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Windy Chien,   Knot Expected: Elevating the Everyday , 2018, Sunbrella textiles, Dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of Molly DeCoudreaux.

Windy Chien, Knot Expected: Elevating the Everyday, 2018, Sunbrella textiles, Dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of Molly DeCoudreaux.

Knot Expected: Elevating the Everyday by Windy Chien

In 2018,  Sunbrella presented Knot Expected: Elevating the Everyday. Knots are a part of the fabric of our every day. Whether tying our shoe laces, untangling a necklace or ear phones, or putting the final touch on a bow-wrapped package, they are all around. This persistent presence of such a functional item ignited an interest and journey in artist Windy Chien to elevate knots from the functional to the beautiful. The challenge and journey of expanding her knowledge and command of knots led Windy Chien to submerge herself in the ancient, nautical craft of knot making – learning a different knot each day for one year. Knots have become her language; a celebration of the intersection of aesthetics and functionality; a way to bring into the present an artform of the past. By placing knots in new and unexpected contexts, they are transformed into something more than rope, something special, something that speaks. Blurring the lines between fine art and artful interior design, the knots remind us that even the smallest and most forgettable moments can be elevated into something unexpectedly beautiful and functional.

 
Adrienne Elise Tarver,  Origin: Fictions of Belonging , 2018, Acrylic and caulking on wire mesh, Dimensions variable .  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Adrienne Elise Tarver, Origin: Fictions of Belonging, 2018, Acrylic and caulking on wire mesh, Dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Origin: Fictions of Belonging by Adrienne Elise Tarver  

In 2018, Califia Farms, a leading plant-based beverage company, presented Origin: Fictions of Belonging, an installation comprised of tactile, draping sheets of intersecting palms and leaves on wire mesh that hang from the ceiling like a rainforest canopy. Its presence and transparency explore the physicality of invisible boundaries that exist between us -- ‘veils’ as discussed by W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk. The work also taps into the imperialistic impulse to explore and the notion of discovery that created an appetite for tropical narratives. Male western artists such as Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin exoticized non-European environments and inhabitants resulting in problematic and exaggerated ideas of otherness

Miya Ando,  Moonlit Clouds , 2018, Silk, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Miya Ando, Moonlit Clouds, 2018, Silk, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Moonlit Clouds by Miya Ando    

Based in Los Angeles, Vince creates elevated yet understated pieces for every day. The collections are inspired by the brand’s California origins and embody a feeling of warmth and effortless style. Vince designs uncomplicated yet refined pieces that approach dressing with a sense of ease. Miya’s work represents the sort of effortless beauty that defines the brand which is why Vince is a proud champion of Moonlit Clouds. Learn more about Vince online at vince.com, at Vince stores and select retailers globally.

 
Antonyo Marest,  TROPICOPHYA , 2018, Paint and spray paint, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

Antonyo Marest, TROPICOPHYA, 2018, Paint and spray paint, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

TROPICOPHYA by Antonyo Marest      

In 2018, Spain is Part of You, presented TROPICOPHYA, which depicts the union of two vibrant places like Spain and Miami – separated only by water – to feature the rich cultural history, beautiful weather, and eclectic colors that are home to each place. The mural references several similarities between Spain and Miami including: water, vegetation, sun, fauna, and the most important, culture. The colors of TROPICOPHYA are drawn from the Spanish flag with imagery of flamingos and the column representing Spain’s cultural stability and homage to the sun. Spain's cultural and artistic richness is unique, brilliant and diverse. A luxury for the senses!


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