medium /// contemporary

drew leshko

Ok, I’m quite sure this guy could make anything. This is a series titled, you guessed it, “Buildings” by Philadelphia based artist Drew Leshko. The level of detail and his choice of facades is fantastic, but you know what’s just as great? His artist statement:

“By carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood, Leshko creates documentary studies of architecture from his neighborhood in an attempt to create a three dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving. Working from observation and photographs, the artist painstakingly recreates building facades from his neighborhood at a 1:12 scale. The scale is familiar for some viewers as standard dollhouse spec; the treatment to the buildings is widely different. The minute detail of his work includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets, which are commentary of the same ideas of what is worth preserving. Highlighting quick fixes and simple solutions, Leshko’s work begs the viewer to build their own ideas of why and when these changes had been made. Accumulations of typically overlooked details and minutiae like acid rain deposits and rust become beautiful adornments.”

Beautiful, sad, brilliant.

éliane monnin

Ah, art and nature… a blessed union! This is the work of French artist Éliane Monnin. This is a small snippet from her ‘about’ section, and I thought it summed up this organic/organized work:

“… fascination with the mathematical structure of natural objects, the paradox between the irregularity of forms and the formula behind the perfect repetition of patterns, for the productive nature of a life drive that could be confined to art, which itself would reproduce something of nature…”

C’est bonne.

heather millar

Terrifying? Cute? Yes. These paintings are from the “TOYS” section of Canadian artist Heather Millar’s portfolio. Am I dating myself if I admit to having a few of those weirdos? Well, either way, I clearly had to finish off the week with the Mountie and his inflatable friend! #ohcanada #happyfriday

european cultural academy : venice june 2018!

Oh my goodness, one month from today I will be in Venice Italy, about to kick off the first day of the Contemporary Art Course at the European Cultural Centre! There are a handful of spots left, so if you’ve been thinking about it {especially anyone in Europe who can just hop on a train to get there} now is your chance!

Last year I went during the Art Biennale, but I’m so excited to experience the Architecture Biennale this time. Are you assuming it’s just a bunch of models of buildings? That’s what I thought too, but that is not the case at all. Here’s proof from past years:

Stunning! And FYI that bottom most image will be our classroom {Palazzo Mora}. One of the instructors last year was architect, James Taylor-Foster {co-curator of the 2017 Nordic Pavilion} who explained what the Architecture Biennale is truly all about… and it took my breath away. Conceptual / Aspirational thoughts about our planet, the environment, design, community, and how people live together in this crazy world of ours. So much of this inspiration can be applied to the way you think about your artwork … also, we’ll be in Venice!

Here is a peek at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and the Murano School of Glass, Abatte Scuola di Vetro … both of which we’ll be visiting during the week:

… and Murano:

Ahhh! I’m so excited!!! Now, I’m a planner so I like to know exactly what I’ll be doing every moment of every day, so I thought I’d share the schedule with you:

ps. the team at the ECA have offered a special something to Jealous Curator readers: a promo-code for €100 off of the tuition! Enter BIENNALE2018 when you apply online.


Morning: Meeting with curator of Time-Space-Existence, Palazzo Mora.

Afternoon: Visit to Peggy Guggenheim museum.


Morning: Design in Venice, curatorial point of view and case study (lecture).

Afternoon: Visit to Murano School of Glass, Abatte Scuola di Vetro.


Morning: Finding your way in creative industry (THIS IS MY CLASS!)
Afternoon: Galleries. The changing business model. (lecture and visit to a gallery)


Morning: Exhibition planning: from idea to reality (lecture).
Afternoon: Visit to Venice Design exhibition, private tour with curators.


Morning: Venice Biennale: history and organization (lecture).
Afternoon: How to develop successful personal projects in art industry (workshop) (ME AGAIN)
Evening: Certificate ceremony and prosecco. Boat tour around Venice.


Optional visit to the Biennale or pre-selected collateral events.


