ART AT ALL TOO HUMAN
ALL TOO HUMAN rotates contemporary art and installations on a bimonthly basis, supporting both local artists as well as collaborating with of-the-moment artists on custom installations.
“We wanted to create a space that is conceptual, where we constantly challenge ourselves to be a creative space – where we integrate art and installations that both highlight the best of what Boston has to offer, while introducing Boston to international designers and artists that we feel strongly about,” – Jessica Knez, owner, ALL TOO HUMAN
Bio: Michael Goedhuis, who was the first dealer in the west to recognize the significance of these radical innovations in Chinese culture, has concentrated on identifying the artists who are in the process of shifting the axis of Chinese aesthetics. In 2008 he assembled and curated the major contemporary Chinese Art collection, the Estella collection, which was exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Most of his activity since then has been directed at describing both the resurgence of cultural activity in the China of today and the key relevance of Chinese Ink art to contemporary aesthetics. In addition to representing the best contemporary Chinese artists, his activities now include exhibiting work by the best of the new generation of Western artists, both painters and sculptors.
Installation Intro: The exhibition, curated by Michael Goedhuis, is the first comprehensive display of contemporary ink paintings from China and the West to be shown in the distinguished boutique, All Too Human.
This cutting-edge exhibition draws together major examples from established and emerging artists who work primarily with ink on paper. One of the exhibited artists is Qin Feng who was given a major exhibition at the MFA in Boston in 2010.
The New Ink art is increasingly being recognized, not only in China but also internationally, as the most audacious and idealistic movement in contemporary culture and is poised to shortly enter the mainstream of the art-world’s focus.
Bio: Bill Thompson has been creating reductive, monochromatic paintings and sculptures for the past 30 years. In his Roxbury studio, Thompson carves high-density urethane blocks into organically shaped forms and then sprays them with up to twenty coats of automotive paint. The lengthy process is done by hand and without the aid of design software or industrial cutting machines.
Thompson has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1989, including numerous solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Seoul, Munich, Valencia, Barcelona, Basel, and Sydney. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections around the world and locally at the Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Davis Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, and List Visual Art Center at MIT.
Bio: French tattoo and graffiti artist FUZI pioneered a form of graffiti in the 90's known as "Ignorant Style" on the streets of Paris. In 2008, he brought his signature style to a new medium when he began tattooing his designs. “I wanted to make tattoos in the same way that I made graffiti,” he explains. “I want to convey a feeling of freedom, which is far more important than making something beautiful or perfect.” Now based in Los Angeles, FUZI has tattooed the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Justice, Diplo, and Os Gemeos, and continues to travel the world to showcase his works.
ALL TOO HUMAN exclusively hosted FUZI for his Boston debut in August 2017 for a series of events that included a live in-store wall painting, tattoo sessions that included Boston-inspired designs, and a cocktail party to launch limited-edition ALL TOO HUMAN x FUZI collaboration merchandise.
ALL TOO HUMAN’s aim was to bring new, non-traditional ideas to Boston’s art and fashion scene. “ALL TOO HUMAN is a creative space, and our passion is connecting with and showcasing artists and designers, in all forms. FUZI is a perfect example of that.” Says Knez. Morrissey, who has two FUZI tattoos and has long admired the artist added, “FUZI's work is Powerful. Smart. Funny. That’s going to resonate with Boston.”
Bio: Jeff Perrott (http://www.jeffperrott.com/) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now lives and works in Massachusetts. He earned his BA from Williams College, and his MFA from Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT). Perrott has exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts (MA), Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston, MA), Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY), and LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA). He is the winner of the Eben Demerest Fellowship, and a nominee for the Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His work is featured in both corporate and museum collections such as the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA); the Whitney Museum of Art prints collection; Wellington Management; the Digitas Corporation; and KPFG San Francisco.
