donald martiny

Polymer and dispersed pigment on aluminum … aka GIGANTIC / JUICY brushstrokes that float on the wall! Sigh. I’ve written about the work of American artist Donald Martiny before, but it only takes one sighting on Instagram for my heart to start racing again…. and voila, moments later, there’s another post written! I use thick strokes of paint in my collages too, but damn, I wish I thought of this. Gorgeous, tactile, HUGE.





chloe hedden

Ahhhh, take a deep breath… I can almost smell these gorgeous flora-filled paintings by American artist Chloe Hedden! A very up close and personal view of roses, peonies, and more. Gorgeous, and exactly what I need during this never-ending winter.





claudia fontes

Absolutely magical work that I really want to touch, but I won’t. Maybe. This is the work of sculptor Claudia Fontes … she was born in Argentina, but has been living in London for the past decade. Wait, this is starting to sound familiar … hold the phone … she’s the artist who created the insane sculpture, titled “The Horse Problem”, for the Argentina Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last summer! This was my favorite installation at the Arsenale. It was truly breathtaking… the work, the space, the grandeur of it all:

Stun. Ning.

ps. I’m heading back to Venice this June (11th – 16th) to be one of several instructors during the “Contemporary Art Week” at the European Cultural Academy. There are handful of spots left, so sign up soon if you’re interested!





tina berning has a shop!

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Oh, yes! For years, I’ve been madly in love with the daily drawings of German artist Tina Berning. That said, there was no easy way to buy one of those lovely, layered, mysterious pieces … until now! That’s right, Tina has finally set up an online shop. She has a selection of originals available {the first four in this post are just some of my faves}, but that’s not all… she has also done a limited edition print run on five of her pieces {the final five beauties above. ps. I got the bottom-most image, titled “Undo” ♥ } Pop over there soon because they are going fast.

ps. Tina was my podcast guest on episode no.68… such a good one! Look/listen right here.





“stuff like that and quilts, ya know”

On fire, indeed! That’s a detail of a quilt… a  QUILT, by Minneapolis based artist {and hilarious story teller} Terrence Payne. I had him on the podcast almost 70 episodes ago, but when I discovered that he’d put his oil pastels down for a moment, and traded them in for a sewing machine, well, I had to have him back on. AND, I had dinner with him when I was in Wisconsin last fall, and I laughed so hard I almost broke something. He has some stories, let’s just say that. Quick warning though, there is swearing in this episode, so if you have kids around you may want to pop in some headphones instead. Seriously. I was going to bleep him, but it took away from the insanity of his stories. You’ll see what I mean. Anyway, back to ART! You can listen right up there under the close-up of one of Terrence’s fire quilts, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a refresher from episode no.71 … a few of my favorites! I love his large-scale oil pastel drawings, especially the text pieces:

BOOM!

Ok, that of course leads into why we’re here today. This pentagram drawing is one that Terrence is known for, and then look what I caught a glimpse of while scrolling through Instagram:

What!? A quilt version of the drawing!? I thought someone had paid an homage to him… nope, TERRENCE MADE A QUILT.

Well, he got hooked and is currently working on 12 quilts for an opening at his gallery, Rosalux, at the beginning of May. Here’s where he is so far:

His drawings in textile form! I thought this was his first foray into the world of fabric stores etc, but no. Here is a 2008 installation that he did with fellow Minneapolis-based artist Amy Rice. It was titled, “Nest : An Exhibition of Living” and took place in a very cool lookin’ house:

Ahhh, I wish this was still around so I could live in it. Beautiful.

Also beautiful, Terrence’s “knots”… both the original pastel drawing AND the wallpaper version by Hygge & West:

So pretty. {I have a chunk of this framed in my studio}.

Ok, and another interior collaboration… Terrence Payne + Target:

Again, gorgeous! Quite amazing how he can blend his work about “dystopian societies” so beautifully with commercial projects!

