Vol. 04.07.2019 | Sunday Selects

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.

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MORGAN ROBINSON

I attempt to stay clear of the mundane by taking a closer look at the things that can do nothing else but encompass my sight. Unable to ignore organic language, I follow the indigenous bends in pieces of nature. There is no part of my environment too obscure to inspire. Refracted light and shadows overlapping as well as elements that can be held in your hand or seen with a magnifying glass – they all hold purpose and contain beauty.

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JIM POLAN
Jim Polan loves stories. He tells them, he paints them. Sometimes the title precedes the paint, but sometimes it’s the other way around. In most works, the title is intended to be a compositional element. The works, more or less, are edited action paintings with narratives. Despite his three degrees, Polan still claims that whatever he learned of art, he learned in his father’s studio.

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HAYLEY NICHOLS

Hayley Nichols draws spiritual wisdom from the routines of daily life most of us move through without a thought. By calling attention to the nuance of these secular rituals, common objects become a space to honor moments of human connection, playfulness, and loss. Nichols reveals both the sensory delight and inevitable melancholy in trying to stay present.

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Cottage Hill at Home with Commercial Architect Kate Wallace

I love working on old buildings because they have a personality of their own, it’s usually just about stripping the existing space down to its bones and noticing what shines through. Then you can see what needs to be added to make the space functional for it’s new use.

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VEGETARIAN TACO SALAD

This Vegetarian Taco Salad Rules Our Summer
The only thing that’s missing is the fried tortilla bowl.

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5 Cachaça Cocktails and What to Pair Them With

Cachaça (“ka-sha-sa”), the national spirit of Brazil, resembles rum but is made from the first pressing of fresh sugarcane juice instead of molasses. When it comes to cachaça cocktails, the caipirinha is the most famous, but it’s only one of several delicious drinks you can make with the liquor. Here, discover five cachaça cocktails (including the caipirinha) and what to pair them with.

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TRAILER | AT ETERNITY’S GATE DIRECTED BY JULIAN SCHNABEL

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award® Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

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THE LONELY PALETTE: EP. 16: VINCENT VAN GOGH’S POSTMAN

You’ve just had a manic break, cut off a piece of your ear, and gifted it to a prostitute. Who ya gonna call? Your get-a-grip postman friend, of course! 

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Vol. 5.28.2019 | Artist Spotlight: Bill Claps + Objects

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. 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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Vol. 04.02.2019 János Huszti

JÁNOS HUSZTI

Janos Huszti is an emerging painter based in Budapest, Hungary. Evocative of analog photography, his practice of oil on canvas blends figure study and portraiture with a distinctive cinematic gaze. Huszti’s inventive techniques of blurring wet paint across the canvas, and omission of key elements of the body inserts a mystifying distance between the subject and the viewer, abstracting in enigmatic fashion subtle narratives within the work. He is also interested in contemporary street art, so his images feel current with origins rooted in the past.  Huszti received his diploma in painting from the University of Pécs in Hungary.  He also studied conceptual art for one term at the University of Herfordshire, Hatfield, England.  He has been working in a professional studio at PP Center in Budapast for more than four years.

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Vol. 3.31.2019 | Sunday Selects

FABIO MODICA

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.

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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 interplay between, industry and nature.

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JULIE SNEED

Julie Sneed is a contemporary artist. She was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Kansas. Her artwork reflects a minimal and organic response to natural surroundings. She paints animals and abstract artworks.

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KIM FONDER

Kim ‘s paintings and furniture reflect her infatuation with texture and touch. From the materials Fonder selects, to the way she crafts each piece; these two attributes remain her focus. She seeks to honor Leonardo Da Vinci’s words, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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INSIDE A CURATOR“S ART FILLED APARTMENT
Caroline Corbetta has created a gallery of her own with works by the newer Italian artists she’s spent her career encouraging.

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CHICKEN MILANESE WITH SAGE AND LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

These pounded, breaded and fried chicken cutlets, with their crisp golden crust, were Linda Meyers’s childhood favorite. “If guests were coming over, my mom would add a butter sauce,” she says. Here, she creates her own butter sauce, made with fresh sage and lemon, and serves the dish alongside a simple salad with Italian vinaigrette.

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MILANESE GIN AND TONIC

A traditional Gin and Tonic with a splash of Campari.

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LEONARDO IN MILAN

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the life of the genius, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, and the original futurist—Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was born in 1452 and is considered one of (or the?) most important artists in all of human history. He was the ultimate renaissance man. The techniques of chiaroscuro and sfumato are attributed to him, and some versions of history claim that when he was learning how to paint, his master was so humbled by da Vinci’s abilities that he never took up a brush again.

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IN RESIDENCE: VINCENZO DE COTIIS
Inside the interior architect’s eighteenth-century Milan townhouse
Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis is much sought-after for his unique approach to design. Balancing a raw authenticity with a minimal approach through the reappropriation of salvaged materials, his Milan-based agency is responsible for placing luxury stories including Antonia and Excelsior Milano in unlikely spots—the latter a converted cinema near the Duomo.

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Vol. 03.24.2019 | Sunday Selects

HOLLY ADDI

Holly Addi creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position. Her paintings are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways 

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MARINA DUNBAR

“My paintings are nature based abstractions driven by an exploration of movement, color, harmony and balance. Watercolor lends itself to the build up of layers, capturing traces of time and transformation. I am inspired by the aesthetics of floral x-ray photography, developed by a radiologist in the 1930’s, this documentation of plant forms resulted in a poetic merge of art and science.

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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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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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SLASHING HIS WAY TO THE SUBLIME
Lucio Fontana made abstraction dangerous by breaking through the surface of a painting. His innovations astound at New York museums.