Installation Intro: This installation is part of the ongoing Vanitas project – Plexiglas mirrors silkscreened with two overlayed striped colors that get arranged environmentally to coincide with and challenge their architectural surroundings.
Vanitas refers to the coded symbology of 16th-17th century still life painting practice, which depicted objects representing the impermanence of lived experience – including reflective surfaces and mirrors, which often depicted the painter or owner, and spurred viewers to self-reflection of their very impermanence.
Here, the mirrored surface gets interrupted by strident color and the repetitive stripe; the eye is forced to negotiate among the reflected and always changing – impermanent - ‘real’ environment; an awareness of the object itself; and the effect of color thrown onto the ‘real’ space. In a sense, it’s this complicated ‘real’ that Neitzsche explored in the aphorisms of his Human, ALL TOO HUMAN.
The installation for ALL TOO HUMAN explodes the grid used in previous installations, to allow the composition to touch Jeff’s recent interest in random walks and uncertainty – another dimension of impermanence, suggesting the unpredictable movement of humanity and flow here in the commercial space; movement channeled by the desire and fetish and vanitas and art of the reflected couture on racks and shelves.
Work courtesy of S3 Contemporary, Boston.
DELPOZO x SWEET SABA
ALL TOO HUMAN debuted a Delpozo only window display alongside a recreation of Soo Sunny Park’s installation, which was part of Delpozo’s creative director Josep Font’s inspiration for Spring / Summer 2017 collection.
The brand also partnered with candy confectioner Maayan Zilberman of Sweet Saba, Zilberman, owner and creator behind the luxury sweets, created a unique candy installation inspired by Delpozo’s runway jewelry and the blue floral embroidery of Delpozo’s collection, as well as replicas of Spring/Summer 2017 shoes. Candy will be available for purchase on All Too Human’s website.
Part boutique, part art gallery, ATH seeks to give Boston a rare up- close look at the craftsmanship of Delpozo’s spring season and will feature 6 runway looks that showcase the intricate details on many of the dresses, a hallmark of the Spanish prêt-à- couture brand. Delpozo is exclusively carried by All Too Human in Boston.
Delpozo is a Spanish fashion brand relaunched in 2012, as an heir to the tradition and know-how of Jesús del Pozo, pioneer in the world of fashion since the 1970s. Delpozo shows during New York Fashion Week under the creative vision of Josep Font.
Sweet Saba is a luxury candy line, exclusively handmade in New York City by artist and confectioner Maayan Zilberman. Launched in 2015, Sweet Saba has created custom installations for ArtBasel and The Standard, and can be found at The Whitney Museum of American Art and Le Bon Marche amongst others.
Photo credit: Max Kaplan
BARON VON FANCY
Gordon Stevenson, aka Baron Von Fancy, was born and raised in New York City. Having attended Bard College to study art, Stevenson began his career creating pieces that encompass a variety of mediums and styles--from oil on canvas to electroluminescent wire sculptures. In the midst of such artistic study, Stevenson developed Baron Von Fancy, who emerged as a separate identity, method and voice.
We sometimes think that Baron Von Fancy and Gordon Stevenson have different aims of exploration in their work. While art created under Stevenson is intended for galleries, Von Fancy's art strives to reach the masses. Known for his wit with words and phrases, he brings forth a message of youth, humor and provocation. The ability of his message and style to engage our generation has not gone unnoticed, as many brands have sought Baron Von Fancy to bring their products to life. Von Fancy’s recent collaborations include those with Converse, W Hotels, Rag & Bone, Louis Vuitton, Uber and Nike, among many others.
