Vol. 11.19.2017 | Sunday Selects

ZOE BIOS CREATIVE

Zoe Bios Creative is best expressed by the term Art Entoure, which is a full-circle approach to a cross-pollination of the art world with the design world. We have coined Art Entoure to celebrate the vitality, elegance, and infinite variety of our environments. This idea for us is rooted in creativity, global connectedness, and artful living

 

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DOUGLAS WITMER

 

Growing up in the Mennonite culture of Lancaster County, PA, Douglas Witmer’s deep connections to simplicity, peacemaking, and humility began at an early age. Through his color-driven visual experiences, he has steadily pursued a personal inquiry into the materiality of seeing, perception, feeling, and memory for over two decades.

 

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JAMIE KIRKLAND

 

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.

 

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AARON WHISNER

 

With roots in graffiti and street art scenes, Aaron Whisner draws inspiration from hand-painted signage, street textures, and type. He has been actively painting since the mid 90’s. Whisner’s bold use of imagery and technique is used to capture public attention while maintaining balance with surrounding environments.

 

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THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES: AMERICA’S SECRET WEAPON IN WORLD WAR II

 

How “know-nothings” Elizebeth Smith Friedman and William F. Friedman became the greatest codebreakers of their era.

 

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GREEN GODDESS CRUNCH SANDWICH 

 

Think of this as a salad sandwiched between two slices of bread.

 

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BETTER-THAN-CREAM-SODA RHUBARB COCKTAIL RECIPE

 

This rhubarb and vanilla-laced cocktail gets an unexpected twist from pisco and rich Scottish ale.

 

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PRIVATE VIEW: JOSEP-PLA-NARBONA 

 

A family portrait of the nonagenarian Barcelona-born painter and draftsman.
 

 

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STATE OF JAZZ ON SPOTIFY

 

Relax and unwind with this playlist. Jazz that is curated by you this Sunday.​​​​​​​

 

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Vol. 11.14.2017 | Jennifer Wagner

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ABOUT 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”.

Jennifer Wagner’s desire to restore classic cars led her to study auto paint and restoration at Universal Technical Institute. A deep understanding of the mechanics of pigment, transparency, refraction, and finish was the result of her time there. In 2009, Wagner began a relationship with artist Alan Alldredge where surrounded by a wealth of materials and equipment, she first experimented with different themes and processes. This later matured into a passionate, constant discipline pursuing abstract expressionism. Wagner’s work embodies linear soft square marks placed in forward and aft hierarchies, creating a prismatic depth to all of her pieces. Her work is not just about the material. When she paints, Wagner imagines each mark as being an individual – belonging to a family or social structure within the piece.

PRACTICE

Manipulating shadow, blur, and reflection is the centerpiece of Jennifer Wagner’s artistic practice. Her mixed media work is a blend of plaster, acrylic paste, and powdered pigment. These varied materials are forced repeatedly through masks, creating marks that relate to classic impressionism more than modern expressionism. By teasing an active form from this control mechanism, she reveals her visual idiom: “Creating freedom from control and randomness from organization”. Therefore, each form is an alter ego of the artist’s inner self. The patterns used in her work are gleaned from old world geometric decoration. Design motifs such quilts, kaleidoscopes, and mandalas are often her inspiration. The artist’s mark is more accurately described as “built up” versus painted. Layers are applied, many times on both the forward and reverse side of an acrylic sheet or embedded within layers of resin and plaster, giving the work a delicate feel without losing a sense of action. When viewing Wagner’s work, there is visual depth at even the closest distance; what is being observed is light flowing beneath translucent layers creating faint shadows beneath higher marks. Minimal yet complex in its execution, Jennifer Wagner is exploring both artistic and emotional content with her work. Surrounded by a wealth of materials and equipment, Jennifer first experimented with different themes and processes. This later matured into a passionate, constant discipline pursuing abstract expressionism. Her work embodies linear soft square marks placed in forward and aft hierarchies, creating a prismatic depth to her pieces. Her vision is pure, advanced, prolific, and full of life and innocence.

 

Vol. 11.12.2017 | Sunday Selects

ALAN ALLDREDGE

 

Alldredge’s “cast monoprints” force him to surrender to the process. Through the work’s meditative visuals and complex origins, he seeks to create a transcendent sacred object for the viewer.

 

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BILL CLAPS

 

He explains that he doesn’t seek inspiration, but rather finds that the ideas seem to present themselves and if he is open he can “grab onto them quickly before they go away.”.

 

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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. Her mark-making, through serendipitous, reflects these influences.

 

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SUSAN EDDINGS PEREZ

 

Susan’s work can be found internationally in corporate installations and private residential collections. Her interior design background drives her passion for large-scale pieces and the ability to work with collectors in developing commissioned work for specific spaces.

 

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CLAES OLDENBURG IS (STILL) CHANGING WHAT ART LOOKS LIKE

 

The sculptor, firmly entrenched in downtown New York, is an original Pop Art star with an undeniable legacy.

 

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SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL WITH MATCHA AND GINGER

 

Think of this as a BLT minus the splattering bacon grease. With each bite, you get that ideal combo of ingredients—sweet tomato, rich egg, crisp iceberg lettuce. You just need to get every element right.

 

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CHICAGO FALL COCKTAIL

 

This refreshing fall quaff was created by 2017 SAVEUR Blog Awards winner Elliott Clark of Apartment Bartender, who was inspired by the city of Chicago, where he grew up.

 

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TAKE A TEST RIDE IN A DRIVERLESS CAR

 

Driverless cars could help ease traffic congestion, lower pollution and prevent accidents. Let’s see how well they test out!

