Vol. 05.07.2019 | Artist Spotlight: Bernd Haussmann

BERND HAUSSMANN

Bernd Haussmann employs a deep exploration of color, gesture, texture and surface in paintings on metal, acrylic glass, wood, canvas and paper that seem to mimic some of the ways that natural surfaces change as a result of time, temperature, environment. Haussmann’s work distills and interprets a range of sources and observations, from nature to language to dreams to architecture to a total investment in the possibilities inherent in a single color. Haussmann’s singular elements are illuminated by bold colors and a discussion of gesture, surface and the subconscious that, though contemporary in nature, can be traced directly back to the moment of abstract expressionism’s passionate public introduction.

 

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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.

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TAELOR FISHER

I find great inspiration in the natural world, and consider flowers especially stirring. I expressively marry shapes, colors, and scents of my favorite blooms, which produce lush, colorful, and charmingly chaotic compositions. Every painting starts with flowers. But, it is then what intrigues me at the moment that helps the piece take shape. This can be anything from decor curated by a designer, to current trends in fashion, to a color accidentally mixed on my palette. My paintings are not about ME. They are about where they might live. I want my work to be loved and cherished. Thus, my heart and soul is poured into each piece as I create.

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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”. 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.

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HOLLY ADDI

Holly Addi’s works examine energy, space, and landscape through tempered abstraction. By applying abstraction, Addi constructs intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. Often about her audience’s contact with architecture and basic living elements; energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways. By not referencing specific recognizable forms, Addi deconstructs in order to shift meaning and create open interpretation for the viewer.

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AN ARTIST ON FINDING BALANCE, AND HIS GIANT BASKETBALL SCULPTURE

Jonas Wood’s East Hollywood studio — a refurbished industrial space hidden behind a razor-wired metal gate — is populated with the familiar objects that appear in his paintings. There are colonies of potted plants and basketball paraphernalia that ranges in size from plush couch cushions to man-sized orbs. Every room is filled with art, most notably by the ceramist Shio Kusaka Wood’s studio mate and wife, and Kiki and Momo, their son and daughter.

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CHEESY HAND PIES

The secret to this super-flaky pastry is to grate frozen butter into the flour before incorporating it into the dough. Serve these hand pies warm, either as an appetizer or as dinner with a big green salad on the side.

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GIN FIZZ

Fizzes are a classic category of cocktail.  The most well known of the fizzes is the gin fizz, the delicious mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water.  The Ramos Gin Fizz, which was invented in 1888 by Henrico C. Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, alters the classic gin fizz in two key aspects.  First, the addition of the cream and egg white change the texture of the drink.  And second, the orange flower water adds to the botanicals of the gin to create a very light and floral aroma.

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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUPERFAB

When artist and musician Jonathan Mooney approached multidisciplinary creative studio Superfab to produce a geodesic dome for a new project, he became fascinated with the Oregon-based company’s forward-thinking design approach and its sprawling fabrication shop. This experience led him to return to the space with filmmaker Leah R Brown, resulting in this portrait of a practice that is sounding out the limits of design. 

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JEALOUS CURATOR

Embroidery. Yes, everything except that lovely pink background is done with thread. THREAD. Cayce Zavaglia is an American painter who now uses stitches instead of brushstrokes – although, paint has recently come back into her arsenal.

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04.28.2019 | Sunday Selects

MCKENZIE DOVE

McKenzie Dove was born in Dallas, TX but now resides in Birmingham, AL with her husband. Her work consists of pure oil paint applied entirely with palette knives. All of her paintings have a thick, layered texture that she developed after studying the Impressionistic and Expressionistic movements.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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JULIE SNEED

Julie Holthaus Sneed is a contemporary artist working in Tulsa, OK. She was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Kansas. Her work has been featured in Saatchi Art magazine, and was selected by Saatchi Art as “Best of 2017” by Saatchi Art’s chief curator, Rebecca Wilson. She lives in Tulsa with her husband Andrew, a design engineer, and daughter Claire.

