VOL. 6.20.2017 | Feature Rick Stevens

About Rick Stevens

Rick Stevens’s career as an artist has evolved in much the same way his paintings do. He takes his inspiration from the natural world in all its sublime mystery, then surrenders to that mystery to let the unseen forces of nature guide his hand—and his life. This intuitive process creates room for those serendipitous moments that emerge only when the chattering of the conscious mind is stilled, allowing him to proceed with his life and work in an atmosphere of quiet joy and reverence.

It’s been that way ever since he was a small child growing up in Sparta, Michigan, when he used to watch his talented father as he painted evocative landscapes that reflected the beauty of woods, rivers, and wildlife. Inspired by that process, Stevens went on to study art at college, but his most intense education was provided by the woods themselves.

Shortly after graduation, he retreated to an isolated cabin in northern Michigan for a year to meditate and absorb the rhythms of the life forces that commingled within the forest. The move was precipitated by his association with a spiritual teacher from India, which brought about major changes in both his way of thinking and his lifestyle, including the cultivation of practices such as meditation and yoga. These disciplines complemented his study of compatible teachings from his own cultural heritage, such as that of the transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau, which provided a way of connecting to the spiritual aspects of nature. The existential questions raised in these studies also spurred his interest in quantum physics and other such scientific theories, along with a desire to explore these worlds through his art.

Stevens thus began as a landscape painter, but the ephemeral appeal of nature eventually led him away from the realistic rendering of what he saw around him and into a realm of abstraction, where pulsating energy and lambent light create the crescendos and diminuendos of a world in continuous flux. Working both in the studio and en plein air, he draws on the realism and abstractions of the natural world to create paintings that challenge us to perceive the underlying structure of the universe within a seemingly random expression of unalloyed beauty.

Artist’s Statement
 
My work may be seen as an open window to other realms. Its visual vocabulary has evolved from years of painting the landscape. Although I no longer consider myself a landscape painter nature continues to be my muse. I think of nature as a continuous flow of shapes and patterns of energy that has, or more precisely is, an intelligent force. Most modern day physicists will tell us that all the forces and particles in nature are one, just different ripples on the ocean of consciousness: a Unified Field.
 
While acknowledging a debt to the abstract expressionists I don’t consider myself ‘of that school’. That movement tended to focus our attention upon the work as a thing in itself, identified with the art-process. While I wish to stay true to the modernist idea of process-oriented art, behind my shapes and colors on the picture surface there is always another realm, another order of meaning, however abstract that meaning may be.
 
A sense of structure is important to me, but I avoid strong divisions. I require a certain ‘fluidity’ where everything is flowing into the next thing. My compositions are infused with an overall light that is all-inclusive. This doesn’t allow anything to be read as separate from the whole. There is diversity, just like in the natural world, but there is an underlying unity that is apparent. I sometimes use preliminary sketches as beginning compositions for paintings and pastels. Much of my process is improvised, allowing the work to evolve organically.

   

Vol. 06.18.2017 | Sunday Selects

BERND HAUSSMANN

 

His painting is based in finding a process that motivates the making of a painting and then widely exploring that process to contact a wide range of manifestations. In best painterly form he determinedly makes an effort to steer against the obvious and the likely. 

 

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DOUGLAS WITMER

 

Growing up in the Mennonite culture of Lancaster County, PA, Douglas Witmer’s deep connections to simplicity, peacemaking and humility began at an early age. Through his color-driven visual experiences, he has steadily pursued a personal inquiry into the materiality of seeing, perception, feeling and memory for over two decades.

 

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BRENDA ZAPPITELL

 

Brenda Zappitell creates abstract expressionist works not only born out of intuition, but also serendipitously influenced by nature and her life experiences. Her mark-making, though serendipitous, reflects these influences.

 

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OBJECTS

 

Our objects are organic pieces that add texture and the influence of nature to interior spaces. We love how these pieces contribute to the overall feel.

 

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30 WORKOUTS THAT TAKE 10 MINUTES (OR LESS)

 

Plank dips and jumps, here is agreat workout that only takes 10 minutes, or less!

 

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HALIBUT WITH SPICY SAUSAGE, TOMATOES, AND ROSEMARY

 

Nduja is a spicy, spreadable, fully cooked sausage; you’ll find it at some Italian specialty stores.

 

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THE BEST WINES FOR SUMMER

 

Let’s think about all those rosé Instagram hashtags that (almost) always accompany.

 

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THE BLUE BOY

 

T Magazine visits the studios, exhibitions and homes of the biggest names in art, all around the world.

 

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THE ECSTATIC MUSIC ON ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA

 

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, spiritual leader and the wife of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.  Four recordings Coltrane made in the 1980s and ’90s on a series of self-released cassettes that were meant primarily for an audience of her followers.

