Friday Quick Links!

February 20th, 2015


1. Molly Hatch’s fantastic plate mosaics via My Modern Met
2. Welcoming the year of the sheep/goat via Present & Correct
3. Digging this DIY faux stained glass via A Beautiful Mess
4. Surreal human landscapes by Rocio Montoya via Trendland
5. Interview with glass artist Mariella McKinley via The Design Files
6. Mixing fairy tales and fashion via The Jealous Curator
7. Frozen sand on the shore of Lake Michigan via Colossal
8. René Barba’s playful paper lamps via design-milk
9. Charmed by Carson Ellis’ Home illustrations via design*sponge
10. Fun DIY paper marbling process via Honestly WTF
11. Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia’s textile art via Design Crush
12. Cheery chicken plates by Holly Fearn via Miss Moss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 17th, 2015


Each artist in this week’s gallery picks has cultivated their own unique language of expression in their respective bodies of work.

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1. Constance Lowe’s exhibition, Air to Ground, consists of highly textural geometric collages. These works are all part of Lowe’s Garden City series, 2013 to the present, which, formally and conceptually, evolve from US geological landsat (NASA land satellite) photographs that depict the circle-and-grid-shaped center-pivot irrigation farming patterns that dot the Midwest’s landscape at Ruiz-Healy Art
2. Using the concept of the graffiti tag as a starting point to craft a secret language of symbols, RETNA’s canvasses are messages known to him and his inner circle alone. Each block of text is a sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script. “Articulate & Harmonic Symphonies of the Soul” includes RETNA’s most important pieces of recent years and a careful selection of his newest works on canvas by the artist at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery
3. Important late works of Serge Poliakoff are juxtaposed with a small selection of works from 1950 and 1951, in order to illustrate the circular nature of his practice at Timothy Taylor Gallery
4. Liz Nielsen’s work in Wolf Moon is a contemporary application of one of the best known and most engaging avant-garde photographic processes, the photogram, whereby an image is created without a camera by placing objects directly onto photographic paper and exposing them to light at Denny Gallery
5. The Musical Box, features two pairings of artists:John Newman and Cary Smith; and Evie Falci and Robert Otto Epstein at Jeff Bailey Gallery
6. On the 20th anniversary of Nancy Graves’ death, Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents work from the first half of her artistic career, 1969 to 1982, and features painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. For Graves, the revelations of contemporary scientific research and the excitement of new discoveries were integral to the artist’s artistic practice at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Max Mara’s Texture Blocking

February 16th, 2015

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A set designer, a pattern maker and a photographer walk into a bar together…

Just kidding….but in all seriousness, this Max Mara’s Spring ’15 ad campaign kinda goes there. It’s hard not to love the balance of complex simplicity in the collage work. Between the pattern contrasts and varied scales, we get lost in the chaos- the only thing that saves us from a maze of black and white shapes is the color red and the focal point of a face. Using shape, flow and a beautiful model, the art direction guides us to the floral flow of the red jumper…the perfect step forward for the pattern on pattern look, wouldn’t you say?


CATEGORIES:  ColorFashionMarketingPrintWomens

Friday Quick Links!

February 13th, 2015


1. Soppy is the illustrated love story by Philippa Rice via Miss Moss
2. Pitt Bulls wearing flower crowns! via Sophia Gamand
3. A kind of Weeble for pens via Design Crush
4. Love the color is Claire Desjardin’s paintings via design-milk
5. Interview with artist Stephen Baker via The Design Files
6. Bangles embedded with flowers and bark! via Colossal
7. Urban yoga by Anja Humljan via Trendland
8. Marta Spendowska’s delicate watercolor abstract florals via The Jealous Curator
9. Pretty DIY woven placemats via design*sponge
10. Certainly more attractive than your average drying rack via Present & Correct
11. Who needs a camera when you use an embroidery hoop? via Honestly WTF
12. Digging these distortions by Hickey Heart via We The Urban

Contributed by Emily Gup

Morag Myerscough for J.Crew

February 12th, 2015

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J.Crew recently teamed up with the talented Morag Myerscough to design their London storefront on Marylebone High Street. Here are a few images from their blog, shot by the talented Kasia Bobula, where Myerscough’s creative process is documented. As you can see, the colors bounce around with a vibrant fluidity. This piece is a playful exercise in color theory – one that has beautiful movement. Artistic brand partnerships are quite common these days – and a stellar one plays up to both strengths. We think this one falls under that category, what do you think?


