Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 9th, 2016


This week’s artists challenge limits and the manner in which we look at things.

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1. The works in Salmon Eye feature a unique marriage of Eddie Martinez’s gifts as a draftsman and a painter.  Many of the paintings in the exhibition originated as small, sharpie drawings on paper.  The drawings are enlarged and silkscreened onto the canvas. Using this black silkscreen as a starting-point, Martinez then builds up shapes and layers, sometimes using the outline of the silkscreen as a formal blueprint, or sometimes disregarding the lines or covering them entirely at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
2. Patrick Brennan’s Up Against Natureconcerns ideas around the natural world and its limits – promoting an experience that comes out of looking at the landscape but also questioning our connection to it. Confronting the natural world with a synthetic dream-like version of its self, these paintings decontextualize our understanding of traditionally perceived ideas around the sublime at Essex Flowers
3. Ellen Berkenblit’s paintings are vibrant celebrations of color – neon greens, pinks, blues, and oranges are cut and shaped with an array of blacks that reveal the artist’s dedication to mixing her own colors as she works. Berkenblit’s practice complicates the polarity between representation and abstraction. Through her capricious application of paint and calligraphic line, she creates a wickedly comical atmosphere where cartoonish representation and serious abstraction fuse and overlap at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
4. Betty Woodman’s Breakfast At The Seashore Lunch In Antella challenges the eye to reconcile two- and three-dimensional spaces simultaneously: flat tables battle the perspectival architecture that surrounds them for perceptual dominance. Each painting is a window into a realm of vibrant possibility, one in which idealized, even abstract, beauty reaches its highest expression in the tactile, utilitarian, and embodied objects and activities of everyday life at Salon 94
5. Ted Gahl, Shara Hughes and Christoph Roßner’s work all exist in the borderland between representation and abstraction. With deft understanding of painterly tradition, these three artists confidently and independently traverse the pictorial plane, adding their own personal interpretation. The paintings feel as if they are in this cyclical feedback with their maker, without concern for a viewer, while simultaneously rewarding any viewer who looks at Romer Young Gallery
6. In Andrew Holmquist’s STAGE LEFT painting is re-conceived as a tool or device for exploring the way that other mediums – film, costuming, comic books and ceramic sculptures – can meld together to assemble a fictionalized alternative to reality at Carrie Secrist Gallery


Babies, Bobo Choses + Spanish Fashion

February 8th, 2016


Bobo Choses is a children’s line located in Spain just outside of Barcelona. Co-founded by Adriana Esperalba, the brand aims to create durable and artful pieces every season. We’re particularly keen on the patterns and silhouettes, as they’re bold, unique and comfortable(!) The Bobo goal is a beautiful one, to capture the magical, passionate look and language of children. While the pieces are upscale, they make for beautiful gifts and the occasional splurge. We’re big fans.


CATEGORIES:  BabyChildrensFashion

Friday Quick Links!

February 5th, 2016


1. If only all taxis were similarly decorated via Colossal
2. Ceramicist Louise Kyriakou has a thing about faces via The Design Files
3. Love this beautiful geometric guilt from Daniel DuGoff via Sight Unseen
4. Carina Shoshtary turns graffitied walls into jewelry via Design Crush
5. You can’t help but want to touch Calvin Ross Carl’s art via The Jealous Curator
6. Alexandra Kehayoglou brings the outdoors in with her dreamy rugs via Trendland
7.Neat DIY neon sign via Honestly WTF
8. Make an anti-conversation heart sweater via Lovely Indeed
9. How about black bathroom fixtures? via Miss Moss
10. Chatting with Serge and Ann of Slowstitch Studio via design*sponge
11. An interview with Malika Favre via Creative Boom
12. teamLab’s magical digital installation via Hi-Fructose

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 2nd, 2016


The art is this week’s gallery picks is all about focus and shifts in practice and process.

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1. Steve Roden went a year without painting and then began again at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
2. Subliminal Shifts unveils an assemblage of artists living and working in New York, Berlin, Paris, and Chicago, all of who predominantly practice an abstract idiom, investigating paint through a lens that is entirely distinct at Tracy Williams, Ltd
3. In “Voyeur”, Vanessa Prager installs sixteen new paintings, some viewable only through a tiny peephole. Prager paints dense and furry oil paintings that relish in the peaks and valleys of extruded oil paint. With multiple colors of paint on the brush she blends pigment not just in the X or Y dimensions but gravity-defyingly outward into the Z. Her subject is the face, and her technique creates an image that hovers between figuration and abstraction in a sort of non-image at The Hole
4. Margo Wolowiec’s Double Blind expands upon her distinct woven practice with three new freestanding sculptures grounded by a large double-paneled wall work. In this body of work, the artist continues her examination of digitally sourced images while presenting the viewer with a conflicted field of doubles through the artist’s process of dye sublimation transfer onto polymer threads and weaving them together on a handloom at Anat Ebgi
5. Emanuel Röhss’ new works in Invitation to Love stem from the artist’s recent examination of the relationship between the Hollywood entertainment industry and the Ennis House in Los Angeles, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition’s title is borrowed from the name of a fictional soap opera which appears in the TV series Twin Peaks at Thomas Duncan Gallery
6. Further Notice presents new figurative and abstract paintings in Wayne Herpich’s distinctly rigorous technique, one where he employs a series of reiterative horizontal, sometimes layered, wavelike forms across the surface of the canvas. In full command of his often bombastic decisions in pigment, patterning, and texture, Herpich creates masterful, dissonant, compelling, complex and innovative works that resist classification at Blackston Gallery


