Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 24th, 2015


This week’s gallery picks are full of quirk and wonderment.

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1. M.A. Peers’ new exhibition is a summation of the two idiosyncratic areas she has explored throughout her career — dog portraiture and painterly abstraction at Rosamund Felsen Gallery
2. In Ulrich Wulff’s most recent paintings, we are presented with a figure that has made reoccurring appearances in nearly all of his paintings for over a decade. This character, with it’s bulging, antenna-like eyes, embodies for Wulff a mutable, calligraphic, or even cartoonish attempt at self representation. Though it can be identified as a central actor in a narrative tableaux of sorts, it’s primary function is to orient the artist in the endless field of possibility that opens up any time a new painting is begun at TIF SIGFRIDS
3. David Shaw’s sculptural work mines the domestic and cosmic, nature and science, craft and fine art. Organic materials brushes against the machine made and the distinction between the two breaks down. It is in this state of entropy that Shaw finds release, if not radiance at Bailey Gallery
4. For WONDER nine leading contemporary artists created site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art at Renwick Gallery
5. In Informal Arrangements, Michael Wolf juxtaposes an abstracted view of Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial facades with an intimate perspective from within its hidden network of back alleys, in a series of photographic typologies and vernacular Flowers Gallery
6. Leon Benn’s paintings are inhabited by participants, either person or animal, engaging in pleasurable activities within hallucinatory environments at Roberts & Tilton

Friday’s Quick Links!

November 20th, 2015


1. Interview & studio tour with Ikiré Jones via design*sponge
2. Leendert Blok’s book of flowers, Silent Beauties via AnOther Mag
3. Beautiful ceramics from Bridget Bodenham via Honestly WTF
4. A conversation with Oliver Jeffers via Yatzer
5. 250 totally unique covers for Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” via The Jealous Curator
6. Daniel Heidkamp’s soothing paper pulp paintings via Miss Moss
7. Solar systems and flowers encased in glass via Colossal
8. Talking with maker, stylist & creative director Tamara Maynes via The Design Files
9. Lovely DIY yarn planter via Poppytalk
10. Pretty DIY tissue paper flowers to top gifts via The House that Lars Built
11. Loving Stacie Green’s mixed media artwork via Design Crush
12. Women wearing armor and challenging the concept of authority via Trendland

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 17th, 2015


This week’s artists examine the intersections of our spirit and our minds.

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1. Coalescence brings together the psychedelic styles of New York-based collage artist Sebastian Wahl and Grass Valley/San Francisco landscape painter Justin Lovato. Curated by collector Brian Chambers, this exhibition of multi-dimensional urban mandalas and op-art natural settings evolves the contemporary visionary genre established by artists Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Oliver Vernon, and David Choong Lee at Luna Rienne
2. Fernando Reyes show, DANCE – DREAM – DRAMA, is very much about body language, or the conscious and unconscious ways in which our bodies communicate, often with much richer honesty than verbal language allows at Mercury Twenty
3. FIGURATION INSIDE/OUT examines portraiture through the depiction of the body, mind, and spirit. The paintings by the four accomplished artists in this exhibition were selected for their engaging personal expression, and styles. Their genre, unalike and varied, runs from realism, abstraction, narration, symbolism, patterning, and adornment at Nancy Margolis Gallery
4. For this show ,Oliver Jeffers has combined classical landscape and seascape painting with technical measurements. Through this juxtaposition, the artist presents the viewer with two modes of representation, one artistic and one scientific. Rather than increase our understanding, this combination makes things less clear by providing superfluous distraction whilst highlighting the boundaries of perceived knowledge. Thus, Jeffers points to two underlying obstacles of human cognition, the tendency to overthink and the inability to fully comprehend at Lazarides Rathbone
5. Jason Jagel’s CRAP SHOOT acknowledges the inherent gamble –the experimental nature– of making art, an arena where literally anything can happen at FFDG
6. Ryan McGinley’s Fall photos find art historical precedent and inspiration in the likes of Frederic Church and the Hudson River painters – Romantic landscapists working in the same region in which McGinley took these photos. Delicately avoiding the trappings of clichéd fall foliage photography, McGinley employs the coloristic lushness of Northeastern autumn as a setting for his models that is at once ecstatic and moribund: these bodies, frozen by the mechanism of photography, are placed in a landscape that is dazzling for the very reason that it is transitional, caught between periods of verdancy and barrenness. McGinley carefully constructs a world orchestrated by a dichotomous imagination: the public and the private, humanity and nature and even life and death exist in these pictures as a correlative nexus at Team Gallery, Inc.


