Freddy Rodriguez is a New York based menswear editor whose blog Blue Perk, with daily accounts of his exciting life in the city, cool and chic outfits and always acute style advice, is one of our favourite. For the launch of our Clouds collection, we asked Freddy to share his personal favourite spots where to enjoy the sky in New York...
No matter what time of day, I always catch myself looking up at the sky and admiring the clouds. Either I stop for an Instagram, or I just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is always above me. While living in New York I am constantly capturing clouds in different environments, making each time a unique experience. Here are some of my shots I’ve taken throughout the city from high above on rooftops and below on the street.
1. Located in the heart of Astor Place right next to St. Marks, a place that I come often for cheap food, unique accessories, and weekly yoga. The clouds in this image contrasting against the mirrored building were an instant attraction during my a beautiful Spring day.
2. Right next to my apartment I run the Williamsburg Bridge and am always able to loose myself in the clouds above me. They help me loose myself during my run and create a new level of serenity.
3. The high line is one of my favorite parks in the city, second to Central Park. Not only is this park built on an abandoned railroad tracks used during New York’s more industrial days. There is also phenomenal architecture along the 30 block walk, and if you go at the right time you can get lost in the clouds during a cool Spring, Summer, or fall day.
4. Going uptown is rare for me, but when I do, going to the top of the MET is a must! The view over Central Park is one of a kind, and the clouds contrasting against the greenery and skyscrapers almost make you forget where you’re at. An illusion of peace below you, until you hear the cab honking his horn.
5. The rooftop at the Mondrian Hotel known as Soaked is honestly my favorite place to absorb the clouds and amazing city below. I feel on-top of the world, but still have an extra layer of clouds above me that bring me down to earth.
6. Midtown isn’t my favorite place in New York, but when you look up in an angle the clouds really give the neighborhood an inverted perspective. Making me imagine how our world would be if clouds were below us, and building were above us coming down at us.
7. Belvedere Castle has the second best views of Central Park, allowing a beautiful sunset filled with clouds and a different side of New York. One that doesn’t seem so polluted and creates an escape.
8. Low laying clouds are my favorite! While visiting the Freedom Tower, I was lucky enough to be there just as soon to be the tallest building in New York was one with the clouds.
9. Another part of the High Line is that you can capture so many different pieces of the city. From looking straight across 23rd street to looking over the west side piers along side the clouds.
10. Lastly are the clouds I am able to enjoy from my rooftop in the Lower East Side. A place I often go to clear my mind, have parties, and sometimes tan on my tar beach. A home with a view and location I wouldn’t give up!
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FRIEZE NEW YORK: SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME!
Randall's Island Park, a place unknown to most Manhattanites, will become the epicenter of the art world. Yes New York, yes! Frieze Art Fair is coming to town for the first time, and it will be something worth seeing. With approximately 180 galleries participating, a strong American and European contingent of galleries is joined by those from the rest of the world. Here are some things to take note of:
Kristin Baker at The Suzanne Geiss Company
Kristin Baker made her debut in 2003 with a series of paintings called Flat Out, which portrayed automobile racing as a microcosm of American capitalism. On May 4th she will present Illume-Mine, an exhibition that investigates the transformative effects of light, expanded expectations of the painted medium, and the artist's unique process.
Chelsea and Downtown
Chelsea Night, on May 5th, and Downtown Night on May 6th will feature galleries from the fair with private views and openings. (Including the opening reception at the New Museum for Phyllida Barlow, Tacita Dean, Nathalie Djurberg, and Klara Lidén, and Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery).
Opening dates and hours:
Friday 4 May: 12-7pm
Saturday 5 May: 12-7pm
Sunday 6 May: 12-6pm
Monday 7 May: 12-6pm
Images (from top to bottom)
Whirling Swirl 1, 2011
24.5 x 24.5 inches
Courtesy of Team Gallery, New York
Maximilian and Burgundian Lines, 2012,
Acrylic on PVC, 100x80 inches
The Parade, 2011
Installation view: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2011
Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Photo: Gene Pittman
COURTNEY LOVE LOOKS PRETTY
Courtney Love, famed musician of the band Hole and wife of the late Kurt Cobain, made her debut as a visual artist in New York last night. Under the tutelage of David LaChapelle, Courtney exhibited her drawings that reiterate the same tell-all message of her vulnerability and torment that made her music a 90s MTV staple.
The 45+ original works in this showing feature women in various states of undress and dismay, and seek to show contradictions between the ideal and the reality of women and sexuality, and the consequences of those contradictions. The doll-like characters in these pieces are simultaneously perfect and flawed, coy and pained. Love has always been able to turn her suffering into something vibrant, fun and oddly pretty, and her visual art is no exception; she puts it all out there and puts her all into it.
Courtney Love's all is on display May 3 through June 15 at:
Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th St
MY FIRST FRIEZE
Maybe by now you've heard about the "Frieze Art Fair" happening in New York. And maybe you've wondered what is a Frieze Fair exactly? Good question!
The Frieze Art Fair gathers together a large collection of some of the top galleries in the world and houses them in a single structure. At the fair, the galleries showcase and sell work by a choice few of the artists they represent. Started in 2003 by frieze contemporary art magazine founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the fair normally takes place each year in Regents Park in London. It has become famous for its two main selling points: its focus on contemporary art including living artists from all over the world, a rarity in the art world, and its housing in an enormous temporary structure, built particularly for the fair each year. The structures are built by leading architects and designed to feature and make extensive use of natural light. Over the years the fair has gotten bigger and bigger and now features over 150 galleries and hundreds of artists, and attracts over 60,000 visitors. Originally these types of fairs were mainly held for the purpose of selling artwork, but Frieze's notoriety for showcasing works by many of the world's most famous artists now brings in thousands of visitors simply to see the spectacle. The fair has also grown to feature talks, guest curators, and specially commissioned pieces, furthering its reputation as more than just a normal art fair.
This year marks the start of Frieze New York, a spin off from the London fair occurring in Randall's Island in New York City. Frieze New York is built upon all the ideas of the Frieze Art Fair in London, bringing together some of the world's biggest galleries and artists under one temporary roof, but brings it to a whole new city and a whole new continent!
RYAN MCGINLEY: GRIDS & ANIMALS
Ryan McGinley made quite a scene last night with his double gallery openings at Team Gallery in New York. The two shows, Animals and Grids, opened in two different galleries right around the corner from each other and feature two new unrelated bodies of work. The night also incorporated a performance by the band Atlas Sound on the roof of one of the galleries, and the huge crowd spilled out of the galleries to watch from the street, where Ryan was roaming around as well.
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