10.17.2017 | Jeff Kellar

ABOUT JEFF KELLAR

​​​​​​​I use a mixture of resin, clay, and pigment to assemble blocks of color that position themselves in space. The colors are made up of many layers. I paint on thin aluminum composite panels that are held away from the wall. The panels are not so much a window on the world but a surface to hold illusion.

The paintings are often a response to the sculptures. Sometimes I show the edges of shapes with more or less space around them. When I get very close to the objects, there a fewer clues available to judge them as objects in space, but the view is more intimate.

The paintings with repeated shapes and lines allow the suggestion of movement and rhythm as well as objects in relation to space. I think that time is a spatial and rhythmic concept and that by capturing a moment it’s possible to heighten the awareness of being alive. 

I’m working with forms and imagery pared down to the minimum, so everything is important, including texture. It’s difficult to see in photographs, but the color in my paintings is not flat. I’m trying to achieve surfaces that have depth, warmth, and intensity. The surfaces have layers that come together in seams or an incised line that is filled with another color. The depiction of space, the materials, colors, and textures connect the paintings to the methods I use in my sculpture.
 

Vol. 10.15.2017 | Sunday Selects

ROBERT MARS

 

Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

 

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PASCAL

 

Gaining notoriety in Europe as a promising young sculptor, Pierme had many solo exhibitions and showed alongside creative giants, including Pierre Cardin.

 

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JAMIE KIRKLAND

 

Jamie Kirkland’s work has been described as “minimalist abstract landscape.” Kirkland desires to speak to the viewer through simplicity and by reducing the landscape to shapes and forms, much the same way a poet expresses an idea in three lines of haiku. 

 

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Michelle Y Williams

 

Williams seeks to find balance within the work; experimenting and exploring ways to refine her craft without self-constraint. “If I am able to engage the observer, make a connection which couldn’t be conveyed verbally and ultimately elicit a visceral reaction - my work is done.”

 

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A 19TH-CENTURY MANSION TURNED LAW OFFICETHEN HOME

 

In early 2016, the Belgian architect David Van Severen and his wife, the Swedish photographer Martina Bjorn, were looking for a larger apartment for themselves and their two young children, when Bjorn came across a curious property.

 

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GRILLED CORN

 

It’s a foolproof way to get perfect corn.

 

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THE FALL SPRITZ

 

High-quality hard apple cider—not the overly sweet stuff you might have had—is one of fall’s greatest beverages. Cognac only makes it better.

 

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CENTER 1 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

 

Relax and unwind with Center 1 Playlist on Spotify.

 

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THE SOUNDS OF EARTH

 

In 1977, a pair of phonograph records containing recordings of life on Earth were launched aboard the twin Voyager space probes.

 

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Vol. 10.10.2017 | Colleen Blackard

ABOUT COLLEEN BLACKARD

 

Recently, Colleen Blackard received the 2018 Pollock-Krasner Artist Grant, a charitable organization that relieves the financial burden on recognized professional artists so they can practice and advance their work.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT
 

From Austin, Texas, I’m currently based in Brooklyn, NY and create drawings inspired by the light of the Texas night skies of my youth. My drawings are created with continuous circular intersecting lines of ink. I build up masses of marker or ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of shadow and light that define the subject. I choose this time consuming yet meditative process as a way to describe the beauty of existence by giving life to every detail.

I received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. My first solo exhibition “For The Universe” opened in 2009 at Hampshire College Gallery, and since then my drawings have been shown around the world in London, Moscow, Tokyo, New York City, and more. My work has been featured in such venues as Fountain Art Fair, ACA Galleries, Rush Arts Gallery, Family Business Gallery, Owen James Gallery, and Brooklyn Fire Proof. I was featured in the Brooklyn episode of the Japanese travel show, Hotel no Madokora , and I’m represented by ISSO Gallery in Tokyo, and Aberson Exhibits in Tulsa, OK. My work is in Pierogi Gallery’s flat files in Williamsburg Brooklyn and I was interviewed for their artists’ Q&A. My work is featured in the current publication of Drawing Magazine.

