jessy nite

I have always been a sucker for text-based work, but Miami based artist Jessy Nite is pushing me over a shadow-casting edge! Gorgeous, beautifully executed and, oh, so very clever. Happy Monday … STAY GOLD. Keep an eye on her inspiring Instagram feed for her latest creations and WIPs.

pamela tan

Gasp! This delicate white wonderland is ‘Eden’, a permanent installation by Malaysian architectural designer Pamela Tan. Here are a few excerpts from the description of this project:

‘Eden’ blurs the boundaries between man-made wonders and the beauty of nature. Opening up your senses to a world of delight and new sensations through a curated retail experience. ‘Eden’ is a celebration of natural elements, merging the lush greenery of the existing site-163 Retail Park with a wondrous landscape referenced from the mythical story of the ‘Garden of Eden’. Providing visitors with a refuge away from the hustle and bustle of daily life; as a space of solace and contemplation … Upon closer observation, glass spheres can be seen delicately perched on the cusp of the hanging vines; echoing water droplets balancing on the edge of leaves after rain has subsided. A cathedral-like space is achieved with the varying heights of the vines casting an intricate play of shadow upon it’s surroundings …  ‘Eden’ wishes to bring you to re-discover the joys of looking closer, to cause you to momentarily suspend your beliefs and become a child once again. To believe, if only for a moment, that you are actually in paradise.

Well, mission accomplished! ‘Eden’ can be found at 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

kelly inouye

Oh my word… I have so many theme songs playing in my head right now. Sitcoms and art? Two of my favorite things brought together in washy watercolor goodness! These pieces are all from the, you guessed it, “Sitcom Series” by American artist Kelly Inouye. Here are her words about this work:

“‘Sitcom Series’ was inspired by the nostalgic relationship I felt toward the television shows I watched as a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, a bygone era that was not that long ago. The idea came about through conversations with co-workers and friends about why we remembered so many trivial details from these shows, yet frequently forgot more important things like social security numbers or impending deadlines. I started using watercolor in its loosest form to depict these characters in an effort to amplify that sense of odd sentimentality and test the boundaries of just how much information was needed to make a recognition. As time passes and these images become dated, their complexity and cultural significance evolves.”

Yes, yes they do. Sigh. Thank you for being a friend.

the haas brothers

Los Angeles based artists/designers Nikolai and Simon Haas are twins, known as The Haas Brothers. They create everything from four-legged furry furniture to oversized golden mushrooms… but it’s their alien-like ceramic pieces that have stolen my heart.

“The Haas Brothers unapologetically embrace craft, with a keen attention to materiality that is highly emphasized in the realm of design. The ceramic vases are exquisitely crafted through a process that mimics both natural accretion and 3D printing, by brushing slip over the form, layer by layer, until the vessel appears to grow clay tentacles.” – The Bass Museum, 2019

Clay tentacles … ah yes, the heart wants what the heart wants.

koji kasatani

Ceramics!? Well, that’s just bananas! See what I did there? Okay, anyway, this is the ceramic work of Japanese artist (who studied in Italy) Koji Kasatani. I have a feeling he played with his food when he was a kid… and I’m so glad he hasn’t stopped!

jenny morgan

Sigh. I love absolutely everything about the portraits (some of friends, some self portraits) of Brooklyn based painter Jenny Morgan. I wrote about her years ago (2012), and have been watching her ever since… not in a creepy way, just in an ‘Oh my word – look at her insane painting skills, the vibrant color palettes and those haunting eyes that look directly into your soul’ kind of way. Happy Monday.

yuni yoshida

WHAT. Yep. This is the work of Japanese artist, designer, art director Yuni Yoshida. Her portfolio scrolls on forever and is filled with one clever project after another, but this food… oh, this brilliantly sliced and diced food… yum, on so many levels! Happy Friday.

amy bennett

Yep, you always have to look a little closer when enjoying the work of American painter Amy Bennett… what seems like a lovely, quiet, small town scene often has a little something extra going on, just begging the viewer to build a narrative in their own minds. Honestly, as a lover of mysteries, I kind of wish each of her paintings came with an in-depth ’20/20′ episode so I could really get to the bottom of things. Her latest solo show opens TODAY, July 11 from 6-8pm at Miles McEnery Gallery {520 West 21st Street, NYC} and runs until August 16, 2019.

emmanuelle moureaux

Okay, now this is my kind of math! “Forest of Numbers” (2017) is the work of Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French architect living in Tokyo. This is just one of many absolutely breathtaking, colorful, all-consuming installations she has created. Emmanuelle is “inspired by the layers and colors of Tokyo that built a complex depth and density on the street, and the Japanese traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of shikiri, which literally means ‘dividing (creating) space with colors’.” Well, that is exactly what she did with this 2017 installation at The National Art Center, Tokyo. Here is the description from her site:

“The installation “Forest of Numbers” (2017) visualized the decade of the future from 2017 to 2026, created a sense of stillness across the large exhibition space. More than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures from 0 to 9 were regularly aligned in three dimensional grids. A section was removed, created a path that cut through the installation, invited visitors to wonder inside the colorful forest filled with numbers. The installation was composed of 10 layers which is the representation of 10 years time. Each layer employed 4 digits to express the relevant year such as 2, 0, 1, and 7 for 2017, which were randomly positioned on the grids. As part of Emmanuelle’s “100 colors” installation series, the layers of time were colored in 100 shades of colors, created a colorful time travel through the forest.

Inside the colorful forest, two girls and one cat were lost inside, added playfulness to the installation. In concert with the installation, the compilation of exhibition posters from the last ten years filled the wall on the right, and the opposite wall across the room simply expressed the next ten years with white numbers. Because photography was exceptionally allowed, the installation has spread through various social networks, increasing number of visitors. This installation was created with the cooperation of 300 volunteers, excited the attention of over 20,000 visitors in 10 days.”

Ahhh, to be lost in a rainbow-hued forest of numbers, searching for that little pink cat. Stunning.

naomi zouwer

Gasp! As a lover of small, collected, special treasures this wall-mounted mandala, made up of 84 pieces of loveliness {oil on board}, is calling my name! This work, titled “The Under Glow”, is just one of the many reasons I love the very personal work of Australian artist Naomi Zouwer {including object “portraits” of her family}. Her portfolio is filled to the brim with beautifully painted keepsakes, which on their own might seem trivial, but together? Well, they become their own beautiful language.

[Naomi] focuses on small domestic objects that are part of daily life. They are a mixture of functional and non-functional items; precious in terms of memories, they are keepsakes, souvenirs, some are whole and some just fragments. Zouwer’s painting of objects enhances their quality and raises their status so that they become worthy of sustained attention.