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dan lam

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Whoa. This is the beautifully bizarre, neon-hued, organic organism-ish work of Manila-born, Texas based artist Dan Lam. I already know what you’re thinking… ‘what? how?’ Let me answer you… she uses polyurethane foam, resin, acrylic on wood panel to create these crazy fantastic things. I want to touch them! That’s probably not allowed, but wait… what about these ones:

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Yes! I’d have no choice but to hold these… how else could I put them on the edge of my shelf, table, dresser, countertop etc. LOVE.

via Juxtapoz





alan reid

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When I come across a work description that includes “porcupine quills”, I stop. These are the absolutely gorgeous paintings of New York based artist Alan Reid. Those faces, those soft colors, and yes… those quills! Amazing.

{Images, and installation views, via Lisa Cooley, NY}





“hunting for paper”

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Houses, plants, embroidery thread, vintage ladies… yes, it’s very possible that Amsterdam based collage artist Hagar Vardimon is my soul sister. I’ve written about her a lot, so it was absolute thrill to call nine hours into the future, across the Atlantic to Amsterdam. She was nervous about her English, and her accent, but both are just perfect! You can listen to our collage-nerd conversation right underneath that gorgeous house bursting with plants, or you can subscribe on iTunesFirst up, this was some of the first work of Hagar’s that I ever saw… and it was love at first sight:

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Yes, we both have a thing for houses and embroidery thread! Strangely we’ve also both taken a small break from the embroidery work to play with paper… look what she’s doing with her father’s old paper punch:

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So fun! She’s been posting all of these pieces to her gorgeous Instagram feed, which you absolutely have to follow. These were the women I brought up. I love this body of work so much… the colors, the strangely beautiful shapes, the geometric embroidery, and those fantastic vintage photos:

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Gah! Love, love, love! As I said before, we both have a thing for houses. Here are a few from her “Lonely Houses” series from a couple of years ago:

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That final piece was a commission she did for a family in California {yes, she does commissions… just sayin’}. And finally, I asked Hagar to send me a few shots from her studio. It’s a collage artist’s candyland:

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Oh. I want to go to there. I haven’t told her this yet, but I laughed out loud when she sent that final photo. My clippings look almost exactly the same… except that mine are in a wooden bowl, not a wooden box. But close! Thanks so much to Hagar for talking to me {you too Liam… the youngest guest ever to be interviewed on the podcast!}. Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and for offering the $50 gift card giveaway happening at the end of February. And finally, as always, a huge thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

ps. You can find Hagar’s lovely work for sale in her online shop.

Other links: Emily Barletta ; Hollie Chastain ; Glue I use





elise wehle

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The art history nerd in me just gasped. Portraits and exquisite paper cutting… ah, yes, this is the latest work from American artist Elise Wehle. I’ve written about her before {here and here}, and I was not disappointed when I popped by again today! Gorgeous. Delicate. Oh, so lovely.

{Her work is available on her site}





jealous curator collection: land of nod spring 2016

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Ahhh, spring. Well, kinda. Yes it’s only February but that means the Spring 2016 Collection at The Land of Nod is out… which means that the “Jealous Curator Spring Collection” that I curated for Nod is out! I’m not very good at keeping secrets so I’m always happy when I can finally share this stuff! From collages to sculptures to paintings… I love this group of work, oh, so much. I think my favorite part of working on these collections is collaborating with contemporary artists that I love, and seeing what they decide to make for kids! That being said, my goal with this project is always to put together a group of work that you could totally hang in a nursery, but that you’d also love to have in the living room … because eventually your sweet babies will get older and want to hang posters of Rob Lowe on their wall {or was that just me?}

Artists: Laura Berger / Xochi Solis / Lola Donoghue / Lucy Engleman / Casey Roberts / Laura Johnston / Jenny Lumelsky / Katy Smail / Clare Celeste Borsch





sarah illenberger

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Gasp! Perfect plants, perfectly adorned, and perfectly photographed on perfect fields of color. This is the simple yet stunning combination behind this series, titled “Wonderplants”, by Berlin based artist Sarah Illenberger. She describes what she does as “working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography.”  Yep.

