Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Cheaper Show x Me

I get the award for the longest name that begins with A

Being a part of The Cheaper Show in Vancouver was a real honor. One day. 200 artists. 400 pieces. A really great idea. The quality of work just seemed amazing for 200 dollars -obviously a lot of other people agreed with a line around the block to get in and buy. An estimated 7,000 people came though to see the show in one day!
Today I found out the good news that both my pieces sold and I was included in a Vancouver Is Awesome article on 10 artist that will be shown at The Cheaper Show 10. Here are a couple articles that used my piece to promote the show as well ... here and here.

Richard Renaldi

I love this photography series called "Touching strangers" by Richard Renaldi. It really challenged complete strangers comfort level to just touch someone they didn't know. The project exposes how intimate people can allow themselves to be and also how hesitant. My favorite is the photo above with the two men in front of the neon green wall. You can see the guy's discomfort in just putting his arm around him, his balled up hand refuses to really touch him. so telling. awesome idea.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


"In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles." This is an amazing and wild tradition. I can't believe those little ones going all the way to the top they've got to be so brave and/or have crazy parents. ha.

Theresa Himmer

I really like Theresa Himmer's public work. She brings kitschy 80's hair dressing signs to the modern art world with a very creative twist. Her work reminds me of the hair salon signs around my house growing up and I thought they were so cool as a kid because they sparkled.

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

I saw Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto or Vhils' work while living in Lisboa, Portugal. Needless to say it totally blew me away. It takes graffiti to a total other level and with such striking portraits... it's just so good.

Lauren Treece

I've been liking Lauren Treece's poloroid images. They are super dreamy and surreal with their celestial lighting and soft colors. purrrty.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ella Amitay Sadovsky

Ella Amitay Sadovsky is an Israeli artist whose work delicately layers patterns, nature and personal narratives. Her pieces remind me of double exposed photographs but much much better.

Corey Corcoran

Corey Cocoran is a Boston based artist. He explores ecosystems and nature in and around the body connecting them into a beautiful chaos within his pieces. His wild organic lines slide around his work and grow roots quite beautifully.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nick Bertke (aka Pogo)

I love Pogo's video Disney remixes. I find myself with the tune stuck in my head mumbling all non-words that are collaged together.

soñando despierto...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan, turkish fashion designer, is a graduate of Central Saint Martins. His work is always super inventive and is constantly pushing the idea of fashion and it's fucntion. My favorite are his dresses that transform, blooming and wilting before the audience. The way they breathe so seductively is quite the vision.

The Clash Project

The Clash Project- fashion made by non-fashion designers....beautiful.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan's work is stunning. She'll take the most mundane house hold object and change it into the most magical overwhelming natural phenomenon.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cornilia Parker

Cornelia Parker has been a favorite of mine since I saw her lecture at the SF Yerba Buena years ago. She was showing her pieces "Mass (Colder, Darker Matter)" and "Anti-mass" (above). "Mass" is salvaged materials from a church from the American South that was struck by lightning and "Anti-mass" was salvage from a church burnt by arson. She suspended both huge installations in the same room in diagonal corners from each other. They were powerful pieces to witness and intense displays of the fragility of the human experience. I remember spending a lot of time in that space.

"I resurrect things that have been killed off... My work is all about the potential of materials - even when it looks like they've lost all possibilities." Cornelia Parker

Saturday, June 11, 2011

También la lluvia

I just watched this movie a couple days ago and it still has stayed with me. There is great irony and intense contradictions throughout this great story, as there is in reality.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mangos jugosos

yo tengo la tierra
pa' tu semilla buena
tu tienes la llave
yo tengo la manguera
tu tienes la forma
yo tengo la manera
vamos a sembrarle mango
en todita la acera

Música Dominicana- I love Rita Indiana on a sunny day like today. Here's a little Tigaraso from Maluca just because.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Anna Von Mertens

Frida Kahlo's aura, with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
The Duke and Duchess of Urbino's auras, after Piero della Francesca
Kurt Cobain's aura (Zoe's), after Elizabeth Peyton
Mary Cassatt's aura, after Degas
Mona Lisa's aura, after Leonardo da Vinci

Anna Von Mertens' hand-dyed and stitched cotton textiles really struck me when I first saw them. But there was definitely a part of me that was very cynical when I read that they were aura portraits of the dead who are portrayed in art historically significant paintings- it came across as a bit too "new agey". Martens' also admits that "The tension of belief informs this work."
So then after some thought, I knew there was also a side of me that definitely feels an energy when around art ...And what's the problem if someone maps the aura of those that have past through abstract textiles? -especially when they are this beautiful. seriously.