Louboutin Rouge: For the Anti-Heroine

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When asked by a prospective client to write a cultural analysis of packaging, I chose something drifting around my computer that I had just recently purchased in the Brussels Louboutin store: Louboutin Rouge nail polish. The bottle represents a little taste of the iconic red that hits the pavement. The black gift bag fits only the bottle of red nail polish. Like a well-curated woman, her bag and contents are always coherent, alongside her undergarments, garments, and shoes. If something is unseen, it's not an opportunity for disarray but rather an occasion to withhold. Rouge Louboutin signifies this tension. The ...

Meridel Rubenstein: Eden Turned On Its Side: Selections From Photosynthesis

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EDEN TURNED ON ITS SIDE IS A NINE -YEAR ENDE AVOR IN THREE PARTS: Photosynthesis, The Volcano Cycle, and Eden in Iraq. A selection from the first series (started in 2007) and two volcano images are hanging in a small side room of David Richard Gallery. The expected completion of Eden in Iraq is 2016. Meridel Rubenstein is a renowned photographer and environmentalist asking through this timely series, “Can Eden be restored?” Rubenstein (along with plenty of others) maintains the Judeo-Christian ideal of Eden that the Earth was at one time perfect. First there was light, which allowed for photosynthesis, vegetation, ...

Under the Dark of Night: Outdoor Vision Fest at Pushkin Gallery

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Pushkin Gallery, located on Canyon Road, opened in 2000 as the first Russian art gallery in Santa Fe. Its founder, Kenneth Pushkin, and its curator of Russian painting, Rosa Lena Reed Robinson, recently began engaging the students at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in a vibrant and innovative collaboration. Pushkin Gallery has since established the Pushkin Gallery Prize, an annual scholarship rewarded to a new media student—this summer, the gallerists have offered the building’s façade for a series of summer-long video mapping projections called Outdoor Vision Fest (OVF). The University also hosts ...