Vol. 05.23.2017 | Feature Fabio Modica

ABOUT FABIO MODICA

Fabio Modica blends abstraction and representation with a dramatic, vivid color palette capturing the eye of the viewer. He made a departure from realism in his early years as an artist and developed a “semi-abstracted” style utilizing sheer lines and colors. Modica seeks to shape an enigmatic mood or piece of memory through his close portraits and landscapes.

Fabio Modica was born in Catania in 1978. Being an apprentice to the well-known Italian painters Alberto Abbate and Antonio Sciacca, he was soon inspired by the classical Renaissance, occasionally drawing on the Greek and Latin mythology. In his early years as a painter, human figures wrapped up in a Caravaggesque light were his major subject matter and oil paint his favourite medium. His versatile spirit led him to incorporate many different styles and mediums within his later works, including watercolours, acrylics and chalks. In 2002, Modica made the acquaintance of Antonio Santacroce, a distinguished expressionist Italian painter. This encounter marked a departure from the representational style towards a semi-abstracted way, in which a long-lasting feel for realism is overwhelmed by a strong drive for sheer lines and colors, without completely dying out. His 2007 trip to Mexico marked a further development in this direction, as it triggered a variety of sketches of Mexican villagers’ everyday life which he made on jute in a slightly abstracted manner.

Fabio Modica is currently teaching painting and interior design at the Nike Academy of Fine Art and Restoration in Catania. His artwork has been included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, especially in England, Spain, France and Italy. Up to 2011 he cooperated with two noteworthy Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries in London, East End “Brick Lane Gallery” and Covent Garden “Opus Gallery”. In Italy he is currently working with “Il Borgo” Gallery in Milan and “Spazio d’Arte l’Altrove” in Ferrara. The Catanian Galleries named “SpazioVitalein” and “Ideattiva” have recently begun promoting him, the latter being especially active in the field of recycling. In Nice Fabio Modica’s paintings are permanently displayed at the magnificent “Villa Magdalena” Art Gallery, alongside Salvatore Fiume’s works.

VOL. 05.21.2017 | SUNDAY SELECTS

ROBERT MARS

At 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, Mars pays tribute to the people who lived as myths with unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities.

 

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STEPHEN WILSON

 

The medium used for his pieces is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. When you examine one of his pieces closely you will notice that each line and element is created with thread on top of luxurious fabrics.

 

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PASCAL

 

Pascal opened a new chapter in his career as a sculptor. His evolved process and risk-taking has turned heads both nationally and internationally. Critics, curators, collectors and artists alike revere his ongoing bodies of work.

 

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JESSICA PISANO

 

Pisano’s paintings are grounded in nature, just as a tree itself. She seeks to show a tree as a majestic form representing strength, stability and growth. Pisano’s work is both abstract and representational and she combines traditional and contemporary techniques to create an overall unique look.

 

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JERI LEDBETTER

 

Ledbetter lets her paint and pencil decide the course of her piece; she does not want the involuntary and free hand to be controlled by a plan and scheme. Through her work she embraces the accidental, the surprises.

 

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AT HOME WITH YOUNG HOLLYWOOD’S DECORATOR OF CHOICE

 

Her place, with its high ceilings, soaring wood beams and concrete and wood floors, is a mix of elemental materials, metallic accents and muted earth tones.

 

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STEAMED GREENS RECIPE | BON APPETIT

 

A quick, easy, and delicious steamed greens recipe for the summer days ahead

 

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YOU CAN NOW GET DRUNK OFF THIS POWERFUL SUPERFOOD

 

Turmeric is increasingly being hailed as one of those chock-full-of-antioxidants superfoods that can cure all sorts of ills. But does the root, typically found in curry dishes, translate into an alcoholic drink?

 

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THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR HAIR

 

Christophe Robin, the star Parisian colorist, explains how to shampoo for maximal volume and shine. He also has a neat trick or two.

 

W A T C H

MIX | PLAYLIST

 

Check out this playlist on Spotify. From The Smiths, Bon Iver, to Marvin Gaye and David Bowie.

 

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Vol. 6.16.2017 Jamie Kirkland & Jessica Pisano

ARTIST JESSICA PISANO

ARTIST JAMIE KIRKLAND

ABOUT JESSICA PISANO

Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown of Martha’s Vineyard, Jessica Pisano’s interest in art started at a young age. She has always been inspired by nature; it is her muse. Pisano’s paintings are grounded in nature, just as a tree itself. She seeks to show a tree as a majestic form representing strength, stability and growth. Pisano’s work is both abstract and representational and she combines traditional and contemporary techniques to create an overall unique look.

