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ABOUT KIM FONDER
Kim Fonder is thoroughly influenced by texture and touch, reflecting Da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The new paintings play with neutrals, soft whites and, tawny grey washes that pair with her constant fascination with Japan. Objects such as indigo batiks, as well as found sake brewing bags continue to be a part of her ethnography and expression.
Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Jack Kerouac said, “One day, I will find the right words, and they will be simple. I love texture and touch. My paintings and my furniture reflect my infatuation with these two characteristics. From the materials I select, to the way I craft each piece; these two remain my focus.
Kelsey Irvin’s work is collecting traces of peoples lives. Her work is very much related to memories and storylines.
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Reese works primarily with stoneware and porcelain. Reese’s most recent pieces combine salt-glazed stoneware and reclaimed native wood. His work is predominately known for its simple, familiar forms created in a variety of methods and at such large scales that the pieces push the traditional boundaries of ceramic art.
DON SCOTT MACDONALD
Don Scott Macdonald hopes to convey something about who we are and what we feel — a balance of mystery and beauty, darkness, and hope. He composes his paintings from an accumulation of observations and dreams.
Initially a representational artist, her work was originally concerned with both the landscape and the figure, the two combining at times. During 2002 Riding’s work took a turn, this due to the wish to instill more inner depth and felt meaning to each piece, and so, her focus turned to abstraction.
TOUR CINDY CRAWFORD’S NEW BEVERLY HILLS ESTATE
American model and actress, Cindy Crawford, and her husband, Rande Gerber, have just swapped their seaside home in Malibu for a contemporary, one-story home in Beverley hills, according to TMZ.
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SPROUTS, KOHLRABI, AND BEET SALAD WITH HERBED CRÈME FRAÎCHE DRESSING
Blanching the herbs for the crème fraîche dressing helps preserve their bright color and keeps them from turning bitter once mixed into the dressing, which can be made up to 3 days ahead.
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ROSY BOA COCKTAIL
Rose water is the little something that makes this cocktail recipe special.
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RADIOHEAD MADE A VIDEO FOR ‘LIFT’ IN A LIFT
One of those unreleased tracks, “Lift,” has been around in some form or another for over two decades, and here gets a video directed by Oscar Hudson. Leave it to Radiohead, however, to take a straightforward joke — Thom Yorke rides a lift for the song “Lift”—and make it surreal.
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AGE APPROPRIATE: UNIFORM EXERCISES
The Zen Routine of Columbus Park’s Elderly Chinatown Regulars
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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.
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.
Gaining notoriety in Europe as a promising young sculptor, Pierme had many solo exhibitions and showed alongside creative giants, including Pierre Cardin.
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.
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.”
A 19TH-CENTURY MANSION TURNED LAW OFFICE — THEN 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.
It’s a foolproof way to get perfect corn.
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.
CENTER 1 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY
Relax and unwind with Center 1 Playlist on Spotify.
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.
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.
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.
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.