OLD SCHOOL versus NEW SCHOOL

OLD SCHOOL versus NEW SCHOOL

2014 has started off being a very enriching year for me culturally!

in the first two months of 2014 I have been exposed to some amazingly diverse talent both old and new. This experience has deepened my appreciation for the value of both in our society, and the beauty of how they can compliment and celebrate each other.

As in dance and music, staccato and legato are both extreme opposites but yet both are vital, key players in the overall beauty of a completed piece of work. Notice how this observation plays out in Art and Fashion.

I will share with you some highlights of the extremely talented artist I’ve had the pleasure of adding to my visual and mental library, and hopefully convey to you the importance of it all!

ART

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I recently had the pleasure of accompanying Charles Yoder for the opening of his solo show currently on exhibition at Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury,CT. Charles and his wife Charlene organized a bus to shuttle us from New York City to 144 Main Street on the gloriously sunny day of January 19, 2014. We arrived safely and was greeted by the lovely Stephanie Harris, Marketing Director for Mattatuck Museum.

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I immediately discovered the “Blue Room”, and it’s brilliant juxtaposition to the work of Charles Yoder in the lobby, which showcased the paintings of Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 – February 18, 1902) a German-American painter best known for his lavish, sweeping landscapes of the American West. Each of his paintings were encased  in ornate gold leafed frames against this very vivid blue wall.

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Out in the main lobby where the works of Charles Yoder larger than life and minimal in his approach to portraying the same subject, landscapes. These paintings were thinly framed, framed in black, or with a plain wood or black wood finish and a simple matting illuminating the paintings themselves.

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http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org/changing

http://www.albertbierstadt.org/

http://charlesyoder.com/index.php

FASHION

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This picture was taken at The Jewish Museum documenting my first visit by my host and friend Daniel Ryan Johnston. In honor of the Sabbath, Saturday is a day of free admission to the museum, and this particular Saturday was the closing day for threeASFOUR, this avant-garde design team, Gabriel Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser. In their couture approach to fashion, they use laser-cut lace, origami pleats, and 3D-printed textiles to unite symbolic patterns from diverse religions. The three designers were born into different cultures: Gabriel Asfour is from Lebanon, Adi Gil from Israel, and Angela Donhauser from Tajikistan. Their approach to fashion is poetic and socially conscious.

threeASFOUR: MER KA BA
September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014

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http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/three-as-four

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The highlight of NYFW2014 for moi was TRFALL14 on a Sunday afternoon February 9, 2014 at 548 West 22nd Street. I was accompanied by my client and dear friend, Charlene Keogh of http://www.keoghdesign.com

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Before our First Lady, Michelle Obama brought the spotlight on this world renowned, super talented, African-American, Female designer, I was following the work of Tracy Reese not only thrilled to see her succeed in the fashion world, but also thrilled to find a designer that could clothe women of all ages and sizes. This TRFALL14 collection was all about freedom of expression. For me, this was the most complete collection to date. I loved the edgy components, elements of couture, bold colors, prints, and delicious fabrications.

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Blane, Lesley Ware of thecreativecookie.com, and Monique Roberts of rejuvyabody.com

“ELEMENTS of FIERCE” salutes both threeASFOUR and TRACY REESE for using their talents and the beauty therein to tear down the the walls of Racial Divide!

You don’t want to miss “BLACK DRESS: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers,” Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W. 14th St. February 7-April 26, 2014

A panel discussion will follow the exhibit on March 5.

http://www.wwd.com/runway/fall-ready-to-wear-2014/review/tracy-reese/slideshow#/slideshow/article/null/7429603

http://www.pratt.edu/about_pratt/exhibitions/pratt_manhattan_gallery/

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About ELEMENTSofFIERCE

Mission Statement: "ELEMENTS of FIERCE!" is a celebration of artistic expression! The founder, Blane Charles, explores not what people wear, but who is wearing it? He feels that we all have a special style waiting to be shared with the world. Blane also wants to celebrate freedom of expression, uniqueness, individuality, and authenticity! Stay tuned to my "FAB FIVE FAVS!" where I feature five works of inspiration and beauty from my day to day travels.
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