Friday Quick Links!

November 13th, 2015


1. Make a rug out of fabric scraps via My Poppet
2. Steffen Dam’s glass oceanic creatures via Colossal
3. Beech Hall’s designs inspired by the hieroglyphics of Egypt via Miss Moss
4. Interview with artist and illustrator Kat Macleod via The Design Files
5. Accessories inspired by architectural elements via Yatzer
6. How much fun is this “Dear Lover” wallpaper via design*sponge
7. Karen Millar’s lovely ceramic “Pod Series” via The Jealous Curator
8. Sarah Ehlinger’s 100 days of potted plants via Honestly WTF
9. The Emoji Keyboard! via We The Urban
10. A good reason to collect those beautiful fall leaves via The House that Lars Built
11. Art & felted sweaters by Jin Angdoo Lee and Mathieu Julien via Design Crush
12. What about a wash tape “rug” via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 10th, 2015


Textile and texture abound in this week’s gallery picks, as our artists explore their materials and their culture.

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1. Omar Chacon latest show Las Mesalinas y Otros EnsayosLas Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos intertwines his heritage with his interest in classical Roman culture and myth. Chacon’s colorful and energetic configurations symbolize both the unity and diversity of the Americas, specifically Colombia, where he was born and raised and New York, where he currently lives at Margaret Thatcher Projects
2. A retrospective of Frank Stella’s prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings at Whitney Museum of American Art
3. Hilary Harnischfeger presents wall-mounted and free-standing works composed of clay, plaster, paper, ink, and minerals in this exploration of the landscapes surrounding her work area in the Catskill Mountains. Referencing both the body and the landscape, these new works tend to be at odds with themselves, both raw and overworked, adroitly crafted and accidental, peaceful and violent at Rachel Uffner Gallery
4. For Dead Treez, Ebony G. Patterson assembled five eye-popping tapestries and a life-size figural tableau of ten male mannequins, dressed in a kaleidoscopic mix of floral fabrics. Meant to present a complex vision of masculinity, the installation is a meditation on dancehall fashion and culture, regarded as a celebration of the disenfranchised in postcolonial Jamaica at Museum of Art and Design
5. Jeffrey Gibson, who is half Choctaw and half Cherokee, creates sculptures and paintings that intermingle more traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. Almost all the works in the show contain text that are charged with personal meaning, elaborately embroidered in beadwork and testament that design can have content at Marc Straus
6. Sheila Hicks’ revisits and reimagines The Treaty of Chromatic Zones, a monumental bas-relief of pure pigmented fiber originally realized for Art Basel Unlimited in June of 2015. Hicks showcases the supple and flexible qualities of her materials, sometimes deconstructing and reassembling previously used entities to explore their infinite possibilities of form and movement at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Spotting Nature’s Patterns Upstate

November 9th, 2015

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The weekend before last, I went upstate with my husband and a few very good friends. We spent most of Saturday in the woods, hiking…inspecting…breathing in all of the clean air. It was an incredible escape from the city and the first time I’ve opted out of Halloween mayhem and intricate costume design. It was a welcome move…one that felt appropriate for my second trimester days of pregnancy.

Here are a few photos from our hike…and while there weren’t any birds left, the binoculars came in handy for the changing hues. We also found bark moonlighting as gold and leaves that looked like lace – all in the natural process of decomposition. In catching this special transition, it felt like we were witnessing a loss of symmetry throughout – and all that accompanies the random beauty of autumn.


CATEGORIES:  Around the Globe

Friday Quick Links!

