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  • Lygia Clark

    I am excitedly in the midst of planning a 4-day trip to New York City this coming May for art fairs, studio visits and more! I've never been to NYC in the Spring and I am looking forward to planning a trip when the weather is warmer since I am already well accustomed to sandals at this time in Texas. BUT I must say, out of all my planned art adventures I am most excited to see the work of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920—1988) at the Museum of Modern Art for an exhibition showcasing the last 40 years of her career. Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988 is the first comprehensive exhibit to be shown of Clark's work in North America with over 300 works drawing from both private and public collections, including MoMA's own.

    From their press release:

    This survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the “abandonment” of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark’s career. While Clark’s legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work. By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reintroduce her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice.

    I was first exposed to the work of Lygia Clark in an amazing lecture course I took with the incredible Dr. Jacqueline Barnitz at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Barnitz pioneered the historical study of Latin American art at UT Austin and literally “wrote the book” on the subject: her Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America is based on her primary research and interviews with artists in Latin America and New York over four decades and is the standard text now used by teachers of the subject.

    Lygia Clark, Bicho - Em si [Creature - In itself], 1962
    Card, Adhesive tape, graphite

    As Dr. Barnitz flipped through slides I was immediately taken by the stylish photo documentation of Clark's work. A trailblazer of the Brazilian art scene, Lygia Clark broke the mold with her paintings, later deciding that the canvas should not be considered the only plane option. As a student of painting questioning my own relationship to the canvas, I devoured information about how this artist would transform her mode of working. Soon she would free her art from the canvas, moving on to sculptures and the most interestingly sensorial objects which incited participation from viewers. 

    Lygia Clark, Diálogo de Óculos/Dialogue Googles, 1968

    There is a fantastic blog post on which some of this text is drawn from on The Creator's Project site, plus lots of great texts like Dr. Barnitz's. I completely urge you to read further and discover why she is such an iconic artist of her times. I promise you'll be a fan, too, and just maybe I'll see you up in NY this spring checking out her work at MoMA.

  • Styling

    Pretty little spread in Austin, TX publication, Tribeza, matching my contribution to the annual fundraiser at The Contemporary Austin with a bright and buttery outfit to die for. If you are in Austin tonight, come and add to your art collection with about a zillion sweet 5 x 7 inch works to choose from. All available for the incredibly affordable price of $150. A fun excuse to put on that volcanic ensemble and shmooze!

  • lady visions

    Little mix I made with my GirlsGuild apprentice at MASS. Nicole and I share tunes by ladies to put a spring in your step as we officially say farewell to winter tomorrow!

  • Stacy Fisher

    I've been thinking a lot about density, volume and the general oomph of art objects lately and more and more I am drawn to chunky ceramics and sculpture. I just visited the beautiful exhibit Converging Lines that pairs the work of Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. Hesse's sculpture on view is sensual and meaty with forms heavy just begging for you to hold onto their love handles. The work of Brooklyn-based sculptor Stacy Fisher beckons similarly.

    Green Sculpture with Painting, 2011 / Hydrocal, wire mesh, wood, repurposed latex paint, oil on canvas, 52 x 23 x 9 inches (sculpture), 8 x 6 inches (painting)

    Fuchsia Sculpture with Wood, 2010 / Hydrocal, wire mesh, wood, repurposed latex paint; 49 x 25 x 7.5 inches

    Installation View at BravinLee Programs, Familiar Places, 2013

    Fisher separates her work currently into two series; one of groupings of objects all similar in size, shape and color and the the second more abstract and related to painting. It is the latter that is shown here and the playful push and pull of textured surfaces and found and created material is delightful. I especially love the conversation Fisher creates between the object, the pedestal and the wall. Fisher is also a member of a collective Art Book Club that consists of a group of artists in New York City that get together every four to six weeks to discuss an art reading, either a book, magazine or essay. I am pleased to have stumbled across her work in the vast online archive of Beautiful Decay and hope that I can see her work in person someday; I promise to keep my hands to myself!

  • FRESH START

    Returned from a week away in Los Angeles and came home to a lovely thank you note from LEIF celebrating another sale together! Fresh new works to brighten up your space, as we usher out winter and plead the weather deities for warmer days!

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  • Perfect Pair

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! To honor this lovey-dovey day, I have put together a little collection of my favorite partners in crime. Fictional or real life, these couples were true blue to one another. Now, go hug someone! 

