Posted withrepost • moca With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 opens at MOCA Grand on October 27. This exhibition is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. One of the works in this show–which features approximately fifty artists–is #RobertZakanitch’s painting Angel Feet (1978). Zakanitch’s mural-scale triptych Angel Feet evokes linoleum rugs, embroidery, and all the kinds of decoration that filled the home of the artist’s working-class Eastern European grandparents. “In my grandparents’ house,” Zakanitch recalled, “ornamentation was everywhere. They had embroidered tablecloths and armrests. They used stencils to paint flower patterns on their walls, which gave me an affinity for stencils. My grandparents refused to live in bleak empty rooms and decorated everything.” Angel Feet strongly recalls botanical wallpaper patterns. While likening a painting to wallpaper is, conventionally, one of the worst insults to hurl at an artwork, Zakanitch enthusiastically embraced domestic decoration as a means to extend the parameters of painting. At a time when the overwhelming preference in the art world was for spare, reductive, minimalist paintings, Zakanitch’s work is maximalist, reveling in beautiful rococo color, soft and curving forms, and lush textures of paint.
[Robert Zakanitch, Angel Feet, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, Three parts, overall 94 1/4 × 172 3/8 in. (239.4 × 437.83 cm), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of an anonymous donor 91.76a-c]
Delighted to be featured in chronogram magazine.
The article displays a beautiful shot of myself and the room I designed and built in just 9 days for kingston.design.connection 2019 Showhouse. You can read the article online through the latest link in my profile!
From the article: "Although vintage touches are everywhere, expect her Airbnb/home office to err on the side of minimalism; it won’t be a museum. And for this upstate New York transplant, the Showhouse will be a fitting introduction to a fresh, worldly new local designer.
All in all, Collins’ work is marked by a sense of exploration, play — and a love of local history." - Words by Morgan Enos
Photograph by deborahdegraff
Huge thank you to the makers and artists who made it happen! Armoire by braxton__alexander, shelving by newyorkheartwoods, art by sydneybowersstudio, candles by hudson_candle, bath wallpaper by carleighcoureydesign. Bath products from hawkinsnewyork. Rug from nuloom and paint from benjaminmoore. Chairs from foleyandcox.
Come visit thewiltwyck for the 2019 kingston.design.connection Showhouse starting October 11th!