Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 22nd, 2015


This week’s artists keep it bright, with crisp lines and a lot of pop.

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1. “The process involved in making [these paintings] is that of drawing and redrawing an image until only the most essential pieces are left.” at Joshua Liner Gallery
2. Richard Colman’s Faces, Figures, Places, & Things at Chandra Gallery
3. In Chromatic Aporias Rafael Lopez-Ramos includes realistic renderings of tropical fruits paraphrasing the gaze of colonial Art; the syncretism of Afro-Cuban religious symbols and Catholic images; and the Revolution’s propaganda iconography. Now he adds typical Americana popular culture characters, & esoteric symbols related to the American political tradition at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
4. Steven Harrington’s “Wavy Days” will feature 16 newly hand-painted canvases, 15 graphite drawings, 2 new sculptural works, and an exclusive screen-printed exhibition poster. The paintings present a brand new body of work that has never been exhibited, or shown within a gallery space at Colette
5. “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits” presents a selection of Barbara Rossi’s enigmatic graphite and colored pencil drawings from the late 1960s and her meticulously rendered reverse paintings on Plexiglas from the early 1970’s at New Museum
6. The World Goes Pop will reveal how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than Tate Modern

Friday Quick Links!

September 18th, 2015


1. Moon Chanpil paints quirky illustrations of people & animals via Hi-Fructose
2. DIY woven fabric necklace via A Beautiful Mess
3. Fun removable wallpaper from Kate Zaremba via Poppytalk
4. Gorgeous textiles from Janelle Pietrzak and Roberty Dougherty via Honestly WTF
5 How about coloring book fabrics via Damask Love
6. Britta Boeckmann’s jewelry melds resin & wood via Colossal
7. Handmade watercolor thank you cards via design*sponge
8. Interview with painter Monica Rohan via The Design Files
9. Digging Pop & Scott’s home goods via Design Crush
10. How twenty2’s 3D wallpaper was designed via Design Milk
11. James Hyde’s “Varieties of Useful Experience” via Sight Unseen
12. Lovely desktop & iPhone wallpaper by Monica Lynch via The House that Lars Built

Contributed by Emily Gup

Friday Quick Links!

September 11th, 2015


1. Real life forms twisted together into still life pieces via The Fox is Black
2. Interview with Inigo Elizalde of Inigo Elizalde Rugs via design*sponge
3. A Rice Krispies amplifier! via Present & Correct
4. Enamel pins stage a comeback via Miss Moss
5. Interview with photographer Max Wanger via The Jealous Curator
6. Interview with artist and industrial designer Derek Bruno via Sight Unseen
7. Love these glass vases that create visual distortions via design-milk
8. Jack Hogan’s sculptures imitate paint drips and swashes via Design Crush
9. Fun DIY graphic pillows via Poppytalk
10. Fantastic Indian inspired paper toy and stationary kits via Creative Boom
11. Use the Japanese art of mending textiles to fix up denim via Honestly WTF
12. Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Calendar via Colossal

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 8th, 2015


In this week’s gallery picks, our artists explore mediums and their artistic relationships.

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1. Choosing to work both within the figurative and more abstracted realms, Rich Jacobs crosses back & forth with no set boundary lines, or strict purism at Artists Republic
2. O’Keefe’s newest body of work, Things as They Are consists of ten photographs of distilled compositions of three boards, plexiglass and dowels that allow color and light to become the true material subject. Paradoxically, these straightforward photographs often defy understanding of how they were made or even that they are photographs at all at Denny Gallery
3. In her new work, Yunhee Min continues to explore the sensorial potential of color, light, and gesture. Movements refers both to literal and suggested motion and change: her gestures on the canvas, the viscosity of her paint, and the way these actions combine to produce a shifting spatiality within her compositions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
4. The paintings, works on paper and sculpture on view in Eat A Peach are linked by saturated color, textured surfaces and replication of forms. Mirroring, symmetry and tactility suggest both growth and abundance at Jeff Bailey Gallery
5. Handmade Abstract brings together 13 emerging and mid-career artists who are dedicated to the visual language of abstraction and whose work emphasizes the handcrafted nature of the art and processes of fabrication. The exhibition will focus on work that is inspired by the quality and physical nature of its materials and at times shows the influence of crafting techniques; merging the abstract form with a sense of the handmade, tactile, quirky, and personal at BRIC
6. Julia Bland’s large-scale works incorporate painting and weaving, exploring the structures and patterns that combine disparate elements into a whole. Ropes, painted canvas, and fabrics woven by the artist are stitched together, forming boundaries that further bind the work – warp to weft, image to object at On Stellar Rays

Friday Quick Links!

September 4th, 2015


1. Experimental artist Jose Romussi via AnOther Mag
2. Love the use of color in Ayumi Horie and Chloe Beaven’s home via design*sponge
3. Tape and stickers upgrade tropical plants, by Sarah Illenberger via Present & Correct
4. Interview with collage artist Hollie Chastain via The Jealous Curator
5. Digging this DIY plucky pom pom basket via Honestly WTF
6. A fan of these embroidered notebooks via Colossal
7. Fun DIY dot plates via The House that Lars Built
8. Sam Kalda’s charming Men and Cats series via Design Crush
9. Xuan Chen’s optical abstract paintings via Trendland
10. Elyce Abrams’ work examine changes in her reality post-baby via Artsy Forager
11. Fairfield Porter’s lush American scenes via Miss Moss
12. The incredible home of Martyn Thompson and Dove Drury Hornbuckle via The Design Files

Contributed by Emily Gup

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

September 1st, 2015


This week’s gallery picks challenge boundaries and ask questions.

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1. Bruce Dorfman’s stunning colorful abstract assemblages that ignore conventional spatial boundaries at June Kelly Gallery
2. Combining dense sculptural installation with video montages, Dineo Seshee Bopape’s artwork engages with powerful socio-political notions of memory, narration and Southbank Centre
3. Michael Berryhill’s latest show’s “Shrine Time” investigates both the physical space and spiritual aura of a shrine. For him, the object itself (the painting or drawing), and the act of stopping and looking, supplies the ultimate meaning at Bailey Gallery
4. Ingress/Egress lightly balances its journey in a space created of compressed experiences, a meditative dialogue of depth and transcendence. In its most basic form, the ownership of the works lie in the oneness of everyone who’s asked the eternal ‘why’ of the universe and made beautiful the uncertainty of the answers at Paradigm Arts
5. Dave Kinsey’s works in The Modern Condition are imbued with semi-abstracted figures and objects that become metaphors or symbols that ambiguously reference contemporary issues such as overpopulation, money, power, climate change, consumerism and the everyday dynamics of contemporary life at FFDG
6. Try again. Fail again. Fail better examines four artists’ explorations of ceramics and the inherent nature of its process, contributing authentic voices to the conversation surrounding clay at Cherry and Martin

Friday Quick Links

August 28th, 2015


1. Inside a hand-made globe studio via Colossal
2. The patterned floors of Paris via Present and Correct
3. Visiting with Maryanne Moodie via The Design Files
4. Bikes as a canvas via design-milk
5. A cathedral built from willow saplings via designboom
6. DIY brass fringe earrings via Honestly WTF
7. Make a terrarium side table via A Beautiful Mess
8. Sammy Slabbinck repurposes vintage magazine’s via AnOther Mag
9. Illustrations by John Lisle via Design is Mine
10. Michelle Matson’s paper sculptures via Design Crush
11. Would you believe these are paper? via Poppytalk
12. Dizzying collages from Jean Faucheur via The Jealous Curator

Contributed by Emily Gup

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.


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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