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#SAVEPRADAMARFA

High fashion meets the middle of the desert.  If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know about my love for Prada Marfa, and more importantly the talented Gray Malin.  For those of you who do not know about Marfa, it is a small art town in the middle of West Texas that is known for its unique art installations.  We are actually planning a trip for the Spring to finally see the town in person. Since studying Art History in college, I have always felt a close connection with the art world. While, I may not be able to afford all any of the pieces that I truly admire, being able to visit museums, galleries, or even something as special as Marfa keeps that connection alive.  

So back to my love for Prada Marfa.  Last year when Patrick and I moved into our first place, it was important that if we were going to spend money on artwork it had to mean something to us.  I can’t recall exactly what I was doing when I stumbled upon Gray Malin and his Prada Marfa series over a year ago, but I knew that instant that I was going to be a long time fan of his work. Prada Marfa in particular spoke to the both of us because the juxtaposition between the vast desert and high fashion.  

While I absolutely love my first real piece of purchased art, the reason for this post is much larger than my love for material things.  Prada Marfa is being threatened.  Texas lawmakers are suggesting that the art installation on side side of the highway will be permanently shut down. There argument for the shut down is said to be an illegal advertisment.  Now it’s your turn to help #savepradamarfa. Malin is offering an exclusive signed 11″ X 17″ print (shown above) on MaisonGray.com for only $99.00 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Ballroom Marfa (a non-profit that supported the installation of Prada Marfa) 

Here are a few words from Gray about the print: 

“The image, titled Pondering Prada Marfa was selected to remind us that although art is supposed to ignite a conversation and force us to dig deeper, it is also for our pleasure and enjoyment. If the installation was torn down it would deny many people a chance to enjoy this incredible ‘pop architectural land-art’ installation. Through this photograph, we hope to bring back Ballroom Marfa’s mission to empower artist to create– art is for art’s sake!”

xox- a dash of details

PRADA AND COWBOYS

When Patrick and I moved into our house the one thing we decided is that we wanted to find some great unique art to hang on the walls.  In my previous apartment, my roomie and I had some super girly artwork. Most of the art on the walls of our old place were DIY projects, or sketches and watercolors I did when I was bored. I always wanted to invest in some good pieces but I was not ready quite yet.  So needless to say, when we moved all of my girly pieces ended up in my office.  It is the only place in our house with the color pink (hopefully you will get a peek into my office soon, there are a few finishing touches that I plan to make in the next couple weeks and then I will snap a few pictures).  

Anyways, back to the art. I came across Gray Malin about a year ago when I was trying to find that iconic Prada Marfa sign from Gossip Girl. Yes, I know I can’t believe I am even admitting it, but I just loved the size, and that it was black and white (I went through a phase).  So when it came to discussing art for the new place Gray Malin’s Prada Marfa series was the first thing that came to my mind.  I love the juxtaposition of the Prada Store with the cowboys (it is just soo us.. fashion obsessed and cowboy wannabe).  It is hanging now on a large wall in our dining room and I am in love. 

If you don’t already know about Gray Malin’s work you must check it out, he is incredibly talented. Other than my love for his Prada Marfa series, I am slilghtly obsessed with his A la Plage work; particularly this one.

xox- a dash of details 

ON THE LOOKOUT

Best Day Ever. Gray Malin on One Kings Lane.  I have been lusting over this photograph of Prada Marfa ever since Bradely from Luella and June was giving one away on her blog.  It is the perfect piece for the big empty dining room/kitchen wall.  I have been trying to find pieces for the new house that are gender neutral (which means, every piece I already own is going in my office). I think I am going to put the 13 X 19 photograph in a large white matte with a thin black frame. What do you think? 

Do you have any go-to places to find art? Etsy, Furbish?  I need your suggestions! 

xox– a dash of details

Gray Malin for One Kings Lane