Edit – July 2018

Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2014, Bronze and copper plated steel

Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2014, Bronze and copper-plated steel.

By July, the season has settled around you. You can relax now. The routine shifts under bright heat to something easier, more malleable. This month, allow the summer to take you somewhere — into the mind of floral artist Brittany Asch, out to the sparkling shores of Gunnison Beach, or flung into the Tuscan countryside by West Village eatery King's fresh and seasonal fare, par example.

TOTOKAELO x GRAILED x HEROINE:
COMME des GARÇONS Archive

COMME des GARÇONS Archive

To be a lover of Comme des Garçons is to be blessed. With so many lines within the label and a canon stretching back half a century, one may observe the machinations of one of fashion’s all-time greatest minds with outstanding depth, breadth, and variety through a global cache of clothes that, no matter their year of origin, are universally modern, challenging, and unique. And in this moment, finding a community of like-minded enthusiasts has never been more fruitful. The impact of a website like Grailed or Heroine, wherein users may find, sell, buy, or swap their most cherished finds in a curated space, cannot be overstated — to engage meaningfully with a designer’s oeuvre in the everyday is to foster a living archive that is accessible to all. This month, in collaboration with Grailed and Heroine, Totokaelo will offer an edit of vintage men’s and women’s Comme des Garçons comprising many of the label’s greatest hits, from 1997’s iconic “Lumps and Bumps” to Fall-Winter 2008’s punk patchwork menswear. Thoughtful consideration of fashion demands that, like the god Janus, we look simultaneously forwards and backwards at all times — when the opportunity arises to do both in real time, there can be no hesitation.

BRITTANY ASCH
FROM BRRCH FLORAL

Brittany Asch Flowers

The botanical art of BRRCH Floral's Brittany Asch is impossible to miss — her expansive compositions of striking flora, in hues both natural and supernatural, have been seen in showrooms, restaurants, and retail spaces around the world (e.g. our 190 Bowery location, where Asch refreshes the flowers each week) as well as online, where she has garnered a fervent following inspired by the surreal expressiveness and sheer novelty of her style. Now, with five years of BRRCH behind her and nothing but more success ahead, Asch has secured her place as one of the foremost figures redefining floristry as high art rather than everyday trade. We caught up with the New York-based artist on inspiration, sensuality, and the inevitability of the wilt — just in time for the summer blooms.

Kuniyuki Takahashi

  • Music
  • Website
  • Location Music from Memory
Kuniyuki Takahashi

Many of modern music’s most popular genres initially rose to prominence between 1986 and 1993. It was during this time that Kuniyuki Takahashi came into contact with these new sounds at many of Japan’s early experimental dance clubs. He amassed a collection of analog music gear and started to try his hand at making compositions himself, creating a very specific aesthetic which referenced a lot of the popular international music of the time while still sounding uniquely Japanese in both rhythm and structure. Initially these tracks were released as tape LPs in Japan, but this summer they have been resurrected, re-released on vinyl by the consistently excellent label Music From Memory.

Condo New York

  • Art
  • Website
  • Date June 29 - July 27
  • Location New York
Condo New York

In an effort to increase the visibility of experimental exhibits and promote an international sense of community in the art world, Vanessa Carlos (of Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery) founded Condo in London in 2016. The collaboration has since spread to five cities internationally, with galleries in each city either lending or sharing their exhibition spaces with galleries from other cities all over the world. Last summer was Condo’s first foray into New York, and it was a memorable one, with the aforementioned Carlos/Ishikawa outpost in LES’s Bureau Gallery as a particular highlight. This summer they are back and continuing to grow in size and strength, offering New Yorkers the rare opportunity to see some of the world's most exciting artworks without being shoved into a dockyard or under a gazebo. It would seem that all the pairings are unmissable, but Glasgow’s Mary Mary occupying Mitchell Algus and London’s Arcadia Missa taking over Lomex are both extraordinarily exciting. Pictured here: a piece by Benjamin Hirte, which will be on view at Galerie Emanuel Layr's space within JTT Gallery.

