Sunday, December 1, 2013

Doubting Thomas (Golden Caravaggio)

Doubting Thomas (Golden Caravaggio), 2012, Wool, silk, cotton, 30 x 42 inches

Monday, November 11, 2013

Buttonhole Practice

Further information about The Lavender Hinge can be read here at The Huffington Post.

Buttonhole Practice, 2013. Linen, cotton thread, 16x12 inches

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Untitled (Two Holes)

Untitled (Two Holes), 2012, Linen, cotton, cotton thread, 20x30 inches

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ten Inches (for P. Diddy)

Ten Inches (for P. Diddy) is featured in an article for The Huffington Post by Dr. Michael Petry.

Ten Inches (for P. Diddy), 2012. Assisted readymade, wool and rayon shell, acetate lining 
36 x 24 x 5 inches

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Seduction of Saint Thomas (After Caravaggio)

The Seduction of Saint Thomas (After Caravaggio), 2012, Linen, velvet, cotton, 42x56 inches

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Worsted Men’s Hole

Worsted Men’s Hole (with cashmere and silver mink), 2013, Wool, cashmere, silver mink, cotton, 32 x 30 inches

Monday, August 19, 2013

Infinity (Tilted Square)

Infinity (Tilted Square), 2013, Worsted wool, cotton, cotton thread, 54 X 54 inches

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lavender Hole (for Kiton)

Lavender Hole (for Kiton), 2013, Assisted readymade: cashmere, leather, cotton
38 x 24 x 5 inches

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Enfleurage Project

Enfleurage Project (Rose harvest, Petal lining, Random composition), 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flower Bomb Gesture

Flower Bomb Gesture (Scene, Exhibit, Action, Site), Brooklyn, NY, April 14, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Enfleurage Project

Enfleurage Project (Shea Bed, Civic Rose, Castle Chassis), 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Seduction of Saint Thomas

The Seduction of Saint Thomas (after Caravaggio)

In Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas,” we have a grouping of four men, with one man (Thomas) penetrating another man (Jesus) in an opening or wound that appears vaginal. Jesus looks to be encouraging Thomas to perform a gesture (one man penetrating another or simply sticking one's finger into the wound of another) that could have been considered perverse and a violation of social and cultural mores.

In our composition, The Lavender Hinge’s composition, we simply have the wound or hole, that of Jesus or that of Caravaggio or that of "painting" or that of "humanity." Absent is Saint Thomas; hence the viewer of the work steps into these shoes.

Upper image: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1602
Lower image: The Lavender Hinge, Study for The Seduction of Saint Thomas (after Caravaggio), 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

In The Studio, at The Castle

The Lavender Hinge are in the studio......... a glimpse by Malcolm Harris a.k.a. Mister GoLightly....

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Lavender Hinge is a provocative collaborative venture between the artists Lisa Z. Morgan and Eric Magnuson and resides within the blurred boundaries of what is considered art, fashion and life. Their work inhabits a tactile space and dimension which straddles and bridges different, or opposing, genres, approaches and medium. Art and fashion, ideas and craft, living and design, passion and philosophy are found in the reflection of the other. Their creative output ranges from sculptural garments to sewn paintings, sartorial gestures, short non-films, and sound pieces, written fables, effleurage works and fragrant plantings. Each project and body of work joins and mingles at the point and hinging between presumed opposites. The void as object emerges as subject and in doing so, the hole as a signifier expands into the positive as an image, concept and form. The male becomes female and recto verso. Discipline, gender, authorship and meaning are sublimated, merged and the yin and the yang fuse and are married as one.

The Lavender Hinge has zeroed in and focused on the ubiquitous everyday buttonhole, infusing it with a sensual personality and character. In doing so The Hinge has elevated this particular ‘hole’ to the level of a cipher or sign and of a tool, device and vehicle for storytelling. While black holes spin at the speed of light, buttonholes by The Lavender Hinge flout and examine the eternal feminine symbol as both void and object. Fashioned from artist's fine linen as well as luxurious gentleman’s suiting fabrics using cashmere, wool, mohair and silk etc (most notably donated by Holland and Sherry) and stretched over wooden stretcher bar supports, the oversized buttonhole resonates and signifies a calculated historical exposing, violation, and celebration. Through the lens of painting the work is charged with a Fontana-like explicitness and bold sexuality, yet is devoid of and beyond, graphic or vulgar illustration. When the handmade larger-than-life buttonhole is inserted into a suit designed by Kiton, Marc Jacobs or Sean Jean, the penetration and marking of a man’s power suit with the sewn slit becomes both a highly subversive and loaded act and artifact. This is finely crafted work with an acutely critical edge, weaving together a delightful sense of play with a poignant and enigmatic mindset.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dress (for Matisse)

Dress (for Matisse), 2012, Acrylic and cotton appliqué on linen over wood supports, 62 x 30 inches

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Double Button Hole Composition (Gray Lavender Hairline Plaid)

Double Button Hole Composition (Gray Lavender Hairline Plaid), 2012
Cashmere, cotton and thread, over wooden supports
Two panels 22 x 20 inches each