Vol. 10.03.2017 | Robert Mars

ABOUT ROBERT MARS

Robert Mars’ artwork chronicles an evolving fascination with the Golden Age of American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 60’s by taking inspiration from this culture long past. Through the application of a rich color palette and tongue-in-cheek attitude, Mars’ paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression. A time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, and instead people lived with the myth of the unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.

By merging his own concept of personal idols with those of mainstream culture, Mars is able to focus his work on a deeper analysis of the Golden Age of American personalities. As an artist, he has always been fascinated with 1950’s and 60’s culture, and his early work reflects many of the architectural and mechanical icons from this era. Muscle cars, motels, logos and hulking monuments to the “modern” feeling of the time permeate his early canvases. More recently, however, Mars’ artwork has shifted toward the culture of celebrity and he is amazingly attuned to the fact that these instantly recognizable and larger-than-life personalities continue to resonate with contemporary American culture.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Mars begins the creative process by preparing his surface with multiple layers of brown paper in order to define the edges and delineate the background planes of color. He then alternates layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera, sanding away portions of the layers as he works, revealing the desired portions of under painting with the overall intention to provide the viewer with a muted window into America’s past. Chronicling this fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Mars has produced a body of artwork from his studio in New York that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner. His eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable and his ability to manipulate the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Diebenkorn among other masters from the School of Pop. Robert Mars’ artwork is exhibited worldwide including museum collections in Munich, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Paris, Aspen, and Naples.

His artwork was selected for the Absolut Vodka Blank campaign alongside DamienHirst, and his largest sized piece to date was acquired by Philip Morris/Altria for their corporate headquarters in Virginia. In 2015 Mars was chosen for the cover of Neiman Marcus’ May Book, while Coca­Cola purchased several existing works and ordered commissions for a world tour celebrating the 100 year anniversary of their trademark bottle shape, in which his artwork was spotlighted. 2016 will see Mars as a  featured artist for a custom high end wallpaper and tile series with Kari Whitman Interiors. He will have a solo exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, where he will also be an artist in residence and guest lecturer.

Vol. 10.01.2017 | Sunday Selects

DOUG FREED

 

Doug Freed attempts to capture the mystical light found in natural atmospheric effects: the haze in the distance on humid summer days, the overcast gloom of winter skies, and the softness of landscape bathed in fog, and the quieting mood of approaching darkness

 

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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.

 

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KIM FONDER

 

Kim Fonder loves texture and touch. Her paintings and furniture 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 DaVinci’s words, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

 

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PETER KUTTNER

 

Peter Kuttner graduated with his Bachelors of Fine Art from Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine as well as in popular films and television shows including Two and a Half Men, Californication, and Nashville.

 

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WHAT ARE BRANDS ACTUALLY BEHIND TRADER JOE’S SNACKS?

 

Revealing the chip-makers and cookie factories in disguise.

 

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COCONUT KALE

 

The kale in this recipe, adapted from Vij’s Restaurant, in Vancouver, British Columbia, is rich and fiery, sweet and salty all at once.

 

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GIN BASIL SMASH

 

A perfect accent for an outdoor supper during tomato season. In winter, it revives the palate as an aperitif. This drink demonstrates so ably how fresh ingredients can be incorporated into everyday drinking cocktails.

 

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WHAT MAKES THINGS COOL?

 

Although trends might seem completely random, there are well-documented patterns to what becomes popular. A 20th-century industrial designer, who created some of America’s most iconic looks, developed a theory of coolness that has been backed up by various scientific studies.

 

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RADIO 2’S JAZZ PLAYLIST

 

Listen in full to Radio 2’s playlist of specially-curated jazz - with Jamie Cullum.

 

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Vol. 09.26.2017 | János Huszti

ABOUT JÁNOS HUSZTI

 

Inspired by 1950s photographs, Janos Huszti masterfully paints his original versions of these gauzy portraits and misty figures. With exceptional technical skill, he blurs his pieces creating a feeling of recollection and memory and the careful planning of a desaturated color scheme denotes his expert eye. The ethereal feeling of Huszti’s work is inspired by the past but with a contemporary edge. 


In 2005, Huszti completed his BFA at the University of Pecs in Hungary and has since exhibited his work throughout Europe. He has sold work to collectors from all over the world, including the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and UAE.