Right!? It’s going to be AMAZING!  Gallery visits, private behind-the-scene tours with curators, boat rides around Venice, pasta / gelato / coffee / and a lot of Prosecco! If it’s good enough for Audrey and Salvador, it’s good enough for me! Hope to see you there ~ Danielle

andy mister

Brace yourself… these are DRAWINGS. DRAWINGS. Carbon pencil, charcoal, and acrylic on paper on panel. What?! This is the insane work of New York based artist Andy Mister. And, if that’s not amazing enough, they’re big… some of them up to almost 4′ high. Now, just in case you still don’t believe me when I tell you that these are DRAWINGS, here’s a little #wip proof from Andy’s Instagram feed:


greg breda

Ahhh, I can almost smell the those lovely purple blooms. These two paintings are from a series titled “First Love” by LA based painter Greg Breda. Yep, I can smell the flowers AND feel the love. Beautiful.

{Found via Band of Vices Gallery}

preta wolzak

Gasp! These powerful portraits are from a series, by Amsterdam based artist Preta Wolzak, titled “Ma Petite Inuit”. Embroidery thread, leather, suede, and yarn living in perfect harmony for this very beautiful purpose:

“Homage to the people who are the first to deal with climate change, tourism and mining for resources.” 


denise stewart-sanabria

Mmmm, nothing says Monday like a bunch ‘o Moon Pies! This is the work {oil on canvas} of Tennessee based painter Denise Stewart-Sanabria. Yes, it was the mint green pretzels that pulled me in, but the insanely detailed toile wallpaper finished the job. Beautiful, weird, hyperreal deliciousness. Happy Monday.

“an artrepreneur’s fempire”

Brace yourself, because you’re in for a hilarious, inspiring, glittery, curse-filled adventure! New Orleans based artist, artrepreneur, and fabulous woman Ashley Longshore is my guest today. She makes, well, everything! From paintings to bedazzled large-scale lipstick tubes. Personally, I think her next art/product should be a flowery pink perfume {with glitter floating in it, obviously} called “#fuckyeah ~ exuding confidence and pure joy since 1976”. I’d buy it by the barrel! You can listen to our conversation right up there under those fabulous lips, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of my favorites from her “painting” section – from Jesus to Lil Wayne, Mona to Frida:

Love! Even more love when you see the scale… that’s Frida now living in the home of one of Ashley’s collectors. Stun. Ning.

Ok, I think Ashley is all of us in this photo and video. If and when the New York Times writes a glowing review of you / your work… sobbing:

Yep. Alllll of that.

Next. Cake sculptures. A big one to jump out of, and one that I truly lived:

Ok, fine, I didn’t know what bukkake was, BUT I DO NOW. Clearly I’m going to need that sheet cake sculpture… she literally did make me google bukkake {but I don’t think she was sorry!}.

Ahhh, the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman. I had a lot of favorite moments in this interview, but the way she went from being invited to show one piece, to taking over the entire space? Yeah, Ashley Longshore is officially my spirit animal. Here’s a peek into just some of the fabulousness of that show, and the opening night in New York:

Gah!!! Ah-mazing. And yes, that’s Blake Lively lovin’ everything Ashley creates, AND one of the windows on 5th Avenue. Arrived? Yes, I do believe so.

But wait, there’s more! Ashley’s book, a memoir titled “You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy”:


And finally, after all of the insanity that is Ashley’s life at the moment, she will be retreating back into her studio to recharge and MAKE MORE STUFF:

Hell, yes! I hope you’ve come away from this episode feeling absolutely inspired and empowered… I sure have! Make work, know your worth, sell your art and REPEAT. Thanks so much to Ashley for taking time out of her exciting, crazy busy life to do the podcast; thanks to Saatchi Art and Thrive Mastermind for supporting the episode; and as always, huge thanks to you for listening – there will be more art for your ear next weekend. xo

Other links:

  1. New York Times article on Ashley
  2. Bergdorf Goodman show
  3. Blake Lively
  4. Vie magazine {photo of Bergdorf Goodman window}
  5. Create Magazine Interview
  6. Artgasm
  7. Raw Republic Juice
  8. Ashley on Instagram
  9. Kolaj Fest – July 12-15 New Orleans


heather day

Images don’t do these large-scale, juicy beauties justice… but luckily you can see them in person! If you’re in San Francisco, you should go to this. Yep, American painter Heather Day has a new show, titled “Keep Still”, opening at Hashimoto Contemporary tomorrow night, Saturday May 5th from 6-9pm… and Heather will be there too! You’re gonna go, right!?