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”:

So FANTASTIC!

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!?





cinta vidal

I want to spend an afternoon in one of these worlds! These paintings are the work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal. All of these beauties just came down from the walls at Art Projects Gallery in Hong Kong, in her most recent solo show, titled “On White”. Here is the show description from the gallery’s site:

In this new series, Cinta Vidal paints with oil on wood panels featuring her multi-dimensional “un-gravity” constructions that explore the relationship between external realities and our internal natures. She views her work metaphorically as a “maze of life” within which we all inhabit and navigate with the notion of the impossibility of completely understanding everything around us.

Ah, the maze of life. Beautiful.





linda lopez

“Dust furries with chunky gold dandruff”. Need I say more? Ok… I cannot begin to explain how happy these objects (and that description!) make me. These weird n wonderful ceramic pieces are the work of American artist Linda Lopez. Her color choices, those lovely shapes, and oh, the chunky gold nuggets… a recipe for fantastic-ness. Also, that crazy neon pineapple… LOVE!

{You can find/purchase her work via Mindy Soloman Gallery, Miami}





andrea alonge

Oooh, I wish I could get up and close and personal with all of that fancy fringe, cozy cotton, and stripy silk… I think there might be sequins in there too! This “technology-meets-handmade” installation is the work of American artist Andrea Alonge. It is titled, “For A Limited Time”, and this is Andrea’s description of the 2015 project:

“Our interconnected devices lend themselves to constant communication, and at the same time, they allow us to access the virtual world of the Internet, a non-place in which we can exist concurrently with physical reality.”

Truth. {Thanks to Melanie Biehle for pointing me over to Andrea’s work}





jourdan joly

Oh, YES! This is the work of American “ice cream artist”, Jourdan Joly. Ok, fine, yes… this particular ice cream is plastic, but I’d still lick it just in case! Whimsical, colorful, and a source of ridiculous happiness on a Monday morning. You’re welcome.





“mixing magic”

The term “mixed media” is a massive understatement for the work of American artist Kaylee Dalton. You’re looking at paint, wax, fabric, bits of watercolor paintings, gouache, and probably a bunch of other stuff! I just discovered Kaylee’s work a few months ago, and yes, I was an instant fan. Listen right up there under “Midnight Lush No.5”,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First… the way I found Kaylee’s work? She submitted to the issue of Create Magazine that I curated. Not only did I select her work for the issue, I also chose her for the cover:

Gorgeous!

So, I mentioned that I basically stopped in my tracks and wrote about her the second I saw her submission – here are a few of the encaustic monotype / mixed media pieces I included in that post:

Oh my word, I love them all. As you can see, I had a really hard time deciding if my faves were on the white Rives BFK paper, or the black Stonehenge… and I still don’t know!?

Next, Kaylee’s encaustic paintings on peg board panels. This is what she was working on up until last year:

You can see the seeds {pun absolutely intended} for the work she’s doing now, yes?

Ooh, and if I wasn’t having a hard enough time deciding between the black / white paper backgrounds, she recently started playing with Kraft paper … or in her words, coffee ice cream paper:

Mmmm, coffee ice cream indeed! See, wouldn’t ALL of her new work be gorgeous as fabric? Hey Gucci, I’m talking to you!

And finally, Kaylee in her studio and one lovely work in progress {both found on her Instagram feed}:

Beautiful. Thanks so much to Kaylee for coming on the podcast … gushing aside, I really do think there are exciting things in her future! Thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Kaylee on Instagram
  2. Create! Magazine
  3. Ball State University, Indiana
  4. Kris Knight, Artist
  5. Gucci
  6. Frank Stella, Artist
  7. “Kitchen Nightmares”
  8. Milk Bar Bakery, New York

ps. I just got a message from Caitlin McDonagh, and she suggested Krylon Archival Varnish spray for sealing work. I’m going to try it this afternoon! – Thanks Caitlin





clare celeste börsch

I mean, WHAT!? A cut paper collage that has taken over a beautiful old space… love, gasp, whoa, sigh … all the stuff I say when I’m madly in love with a project. This is the work of Berlin based artist Clare Celeste Börsch. I’ve written about her collages before, and even have one hanging in my house, but this…. THIS? It is an installation titled, Intimate Immensity  … Love, gasp, whoa, sigh. And oh yes, I’m trying to get her on the podcast as we speak!

ps. some of Clare’s prints are for sale in her shop.





mira song

Oh my goodness. This is the work {finished pieces at the top, #WIP towards the bottom} of Vancouver based artist Mira Song. Her palettes are stunning, and the combination of loose / tight is fantastic! Bits ‘n pieces of nature living harmoniously with perfectly perfect structures … which makes complete sense when you read this bit of her artist statement:

“My practice deals with exploring specific natural and architectural spaces, and reframing these spaces through the different sets of senses, memories, and imagination. Anchored in my own memories and perceptions, my paintings and sculptural installations are manifestations of this transient nature of space and its elements from which I hope a viewer can extract his or her own experience unrestricted by the barriers between the real and the surreal.”

Keep an eye on Mira’s Instagram feed, because beautiful things are happening over there!

{via Rove Vancouver’s Instagram feed… ps. Vancouver’s Rove Art Walk is happening May 25th, 2018!}