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Recognizing MLK

January 18th, 2016

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Today, I’m working on a galleys deadline for my forthcoming Pattern Studio book for Chronicle. But in fine tuning illustrations and copy editing text, I wanted to take a break from regular scheduled programming to illustrate a piece of art reflective of the day. Here is the famous image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a true hero in American history.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

– MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

January 15th, 2016

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1. Nacho Alegre’s photographs of Ricardo Bofill’s architecture via Sight Unseen
2. Gorgeous folkloric costumes from Germany via Yatzer
3. Jonathan Callan’s impressive book sculptures via Creative Boom
4. Interview with illustrator Kat Chadwick via The Design Files
5. A great interview with textile artist Maryanne Moodie via The Jealous Curator
6. Sebastian Errazuriz’s furniture built from fallen trees via Colossal
7. Neckties that take advantage of 3D knitting via design-milk
8. Jazzed about the upcoming infusion of Brazil coming to Ikea via Poppytalk
9. Ashley Eliza Williams’ otherworldly paintings via Design Crush
10. Loving Danielle Clough’s embroidered rackets via Honestly WTF
11. Portraits that explore body perceptions via iGNANT
12. Playing with the relationship between 2D and 3D pieces via design*sponge

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 13th, 2016

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Exploring overlaps and contrary concepts in this weeks gallery picks.

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1. While the natural world plays a profound role in Matthias Meyer’s work, he achieves in its depiction a synthesis between the representational and the abstract. Both mysterious and revealing, the water’s surface reflects its surroundings while simultaneously drawing the viewer’s attention into the depths beneath at Danese Corey
2. “Pulling imagery and motif from organic form, architecture, media and design I create densely layered, mixed-media paintings that are invested in process and grounded in traditional craft. I’m interested in the overlap of nature and culture and the patterns present in both; the tension between them drives my exploration of color, surface and materiality.” – Nina Tichava at George Billis Gallery
3. Gao Rong has navigated notions of femininity and identity through domestic architectures in her previous series in which she created facsimile houses, rooms, and sites of memory rendered entirely in embroidered thread. Rather than romanticize the handicraft, however, Gao threads narratives together painstakingly through these embroidered fabrics, sometimes mimicking the act of suturing a wound. For her current solo exhibition, The Simple Line, Gao condenses this process into abstract hoops that dissect the tensions between formalist styles and traditional folk craft indigenous to female domestic life in China at Klein Sun Gallery
4. David Lefebvre manipulates his landscape paintings Galerie Zurcher
5. Rock and Refuge, Carol Es’ latest exhibition, will include her Joshua Tree paintings as well as a drawing installation from her ongoing Journal Project at Craig Krull Gallery
6. Tony Ingrisano’s practice draws inspiration from various infrastructure systems, from man-made power grids to naturally occurring river circuits. Ignoring their intended functionality, Ingrisano instead focuses on the beauty and rhythm found within their forms. The work presented in this exhibition furthers Ingrisano’s exploration of the aesthetic possibilities surrounding organizational systems by expanding into the theoretical. His interest lies specifically within geometric perspective and what a breakdown of the rules governing that perspective can add to the discourse about systems at Lesley Heller Workspace

Friday Quick Links!

January 8th, 2016

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1. An interview with the duo behind Safomasi textiles via design*sponge
2. Logarithmic map of the entire known universe by Pablo Carlos Budassi via Colossal
3. Ceramics that blur the lines between function, design & sculpture via Deign Crush
4. Gorgeous fashion photographs from Cathleen Naundorf via Patzer
5. “Carpets” made from soft urethane foam via design-milk
6. Inside the studio of Workaday Handmade via Sight Unseen
7. Peek inside the few remaining textile mills in America’s Northeast via Honestly WTF
8. Amazing photographs of snowflakes by Don Komarechka via The Jealous Curator
9. Yusuke Asai paints only with natural pigments and water via Hi Fructose
10. Some fantastically fun pillows from Arro Home via Miss Moss
11. Lisa Lapointe’s pencil drawings are influenced by mythology via Trendland
12. Justina Blakeney talks about prop styling via Oh Joy!

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

January 5th, 2016

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This week’s artists use color to explore relationships in all of its forms.

