medium /// contemporary




dana hargrove

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There are few people that love colorful stacks of stuff as much as I do… but I think American artist Dana Hargrove might give me a run for my money! I loooooove these gorgeous pieces {acrylic on cut wood}… so much detail and careful planning that results in colorful, patterned towers and piles that I could stare at all day loooooong. Happy Friday.





joy dilworth

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I can’t decide what I find more exciting – looking at this insanely weird & wonderful work, or reading the list of materials used. Let me elaborate: No.1 Nylon mesh tubing, wax, q-tips, foam, shadow … No.2 Latex, q-tips, beeswax, ink, cotton twine, found wheel … No.3 Wood, nylon mesh tubing, sugar. Wait, did she say sugar!? Yep. This is the work of Philadelphia based artist Joy Dilworth and it’s safe to say, I’m smitten.





xu zhen

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GASP! Ceramics? No. Cake frosting? No. Brace yourself, it’s OIL PAINT! Both of these stunning pieces are from a series titled “Under Heaven”, which could not be more accurate! I saw the heavenly work of Chinese artist Xu Zhen when I was at Art Basel Miami Beach last week. It took my breath away, obviously. I wanted to touch it (ok, and maybe taste it), but I controlled myself. Here’s an Instagram video I took, getting up close and personal with that circular piece…

oh. my. word. oil paint?! work by xu zhen “under heaven” #artbaselmiami #artbasel

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sinziana velicescu

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“On The Periphery” … tiny bits of everyday life that you might miss, unless you’re Los Angeles based photographer Sinziana Velicescu. Gorgeous compositions, dreamy color palettes, and sun-drenched slices of life in LA. Love.





johanna goodman

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“Imaginary Beings” … love! These fantastical collages are the work of New York based artist Johanna Goodman. I wrote about her three years ago, and it’s so inspiring to see how her work has evolved. Also, I would like a dress made from logs, or icebergs, or swans. Happy Monday.





“lands of wool and cake”

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The first time I saw this Iceland-inspired work, I gasped out loud… and then I gasped again when I realized these stunning landscapes were created using Icelandic wool, chocolate cake, and blue milk! Yep, Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt creates magic from everyday items. You can listen right up there under that wooly lagoon, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

The first series we talked about features these wooly wonders, titled “Wooly Sagas”

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That moss! That little chunk of blue ice! A wooly volcano!?

Ok, I cannot wait to show you a few of her pieces from the “Edible Vistas” series! Cake, coffee, poppy seeds, crumbled cookies… and yes, blue milk:

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What!? Oh my goodness, I never get tired of staring at these. And also, I want chocolate cake now.

There was a bit of talk about imaginary friends who happened to be wolves, and the wooly wolf costume she made her husband wear for her project titled “In Sheep’s Clothing”:

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Wow. That mouth is amazing.

Ahh, and one of Eszter’s latest series, “Tales for Tuktu”, the story of a tapir that tries to move north, but isn’t exactly welcomed by the locals:

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So moving, and so much bigger than I realized! I included that last photo of Eszter in action so you could see the scale. Gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, Eszter in her happy place:

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Sigh. Yes, I can understand why she is so completely inspired by Iceland and all of its natural magic {these images, and many more beauties, can be found on her lovely instagram feed}.

Thank you so much to Eszter for taking the time out of her very busy day (she’s the mother of twin 3 year old boys!); thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and of course, thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.





greg hart

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Whether American artist Greg Hart intended a narrative to come alive in this series or not, it has. This isn’t his most recent body of work, but these images pulled me in the moment I saw them … the palette, the facial expressions of his found subjects, and the untold stories behind their eyes. Hauntingly beautiful.





jason webb

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Now this is the kind of garbage I need in my life! These discarded piles of stuff are the beautiful work {acrylic paintings} of Austin TX based artist Jason Webb. Is it just me, or do you kinda wanna rummage through those elegantly painted piles of junk to see what’s in there? Just me? Oh, ok. ps. You can find a lot of his work available on SaatchiArt.com

{Thanks to Michele Hogan for pointing me to Jason’s work!}





guy yanai

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Ok, I have to tell you that Tel Aviv based artist Guy Yanai paints all sorts of things, but his plants… oh his plants! These bright beauties are quite big {most of them are roughly 3’x4′}, and clearly need to be on my wall. Ahh, it would be like a gorgeous oil-on-linen greenhouse in my house… and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t kill these.

{via Booooooom}





fancy schmancy gallery : “west”

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I’m not very good at keeping secrets (at all) but somehow I managed to keep this one under my hat for the last six months. You guys, I opened a gallery… a Fancy Schmancy Gallery. Here’s the gist:

MAKING EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK ACCESSIBLE, ONE FANCY SCHMANCY SHOW AT A TIME
Fancy Schmancy Gallery is open all day, every day. No appointments necessary. No need to find parking. Whether you live in a huge city or a tiny town you can “wander” through Fancy Schmancy whenever you like. Every two months there will be a new show, filled with original artwork that was created specifically for that show, and available nowhere else… fancy, right?

Gah – so exciting! I decided to do this with hopes of making unique, original art accessible to everyone everywhere. Ok, I also just wanted an excuse to give assignments to my favorite artists to see what they’d make!

Well, the first show, titled “WEST”, goes up TODAY!  This whole online, podcast-filled, social media-saturated, no real rules world feels like “the wild west” to me, so it seemed like a perfect way to start this new adventure. I gave six amazing artists this brief… west… and they took it from there! Take a tiny peek:

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Oh, I love it so much! Pop over to Fancy Schmancy to see the full show… happy art collecting (ps. all of these are originals created specifically for this show, so if you like something, buy it before it’s SOLD.)