VOL. 02.04.2018 | SUNDAY SELECTS

     
BERND HAUSSMANN



Bernd Haussmann’s artwork explores gesture, color, and texture in paintings



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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



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FABIO MODICA



The art of painting can sublimate the squalor through a landscape where the single elements dissolve into a whole.



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JAMIE KIRKLAND



Kirkland’s has been described as “minimalist abstract landscape.



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THE ODD, OTHERWORDLY GLOW OF FRED HERZOG’S PHOTOGRAPHY



Herzog’s work offers the latest instance of a form of eye exam that has enjoyed increasing visibility in the last several years.



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A CHIA BOWL RECIPE FROM ABC HOME’S NEWEST RESTAURANT, ABCV



So everything at ABCv is plant-based — just don’t call it vegetarian.



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THE 5 BEST MEZCALS TO MAKE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SMOKE



Tequila’s feistier, smokier sister spirit deserves your attention—here are the bottles that have ours



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KID INVENTORS TELL ALL



Students between the ages of six and twelve offer sage advice at the National Invention Convention on solving real-world problems



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MY BEST PODCASTS OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORKER



Some of the shows here are intimate and personal; some are revealing and funny; some are educational; all helped me cope with life in 2017.



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VOL. 01.30.2018 | KEN TATE

ABOUT KEN TATE


Louisiana non-figurative artist Ken Tate’s art explores the more emotional aspects of the human condition.


The impetus for the current work comes from the writings of Beats such as Kerouac and Ginsberg, the writing and short stories of Jorge Borges, the works of abstract expressionists Robert Motherwell, William de Kooning, John Chamberlain and David Smith, as well as the works of Robert Rauschenberg. Another influence is the art of cinema, especially in the framing and editing of film. But when Ken works in the studio, the art often has a “mind of its own”.


Ken’s work can be seen at the following galleries below. His paintings have been featured in magazines such as “House Beautiful”, “Traditional Home”, “Coastal Living” and “New Orleans House & Home”. His work is in private collections in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Nashville, Houston and Jackson, MS to name a few.


ARTIST STATEMENT


I like the nature of paint and the way it looks and “feels” when it’s squeegeed, smeared, fingerpainted, brushed, squirted, thrown, splashed, dripped, etc. I also like it when different colors of differing opacities are put next to each other in unnatural arrangements. Sometimes I cut out pieces of paintings and cut them into other paintings to make something wholly different (Knock Loud, the World is Deaf). These paintings are self-conscious, but the paintings that are not cut-up have an almost childlike appearance (Joywreck and Beautifulmess) of abandonment. Some of the impetus for the work comes from the writings of the Beat poets and writers (Burroughs for the “cut-ups” and Kerouac for the child-like paintings). I’ve also been influenced by the abstract expressionists, jazz musicians, the automatic writings of Masson and early Henry Miller (“Black Spring”), and Outsider artists.


I’m also drawn to visual stimuli usually of a Jungian nature—archetypal but with a modern typology. However, conveying raw primal experience using acrylic paint on two dimensional surfaces interests me more than using 21st century methodologies like light or video. When I’m painting, I feel much like early man drawing on the walls of a cave desperately trying to say something unsayable using only shapes and color. However, my recent discovery of painting on sheets of polypropylene puts me squarely in the 21st century, but the message is still the same—even though the body is archaic and grounded to the earth, the spirit wants to break free—the spirit wants the intangible—the Wordless Void.

VOL. 01.28.2018 | SUNDAY SELECTS

    
BRANDON REESE




My art wears the fingerprints, cuts, dents and other texturing as a roadmap and documentation of its creation.



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JÁNOS HUSZTI



Huszti elaborates his constantly changing topics with momentum and precision.



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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.



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LISA WEISS



Weiss’ paintings are process driven by movement, repetition, materials and place.



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JIM SIMMONS, NUMBERS KING



Algorithis made him a Wall Street Billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good.



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STRAWBERRY CASSATA



The classic Sicilian cassata is a spongecake layered with creamy sweetened ricotta, a heavenly combination.



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CANDIED CRANBERRY RYE WHISKEY SMASH COCKTAIL



Layers of muddled fresh mint, juicy tart cranberries, and sparkling ginger beer make this Candied Cranberry Rye Whiskey Smash a lovely cocktail fit for any winter occasion



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HOUSE TOUR: WHERE THE ARTISTS LIVE



by the owners for 38 thousand dollars.



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GUERILLA PUBLIC SERVICE REDUX



Mostly, when we see these things, we grumble on the inside, and then do nothing. But not Richard Ankrom.



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VOL. 01.23.2018 | LISA WEISS

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ABOUT LISA WEISS


Lisa Weiss’ work is about mark making, patterning, spontaneous movement, momentary awareness and paring down to essentials. She is continually looking for ways to detach from the past and future with a focus on the here and now. Weiss’ paintings are process driven by movement, repetition, materials and place. Her works are for beauty and contemplation.


A professional artist from Tennessee, Lisa Weiss received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990. She received a teaching assistantship to Louisiana State University in Painting and Drawing and completed her MFA in 1996.


Lisa has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group shows for the past fifteen years. She is included in numerous public and private collections throughout America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Holland. She has the honor of being in the Hunter Museum permanent collection.


In the last seven years, Lisa has attended four artist residencies: Dorland Colony in California, Millay Colony in New York, Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico and the Nantucket School of Art on Nantucket Island.


She has taught design, painting and drawing at the University of Southern Mississippi, Watkins College of Art and Film, Eastern New Mexico University and Winthrop University.


Lisa has recently earned initial certification for teaching yoga from Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico. She has traveled the United States, Mexico and Europe. Lisa currently creates artwork in her studio in Franklin, Tennessee.

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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