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Vintage Fashion Mannequins are Repurposed into Glamorous Vegas Showgirl Lamps via [Las Vegas Sun]


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Ladies of the light

Artist brings new radiance to vintage mannequins

ImageLeila Navidi

By Kristen Peterson

Two yeas ago Joe Clark, an antiques collector and longtime prop artist for Siegfried & Roy, was dressing a vintage mannequin with a vintage lampshade and flower petals made of abalone.

He added a light bulb. In walked Cindy Funkhouser.

“I have to have that,” said Funkhouser, an antiques dealer. “I don’t care how much it is, I want that. And can you make 10 more?”

The lamps that Clark made for his first show in the back gallery at the Funk House were a smash. Outlandish and topped with vintage accoutrements, the works came to be known as “art lamps,” functional artistic compositions of vintage wares, each with its own theme. The first lamps sold for as much as $2,000. Clark, a Massachusetts native who moved to Las Vegas 18 years ago, was launched as an artist.

Now he’s returned with another series, “So Rare II,” on display at the Fallout Gallery on Commerce Street.

In the sitting room of his 1935 Las Vegas bungalow, a dimly lighted and shadowy environment decked out with the finest rugs and antiques, Clark says he’s blown away by the reaction to his “ladies,” which were inspired by childhood memories of being dragged through department stores.

Built on his Moroccan coffee table surrounded by a 1930s sofa and chairs, the women still wear their original makeup.

They are sultry, sexy, vixenesque and glamorous, but not perfect.

“The chip on her chin. I don’t fix stuff like that,” Clark says. “There is something romantic about the flaws, the dings, the cracks; that all adds to the realness.”

But don’t expect a second-rate work. Clark puts all his love and some household appliances into crafting the sculptures. Like a dress designer who understands the line of a woman’s body, Clark understands his vintage mannequins and adjusts to their forms with strategically placed adornments.

A wedding cake lady lamp features a mannequin with a cake plate topping her head, a veil attached. Twinkling lights, Capodimonte porcelain roses and glass beads wrap around her body.

Another lady wears a Proctor Silex lighted electric coffee brewer atop a plate on her head. Dangling from the turquoise plate are matching coffee cups.

A 1944 telephone serves as the base of another lamp. The receiver, which Clark says still works, stems from her head. A ’50s desk lamp, screwed into the head of the mannequin, lights it from above.

Another wears a brass art deco chandelier with twinkling flamelike red lights.

Sitting amid the lamps last week, Clark played a recording of the lamps’ theme song, “So Rare,” written by John Rufus Sharpe and Jerry Herst, and humorously explained that the ladies sometimes seem to have a relationship with one another. Laughing, his friend Douglas Sargeant, who assists with the lamps, added, “It’s very loud sometimes in here. It’s a real hen house.”

Some come with stories. Many of the hundreds of shells (conch shells, starfish, coral and more) affixed to a lamp that sold at Clark’s last show hold a little piece of paper with a note. The woman who owned the shells received them from men all over the world. For the headpiece, Clark took his bathroom light fixture, mounted it on the mannequin and placed the shell of a large sea urchin, which holds the light bulb, inside.

Clark says his years working with Siegfried & Roy at their show and at the Jungle Palace helped him hone his abilities. He regards the magicians, who gave him advice with props at the show, as mentors, but he credits his childhood and Americana for the inspiration.

“It’s fascinating to pull up some of these memories and create work from them.”

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The Photography Of Eva Mueller via [ifitshipitshere.blogspot]



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Bavarian-born photographer Eva Mueller
is best known for her projection photography – projected light, shape
and texture on nudes. But frankly, I find those are the least inventive
and beautiful of her work.

With an enormous portfolio that includes
everything from CD and album covers to lipstick ads, her large body of
work is quite diverse, despite certain stylistic commonalities. She
often acts as the art director for her own shoots, utilizing her
knowledge of graphic design for both the concepts and compositions.
Minimal and graphic, bold and clean, Mueller says her vision is that of
“less is more.”

Once you pour over the following images, you’ll
find that whether it’s gritty and black and white or slick and bright,
indoors or outdoors, stylized or natural, her work has an undeniable

Some of her photos of men:

Some of her photos of women:

Some of her beauty and make-up

Some of her projection photography:

Some of her music photography:

Some of her personal work:

The photographer:

She’s shot for American and British
record labels, editorials for the New York, Vellum and Zink magazine,
ad campaigns for Steve Madden, Panasonic, Master Card and Guinness. her
personal work, which consist largely of nudes, has been displayed in
galleries and museums in London, Germany and the US.

To see her
complete portfolio, visit EvaMueller.com
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Haute Decor Highlights: The ABC’s of Chandeliers.

The ABC‘s of Choosing A Chandelier:

At the request of MS2s readers Milo, Sheree, Lizette, Hannah and Charles, I’ve created a chandelier guide which includes over 75 styles to choose from, ranging from simple to glamorous and budget-friendly to splurge-worthy. I hope you’ll enjoy the selection.

[image above, clockwise from top right: orbit chandelier $650, incidence chandelier $170, agnes and hoss roots chandelier $865, celestial chandelier $298, superordinate chandelier $2,300, gracie chandelier $199, taraxacam chandelier $5,488]

[image above, clockwise from top left: allegro ritmico chandelier $3,297, cherry chandelier $8,000, sirlig candle chandelier $29.99, suspension chandelier $5,980, neo baroque chandelier]

[image above, clockwise from top left: blossom chandelier $22,500 (yowza!), gigi chandelier $298, bubble chandelier $9k, eliza chandelier $1050, sputnik chandelier $799]

[image above, clockwise from top left: orben chandelier $400, prismatic chandelier $3,498, come rain come shine chandelier, octopus chandelier $1750, dearingo chandelier]

[image above, clockwise from top left: 9 light chandelier $279.99, isig candle chandelier $20, country tavern $129.99, royce chandelier $139.99, gospel chandelier $60]

[image above, left to right: kristaller $40, elegante chandelier $450, flora chandelier $299.99]

[image above, clockwise from top left: glansa lysa $40, hemlock chandelier $900, isa chandelier $25,500, gabriel chandelier $899, zeppelin s1 chandelier $3196]

[image above: giogali chandelier $1798]

[image above, left to right: 6-light chandelier $65, mod chandelier $298, coco chandelier $299]

[image above: chandelier by refer + staer]

[image above, clockwise from top left: venetian mirror chandelier $2999, 85 lamp chandelier $3250, spiral chandelier $1898, lillibet chandelier $699, jenny chandelier $2295, astoria chandelier]

[image above, left to right: meurice chandelier $625, 3-d chandelier $36]

[image above, clockwise from top left: chappelle chandelier $299, vintage french cone chandelier $4200, tobias wong rubber chandelier $4900, caboche chandelier $1713, glass cluster chandelier $380, glo chandelier $499]

[image above, left to right: berkshire chandelier $575, lite brite neon $2400]

[image above, left to right: antique mirror chandelier $1519, mod chandelier $2156, carnivale chandelier $150]

[image above: mansion chandelier by erich ginder $3700]

[image above, clockwise from top left: bamboo chandelier $495, deluxe chandelier $140, exofly chandelier by laurent massaloux]

[image above: agena chandelier $486]

[image above, clockwise from top left: ether 90 s chandelier $9,900 (ouch), coral chandelier by moth design, flora chandelier $150, bijoux chandelier $99]

[image above: kaboom light $125]

[image above: fiorella chandelier $748]

[image above: blown glass chandelier $1600 and up]

[image above, clockwise from top left: niagara chandelier $45k (just for eye candy), pierced metal chandelier $1349, therese chandelier $2199, floral chandelier at shades of light]

[image above: collage chandelier by david wiseman]

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