Vol. 08.15.2017 | Silvia Poloto

ABOUT SILVIA POLOTO

 

Brazilian-born Silvia Poloto is an accomplished artist working in a range of visual disciplines. She is known for her lively abstract canvases and mixed-media sculptures. Recognized for her dynamic compositions and color sensibility, Poloto exploits a vibrant visual vocabulary of boldness and subtlety. Her deftly handled juxtapositions unfold in rich, textured hues and expressive gesture. The result is a body of work characterized by equal amounts of surprise, playfulness and provocation. Her aesthetic choices engage the viewer on a visceral level.

Poloto has worked in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting and video. Elements of each of these media find their home in her current work.

While the Bay Area is her current home, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Jordania, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and China among others.

In the Bay Area, her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Italian American Museum and the DeYoung Museum, where she was an artist-in-residence.
Poloto’s work has been acquired by more than 80 institutional and corporate collections around the US and by more than 900 private collectors around the world.

Vol. 08.13.2017 | Sunday Selects

MCKENZIE DOVE

 

Her work consists of pure oil paint applied entirely with palette knives. All of her paintings have a thick, layered texture that she developed after studying the Impressionistic and Expressionistic movements.

 

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KELSEY IRVIN

 

In a world that is becoming more digital each day, I’m driven to bring new life to objects that may otherwise be lost and deteriorated in time. The challenge I seek is to maintain a balance between working with such old objects and recreating them in a contemporary artwork that holds the test of time.

 

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BRANDON REESE

 

Reese’s work is predominately known for their simple, familiar forms created in a variety of methods and at such large scales that they push the traditional boundaries of ceramic art.

 

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ROBERT MARS

 

Mars creates heavily layered mixed media pieces celebrating the icons of the 1950s and 1960s, honoring vintage Ephemera while maintaining a clean, modern design aesthetic in his work.

 

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THE VETERAN PHOTOGRAPHER MAKING STUNNING NEW BUILDINGS

 

Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Odawara Art Foundation’s Enoura Observatory, about an hour outside of Tokyo. The complex, set to open in October.

 

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT DATE BARS

 


These coconut-chocolate date bars are just as chewy and sweet as the store-bought kind-and way healthier than most.
 

 

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GREEN MONSTER

 

For a vibrant drink that’s excellent with spicy foods, try floral, tropical passion fruit juice paired with white rum and cool mint.

 

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GREAT GARDENS: SUNNYLANDS

 

For the second episode of the latest series of Great Gardens—now in editorial partnership with House & Garden magazine—London-based filmmaker Toby Amies captures cacti galore with a study of the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, California.

 

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THE BEST PODCASTS OF 2017 (SO FAR)

 

Whether you want to make sense of Trump’s America or pretend it’s not happening entirely, online broadcasting’s got your back.

 

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Vol. 08.08.2017 | Kim Fonder, Avery Klein, Caty Smith

ABOUT KIM FONDER

Kim Fonder is thoroughly influenced by texture and touch, reflecting Da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate
sophistication.” The new paintings play with neutrals, soft whites and, tawny grey washes that pair with her constant
fascination with Japan. Objects such as indigo batiks, as well as found sake brewing bags continue to be a part of
her ethnography and expression.

 

ABOUT AVERY KLEIN

 

Inspired by the Aesthetic Movement of the 1800s, Klein’s minimal work and neutral palette pares down the total
graphic elements of her pieces. Seeking to elicit a feeling of calm transcendence through her collection of work on
handmade paper. Klein utilizes form and texture to enhance and display her modern vision. Reminiscent of French
poet, Franck André Jamme’s collection of tantric paintings featured in “Tantra Song” published by Siglio Press in
2011, Klein’s paintings create a transcendent desire for further exploration.

 

ABOUT CATY SMITH

 

Smith’s assemblages, while natural and representational, are global in perspective. Her collection of mixed media
work is from a recent trip to Iceland which created a paradigm shift, deepening her awareness of nature’s perfect
alignment. Previously shooting for structured assignments with the likes of National Geographic, this body of work is
Smith’s venture into impassioned observation and approach.

 

Vol. 08.06.2017 | Sunday Selects

AVERY KLEIN

 

Minimalism inspires the work of Avery Klein. Her experience with screen printing and graphic design play an integral role in the clean design of her pieces. Klein uses a modern approach to the values of the aesthetic movement that began approximately around 1868.

 

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CATY SMITH

 

Smith’s images amplify the beauty of the texture of nature.

 

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KIM FONDER

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

 

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MINERALS

 

Our stunning and luminous minerals emanate pure energy, carefully curated to add texture and organic richness to your interior spaces.