{via Design Crush}





“nature nerd”

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I have looooved the work of Indianapolis based artist Casey Roberts for years, so I’m a little embarrassed to say that it wasn’t until preparing for this interview that I realized these are cyanotypes, not paintings. Who knew? Well, not me. Casey met me in a quiet library in Indianapolis, with a glass of gin & tonic in hand to calm his nerves. I absolutely loved this chat… he is so talented, and an unbelievably nice guy. You can listen right under that stunning stump, or you can subscribe on iTunes. First up, some of Casey’s most recent work. They’re absolutely beautiful – like an ethereal exhale:

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Sigh. So, so beautiful. Cyanotypes might just be the absolute perfect way to create nighttime scenes… for example:

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Gasp! That glowing moth! Man, he’s good. Speaking of good, here’s Casey’s lovely piece that I included in my latest collection for The Land of Nod. So sweet!

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Aww! And now, my favorite pieces in Casey’s extensive and beautiful portfolio. His carved trees:

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Aren’t those amazing? And he does commissions with your special initials and dates… just sayin’. Also, I want one. And finally, I have to show this photo of Casey and his beard. Does his look not match his wild wilderness work perfectly?

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Yeah, he can never shave that beard. It just works. And that’s that. No need for nerves, but clearly a glass of gin & tonic never hurts… unless of course someone makes you laugh and you have a small coughing fit. But other than that. Huge thanks to Casey for doing this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode {and giving away a $50 gift card!}, and a big thank you to all of you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links: Parts Gallery, Toronto / Walker Contemporary, Vermont / In Search Of TV show

ps. casey’s cat heads…

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matthew craven

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Whoa. I have written about New York based artist Matthew Craven a few times before {here and here}, but when I saw this recent show, titled MONUMENTS, well it was time to write again! His work is absolutely stunning in person… a gorgeous combination of collage and detailed drawing. If you happen to be in Houston, this show will be up at David Shelton Gallery until February 6th.





“late one night…”

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Botanical watercolors, cosmic moments, and rum-soaked nipple cakes. Yep, all of that and more is covered in my conversation with Oregon based artist Kiana Mosley. Her story about getting into the zone “late one night” might’ve been my favorite part. You can listen right up there under that lovely bunch of blooms, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Now, the first time I wrote about Kiana’s work, in the fall of 2013, I described her paintings as “juicy gardens”, and I’m sticking with that description. Look…

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Gor. Ge. Ous. Ooh, and I love this too. She talked about using pieces that didn’t go exactly as planned, for future projects… like this stunning, bloom-filled, color explosion of an alphabet that she collaged out of painted scraps. How do I feel about it…

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LOVE! Now that’s how you recycle “failed” works! And of course, I had to show this… her two prints that have just very recently become available at Target!? Oh, and look who picked one up for the White House:

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What?! Yes. Ridiculously cool. Alright, and that’s that! Thanks to Kiana for those delicious nipple cakes AND for doing this interview with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and as always, thanks to you for listening… I’m on my way to Hawaii, but never fear, there will be more art for your ear launched from Maui next weekend! Until then…

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Other links:

The Fig House, LA / Emily Henderson / Sweet C’s designs / ps. some of Kiana’s work is available in my online gallery





elisa johns

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Oh my goodness. This is the gorgeous work of LA based artist Elisa Johns. Some of her work is oil on canvas, and other pieces are acrylic & ink on paper… like those two snakes… who I had to make a bit smaller and put in the middle of the post so they didn’t freak me out too much. Luckily they’re flanked by blossoming acrylic/ink fireweed, so that helps. Here is Elisa’s artist statement:

“In a time when our perception of “the natural” is obscured by urban living, my work delves into a fantasy in which bourgeois living collides with raw nature. Contemporary culture is obsessed with indicators of beauty. I take these indicators – beautiful people, animals, architecture – and place them within lushly painted landscapes. These elements become equally valued icons of desire and beauty. My intention is to establish a departure point into a fantastical narrative space.”

Lovely. Even the snakes.