Month: April 2012

The Political Red Carpet

From what we’ve seen in the past, we know the red carpet can be tricky. It’s easy, even for celebrities with highly-paid stylists, to miss the sartorial mark. Last night it got even trickier for the Hollywood elite at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where stars came rolling out in troves to support the WHCA. It’s obvious after seeing photos from yesterday’s dinner that elegance and stateliness is not as easy to achieve as anyone thought. After all, who can beat the President and First Lady?

Other leaders of the night:  Elizabeth Banks,  Diane Sawyer,  Dakota Fanning

Short by a few votes:  Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian

Lost by a landslide:  Rachel Zoe,  Alicia Keys,  Sigourney Weaver

[See more photos via Styleite]


Bill Lowe Gallery presents “Paradisio” featuring new works by Jimmy O’Neal, Kimber Berry, Tom Brydelsky, and Bassmi Ibrahim. If you’re in Atlanta, please join us for the opening reception one week from now – Friday, May 4th from 6-9 pm! For more information, visit our website.

More about PARADISIO:

We live in a time where life is lived in multiple and simultaneous dimensions. Consciousness is constantly traveling back and forth between the real and the virtual. As a result, our sensory appetite has become insatiable and no singular experience feels complete or gratifying for more than a millisecond. The work in this show demonstrates a possible solution to this manufactured ennui. Illustrated here are pathways for us to navigate our own visions of paradise; time stands still, speeds up and becomes liquid form all at the same time. Paradisio explores the visual and psychological landscape of the multi-dimensional experience, enveloping us in our own yearning for heightened self-awareness.


About Jimmy O’Neal:

Southern artist Jimmy O’Neal invigorates archetypal icons of myth and legend with new meaning through his utilization of scientifically-augmented traditional materials, such as his own unique colorless paint that brilliantly reflects light as a mirror. His opulent showmanship pushes the envelope of pictorial expectation and charters the definition of new beauty in our image-bombarded world. The result is an articulated vision that embraces the breadth and depth of our collective cultural mythologies, independent of traditional time-space parameters.


About Kimber Berry:

American abstractionist Kimber Berry has captured the attention of the global art community over the past decade with her explosively colorful, visually dense, multi-dimensional canvases and installations. Her masterful integration of the digital with pure paint creates a symphonic dance between the virtual world and the organic universe. This universe is an ultra-world that exists within and without the time-space continuum.


About Tom Brydelsky:

Tom Brydelsky’s mixed-media encaustic paintings are an investigation into the ephemeral nature of perception, memory and the living environment. After manipulating digital photographs, he then encases them in cloudy layers of wax which act as a metaphorical time capsule. In this process, Brydelsky reclaims and preserves the reverent nostalgia that mankind has for the natural world.


About Bassmi Ibrahim:

Bassmi Ibrahim’s work is unique in its ability to produce emotional, ethereal, and hypnotic responses in its viewers. None of his paintings insist on literal narrative; instead they speak in a language we intuitively recognize through atmospheric vibration. Whatever is recalled, it is the play of presence and absence that asserts itself as the fundamental rhythm of life.

Madame Kwan’s Moviehouse: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Meet Jiro Ono. He is an 85-year-old Japanese shokunin, or “skilled craftsman”. His craft? Sushi.

Jiro runs a 10-seat sushi restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station that books reservations at least a month in advance. Each seat costs 300,000 yen (somewhere near $3,500). And yes, Jiro dreams of sushi.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a wonderful documentary about Jiro and his one passion in life – to make great sushi. His drive and dedication is like something out of old Japanese fables. The food he presents is simple: fish, wasabi, rice and soy sauce. But it is the purity of these ingredients which allows for their complex depth of flavor. Every meal he serves, which consists of about 20 pieces of sushi, leaves its diners simply awestruck.

This movie completely immerses you in an elegant and quiet culinary world, paying reverence to its masters and their time-honored traditions. It’s beautifully shot and is completely enchanting, even if you don’t like sushi. My only warning is that it makes you feel quite lame and lazy compared to the various craftsmen in the documentary. Hopefully it’ll light a fire under your butt to find your true passion.

Huge thumbs up from Madame Kwan.

Design is Human

In 2002, IDEO’s David Kelley presented his idea of human-centered design at the annual TED conference.  Fast forward to 2012 and Bernard McCoy’s Modern Atlanta (MA) takes that philosophy and explodes it across design genres with talks, films, and exhibitions exploring the future of human connectivity through material.  MA’s Design is Human Week begins on June 1 in Atlanta featuring 7 days of corporeal discovery in engineering, architecture, new media, interior design and food (yes, food).

MA brings heavyweights to the Peach State from around the globe, to exchange ideas in motion.  From Paris, Studio Boissard uses the High Museum as backdrop for a conversation on the influence of Pierre Chareau and Jean Prouve in the evolution of architecture.  Boissard was formerly a member of the team behind design powerhouse Philippe Starck before building his own well-know architecture firm.

Other participants throughout the week include Yale School of Architecture, one of the most prestigious institutions for design in the world, New Haven’s Plan B Architecture, John Cantrell, interior designer for international commercial design firm HOK and local phenom Michael Habachy.

Bill Lowe Gallery is pleased to add to the melange with the opening exhibition for Korean artist Cha Jong Rye, whose meticulous manipulation of wood is visually stunning and exemplifies the quality of precision and calculation inherent in great design.



The week closes with a lecture by Marc Clemenceau Bailly of Gage/Clemenceau Architects who famously collaborated with Lady Gaga on a temporary installation for Fashion Week 2011 that “fused ideas from both fashion and architecture into a new type of physical environment.”


Design is Human Week is an unparalleled coalescence of design talent intended to ignite expanded thinking and global consciousness.  MA is not missing a beat, striking all the right notes to cultivate new relationships between design and our experience with it in everyday life.   MA changes the game.

I Share, Therefore I am

How many text conversations have you had today? And how many real conversations have you had today? Would you rather stay at home on your computer/phone watching TV or go out to a social event to meet new people?

Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who studies our relationship to technology, recently gave a TED talk – “Connected, but alone?” that relates to her new book “Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other”. She speaks about the pervasive issue we are all familiar with, but do not want to confront or resolve. It’s the fact that technology is making us lose our ability to truly communicate with one another and with ourselves.

Sherry poetically explains, “It’s when we stumble, hesitate, or lose our words that we reveal ourselves to each other… We have the greatest chance of success if we recognize our vulnerability that we listen when technology says it will take something complicated and promise us something simpler.” Technology promises us simplicity, control, and the possibility that we’ll never be alone again.

But Sherry explains that in effect, technology actually makes us more lonely than ever before. Before I get too far into it, just watch this 20-minute talk. Mute the TV. Stop texting, tweeting, FB’ing, and pinning.

I wholeheartedly support Sherry’s solution: learning to accept solitude. Thus, learning to accept ourselves so that we can make mistakes, move forward and make conversation. Coincidentally I think this supports the idea behind the benefits of meditation, which Oprah showed us last week.

So take the time to shut everything off and listen to yourself. Maybe you’ll find something to say that doesn’t require a like or RT.