VOL. 01.21.2018 | SUNDAY SELECTS

DOUGLAS WITMER



Through his color-driven visual experiences, Witmer has steadily pursued a personal inquiry into the materiality of seeing, perception, feeling and memory for over two decades.



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KIM FONDER



Kim Fonder loves texture and touch. Her paintings and furniture reflect her infatuation with these two characteristics.



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MINERALS



A fusion of design and primitive form, these minerals are hand-selected to add texture and interest to spaces.



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PATRICIA LARSEN



“Beauty is in the juxtaposition of things, its energies working together in harmony and disharmony”



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NEON CITY



Where weird Austin and techy Austin meet.



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REAL SOUR CREAM ONION DIP



Why make this classic dip with dried onion soup mix when it’s almost as easy, and far more delicious, to make it from scratch?



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COFFEE BANANA SMOOTHIE



I put a healthy twist on my banana coffee smoothie by…..



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ENDURANCE TEST: THE 1000 DAYS



“What these monks do is an example of the ultimate distillation of life.”



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FELA KUTI BOX SET #4



Here are the 17 best podcasts of 2017, so far. There’s no overlap from our list of The 25 Essential Podcasts of 2016, but most of those are still running and still essential.



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VOL. 01.16.2018 | 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 favorite medium. His versatile spirit led him to incorporate many different styles and mediums within his later works, including watercolors, 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.


Over time Modica has grown a passion for the nude art, which inspired a series of paintings in which representation blends with abstraction and a vivid and dramatic color palette captures the eye of the viewer at once. His most celebrated artworks are close portraits and landscapes shaping an enigmatic mood or a piece of memory. They are made with multiple layers of acrylic paint and a combination of harsh block-style patterns and vibrant, thick spatula strokes.


His current participation to art events promoting the importance of recycling has paved the way for a cycle of works uniquely accomplished with materials destined to become trash. Modica has been performing amazing portraits out of multicolored nails, pins, plastic tools, wires and cables and for this unprecedented attempt he was awarded the third prize at an 2012 international competition called “STOP ALLO 048 degli oggetti”. His latest artwork of this series is a massive portrait of a woman’s face utterly made with used-up jeans.


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. 01.14.2018 | SUNDAY SELECTS

AILEEN CHONG



The values of American life intermixed with the customs of Peru and traditions of China create a visual identity representing cultural fusion in Chong’s work.



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CATY SMITH



Smith’s work attempts to visually portray this original perspective and new, insightful observations to the viewer.



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JEN BRADFORD




My impulse is to transform these preoccupations into a visual structure as a way of making sense of the world and finding beauty in it.



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JENNIFER WAGNER



Wagner manipulates shadow, blur and reflection through her “built up” pieces



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THE ARTIST TRANSPORTING FIGURES FROM ART HISTORY INTO MODERN LIFE



These figures aren’t 21st-century commuters—they’re characters pulled from classical paintings and seamlessly Photoshopped into present-day scenes.



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MORNING GLORY BREAKFAST COOKIES



Think of these textured, dense treats as chewy muffin tops that forgot to be unhealthy.



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STAR WORTHY JUICE RECIPES



Celebrities like Blake Lively and Michelle Williams claim that green juice, is their secret weapon to help them feel energized and easily lose weight.



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JAMIAN JULIANO VILLANI GETS TO WORK



Can an artist stay inspired day in and day out? Jamian Juliano Villani grapples with that question daily.



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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI AND WHATS MAKING US HAPPY



The Last Jedi is fun and fast, rollicking and suspenseful.



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VOL. 01.09.2018 | CATY SMITH

ABOUT CATY SMITH

 

Inspired by people and places, Caty Smith travels to gather experiences and create conversations. She seeks to learn something on every journey. Her work attempts to visually portray this original perspective and new, insightful observations to the viewer.


Due to a strong fascination with the immediacy and transience of instant photography, Caty Smith has collected Polaroid cameras and film since she was a child. She began experimenting with tactile forms of photography through high school and university. Despite her background in more pure and disciplined practice of photojournalism, her appreciation of and exploration with photographic alternative processes has never wavered.


