Artist Hanna Eshel’s New York home and studio takes on a beautiful muted grey color palette, and the space is adorned very simply by her own subdued sculptures and untamed houseplants — take inspiration from the minimal yet lively nature of this space.
In a recent and rare interview with Alma Allen for T Magazine, the Joshua Tree based artist shares several fascinating stories about his life and upbringing; these stories come together to further explain Allen’s remarkably quiet rise to success in the art world. The article also includes photos of Alma Allen’s home and studio, all of which he designed and built himself in Joshua Tree.
“Alma Allen sees his life as having been defined by a series of risks. His sprawling desert compound in Joshua Tree, Calif., where the 43-year-old self-taught artist creates sculptures fashioned of marble, wood and bronze, is evidence that those risks have started to yield great rewards…His cultish followers often show up in person, buying pieces out of Allen’s living room, because, until recently, he was not even represented by a gallery, and had, with few exceptions, never even formally exhibited his work. ‘My sculpture has always existed in private,’ Allen says, ‘because it didn’t really fit into any category. My carving was very small, from stone fragments or salvaged wood. It was very rough and primitive. I was self-taught. It wasn’t really outsider art because that is really the art of the insane. I sort of defied categories, and now I am a little nervous about ceasing to be a ‘private’ artist, because I have never even been criticized or reviewed.’” — Matt Tyrnauer via T Magazine
In a recent article for T Magazine, Sight Unseen’s Monica Khemsurov covers the Salone Del Mobile design fair in Milan. Highlights in the Salone include camouflaged terrazzo pieces by furniture brand Dzek and experimental furniture designer Max Lamb as well as organically shaped fiberglass furniture designed by Faye Toogood.
Faye Toogood on the inspiration behind her new furniture line, Assemblage 4: Roly-Poly,
“A major departure from the colorful geometric aesthetic Toogood is known for, the furniture series was inspired by the changes in her body and her priorities after her first child was born a year and a half ago. ‘Something just happened in terms of the way I view shapes and colors,’ she says. ‘My daughter can’t be around sharp edges, for one, but there’s also a playful element at work. The chair almost looks like an elephant, the daybed like a pregnant lady and her bump.’ Toogood says she even sculpted many of the models for the collection using another throwback material: Play-Doh.”
Molly Smith is a contemporary artist whose work is directly inspired by natural materials like rocks, hurricane salvage, and tornado debris. Due to her interest in using found materials, the direction of the works are informed as much by the state of the objects when found in nature as they are by the artist’s own imagination — the result is a varied body of work with a quiet poetic wisdom.
“Smith doesn’t begin and end her practice with her own hand; instead she extends it to the realm of the elements.” — Artforum
The home of artist Katy Krantz, filled with many examples of her colorful ceramics and prints, is now featured on Sight Unseen.
“Katy Krantz likes to leave things to chance, at least when it comes to making ceramics…that element of surprise and transformation runs through her colorful, abstract sculptural objects and jewelry, as well as her block prints and recent forays into fabric. Though she’ll establish ‘loose parameters’ at the outset of a project, she says she’s ‘never been able to work with a real detailed plan in mind. I can work like that, but I tend to make really boring work that way. When I have too much control, it’s less interesting.’” — Deborah Shapiro via Sight Unseen.
Laurie Kang is a photographer and sculptor who works with simple mediums to form delicate and introspective sculptures. Chromogenic paper and archival linen tape are subtly manipulated, alluding to perspective and probability.
“Drawing from her female narrative, she uses sensitive materials to mine embedded social hierarchies and structures of power. Recent exhibition and project sites include The Power Plant, Erin Stump Projects, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 44, Art Metropole (all Toronto), Soi Fischer, Gallery 295 (both Vancouver), Jen Bekman Gallery (New York), and the launch of the book publication 33 Circles and launch with Mossless at the New York Art Book Fair. Her work was also selected for inclusion in The Magenta Foundation’s 2013 Flash Forward publication and exhibitions. Upcoming exhibitions include Camera Austria (Graz) and Les Territoires (Montreal). She is an MFA candidate at Bard College.” —Magenta
A wonderful interview with Totokaelo Editorial Creative Director Ashley Helvey debuts today on Sight Unseen. The interview, conducted by Su Wu of I’m Revolting, features a tour of her home as well as a look into her recent solo art exhibit entitled #IRL, a reflection on art in the Tumblr age.
At this point, simplicity can seem like a tired mantra or an admonishment, an extra layer of guilt heaped over our misdirections. Isn’t it enough that our cluttered thoughts keep us up at night? Do we have to feel bad about it, too? So it’s especially heartening that for Seattle-based stylist Ashley Helvey, simplicity is something else entirely: a look so easy that it serves as encouragement. ‘A lot of the imagery I’m inspired by online is just a piece of fabric or a cinderblock,’ says Helvey, who is editorial creative director for Totokaelo, overseeing everything from photo shoots to social media. ‘They are really simple things that you could actually execute. Having a simple aesthetic is actually pretty tangible.’" — Su Wu via Sight Unseen