 

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THE BEST PODCASTS OF 2017 (SO FAR)

 

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. 11.07.2017 | Bill Claps

ABOUT BILL CLAPS

 

Exhibit by Aberson is pleased to present a selection of new works from Bill Claps opening November 9th from 6 until 8 PM 


Bill Claps meditates every morning. “I find that the most important thing to me is to listen and be open to what the world presents to me. It’s amazing what happens to me when my mind is clear,” says Claps. He explains that he doesn’t seek inspiration, but rather finds that the ideas seem to present themselves and if he is open he can “grab onto them quickly before they go away.”

Drawing and painting in immediate and gestural style, Claps views drawing as a form of exercise, keeping him in shape creatively.

I think what first started me on the path was the great feeling I got from making things with my hands. One of the coolest parts of being an artist is stepping back after you’ve finished something that came out really well and thinking, “Damn, did I just make that?” That’s a big part of what drives me, pushing for that satisfaction that comes from the creative process.

My drawing and painting styles have always been very immediate and gestural. I’ve always drawn a lot and I’ve found regular drawing to be a meditative process that keeps the ideas flowing, keeps the hand loose, and keeps the mind open. It’s like exercising, keeping you in shape creatively.

Vol. 11.07.2017 | Bill Claps

Please Join us  for Bill Claps solo exhibition Thursday, November 9th from 6 until 8 PM 


Bill Claps meditates every morning. “I find that the most important thing to me is to listen and be open to what the world presents to me. It’s amazing what happens to me when my mind is clear,” says Claps. He explains that he doesn’t seek inspiration, but rather finds that the ideas seem to present themselves and if he is open he can “grab onto them quickly before they go away.”

Drawing and painting in immediate and gestural style, Claps views drawing as a form of exercise, keeping him in shape creatively.

I think what first started me on the path was the great feeling I got from making things with my hands. One of the coolest parts of being an artist is stepping back after you’ve finished something that came out really well and thinking, “Damn, did I just make that?” That’s a big part of what drives me, pushing for that satisfaction that comes from the creative process.

My drawing and painting styles have always been very immediate and gestural. I’ve always drawn a lot and I’ve found regular drawing to be a meditative process that keeps the ideas flowing, keeps the hand loose, and keeps the mind open. It’s like exercising, keeping you in shape creatively.

Vol .11.05.2017 | Sunday Selects

MORGAN ROBINSON

 

While plywood is a favorite of the artist, he also works with the wood as oak, hickory, and walnut. But it is softwood such as cedar and maple that Robinson transforms into unique art using a technique he learned from a Japanese artist.

 

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JERI LEDBETTER

 

Jeri Ledbetter is inspired and compelled both by nature’s oddities and man-made structures. She is enthralled with the contrast of, and the interplay between, industry and nature.

 

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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.

 

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MINERALS

 

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

 

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LEONARDO PAINTING UP FOR AUCTION WITH $100 MILLION ESTIMATE

 

The last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction in New York next month — with a pre-sale estimate of around $100 million. Christie’s announced Tuesday that the depiction of Jesus, titled “Salvator Mundi,” will be offered Nov. 15.

 

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E.L.T. ( EGG LETTUCE TOMATO SANDWICH)

 

Think of this like a BLT minus the splattering bacon grease. With each bite you get that ideal combo of ingredients—sweet tomato, rich egg, crisp iceberg lettuce. You just need to get every element right.

 

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THE GREEN VESPER

 

Simple syrup is an easy way to add unexpected flavors-like, well, vegetables-to your drinks. This Arugula Simple Syrup makes about 2/3 cup, which is enough for about 10 cocktails.

 

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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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LATE NIGHT JAZZ

 

Enjoy this playlist of relaxing Jazz hits. Perfect for almost any evening with friends.

 

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Vol. 10.31.2017 | Lisa Weiss

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.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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 at 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. 10.29.2017 | Sunday Selects

BILL CLAPS

 

Visual artist and writer Bill Claps meditates every morning. “I find that the most important thing to me is to listen and be open to what the world presents to me. It’s amazing what happens to me when my mind is clear,” says Claps.

 

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LEROY PROJECTS

 

The goal of Leroy Projects is to examine and explore modern and contemporary artistic issues and the multitude of processes that accompany them. Working in cohesion with one another, Leroy Projects allows the negation of identity and in turn, develops a constantly evolving body of work in a variety of styles.

 

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MINERALS

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

 

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PATRICK ADAMS

 

The beauty of these forms is not just to delight us (though it does), but also to give us life. Beauty is not simply an ornament, a surface phenomenon, but the essence and power of being. And, if beauty is accompanied at all times, as many great thinkers both ancient and modern have asserted, by goodness and truth, then we ignore it at our peril.

 

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TAKE 2 HIKES AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING

 

Some doctors are prescribing a walk in the park as good medicine for not just physical, but also mental health.

 

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CRISP AND CRUNCHY CHICKEN SALAD

 

If you prefer skinless, boneless thighs, that’s fine too. Change up the crunchy vegetables as you wish—any sturdy veggie that you enjoy eating raw will be equally good.
 

 

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BEET KVASS GIMLET

 

Kvass is a fermented drink traditionally made from rye, but in this version, we use beets, which lend their beautiful red color to the finished cocktail.

 

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ROSEWAVE: 75 SONGS TO KICK OFF A FAUX- LUXE SUMMER

 

Roséwave is a one-word joke I made on Twitter that was less about a genre (that does not exist) and more a lifestyle (that very much exists).
 

 

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MY PLACE: JACK CHAPMAN

 

Inside the Cotswolds home and studio of the art world enfant terrible.

 

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