Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 14th, 2015


This week’s gallery picks present the balance of whimsy and precision expressed in lush color.

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1. Robin Rhode’s Breaking Waves, whimsically depicts a young boy surfing in the sea. The illusionistic swell of the waves–articulated by Rhode’s drawn gestures onto a dilapidated city wall–reiterates the boy’s deft maneuvering of the ocean and this type of athletic physicality is echoed in the accompanying wall drawing at The Drawing Center
2. Rhythmic and lyrical, with a combination of pre-ordained structure and improvisation inspired in part by his love of jazz, Stanley Whitney’s square-format paintings are arranged rectangles of vivid, single colors in a deliberately irregular grid, with the close-fitting, many-hued “bricks” or “tiles” stacked vertically and arrayed in horizontal bands in Dance the Orange at Studio Museum Harlem
3. In Plane Figures, artists working in Argentina, Peru, and Chicago are brought together by a shared interest in abstraction as a phenomenological, first-person experience of painting’s two-dimensional plane. In a selection of works that engage the history of geometric abstraction and op art, the artists boldly manipulate or violate the conventions of these styles in visceral ways at The Mission Projects
4. James Kennedy’s abstract paintings feature intricate, completely knitted surfaces that rely structurally on a buoyant tension of line, form, texture, and tonality. Despite the precision of his works, which contributes to their measured and harmonious gestalt, Kennedy’s process is unpremeditated; he does not create preliminary drawings, nor does he make use of referential material at Dolby Chadwick Gallery
5. Vera Paints a Rainbow showcases Vera Neumann’s use of color as means to express emotions through compositions characterized by a colorful palette. The works on view, organized following the rainbow spectrum—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet—emphasize Neumann’s rich use of color, which in her words, “is a marvelous way of expressing emotion.” at Alexander Gray
6.  In response to the complex and elusive nature of color, Maureen McQuillan has created her own chromatic system, one that is both orderly, but also one that would “heat up, break down and short circuit itself in no time.”  at McKenzie Fine Art

The Paintbrush Playbook

July 13th, 2015


I’ve been a huge fan of Ana Montiel’s work for a long time. Her brush strokes have a unique sensibility to them. They’re both beautiful and influential and have interestingly defined periods in fashion illustration over the past decade.


Montiel’s latest project is one for artists, as opposed to her typical reel of brands and commissions. She’s created an incredible resource in her latest book debut, The Paintbrush Playbook: 44 Exercises for Swooshing, Dancing, and Making Dazzling Art with Your Brush.

Inside, you’ll find warm-up exercises and guides to experimenting with new brush techniques. The pages are uncoated, and encourage the reader to experiment on the page. Here are layouts that especially resonated: a step-by-step lesson on how to make an all over pattern and an exercise devoted to  negative space. Click here for more info and to buy.


CATEGORIES:  ArtBook ReviewsColor

Friday Quick Links!

July 10th, 2015


1. Beautiful series of elaborate portraits by Visionary Art Project via Trendland
2. An ‘ocean’ of nearly one million translucent plastic balls via Creative Boom
3. Turn vintage lampshades into vases via The House That Lars Built
4. Interview with ceramicist Lucile Sciallano via The Design Files
5. Terrence Campagna creates with discarded wood via Yellowtrace
6. Fabulously quirky porcelain trophies by Vika Mitrichenko via The Jealous Curator
7. Objects For Enhancing Life At An All Girls School via Present & Correct
8. Satsuki Shibuya’s dreamy watercolors via Design Crush
9. Make a beaded phone case via A Beautiful Mess
10. Make a colorful rope bag via Honestly WTF
11. Shoes created from ocean waste via Colossal
12. Sarah McRae Morton’s captivating paintings via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 8th, 2015


This week’s artists playfully experiment with size and method.

