Grace-Yvette Gemmell is an Art and Cultural Historian and writer on the heels of completing her dissertation at Cornell University while working concurrently in the curatorial department at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan.
Her interests focus on the intersections between visual and material culture, rhetoric and representation. She is particularly drawn to what might be called the tensions between description and narrative that govern representation.
She strongly believes in the merits of interdisciplinary and collaborative pursuits, as well as the necessity of reducing—or exalting—the sublime to the quotidian. Every day a Golden Age: the kismet stutter of a cursory moment where a happy confluence of aesthetics and utility is such that the one cannot be discerned from – or without – the other.
Posts written by Grace-Yvette Gemmell
Paul Jacobsen is living deliberately. From his rustic Redhook studio to the Walden on wheels he constructed in Sullivan County, Jacobsen has mastered the art of seamlessly integrating the natural with the man-made. A self-proclaimed anti-industrial Romantic, Jacobsen approaches civilization’s future collapse with a certain nostalgia.
With a nod to Diderot’s dictum that one “must ruin a palace to create an object of interest,” Cyprien Gaillard’s multi-faceted oeuvre is an elaborate homage to entropy. As Gaillard himself once succinctly put it: “I’m interested in things failing, in the beauty of failure, and the fall in general.” His penchant for failure has garnered him not a little amount of success. In this interview, Timothée Chaillou speaks with the artist about failed utopias, anachronisms, sanctioned vandalism, and man-made structures reclaimed by nature, all recurrent themes in his work.