Monday, November 30, 2009

Everything Old is New Again

Yesterday made one of my rare forays, with The Stylist, to a flea market. At the 24th Street Flea Market (between 6th and 7th Avenues in a parking garage for those not familiar with this market) we saw these beautiful reproductions (two mercury-glass hurricane lamps and a large silvered, glass vase) for sale. The dealer told us that they were modern reproductions made in Europe. We both marveled at the craftsmanship and the design. Very Dusty Belgian Chateau we liked to imagine.

Well, this morning I got up early and took some pics. Not 100% sure they will stay here at the apartment. They might end up on the shelves at the prop house where I hope they won't look down on their less pedigreed neighbors...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chinatown Test with Joe Choi

Here is a quick little pic from a shoot I did wednesday in Chinatown. The guy I shot is Joe Choi with Red Agency. He also goes to NYU Stern School. How he manages both I don't know. I almost canceled the shoot...the stylist was 1 1/2 hours late and I was stressed out at the studio but of course once I begin shooting all is good...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Serizawa at Japan Society

I need to get to see this exhibit of work by Serizawa Keisuke at The Japan Society. What I have seen online is incredibly graphic and smart and yet somehow friendly and maybe even humble.

Serizawa worked using stencil-dyeing(?) and I want to see what that is and how it is done. He was a Living National Treasure. The work here was done between 1955 and 1961. It feels completely contemporary. The entrance curtains are called noren....I want one for my apartment! The kimono is described as "Pattern Imitating Glaze Dripping Down the Side of a Jar"...

Enough with the surfaces....

Yes. The surface saga continues. Still a little OCD about
sanding/painting/waxing pieces of wood for the prop house business.
Today I got to use a surface I refinished for a job. I had to shoot some
bread for a client and used a board I reworked to look old. Perfect
for floury and crusty bread.

And here are some new pieces...

Oh, yes. I am still very boring and being compeletly anti-social because I am spending
so much time in the studio. OK, the week before last I had a job in Miami for 5 days so that
required me to be more happy-smiley but my head was thinking about painting---soon
I am going to begin painting "paintings" I think once I get these surfaces out of the way.

Tonight a friend called and asked "Where have you been!". I told her I am like Big Foot.
Rumor has it I exist but the sightings are rare and unreliable....