Pisano is an award-winning artist who has had numerous solo and group shows. Her work is widely collected in both private and public collections all over the world. She lives on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

 

ABOUT JAMIE KIRKLAND

 

Jamie Kirkland seeks to evoke a sense of limitless space, of expansiveness, stillness and calm in her paintings. Her 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. And just as traditional haiku contains a kigo, or season reference, her paintings reference seasonality with an economy of expression that is almost always atmospheric.

Jamie Kirkland, one of the Southwest’s premier abstract landscape painters, has a unique voice and a sophisticated contemporary take on traditional landscape painting. Her technique is a process of action and reaction, resulting in many layers of paint and achieving an overall sense of color harmony. She is a consummate colorist, mixing many of her paints directly on the canvas.

 

Collectors have commented that they are drawn to the quiet, meditative feeling and harmonious color palettes that appear in many of Jamie’s pieces.

Many of Jamie’s paintings come from an imaginary place, which she desires to experience and convey. She also draws inspiration from her vast archive of digital photographs. Jamie is drawn to the expansive vistas of the West as well as the lush humid landscape and waterways of her native South. Having lived for a number of years in New York City, she also filters many memories of the New England coastline into her work.

 

Jamie’s work hangs in many prominent public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States

Sunday Selects Vol. 05.14.2017

JENNIFER JL JONES

 

Pushing ahead through process and paint, layers build symbolizing change, time, and growth. These layered glazes of color and mixed media create mood, atmosphere, and a vibration of energy unique to each viewer interacting with the final piece.

 

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KARINE LÉGER

 

In a quest for the right balance, she arranges and rearranges, assembles and reassembles the growing pile of torn and cut-up paper and photographs collected on her work table. Léger creates a contemplative space for the viewer to lose – or indeed find – themselves for a moment.

 

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JENNIFER WAGNER

 

Wagner 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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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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LISA WEISS

 

Weiss’ paintings are process driven by movement, repetition, materials and place. Her works are for beauty and contemplation.

 

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MEET CAMILLA DETERRE

 

The Downtown Model Who Designs Restaurants on the Side

 

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HOW TO HOST A DREAMY
DINNER PARTY IN THE WILD

 

Portland blogger Eva Kosmas’s fairytale-worthy secret suppers make us swoon.

 

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WHICH SLEEPYTIME TEA IS THE SLEEPIEST

 

We tested all the sleepytime brands on the market. It was very tiring.

 

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ON SET | BECK

 

Behind the scenes of T Magazine’s photo shoots with some of the biggest names in entertainment, fashion, design — and photography.

 

W A T C H

TEN GREAT PODCAST EPISODES FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

No matter how far  or near your mom is this Mother’s Day, each podcast captures the spirit of the day perfectly, celebrating wonderful moms everywhere.

 

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Vol. 05.11.2017

ABOUT JESSICA PISANO

Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown of Martha’s Vineyard, Jessica Pisano’s interest in art started at a young age.  She pursued her passion for the arts at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in painting and photography.  Pisano participated in a year abroad program to study fine art at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy.  In 2002, she earned an MA in Arts Administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pisano is an award-winning artist who has had numerous solo and group shows.  Her work is widely collected in both private and public collections all over the world.  She lives on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Artist Statement
As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature; it is my muse. Specifically trees and birds are the primary subjects that I paint.  I am drawn to the comparison and contrast of these two subject matters.  Birds, in many ways symbolize the opposite traits of trees.  While trees are majestic and represent strength, stability and growth (they are grounded in nature), birds are light, delicate and epitomize freedom (and are mobile in nature).  Together, they create balance: the bird is the weightlessness to the tree’s weight, the yin to the yang.

Artist Process
My work is both abstract and representational.  I use the traditional indirect painting techniques of the Old Masters by applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give the paintings a detailed, rich and radiant appearance.  As a contrast, I also use contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in an experimental and intuitive manner.  This combination of art techniques from both the past and the present is an interesting juxtaposition of styles creating a unique overall look.

Sunday Selects Vol. 05.07.2017

JAMIE KIRKLAND

 

I am interested in simplifying the landscape forms of ground plane, sky plane and horizon line to achieve a sense of poetic abstraction.

