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in the studio « MAD Blog
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in the studio

Open Studios Visit: Lara Knutson

Magic Light Bubbles!

"I think what I love about it is that this material is really kind of alive. That you walk around it, it shines light at you, it kind of talks to you, it responds, it kind of dances, and it has all these other kind of magical effects. It makes rainbows. I just love that it's not just an inanimate object, and it makes people present, like, when people see it shine light, it's like they're suddenly there, in the moment, with the thing and they get excited, and I get photographs from people all over the world, sending me photographs of this jewelry glowing and they are so excited… I mean, to me that's special."

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Open Studios Visit: Derek Haffar

I wanna hold your hand.

People are really confused, especially when I’m working with a model like Saryta, they think Saryta is a sculpture so they’re always surprised when she smiles, or blinks, or moves, or talks. But the texture and the realism that I get in the sculptures is a little bit of a trap. It’s a hook for my viewers but it also can be a trap for me, because it’s so seductive to think that that is enough in a piece. It’s not really enough. It works to bring people into the piece but there has to be something more once they get there, or it’s a one-liner.

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Open Studios Visit: Ralf Schwieger, perfumer

Perfumery in action!

"I'm introduced as the 'Olfactory Artist' but that's not really what we call each other. The profession is called 'Perfumer' or in France it's called 'le Nez' - the Nose - it is sometimes called that in English also. But what I really do is scent design. This is the Museum of Arts and Design, so that is perfect: we are somewhere in the middle of it."

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Open Studios Visit: Trong Gia Nguyen

Unidentified man in "Portable Confessional"

"I don't mind overload of information. I think I do that in my own work too, I take in as much as I can and let it sort itself out somehow, eventually. And, if that means one project or if that means fifty projects at once that's fine. I have a lot of projects that take a long time to complete, projects that have been going on for years. I’m very patient with a lot of my ideas. We live in a day and age where there is complete overload of information and I can't say that I’m necessarily a proponent of it but I think I just naturally feel comfortable in it." -Trong Gia Nguyen

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Open Studios Visit: Matt Greco

Oh hi!

"I think someday perhaps I'll exhibit these things in a fake archeological exposition. I'll have some broken and put back together, I'll have some covered in dirt, I'll have pictures on the wall of a supposed archeological site where they were dug up from and build this whole narrative around them that they're this future information but it was just recently discovered in the ground and so how could they have known, and sort of play with that: prophecy and information and things like that."

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Wil Fry Says Lighten Up It’s Just Fashion

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By the end of New York Fashion Week, we're all feeling a bit overworn. To bring back the fun, I sat down with the mysterious Wil Fry, an Australian designer who has been probing the fashion industry for years. Fry is a graphic designer by day, but runs his experimental fashion projects on the side, exploring luxury, value, materialism, parody, and free booze.

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Art Residency in Italy Part II…”Life Before Botox”

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I am currently at week 4 of my 6 week Italian residency. I’ve learned the reasons behind creating this program- the organizer had roots in the town, and wanted to give it a dose of artistic life. The town has it’s problems, including a low birth rate, vacant apartments, abandoned buildings, no restaurants, only one bar and only two small grocery stores. Recently the female Mayor was shot at by the mafia. Some locals call it a dying town.

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“Sweet Vessels” is now coming to Papabubble NY, May 2012

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Hi, this is Yuka, one of the Open Studios Program alumni. I'm very thrilled to announce that I'm currently working on a new collaborative project with Papabubble- an artisan candy store in SoHo, NY. I will be presenging my ongoing series of candy sculpture, "Sweet Vessels" and the work will be on display at Papabubble store.

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Must-Have Manual for “Terrarists” Everywhere

Two tiny explorers peer out of this vintage Chanel No 5 bottle, "Teensy World"

Tiny World Terrariums hits bookshelves around the city this week; a brand new step-by-step guide to creating tiny green worlds for anyone (whether green-thumbed or not). The Twig ladies rightly say, “no matter where you live, terrariums are therapeutic to create and peaceful to observe.” But there’s more to their work than tranquil verdant compositions. Twig takes it further.

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Art Residency in Italy

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Before I left New York I visited a psychic, and was allowed to ask three questions. One was how to best to prepare for my art residency in Italy. The response was to be"self sufficient". From past trips to Italy I remember things simply go slowly in this part of the world, and I fully prepared for this. I left JFK airport two weeks ago with 50 pounds of luggage and a carry on suitcase of 20 pounds of glass to be fully self sufficient.

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