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WATERCRESS SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES AND FETA

Watercress Salad with Strawberries and Feta. Such a great way to enjoy fresh spring fruits and vegetables. Toss with a simple champagne vinaigrette.

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MEZCAL SOUR

This tangy-sweet cocktail gets its lofty, fluffy froth from egg whites and a two-step mixing technique. The first shake, without ice, helps create the foam. After adding ice, the second shake chills the drink and further aerates the whites. This recipe is from Honey’s in NYC.

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INSIDE JULIENNE MOORE’S TOWNHOUSE
The actress brings new life to her beloved family home

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IN OTHER WORDS
Everything you ever wanted to know about the art market but didn’t know who to ask
Jerry Comes Alive!

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Sunday Selects Vol. 03.10.2019

PASCAL

French-born sculptor, Pascal Pierme is inspired by his surroundings. For the last 20 years, those surroundings have been Santa Fe, New Mexico. A lover of the outdoors, his work is directly influenced by the magical landscapes of his Southwestern home

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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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SILVIA POLOTO

Brazilian-born Silvia Poloto is an accomplished artist working in a range of visual disciplines. She is known for her lively abstract canvases and mixed-media sculptures. Recognized for her dynamic compositions and color sensibility, Poloto exploits a vibrant visual vocabulary of boldness and subtlety. 

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BERND HAUSSMANN

Bernd Haussmann’s artwork explores gesture, color, and texture in paintings on metal, acrylic, glass, wood, canvas and paper, mimicking the effects of time, temperature and the environment on surfaces. Born and educated in Germany, Haussmann has been a long-time resident of the North Shore of Boston and Maine, where he maintains studios. Haussmann’s work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as Art Hong Kong, San Francisco Art Fair, Art Santa Fe, Miami Project, Toronto International Art, and others. 

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THE ARTIST’S LIFE

How the Myth of the Hedonistic Artist Lost Its Allure
These days — despite longstanding clichés about art and excess — the creative impulse can actually be more closely tied to asceticism. from: The New York Times Style Magazine by: Wyatt Mason

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VANILLA BEAN THUMBPRINT WITH DULCE DE LECHE

“These are pretty easy to throw together,” says blogger and cookbook author Rebecca Firth. “The only high maintenance component is the dulce de leche, which must be made in advance and fully cooled before it is added to the cookies.”

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REFRESHING CUCUMBER LIME MARGARITAS

Margaritas,simply stated, are best homemade.

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IN RESIDENCE: JASPER CONRAN

The design maven opens the doors to his light-bathed Wiltshire home
It’s no surprise the home of English designer Jasper Conran is impeccably decked out. An apartment occupying part of New Wardour Castle, an English country house in Wiltshire, the building boasts a rare sweeping rotunda staircase designed by English architect James Paine and full-sized pipe organ made of wood, ivory and gold. 

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Sunday Selects Vol. 03.03.2019

BRANDON REESE

Brandon Reese’s focus on experimentation and varying techniques relates to his belief that the best part of life is the process, “My art wears the fingerprints, cuts, dents and other texturing as a roadmap and documentation of its creation.”

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PATRICIA LARSEN

Many who experience a painting of Patricia Larsen think it’s the work of a Zen monk, someone who’s mastered the elements of purity - but it’s Larsen’s memories of playing in Albertan prairie fields that melt into her images. 

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DOUG FREED

Doug Freed attempts 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, and the softness of landscape bathed in fog, and the quieting mood of approaching darkness. In his luminescent multi-paneled oil paintings Freed tries to find the grey area between traditional landscape painting and its abstraction into color fields.

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MINERALS

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

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In Jaipur, a Clothing Designer’s Vibrant and Wonderfully Imperfect Home
Nothing quite matches but everything fits in Caroline Weller’s airy family abode in India — including a giant unfinished mural. from: New York Times Style Magazine by: Ligaya Mishan

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PASTA al LIMONE

This classic lemon sauce recipe has a lot of fat and a lot of acidity, so don’t be shy with adding salt and taste as you go. It will likely require more than you think to strike that perfect balance. from: Bon Appetit recipe by: Molly Baz

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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. from: epicurious

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GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 TRAILER

Winter, and the Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer, is here, along with its release date! Here’s everything to know on the final season. from: den of geek

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VOL. 02.24.2019 | SUNDAY SELECTS

     
MICHELLE Y WILLIAMS





Imperfections, flaws, rust, asymmetry, texture, peeling paint and the principles of wabi-sabi all enliven and excite Michelle Y Williams. She approaches her blank canvas with just a beginning and no preconceived end result.




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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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MCKENZIE DOVE




Inspired by elements of interior design and architecture, and the raw beauty of nature, she aims to create pieces that make an individual statement while being versatile enough to compliment any style of design.




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TABLES




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.




I N Q U I R E

MEET 10 NEW YORKBASED DESIGNERS WHOSE SENSE OF STYLE GOES BEYOND WHAT THEY WEAR



For these creatives, personal fashion becomes an extension of their larger body of work.




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HOMEMADE GRANOLA




Say hello to the lightest, crispiest, clumpiest granola around. The secret is buttermilk, which soaks into the grains to tenderize them from the inside out, giving this granola a wonderfully delicate crunch.




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LOTTI AND DOOF: MILK PUNCH: JAPAN




We’re all trying to figure out how to write about food after what has happened in Japan. Ruth Reichl’s tweets are getting more and more bizarre.




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STUDIO VISIT: BILLY MARTIN




We visit the New Jersey studio of Billy Martin, the artist and drummer known for his work with jazz-funk band Medeski Martin & Wood.




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STAN GROF WITH TIM FERRISS



 

Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than 60 years of experience in research of “holotropic” states of consciousness, a large and important subgroup of non-ordinary states that have healing, transformative, and evolutionary potential.






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