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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 16th, 2015

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This week’s gallery picks focus on action and evolution in the artist’s process.

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1. This series presents a new take on pixelation, as Peter Fox’s work in “Blind Trust” distorts a color grouping from spherical drops to elongated color flows, which are swept across the canvas, spread and stretched in all different directions at Front Room
2. In Jug Life, artists breathe new life into still life at Park Life Gallery
3. About her work, Galen Cheney has said, “I like my paintings to exist on a tightrope, right on the edge of coming apart. Not fixed, not static, but open, and with a sense of still being composed. I want the process, the struggle to be right out in front, not covered over or tidied up.” at The Painting Center
4. Felipe Pantone’s body of work spans from graffiti to kinetic art. Strong contrasts, vivid colors, effects, and the use of mixed medium and varied technique combine to impact strongly on the viewer at Delimbo Gallery
5. “My inspiration fuels the belief that risk and guesswork will reveal new possibilities” – Kevin Broad at George Billis Gallery
6. THE COYOTE is a show of five NYC based painters implementing humor, kitsch, repetition and stark glyph like visuals, combining disparities to create new meanings at Gallery Steinsland Berliner

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Friday Quick Links!

June 12th, 2015

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1. Fabulous & fun hand printed pillows by Sunny Todd Prints via design-milk
2. Build a hanging plant lamp via design*sponge
3. Love Jodi Wiley’s paintings of bark via The Jealous Curator
4. Glassware inspired by laboratory equipment via Present & Correct
5. Beautiful botanicals and resort fashion via Miss Moss
6. Adrian Esparza’s gorgeous geometric thread installations via Anthology
7. Recently uncovered one hundred year old chalkboard drawings via Colossal
8. Irene Grishin Selzer & Peter Selzer of Iggy & Lou Lou via The Design Files
9. Digging Bri Land of Adrift in My Mind’s wood goods via Poppytalk
10. Learn to needle felt a photo via A Beautiful Mess
11. Jim Darling‘s airplane window seat paintings via Honestly WTF
12. A series of rug that look like a colored pencil frenzy gone right via Design Crush

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 9th, 2015

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This week’s artists invite you to look a little closer – things aren’t always as they appear.

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1. To create mixed-media objects, assemblages, collages, and performances, Dan Bainbridge draws from nature, history of representation, Western mythology, childhood, adult fantasies, and popular culture. Bainbridge’s menagerie remind us of medieval compendia of animals’ symbolic meanings that made no distinction between animals native to Europe, exotic species, and imaginary beings at Art 3
2. In addressing systems of both taxonomy and display, Max Hooper Schneider’s Accidental Menagerie becomes a set of conditions rather than a discrete “plot”. Made up of over 25 specimen trays and created through a horizontal process of arrangement, the components of this work are hung vertically to create a visually permeable “wall”. Composed of many counter-taxonomic parts, these trays include rogue specimens, ornate detritus, and fragments from lived experiences such as a well worn band t-shirt or the contents of an anonymous junk drawer at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
3. Letha Wilson cuts, tears and shapes her photographs, pushing and pulling the prints into place and then encases portions of the composition in cement. She explores the magnetic pull of the American West, alluding to landscape’s intrinsic role in our own myths of reinvention, endless possibility, and inevitable promise Grimm Gallery
4. Liu Bolin disappears into the background at Houk GalleryGalerie Edwynn Houk
5. Andrew Dadson heightens the relationship between painting and the surrounding physical world by experimenting with painting’s foundational components (color, texture, medium, and support) and by bringing awareness to the body and its modes of perception at David Kordansky Gallery
6. Duane Hanson’s lifelike sculptures at Serpentine Galleries

Friday Quick Links!

June 5th, 2015

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1. Beth Moon captures some of the world’s oldest living trees via Colossal
2. God’s Eye mobiles and colorful floor mats from Domestic Construction via Poppytalk
3. Mimi O Chun’s Stuffed Hipster Emblems via Anthology
4. Such a colorful and whimsical home via design*sponge
5. Hyperrealistic portraits of bathing women at different seaside locations via iGNANT
6. Super adorable rotary phone succulent planter you can DIY via I Spy DIY
7. Overlaying a polaroid with the context in which it was taken via Miss Moss
8. Xochi Solis’ lovely mixed media works via Trendland
9. Quirky embroidery by Ana Teresa Barboza via The Jealous Curator
10. Neat objects from Milan Design Week via Miss Moss
11. Elizabeth Pawle’s wall hangings via Honestly WTF
12. Fun giant glow in the dark moon via swissmiss

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

June 2nd, 2015

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This week’s artists experience the world through a lens.

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1. Land and Sea features painting, drawing and photography by artists who provide illuminating and unexpected responses to aspects of the natural world at Danese/Corey
2. Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s acclaimed photographs of masked figures set against a deteriorating Southern landscape, and his somewhat lesser known, yet equally dynamic portraits—primarily of American writers at The Blanton Museum of Art
3. Rose Marcus photographs the Seagram Building and Central Park, then prints those photos and adheres them to the ready-made materials of architecture – sheets of plywood, aluminum, and acrylic at Night Gallery
4. Cathleen Naundorf’s Noah’s Ark features a series of taxidermy animals alongside unique haute couture pieces by leading fashion designers.  These elaborate sets embody a sense of extravagance – the dresses, headpieces and models posed against painted backdrops in a photo studio or on location – juxtaposed with the Biblical story and quest for a better life at Hamiltons
5. “See and discover the world with the wonder of a child” is a founding credo for Marc Riboud, who looks for a fleeting relationship interposed by viewfinder and lens at Polka Galerie
6. In her day, Frida Kahlo was photographed as much as, if not more than any Mexican movie star, and the portraits left behind are evidence of the limelight that surrounded her. Those same photographs that captured her magic and drew the public to her continue to seduce, and today, Kahlo’s allure and exotic beauty have become an intricate part of the universal conscious at THROCKMORTON FINE ART

