Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 25th, 2015


This week’s artists blur the lines between life and art while drenching them in color.

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1. Carl Cashman creates vibrant neon colored op-art, a genre he has coined “neometry”, or neon geometry. The works are hypnotic, at times bordering on the hallucinatory, and blur the distinction between digital and analogue forms at Thinkspace Gallery
2. Different cycles of Pia Fries paintings between 2006 and the present day at Mai 26 Galerie
3. Working from traditions of painting, the artists in this show use the formats of painting to explore a diverse range of themes related to contemporary American culture. These include leisure culture, personal histories, queer identity, and the nature of perception at Ortega y Gasset Projects
4. With his newest series of paintings Tim Biskup has come back to his roots. The work is bold, colorful, cartoony and emotive. He’s always felt a sort of spiritual connection to the work of Roberto Matta which is a touchpoint in this collection. Like Matta, Biskup believes that these paintings are biomorphic representations of the artists psyche at Kong Art Space
5. Painting the Human Spirit is a memorial exhibition dedicated to the memory of Albert Irvin, recently deceased. Irvin’s passionate abstraction is well recognized and the artist himself, known to all as Bert, was a universally admired and loved human being at Gimpel Fils
6. For Martin Creed, there is no border between life and art. He is increasingly interested in the performative nature of painting and the particular relationship between a body’s movements and the shapes it produces. In this exhibition, certain works have been made working with dancers whose movement, with paintbrushes held in their feet, translates directly as the forms produced on the painting at Hauser & Wirth

Friday Quick Links!

August 21st, 2015


1. Stunning use of color by Jeanne Gaigher via Miss Moss
2. Art to make you smile via Another Mag
3. Oliver Hickmet’s draped landscapes via The Jealous Curator
4. Luis Barragán’s clean lines and bright contrasting colors via Trendland
5. DIY floral iPhone case via Anthology
6. Craft yourself a botanical jungle via Poppytalk
7. Interview with illustrator, art director & designer Elke Kramer via The Design Files
8. A very colorful basketball court via Present & Correct
9. Tile decals in some delectable motifs via Door Sixteen
10. Turning black & white photographs get a new life via Colossal
11. Transforming wood shavings into acoustic panels via design-milk
12. Melissa Loop’s lush tropical paintings via Design Crush

Contributed by Emily Gup

Patterns in Packaging from Birchbox

August 20th, 2015

1Birch Box Patterns

I recently came across the packaging and graphic design work of Mary Rabun. Her aesthetic is bold, bright and feminine – and a playful departure from the minimalist illustration styles we’ve been seeing for a bit. In exploring her portfolio, I was struck by her full-time design work for Birchbox – it’s all very vivid, maximalist and distinct.

2Birch Box Patterns

While these boxes were released in March, they have a timeless appeal and reveal how a brand can successfully apply print and pattern. Using bold brush strokes and a harmonious color palette, Rabun excels in keeping Birch Box at the forefront of unique and cool packaging.

3Birch Box Patterns

In addition to the boxes, the accompanying insert cards play to the same creative mood and get interactive with a Q&A contest. If you have time, dive into Rabun’s past work, it’s beautiful, engaging and a great fusion of commercial pattern design.


CATEGORIES:  BeautyFashionGiftPackagingPrintWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

August 18th, 2015


This week’s artists are driven by their curiosity about the world and methods of perception.

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1. Gergö Szinyova’s latest work, the industrial hues of grey, ochre, violet and spearmint reflect on the imagery that influence his painting, gathered from browsing the internet for photographs of modernist environments. The artist translates the experience of browsing, and the urban human environment, as an abstracted memory of kinetic gestures and hidden content at Anat Ebgi
2. Ruth Tabancay’s latest work spins the hexagonal form into various configurations and renders them in a range of materials that correlate to the concepts of the finished work. Tabancay is driven here by a childlike fascination with geometry, and an educated intellectual curiosity about microbiology at Mercury Twenty
3. Broken Colours features six artists whose works employ color as a near material.  It considers how a schismatic chromatic composition might lead to an integrated structural form, and vice versa at Nicholas Metivier Gallery
4. Liz K. Miller has created a new language to communicate musical scores to produce the intricate etchings and prints presented in this exhibition. The premise for these works is the use of the repetitive motifs that occur in music in order to generate concentric patterns. The resulting imagery looks like it could have naturally occurred or grown, like constellation patterns or rings of a tree at BEARSPACE
5. While many former graffiti artists drop their pseudonyms when they enter the world of art, Jason Williams (aka Revok) refused. In Revok, he goes beyond the self to examine perceptions of consciousness and unconsciousness at Ruttkowski;68
6. Inspired by his Brazilian heritage, Fernando Chamarelli channels the disparateness of his cultural environment through his work, tapping into his country’s rich history of contrasts and coexisting diversities at Thinkspace


The Women of Al Kawtar Marrakech

August 17th, 2015


I’ve been sitting on the post for a while, but wanted to finally get it out into the world. While traveling through Marrakesh earlier this Spring, my good friend Lisa and I made a stop to an incredible non-profit for women with disabilities, called Al Kawtar. Al Kawtar was founded in 2006 and has evolved into a full-service center that includes meals, transportation, physical rehab, technical training and medical support. The women are taught how to sew and embroider and are given an opportunity to be independent and earn a salary in a safe and dignified environment.


The visit was incredible – in that the women were extremely kind, supportive of each other and skilled at their craft. The head woman in charge walked us through the center and showed us how everything worked and what the products looked like from concept through production. She also ran us through the itemized pricing and how she managed the work flow and international orders.


It was obvious there was a lot of pride in the pieces that were being made. It’s also worth noting that everything was very unique and extremely commercial. I remember seeing a stack of handbags on one of the tables – where the body of the bag was a converted Moroccan pillow case with florescent embroidered clasps and embellishments. I wanted to buy one, but was told they were part of a big order for a boutique in Paris.


I discovered on the last leg of my trip through France that this specific collection went to Bensimon’s home shop. The mark up was expectedly significant, though in all honesty, the prices seemed fair and reasonable along the production food chain. It almost seemed expensive for wholesale pricing – which was refreshing to see the collective getting a fair rate for their handmade goods.


I ended up designing two bags on the fly, which surprisingly only took 24hrs to assemble. I was able to pick them up the next day before heading out and was elated with how they came out. In addition to these incredible clutches, there were embroidered friendship bracelets, pot holders, baby clothing, robes, tunics, blankets and napkins. Everything had a hint of French flair with beautifully embroidered accents. Here’s a video that shares a window into their world. If you can support Al Kawtar by visiting when you’re in Marrakesh or placing a custom order for your shop, definitely do it, you won’t be disappointed.


Friday Quick Links!

August 14th, 2015


1. Gigi Rodgers as a living comic book illustration via My Modern Met
2. Heather Evans Smith’s explores her relationship with her daughter via Miss Moss
3. Lighting inspired by old-fashioned phones via Design Crush
4. Loving all of these colors via Style Bubble
5. How about putting your baskets on your walls via Honestly WTF
6. Now that’s a playful car via Present & Correct
7. A hula hoop + t-shirt yarn + weaving = rug! via Flax & Twine
8. Sonia Pulido’s porcelain paper dolls via The Jealous Curator
9. Interview with Justine Ashbee of Native Line via Sight Unseen
10. Make a marbled clay pendant via A Beautiful Mess
11. Experience music in physical form via design-milk
12. . Street artists paint mural across a district in Pachuca, Mexico via We The Urban

Contributed by Emily Gup

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.
at bitforms
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

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