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“Heaven or Las Vegas” and a Fashion Show
With summer starting to wind down, and school almost back in session, Savannahians now have a limited amount of extra free to time to head over to the SCADmoa. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – if you haven’t ventured over there you’re missing out. This trip I experienced everything from the art of Titus Kaphar, Dario Escobar (which I blogged about previously), and Robert Scott to Ivan Navarro and William Claxton. ALL worthy artists to visit.
First lets talk about the artist Titus Kaphar. I, personally, had never heard of Titus Kaphar until yesterday. And I will say I’m a fan. I loved his sculpturesque paintings on display. In the exhibit featured at the SCADmoa – Titus has taken a classical painting (called “As She Waits”) style and made it into a contemporary sculpture mix. By taking the canvas displaying the painting, and randomly folding it down diagonally into the frame. Then in the empty spot where the crushed canvas was, he has layered and layered of strips of tar (I encourage you to visit his website – linked above).
Next lets talk about the artist, Aida Ruilova. Her three-dimensonional C-Print reliefs were fantastic. A C-Print is basically a 2-D photograph that is rendered using chromogenic materials and processes. So with that explanation, you can see why I thought these were so fantastic. Photographs aren’t supposed to be 3D reliefs!
Lets’s talk about the Ivan Navarro exhibit and the RUDI GERNREICH, PEGGY MOFFITT, WILLIAM CLAXTON collaboration. Ivan Navarro’s show “Heaven or Vegas” was really something quite spectacular to see. I warn you though, don’t go into the exhibit with vertigo because you’re depth perception will definitely be fooled. What looks like a never-ending stream of lights, is actually only 4-5 inches in depth. Each piece replicates the way that skyscapers around the world are laid out such as the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Lotte World Tower in Busan, and the Twin Towers in New York. Pretty amazing right? I took a few pictures, but they don’t do any justice to the actual pieces (so I’m definitively encouraging you to see this one for yourself).
And last but not least, the RUDI GERNREICH, PEGGY MOFFITT, WILLIAM CLAXTON Collaboration. What can I say? I loved this one too. It is a true 1955-1975 era fashion show. Bright colors, odd patterns and different materials (such as vinyl / plastic) were on every mannequin. The model, Peggy Moffitt who was filmed and photographed, was beautiful and played each outfit’s role perfectly. I noticed one thing that catching many eyes, was the video playing in the exhibit. It played the 60s James Bond era music in the background, which I thought went perfectly with the entire exhibit. The film featured the model trying to escape some kind of character wearing all black apparel, which to me did look slightly ghostly.
SCADmoa is continuing to bring more and more fantastic artists into Savannah. I can’t wait to see what other interesting pieces they can fit into the museum space in the future.