Friday, November 25, 2011

School House Electric: Tables & Goods

The credenza and desk are beautiful examples of wedding old school woodwork to a pop of modernity.

This chair reminds me of the football game my grandfather took my grandmother to when they were courting. It reminds me of a story.

I love the coal miner feel of this sconce. It's Harlan County.

Bien Hecho.

Jacob Hashimoto

I just came across these and found them very cool.
745 FIFTH AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10151. 212.752.2929

On 27 October 2011 Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Fifth Avenue location The End of
Gravity, an exhibition of new work by JACOB HASHIMOTO.

Jacob Hashimoto uses traditional kite-making techniques to create distinctive works
comprised of hundreds of bamboo and paper elements strung together and suspended
between parallel dowels to form fragmented and layered fields. The works take into
account the spatial considerations of sculpture and the pictorial devices of painting,
operating as a hybrid between what are conventionally separate disciplines.

For this new body of work, Hashimoto references another artistic practice: each individual
kite element portrays a graphite drawing. Values ranging from lightly hatched gray to
dense black complement translucent white paper, replacing the kaleidoscope palette of cut
paper collage evidenced in previous works. The subtle hand introduced by the traced and
meandering pencil lines accentuates the intricate construction of the works’ foundation.

The exhibition, 745 Fifth Avenue, is on view through 17 December 2011. For further
assistance, please contact Ron Warren at the Gallery, or visit our website

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

School House Electric- Expanded and Re-Branded

One of my favorite companies, School House Electric, has expanded into a full-on lifestyle brand. Here's a write up on their new factory:


What was the new home of Pacific Hardware and Steel Company in 1910 is now the home of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Company 101 years later!

The San Francisco based company needed an outpost in Portland, Oregon, for their growing hardware and tool business and so the heavy timber Douglas fir and brick structure was designed and built by notable Portland architect John Virginius Bennes.

The building went from hardware storage to wool storage - for the Columbia Wool Warehouse Company until 1918 - to paint supply storage for W.P. Fuller & Co. The most recent occupant was Coffee Bean International until our purchase in 2010.

Putting the past into perspective through the eyes of the building, Schoolhouse Electric was a natural fit! From hammers and bin pulls to wool blankets and throws, paint brushes, paint and coffee beans. How Portland! Where do I sign up?

We’re thrilled to take part in the Portland tradition of the Pacific Steel and Hardware Co. building - now known as the Schoolhouse Factory!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Fort Worth Food Park

Fort Worth Food Park Expected to Open December 2nd Featuring Several of the Area's Top Gourmet Mobile Food Chefs

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fort Worth Food Park is planning Dec. 2nd, 2011 for its Grand Opening becoming the first food park or food court to open in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex dedicated to gourmet mobile food vendors. The Food Park, located near the vibrant West 7th/Montgomery Ward plaza entertainment district in Fort Worth, will showcase a variety of local gourmet mobile food trucks and trailers serving a wide range of food including taqueria-style tacos, bbq, vegan and gluten-free dishes, cupcakes, bahn mi sandwiches, Neopolitan pizza, and gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheeses. The Food Park will also feature live music and outdoor movie nights in a relaxed backyard-like setting.

To help kick off the Food Park, Good Karma Kitchen, YES! Taco, Nammi Truck, Lee's Grilled Cheeses, Red Jett Sweets, and Jake's Hamburgers will serve up their specialties at the Park's Grand Opening. Live music will be provided by the Gary Kyle Band and there will be free beer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. The Opening event is expected to be from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm.

After watching the food-truck trend explode across the nation, including in Austin and San Antonio, and then seeing food trucks begin to gravitate to Fort Worth, owner Chris Kruger thought it was the perfect time to bring a unique tranquil space designed specifically for food trucks to Fort Worth. "My wife and I loved that food trucks were beginning to come to Fort Worth, but I thought it would be really nice to be able to sample a number of food trucks in one location rather than trying to track them down all the time. You can see that the food truck culture in Austin, Portland, Los Angeles and similar cities is really starting to move towards a food-court-setting with a number of trucks working together, so I wanted to bring that trend to Fort Worth. Luckily, the City of Fort Worth has worked with me as I moved forward in bringing this idea to fruition."

Fort Worth Food Park will initially be open every Thursday for dinner and every Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner, although it is expected that the Park will eventually expand to a full-week schedule. The Food Park will be the perfect destination for families, friends, and food-truck followers to enjoy deliciously creative dishes while relaxing in a unique outdoor space. The space will also host charity events and can be reserved for private functions.

