medium /// art show




maira kalman & daniel handler

CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Rier… a copy of this lovely book is coming your way! {thanks to everyone that entered… and I hope that some of you made it to MoMA yesterday for the event on the lawn!}






I love this, probably because I love New York based artist/illustrator Maira Kalman so much, not to mention my love for vintage photographs of girls standing on lawns… oh, and would you look at that, that’s the name of the beautiful book that Maira Kalman and writer Daniel Handler {a.k.a. Lemony Snicket} created together! The first, very poetic, page reads:

One morning
we found some photographs.
One morning
these girls stood on lawns.
We looked at the pictures,
and we got to work.
There’s no use standing around.
You should do something.
This is the whole thing.

That really is the whole thing, isn’t it… LOVE! On Sunday, June 1 at MoMA {who actually published this little gem}, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler will celebrate their new book, Girls Standing on Lawns, with a garden party featuring 1930s-style Parisian jazz from the Hot Club of Flatbush. From 3-5 p.m. in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. {Free with Museum admission}

ps. I have a copy of this book for myself, and… I have one to give away! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Monday morning at 8am PST. Good luck!

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anna jensen… let’s send her to paris!

Do you remember when I wrote about American artist Anna Jensen a few months ago? Anywho, right after I wrote about her, I received an email from a gallery in Paris asking me to put them in touch with her… because they want to give Anna her first show in Paris this July! How amazing is that?! I’m not sure who is more excited, me or Anna!

Now, that’s where we all come in. Anna can’t afford to ship all of her work (and herself for that matter) to France, so she’s launched a kickstarter campaign. She’s a little over half way to her $3200 goal with 22 days left to go. If you can help that would be amazing… we HAVE to get her to Paris, right? IT’S PARIS, for crying out loud! Merci beaucoup xx





jaclyn conley



Is it wrong that these paintings of hair are making me crave ice cream? So many dreamy, creamy colors all melting into each other to create these gorgeous studies of hair! This is the work of Canadian artist Jaclyn Conley, who happens to be the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art at the moment. Ok now I want to buy some damn art, and some damn strawberry ice cream with a side of butterscotch! So, so lovely.





monica ramos



I wrote about Brooklyn based {Manila born} artist/illustrator Monica Ramos almost exactly one year ago… and then I saw these new, tropical jungle pools and I had to write again! This work was part of a group show in Copenhagen, titled Just Swim, that came down on Monday {sorry!}. I saw these three pieces late last week on The Artful Desperado and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. Turquoise waters, navy blue palm leaves, and an innocent skinny dip with some friendly tigers {at least I hope they’re friendly!}… how’s a gal supposed to stop thinking about that!?





maría aparicio puentes



I wrote about an architect/artist yesterday, and here we are again! Instead of giant, precise paper flowers, today is all about black and white buildings and some very precise, colorful embroidery. This is a new body of work by one of my favorite artists, Chilean artist María Aparicio Puentes. If you happen to be in Madrid between now and June 15th {lucky you!} you can pop in and see this gorgeous work in person {lucky you, again!}. Here’s the info:

Title: Geometrías compartidas: Barcelona – Santiago de Chile
Dates: May 20 – June 15 014
Where: Arte Lateral Santa Ana. – Plaza Santa Ana 12, Madrid Spain

ps. María happens to be one the artists featured in my second book, COLLAGE. You should see the piece that she made for it… so, so good!






tiffanie turner






Gasp! Gorgeous, delicate, GIGANTIC flowers… made entirely of paper! PAPER. This is the stunning work of San Francisco based architect/artist Tiffanie Turner… those happen to be her dress-covered legs in the first photo of the post, just to give you a sense of scale. Yep, these botanical beauties all range between 23″ to 36″ in diameter… a light pink dahlia that is three feet across? Yes. I am going to need that. All of these insanely amazing flowers are part of a show called “Heads” that is currently showing at Rare Device in San Francisco. The show is up until May 28th, so take a break from working in your real garden and go visit this ridiculously gorgeous paper garden… no weeding necessary! [Opening reception: May 9th from 6 - 8pm]

{ps. Each of these crazy paper blooms can take Tiffanie anywhere between 35 – 80 hours to complete… gasp! Again.}

*Top-most photo taken by Sarah Deragon, all other images were shot by Tiffanie.




jennifer davis … joyride





Oh, yes! I want to swing on those swings, under those lights, surrounded by bizarre, large-scale, carousel-inspired creatures! I mentioned a pre-release print from this show a few weeks ago, but now Joyride, a new solo exhibition by Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis is open for business! I absolutely love every piece in this show, and I’m particularly excited about this because almost two years ago, I was sitting on a warm patio in Minneapolis having a post GIRL CRUSH dinner with Jennifer, and she told me that she was waiting to find out about a grant… a grant that would allow her to do a road trip to a bunch of US cities, that were famous for their old carousels, so that she could gather inspiration/source materials to do a huge, whimsical, solo show. A few days after I left, she sent me an email… yep, she got the grant 

* This show will be up at Public Functionary, in Minneapolis, until April 25th. That means you can swing on swings this weekend if you want to… Go!





römer + römer



A long time ago I minored in Art History. I had a thing for impressionism… do you see where this is going? I totally thought these were grainy photos when I first saw them, but on closer inspection I realized that these Japanese fashionistas, and those Korean school kids playing in the waves were made entirely of small dabs of paint. Stunning! They are the work of  two Berlin based artists {who happen to be married} known as Römer + Römer.  Torsten and Nina Römer work together to create these gorgeous, HUGE {78″x105″ in some cases!} modern-day impressionistic work. Yep, I have a thing for these too.

{They currently have a show up at Freight & Volume in New York – it runs until April 26, 2014}





samantha fields

POW! Stunning, large-scale, air brushed PAINTINGS of fireworks! Yes. Paintings. This is the work of LA based artist Samantha Fields. Now, here’s where my problem comes in… I can’t decide which I love more… her magical fireworks, or her rainy/misty headlights at night:

See? How can I pick a favorite? I just can’t. Here is a description of this body of work, and a fascinating explanation of her technique:

In this body of work, Fields immortalizes points in time that are relished, lost and longed for in a single instant—what the artist calls “halcyon moments.” Her paintings are documents of these otherwise ephemeral occurrences: smoke lingering in the sky after a firework has faded, the blur of colored city lights reflected on wet pavement, or transient shadows shifting across a nighttime landscape.

What a camera can record in a split second takes longer to translate into painting, complicating our expectations of photographs as instantaneous replications of an observed reality. Fields uses an airbrush to apply hundreds of thinly misted layers of acrylic paint to canvas or paper, creating rich, almost incandescent, surfaces. By focusing on representations of memory, enigmatic and unfixed, Fields expressively captures the energy and emotion of a fleeting moment.

{Samantha currently has a show at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA. It will be up until May 25th, 2014. You should go.}





todd robinson

Oooh… now, I know that’s how I actually start some posts, but this series by Sydney based artist Todd Robinson is actually titled “Oooh”. Yep. Colorful, squishy {yet solid?}, lazy-looking balloons made of hydrocal, polyester filler, and paint, in a series titled Oooh… I really can’t ask for much more.

*All of these images are from a show that was up last September at Galerie pompom in Sydney. Photos by Brett East.

{via Palmer Art Projects}