Friday Quick Links!

January 29th, 2016


1. Fascinated by these material experiments from Hilda Hellstrom via Trendland
2. Oh the wanderlust inspired by Nicola Odemann’s photos via Miss Moss
3. A house made entirely of cardboard via Hi-Fructose
4. Swooning for the Rayleigh Table Lamp via Design Crush
5. Pairing fashionably clothed bodies with botanical bouquets via Honestly WTF
6. Kostas Neofitidis’ art panels with colorful, positive messages via Yatzer
7. In love with this painted armoire via Poppytalk
8. Interview with the gents behind design studio Dowel Jones via The Design Files
9. DIY marbled clay hooks via design*sponge
10. Ai Weiwei’s paper dragons inside Paris’s Le Bon Marché via Colossal
11. Talking with Leah Giberson via The Jealous Curator
12. Javier de Riba paints elaborate flooring in deserted areas via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 26th, 2016


We’re exploring identity and culture through the body in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Bring it Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy through the Body presents work from artists representing diverse Bay Area communities, and centers thematically on how these artists grapple with cultural identity and its relationship to the human condition at San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
2. In Katherine Bradford’s Fear of Waves , painting and swimming share immersion and a certain loss of control that is simultaneously wild and structured. The body in nature; we see ourselves situated in relationship to the deep other at Canada New York
3. The compelling work and storyof Vivian Maier at Merry Karnowsky Gallery
4. Tattooing in London has a long and rich history, dating back to a time before Captain Cook made his adventures to the Pacific. Tattoo London will offer insight into the history of professional tattooing in London as well as revealing life inside four contemporary tattoo studios in the capital via Museum of London
5. Expanding on her language that traditionally highlights misfits, outcasts, and the misunderstood – Allison Schulnik introduces a wild new cast of mythological creatures replete with centaurettes, unicorns, and otherworldly outsiders in various stages of liberation. Continuing her exploration of selfhood through diverse and rich allegories, her new subjects radiate gracefulness that is both vulnerable and stoic—a type of synthesis that is a hallmark in Schulnik’s work at Mark Moore Gallery
6. Lani Emmanuel’s figures of young women portray emotion and identity by focusing on body language, gesture and gaze. She captures each figure’s self-expression through their wardrobe. For most adolescent girls, fashion is a means of self-expression that allows for identity experimentation at Lora Schlesinger Gallery


Rebecca Atwood for Method Soap

January 25th, 2016


Most people in the design and homegoods space are familiar with Rebecca Atwood’s stunning watercolors. Her nature-inspired patterns evoke calming worlds through soft dyes and beautiful handmade shapes. Recently, though instagram, I came across her most recent commercial collaboration – a limited edition packaging partnership with Method Soap.


Method is a simple, design-forward, no-fuss brand. It’s made it’s mark riding the transparency wave over the past few years and has become a trusted name in the bathroom and cleaning supply industry. It’s fun to see them branch out a bit and experiment with a high-end pattern collaboration. This one in particular feels extremely appropriate, as many of Atwood’s watercolors have a fluidity that feels right for a liquids-based company. If you’re looking to add subtle organic patterns to you home, this is an easy win/win solution.


Friday Quick Links!