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1. Tom Krumpak’s Bamboo tall, blue sky, a painted abstract picture, inside wooden room is comprised of a body of work, inspired by the relationship between Mid-20th-Century Modern architectural design and traditional Japanese Shoji screened dwellings found in the United States and Japan at Lora Schlesinger Gallery
2. Concrete Cuba is one of the first major presentations outside of Cuba to focus exclusively on the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s, and will include important works from the late 1940s through the early 1960s by the twelve artists who were at different times associated with the short-lived group at David Zwirner
3. Zhu Jinshi All the works in the exhibition are accumulations of Chinese aesthetic and socio-political histories and hard labor, drawn from the artist’s experience growing up during the Cultural Revolution at Blum & Poe
4. The genesis of Agathe de Bailliencourt’s Couleurs du temps is rooted in a three month residency in Marfa, Texas in 2014. Marfa’s extraordinary landscape and desert environment had a profound impact on Bailliencourt’s notion of time, space and horizon. The new paintings produced in Berlin continue her reflections on these concepts, with the artist questioning ‘what does it mean to paint a landscape today?’ at Blain|Southern
5. In Odili Donald Odita’s The Velocity of Change, the artist “hope[s] to engage the intrinsic power of color in its ability to escape the definitions of language that limit and paralyze” at Jack Shainman Gallery
6. In Color Matters, the artworks examine how color relationships function, on many levels, with their own logic. By definition, the first, or root, level of color usage is the purely abstract manipulation of the element of color for its own sake. It can be perceptual, realistic, theoretical or symbolic at The Painting Center

Friday Quick Links!

December 25th, 2015

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1. Put together this earthy wreath via design*sponge
2. Love this glimmering stars DIY New Year’s Eve crown via The House That Lars Built
3. Behind the scenes of New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Garance Doré
4. Cruz Novillo’s matchbox Nativity scene from 1968 via Present & Correct
5. Alan Lawrence turned his son into Elf on the Shelf via My Modern Met
6. The underground Mosques, Temples and Churches of Athens via Yatzer
7. Giant paper snowflakes via Oh Happy Day!
8. Children’s letters to Santa via New Yorker
9. Fun DIY wooden bead garland via Design Love Fest
10. Yrjö Edelmann’s paintings of haphazardly wrapped gifts via Colossal
11. DIY festive heels for New Year’s Eve via Honestly WTF
12. Digging this “less is more” take on holiday decorations via Poppytalk

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 22nd, 2015

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Our artists contemplate the ability of the world to transform in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. “The Colossalalia paintings are a rogues’ gallery of old Los Angeles neighborhoods. They serve as visual signposts to a landscape vaguely recalled, or no longer extant. As neighborhoods change through neglect, destruction or development, these paintings remain as souvenirs of a world systematically being erased” – Hilary Baker at Offramp Gallery
2. Mark Ryden’s latest series is informed by the geometric structure “dodecahedron,” a solid figure bearing 12 sides whose perfect symmetry has been the source of extensive query by mathematicians and scientists since antiquity. Drawing upon the form’s mystery and divine connotations as a source of inspiration, Ryden explores the bridge between the physical world and the intangible realm at Paul Kasmin Gallery
3. The vocabulary of images in Mark Ryden’s new body of work remains consistent with his pervasive distortion of scale and his iconic fairytale-like creatures set against seductive landscapes of untouched beauty. However, the subject of his latest series is informed by the geometric structure “dodecahedron,” a solid figure bearing twelve sides whose perfect symmetry has been the source of extensive query by mathematicians and scientists since antiquity Ron English’s Neonature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization at Corey Helford Gallery
4. Examining the evolution of the feather at Andrea Rosen Gallery
5. Both David Marc Grant and Adrian Landon Brooks are influenced by the notion of time – past, present and future. Grant continues to explore the idea of a mythical future world in his series of acrylic paintings on wood panel. In contrast, Brooks is inspired by materials and aesthetics of past eras at Campfire Gallery
6. Whitney Bedford’s exhibition will include a series of uniformly scaled landscapes; these images of a tropical desert form an exploration of the sublime, of Eden, of the origins of awe in nature, that hints at the cinematic. Bedford will also present a trio of monumental landscape paintings rendered in gold ink with her exemplary draftsmanship and painterly exuberance at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Friday Quick Links!

