Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 11th, 2015


This week’s artists view the world with a little magic, mystery and myth.

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1. In this groundbreaking presentation, Takashi Murakami continues to conflate historical, contemporary, and futuristic Japanese references with myriad styles, methodologies, and forms—a practice that has canonized him as of one of the most celebrated artists of our time at Blum & Poe
2. Young Chun’s ’s elaborate oil paintings feature muses with brilliant, chromatic glasses – magical lenses that highlight beautiful and fascinating elements in the world at C.A.V.E. Gallery
3. Alchemy is an expansive group exhibition curated by prolific multi-media artist Monica Canilao. Using the medieval forerunner of chemistry for inspiration, Canilao asked the group of over 40 artists to create both two and three dimensional works that will transform the gallery into a contemporary reflection of this well worn path through the eyes of the contributing artists at Inner State Gallery
4. Deedee Cheriel’s latest work “mixes ancient legend with modern life, predator with prey, east with west, and man with beast – weaving an appropriately complex tapestry of the societal fusion that defines our contemporary world.” at KP Projects
5. The shapes, colors and sections of the Marta Marcé’s multicolored canvases are often arranged and placed much like pieces on a gameboard or puzzle. Her latest works are inspired by the her recent journey to Guatemala, where she learned about Mayan cosmology (the origin of the cosmos) and its symbols, as well as readings of the philosopher and mystic, Ibn ‘Arabi at Rifle Maker
6. Margaux Ogden’s Chekov’s Gun at ltd los angeles


Design & Transportation in Mumbai

August 10th, 2015


Living in New York, it’s easy to understand how the yellow cab (not necessarily the sleek black Uber) is a cultural emblem of the city. We have hollywood and midtown rush hour to thank for that. In Mumbai, it’s similar, but a bit different. To support their tremendous population, there are currently 55K cabs in competition with one another to keep the transportation system running.


Taxi Fabric is a new initiative hoping to liven up these old cars and bring design to the forefront of conversation. Reupholstering seat covers and ceiling panels with patterns from local young graphic designers, each newly designed car now has the ability to transport their passengers both physically and creatively.


Currently, a small test group of five cars has been transformed, in an effort to help the population appreciate design as well as the cultural impact it can have. The goal though, is to convert over 1,000 cars – and – up Mumbai’s ante as a forward thinking design capital of India.

Check out Taxi Fabric’s kickstarter campaign to learn more about this cool initiative.


CATEGORIES:  Around the GlobeArt

Friday Quick Links!

August 7th, 2015


1. Adorable family portraits cut from paper via Colossal
2. South American colors & children’s book as influences art via Trendland
3. Fun DIY block printing on a budget idea via Remodelista
4. Crystal Wager’s neon colored sculpture and installations via Creative Boom
5. Art inspired by biology by Jenny Kemp via design-milk
6. Ximena Escobar’s beautiful felt collages via The Jealous Curator
7. Lauren Elise Cassar’s gorgeous voile scarves via The Design Files
8. Interview with street artist JR via My Modern Met
9. Drew Tyndell combines painting, sculpture, and collage via Design Crush
10. Modern furniture design with traditional woven art elements via Poppytalk
11. New wallpaper from Julia Rothman for Hygge & West via design*sponge
12. Digging this collection of affordable art via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 4th, 2015


This week’s gallery picks are colorful, quirky and perfect for summer.

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1. Jack Pierson’s new body of work is comprised of small watercolor and graphite works on paper, paintings and driftwood assemblages, made while in a self-imposed retreat on the island of North Captiva, on Florida’s gulf coast, from December to March, of the past year at Cheim Read
2. In Mauricio Toro Goya’s Milagreros, he reveals the reality behind folklore at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca
3. Les Biller’s latest work is informed by the vibrant pacific sunlight in Los Angeles & Hawaii, and the intrigues of visiting China & living in Japan at Rosamund Felsen Gallery
4. In 1964, inspired by both the long history of art and by imagery he found on contemporary printed postcards, Roy Lichtenstein began to explore the genre of land and seascapes, using paint, plastic, enamel, drawings, collage, print, and even film to realize his various works at Guild Hall
5. Robert Seydel created a series of works using the alter ego Ruth Greisman, a resident of Queens, New York, who was inspired by his aunt of the same name; his exhibition features a definitive selection from this fictional archive with a selection of Ruth’s “journal pages” and almost one hundred collages at Queens Museum
6. Lindsay Morris’ “You Are You” documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender-nonconforming children and their families at Clamp Art

Friday Quick Links!

