Streetview of the Mulberry Exhibit Space
For the last month or so, fashion started seeming frighteningly less glamourous. With the onslaught of style mavens competing (with each other and the designers presenting collections) for the spotlight at Fashion Week... to a number of gimmicky but less-than-rousing runway shows... to the recent cancellation of Fashion's Night Out, the excitement of the fashion world was being replaced by a slowly saturating boredom. I was searching to smile at something "new" or at least a bit "different" than ombre hair, colorblocked frocks and neon statement accessories. Friday afternoon, I stopped by Openhouse Gallery's exhibit space to have a look at the IN PIECES exhibit. The subtle element of style and individuality injected into the collaboration of photography and mixed media was a certain cure for my style slump.
"Umbrella" by Dean West for In Pieces (2012), Chromogenic Print on Kodak Endura (43in x 57in) [image credit: inpiecescollection.com]
Nathan Sawaya's umbrella made of Legos comes through in Dean West's photograph of a man wearing a trench in the rain. Using a childhood staple, Sawaya crafts a variety of objects from Legos, which become integrated into West’s editorial photographs. The exhibition, appropriately named IN PIECES, references the idea of constructed items--an umbrella, a pair of flip-flops, a dress--and a deconstruction of the photograph to its many additive elements.
"Dress" by Nathan Sawaya for In Pieces (2012), Made from legos (54in x 34in x 44in)
The installation of "Dress" contains 6,000+ legos and is rather heavy--so weighty that the woman in the photograph isn't able to wear the actual piece! A fabric dress was used for the photograph; the lego version was crafted based on the folds and movement of the fabric dress and digitally inserted in the photo.
"Dress" by Dean West for In Pieces (2012), Chromogenic Print on Kodak Endura (43in x 59.5in) [image credit: inpiecescollection.com]
View of the gallery space
"Flip Flop" by Nathan Sawaya for In Pieces (2012), Made from legos (4in x 14in x 10in)