December 18th, 2015

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1. Covering a church into a skate park via design boom
2. Interview with perfumer Paola Bottai via Yatzer
3. Handmade rugs use remnants of fabric from the textile industry via Trendland
4. Charmed by Vipoo Srivilasa’s creations via design*sponge
5. Jimmy Nelson’s amazing photographs of indigenous tribes via Honestly WTF
6. Talking with Wayne White via The Jealous Curator
7. Lisa Smirnova’s hand-embroidered portraits via Colossal
8. How awesome is this dinosaur wallpaper via Poppytalk
9. Gorgeous sculptural lights by Home Adventures via Miss Moss
10. Junpei Inoue’s captivating technicolor wallhangings via Sighn Unseen
11. The daily routine of artist and designer Stephen Ormandy via The Design Files
12. Holiday traditions from around the world, illustrated via My Modern Met

Contributed by Emily Gup

Comparisons + Visual Cues

December 16th, 2015

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In a world where we’re constantly consuming content in various mediums, it’s hard not to draw comparisons on an image-by-imgae basis. As you scroll through instagram, it’s interesting to see similarities between posts, especially when there’s no geographical or thematic connection between the accounts.

These two printed pieces struck me in a similar way, as they share a familiar energy yet come from divergent design worlds. Elephant is an art and culture magazine that’s printed and produced in the UK. It has fantastic coverage of the art world. Just below, is the New York City Ballet‘s Fall advertising campaign. In describing both spreads, they feel lyrical, lanky and muted. Do you also see a common thread?

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 15th, 2015

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This week’s gallery picks examine intersections of reality, space and influences.

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1. This idiosyncratic selection looks at the diverse ways in which notions of inner and outer space are perceived and utilized as a topic within artistic practice at Edward Thorp Gallery
2. Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s new collaborative series The Two Times explores layered or dual realities, a prominent theme within the Kabakov’s work. Representations of a distant, classical past are spliced with images of fragmented memories from the Soviet era, conveying the collision of two time periods. The multi-layered interpretations emphasize human perceptions of time and the temporal nature of the present, which is constantly emerging from and turning into the past at Pace Gallery
3. A winter group show with an otherworldly vibe at Joseph Gross Gallery
4. Matt Wedel’s Peaceable Fruit comes out of a larger interest in landscape within his work and is a kind of hopeful signifier and idealized blueprint in understanding the future of humanity at La Louver
5. In his ongoing investigation of his intimate environment, Jonas Wood fuses artistic influences as diverse as the domestic interiors of Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, and David Hockney to Chinese and Japanese still-life scenes, ancient pottery and the guileless textiles of Josef Frank. Sampling subjects from his own photographs, he reiterates them through an intensive process of drawing. Filling the compressed spaces of his paintings with figures, plants, and household objects, Wood reimagines the world as a variegated collage of overlapping patterns, flatly rendered at Gagosian London
6. Erik Parker’s Undertow offers insight into the evolution of Parker’s work over the last two decades. Parker continues to critically chart the world’s current political, social, and economic landscapes with compositions brimming with references to media, popular culture, music, and art history. Synthesizing multiple elements from his myriad styles into new dynamic compositions, the artist works at breaking down the metanarratives of late modernist painting while simultaneously digesting the pictorial chatter of scrolling feeds of social media at Paul Kasmin Gallery

 

Color, Patterns & Collage

December 15th, 2015

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Whether you’re a fan of bold brights, muted tones, photography or flat design, all of these styles have been combined in the imagery above to create beautiful succinct collages.

The fabric swatch pile-up represents the latest of the season, citing a menagerie of reds, oranges and salmons. The Soho House graphic by Craig and Karl emits an entirely different vibe, while using a similar plaid palette. While the saturation is certainly turned up on the converse illustration, it’s easy to make comparisons between the two worlds – and see how slight variations can translate across fashion and marketing platforms. Which do you gravitate towards?

 

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Friday Quick Links!

December 11th, 2015

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1. Decorate your tree with silk flowers via Design Love Fest
2. A fan of the patterns in Mary Judge’s work via design*sponge
3. The Chanel of Africa via Messynessy Chic
4. Gorgeous paper cut at from Rogan Brown via The Jealous Curator
5. Michelle Kingdom’s embroidered psychological portraits via Colossal
6. DIY ceramic bells via The House that Lars Built
7. Monica Rohan’s subjects are buried under textiles & foliage via Honestly WTF
8. Cassio Vasconcellos’ fascinating fine art photography via Trendland
9. An interview with ceramicist Issac Nichols via Sight Unseen
10. Digging these artist designed throw blankets via design-milk
11. Love these cool and quirky picture frames from Fundamental Berlin via Miss Moss
12. Craft a glimmering script font garland via Poppytalk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Welcome! I’m Shayna.
I live in New York and curate Pattern Pulp Studios. We're trend forecasters connecting the dots between culture and commerce, helping companies navigate digital and physical opportunities. This blog gives a daily taste of what we're seeing. If you want to learn more about how we can help your brand, or just to say hello, drop us a line - we'd love to hear from you!
 
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