January 22nd, 2016


1. Elise Ansel’s work is derived from historical Old Master paintings via Miss Moss
2. Add some green to winter with a paper philodendron via The House that Lars Built
3. Jan Kalab’s organic abstraction via Trendland
4. The bold and colorful art of Esther Olsson via The Design Files
5. Wakako Kawakami’s giant textile birds via Hi Fructose
6. Simon Beck’s impressive snow art via Colossal
7. Lovely embroidery by Sarah K. Benning via Honestly WTF
8. Incredible paintbrush portraits by Rebecca Szeto via Design*Sponge
9. Santiago Salvador Ascui’s colorful of nondescript figures via Design Crush
10. A DIY ombre abacus, for all of your counting needs via Lovely Indeed
11. Koo Seong Youn’s delightful candy peonies via The Jealous Curator
12. Amazing and affordable rugs via Sight Unseen

Contributed by Emily Gup

Black + White Baby Themes

January 21st, 2016


Pattern Pulp’s been a hint quieter these last few weeks. Between a renovation, a move to Brooklyn, some family related medical stuff, wrapping the galleys for my Pattern Studio Chronicle book (!) and my own pending labor, things have been, well, busy. I haven’t talked about being pregnant all that much here – and have tried to keep the baby stuff to a minimum, but in my hunt for decorative and necessary items in these last few weeks of my third trimester, I figured I’d share a few favorite finds with all of you. The theme here is black and white – and as usual, I’ve veered away from cutesy…if you’re into this direction, I’d love to know, as I’m happy to post more on the topic.

Here’s my latest round up:

  1. 1. Cole and Son Columbus Etched Wallpaper, Nubie Boutique, $108
  2. 2. The onesie every new mom can relate to, Etsy
  3. 3. Cotton Baby Mittens, Rocky Racoon Apparel, $7
  4. 4. Messenger Diaper Bag, Littlephant, $215
  5. 5. Hello, Animals, Baby Book, $5.95
  6. 6. Freehand Swaddle Blankets, Land of Nod, $49
  7. 7. Miffy Light, MoMA Store, $199


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesBabyChildrensFashionWomens

Brand Collaboration: CB2 x The Hill-Side

January 20th, 2016


During a recent perusal of CB2 on a hunt for wall shelving, I came across an interesting brand collaboration. The Hill-Side, a menswear company founded by Emil and Sandy Corillo recently teamed up with the home goods store to infuse pattern and masculine urban themes into bedding and living accessories.


Made locally in New York City, the brand specializes in unique patterns and selvage-themed fabric. Founded initially as a tie and handkerchief company, they’ve since expanded to mens fashion and most recently, into home goods -as  evident by this commercial partnership. The floral theme is enlarged, minimized and deconstructed in ways that feel neutral and complimentary to warm woods, leathers and stripes. I’m a big fan of the line and the varied application of pattern. Kudos to both creative teams.


CATEGORIES:  HomegoodsTextiles

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 19th, 2016


This week’s artists draw inspiration from the comfortable and the insights of their intuition.

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1. Lori Ellison’s paintings and drawings are characterized by dense, pattern-filled compositions executed with a devotional intensity. The work incorporates both abstract geometric motifs and those drawn from nature. Organic motifs found in some of the works were inspired by Ellison’s visits to the recent Matisse exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art at McKenzie Fine Art
2. The work in Chris Oatey’s current exhibition is created through a meditative process. A painting develops outdoors over the course of several days. Falling snow covers the surface and subsequently melts to randomly distribute layers of pigment. The paintings serve as vehicle for later CB1 Gallery
3. Created during a very brief period, from 1989 until her early, unexpected and tragic death at the age of 29, Illse D’Hollander’s oeuvre exhibits a highly developed sense of color, composition, scale and surface, through the use of subtle tones and pared down compositions. On her work: “A painting comes into being when ideas and the act of painting coincide. When referring to ideas, it implies that as a painter, I am not facing my canvas as a neutral being but as an acting being who is investing into the act of painting. My being is present in my action on the canvas.” at Ilse D’Hollander
4. Taking the pathetic, melancholic and disillusioned attributes present in daily life, as well as the more mundane, and that which thrills and exhilarates us, Shrigley’s work is both honest and entertaining, contemplating issues such as death, love, insecurities and other emotional traumas in a manner that is quite factual and unapologetic at Galleri Nicolai Wallner
5. From hard-line bands to vivid stains to veils of color fields, Ronnie Landfieldʼs work always reflects his transforming insights on color and life. As the artist said in a recent interview, “I believe the most profound paintings allow people to look at the work and access the ability to see themselves.” at STUX + HALLER GALLERY
6. In Comfort Inn, Matt Phillips paintings simultaneously evoke and employ the deeply familiar architecture of decorative surfaces, textiles and fabrics, suggestive of a habitable yet transient domesticity. Like the Comfort Inn hotel across the street from his studio, his work conjures, as he puts it, “a space that is initially foreign… even artificial, yet somehow becomes a stage for something deeply human.” at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

Recognizing MLK

January 18th, 2016


Today, I’m working on a galleys deadline for my forthcoming Pattern Studio book for Chronicle. But in fine tuning illustrations and copy editing text, I wanted to take a break from regular scheduled programming to illustrate a piece of art reflective of the day. Here is the famous image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a true hero in American history.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.




Welcome! I’m Shayna.
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