31 Jan Report Back: A Walk of Art
“Shoes are objects that have an almost mystical ability to instantly rivet us” – Ya’ara Keydar, Curator
Can a shoe be a work of art? Is a shoe that cannot be walked in still a shoe? These were the questions presented to the Life-Styled by Stacy Garcia team as they gathered at Parasol Projects Gallery in Bowery, New York. Showcasing more than 60 stunning creations designed by distinguished alumni and students of Israel’s prestigious academy –Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design – the exhibition walked a fine life between art and fashion.
Curator, Ya’ara Keydar, is an independent fashion scholar and curator, teaching the “Fashion in Museums” course at NYU SPS. No stranger to the world of art and design, Ya’ara describes her latest exhibition, A Walk of Art, as a reflection to shoes’ modern culture viewed through both a visual and conceptual lens. She also adds that “shoes are objects that have an almost mystical ability to instantly rivet us…The Walk of ART: Visionary Shoes is an exploration of the charged history, iconic shapes and mystery that so often surrounds shoes through the lens of burgeoning Israeli designers and alumni of the Bezalel”
Continuing our conversation with Ya’ara, we learned that the conceptual, artistic, and extreme designs strategically on display in front of us were working together in an effort to defy space, anatomy, and gravity. The artists were able to successfully incorporate sculptural methods, traditional craft, and nontraditional materials. The slideshow below illustrates the winding journey between ephemeral and the perennial, the beautiful and the painful , mythology and the reality of some of the most charged and converted objects in fashion history.
Bezalel’s President Prof., Adi Stern, reflects on the exhibition’s ability to embody the spirit of Bezalel through its fusion of art and fashion. Filled with pride, Stern describes the excitement that came from seeing talented students and acclaimed alumni explore the complex design evolution of women’s shoes with their art.
EXHIBITION DATES: January 23, 2017 – February 13, 2017
TIMES: 11am – 7pm daily
LOCATION: Parasol Projects Gallery, 208 Bowery, New York