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pieterjan gijs & arnout van vaerenbergh

“Reading Between the Lines” {Looz, Limburg, Belgium, 2011} This is the breathtaking work of Belgian architects, Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. Their collaborative projects beautifully blur the line between architecture and art, “their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical involvement with the end result and the input of the viewer.” I could definitely do a little reflecting in this amazing space.

{via This Is Paper}

isabelle menin

Magical, fairytale, flora-filled dreamscapes by Brussels based photographer Isabelle Menin. Yes, photographer. I totally thought these were collages or insane paintings when I first saw them, but no, they’re manipulated photographs. Here is a chunk of Isabelle’s bio to give a bit of background:

After graduating from the Graphic Research School (ERG) in Brussels, she has explored painting for 10 years while working in graphic design and illustration. Nature has always been a recurring theme for the artist, particularly flora. After exhibiting several times in Belgium, Isabelle Menin decided to abandon painting to turn to digital photography. Taking pictures, scanning pieces of nature, the artist constantly plays with textures and colours, transforming them, mixing them, in order to give shape to a fictional nature, dense and flamboyant at the same time.

There’s also a really interesting interview on her site that goes into deep detail about how/why she does what she does.

{Some of her work is currently hanging in a group show, titled “Garden on Orchard”, at Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York – Opening Reception July 12, 6-8pm – show runs until August 19}

“hello, me?”


I have been trying to convince this lady to be on the podcast since the very beginning. She said no… a lot. But I finally broke her. I love, love, love the work of Boston based Leah Giberson and so I’m thrilled that she finally said yes. Her subjects are mundane, but exquisitely so. Campers, trailers, old boats, lawn chairs from your grandparents’ yard, painted with insane detail, that truly celebrate the beauty in the everyday. You can listen right under that gorgeous, shiny airstream, or subscribe on iTunes. First up, a few of my favorite pieces just to set the mood:


Ahhh, those silver airstreams always blow my mind. All of her work is just so beautifully boring… speaking of which, here are a few photos from our trip to Chattanooga for the “Beautifully Boring” show, with Leah and New York based painter Samantha French. I love this photo of Leah in action {plus her butt looks great in this shot}.  There was a lot of “Leah Giberson” subject matter on the streets of Chattanooga:


That was such a fun trip! Next, these are a few of Leah’s older pieces… the houses, and open trailers that she talked about:


Oooh, those two trailers might be my favorites! Here are the two pieces that West Elm carried… that went absolutely crazy:


Gah! I love those too! Leah has painted a lot of lawn chairs, and some of them have even ended up on beer labels:


This is just one of the many pieces she created for New Belgium. I love them, so I purposely asked her about this project just so I’d have a reason to show them! We were also talking about how her work is evolving, and that she’s slowly becoming more interested in the mundane life reflected in the trailers instead of the actual trailers themselves:


Amazing. And finally, a glimpse into her studio. It might be small, but it is jam-packed with creative goodness:


Love! And that’s that… see, she had nothing to be nervous about. So easy. Thanks so much to Leah for answering her phone when I called, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and as always, thanks so much to YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

hanna ilczyszyn


Ooh, flower faces! This is the most recent work {acrylic and oil on canvas} of Polish born, Belgium based artist Hanna Ilczyszyn. Her portfolio is huge, but it was these flower faces that grabbed my attention. Oh, and this piece from 2013, because who doesn’t love a red balloon nose:


Weirdly wonderful.

katrien de blauwer


Simple. Elegant. This is the collage work of Belgium based artist Katrien De Blauwer. Vintage paper and a few perfectly sliced images that look a lot like old film stills… now I want to see all of these movies. If only they existed.

i’m jealous of jan de vliegher

Oooh! Now this is my kind o’ porcelain collection!  These gorgeous plates are the work of Belgian artist Jan De Vliegher {who happens to live in one of my most favorite cities in Europe – Bruges, Belgium}. The moment I saw his work I was totally in love with the simple subject-matter, the loose brush strokes – that strangely provide so much detail, AND the scale. Oh, the scale:


{via Beautiful Decay}

i’m jealous of katrien de blauwer

Ok, this is some of my most favorite collage I’ve stumbled upon in quite some time! Belgium based artist Katrien De Blauwer combines only two images in each piece, yet magically creates a fascinating & mysterious story. Oh, and don’t even get me started on her amazing color palette, created solely through found images and found paper that she somehow manages to maintain throughout her entire, huge, gorgeous portfolio. Love with a capital L.

…And, as a little post-nod to the Oscars, here are three pieces from Katrien’s series, “Cinematic Cuts”:

{via Erna Reiken on Pinterest}

i’m jealous of ronald ceuppens

I minored in print making back in my BFA days, so I have always had a place in my heart for it… add some embroidery {and a little chine-colle}, and well, I’m completely smitten! Belgium based artist Ronald Ceuppens combines lovely etchings, inspired by his daily nature walks, and just the right amount of red thread. I wish I had thought of that… it might have helped me get an A+ in etching class!

{Thanks to Erna Reiken for a link to this work.}

july 30th ~ 31st

I love, and I mean love, the work of American painter Mark Bradley-Shoup. In fact, I’ve written about him several times. His work is quiet, muted, and absolutely gorgeous. When I saw the pieces that he chose to write about, I was instantly jealous… jealous of the work, and even more jealous that he found it first!


I am insanely jealous of Ulf Puder!

There is something about German and Belgium painters that just make me swoon. From Richter to Tuymans to Rauch, there seems to be something in the water over there. Ulf Puder is no exception, and is one to add to the list. He is one of those artists that immediately makes me want to simultaneously stop painting, because he has achieved everything I strive for in a painting, and at the same time, ups the ante and kicks my ass into gear to get back into the studio to paint harder than ever before. Structural abstraction, gestural paint, German sensibility, what’s not to love. Makes me want to catch the next flight to Leipzig.


I love it! That’s the best kind of jealousy… the kind that gets you back in the studio, working harder than ever! Thanks so much Mark – fantastic post. {Again, I’m away til Monday night, but will be back bright and early on Tuesday morning with an exciting update on the Ace Camp in Palm Springs!}

i’m still jealous of vincent pacheco

Come on, paint a cigarette… all of the cool kids are doing it. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life  – ok, once at a bar in Belgium when I was 18 – it did not go well. I’m hoping things go a little smoother tonight at The Cheaper Show preview party when I find myself up-close and personal with the work of Seattle based artist Vincent Pacheco {aka Mudchicken, and the founder of WAFA!?!} I wrote about him last year, and have been insanely jealous ever since… obviously you can imagine my delight when I was doing a final perusal through the list of 200 Cheaper Show artists, and there he was. I’m not sure if he’ll be at the show, but if he is, let’s hope I don’t cough, choke and tear up!

{The Cheaper Show officially opens on Saturday night at 6pm… 200 artists, 400 pieces of art, everything priced at $200. Get there early… and I mean really early!}