kelly s. williams

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I think my childhood was spent in most of these black ‘n white oil paintings… especially that last one… that TV? The armchair? That could literally be my grandparents living room circa 1979. This is the work of Nashville based artist Kelly S. Williams. Her portfolio is filled with lovely things, in fact, I almost did this post about her latest series, paintings of plants and terrariums, but the nostalgia of these monochrome rooms grabbed me and would not let go. Ah, memories.





“meat and cake and lobsters and wigs”

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Here we are! All of the images that go hand in hand with my very first attempt at being a “podcaster”! The first episode is an interview with one of my favorite artists, Philadelphia based Martha Rich. We talked about all sorts of things, including all of the pieces shown here. Out of context they probably won’t make much sense, but hopefully you’re listening to the podcast right this very second {hint hint – it’s right up there, or you can subscribe right here}, so you’ll understand why all of these things are posted. Oh, and if you really want to make your weekend interesting, I propose taking a shot of something every time I say “That is AMAZING!” … time to get a thesaurus, Danielle. Geesh.

Anyway, I hope you love listening to ART FOR YOUR EAR as much as I love making it!  ps. I know it’s a bit echoey… perhaps I shouldn’t have recorded it from an empty cave!? Maybe I need blankets for my walls? Cover my office in egg cartons? I dunno. Bare with me, I’ll figure it out!

More images from today’s episode /// Speech Bubbles, now & then:

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Pin-up girl & Cindy Sherman‘s purchase:

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All men like long hair:

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… and, the boobs “that are still in Mexico.”

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And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much to Martha for taking the time to do this with me… also a huge thank you to Greg for being an amazing producer/podcast expert, and to my brother Cameron for writing, and playing, original music for me! And finally, thanks to you for listening!!! xo  The next episode will be up in two weeks, Saturday June 6th  this Saturday, May 30th … this is too fun… I’m going to do one every Saturday!





kurt pio

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… especially when she can hang them on her wall! These beauties are the work of Cape Town based painter Kurt Pio. Oh, how I’d love a few of these sparkly {although not actually sparkly at all} faceted gems for my collection. Gorgeous.

{Thanks to Ricardo for sending me a link to Kurt’s work.}





hagar cygler

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Tel-Aviv based artist Hagar Cygler started this on-going embroidery series, titled Families’, in 2008 and is still going strong. She lays layers of silhouettes from family photos {hers, friends, found} on top of each other, and then embroiders them onto canvas. I love the overlapping, but I can’t decide if it feels like 1. a special, entangled bond of closeness, or 2. a forced together, over-involved, all over each other’s lives, situation. Hm. Depends on the day, I suppose.





art for your ear : a podcast

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Oh my word, I launched a podcast… what!? YES! Why? Well, mainly because I like poking around in other people’s lives.

Ok, so I’ve been quietly writing about artists that I love for over six years. Sometimes I email them to ask questions about their work, but I just get straight to the point… little do they know that I actually have a million questions for them, not all of which are art related! When I studied art history in school I loved learning about the work, but what totally sucked me in were the behind-the-scenes stories… a peek into the real lives of these art history icons. And so I thought, why wait for my favorite contemporary artists to end up in text books? I’m just going to pry into their lives right now! I want to know why they do what they do, how they do it, and, if they happen to have any hilarious stories for me along the way, well, I’ll happily take ’em. The episodes won’t be longer than 30 minutes because I know you’re busy. I’m going to keep things short, light, and fun… slightly different than those art history lectures some of you might remember.

I hope you love ART FOR YOUR EAR, because I think I’ve found my new obsession! You can pop over to iTunes and subscribe right this very second if you like, then you’ll be totally ready when the first episode is released this coming Saturday. Eep!

* I didn’t really get hooked into the world of podcasts until Serial came into my life… you too? In case you need a bit of technical help in this area {I certainly did}, here is an FAQ link from Apple that gives you the ins and outs of subscribing to podcasts. Oh, and if it sounds a bit echoey for the first episodes, forgive me as I slowly figure this out!





lisa waud (flower house detroit)

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Oh. My. Have you seen this yet? I just stumbled across, The Flower House, a stunning project by Detroit based flower designer Lisa Waud. Here’s the deal – she bought two totally run-down, abandoned houses in Detroit for $500, and then filled the first one with thousands of flowers bringing new, colorful life into this forgotten home if only for a moment. The photos are stunning, but this video {created for her indiegogo campaign to help fill the second house this coming October, then responsibly tear these structures down, and turn the cleared land into a flower farm!} gave me goosebumps. So nostalgic, inspiring, beautiful…

Flower House Teaser from Hello Future Films on Vimeo. Photos by Heather Saunders.

{via My Modern Met}





taliah lempert

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This is the lovely work of Brooklyn based artist, and devoted bike lover, Taliah Lempert. Paintings, screenprints, paper-cut pieces all beautifully expressing her love for the bicycle. I found several bits of writing on her site, all of which sounded like bike poetry to me! Here are two of my favorite snippets:

“I paint bikes that are part of someone’s life, or have been, or are intended to be. The bike they ride around, race, present themselves with.  The right bike for the right situation. It’s worn when ridden, locked, or crashed. It’s grimy, sometimes cleaned, sometimes not. How they chose it, how they use it and how they care for it. How each bike looks develops because of a person. And says a lot.”

“… I love moving through the neighborhoods, the sites and people on my way. I am as fast, often faster, than any other way around town & always more fun. It’s wonderful riding down Broadway, through Times Square and Herald square. Watching the city lights as I roll over the bridge into Brooklyn.”

Sigh. Who wants to go for a bike ride? Yep, me too.





zemer peled

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Whoa. Beautiful shards of ceramics transformed into colorful, striking {and I assume kinda sharp} blooms. Ah-mazing. This is the stunning work of Israeli artist Zemer Peled, and if you happen to be in Culver City, CA before June 13th you can see her work in an exhibition titled “In Bloom”, at the Mark Moore Gallery {She’s in good company… there are a few of Warhol’s flowers in this show as well.}

{via Colossal}

 





pip & pop

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Oh, thank goodness… she’s still at it! I wrote about Australian artist Tanya Schultz, aka Pip & Pop, waaaay back in 2010, so I was thrilled to see that she’s still creating her magical, sugary, glittery, rainbow-filled worlds! I would love to spend an afternoon in the middle of this insane dream. So many colors. So many special details… pastel sugar lakes, shiny little beads, weird plastic flowers, and that pink polka-dot horse. Yep, I’m gonna need that pink polka-dot horse.





joël penkman (on my birthday)

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Yep, it’s my birthday. A perfect excuse to show a few delicious paintings by New Zealand born, UK based artist Joël Penkman. It’s also a great excuse to play hooky for the day… I’m off to give #creativeUNblock no.5 a shot! See you tomorrow!