Blah Blah Blah byMel Bochner (oil on velvet), Art Basel 2013
Artist Alert: Lorenzo Puglisi
Warming you up for some serious Art Basel: Miami coverage that’s about to happen this week with a painting from Italian artist Lorenzo Puglisi. Favoring a dark palate and haunting images, Puglisi’s work hints at the morbid and gothic, if not the slightly deformed. They’re not necessarily the type of works you want hanging over your bed at night, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful.
(Image courtesy of Lorenzo Puglisi via Saatchi Online)
Tonight. Good Party. Good Cause.
Thank God its Friday! For all The Inside Source readers in New York, here’s an event we recommend to come and support. For starters, it’s hosted by previous babes we’ve filed under “Mad Respect” — DJ Mia Moretti and Cleo Wade, with violinist extraordinaire, Margot.
The creative women put their heads together recently and called all their friends and asked them one word… their favorite word, actually. Folks from Questlove to Katy Perry pitched in. Painter Cleo Wade masterminded painting interpretations of these words. The mission? 25 words. 25 paintings. 1 Goal. All proceeds of the artwork will go directly to 3villages1goal.org, supporting relief efforts in Philippines.
Quick, clever, effective, and a rad party to attend tonight in New York. Friday, November 22nd, at No.8 located at 357 W. 16th St from 8-10pm. RSVP to ideason8.com
Graphic We Love: Pumpkin Mansion
Here is a precious one-of-a-kind painting just in time for Halloween spirit. Signed by the artist, the Victorian house is an acrylic painting entitled “Pumpkin Hill,” and is available on eBay for $59 (or best offer).
(Image: Courtesy of eBay seller Folkartmama. Text: Jauretsi)
The Frieze Art Fair kicked off May 10th, forcing many a New Yorker onto ferries bound for Randall’s Island. The quality and quantity of work was almost overwhelming to take in over the course of the day, but we really thought this piece by artist Billy Sullivan stood out. Having painted since the ’60s, Sullivan’s work has often focused on the colorful and flashy characters of the art, fashion, and entertainment worlds. By employing bright colors in his paintings, Sullivan makes sure to “gild the lily,” so to speak.
(Image courtesy of Frieze. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Artist Alert: Chantal Joffe
“I really love painting women. Their bodies, their clothes – it all interests me,” said London-based artist Chantal Joffe in an interview with Stella McCartney. Fashion photography then, which Joffe often bases her work from, seems a perfect fit. Joffe utilizes images from magazines, except she transforms each woman into a more abstracted and warped version of herself, making her ultimately more interesting we believe.
(Grasshopper, 2009 courtesy of Cheim & Read. Text by Jenny Bahn)
The Water Series
In between images of the personal artwork uploaded to Mya Kerner’s Tumblr page, you’ll find thought-provoking quotes from luminaries like Pablo Neruda and Henry David Thoreau. It makes sense, really, in that her own work is a form of poetic expression in itself. Whether it be purposefully scorched pieces of wood or texturized, frothy paintings of water like the ones seen above, Kerner engages in a dialogue with life and nature. As viewers, we just get to reap the benefits of that conversation.
(Images courtesy of Mya Kerner. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Insta-Peep-O-Gram: Chaos Collage
What happens when a Boston University B.F.A. graduate/ art teacher signs up on Instagram? Welcome to the digital life of Caris Reid. Though the award-winning artist specializes in painting, on Instagram you’ll find a host of fascinating collages, completed not by Reid herself but by her students (Reid teaches a collage class utilizing vintage imagery, some of which can be seen here). Reid’s talented students blend roses, mountains, and chunks of meat into twisted landscapes… and that’s just the beginning.
(Artwork courtesy of @carisr via Instagram. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Get Your Watercolors
If you’ve never tried your hand at watercolor painting, there’s no time like the present. It’s one of those few crafts where imperfection is ok. Unlike other rigorous materials like acrylics, for some reason, watercolors seem like less pressure. Even a child can make a masterpiece. You can begin dabbling with any one of these watercolor kits on eBay (ranging from $5 to $50). Don’t be shy.
(Photo: Watercolor Sprouts by In This Instance)