 

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AT TEA WITH THE LEGENDARY PAINTER WAYNE THIEBAUD

 

The artist Wayne Thiebaud renders everyday delights strange and vibrant. Long celebrated for his peppy still life paintings.

 

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9 ENCHILADA RECIPES FOR A CROWD

 

This Classical Mexican dish is always a hit.

 

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MEZCAL COCKTAIL WITH HIBISCUS AND CILANTRO

 

You can find loose hibiscus flowers at Mexican and Indian grocers, but if not, use 6 hibiscus tea bags instead.

 

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IN RESIDENCE: MARK HADDAWY

 


Inside the John Lautner-designed Los Angeles house restored to its original incarnation
 

 

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HOW TO FEAR LESS: VINCE VAUGHN

 

Vince Vaughn is one of the most prolific actors, writers, and producers in the world. He’s acted in more than thirty major motion pictures that have gone on to gross more than 1.7 billion at the box office.

 

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08.01.2017 | Karine Léger

ABOUT KARINE LÉGER

 

 

Karine Léger’s approach first involves the need to deconstruct in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. In the studio, bits of torn and cut-up paper and photographs form a growing pile on the work table. Individual pieces from the pile will be meticulously selected for colour, texture and shape, to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance. Each of her paintings consists of simple clean lines and a restricted palette.

Through the simplicity of her structures and the clarity of the forms, her paintings suggest a skyline or a geometric terrain. There are places where the line becomes mountain, where the gesture evokes the tide, a breath of time passing. The layers and monochrome touches add a profoundly moving dimension to these pieces.

The work of Karine Léger is a pretext for a meeting of shapes and shades which seem to emerge from a hidden light source. It creates a contemplative space for the viewer to lose – or indeed find – themselves for a moment. 

Vol. 07.30.2017 | Sunday Selects

JENNIFER WAGNER

 

With a deep understanding of the mechanics of pigment, transparency, refraction, and finish from her time studying classic car restoration, Jennifer Wagner creates prismatic depth in her pieces. An abstract expressionist, she manipulates shadow, blur and reflection through her “built up” pieces. Wagner reveals her visual idiom: “Creating freedom from control and randomness from organization”.

 

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KELSEY IRVIN

 

Irvin is driven to bring new life to objects that may otherwise be lost and deteriorated in time. The challenge she seeks is to maintain a balance between working with such old objects and recreating them in a contemporary artwork that holds the test of time.

 

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CONNIE NOYES

 

Connie Noyes transforms inherited, found, forgotten, discarded and unvalued materials into thoughtful work. She examines the social constructions of idealized beauty and the value assigned to it. Noyes’ paintings question the over-determined role beauty plays in society today.

 

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OBJECTS

 

Exhibit by Aberson has been searching for and acquiring objects from around the world. A fusion of modern design and primitive form, these design objects are hand-selected to add texture and interest to spaces.

 

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THESE ARE OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2017— SO FAR

 

We may be living in a Golden Age of television, where you can hang out on the couch and watch hours of award-

 

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CLASSIC COCONUT CAKE

 

Room temperature ingredients make all the difference in this cake. You can get more loft from non-chilled egg whites, and room-temperature butter is easier to cream

 

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11 PITCHER COCKTAIL RECIPES TO KEEP BOOZING ALL DAY LONG

 

Packed with seasonal fruits and herbs, these libations are colorful, fun, and perfect foils to the heat and smoke of flame-kissed grilled foods.

 

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IN RESIDENCE: YUI AND TAKAHARU TEZUKA

 

Meet the Tokyo-based designers with a novel approach to shared living
 

 

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75 SONG TO MAKE YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY THE BEST YET

 

We’ve partnered with Stella Artois to host Genius Recipes dinners in some of our favorite cities across the country.

 

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VOL. 07.25.2017 | FEATURE JEN PACK

ABOUT JEN PACK

Jen Pack’s fabric constructions are created to allow light to pass through them, combining the effects of ambient light and translucent fabric. Using commercially available rather than hand dyed silk, the works are actually collages arranged from available color. Investigating color theory and the interaction of color is the main function of Pack’s work. But unlike the typical association of color theory as hard edged, the works are organic rather than clean lined - as are patterns and forms in nature. The work marries the imperfect quality of the handmade with the sameness and regularity of machine stitching. Pack strives to integrate hybrid ideas: straddling the fence between craft and art, color theory and the rawness of an emotional response to intense color, and reinterpreting formal minimalism in the context of a feminine convention.

Jen Pack earned her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and has exhibited her work in a number of galleries throughout San Los Angeles, and Portland. Pack’s unique works in chiffon have been reviewed by the LA Times and Artweek