July 31st, 2015


1. Digging these downloadable patterns from Frances Macleod via design*sponge
2. Elnaz Nourizadeh’s striking explorations in clay & candy colors via Design Crush
3. Old master paintings recreated as contemporary photographs via My Modern Met
4. Still amazed by Ron van der Ende’s sculptures via Miss Moss
5. Impressive drawings of mundane objects by Romulo CeldranThe Jealous Curator
6. Inside the studio of Liz Payne via We Are Scout
7. Stunning plants and pots via Sight Unseen
8. A lively little glimpse into the soul of the modern south via SF Girl By Bay
9. Dreamy watercolor-ed wood via design-milk
10. Lovely large format prints from Clare Elsaesser via Poppytalk
11. Tracy Wilkinson’s rustic housewares via Honestly WTF
12. Alex Ebstein’s Matisse inspired yoga mats via It’s Nice That

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 28th, 2015


This week’s gallery picks explore the intertwined nature of environment, memory, and culture.

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1. Observations in Nature is bound thematically by the metaphor of the shark. Influenced by philosopher Slavoj Zizek’s analysis of the film “JAWS” (1975), Abdul Mazid’s conceptualization of the shark refers to society’s tendency to insist upon the “othering” and villification of people, ideas, and practices at Shoshana Wayne Gallery
2. The Chosen Form of Your Destroyer is focused on a new series of mixed media works by Ian Francis depicting the coexistence of beauty and destruction in modern society at Lazarides Rathbone
3. My Dakota captures not just the state of South Dakota’s changing economy and landscape but also a personal catharsis. Rebecca Norris Webb came to understand the series as a means of addressing her grief for her brother—“to try to absorb it, to distill it, and, ultimately, to let it go.” at The Cleveland Museum of Art
4. Robert Minervini’ Invisible Reflections surveys six monuments in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Each of the six paintings depicts one individual monument, but interwoven with this imagery are white line drawings which represent the memorial’s historical framework. Minervini’s work invites the viewer to become more engaged with the rich history of San Francisco, with the hope that it will inspire further inquiry into our surrounding environment at Rena Bransten Gallery
5. Inspired by Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 novel, The Invention of Morel, the exhibition Memory Burn observes mortality and death in relation to recording devices. The title of the exhibition refers simultaneously to unforgettable visions burned in the mind and to digital burning used to archive memories.
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6. FAILE, a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, raises questions about our relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment by blurring the boundaries between fine art, street art, and popular culture at Brooklyn Museum

Friday Quick Links!

July 24th, 2015


1. Lorien Stern’s playful ceramics via Miss Moss
2. Just say yes to graphic walls via Honestly WTF
3. Insanely adorable yarn bobbins by Gwyn Lewis via Trendland
4. Whimsical ceramics by Mariko Paterson via The Jealous Curator
5. Thinking about illustrated interiors via Yellowtrace
6. Quirky ceramic lights by Marta Bordes via design-milk
7. Gorgeous marbled wood by Snedker via Present & Correct
8. Interview with Jeremy Ville and Megan Mair of Jeremyville via The Design Files
9. Adorable patterned baby shoes via Oh Joy!
10. Cyrus Kabiru makes eyeglasses from found objects via Colossal
11. DIY paper plant center pieces via The House That Lars Built
12. Kähler’s bright homewares via Design Crush

Contributed by Emily Gup

CATEGORIES:  Featured CategoriesWeekly Notables

Illustrate Patterns with Julia Rothman

July 23rd, 2015

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Julia Rothman is always creating something magical- be it wallpaper with hand drawn motifs, books to guide you as you roam about observing life, or environments for creation, where up-and-comers and experienced colleagues can share tips and tools to push each other forward. It’s inspiring to watch her build, nourish and support the illustration community.

