This week's "obsessions" are coming from my friend Michelle Grey Campion. I met Michelle when she was the membership director of SoHo House in New York. At that time, I was running a monthly "Living with Art" series for them and we immediately hit it off. Michelle is now the newly appointed Director of Programming for Neue House and she is quite involved in the art world, not to mention that she is also married to a fantastic artist, photographer Manolo Campion. I love Michelle's sunny personality and her always optimistic view on life. Here are Michelle's Obsessions in her own words:
Contemporary Artists I'm Obsessed about:
Bill Henson – I grew up on Bill Henson’s photography. I always felt that his dark depiction of youth was incredibly romantic, and in many ways it seemed to mirror my own coming of age story.
Wim Wenders – Watching Paris Texas as a teenager I immediately identified with the pain of love, and the idea that love was in some ways always unrequited. Wenders started out as a painter, and he always brings an unbridled visual fantasy to his films and photographers.
Jill Magid – Jill’s work is just so incredibly intelligent, and always manages to challenge the way I think. The ability to consistently pique my curiosity and expand my mind is the most important quality I look for in an artist.
Andy Goldsworthy – I love the way Andy uses the ephemeral materials provided in nature – there is something so humble and unpracticed about his work, it just feels so genuine – a combination that never fails to produce incredibly beautiful work.
Ricky Swallow – in my early 20s I was introduced to Ricky’s work when I wrote an article on him for an Australian magazine. I’m always in awe of his impeccable craftsmanship – which I know does not necessarily make a great artist – but I’m a fan nonetheless.
Raym Pettibon – I’m drawn to the fact that Pettibon embraces both “high” and “low” culture, because to me art embraces all facets of society (from the fanzine to the gallery wall) – the idea that only elite high brow material can be considered art is a complete affront to my sensibilities as a person.
Place I go to Escape to:
Sydney, Australia. I had the unique pleasure of growing up in a city that in many ways also doubles as a beach resort. There is no place in the world that makes me happier than where I grew up with my friends and family. And because it’s no longer my every day reality, it is now a complete escape from my fast paced life in NYC.
Object/Furniture Designer I'm obsessed about:
Joe Doucet - I met Joe Doucet when he was on my membership committee at Soho House. I think his pieces are beautifully designed – simple, streamlined and elegant – but are also practical. Most of his furniture is completely out of my price range – his flat pack table is $20K – but a girl can dream!
Fashion Item I'm Obsessed About:
Anndra Neen’s Open Cage Clutch: Almost any item in Anndra Neen’s collection will instantly make me feel put -together, sophisticated and stylish – but still fun. I find their geometric shaped pieces manage to be both incredibly artistic, but still very wearable. Their open cage clutch completes any evening ensemble.