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Mass Installations

Guerilla art is always fun. Especially when it crops up in unique and typically mundane locations. Artist and photographer Carson Davis Brown has created an installation series entitled “Mass”. The installations are constructed in retail and department stores, most notably Target, and are completely made up of objects and products for sale within the store. The compositions are mostly monochrome and combine disparate or incongruous items to make architectural forms. Once completed the sculptures are left for other shoppers to find providing an element of delight in an otherwise bland and monotonous shopping experience.

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Michael Sole

I am in love with these landscape and seascape paintings by British painter Michael Sole. The textures and rendering effects he uses give his paintings a unique and lively look. The water appears turbid and the land vibrates with life. Checkout more of his work over on his site.

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Chaz Bundick: Sketch to Screen

I have enjoyed the music of Toro y Moi ever since I first heard it. Also the visual art and design of Chaz Bundick has really caught my eye. Yours Truly made this great little video with Chaz where he talks about his process and the background behind his art and music. Very insightful and interesting perspective.

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David Wightman

On a recent trip to London we were offered some accommodations with some family friends Fran Giffard and David Wightman. Our stay with them ended up being the most delightful and inspirational part of our trip. The entire time they apologized for their “extremely shabby flat” while we reminded and assured them that it was infinitely more cozy, clean and comfortable than New Yorkers are used to.

They are both artists, and work from home and so we ended up having lengthy conversations about process, commissioned work, gallery snafus and life. The most remarkable part was that we ended up getting a lengthy tour of David’s studio. Where he showed us in detail the methodical process behind his work and the never-ending search for refinement and purity in color.

Pictured here: Celestine, 2015 David Wightman (acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas 70 x 105 cms)

Jamila Lyiscott – 3 ways to speak English

I won’t waste too many words introducing this besides saying that the self affirmed “trilingual” Jamila Lyiscott is enlightening in this recent TED performance.

Lots of Bits of Stars by Kai & Sunny

Some of my favorite artists are finally having a show here in New York this month. Kai & Sunny’s new exhibit “Lots of Bits of Stars” is opening on November 22nd at Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. Their work is beautifully ornate and unique and always printed so perfectly. I purchased an artist’s proof from them a few years ago and its one of my most prized pieces of artwork. Excited to see some new work from them, and possibly add something new to my collection.

Michael Zelehoski

I feel truly blessed that the contemporary artists I am inspired by and admire the most happen to be life long friends. Michael Zelehoski is one such person and has been a friend since we were kids. His process is ever evolving and the humble and effortless nature with which he approaches his work are some of my favorite qualities about Michael. In conjunction with signing to Mike Weiss Gallery he completed a semi-perminant wall installation, which interacts with this huge niche in the front desk space of the gallery. If you are in New York and haven’t made it over to see Mike Weiss’ new location on West 24th Street or Michael’s piece I highly recommend making the trip over to Chelsea.

photos courtesy of: ArtSlant

Laurent Pujol

To change how action sports photography and cinematography are approached it takes more than simply thinking differently. In the case of 41-year-old Laurent Pujol it was his background as a pro surfer and an image captured on a GoPro which a friend shared with him. Pujol riveted a Nikon D3 to the glass of a 16mm prime lens put it into a heavy duty housing and all that’s left to say is take a look at his photos. Also there is a great video below of Pujol himself talking about the evolution of his photographic process and where it is heading in the future.

Walton Ford – Watercolors (May 1 – June 21)

Besides being a longtime friend and mentor Walton Ford is far and away my favorite contemporary painter. His recent exhibition has gone off with the same sensual panache he has become known for. Also a hat tip to Paul Kasmin Gallery as they always put on the most enjoyable shows and parties. Lucky for me Kasmin is just around the corner from my office so you can be sure I will be stopping in at lunch time to view these a few more times over the next few weeks.

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Watercolors, an exhibition of new paintings by Walton Ford at 293 Tenth Avenue, New York. Ford continues to explore the visual and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting with his monumental watercolors, chronicling encounters between human culture and the natural world. Several pieces in this exhibition will expand Ford’s longstanding practice of incorporating written marginalia in his work, featuring, for the first time, musings penned by the artist from the perspective of his animal subjects.

photos courtesy of: Galleries Now

Madeleine Hines

It’s always awesome when someone you have been working with for a period of time shares some of their personal work with you. When the work is from an intern or even someone in a junior position it is even more exciting in my opinion. The paintings here are by Madeleine Hines who has been interning for one of our clients for the past several months. Her style and technical prowess are so evolved its truly amazing. The composition and subject matter are also rendered beautifully and demonstrate a nice balance between abstraction and attention to detail. Madeleine is definitely someone to keep your eye on in the years to come.