Fancy Fence Work from London

June 1st, 2015

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Just a short post today…here’s an incredible piece of artistry woven into a regular fence. Yalla Yalla is a Beirut Street Food Market in Shoreditch, London. Welcoming you into the space is this patchwork sculpture that’s almost invisible, until you’re up close, inspecting the menu, deciding whether or not you want to enter. It feels like wire crochet. Does anyone know who’s responsible for it?

 

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Friday Quick Links!

May 29th, 2015

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1. Stunning Australian fungi via Colossal
2. Michela Picchi’s fantastic bright colors and fun graphics via Design Crush
3. Painted diamonds are a girl’s best friend via The Jealous Curator
4. Beyond adorable ceramics from Meyer & Lavigne via Honestly WTF
5. Jeff Martin Joinery’s hand-painted credenzas via design-milk
6. Flower Queens in Madrid, a medieval tradition via Creative Boom
7. DIY abstract photo frames via design*sponge
8. Colonization of lichens via Trendland
9. Dig this idea of wood burning wooden utensils via Poppytalk
10. Simone Truong’s lovely melancholy paintings via Artsy Forger
11.Love these delightfully quirky rugs from GUR via Miss Moss
12. An amazing kaleidoscope playground via Yatzer

Contributed by Emily Gup

Book Review: Behind Collections

May 28th, 2015

1Behind Collections Book

Graphic Design in branding and communication has always been important. Something well designed can create customer loyalty, monetary benefits, and an edge on competition. Insert pattern and texture into this conversation and you’ve elevated it, giving the audience more visuals to identify with.

2 Behind Collections Book

Behind Collections is an encyclopedia of the best graphic design and promotional materials in the fashion industry today. It hits a certain aesthetic that’s quite popular at the moment, and reveals the varied methods of achieving a luxurious brand through color, embossing, typography and photography.

3 Behind Collections Book

It includes promotional design from ACNE, HONOR, AKIN, Vogue, Hermes and more…and an index of the creative studios behind the work.

4 Behind Collections Book

Here are a few spreads that that caught my eye. If you’re looking to add another book to the library, I highly recommend investing in this one. Click here to purchase.

Doors Throughout Morocco

May 27th, 2015

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I was recently telling a friend about my travels throughout Morocco, and she said that her father used to buy old Moroccan doors and ship them to America. The endeavor sounded equally arduous and enterprising.

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All throughout the country, multicolored patterned doors fill the streets. There are engravings, paintings and metal work that nod to the rich cultural roots.

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Here are a few snaps from Fez, Essaouira and Marrakesh. Compared to their textiles, the designs are tame, but on their own, they stand as incredible works of functional art.

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

May 27th, 2015

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This week’s artists explore their creativity in everyday materials and experiences.

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1.Michael Zelehoski takes found three-dimensional objects like pallets and police barricades and restructures them into two-dimensional space via Mike Weiss Gallery
2. Exploring the Rules of Vandalism at Le Paris Urbain
3. In her exhibition Attention Shoppers, Lisa Hoke invites the eye to a smorgasbord of color and form sourced from the printed packaging that contains and advertises processed foods at Pavel Zoubok
4. Kacper Kowalski’s striking aerial photography at The Curator Gallery
5. For Passage, Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee intermixed stained coffee filters and hand-drawn patterns on torn rice paper. In addition to the botanical imagery found in both artists’ individual oeuvre, the piece references landscapes from Allison’s work as well as Korean symbols and motifs common in Lee’s work at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
6. Rick Begneaud aptly combines paint, collaged with fabrics to create abstracted, angular shapes pulsating with rich color at Woodward Gallery

Friday Quick Links!

May 22nd, 2015

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1. Tehran transforms billboards into art via The Guardian
2. Inside the studio of Hoi P’loy via Miss Moss
3. An exquisitely colorful and luxurious hotel in Jaipur via Trendland
4. Fantastic terracotta ceramics from Sharon Muir via The Design Files
5. Melissa McCracken paints music via WeTheUrban
6. An abandoned house in Detroit is covered in flowers via My Modern Met
7. Pip & Pop’s sugar crafted world via The Jealous Curator
8.  Zemer Peled creates her sculptures from ceramic shards via Honestly WTF
9. Lovely new wallpapers & tiles from Grow House Grow via design*sponge
10. Jenny Acosta’s delightful series of illustrated food puns via iGNANT
11.  Vintage postcard landscapes combined into new sculptures via Design Crush
12. Art history in contemporary life via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Crowded Spaces + Flat Design

May 21st, 2015

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There’s an interesting optics play going on here. We have two very talented graphic designers creating varying crowds. While one feels like the Barnard graduation, filled with promising young women, the other has a metropolitan rush hour vibe. You can feel the hustle and bustle through the pattern blocking. The drawing on the left is by Alessandra Genualdo, an Italian illustrator living in London. I came across the layout while on a trip to Toronto. It was on the cover of Double Dot Magazine. The black and white crowd on the right is a piece by the Japanese artist Hisashi Okawa, who I recently discovered on Pinterest. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition, no?

 

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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