November 6th, 2015


1. A fan of Orly Genger’s striking installations via design*sponge
2. A chat with Jessica Bell via The Jealous Curator
3. Why not DIY your own dish set via A Beautiful Mess
4. Matty Roodt’s lovely sculptures via Miss Moss
5. Loving these handprinted scarves by Lauren Elise Cassar via Design Crush
6. Interview with Craig Redman via The Design Files
7. Claire Oswalt torn and painted papers via Trendland
8. DIY paper fiddle leaf fig tree via The House that Lars Built
9. Ellen Jewett blends animals with elements from their environments via Colossal
10. Stools made from discarded fans and scrap wire via design-milk
11. Digging Will Gill’s art via Art Hound
12. Obsessed with Justina Blakeney’s wallpaper for Hygge & West via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Watercolors from Quercus & Co

November 6th, 2015


While browsing Studio Four’s designer groupings, I came across the work of Quercus and Co. Based in Australia, this home goods company boasts a collection of beautiful and delicate geometric repeats. Founded by Adam Jones, the designs are all hand-painted or drawn and printed on sustainable papers and fabrics. Click here to see his full offering – it’s a stunning collection of wallpapers, fabrics and home accessories.


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesColorGiftHomegoods

Tonight: Percolate’s Portfolio Review

November 5th, 2015


At all points in our career, we should be trying to better ourselves. That might mean taking classes, going to lectures, or simply delving into new books on an unfamiliar topics. In the vein of pushing the ball forward, our friends at Percolate are teaming up with Behance to offer a portfolio review this evening.

Brad Blondes of Ming will kick off the evening with a presentation  – and will be followed by an organized round up and review of graphic design portfolios. The creatives in charge hail from some of the best agencies in the business: McCann, Ogilvy & Mather, VVVVVV, Ustwo, Momentum and Percolate.

Click here for more info and to submit your portfolio for review.

Thursday, November 5th
7:00pm to 10:00pm
107 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013


CATEGORIES:  DigitalEducationalEvent

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

November 3rd, 2015


The artists in this week’s gallery picks use location as metaphor and inspiration.

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1. Kapwani Kiwanga’s Continental Shift reflects on the hypothetical underground passage connecting Europe to Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar at Galerie Jérôme Poggi
2. James Hyde’s Ground “uses the flat field of painting as a topological arena that ties together the physical substance of painting and the ground on which it is laid, extracting spatial dimensions and new meanings from this relationship. In these increasingly direct works, he utilizes abstraction to break photography’s semantic hold on the way we construct an image of the world” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
3. Inspired by scenes from his everyday life, this entirely new body of work continues Nobuyuki Takahashi’s careful observation of place and distills from an undulating world a quiet sense of equilibrium at Rena Bransten Projects
4. The cycle of the destruction and rebirth of Detroit at Five Myles
5. Where Seonna Hong’s previous works focused on reckoning, forgiveness and ‘wishing I said all the things I didn’t say,’ If You Lived Here I’d Be Home by Now explores the possibilities of what’s to come. In the artist’s words, “My once melancholic and somber pieces have given way to a new kind of hopefulness.”  at Jonathan Levine Gallery
6. Mary Iverson, on her latest show You and Me in the Aftermath: “For many years, I have been inserting shipping containers and shipwrecks into pristine landscapes, inspiring conversations about the relationship between the environment and industrial activities. In my current body of work, I have brought the figure into the scene, adding another layer to the narrative.” at G. Gibson Gallery

Playful Graphics at Arro Home

November 2nd, 2015


The good folks at Arro Home are newish on my radar – and their products and patterns are a complete delight. Reminiscent of Japanese shapes and Scandinavian color palettes, this Melbourne-based company combines classic styles with witty designs.


The imaginative home range includes bed linens, cushions, blankets, rugs, kitchen textiles and ceramics. Check out their site to inspect, peruse and purchase.



CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesGiftHomegoods

Friday Quick Links!

October 30th, 2015


1. Anna Keville Joyce’s literal sources of energy via Trendland
2. Wooden tiles that aim to revisit periods of Brazilian design history via design-milk
3. Fun tassel wall hanging you can DIY via Honestly WTF
4. Digging these earlashes from Faris via Miss Moss
5. Interview with painter and accessories designer Kindah Khalidy via Sight Unseen
6. Playful street art by Michael Pederson via iGNANT
7. A look at the beautiful work of Marela Zacarias via design*sponge
8. Alison Moritsugu paints landscapes on wood slice via Colossal
9. Give your shoes a pick-me-up with some paint via The House that Lars Built
10. Izziyana Suhaimi’s lovely embroidery embellished illustrations via Design Crush
11. How about making a gourd bracelet via Poppytalk
12. Fun knit food from Jessica Dance via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

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