King

  • Link
  • Food
  • Location West Village
King Restaurant NYC

Occupying the busy corner of 6th Street and King, a luscious Tuscan green exterior feels immediately inviting, like some oasis of the West Village desert. King effortlessly sways between classic and casual in both its food and its interior design, borrowing details from historical French and Italian eateries without ever feeling outdated or kitschy. Nothing about this establishment is overelaborate. The few ingredients you'll find on your plate will be seasonal and cooked to perfection, like the seemingly simple pairing of mackerel and Swiss chard that will make you rethink every lunch you have after it. King is a charmer year-round, but especially so in the summer months, with large windows, sidewalk seating, and abundant foliage all intertwining to create an undeniably transportive atmosphere — because surely it can’t be possible to sit outside in New York and eat truly incredible food.

Gardens
, Music Event

  • Music
  • Link
  • Date July 13
  • Location Elsewhere
Gardens

It is rare that we will attempt to lure you into the delights of the rave, but sometimes the white rabbits are too large to ignore. This is one such case, when you have Chicago House pioneer Derrick Carter joining forces with local talents such as Phoneg1rl and Beta Librae as well as one of the Bay Area’s most respected live acts, Russell E.L. Butler. Along with the guarantee of some of the most expressive dance music the world has to offer, you will also have the distinct pleasure of viewing drag queens Jacquee Kennedee, Dynasty, and Serena Tea performing throughout. This is a celebration of community, music, and respect -— one that any open-minded individual would be sure to enjoy on a hot summer evening.

The New York
Earth Room

  • Art
  • Website
  • Location 141 Wooster Street, NY
The New York Earth Room

The heat will get worse before it gets better, and so in the interest of maximal comfort and peace of mind, might we recommend filing the New York Earth Room away at back of mind as an evergreen escape? Buzz up from SoHo's boiling streets at the discreetly labeled entryway, turn your phone off, climb the stairs, and allow yourself to breathe deeply. Created by Walter De Maria in 1977, the serene 3,600 sq. ft. gallery space is laid with a 22-inch layer of loamy soil — and nothing else. Viewed from a narrow window, a deep coolness radiates off the earthen floor, carrying with it a rich and intoxicating fragrance found nowhere else in the city. Despite views of the surrounding cosmopolitan neighborhood from the room's large windows, to stand in that hallway is to be taken somewhere far away and then placed gently back on the ground, calmer and quieter than before. Free of charge and endowed in perpetuity, the Earth Room will always be there for you.

Gunnison Beach

  • Website
  • Outside
  • Location Sandy Hook, NJ
Gunnison Beach

On summer weekends, it seems that everyone has the same idea — seek sand and saltwater at all costs — but in New York City, all too often the limited range of decent public beachfront at a reasonable distance can lead to a rather homogenous experience. Enter Gunnison Beach, a clean and glistening stretch of water in Sandy Hook, New Jersey whose nude section is a quiet cult favorite of birthday-suited sunbathers throughout the tri-state area. What truly sets Gunnison apart from the pack, however, is obvious as soon as one reaches the dunes: spread along the blue horizon is a gobsmacking view of the Manhattan skyline, as sharp and iconic as any postcard. Though nudity is not required by any standard, it is difficult to imagine a more liberating experience than embracing one’s own nakedness before the glass and steel behemoth of the city — safe, warm, and drenched all over in golden sunlight.

On Whiteness:
An Exhibition

  • Website
  • Art
  • Location The Kitchen
  • Date June 27 - August 3
COMME des GARÇONS Archive

That the art world (and the world at large) has been dominated by whiteness is beyond question, not only in the overrepresentation of white artists, white subjects, white audiences, and white purveyors, but in the very physicality of art spaces themselves. You know what we are talking about — a ‘correct’ or ‘default’ aesthetic, dominated by white spaces in white light, once noticed, cannot be unseen, and very few can claim to be unaffected. This summer, standard-bearing nonprofit space The Kitchen will present an exhibition and performance series in collaboration with the Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII) expanding upon the Institute's first year of research on Whiteness, described by poet and essayist Claudia Rankine (set to host the exhibition’s opening symposium on June 30th) as "a source of unquestioned power [that], as a 'bloc,' feels itself to be endangered even as it retains its hold on power." Throughout the exhibition, a different artist, performer, or researcher will occupy the space each week, each examining Whiteness in a manner aimed at questioning, critiquing, and checking its power in the art world and beyond. To confront this subject matter seems vitally necessary in this critical moment for both art and mankind — and, in the end, can only result in a better world.

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