Staff Picks: February

We've been on the lookout for new inspiration this month. Here's what our staff is in love with this month! 

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My staff pick this month is the multi-talented Benjamin Shine. Benjamin Shine studied fashion design at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Central St Martins in London. Though he works with many different media, he is primarily known for his work in fabric, especially his use of tulle and hot iron to create realistic portraiture. His art is used in many different ways, such as public display, product and interior manufacturing, and fashion design. He has worked with global brands such as Givenchy, Coca-Cola, Google, MTV, Bergdorf Goodman, and many more. Click here to view a video of how he creates his art. 

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant

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Laurie Anderson’s newest album, Landfall, was just released, and it is breathtaking. Frightening, unsettling, and absolutely moving in the most intoxicating ways, Landfall blends electronics, strings, and Anderson’s cryptic (and hilarious and charming and unnerving) stories in somber and melancholic ways.

Specifically a meditation on Hurricane Sandy, but more generally a pensive consideration of loss and passing, Anderson’s orchestration creates atmospheres of apprehension, dread, vulnerability, and ferocity – and exhibits a peculiar loveliness throughout.

- Matt Lutz, Gallery Intern

 

 
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My artist pick for the Month is a photographer and creative director out of NYC Adrienne Raquel (@adrienneraquel on instagram)

Her work was recently featured in the BCGB NYFW. As an aspiring installation artist, I loved the collaborative creative effort on this stage set up. According to her website, her work is inspired by femininity, summer vibes, and tropical motifs. Seeing work like this inspires me to find ways in which creatives can piece together a multitude of artistic expressions to make unique and beautiful spaces. 

- Eden Hakimzadah, Gallery Intern

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Last month, I took a tufting workshop with Dee Clements of Studio Herron. Since then, I've been learning and trying new things with tufting and textiles in my work. I'll be showing some of my sculptural sketches in this new medium at my show, Sometimes I feel, opening March 31st at PranaYoga! 

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator


 
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Well, don't know much about this but it sounds really interesting. As I was driving to Artlink today, I heard on NPR that the official presidential portrait was jnveiled today, I'm relieved that Kehinde Wiley, a wonderful African-American painter of Black men in wonderful heroic-like costumes, painted the president and I LOVE IT. It's so Wiley-esk - he's just who you would want to do justice to our President. Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based painter, known for her portraits - faces/flesh tones always left unpainted but drawn in charcoal, was selected by Michelle Obama to paint her portrait. I love the composition, not real crazy about the drawing, love the paint, wonderful, striking pattern in the skirt of the dress. Take a look and see what you think. There's already waaaay too much controversy about these paintings than is necessary. Wiley can do no wrong in my opinion. Sherald, I'll reserve judgement until I see more of her work. Maybe she just loves really loooong arms.

- Suzanne, Figure Drawing Instructor 

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John Cullen is an Irish independent cartoonist whose work riffs on pop culture icons, examines the melancholy, and basks in the absurd. Along with his web comic, Cullen's work frequently breaks the form of traditional comics art, allowing his characters, gags and craft to move in and out of the form freely. 

- Matt McClure, Executive Director

 

 
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I love mystery novels. The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, is a mystery novel set in the art world. I am not a fine artist, so the insights that it gives into the art world were all new to me and very intriguing. And, the descriptions of painting techniques (including ways of rendering a convincing forgery) were fascinating. Those, coupled with an interesting plot that takes unexpected turns, made for a fun and fast read. Here is a synopsis that I found on Goodreads:

"On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting - the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner - is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. 

Claire's search for the truth about the painting's origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro's razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it's a dazzling novel about seeing - and not seeing - the secrets that lie beneath the canvas." 

Happy reading!

- Lorraine Knox, Office Manager