 

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JESSICA PISANO

 

As an artist, I have always been inspired by nature; it is my muse. Specifically, trees and the ocean are my primary subjects to paint. 

 

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ADAM WAIMON

Adam Waimon’s sculptural glass vessel forms incorporate subtle monochromatic transparent color. This singular use of color allows the delicately engraved surface to refract and transmit light. 

 

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JEFF KELLAR

 

I’m working with forms and imagery pared down to the minimum, so everything is important, including texture.

 

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ROB DOUGLAS

 

I feel that my paintings are rooted in the ephemera and substance of the natural world.

 

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A DESIGNER’S DREAM APARTMENTFOR SOMEONE ELSE

 

Until recently, the Parisian designer and architect Joseph Dirand savored the boundaries built into his profession.

 

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RICE VERMICELLI WITH CHICKEN AND NUOC CHAM

 

Nuoc cham, the Vietnamese condiment that dresses this crunchy noodle salad, is made with lime juice, fish sauce, chiles, and sugar.

 

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THREE NEW MATCHA DRINK RECIPES FOR BEGINNERS AND/OR CONVERTS

 

Forward these recipes to everybody in your life who thinks matcha is gross.

 

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IN RESIDENCE: YVES BÉHAR

 

A visit with the Swiss-born designer and entrepreneur at his impeccable home in San Francisco

 

W A T C H

RICK RUBIN ON CULTIVATING WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS

 

Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep as he is soft-spoken. He rarely grants interviews, and one condition of doing this one was the setting: his hyper-heated barrel sauna at home.

 

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Vol. 04.30.2017

AILEEN CHONG

 

Aileen Chong communicates through her paintings. Her background as a female Chinese Peruvian growing up in Long Island, New York, has played a significant role in her body of work.

 

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BERND HAUSSMANN

 

Bernd Haussmann, born in Tuebingen, Germany, divides his time between his studios north of Boston and in western Maine. 

 

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DEBORAH T COLTER

 

Deborah T 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. Creating something and seeing it transform into a piece alive with energy is exciting.

 

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COURTNEY J GARRETT

 

Courtney J. Garrett has created a minimal yet sophisticated approach to capturing inspiring images of storms, rural landscapes, and architectural sketches in her oil paintings and mixed media works.

 

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JÁNOS HUSZTI

 

János Huszti depicts historical times, special characters and places from the past, using all kinds of materials to express his interpretations. In addition he is also interested in contemporary street art. 

 

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BRASSICAS BOWL

 

Don’t skimp on the seeds—lots of crunchy bits throughout keep this salad recipe texturally interesting.

 

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CUCUMBER GIN COOLER COCKTAIL RECIPE

 

Made from single-sourced, organic corn grown on five family-owned and operated Minnesota farms.

 

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MAKING SPACE FOR INTUITION | JILL WILLARD

 

Jill came forward with her stunning gift to help open, support, and teach intuition. 

 

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THE LAST ARTISANS OF JAPAN: VINEGAR

 

Director Jeremy Valender visited Japan’s independent, small-batch factories and breweries to capture the care that goes into making slow, labor-intensive versions of the country’s favorite edibles.

 

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OTHERWORDLY ARCHITECTURE IN JAPAN’S MAGICAL MOUNTAINSIDE

 

The real curiosity of Karuizawa, though, is not its landscape nor its residents, but rather, its collection of spectacular avant-garde houses, most of them designed by prominent Japanese architects.

 

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Vol. 4.25.2017 | Doug Freed

ABOUT DOUG FREED

My paintings consist of two or more panels. One panel is landscape imagery. The other adjacent panel is often an atmospheric void where vestiges of the recognizable landscape are found. I try 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, the softness of landscape bathed in fog, and the quieting mood of approaching darkness. My intent is to create paintings imbued with meditative spiritual presence.

I paint on a regular basis, travel internationally and use photos I’ve taken as sources for my works. I paint with oils landscape vistas of horizons, clouds and bodies of water.

The compositions are about ambiguities of form and void, foreground and background, and surface and deep space. Also, they are about ambiguities of associational images and pure abstraction, referential, and non-referential structures. My sources are often ancient architecture. I am fascinated by archaeological and architectural spaces, particularly their sense of mystery. It is this mystical and mysterious quality I seek in my painted structures. I do this by softly modulating color tone and value to create illusions of emanating light, where one’s eyes and spirit are invited to linger.