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1. Greg Bogin’s Sunny Disposition is comprised of colorful shaped-canvases where the fabric is forced into complex contortions as it is pulled seamlessly taut over wooden panels. This body of work expands upon these strategies with subtle variations of color, complexity of shape and shifts in scale at Marlborough Chelsea
2. Drawing Sound explores the intersections between drawing, sound, and performance-based art at The Drawing Center
3. Delicate Creatures showcases the works of eight contemporary artists connected by the thread of the delicate nature of their material, application and object-presence. Together, these works occupy a sublime two- and three-dimensional space, touching both painting and sculpture at Foley Gallery
4. Lorraine Loots Ants in NYC will feature print reproductions her 1″ x 1″ watercolor renderings from her two-year, self-imposed mission to create and complete one piece a day, and will also include a handful of New York-inspired originals, created in New York, for New York at Three Kings Studio
5. In Spontaneous Order, Pard Morrison’s signature geometric sculptural forms now expand to include large areas of uniform color, creating forms that are limitless in scope and measure at Brian Gross Fine Art
6. Scott Albrecht Here and Now plays off his graphic style of intricate typographic woodworks, colorful patterning and found object re-appropriation at Andenken Gallery

Brandon Locher’s Creative Process

July 6th, 2015

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Nearly a year ago, we shared the incredible illustration work of Brandon Locher. It’s easy to recognize a Locher piece, as his distinct style is intricate, colorless and evolutionary of his Mazes to the Motherlode series. Locher draws for ten hours straight, going into a meditative disciplined state. In his own words:

Our journey must be to awaken here and now. To be fully alive, we must be fully present. Hopefully embedded within these illustrations lies a personal topographic blueprint for the vision and self creation of even smaller moons, larger galaxies, and realized worlds. I became very meditative while making these pieces. My self-focused mantra was making this creative process completely effortless.

Here is one of his newest works – a 20″ x 20″ illustration which was made exclusively for The Ghostly Store. It’s a tremendous tangle of mono-patch chords, an appropriate collaboration for an electronic music based label. Click here to buy and learn more.


CATEGORIES:  ArtMediaMusic

Friday Quick Links

July 3rd, 2015


1. Tomas Saraceno’s airborne “vehicles” created from recycled bags via Anthology
2. Artist-designed, digitally printed, on-demand wallpaper from Feathr via design-milk
3. Yosuzi Sylvester’s gorgeous hand woven hats via Honestly WTF
4. Stefaan De Croock uses wooden doors to create wall murals via Creative Boom
5. Swooning for Deco wallpaper via Present & Correct
6. Interview with ceramicist Amanda Smith via The Jealous Curator
7. DIY hand-painted abstract curtain panel via A Beautiful Mess
8. Genevieve Felix Reynolds’ intricate layered paintings via The Design Files
9. Fun DIY Instagram wall art via Poppytalk
10. How gorgeous are the colors in The Good Machinery’s jewelry via Design Crush
11. Digging Tiff Manuell’s handmade accessories via The Design Files
12. Lovely collaged paintings by Camille Hoffman via booooooom

Contributed by Emily Gup

Shoes, Stars & Stripes for the 4th!

July 3rd, 2015


In the vein of our upcoming holiday weekend, it’s hard not to share these fabulous sneakers from Saint Laurent. Amusingly, they’re French, not American, though they carry the essence of American patriotism that’s also reminiscent of Wonder Woman…right? Super fun, yet a serious splurge.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend in whatever sneakers you may or may not be wearing and happy 4th to you all!


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesFashionMensWomens

Addiction & Obsession in Paris

July 2nd, 2015


I’ve been meaning to post this show since I returned from Paris…it’s one of the best retail-meets-art installations I’ve seen in a while. Merci Merci is a wonderfully curated lifestyle, fashion, home and art experience in Le Marais. Whenever I visit, I make sure to pop in to see the latest presentation. As you can image, I was beside myself when I stumbled upon the Addiction and Obsession show that’s currently on display. Celebrating pattern, photography, objects and markings, both Paola Navone and Daniel Rozensztroch have joined forces to share their life’s work. Each artist’s process is documented in both an addictive and obsessional manner, then commercialized and sold in the store in the form of wallpaper and printed materials.

Obsession by Daniel Rozensztroch, Artistic director for merci. Obsession because he has always been fascinated with everyday objects and the inventiveness that emanates from them.
Russian ornaments from the 19th and 20th centuries, brushes, toothbrushes, spoons or hangers, obsession is accepted and displayed on 3 meter long sheets of paper, representing these symbols of popular art in an oversized manner. 

Addiction by Paola Navone, longtime lover of the color that fades between blue and indigo. Full framed depiction of autobiographical patterns. The fish ( her astrological sign ), the frank look, and omnipresent Asian culture with the shadow of a geisha and traditional textile pattern.

To purchase the enlarged and oversized wallpaper versions of their work – which was super cool, click here. It took every bit of willpower to not to buy the toothbrush print. It’s a conversation starter for any bathroom.


Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 30th, 2015


In this week’s gallery picks, we’re celebrating America.

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1. Over the period of one year, San Francisco based artist John Chiara made numerous trips to Coahoma County, Mississippi, located in the town of Clarksdale. The photographs made during this time showcase the rich quality of the Mississippi earth with subtle notes of local history at Rose Gallery
2. Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale exhibition to survey the entire career of pioneering artist and designer Corita Kent. Her vibrant, Pop-inspired prints from mine a variety of secular and religious sources and using the populist printmaking medium to pose philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty, and religion. Her work was widely recognized for its revolutionary impact and remains an iconic symbol of that period in American history at Pasadena Museum of California Art
3. New York View celebrates a selection of work by artists, illustrators and graphic designers who have been commissioned by the MTA to design posters and who have been selected to create permanent public work for the MTA system. We examine the way the artists move from pen and paper to more durable materials like glass, mosaic and stainless steel as work is translated to become a permanent fixture in the neighborhoods of New York at Society of Illustrators
4. Kelly Franklin & Carol Jarvis’s show, “Poor Richard”, is an ode to the writings of Benjamin Franklin in his published work “Poor Richard’s Almanac” from the early to mid 1700’s. Many of these sayings about life and practical living have survived in everyday use, and just as many have been forgotten at Paradigm Arts
5. Comprising more than six hundred works, America Is Hard to See elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts at Whitney Museum of American Art
6. Known for his iconic street art pieces of playful children set in urban contexts, Bumblebee draws from a nostalgic love of childhood memory and its simplicity at Thinkspace Gallery

Textiles at the Brooklyn Art Museum

June 29th, 2015

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If you’re looking for a bit of textile inspiration, check out the Brooklyn Art Museum. They have some wonderful pieces to inspect – like this Ted Hallman wall hanging from 1965. Hillman is an American artist who was a true vanguard in mixed media and textile development in the late 1950’s. He would combine natural fibers with acrylic, then experiment weaving them together.


This elevator door was designed by the American artist, Louis Henry Sullivan and is from the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1893. It’s thought that Sullivan’s work was simplified by his most famous disciple, Frank Lloyd Wright – as his other wrought iron works were more intricate. It’s pretty remarkable who relevant and almost current this pattern is today.

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If you head up to the fifth floor, you’ll find a robust library of African textiles. While these patterns may seem similar, they represent varied political, social, religious and personal beliefs. Each repeat conveys wealth, power, ideas and artistic styles from across the continent. This section was complimented by a large series of videos, sculptures and cultural paintings.



Friday Quick Links!

June 26th, 2015


1. Not your usual magnets via design-milk
2. Lovely collagraphs by Tessa Horrocks via The Jealous Curator
3. Pretty botanical wood slice DIY project via Tidbits
4. Colorful sculptures by Brooklyn Community-Supported Art & Design via Trendland
5. Anna Mo‘s delightfully chunky blankets, scarves and rugs via Honestly WTF
6. Megan Nicolson turns drop cloths and paint rags into art via Design Crush
7. Parisian roof tops by Michael Wolf via Yellowtrace
8. A look inside Amy Hamley of redraven studios work space of via design*sponge
9. Forgotten Europe by Matt Emmett via Creative Boom
10. Wooden bird callers made from old xylophone parts via Present & Correct
11. Time-lapse videos of Joe Mangrum’s sand-paintings via Colossal
12. Make giant flower pinwheels via The House that Lars Built

Contributed by Emily Gup

Retail: London Storefronts

June 24th, 2015

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There’s a lot of good color making the rounds in London this Spring.

We’ve been in a pastel period for some time, and it seems like we’re moving a bit forward, finally. Between Maitre Choux’s grand opening and the Liberty x Nike collaboration, the graphics are flat colorful vectors full of wit and whimsy.

The new patisserie in South Kensington is a passion project by Joakim Prat, and the editable items mirror the branding in their geometric story. The desserts are absolutely delicious, I highly recommend popping in if you’re a local – I went on a recent trip with my friend Lily, and it took all the willpower in the world to resist ripping into the package before getting it home to share.

Down on Regent Street, Liberty London’s window is a 3D model of patterned terrain. Foam core has been cut into curved landscapes, depicting depth through pattern. Check it out if you’re walking by, it’s really well done.

CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeColorFashionMensRetailWomens

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