with materials ranging from crystals and LEDs to lasers, iridescent light and more in the Mezzanine Gallery space. Families are invited to think on how might they build their own kingdom and create their own sculptural creations.

Below are some photographs I took of the installation at The Studio Museum in Harlem

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Close up of Lauren Halsey “Kingdom Splurge” 2015 Paint, foam, cardboard, plaster, joint compound, wood, resin, metal and found objects (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia

At the end of July I had the pleasure of viewing the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia. It was given the honorary status of a Minor Basilica on 11 May 1999 as part of the centenary celebrations. Besides the stunning architecture, the interior design stunned and enthralled me! The interior is decorated  by St. Lucian artist and National Cultural hero, Dunstan St. Omer (more information on him can be found here).

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.

Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange

Dance the Orange  is the first solo Museum exhibition for Stanley Whitney in New York. His colorful abstractions gained attention in the mid-1990s and continue to amaze audiences with blocks of color amidst horizontal strips on a sharply square canvas. His work is influenced by inspirations he receives from the everyday, such as jazz, poetry and literature. The influence of jazz, poetry and literature can be seen within the title of the works in the main gallery space, such as My Name is Peaches from a line in a song by Nina Simone.  His newest works, in the alcove space, show his continued mastery of color with a new fluidity in the placement of the blocks of color, with some not even touching each other in line. Through October 25th, Dance the Orange is a must see show during the Summer months at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2008 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen;Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2010 Oil on linen; Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

WILLIAM POPE.L: TRINKET

One of the most stunning exhibitions I have ever seen, the William Pope. L: Trinket exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (March 20–June 28, 2015) was a truly immersive experience.

One quote to mention from the website by William Pope. L:

“This project is a chance for people to feel the flag,” Pope.L has said. “People need to feel their democracy,not just hear words about it. For me, democracy is active, not passive. With Trinket, I am showing something that’s always been true. The American flag is not a toy. It’s not tame. It’s bright, loud, bristling and alive.”

Photos from my visit below:

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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Installation shot of William Pope. L: Polis or the Garden or Human Nature in Action 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.