    Lorelei Lee + Dorothy Shaw from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Charles + Ray Eames

    Elizabeth Taylor + Richard Burton

    Frida Kahlo + Diego Rivera

    Edith + Edie Bouvier Beale from Grey Gardens 

    Gena Rowlands + John Cassavetes

    Paul + Linda McCartney

    Sophie Taeuber + Jean Arp

    Wyatt + Billy from Easy Rider

    Oblio + Arrow from The Point

    Edna + Wilbur Turnblad from Hairspray

  • Uprise Art + Me

    Thrilled to announce that I'm the newest artist on Uprise Art! I first heard about Tze Chun's entrepreneurial vision flipping through Marie Claire last November while waiting for my nails to dry and I thought to myself, Wow! This lady has a vision! Oh, and that her outfit was sassy and looked exactly like someone I'd want as a friend.

    Tze Chun from The Every Girl

    Flash forward only a few weeks after that and I received the loveliest email from Christina Lawrence—a curatorial coordinator at Uprise—asking about my work and if I'd consider joining their team. Uprise Art is an online gallery with the aim to demystify the act of collecting and make acquiring original artwork accessible to anyone with the desire to own something that they truly love. What I have enjoyed most about working with them so far is their genuinely positive attitude and helpfulness. I immediately felt confident that Tze and her team wanted me to be a part of the process and actually loved my work and wanted to share it with more people. Fingers crossed that everything goes well, but I can already tell that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Check out this superb interview with Tze in The Everygirl and please take a peek at the other truly talented artists on their roster, they all are fantastic and I am truly delighted to be in such great company!

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  • make a wish

    For my birthday, I made a special mix guaranteed to put a pep in your step. You have my full permission to dance around while eating giant pieces of cake. Getting older has been fun and I hope I get to keep doing it!

  • Gigantic

    GIGANTIC is an online and annually print magazine celebrating the mash up of fiction, prose and contemporary art based out of Brooklyn, NYC. I was super thrilled to be approached by their art editor Alison Kuo to contribute my work to their latest online edition. Check it out!

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  • All you can feel

    This past weekend marked record highs in Austin for cedar pollen coming in with the highest count in over 16 years! What exactly does this mean? Well, if you are not plagued with itchy, swollen and miserably burning eyes and throat, good chance you are feeling loopy from the larges dosages of OTC allergy medicine you've been pumping into your system for the last 6 days. My current condition of self-medicated blurriness reminded me of the beautiful work done by Sarah SchönfeldFocusing on the materiality of illegal drugs, Schönfeld began experimenting with substances like LSD, Kedamine and MDMA and not in the way you probably are assuming. Schönfeld exposed film negatives to liquid mixtures of multiple drugs with remarkable results. Each negative was then magnified and printed in large format to produce the body of work entitled All You Can Feel. These chemical self portraits have been compiled in her latest publication by the same name and the collection of them is stunning. Each drug is depicted with such vivid impact and chromatic vibrancy that it's not hard to imagine feeling the mind-altering effects of the substance coming through each print. For more about Schönfeld check out this interview she did with Klatblut

    Speed + Magic

    Ecstasy

    LSD

    Caffeine

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  • One Kings Lane

    Leaping into the new year, I have a quick sale of nine new works up on One Kings Lane through January 19th. I am pleased to be featured under their One of a Kind category, as each work is an original created by my own two chilly hands this past December. They are going fast so if you see one that you fancy, treat yourself to something bright while the winter storms bustle outside this winter!

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  • a new home in the sun

    Couldn't wait and had to make a mix reflecting my excitement for all the things 2014 has in store! Take a listen to these dreamy icicle tunes and think about all the possibilities ♥

  • Karel Appel

    Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor and poet born in 1921 in Amsterdam. Appel was heavily influenced by Picasso, Matisse, and most strongly by the French painter Jean Dubuffet known famously for championing work by 'outsider artists" or those that had been self taught. In his youth, Appel was a member of the Dutch Experimental Group created in 1948, as well as established the Cobra group from 1948 to 1951 with other painters from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The Cobra Movement stood for creative freedom and experimentation, passion and vitality, and social engagement and the style distinguished itself through bold, expressive compositions inspired by folk and children's art. From this video clip, you get the sense of Appel's often described "barbarous" painting style, but the work I was most drawn to was his playfully layered sculptural work seen in the picture of him in his studio. The spirited little man depicted in Anti Robot from 1976 measures a whopping 20 feet high all made of metal, yet makes me smile everytime I see its picture. His work ranged from small scale paintings to large public installations, all of which demonstrate his characteristic frenetic energy and intense lurid colorings with a bit of something sinister mixed in, too. Not a fan of everything he produced, his true love for the act of painting definitely resonates with me and perhaps some day in the future I will find myself looking at one of his brushstrokes or sculptures in person. Amsterdam here I come!

    Karel Appel, Anti Robot, 1976. Collection of Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.

    Mural with glass appliqué in the restaurant of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1956

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  • we have a beautiful cosmos

    Pendleton blankets, wooly socks, and warm rosy cheeks! Winter is here and boy is it hard to want to do anything but listen to records and eat hot soup.

