Whenever I'm in Boston I try to stop by the city's Institute of Contemporary Art. This past weekend was no different—I dropped by the wonderful, four-year-old, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed museum along South Boston's revamped waterfront and caught fascinating exhibits by artists Charles LeDray and Dr. Lakra.
Seattle-born, New York-based LeDray creates a magical, tiny world of handmade sculptures made "in stitched fabric, carved bone, and wheel-thrown clay" (from ICA website). Workworkworkworkwork has on view approximately 50 of the artist's sculptures and installations including a showroom's worth of various shrunken garments - hats, suits, dresses, bras, coats, footwear; intricate, pint-sized furniture pieces and a model of the solar system carved from human bone; and thousands of colorful, "thimble-sized," ceramic vases, pots, and bowls. LeDray's installation Mens Suits (2006-2009) recreates and miniaturizes a fully stocked second-hand clothing store complete with racks of clothes hanging on teeny hangers, tables of neatly folded t-shirts, displays of fanned out neckties, and all the accoutrements typically found in a retail shop's stockroom. Throwing Shadows (2008-2010) features more than 3,000 wee, entirely hand-made, black, porcelain pottery pieces all less than two inches tall! For more than 20 years LeDray has been meticulously creating amazing, diminutive versions of everyday objects that demonstrate patience, grueling attention to detail, and obsessive compulsion. Learn more at icaboston.org. WBUR.org has a great aritcle and a few pics of the exhibit. Through October 17th.
Dr. Lakra, aka Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez, is a talented tattoo artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who draws tattoo graphics onto "vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin" (from ICA website). Dr. Lakra, which loosely translates to "Dr. Delinquent," takes vintage ads and images of pin-up girls, political figures, Mexican and Sumo wrestlers, and inks the figures with skulls, snakes, faces, text, patterns, and much more. He covers the surfaces of vintage Kewpie dolls, book pages, murals, and whatever other blank spaces he can find with bold, vivid graphics. Read more about Dr. Lakra from the ICA's website here and see a slideshow of some of the works in the exhibit at thephoenix.com. Through September 6th.
Also on view in the museum's lobby is New York-based painter Francesca DiMattio's Banquet, a vibrant, five-panel piece incorporating "imagery from a wide range of architectural, decorative, and art historical sources." Inspired by the ICA's amazing building and waterfront views, the patchwork-like Banquet "combines interior and exterior space and incorporates images of ships and the sea." Read more at the museum's website here and check out this artdaily.org article from June 22nd to learn more about DiMattio and Banquet. Through August 14, 2011.
With an ever expanding permanent collection started in 2000 including diverse works by an international roster of artists including Louise Bourgeois, Paul Chan, Philip Lorca-diCorcia, Marlene Dumas, Roe Etheridge, Shepard Fairey, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Josiah McElheny, Julian Opie, Swoon, and many more, Boston's ICA is always a wicked good place to visit when in Beantown. Learn more at icaboston.org.