ALL TOO HUMAN partnered with Prospect NY to present their limited edition capsule collection made in collaboration with Baron Von Fancy. Each piece of the accessory and home ware collection showcases the artist’s distinctive tongue-in-cheek street style with high-end everyday objects to be used and enjoyed by the consumer for years to come. Items, many inspired by objects the artist had done original works on, range from cocktail napkins, custom scented candles, and Murano ashtrays to limited-edition gold and silver “BABE” nameplate necklaces. The Prospect NY team has searched the globe for the highest quality textiles and materials, producing a collection that showcases the artist’s signature style in a new way. This exclusive collection was crafted from conception to execution through an ongoing, detail-oriented conversation with the artist. The result is an unparalleled set of collectables that bridges the gap between form and function.
New York based artist Daniel Arsham’s multidisciplinary practice challenges the line between art, architecture and performance. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.
Soon thereafter he was invited to create stage design and tour with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company leading to ongoing stage design practice and a sustained collaboration with choreographer and former Cunningham dancer, Jonah Boaker.
Arsham founded Snarkitecture with partner Alex Mustonen in 2007. The architecture collaboration has included work with fashion brands, interior and architectural design, and a complete line of functional design objects.
In 2014 Arsham’s, Films of the Future was born. This production company synthesizes all of Arsham’s creative output over the last decade and creates a visual setting in which his otherworldly and futuristic artwork might exist.
Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France among others.
Installation Intro: via WWD
“Jessica Knez, the founder of ALL TOO HUMAN, is very fond of the arts as well as my personal work,” Arsham said, noting that the two started chatting about possible collaborations together. “I am particularly excited about this project as it is the first opportunity to expose my work publicly to audiences in Boston.”
The installation for ALL TOO HUMAN follows Arsham’s recent solo show in New York, Circa 2345, which bowed at the Galerie Perrotin. For the store, Arsham created a sculpture of a Boston Celtics jacket constructed from cyclonite crystal. “The Celtics jacket follows a number of other works that I have created which use geological materials to reform objects from our present,” Arsham said. “For each exhibition that I’ve done that create a kind of fictional archeology, I’ve tried to center them on a particular subject matter of things that are often very iconic…that we all sort of recognize and have some sort understanding or relationship with.”
Elaine’s most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. She has shown work at Proof Gallery (Boston, MA), Souzy Tros (Athens, Greece), In the Backyard Stories Festival (Batumi, Georgia), The Lumiere Festival (Derry, Ireland), Electric Works Gallery (San Francisco,CA), Sonoma Valley Museum (Sonoma, CA), The Swiss Technorama Museum (Winterthur Switzerland), Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (San Francisco, CA), The Claremont Museum (Claremont, CA), Pierogi Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany), The Luggage Store (San Francisco, CA),The San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA), California College of The Arts (San Francisco, CA), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), The Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, OH), Sun Valley Center For The Arts (Sun Valley, ID), and Fusion Art Space (San Francisco, CA).
Elaine attended The California College Of The Arts on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from 2002-2004 and received her MFA from Stanford University in 2006.
ALL TOO HUMAN partnered with Paris-based artist, @JPPM.fr, to create an original “Never-Ending Moodboard”, a digital collage featuring products and brands carried at All Too Human that was released on the All Too Human Instagram channel in the lead up to the official opening.
The content is a mix of ALL TOO HUMAN original content with product sold in-store along with lookbook and inspiration imagery combined with artwork installed at ALL TOO HUMAN. The result was a seamless “never-ending” collage that blended all of the values and pillars that make up All Too Human.
The digital collage was also launched on AllTooHumanBoston.com as a shoppable digital collage, which was @JPPM.fr’s very first “click-to-buy” shoppable digital collage.
Brooklyn-based KAWS (American, b. 1974) is a world-renowned artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS’ art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and global commerce. From his 16-foot tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) to his recent 32-foot tall wooden sculpture SMALL LIE, his artworks transform iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art. His work possesses a sophisticated humor while employing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with bold gestures and playful intricacy. By producing fine art via consumer products and collaborations with global brands, KAWS moves beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex, global market. KAWS was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Ups & Downs, 2014
Portfolio of 10 prints
Silkscreen print on Saunders Waterford 410gm High White paper
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