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Snail Mail + Analog Data + Art

April 8th, 2015

DearData

There’s something romantic about writing a postcard, even if it’s filled with data points and undecipherable sketches. Dear Data, a project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec really struck a chord, as their UK – US written correspondence is an interesting window into the world of a data thinker.

Both women live parallel lives in that they’re the same age, only children, transplants in a new country and work in data using a hand-crafted illustrative approach. Have a look to explore – the drawings have a beautiful morse code feeling to them and share more than meets the eye. Would you ever correspond with a likeminded pen pal?

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

April 7th, 2015

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We love the sumptuous color palettes in this week’s gallery picks- they’re lush, vibrant and full of punch.

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1. Casper Brindle’s work occupies the space where Color Field painting, Light and Space conceptualism and Finish Fetish sensibilities intersect at William Turner Gallery
2. Bill Jensen attempts to create paintings which, like self-contained beings, affect the world around them—a characteristic Jensen refers to as “emotional density.” His new paintings explore these longstanding concerns at Chaim Read
3. Laura Lancaster’s work is extracted from an archive of anonymous thrift store and flea market photographs. In these new paintings, Lancaster has used found home movie reels of super 8 film, the first time that moving images have been incorporated into her work.  Each work is a captured one-second frame, chosen from hundreds of films Lancaster viewed and then reviewed to render in either a domestic or cinematic size at Sargent’s Daughters
4. Drawing on manifestations of home, Ann Agee creates installations that explore notions of interior life, material culture, feminism and personal history. Interested in investigating the limitations of appropriation, mimicry and manufacturing, Agee employs familiar motifs – from household objects to modernist architecture – that she at once subverts, infusing them with her own personal and familial narratives at P.P.O.W
5. Richard Diebenkorn’s seductive color palettes and intricately balanced compositions draw from the light and a sense of the places in which he worked, and define a career that spanned more than four decades at Royal Academy
6. A decade Linda Touby ‘s art in Rare Bird at CK Contemporary

Friday Quick Links!

April 3rd, 2015

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1. Naturally dye your Easter eggs via design*sponge
2. Love this look at Beatrix Ost’s farm via Advanced Style
3. Joseba Eskubi surrealistic mixed media paintings via Trendland
4. Lovely DIY eucalyptus and yarn wall hanging via Poppytalk
5. Fabulous new blankets from Matt W. Moore via design-milk
6. Decorate tea tins with tissues paper via Oh Joy!
7. Digging these ceramics by TwoCan via Present & Correct
8. Make beer can vases via Fulltime Fiesta
9. The art and studio of Guy Yanai via Anthology
10. Noël Skrzypczak’s dynamic abstract paintings via The Jealous Curator
11. Gisele Freund’s wonderful photographs of Frida Kahlo via Miss Moss
12. Adorable DIY clay bunny bowls via Alice & Lois

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

March 31st, 2015

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This week’s artists display a meticulous methodology in their work.

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1. The new drawings and sculptures of Alex Zecca’s continue the artists obsessive and precise methodology. They are time-intensive, process-oriented works made through a laborious process of accumulating steady inked lines at Gallery 16
2. Breaking Pattern highlights several generations of artists whose works investigate and advance the discourse around pattern, optical, and perceptual abstract painting at Minus Space
3. Mara Held’s energetic yet delicate paintings on linen and paper use swirling organic forms that suggest lyricism and spontaneity, yet her medium of choice requires great dexterity and meticulousness. Held’s ribbon-like, concentric lines in vibrant colors create intricate patterns that evoke varied sources from topography or maritime waves to Japanese Woodcuts and Psychedelic posters at McClain Gallery
4. Aya Uekawa’s Good Girls at Kravets Wehby Gallery
5. Alma Thomas’ original and dynamic style is characterized by large-scale abstractions comprised of rhythmic, repeated marks of vibrant color. Inspired by nature, recent discoveries in the sciences, and her observations of earthly and celestial phenomena, Thomas’ work was devoid of overt political content at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
6. Jaq Chartier’s paintings—matter, vitalized—are the result, not of romantic or expressionist ecstasy, but orderly, almost scientific investigations into the properties of color at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Digesting & Designing Data

March 31st, 2015

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I’m a complete nerd when it comes to data design. It holds such high importance in communicating real-time facts, that it’s hard to ignore the visual trends of the category. If you take a gander at Pinterest, you’ll see endless styles that have emerged, to decipher the numerical chaos. This past weekend, Benedict Carey of The New York Times devoted a significant analysis to the topic, in relation to perceptual learning:

And so it is in many fields, whether predicting climate, flagging potential terrorists or making economic forecasts. The information is all there, great expanding mountain ranges of it. What’s lacking is the tracker’s instinct for picking up a trail, the human gut feeling for where to start looking to find patterns and meaning.

As we become more attuned to mapping data and translating it for the masses, we’ll be more equipped to embrace and evolve into the future. Never before has the art of tracking patterns been this important.

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Friday Quick Links!