Fort Worth Food Park is located at 2509 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth Texas, 76107, which is immediately North of the Target shopping complex near Montgomery Ward plaza. More details on the Food Park can be found at and eventually here at

Friday, November 11, 2011

Jimmy Diresta Ties a Giant Knot

It's like a Rubics Cube only you can beat someone over the head with it. Thanks Jimmy!

Tom Sachs

Sperone-Westwater Gallery
4 November -- 17 December 2011

Sperone Westwater is pleased to present new paintings and sculptures by Tom Sachs in the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Sachs has a reverence for the ritual act of work itself and the sculptures and paintings he creates are artifacts of his devotion. Sachs "shows his work" by emphasizing the presence of the human hand, to remind the viewer of the labor involved in the creation of objects. Influenced by a range of historic objects and cultural iconography -- Sèvres porcelain, traditional African symbols, Pop, NASA, and the singer and songwriter James Brown (“the hardest working man in show business”) -- Sachs addresses the conception, production, consumption and circulation of modern-day creativity by refashioning the world out of simple stuff. This exhibition precedes Sachs' major interactive exhibition, ASTRONAUTS TRAINING MANUAL; SPACE PROGRAM 2.0: MARS, co-presented by Creative Time and Park Avenue Armory, and on view at Park Avenue Armory in New York from May – June 2012.

The show begins with Sachs’ plywood, glass and metal model of the recently built Sperone Westwater gallery, surrounded by paintings that reference several periods of interest to the artist: Duridium (2008) is made after the famous Lichtenstein work, but here out of screws and plywood; Viagra Gold (2008) has compositional ties to Op Art; and Muhammad Ali Poem to James Brown (2009), and James Brown’s Hair Products (2009), relate to color studies by artists such as Albers and Richter. Several of these paintings incorporate Sachs’ innovative technique of pyrography, where "paint strokes" are burned and etched into the wood surface.

Works in the East Room emphasize the range and beauty of things that can be made out of the very basic medium of plywood. For Cinderblock (2010-11), the artist creates a laminated cinderblock structure out of resin and plywood, a material commonly used for basic construction, into a Minimalist form. Big Cock (2010) harnesses the power of the 18th century Nigerian ceremonial sculpture, Rooster Figure, by including a slot for coin donations to be made in honor of the ceremonial chief. A new body of work, the Sèvres Collection, will be on display in the dimly lit Moving Room. These sculptures are based on late 18-century porcelain objects from the French town of Sèvres that were manufactured by Louis XV, and sought after by the French nobility. Using plastic animal figurines, glue, foam core, and resin molded from a woman’s breast, Sachs creates his version of the famous Sèvres "breast cup" that belonged to Marie-Antoinette.

In the James Brown series, Sachs celebrates James Brown’s (“The Godfather of Soul”), religion of work. Not only a musician, but also a key figure who helped define African American and American culture in the 20th century, Brown reinvented himself and innovated his industry many times over. Everyday objects from Brown’s life have now become collectible relics. Sachs uses these real artifacts as a starting point for works in his James Brown series. In James Brown’s Last Supper (2009) and Dome (2011), Sachs conflates the art of the ready-made, found object with intensely fabricated, craft-oriented details.

Tom Sachs was born in Manhattan in 1966 and grew up in Westport, Connecticut. After studying at the Architectural Association in London in 1987, Sachs received a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont in 1989. Major solo exhibitions have been presented at SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999); the Bohen Foundation, New York (2002); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003); the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2006); the Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006); the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, which traveled to the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2007); the Lever House, New York (2008); and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2009). Sachs’ work is featured at the 2011 Bienal de São Paulo in In the Name of the Artists - American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley Collection. Sachs’s work can be found in museum collections around the world. The artist currently lives and works in New York.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Half Terry



November 11—December 4, 2011
Reception: Friday, November 11, 6-8 p.m.

"My parents split up when I was four. It feels good for me to have them back together again, even if it's in a gallery and only for a little while. It's something I'm doing for me and in a way, for them." -Terry Richardson, 2011

Terry Richardson's "Mom & Dad" exhibition opens in New York at half gallery on 11/11/11 (celebrating the release of his new monograph from Morel Books). His late father Bob Richardson was a renowned fashion photographer and his mother Annie -- still alive and kicking it in Ojai, California -- a former Copacabana dancer, stylist and Jimi Hendrix paramour. Although they divorced when Terry was quite young, the couple are brought together again here in these touching, funny, sometimes desperate photographs. Mixing captured text and portraiture, this series doubles as an epistemological survey of one man's life in an attempt to reconcile his family of origin. The two-volume book launched at Colette in Paris late September.

Hours: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 10-6 p.m., SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 12-4 p.m., and by appointment