Vol. 07.09.2019| Artist Spotlight Kelsey Irvin

Kelsey Irvin’s work is collecting traces of peoples lives. Her work is very much related to memories and storylines. Her admired artists are Antoni Tàpies, and Andrew Wyeth with their deep work of nostalgia and bringing life to the overlooked.

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Irvin is driven to bring new life to objects that may otherwise be lost and deteriorated in time. The challenge she seeks is to maintain a balance between working with such old objects and recreating them in a contemporary artwork that holds the test of time.

Vol. 06.18. 2019 | Artist Spotlight Marina Dunbar

My paintings are rooted in process. The resin is layered, heated and torched. Chemistry becomes essential to aesthetic. Resin is a powerful industrial material but when it comes to painting it’s very sensitive. It has “pot life” which means after two parts are mixed together, it can handle a limited amount of manipulation before it’s no longer malleable.

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Vol. 06.18.2019 | Artist Spotlight: Marina Dunbar

Marina Dunbar’s process is a process based on being present in the moment. Her paintings are rooted in process. The resin is layered, heated and torched. Chemistry becomes essential to aesthetic.Resin is a powerful industrial material but when it comes to painting it’s very sensitive. 

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“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.

Vol. 06.16.2019 Sunday Selects | Father's Day

JULIE SNEED

Julie Sneed was born in Saint Benedict, Kansas but is now working in Tulsa, OK with her husband and daughter. Her focus on contemporary art showcases her life on a cattle ranch with figural paintings of livestock, accompanied by abstract depictions of other spaces. She utilizes gestural brushstrokes, texture and muted colors throughout her works

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JAMIE KIRKLAND

Jamie Kirkland seeks to evoke a sense of limitless space, of expansiveness, stillness and calm in her paintings. 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. And just as traditional haiku contains a kigo, or season reference, her paintings reference seasonality with an economy of expression that is almost always atmospheric.

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JENNIFER JL JONES

An exploration of beauty and energy, Jennifer JL Jones’ mixed media paintings are a meditation on the dichotomy of the existence of nature both as corporeal reality and intangible spirituality. Employing multiple layers of abstraction and combined mediums including a refined glazing technique, she creates rich, organic patinas that evoke universal emotional and physical connecting points for the observer. Layers of paint create a palimpsest quality to the work, elegant, ever-shifting paintings combining a poetic, sensual grace with consistently bold execution.

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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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24 CALIFORNIA HOMES THAT WILL MAKE YOU CONSIDER WEST COAST LIVING

California offers the perfect climate and location for relaxed living and homes that blur the lines between indoors and out. The West Coast aesthetic is eclectic and often filled with bohemian touches, natural elements, exquisite vintage and antique furnishings, and plenty of bold art.

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REJOICE! BREAKFAST BROWNIES ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR MORNINGS BETTER

Eating a proper breakfast on weekdays just doesn’t happen for most people, including me. I am perpetually late, usually groggy, and often cranky, but I also demand coffee and sustenance as soon as I finally stop hitting snooze and get out of bed. That’s why a little breakfast meal prep can save my day.

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A PIMMS CUP RECIPE TO START THE SUMMER RIGHT

You know what sounds like my ideal summer afternoon? Eating a ton of oysters and downing a few low-ABV, refreshing gin drinks that are a little bubbly, ever-so-slightly herbaceous, and adorned with lots of fruit and a shock of mint. Well that’s just the idea James Pimm had back in the 1820s (or the ’30s, you know how these historical things go…). The son of a farmer, he had gotten into the restaurant business and was running a popular London tavern serving mostly shellfish to his patrons. And the cocktail he created—the Pimm’s Cup—has remained a warm-weather classic for nearly 200 years.

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IN RESIDENCE PEDRO REYES AND CARLA FERNANDEZ

The Mexico City home of artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernández is a continually adapting architectural project. Coarse concrete walls divide the sprawling space into discrete sections that, over the years, has evolved to meet both the demands of a working atelier and comfort of a family home.

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INFINITE PASSION

Yayoi Kusama. Can you imagine, not only meeting her, but getting to spend time with her – over years – while making a documentary about her incredible life?

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Vol.06.09.2019 | Sunday Selects

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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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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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.

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MINERALS

Exhibit by Aberson hand selects minerals from around the world to add organic texture to interior spaces.

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IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MOROCCO

South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom

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WHY AN ALICE NEEL PAINTING IS STUCK IN THIS ARTIST’S PSYCHE

The painter Jordan Casteel discusses her favorite artwork and the affinity she feels for its creator.

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QUICK SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN

This classic Chinese-American dish can be cooked in 22 minutes or less. So the next time you crave take-out, put down the phone and pick up a skillet.

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#60 DAVID ZWIRNER NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION

Zwirner discusses the future of the business and the state of the market—and talks about what he is looking for in the next generation of artists.

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THE PERFECT GIN AND TONIC

You’ll LOVE this Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe. Made with a slight sweet twist, this time-honored cocktail is sure to become favorite for years to come.

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Vol. 06.02.2019 | 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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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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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. 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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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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DONNA KARAN & MASHONDA TIFRERE ONKING WOMAN

Donna Karan and Mahsona Tifere opened an exhibition at Urban Zen focused on female empowerment.

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SIMPLE SUMMER ROLLS WITH PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

A light and easy vegetarian spring roll that is super easy to make

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SUMMER SANGRIA

Sangria, a common alcoholic beverage in Spain and Portugal, is typically made with wine and flavored with a range of citrus or sweet fruits. Sangria translates to ”blood” in Spanish and Portuguese—unappetizing but apt, given its deep scarlet hue.

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YES, I’M TURNING 70, AND IT’S ALL JUST BEGINNING. DONNA KARAN ON HER LIFE IN FASHION

In the latest installment of Sally Singer’s Vogue Voices series, Karan, who “grew up on Seventh Avenue” and admits she always wanted to be an artist, talks us through her stellar career. She takes us from the art to the delivery room and from Anne Klein to Donna Karan New York and DKNY.

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CANVA: MELANIE PERKINS

Melanie’s online design platform Canva is valued at over $1 billion, joining the list of Australia’s “unicorn” companies.

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Vol. 06.11.2019 | Artist Spotlight : Mckenzie Dove + Objects

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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“The studio changes every day, depending on what I’m working on, and because I like to be surrounded by things that inspire me,” Dove says. At any given time, there’s likely to be a potted tree soaking up the light of those floor-to-ceiling windows and earthy curios tossed alongside rough-surfaced urns, classical busts, and a few highly articulated pieces of modernist furniture. “I’m inspired by natural, organic things, like the hide, or fur, or coral, or stone,” she explains. “But then I also love sculptural elements, and I like to have them in the background so I can pull from them.”