CATEGORIES:  ArtChildrensColorFashionMarketingMensSet DesignWomens

Geometry & Spatial Design

February 11th, 2015

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I recently stumbled upon two artists with parallels so strong, it seemed appropriate to write a piece about the similarities in their work. Meet Phuong Thuy Nguyen and Esther Stocker. Nguyen is from Budapest and works with woven objects and sculptural textiles, while Stocker is originally from Silandro, and is a master at perspective and spatial ambiguity.

Both work within the confines of a black and white palette and create illusionary geometry that manipulates the context of space. I find both of these bodies of work to be very inspiring- from the cast shadows and collaged lines to the intricate folding and origami-like repeats. It would be fun to see a grand collaboration between these two women, wouldn’t it?


CATEGORIES:  ArtRetailSet DesignTextiles

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 10th, 2015


Whether pulled from tradition or passion, we love the way these artists use color to express themselves and their worlds.

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1. Employing materials typical to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths, hand-embroidered and stitched together, Abdoulaye Konaté draws on the West African tradition of using textiles as a mode of communication and commemoration at Blain|Southern
2. Beyond the aesthetics of the race, Brian Alfred explores the global threads that feed into making all aspects of the race possible. Depicting both pieces and scenes of tracks across the world, oil slogans, and referencing companies that contribute monetarily to the races, he broadens his global AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE
3. Recognized for exceptional color intensity, William Pachner’s works often depict erotic and biblical themes. His drawings and paintings contain a paradox of meanings: the form, movement, and gesture affirm vitality, yet they are tinged with horror and violence. Loss and absence—of sight, family, and homeland, alongside the personal and artistic annihilation Pachner has faced—are represented in various configurations unique to each composition at Mindy Soloman Gallery
4. Alicia McCarthy’s energetic works weave together color, pattern and occasional lyrical or understatedly profound phrases. The artist is drawn to the discarded. Digesting the city’s landscape, ambivalent everyday items sheared from their original intent are re-appropriated into intimate art objects at V1 Gallery
5. Soaked, Not Resting will examine the different ways in which renowned Color Field painter Helen Frankenthaler and emerging artist Aimée Parrott negotiate the picture plane, looking in particular at both artists’ deployment of staining at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
6. Chamberlain, De Kooning & Others at Allan Stone Projects


Friday Quick Links!

February 6th, 2015


1. SCAD’s colorful exploration of micro housing via design-milk
2. Adorable DIY Valentine’s mini-zine via design*sponge
3. Fun painterly rectangles via Poppytalk
4. Sally King Benedict’s gorgeous series of abstract portraits via Honestly WTF
5. Awesome mirrored coffee mugs that reflect their saucers via Colossal
6. A great interview with Grace Bonney via The Great Discontent
7. Fabulously colorful vessels by KLEIN&SCHÖN via The Design Files
8. More attractive than your average acoustic panels via Present & Correct
9. Who needs taxidermy when you can have flowers via Lost at E Minor
10. Interview with the Milleneufcentquatrevigntquatre team via Textile Arts Center
11. An adorable DIY leather heart peter pan collar via The House That Lars Built
12. Beautiful dreamy paintings by Jeremy Miranda via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Patterns in Educational App Design

February 5th, 2015


Tinybop‘s tagline reads, Toys for Tomorrow. Ever since this Brooklyn-based app company launched as an interactive learning platform, I’ve been really impressed with their mission, their gaming categories, and of course, their elegant graphics.

If you’ve visited their site before, you’re probably familiar with the Human Body app – which teaches kids how their bodies operate through playful touch and grab challenges. Today though, I wanted to showcase their new Homes app, which lets you play with weather, interact with your neighbors, and navigate 20+ heavily patterned spaces. Illustrated meticulously by artist, Tuesday Bassen, Tinybop continues to strive high with this latest endeavor, following the success of past creative collaborations – a refreshing step for the gaming world.

Has anyone tried it out yet? Would love to hear your thoughts.


CATEGORIES:  DigitalMediaTechnology

Colors and Artistic Commercialism

February 4th, 2015


Art, is literally in this Spring. I started noticing all of the bright, retro accessories at the Hong Kong Airport last month. The common thread throughout links abstraction and art to fashion and commerce.


