Thursday, March 31, 2011

I love when artists and designers can create 3D forms from 2D shapes. Check out this beautifully simple lamp design by Groupa Studio. A book lamp to hang and read that one favorite book under!
-Jenny A.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I came across another artist to add to my family tree, Haroshi.
Haroshi makes art pieces (mainly sculptures) out of layers and layers of old used skateboard decks. I love when artists can re-purpose one material into something completely different and equally as beautiful, like bringing something back to life.

** If any of your are going to be in New York City the weekend of April 15th, He's having an opening for his solo exhibition, "Future Primitive" at the Jonathan Levine Gallery on 529 west 20th Street! The show will last until May 14th.

- Jenny A.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Super Masochist Bob has Cystic Fibrosis

I recently watched a documentary titled, "Sick". (on Netflix)
It follows the performance artist Bob Flanagan, who is or at least was the world's longest survivor of CF.
His humor and masochism is clearly something to deter from his illness.
Although most of his performances are obscure, and extremely sexual, it's amazing knowing that someone who has a disease that usually overpowers it's victims at birth, is still continuing on with their life as creatively and fully as he did.
He eventually died from the disease, but his videos and performances can still be found on Youtube and Netflix.
Posted below is his version of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", It's extremely amusing!

-Colleen F

Monday, March 28, 2011

Alex Kanevsky

I just discovered Mr. Kanevsky's paintings. I think it would be an understatement to say that I'm in love.

Artist's website

-Erin McKnight

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Holi Festival

This holiday already passed on March 8th, but I recently re-discovered the Holi festival and realized how fitting it was for "Phenomena of Color!" Also called "the Festival of Colors," Holi is a socio-cultural, spiritual holiday celebrated in the spring mainly in India.
This holiday can last 16 days, but on the main day, people are in the streets throwing powders and water of various vibrant hues at each other. All of the markets and bazaars prepare for the event by selling these amazingly bright colors. I would love to be in India during Holi, that must be a crazy colorful experience, visually and culturally.
To learn more about Holi, visit

-Jenny A.

Mark Rothko

I've always been a fan of Rothko. His work has a similar peaceful quality as Agnes Martin's yet with deeper, more saturated colors, the experience feels more immediately absorbed.

Agnes Martin

I love these, they're so peaceful and meditative. One time my dad happened to run into an artist (could have been Agnes?) on an elevator who he told he had a headache. The artist said "you should look at my paintings for a while then."


Carrie Moyer

Just came across the artist Carrie Moyer. Most of her art is mixed media. In her pieces, she plays with loaded symbols. The colors are so vivid and fresh. I'm definitely adding her to my 'family tree'!

I also wanted to mention that the Glenn Adamson talk this Wednesday was amazing! I took so many notes...


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pieter Weltevrede

Inspiration for my next piece.

A Different Kind of Performance Art

My dressage trainer showed this to me several years ago. To this day, I still get butterflies whenever I watch it. This is a video from the World Equestrian Games in 2006 of Andreas Helgstrand on Blue Hors Matine performing a Musical Freestyle. A Musical Freestyle is a type of dressage riding, where "movements and figures are choreographed to meet the technical requirements of the particular level with carefully chosen music that highlights the horse/rider combination."
Horses have always somehow found their way into my artwork. Just wanted to share this video (which I think highlights one of the multiple reasons why they inspire me so much) with everyone else! It will blow your mind. Guaranteed.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson is a photo-realistic painter capturing overindulgence, mass-production, and mass-consumption in our American culture through the most recognizable objects in our households today. Her style is precise and powerful, capturing objects like M&Ms and Ramen noodles post consumption, in hopes that the viewer sees a reflection of him or herself.

PB&J / 30"x36" / oil on canvas / 2010

CUP NOODLE / 20"x20" / oil on canvas / 2010

ENTENMANNS / 24"x24" / oil on canvas / 2009

At times, I'm on the fence about super photo-realistic paintings versus photography, but Johnson's intention is evident through her concept, which makes these pieces like genre art as well. Although I didn't entirely grow up around the "PB&J" American lifestyle growing up, seeing these still lifes reflect on the product and relate to as a member of American society. Place in an intimate and isolated setting and simply laying in a black background, I start to think who used this and left it there. These still lifes can also feel like portraits of the consumer. She is going on my "artist family tree"!
-Jenny A.

Bill Viola

I just discovered that the very famous video artist, Bill Viola, practices Buddhism, such as zen meditation. When watching his videos I feel that I am experiencing a heavy, slow peaceful energy through the intense stillness which goes back to meditation. A lot of his work relates back to a near death childhood experience when he almost drowned, so the natural element water is the strongest subject of his work. Heres an example:

Monday, March 21, 2011

David Blazquez


Izima Kaoru

Isima Kaoru


New York City Subway Seats

As I was doing research on memorable places with color for my color swatch project, I came across two artists that approached the NYC subway seat in two very different and interesting ways. One is very minimalist and graphic, while the other is painterly but highly photo-realistic; amazing!

- Jenny A.

Subway Seats by Jamie Latendresse

Doug Wada, Untitled (Subway Seats), oil on canvas, 25.5 x 65.5 in, private collection

Invisible artist?

check out this video:

This spectacular artist in China literally disappears into his surroundings by painting himself into it. Not only is it breathtaking in the sense that these works are so intricately and beautifully done, it is also a powerful social statement. Very interesting!

Jennifer Zhang

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Crochet Artist

I found this fiber artist, Aldo Lanzini
Some of his work (the ones that I liked) reminded me of Nick Cave. He works mainly in crochet.

- - Vivien

Chelsea Galleries

On saturday I went to the chelsea galleries in New York city
They blew my mind.
I didn't even know these galleries existed- but once you know what you're looking for and where you're going they're basically every other door. It was remarkable.
I saw some really amazing work-
it was hard to get good pictures of the pieces- but here are some of my favorites
These are swans. Made of thread and plaster cast hands. And ears. Seriously.

And this was this cone-like sculpture made of tiny white stones. And a man (the artist? there was literally no information available in the gallery, not even the name of the artist- I had to look him up online) lay on the ground in front of it- and every few minutes would rise to his knees and shuffle a few steps and lay back down. What was particularly amazing was how the people in the room reacted. How everyone fell silent when he began to move. I found myself taking more pictures of the people around the space interacted with it than the sculpture itself.


I discovered "kryptonite candy". It glows green. Although this is not bioluminescence, phosphorescence is certainly similar. And it's on instructables, so we can all make it!


There are also apparently silkworms that spin colored, flourescent silk. Essentially, scientists (the fact that it's scientists makes it okay. Brings up the issues of ethics with bioluminescence) have been feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture with flourescent dye.

- - Vivien

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans photography is really rich to me. some of it is extremely sexual or erotic some isn't in relation to the human body. He's german and won the turner prize. He's been featured in American Apparel's "Butt" magazine . look him up


Friday, March 11, 2011

Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami

I'm sure you guys heard about the Earthquake that triggered a Tsunami in Japan on Friday. I just wanted to recognize the disaster and give my condolences to the families who lost a loved one(s).


Thursday, March 10, 2011


PIXELS by Patrick Jean from ONE MORE PRODUCTION on Vimeo.

If New York City were to be invaded by pixels, this might be what it would look like...
- Jenny A.

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point from Takuya Hosogane on Vimeo.

What a beautiful video, Takuya illustrates the beat of this song so perfectly! Enjoy. :]
- Jenny A.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Juliana Santacruz Herrera

Just came across these images of potholes being filled with colorful crocheted yarn. I love the abstract drawings that are made. Here's a link to see more images: