In our first two installments, we highlighted festive gifts for holiday enthusiasts and playful pieces for the young at heart. But what do you gift an established collector? For this installment, we’ve pulled some pricier investment pieces sure to impress the art lovers in your life.
If you’ve been in the Recession Art store over the past month, you’ve probably seen Hungry Chess ($3,000), a magnetized chessboard with a set of startlingly familiar chess pieces. Featured artist Ian Trask (Perpetual Recombination) created each of the 32 chess pieces by manipulating found silverware to represent the pawns, knights, rooks, bishop, queens and kings of the traditional chess set. If you like the sculptural pieces but don’t need a full set, Trask also created the Silverware Series, found silverware sculptures that can be purchased individually for $25.
Artist J. Carpenter has captured a moment both specific and universal in Bergen, 3:10 ($450), a hand stitched embroidery on paper. Like much of Carpenter’s work, the piece explores themes of home, safety, and security, and questions how conventional lifestyle choices simultaneously protect and expose us.
For the city enthusiasts and history buffs, Eric Rosner created Building of the Bridge ($150) a limited edition giclee on cold press paper print of the Manhattan Bridge during its construction. The piece is part of his illustration series Gilded Age of New York 1880-1920, which depicts iconic New York City landmarks around the turn of the century.
To see these pieces and more from local artists, stop by the Recession Art store Tuesday-Sunday from 2-8pm, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org from the comfort of your own home.