Happy Friday Everyone!
A month ago the Viceroy Hotel property, The L’Ermitage Beverly Hills reached out asking if we would be interested in installing an exhibition of work in their lobby. After a few weeks of planning, the show is now up and it features select images from A la Plage, A la Montagne and Prada Marfa. The property is a non-stop gathering spot for entertainment industry professionals and out of town guests a-like. Below are a few pictures of the new show and if you find yourself in Beverly Hills between now and December 31st, stop by and take a peek!
This Sunday, October 6th from 1 – 1:45 PM, I will be speaking as a panelist at the Westedge Design Fair. The fair takes place in Santa Monica and will exhibit the newest designs of 150 leading national and international brands.
The panel discussion is about “Design in the Digital Age” and will be moderated by the co-founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of One Kings Lane, Susan Feldman. I will also be accompanied by leading interior designers Hillary Thomas and Trip Haenisch.
The online landscape is full of inspiration and sources for all your design needs. In this session, One Kings Lane co-founder Susan Feldman will speak with leading designers and vendors who are embracing online channels for buying and selling products, as well as finding new sources of inspiration via social media.
For a full list of seminars, please visit Westedge Design Fair.
I hope to see you there! Xx Gray
Hello everyone. Today I wanted to discuss a recent event in news that is close to home for myself.
Prada Marfa was built in 2005 by Elmgreen and Dragset as a permanent sculpture piece with the intention of never being renovated or repaired. The inside of the project cannot be accessed by the public and still holds the original interior. The installation is located 37 miles northwest of Marfa, Texas and has been an increasingly popular destination for many around the world visiting Marfa.
Marfa is known for having a ‘New York chic’ meets ‘cowboy cool’ art scene and blending southern charm with city charisma. The Prada installation has become a ‘pop-icon’ art piece, known for bending limits outside of the gallery and museum environment.
Eight years after being built the Texas Department of Transportation has ruled Prada Marfa as an advertisement, rather than an art piece, and therefore illegal. This has started discussion as to whether Prada Marfa can be defined as art or advertisement, bringing into discourse once more the role of pop art in contemporary times.
The installation was the subject of my series, “Prada Marfa,” which I shot in September 2010. Bringing together locals and an eclectic mix of people, animals and props, the series was meant to offer a conversational element to Elmgreen and Dragset’s vision.
Today I wanted to share some behind-the-scene shots from our shoot in 2010. Please share them and help spread the word about raising awareness to save Prada Marfa.
A Save Prada Marfa Facebook has been created to start discussion, spread initiative and show support. Please join the group and use the hashtag #SavePradaMarfa on social media! For more information please see this link.
Best, -Gray & the Maison Gray Team