  • cold snap!!

    It's finally feeling wintery here in Texas with yesterday's temp a balmy 86˚F and today a chilly 36˚ F!! I haven't gotten around to making a new xmas mix, but this one from last year is pretty darn good. Enjoy it and brush off those bah humbugs!

  • Paper Party + Me

    It was only a matter of time before the sweetheart behind Austin's Paper Party and I would partner up! 

    Paper Party offers a delightful collection of stationery, supplies for the best party ever, gifts and ART, all lovingly selected with an eye for color and pop. Paper Party was started by Glade Hensel, the cardmaker and blogger behind Glademade and opened as a pop-up shop inside Domy Books Austin, TX in September of 2012, and February through July 2013 was a part of the Rosewood Collective. Paper Party is currently online only with a small selection of goodies at Busy Being this month.

    Glade Hensel surrounded by paper hearts! image via

    Thrilled to partner with Glade, I hit the studio and created all new work finally busting out the beautiful hand dyed paper I made in Oaxaca. They are all little lovely gems and I hope they make their way to someone nice (even it's just you!) this holiday season. BONUS since Paper Party is mostly online, they are having a special CYBER MONDAY sale where everything is 10% off, including my works. Just use the code MONDAY and get yourself a sweet steal!

    1. Be Thankful For What You Got - William Devaughan

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    I am thankful for EVERYTHING I've got including you! This year has been full of perfect challenges for growth, new opportunities, new loves and I am so lucky to be alive. Here is to many more things to express gratitude for in the coming year and if you ever want to send that special someone a note thanking them, might I recommend the super sweet cards from Laura George?!  THANK YOU!

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  • GirlsGuild + MASS + Me

    Finally, my day has come to partner with the wonderful ladies from the Austin-based company, GirlsGuild. Started in 2012 after the founders Cheyenne Weaver and Diana Griffin met as students, Girls Guild began as a service that offers apprenticeships for girls, by girls. They connect girls and women with artists and makers to build a supportive, collaborative community and after having multiple friends partner with them, I was honored when they approached me this summer.

    GirlsGuild defines apprenticeship as more hands-on than a “mentorship”, and more supportive than an “internship”. In an apprenticeship, a maker works one-on-one with a girl interested in learning the skills of her art. It's about getting real world experience of a maker's work and lifestyle, and building some serious skills in a particular area of making.

    Having had my share of mentors and interns, I have always been interested in the alternate realm of education through the hands-on ability of trail and error. Over coffee and messy breakfast tacos, Cheyenne, Diana and I talked for hours about what an apprenticeship would look like for me and we decided to try and roll the collectively run art space I am a member of into the mix. Thankfully the team at MASS loved the idea and BAM! we put together a wish list for a dream apprentice to help MASS develop some ambitious plans! Since going live a few days ago, we have a small group of girls interested and I am excited to begin the interview process. Starting January 2014 and going through April, I will check back in on how its going, however I can honestly say that the past work that GirlsGuild has done is amazing and I can't wait to report our story as it unfolds.

  • Circle Sky

    I've been absolutely and excitedly swamped this month as I have been preparing brand new collections of work for various projects, both locally and around the country. Finally, I've gotten a chance to dive into the vibrant and creamy dyed paper I made in August and working on ideas that I have been carrying around as Austin slowly enters into fall. Changing leaves, first loves and new loves, deaths and goodbyes, and saying hello to the end of another year has me reflecting on the circle of life. Funny how things are new and old all at the same time, the older you get. These tunes have been ushering me through it all, enjoy!

  • SPOOKY

    Tis the season for creepy films with crunchy, gooey, gore and psycho thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seat. Below are some of my favorites helping me set the Halloween mood this year, so grab someone to help keep you company and enjoy!

    Otesánek / Little Otik, 2000   Dir. Jan Svankmajer

    The Wicker Man, 1973   Dir. Robin Hardy 

    Suspiria, 1977   Dir. Dario Argento

    Rosemary's Baby, 1968   Dir. Roman Polanski

    Les yeux sans visage / Eyes Without A Face, 1960   Dir. Georges Franju

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962   Dir. Robert Aldrich

    Wait Until Dark, 1967   Dir. Terence Young

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  • Got the rug bug

    Swedish artist Jonathan Josefsson is widely known for his graffiti works, and you know if you follow his Instagram feed @Ollio he still has a way with the colorful cans. However, I am most in love with the large-scale wooly wonders he's been creating as wall works for European gallery spaces. Biomorphic forms that are similar to his organic spray painting style, these carpets have heftier tactile qualities that beg to be embraced and fiddled with. A little reminiscent of the juicy wall-to-wall carpeted days of Alexander Girard, Florence Knoll and Herman Miller, I can't seem to get enough of them and here are only a few from his repertoire. 

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