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

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

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