Here, we have Marni and their Spring Summer ’15 bags. I subscribe to their blog, and upon opening their newsletter this morning, I came across this Mondrian inspired marketing mashup. The 2D meets 3D blend is a creative stab at a classic work, one which mixes color-blocked geometry with product overlays.


Then there’s Celine. Their infamous trapeze bag carries a multi-colored stripe, signifying a season and an art era. There’s a simple elegance to this accessory that feels independent from it’s leather, color-blocked counterparts.


If you’re connecting the dots to Gene Davis and his famous color exploratories, I am as well. Davis, an American painter, has continually influenced the art and commerce worlds with his large scale post-painterly abstractions and color stripes.


Moving into a playful category that feels more Katy Perry than Joan Didion, Valentino has applied rainbow chevron stripes to it’s Spring ’15 accessories. The move is bold, if not juvenile, in a lavish, cartoonish kind-of-way.


Bringing it back to the art, it wasn’t hard to connect this palette to another Davis painting. The vibrance is infectious, and the historical reference gives the collection weight. Curious, which one is your favorite?


Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

February 3rd, 2015


The art of construction and destruction reign in this week’s gallery picks.

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1.With a relationship to concrete poetry, Katsumi Hayakawa’s 3D works make visual connections between the complex and unseen substructure of the information age and the increasingly dense landscape of modern cities at McClain Gallery
2. Don Kimes’ new works are inspired by the old and blemished paintings that were destroyed by a flood almost a decade ago in the artist’s home. Kimes was fascinated by the outcome, drawing incentive from the way the ruined work looked after the natural incident at Denise Bibro Fine Art
3. Elise Ansel’s paintings are derived from Renaissance and Baroque depictions of bacchanals and figures in the landscape. Her work is about reclaiming, re-visioning and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects rather than primary participants in the creative dialog at Pheonix Gallery
4.In Alon Kedem’s paintings, complex entanglements of human beings, x-ray machines, production lines of figures and body parts constitute works full of humor that by their nature elude the expectations created by a theoretical system. They create an attempt – connected with foregone failure – at organization and order.  The works are found in a transition, in an interim world of examination, lack of success, in processes without conclusions at Feinberg Projects
5. The relationship between destruction and creation is an underlying concept in Ori Gersht’s work. “I’m interested in those oppositions of attraction and repulsion and how the moment of destruction in the exploding mirrors becomes for me the moment of creation.” at CRG Gallery
6.Charles Gaines is celebrated for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper that investigate how rules-based procedures construct order and meaning. Working serially in progressive and densely layered bodies of works, Gaines explores the interplay between objectivity and interpretation, the systematic and the poetic at Hammer Museum

Modern Art in Palma De Mallorca

February 2nd, 2015


This past summer, I visited Palma de Mallorca. Interestingly, there weren’t many Americans, though there were lots of Brits and Europeans poking around the cobblestone streets, enjoying their summer holidays.

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I found myself wandering between gelato stands, hidden beaches, food markets and cultural institutions. Along the way, I visited Es Baluard, the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art in Palma.

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Here are a few snaps of the Implosio Carte Blanche a Comicnostrum exhibit. The works on display ranged from well known Spanish artists to modern up-and-comers and presented a flow that was very engaging. The vast walls in contrast with clustered groupings worked brilliantly – the visual approach complimented the diverse collection.

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In between the paintings and mixed media, was a looping video and costume display (artist unknown). It featured two women in transparent bodysuits doing an athletic dance routine. It reminded me a bit of The Class, a yoga-meets-bootcamp full body workout I try to regularly do when I’m in New York.

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It was all very captivating in an unfamiliar way, and the accompanying outfits presented a balance of high concept fashion and athletic irony. The graphic shadows and red stitched anatomy completely desexualized the nakedness of the women. It was unexpected and mechanical in a refreshing way.

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Then there was Joan Miro in 3D. This was one of the highlights of the exhibit. His works have a playful maturity to them. If you’re a fan of his drawings, the sculptures will make you yearn for animated accompaniments to the art. There’s boundless expressiveness to each colorful mark.

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Baltazar Torres also made a big impression – his metallic urban sculptures are an interconnected maze of buildings that any city dweller can appreciate. Stacks of shiny rectangles are adjoined to create geometric landscapes.

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And last but not least, this piece (artist unknown) merges two distinct worlds: one filled with a cultural Spanish icon and another with futuristic florescent lights emulating the guts of a bull. It sparks a debate on the graphic nature of death on display.

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