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EMILY MORGAN BROWN

Birthed out of a fascination with ancient technique, Emily’s large-scale botanical tapestries are a lesson in history and a record of today.“After I take photos of the flower for the composition, I dry the flower, grind it into pigment, and make it into the egg tempera I will use to paint the linen. The subject lives forever in its painting, using a mostly forgotten process of the Old Masters as well as their technique of painting in grisailles to mimic relief sculpture.The paint is the flower, allowing the flower to live on in its portrait.

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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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ELEGANT MINIMALISM IN A FASHION DESIGNER’S SYDNEY HOME

As the creative director—and cofounder, with brother Marc Freeman—of Camilla and Marc, Australia’s beloved homegrown women’s-wear label, Camilla Freeman-Topper knows how to build an ensemble. She imagines a collection and brings life to a vision. She knows these things take time—rushing is not the way to stoke the fires of creativity. But she also knows about striking while the iron’s hot—as in, say, snapping up the in-need-of-work house around the corner sitting on the market after stopping by on a whim

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ROASTED VEGETABLE PASTA WITH BASIL AND RICOTTA

This recipe is the ultimate comfort food that won’t make you feel bad about it after. The earthy richness of the roasted vegetables and fresh burst of the cherry tomatoes are perfectly married by the clean, rich taste of the ricotta.

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COCO LIME SLUSHY

This is my take on a pina colada. I made this drink with more lime than pineapple and used unsweetened coconut milk and lime simple syrup so that I can control the sweetness. I also did not use crushed ice I find it waters it down so instead I froze the coconut lime mixture in an ice cube tray. The cubes are solid but easy to break up in the blender. The result is a slushy coconut lime and pineapple drink that is so refreshing. You can add as much rum as you like or make it virgin, it’s equally as delicious. One other cool thing about this drink is that because the drink base is frozen in ice cube trays you can make 1 or more and leave the rest in the freezer for use later on. Remove the cubes place in freezer bag and store in the freezer. 

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HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN FOLLOW THE MUSIC?
Neurons in the brain fire in sync to music. Musical training may enhance this ability, and perhaps some other skills.

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MEDITATIONS ON MARK ROTHKO

Whether you think Mark Rothko is the portal to spiritual transcendence or emotional-ambulance-chasing bunk, let’s take the necessary time to explore his work without feeling like our souls are at stake.

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Vol. 04.21.2019 | Sunday Selects

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. Her deftly handled juxtapositions unfold in rich, textured hues and expressive gesture. The result is a body of work characterized by equal amounts of surprise, playfulness and provocation. Her aesthetic choices engage the viewer on a visceral level.

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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.

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This is a photo of nine 15 by 15 inch square, abstract paintings in beige, white, black, tan, neutral colors, arranged together in rows of three

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. 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.”

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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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A NEW APARTMENT THAT CONJURES THE SPIRIT OF 1960S MILAN

Tasked with remaking a home in the birthplace of midcentury Italian Modernism, the firm Marcante-Testa stayed true to the space’s roots.

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FRESH FRUIT WITH CHEESE AND PEPPERY NUTS

This salad template is all about using whatever’s in season to play three key roles: sweet-juicy fruit, crunchy-salty nuts, and chewy-fatty cheese. We love a mix of clementines, ricotta salata, and pistachios for winter; Bosc or D’Anjou pears, parmesan, and hazelnuts for fall; persimmon, mild blue cheese, and pecans for spring; and figs, honey toasted walnuts, and Manchego for summer.

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BOURBON, ORANGE AND GINGER

I love ginger and when it’s combined with orange and a little booze, it makes for a great cocktail! 

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MILAN: DESIGN

An inspiring look at the Italian city’s most stunning spaces
In the new-edition Louis Vuitton City Guides and app, independent journalists share their favourite ways to get the most out of the world’s most exciting cities.