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Louis Reith

Paper and collage art has always been one of my favorite mediums. Either sculptural or two dimensional works, I think it is the art form most similar to graphic design. Louis Reith the Amsterdam artist repurposes out book cuttings, maps and other old sheets of paper into amazing little pieces. The map pyramids are by far my favorite, but I also really like the abstract pieces, which have some interesting textures and compositions. Head over his site to check out more of his work.

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Nordic Map by Hannah Warren

The illustrations of Hannah Warren caught my eye quite a while ago, but I only recently came across this map she did. It highlights the Nordic region of Northern Europe and has a beautiful texture and style, which is perfectly demonstrative of the geographical area it portrays. Craggy rocks, birch and pine trees, and a cold palette of grays are a few of the recognizable regional elements that are used to make up the landmasses in this map. This map was commissioned by Phaidon for a book on a restaurant in Denmark by the name of NOMA.

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Clooney x Kusama

For as long as I can remember George Clooney has been one of my favorite actors. Maybe its his everyman style or the clean crisp exterior cloaking a dark twisty inner turmoil. Either when I heard that he was going to be shot for W Magazine by Emma Summerton I was immediately excited. If that wasn’t enough the sets and the suit he would be wearing were to be designed by Yayoi Kusama. Another one of my favorite artists of all time. The resulting images are nothing short of amazing. Enough of my chatter. I have posted my favorite image here, but you should definitely head over to W and see the whole slideshow.

Autumn Gourds

The fall season is always one of my favorite times of year. Despite the influx of colder weather and the trees shedding their leaves it has a nice feeling to it. I especially love all of the harvest time and autumn vegetables. Christopher Dina has captured some squash and other related fall bounties in the two “Autumn Gourds” prints available in Dina’s shop on Society6.

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Richard Serra – New Work

I took a couple of minutes on my lunch break today and walked over to the two Gagosian locations here in Chelsea. If you haven’t heard, which I am sure by now you have, they are currently showing an exhibition of new work by Richard Serra. Of course the contents of the show are the predictable steel megaliths Serra has become known for, but it is still great to stand alone in a stark white space next to some massive post industrial scale metal forms. The scale successfully removes you from the norm as soon as you walk into a room or in better terms a hangar that is housing one. I highly recommend popping over to Chelsea to see the show being exhibited through January 2014 in their 21st Street and 24th Street galleries.

Photos courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

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Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013

If you don’t have plans tonight you should definitely stop by the opening of Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 at Paul Kasmin. Since they represent my close friend Walton Ford and are a client of ArtBinder the startup I work for PK definitely has to be my favorite gallery. So this exhibition is just one more reason why I love them. This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Brancusi’s first show at the Armory and his subsequent invasion of the American art scene. Hope to see some of you there tonight!

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Shipwreck Letterpress

My close friend Gregory Topscher launched a Kickstarter project for Shipwreck Letterpress his handmade cards and cut paper designs. With sixteen days left to go he is over three quarters of the way to his $2000 funding goal. Head over to KS and take a look at all the great pledge benefits that are on offer.

Interaction of Color iPad App

Interaction of Color from Potion on Vimeo.

If you studied design it is more than likely that you are familiar with Josef Albers, and his Interaction of Color. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic Yale University Press, with the help of Potion has released The Interaction of Color iPad app. The app features all the original color studies from the book and in addition there is commentary from a range of experts on both Albers’ work and theories as well as some interactivity that would have been difficult to achieve in the physical book.

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James Turrell at the Guggenheim

We took a work field trip yesterday intending to visit the Rain Room at MoMA. After arriving and to find out that the wait time during the special members viewing time was over two hours we trekked a little further uptown and settled for seeing the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. When I say we settled for the Turrell exhibit I mean it loosely as I have always been a huge fan of his work. These installations, albeit more subdued than some of his other work do not disappoint. The simplicity and scale and often the absence of things or the negative space created by his works are some of my favorite attributes.

P Nut

One of my favorite pairs of Vans from a few years ago were a pair designed by Galinsky. The artwork of Greg “P Nut” Galinsky has always been some of my favorite. Its honesty and simplicity are OffTheWall TV and was created to promote their 2013 Get Out and Do Something tour.

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