Nicholas V. Elbakidze; “Blane De St. Croix and Ellen Harvey”, 2018

Blane De St. Croix

FAU Faculty Spotlight – Blane De St. Croix, MFA

From around 2010

You spoke about the importance of contemporary artist taking on political issues. In what ways has the social importance of your work changed since the last presidential election?


Ellen Harvey

MTA Arts for Transit: Look Up, Not Down (2005)

Ellen Harvey speaks about her work at the “25 Years of Arts for Transit: Meet the Artists” Panel on November 10, 2010.

You talked about how after you created the work that people keep saying how patriotic your work was due to all of the American flags shown. The work was finally realized almost four years after you took the photos shortly after 9/11. And it was not until after seeing the final work that you realized that you had documented life as it was during a certain point in history. What other occasions have you realized that your work contained a meaning in which you did not see before?

Nicholas V. Elbakidze; “Unfinished Interiors” [Text], 2018

Unfinished Interiors

Nicholas V. Elbakidze

September 21, 2018

Vol.___ of ___.



An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Egyptian Revival:

  1. Walls painted in Sandstone.
  2. Red  onyx table lamps with off-white cotton shades.
  3. Vintage papyrus wall hangings in gold.
  4. Hermes camel hair blanket in creamy orange.
  5. Louis Vuitton trunk at base of bed.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Gothic Revival:

  1. Walls paneled in mahogany.
  2. Wooden chairs with barley twist by Gucci.
  3. Raw Iron bed frame in black.
  4. Diptyque beeswax candles.
  5. Vintage gray side tables.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Art Nouveau:

  1. Silk bedding in gold by Fendi Casa.
  2. Alphonse Mucha prints in brass frames.
  3. Victorian stained glass window panels.
  4. Lighting by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  5. Walls in dark blue.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.


  1. Golden side chair by Tom Dixon.
  2. Jonathan Adler geometric rug.
  3. Vintage comic books in a large stack.
  4. 1950’s sports trophies.
  5. Walls in brown.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Neo-Classical :

  1. Decorative plates by Wedgwood.
  2. High polished brass desk with a crystal top.
  3. White milk glass lamps by Spode.
  4. Versace throw pillows.
  5. Walls painted in pink.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Mid-Century Modern:

  1. “Pedestal” Armchair by Eero Saarinen.
  2. Comprehensive Storage Unit by George Nelson.
  3. Painted off-white walls.
  4. Gray linoleum tiles.
  5. Lighting by Tom Dixon.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.


  1. Tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer with red hardware.
  2. Walls painted in pure white.
  3. Floors painted black.
  4. Lighting by Peter Keler.
  5. Red painted accent wall.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.


  1. White painted walls and flooring.
  2. Clear furniture made from plastic.
  3. Lighting by Jonathan Adler.
  4. Wall covered with a large frameless glass mirror.

An unfinished room demands immediate attention.

Nicholas V. Elbakidze; “Object Video”, 2018


Versace revival porcelain trinket tray by Donatella Versace ca.2018.

Versace has always encompassed many disciplines, not just fashion, but design in the broadest sense and the essential art of living were transformed by his great passion for all forms of arts: theatre, dance, painting, and sculpture.

The home collection was, therefore, a natural extension of this interest, created in 1992 initially as a collection of textiles for the home and soon followed by the first landmark ranges of porcelain dinner services and sets, the result of the collaboration with Rosenthal: wild Barocco. this dinner services with its decorative themes are now accepted as design classics.

Since 1994, Versace home has been enriched by a complete line of furniture introducing new themes for each succeeding collection, always linked to certain established decorative emblems: the medusa head, the Barocco motif or the neo-classical greek key which has now become the iconic symbols of the Maison.

Since 1992 each succeeding collection has introduced new themes, always linked to certain established decorative emblems, such as the Medusa or the neo-classical greek fret, which has now become the iconic symbol of the Maison.

Baroque fashion renaissance popped off in the late 1980s, when Milan-based Gianni Versace turned the Italian artistic tradition into wild pop art, replacing the angels and cherubs of Italian frescos with gold chains, medusa heads and leopard skins printed on shiny silk. everything in the Versace moment was big and brash, especially the supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell who rocked the bold prints best.

Donatella Versace has spent the past few seasons revisiting the brand’s roots, sending simplified, updated versions of classic Versace down the runways in Milan.