 

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VOL. 06.13.2017 | Feature Kollabs

ABOUT KOLLABS

Kollabs is a collaboration between Miami-based artist, Luis Garcia-Nerey and Atlanta-based artist, Anke Schofield. They explore questions on the human construct within the forest and its inhabitants. The artists present a provocative series of collaborative paintings and installations that create a sense of wonder evoking questions on, and of, the interaction between human life and the forest environment. Kollabs’ offer the viewer a preview into a familiar environment while challenging them to examine the existence of human and animal beings.


Kollab artists Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield, explore questions on the human construct within the forest and its inhabitants. They present a serious and provocative series of collaborative paintings and installations that create a sense of wonder evoking questions on, and of, the interaction between human life and the forest environment. The pair split their creative time traveling between studios in both Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia in order to create their wondrous pieces.

This grouping of works focus on the interaction between modern day human society and the forest. Our intentions are to see past the obvious environmental issues and concentrate more on an existential point of view. ~ Luis Garcia-Nerey
In past exhibitions, the artists’ focal point have not only been a philosophical one but also one that emphasizes on an aesthetic balance that resonates in their current exhibit. The heart of the series embarks on a journey in which the viewer is presented with a narrative but not a conclusion. This is an attempt by the artists’ to create an interaction between the participants and the works.
Our ultimate goal is for the viewer to achieve a personal conclusion that is not based on the idea of an Other but rather a conclusion that is constructed by the viewers themselves. ~ Anke Schofield
Within Kollabs, the artists’ perspective on the subject matter allows the audience to preview a familiar environment while challenging them to examine the existence of human and animal Beings. Although the main premise of the exhibit questions the human construct of the forest, it also aims to reveal an infinite source of reference points beset by the tone of the exhibit itself. Whether literal or abstract, Schofield’s and Nerey’s intentions are not to rationalize a specific idea of the forest but rather suggest that the viewer interpret the works on their own without limitations set.

VOL. 06.11.2017 | Sunday Selects

KOLLABS

 

Kollab artists Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield, explore questions on the human construct within the forest and its inhabitants. They present a serious and provocative series of collaborative paintings and installations that create a sense of wonder evoking questions on, and of, the interaction between human life and the forest environment.

 

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CONNIE NOYES

 

The work of Connie Noyes examines the social constructions of idealized beauty and the values assigned to it by transforming inherited, found, forgotten, discarded, and unvalued materials. The paintings, as objects exemplify the existential struggle for existence while questioning the over-determined role beauty plays.

 

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JAMES ZAMORA

 

As a realist painter I am attracted to the technical complexities of everyday life. My paintings consider the particularity between the relationship of our eyes with the subtleties of our immediate reaction.

 

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OBJECTS

 

Our objects are organic pieces that add texture and the influence of nature to interior spaces. We love how these pieces contribute to the overall feel.

 

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HOUSE TOUR: A FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER’S BEACHSIDE SOUTH AFRICAN HOME

 

Jean-Marc Lederman, a French fashion photographer with a background in architecture

 

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CHARRED ASPARAGUS WITH CITRUS BAGNA CAUDA

 


The one-two punch of citrus zest and juice balances all that anchovy richness in our new favorite dressing recipe for spring veg.

 

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RHUBARAB DAIQUIRI

 

This syrup isn’t just for cocktails. Feel free to stir an ounce into club soda for easy drinking.

 

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INSIDE THE IBIZA DREAM HOME OF ARCHITECT DANIEL ROMUALDEZ


Nestled on a sun-drenched cliff, this haven offers Mick Jagger’s interior designer a blend of solitude and sociability
 

 

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MARIE KONDOTHE JAPANESE TIDYING MASTER

 

She developed a revolutionary method of organizing known as the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering together everything you own.

 

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Vol. 06.06.2017 | Feature Jennifer JL Jones

ABOUT JENNIFER JL JONES

Jennifer J L Jones (b.1971) is an American artist raised in rural Virginia and the central east coast of Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Jones utilizes nature as inspiration for her mixed media paintings, exploring energy and beauty. Nature, as she sees it, is found not only in recognizable organic objects such as leaves and flowers but also in the intangible moments of change. Her paintings appear to be a meditation on this dichotomy; identifiable shapes and forms float within a mist of color, drips and texture. Through multiple layers of abstraction and combined mediums including a refined glazing technique, she creates rich organic patinas that evoke emotions, thoughts, and universal connecting points in the observer. The palimpsest quality of her painting allows the viewer, like Jones herself, to sift through the layers of paint thereby discovering the ever-shifting meaning behind each individual work. Jones’ elegant paintings combine a poetic, sensual grace with consistently bold execution.

Jones’ long-established career is highlighted by exhibitions in select national and international galleries. Her paintings are highly sought after and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections world wide such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Studios, Scana Energy, and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Jones currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and recently published her first book based on her prolific ‘Serenata’ series, influenced by a month long residency in Italy. Recent inspirations are from Jones’ residency in Provence, France, followed by her first exhibition with Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Upcoming exhibitions scheduled for 2013 include her first opening in Paris, France (in association with Besharat Gallery in Barbizon, France and the Taylor Foundation), a solo exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, and her first solo exhibition at Aberson Exhibits, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

VOL. 06.04.2017 | Sunday Selects

AARON WHISNER

 


With roots in graffiti and street art scenes, Aaron Whisner draws inspiration from hand painted signage, street textures and type.
 

 

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JEN BRADFORD

 

Feeling mostly bewilderment with moments of clarity can be a drag, but in paintings I like it.

 

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DEBORAH T COLTER

 

Colter practices fearless trust in her process of creating. She believes a painting needs to have rhythm, balance, harmony, life and a spark of magic.

 

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OBJECTS

 

Our objects are organic pieces that add texture and the influence of nature to interior spaces. We love how these pieces contribute to the overall feel.
 

 

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THE BEST BEACH FOR A SUMMER

 

Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into while you’re away on vacation? With a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction.

 

R E A D

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS VERDES

 

This can be a great vegetarian enchilada. Use roasted veggies (squash, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.) in place of the chicken.

 

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SPARKLING BEET LEMONADE WITH (OR WITHOUT) BOOZE

 

A fragrant and bright spring cocktail that’s just as delicious without the alcohol.

 

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ZIGGY MARLEY EXPLAINS THE REAL GENIUS BEHIND HIS FATHER’S MASTERPIECE, EXODUS

 

In his short lifetime, Bob Marley brought a revolutionary’s message and zeal to mainstream popular culture.

 

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THE ARCHITECT OF HOLLYWOOD

 

Los Angeles is rich with architectural diversity. On the same block, you could find a retro-futuristic Googie diner next to a Spanish-style mansion.
 

 

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VOL. 05.30.2017 | FEATURE DOUG JOHNSTON

About Doug Johnston

 

Doug Johnston’s work includes art, design, architecture and music. He utilizes and explores a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. Since 2010, Johnston has focused on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects.

 

Born in 1979 in the west Texas desert and raised in Tulsa, OK, Doug Johnston lives and works in New York City.

 

Doug Johnston’s work includes art, design, architecture and music, utilizing and exploring a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. Since 2010 he has focused on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions around the United States and in online and print journals; an ongoing line of coiled and stitched rope pieces is available in boutiques and galeries around the world.

 

After graduating from Drury University with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Doug later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has served as a guest critic and lecturer at several universities. His professional experience includes architecture, teaching, and architectural metal fabrication. Currently Doug works with his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, in their Brooklyn studio.

Vol. 05.28.2017 Sunday Selects

JÀNOS HUSZTI

 

A challenging portraitist and emerging creator with a conceptual thinking. Huszti elaborates his constantly changing topics with momentum and precision.

 

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BILL CLAPS

 

Claps explains that he doesn’t seek inspiration, but rather finds that the ideas seem to present themselves and if he is open he can “grab onto them quickly before they go away.”

 

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DOUGLAS WITMER

 

Douglas Witmer’s deep connections to simplicity, peacemaking and humility began at an early age. Through his color-driven visual experiences, he has steadily pursued a personal inquiry into the materiality of seeing, perception, feeling and memory for over two decades.

 

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MORGAN ROBINSON

 

Robinson set up his woodworking studio and focused on merging eastern philosophies of minimalism and sculptural form into a functional beautiful artistic statement to add to the quality in our daily lives.

 

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KIM FONDER

 

Fonder loves texture and touch. Her paintings reflect her infatuation with these two characteristics. From the materials Fonder selects, to the way she crafts each piece; these two attributes remain her focus. She seeks to honor Leonardo Da Vinci’s words, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

 

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AN ALL-GRAY APARTMENT THAT’S BLAH- BUT NOT HYGGE EITHER

 

The color gray achieves a beguiling incandescence. His introspective interiors, which feature the simple, classical architecture of 18th-century Copenhagen apartments bathed in Scandinavia’s soft northern light, present havens of timeless tranquillity.

 

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BEHIND THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE YEAR’S MOST ANTICIPATED COOKBOOK 

 

Salt Fat Acid Heat author Samin Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton on bucking every modern cookbook trend for a definitive guide that looks like nothing else.

 

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BOOZY BLACKBERRY THYME SNO-CONES

 

There are many ways to cool off, these sno-cones are probably the most fun. You might even catch a brain freeze with your buzz, which will be a nice relief from living in temperatures that rival the surface of the sun.

 

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IN RESIDENCE: GAWIE AND GWEN FAGAN

 

Inside the husband-and-wife architecture duo’s sprawling Cape Town home.

 

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LATIN DINNER PLAYLIST

 

Check out this playlist on Spotify, made for your Latin dinners at home.

 

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