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LISTEN TO EPISODE 54 OF CLEVERERIC QUINT OF 3M
In this episode of Clever, Amy and Jaime talk to Eric Quint, Chief Design Officer of 3M. Eric incubated a lifelong habit of design thinking in youth at the family kitchen table. After studying engineering and industrial design he embarked on a distinguished career at Philips where he evolved from designer to design leader. Now, as the first CDO of 3M, he’s a champion of collaborative creativity and spends his energy in the exciting and painful job of pushing the front edge of progress. Oh, and he’s a jazz guy—find out how that influences his leadership style.

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Vol. 04.14.2019 | Sunday Selects

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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ALAN ALLDREDGE

Alan Alldredge investigates processual abstraction with flowing pathways of texture, reflection and illusion. Taking cues from the natural world, he aims to reinforce the belief that beauty is part of the sacred through his work. 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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LORI COZEN-GELLAR

During the art process, Cozen-Geller looks to capture the emotions of the heart and mind and places them into visual form within space. “This process is a kinetic one for me. It is a journey that begins with a feeling, evolves into a powerful emotion and is then transformed into art. By freezing emotions and placing them into concrete form, I can then sit back and view the strength and meaning that now lies within the piece that has materialized as art. ”

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JÁNOS HUSZTI

A challenging portraitist and emerging creator with a conceptual thinking. Huszti elaborates his constantly changing topics with momentum and precision. He depicts historical times, special characters and places from the past, using all kinds of materials to express his interpretations.

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INSIDE KARL LAGERFELD’S MANY LUXURIOUS HOMES

Hundreds of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs—for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, and more—have been published in Vogue; and, in a 34-year span, the magazine published eight features on the designer’s luxurious homes. Four of these were snapped by Lagerfeld, a polymath par excellence who understood that the art of living well was a far-reaching concept that extended beyond spaces and objects to encompass learning, manners, art, and the like. “Dresses are only interesting as part of everything else that’s going on,” he told the magazine in 1989. It’s no wonder then, that Lagerfeld felt most at home in the 18th century. “It was a most polite century,” the designer told Kennedy Fraser. “And so modern. It was perfect. The rooms were so flattering to live in.”

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WHY SALAD FOR BREAKFAST IS SUDDENLY THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

“It’s more of a mental framework for understanding what breakfast is,” Hymanson says of their open-armed embrace of produce before noon. “I don’t know that having a cucumber salad simply dressed with some yogurt is all that different from having granola with yogurt.”

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ROSE SPIKED LEMONADE

Delicate rose water (a common ingredient in Middle Eastern sweets) and tart lemonade are a refreshing combination in this pretty pink drink. Ice cubes studded with flowers and berries add a stunning finishing touch to this big-batch cocktail fit for any celebration.

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ANDREA TOGNON HOUSE TOUR

Known for his ability to conceive and swiftly execute boutiques for such brands as Céline, Jil Sander and Max Mara, he eschews gloss and bustle in his private life, preferring to inhabit naturally burnished spaces borne of a Zenlike patience and a sense of restraint. And so, in 2010, he moved some two miles from the conventional apartment he’d been living and working in to Bicocca to create — very, very slowly — a sui generis home and studio in an abandoned industrial office complex.

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THE ART BABES PODCAST: COLOR THEORY PART II

In the second installment of their two-parter on color theory, the Babes discuss the color experiments of Josef Albers, explore the connection between color and emotion, and get weepy about the tragic life of van Gogh.

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Vol.04.09.2019 Marina Dunbar and Foejke Fluer

“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. The minimal and reductive photographs conveyed an intrinsic beauty. Taking from their simplicity, I approach my paintings with a sense of restraint; laying down transparent shapes of color and letting the interaction of hues establish a feeling of depth and dynamic motion within each piece. 

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Watch Marina Dunbar in her studio creating new work 

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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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