Oh, and I just had to throw this in, because at the end of the day, I was super proud of this show! This is a little peek into “Open Door 13” that I was invited to curate at Rosalux Gallery in December 2017:

Seriously, that dog. But wait, there’s one more dog you need to meet:

Oh, Dottie! So sweet. And Terrence, hard at work… someone should make him a quilt to lie on too. Thanks so much to Terrence for doing this with me {again}, and for telling me all of the stuff and things! Huge thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and thank YOU for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis
  2. Terrence on Instagram
  3. Amy Rice, Artist
  4. Ben Venom, Artist
  5. Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis
  6. Tonya Corkey, Episode no.75
  7. Hygge & West (Wallpaper Co.)

 





lisa golightly

Ahhhh, the dreamy work of Portland based painter Lisa Golightly. I have written about her work five zillion times – but what can I say – I like to keep on eye on what she’s doing, because it’s always absolutely lovely! Fading memories captured in their half-remembered goodness – and her palettes? Well, they’re everything you hope a summer day might be. {Visit Lisa’s Instagram feed to see what she’s working on. I do!} Happy Friday.





lino lago

Gasp! All of my favorite things in one place … that palette, a touch of art history, portraits of women, and of course, just the perfect amount of weirdness. These oil on linen paintings are the work of Spanish artist Lino Lago. They are from his series titled “Fake Abstract”… and if you happen to be in Copenhagen TODAY you could go to the opening of a group show that he’s in. Find your way to Bredgade Kunsthandel gallery, and voila!

{Via Colossal}





chih-hung kuo

Annnnnnd, inhale. This is the gorgeous work of Taiwanese artist Chih-Hung Kuo. As you can see, I had to include those close-ups… the brushstrokes, lines, color choices… annnnnnd, exhale. Now, mountains are not exactly a rare subject, but this artist statement {found on Aki Gallery’s site} about his latest body of work, titled “The Study of Landscape”, does a deep dive into the ideas behind these paintings… or studies of paintings… or mountain studies… or paintings of mountains.

{via Miss Moss}





lily padula

Imagine having such elaborate, fantastical daydreams that you’d rather spend your life lost in your imagination than living in reality. Enter “maladaptive daydreaming”, a psychiatric condition, and the topic of this lovely animation created by Brooklyn based artist/illustrator Lily Padula for an episode of NPR’s Invisibilia {Invisibilia is one of my favorite podcasts, so when I saw this piece from Lily in my submissions inbox, well, I jumped at the chance to write about it!} The episode/piece is titled, “When Daydreaming Gets In The Way Of Real Life”, and voila, here it is. Enjoy…

Beautiful and sad and wonderful.





being boss : book giveaway!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered to win this BOSS BOOK! The name I pulled this morning: Francie of fossesayshi.com! Congratulations, Francie… it’s time to be BOSS! And, huge congratulations to Emily and Kathleen on an amazing, successful, and exciting launch week xo

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Oh, yes, yes, YES. Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life On Your Own Terms … yep, this is the brand new book by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson. You might know them from their brilliant podcast titled, you guessed it, Being Boss. I have known these amazing, entrepreneurial women for years {we all met at Alt Summit a looooong time ago}, and I could not be more excited for them. Today, on April 10th, their first book hits shelves worldwide!  This book puts all of their podcast episodes, personal insights, and in-the-trenches experience into a tidy {beautifully designed} package. Emily and Kathleen have put everything into this book… they give amazing/easy to follow advice on getting focused on what you want, mapping your goals, and thankfully, they talk a lot about how to stop freaking out about money … and selling yourself without shame! Amen. They also invited me to do a little Q&A on the ins and out of self-doubt and, of course, I said “yes!”

So… guess what? Running Press, the publisher of this lovely book, has given me one copy to give away to one person who’s ready to be BOSS. I’m guessing that’s you! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Friday April 13th. Good luck! ps. Or… just go buy the book right now!