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. 01.07.2018 | SUNDAY SELECTS

    
JERI EISENBERG



Eisenberg’s work steadfastly serves as an affirmation of beauty in the everyday natural world.



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KELSEY IRVIN



The challenge Irvin seeks is balance working with vintage objects to recreate them as contemporary artwork.



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KIMBER BERRY



JBerry creates a symphonic dance between the virtual world and the organic universe and challenges the viewer to discern between them.



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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.



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JENNA LYONS SPACE OF HER OWN



From her slicked-back ponytail and chunky eyeglasses to her love of acid-bright hues (a lemon blazer here, an electric orange lipstick there), Lyons’s style has been copied down to its smallest detail.



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HONEY VANILLA LINZER COOKIES



You can roll out the dough and punch out other shapes, but the slice-and-bake method is fast, and you won’t have any scraps.



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LEMON GINGER ELECTROLYTE DRINK



Refresh after a grueling workout or exhausting day with this electrolyte-packed water, with a natural boost of energy, vitamins, and minerals.



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HOW I TRAVEL: GRACE CODDINGTON



The global style icon unpacks the art of travelling from the comfort of her Hamptons home



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THE DOLLOP: THE DEVILS WIRE



Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine barbed wire and the settlement of the west



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Vol. 01.02.2018 | Stephen Wilson

ABOUT STEPHEN WILSON

 

Stephen is anything but traditional. 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. Some of his pieces contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. Fashion influence is prevalent in his work. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti, and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts.

 

Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist whose unique medium carries his message. Blending luxury fabric, 3D-printed sculptures, laser-engraved acrylics, and highly detailed embroidery pieces, his manipulation of multiple materials produces wholly original works of art. His early career in the commercial fashion industry, along with a wildly successful embroidery software company, has equipped Stephen with a range of technical skills.

The medium is the message. There is a long list of artists that create art using traditional means. However, Stephen is anything but traditional. 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. Some of his pieces contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. Fashion influence is prevalent in his work. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti, and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts. Each piece is unique and expertly crafted in his Charlotte, North Carolina studio, using both traditional and modern tools. Stephen is a conceptual artist known for work that blends a high fashion influence, traditional quilting, and Americana. He has been an industry leader in both the fashion embroidery and home embroidery worlds, as well as an industry speaker, writer, and educator. His pieces have been included in solo gallery exhibitions, group exhibitions, and museum shows, and are collected by art enthusiasts worldwide.

Vol. 12.31.2017 | Sunday Selects

MEL DEWEES

 

Creating art is an essence, way of being. Since early childhood art was an escape from a troubling and humbling life. Through the loss of my parents, I came face to face with a world that was unforgiving and full of hardship.

 

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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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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. His 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.

 

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STEPHEN WILSON

 

Stephen is anything but traditional. The medium used for his pieces is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting.

 

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THE BEST ROUTE TO BIG FITNESS? SMALL STEP

 

Ignore the urge to post a heroic effort and focus instead on the daily grind of steady improvement.

 

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SLOW-COOKER CHICKEN CONGEE

 

Congee is a savory rice porridge often served for breakfast in China. Here, we simplify it by using boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked with rice in a slow-cooker for a super comforting set-it-and-forget-it dinner.

 

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LOSE YOUR SHOES COCKTAIL

 

Bartender Kaiko Tulloch riffs on the Champagne cocktail with a more floral and herbal version at Lucky Liquor Co. in Edinburgh. The name for the dangerously delicious drink comes from a customer who claimed she would lose her shoes if she had a couple more.

 

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THE NEVER-ENDING MARATHON OF MR. DHARAM SINGH

 

This is the story of Dharampal Singh who, according to himself and four hastily arranged forms of ID, is 119 years old. While living that long would be a feat unto itself, it’s all the running that got our attention.

 

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TOAST OF THE NATION 2017

 

The New Year holiday tradition continues with the Toast of the Nation jazz party. Spirited, improvised and swinging, each hour was recorded live at Blue Note venues throughout the country and the world.

 

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