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Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery

There is no sense to buying this piece if you don’t own a pool!

Carole Feuerman – Monumental Quan w Stainless steel sphere, red suit, Lacquer on Bronze with clear Swarovski crystal cap. 67x60x43 in. $448,000.00.  If you look closely you’ll see that her feet are a bit dirty – like in real life.
Carole A. Feuerman

This is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting art galleries I’ve been in – ever!  While I was drawn to pretty much everything, I was most impressed with the works of Carole A. Feuerman and Anthony James (descriptions below).

Carole A. Feuerman

CAROLE A FEUERMAN

Carole A. Feuerman was born in 1945 and is an American sculptor and artist working in hyperrealism. Feuerman utilizes a variety of media including resin, marble, and bronze. She attended Hofstra University, Temple University, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City to begin her career as an illustrator, creating album covers for Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. She has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery; and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

Anthony James

ANTHONY JAMES

Anthony James is a British/American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his monumental and experiential sculptures and installations. James was born in England in 1974. He studied in London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated with a degree in fine art painting. His work gestures towards the theatricality of minimalism and formalism. There is a focus on materiality, alchemy, and a deep respect for light and space.

Anthony James

Also a performance artist, he is famous for setting fire to a Ferrari in a birch forest and entombing the ravaged car and trees in an installation called (2008). His practice incorporates a variety of industrial objects, steel vitrines, aluminum sculptures, detritus, and wall-mounted installations, his use of vitrines drawing comparisons to Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

Andrea Stanislaw
Mixed Media, electric motor, rotating sculpture. 84x96x96 $70,000.00

There was also a room with photographs of many of my Palm Springs acquaintances.  Only the most glamorous ones of course!

I don’t know this couple but I admire their bold statement of not being photographed by the pool.

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Followed by a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum

Sculpture outside the museum.
when you know how to light up a room

Photos: d. king

Art/Culture/Conservation – SUBMERGED in Art

Have you heard about The Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico’s Maya Riviera?

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
Taylor’s “SILENT EVOLUTION “is composed of 450 statues, making it the largest work in the exhibit.  Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor

It’s the world’s largest underwater museum.

It looks like a pretty cool place. And, being underwater it has to be cool.  I want to dive right in.  

Composed of over 500 life-sized sculptures, MUSA offers incredible displays hidden 28 feet below the ocean’s surface. That means that the only way it can be explored is by diving or snorkeling.  For me, having already been to Isla Mujeres, and since becoming an advanced certified scuba diver it would be an adventurous outing.

Photo: Jason deCares Taylor
One of the statues in “THE BANKER” series.   Photo: Jason deCares Taylor

The project began in 2009 as an effort to protect the endangered Mesoamerican Reef (the second-largest barrier reef in the world) by diverting divers and snorkelers to MUSA.

Roberto Díaz Abraham, one of the founders of the museum, describes it as an “art of conservation.” Each sculpture holds special nooks and crannies that help to support the breeding of marine life while providing a safe habitat.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
THE EAR” sculpture    Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor

Six artists helped to compose the works found in MUSA: Jason deCaires Taylor, who is also a co-founder of the museum, Roberto Díaz AbrahamSalvador Quiroz EnnisRodrigo Quiñones ReyesKaren Salinas Martínez and Enrique Mireles, but a large portion of the works are by Taylor.

Taylor models his sculptures after local residents from his nearby fishing town of Puerto Morelos and covers them with a marine-grade cement consisting of a PH-neutral surface that promotes coral growth. He allows the plaster to dry before removing it and filling in the remainder of the sculptures.

Since they’re made with this marine-grade cement, the statues have become covered in algae and coral to make for a stunning sight.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor

Some of Taylor’s works are a satirical commentary on humanity. He created “The Banker,” a series of men in business suits submerging their heads in sand, after attending a climate-change conference in Cancun.

“It represents the loud acknowledgment made about the issue, but when it comes to taking action nobody wants to stick their neck out and do something about it,” Taylor said about the work.

Some of his works symbolize the growth of new life. “The Resurrection” was created using coral fans that had broken off during a thunderstorm in Cancun.

The Resurrection.  Photo: Aquaworld
The Resurrection.  Photo: Aquaworld

You’ll also find statues of people you might recognize. “The Anchors” is molded from the heads of “Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales, and NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders.

But what’s most fascinating is that each of his works is built to aid in the protection and understanding of marine life. “The Ear” is a work installed with a hydrophone and hard drive. It allows researchers to study marine life via audio.

“Anthropocene,” or the Volkswagen, is made specifically for lobsters. Taylor created the piece after fisherman wiped out about 50 lobsters previously living in his “Silent Evolution” display. The car has holes to allow the shellfish to enter the sculpture, and inside it is stacked with shelving units where the creatures like to sleep.

MUSA offers an exploration into a world that’s remained a mystery.

“Two-thirds of our world is water, but there’s so much in that incredible world that’s still unknown,” said Taylor.

Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor
“The Silent Evolution” exhibit before being submerged underwater. Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor

There are two different exhibits within the museum: Salon Manchones, which holds 475 sculptures and is 8m (27 ft.) deep and Punta Nizuc, which offers a shallow snorkeling area about 4m (13 ft.) deep and a semi-submersible boat as an alternative to diving.

MUSA is open year-round for public viewing; however, because the diving site is protected as a conservation area, you’ll need to sign up with one of the museum’s selected tour guides to access the site. Tickets cost about $60 for a two-hour tour.

If you can’t make it there in person, here’s some footage to mentally transport you to the stunning sight. https://youtu.be/lrpnxEHNW4Y

Source: businessinsider.com