March 27th, 2015

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1. Photographs inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings of domestic life via Miss Moss
2. Miranda Lorkeet wrangles MS Paint into art via Design Crush
3. How gorgeous is this “Floating Flower Garden”? via Colossal
4. A modern take on the style of Baroque & Rococo masters via The Jealous Curator
5. Swooning over Marina Zumi’s rainbow honeycomb mural via My Modern Met
6. Loving Guiomar Teles’ mixed media patterns via Trendland
7. A look at the morning routine of artist Kirra Jamison via The Design Files
8. Patterned bikes & accessories from Cath Kidston for Kingston Bicycles via Poppytalk
9. DIY some lovely botanical Easter eggs via The House That Lars Built
10. Robert Wimberley’s #Lighten Up via The Nib
11. Tassel up your sandals with this DIY project via Honestly WTF
12. Digging Sabato Visconti’s take on glitch art via Yatzer

Contributed by Emily Gup

Rotating Discs + Isabel Marant

March 26th, 2015

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As of late, life’s been a bit hectic, and this site’s been a bit still. Luckily, it’s the good kind of hectic that makes the work day a massive juggle…

Last week, while running between my Chinatown office and a client’s office in Tribeca, I just sort of stopped in my tracks when I hit this window display at Broome and Greene. Isabel Marant has a way with motors and movement, and the geometric grandeur of this rotating disc series translates beautifully. The nuance of the movement steadies the eye and livens the scene. If you’re in New York, swing by the Soho store- hopefully you’ll enjoy the artistic mechanics as much as the inventory.

 

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Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

March 24th, 2015

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Paper and every day materials reign in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. As the world becomes a more complicated and chaotic place, the appeal of miniatures as a means of both escape and commentary will likely endure for years to come at Apex Art
2. Pascale Marthine Tayou’s unique visual language is based on archetypes, made and found objects and traditional craft at Serpentine Galleries
3. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, Judith Scott used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures at Brooklyn Museum
4. Works on paper from a bevy of talented artists at ACME
5. Fernando Mastrangelo’s NOTHING alludes to the endless possibilities of transformation in the common and everyday goods we have around us, providing hope for the possibility of aesthetic utility in what we overlook as banal at Mike Weiss Gallery
6. Paper Cut is a group exhibition featuring artwork by six artists who cut into, tear into, and deconstruct the humble, traditional medium of paper to explore the terrain of their subject matter at Subliminal Projects

Friday Quick Links!

March 20th, 2015

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1. It’s spring! Make a rainbow welcome mat! via The House That Lars Built
2. Interact with the art at the world’s first self museum via Good
3. Keep your luck going with this DIY shamrock crown via Poppytalk
4. Kate Zaremba’s stellar wallpapers via design*sponge
5. Love these shots from vintage National Geographic via Miss Moss
6. Ceramic artist Alex Standen lovely indigo works via The Design Files
7. Haptic Lab’s coastal quilts via Design Crush
8. Make your own lip balm with berries via Oh Joy!
9. Psychedelic installations by Pip & Pop via Colossal
10. Matthias Jung’s surreal homes via iGNANT
11. Interview with artist Tali Lennox via Refinery29
12. Liz Payne’s bright painting, printing and embroidery works via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

March 17th, 2015

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Contradictory influences and potent memories inspire the artists in this week’s gallery picks.

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1. Peter Doig creates potently colorful works that primarily show people and architecture in landscapes of seductive beauty. These pictures are memories of and yearnings for a wondrous dream world that seems strange and at the same time familiar to us at Fondation Beyeler
2. Almost all of Howard Hodgkin’s works refer to memories and personal experiences but deliberately avoid the representational. A self-described painter of “pictures of emotional situations”, Hodgkin offers insight into his subjects with titles but it is his intuitive use of color that evokes a specific place, object or feeling at Nicholas Metivier Gallery
3. Filtered through memory, Marianne Van Lent’s work examines the mysterious forces of the physical world and investigates our fragile position in the universe through the intersection of natural and technological modalities at The Painting Center
4. Lady Shalimar Montague’s fragile and exuberant drawings depicting the reframing of her early life as a famous performer at White Columns
5. Jackie Saccoccio’s newest paintings balance various contradictory forces – explosive energy, atmospheric and diaphanous space, majestic compositional sensibility, and radiant color combinations, sometimes joyous, sometimes tinged with melancholy at Corbett vs. Dempsey
6. Zao Wou-Ki was born in China, but spent most of his life abroad. His work combines influences from traditional ink-and-wash-paintings and modernist abstraction at de Sarthe Gallery

Children’s Costumes at Le Bestiaire

March 17th, 2015

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I recently came across these adorable children’s costumes. They’re part of an exhibition entitled, Le Bestiaire, that’s currently on display at the Biennale internationale design de Saint Etienne 2015. The idea revolves around dressing up and becoming marvelous or monstrous. Getting into character is a part of being a child, and these imaginary creatures encourage children to become unexpected hyper realistic animals.

These stunning costumes are born out of the graphical fantasies of an eclectic team comprising Studio Brichet Ziegler, Perrine Vigneron and Gilles Belley, Louise de Saint Angel, Anne Lutz, Joachim Jirou-Najou, Felipe Ribon, Les Graphiquants, Twice, Helkarava, Bonnefrite, Malika Favre, Amélie Fontaine, Leslie David and Ionna Vautrin.

 

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Friday Quick Links!

March 13th, 2015

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1. The evocative abstract photos by Yuliana Mendoza via We The Urban
2. Hella Jongerius’ 3D animal porcelain bowls for Nymphenburg via Colossal
3. Aaron Kinnane’s Sunset Studies via Yatzer
4. Titus Kaphar cuts up and rearranges his paintings via The Jealous Curator
5. Paint the rainbow on your soles for spring! via The House That Lars Built
6. A 900 book roving library that resembles a military tank via Honestly WTF
7. Loving Heinui’s watercolor prints for spring via Miss Moss
8. Interview with Chela Edmunds of Takeawei via The Design Files
9. Would you customize your Apple Watch with an instagram photo? via design-milk
10. Amazing new carpet work from Faig Ahmed via Trendland
11. Michelle Kingdom’s miniature embroidered scenes via Design Crush
12. The outrageous Mermaid Inn via A Beautiful Mess

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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