Rothman’s latest collaboration runs along the same lines and is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to dip their toes in the world of surface design. Together with Skillshare, she’s created an online course to teach the technical ins and outs of pattern making. I highly recommend it for artists at any level who want to jump right in and start making again. Click here to sign up and keep learning!


CATEGORIES:  DIYHomegoodsTextiles

A Planter that Grows Over Time

July 22nd, 2015


This is one of the more innovative home items I’ve seen in a while. Behold, the expanding, origami planter from Studio Ayaskan. Created by the designer brother duo behind the brand, this simple yet complicated invention follows a plant’s transformation over time. While the studio is still in their manufacturing stage, they’re accepting emails for their mailing list to share release details when they’re ready.


CATEGORIES:  AccessoriesGiftHomegoods

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

July 21st, 2015


The details are in the dialogue in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. T. Kelly Mason has produced work across a range of media, including sound, video, installation, painting, and sculpture, addressing the relationships between reality, perception, representation and interpretation. In his current exhibition, Mason uses these relationships as lenses to examine dichotomies of scale: internal vs. external, human vs. cosmic, actual vs. imagined at Cherry and Martin
2. Focusing on four groups of artists practicing away from the cultural capitals of New York and Los Angeles, What Nerve! presents an alternative history of American art since the 1960s at Matthew Marks
3. The prime subject matter of Bertozzi & Casoni’s sculpture is modern consumption and its resulting detritus. The artists initially consider the process of decay because, as they state, “it is a very intense vision of the world…the true essence of things can be found in decay, in everything that has been rejected, in junk, in rubbish.  It is in decay where you can perceive true life, where you can see a human being’s essence.” at Sperone Westwater
4. CHROMA is the result of a long distance collaboration between Lisa Soloman and Christine Tillman that explores color theory through objects from everyday life, expressed through crowd sourced installation, drawings, and sculpture at Gallery CA
5. In Bart Exposito’s new work, forms suggestive of typographic characters are rendered with sensitive lines over opaque and ambient planes of dusty color. The result is a duality, or contradiction, in the appearance of the paintings: flatness can be experienced as both dense and atmospheric, as foreground and as background, and often these states are indeterminate at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
6. Metamodern will explore the idea of a contemporary cultural movement in painting and sculpture that has developed in dialogue with and in response to modernism and postmodernism of the 20th century at Denny Gallery


Color Fields & Surrealist Portraits

July 20th, 2015

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Meet Jane Lafarge Hamill, a painter, visiting lecturer, and founding director of The Project Rooms. Her paintings investigate portraiture, memory and human interaction. From real to the surreal, mundane to grand,  Hamill’s works highlight subjects ranging from close friends to compelling historical figures. In her most recent works, the subjects are more fugitive, fleeting figures whose aesthetic roots align more with a visual brain scan than a traditional profile.

These works were all made in a fishing village in Northern Iceland during a 2 month artist residency during January and June of 2015. They are currently on display at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Manhattan, check out the show if you’re traveling through!




Friday Quick Links!

July 17th, 2015


1. The history behind Besotho Heritage Blankets via
2. Make paper bead necklaces via Mark Montano
3. Everyday objects transform into otherworldly creatures via Colossal
4. The best thing since plastic flowers via Miss Moss
5. Beautifully minimalist jewelry and objects by Elise Sheehan via The Design Files
6. Loving the home goods coming from Lumiere Art and Co via Design Crush
7. Inka Mathew matches tiny objects with Pantone colors via iGNANT
8. Craft a cactus pin cushion via A Beautiful Mess
9. Maude White’s beautiful paper art Creative Boom
10. Punched copper votives via design*sponge
11. Rebecca Vaughan’s lovely paintings via The Jealous Curator
12. Thomas Robson adds contemporary flair to very classic figures via Trendland

Contributed by Emily Gup

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