Tag Archives: Art

  1. 07.27.15
    Eye Candy
    Robert Chase Heishman, photographer

    Chicago-based photographer Robert Chase Heishman got his start at the ripe age of 18 at the world-renowned Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York. There, Heishman was entrusted to create a set design for the work Split-Sides. Cunningham — known for his frequent collaborations with musicians John Cage and David Tudor and artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman — worked closely with Heishman, and thus the photographer’s appreciation for chance-operations, collaborations, and process-based art was born.

  2. 07.23.15
    Sighted
    A Tumblr Devoted to 80s Art

    Here’s the thing about the ’80s: Some of us actually grew up in them. And for us, seeing a Tumblr full of art from that decade doesn’t so much trigger an Internet-age wet dream as a blast of straight-up nostalgia — for the kinds of things we remember hanging in our rich friends’ parents living rooms, or on the walls of our orthodontist, or in fancy department-store furniture displays. We’re not sure which of the two motivated designer Jason Kawood of Saskatchewan, Canada, to start said Tumblr back in 2011, but he’s been going strong with it ever since.

  3. 07.21.15
    Eye Candy
    London Artist and Textile Designer Lucy Hardcastle

    Plenty of designers who work primarily in two dimensions translate their patterns and images to textiles, but Lucy Hardcastle’s oeuvre is particularly diverse — a former textile design student, she creates three-dimensional objects, sets, and artworks made of everything from paint to cement to Jell-O, plus videos and digital renderings that appear to be 3-D, and draws on those creations to make prints for clients like Nike and Alexander Wang.

  4. 07.20.15
    Up and Coming
    Stephanie Specht, graphic designer

    People always ask where exactly we find our story subjects, and for the past two years, the most frequent answer has invariably been Instagram. And it’s true, in the case of Belgian-born graphic designer Stephanie Specht, we were fans of her @spechtstudio handle long before we ever knew who was behind it. But our interest was piqued even further in recent months after Specht got the imprimatur from two friends with an impeccable knack for collaborations: Sandeep Salter of McNally Jackson Picture Room, where Specht released an edition earlier this year, and Alex Proba, with whom Specht created a series of plant-inspired posters. When we reached out to find out a bit more about her for this story, we got a taste of why Specht is such an ideal partner-in-crime: well-spoken, crazy on top of a deadline, and whip-smart to boot — and did we mention how great her designs are? Here’s a quick crib sheet as to how Specht arrived on the scene.

  5. 07.15.15
    Excerpt: Exhibition
    Yonatan Vinitsky at Rome’s Frutta Gallery

    “Loose Ends,” an exhibition by Israeli artist Yonatan Vinitsky was on view at Rome’s Frutta Gallery from March until May of this year, but it will be a long time before we get these rightly amazing images out of our heads. For his solo show, the young Haifa-born, London-based artist created eight coiled-metal sculptures, which hung suspended from the ceiling, as well as eight wall-based works that represented blown-up reproductions of the kind of backseat storage pockets you find on public transportation.

  6. 07.13.15
    Eye Candy
    Michael Wilkinson’s Landscape Series

    Much of the collage-based work of Glasgow artist Michael Wilkinson, according to his New York gallery Tanya Bonakdar, “examines notions of power and resistance through an intricate web of political, cultural, and personal references” — among them the “histories of art and political radicalism, Marxist theory, popular music, and punk subculture of the 1970s and 1980s” — incorporating things like survival gear and vintage photographs. Yet his new gridded Landscape pieces, which we spotted in Bonakdar’s booth at Frieze New York in May, take a more subtle (and visually beautiful) approach.

  7. 07.09.15
    Eye Candy
    English Artist Henry Jackson Newcomb

    While many of his peers are busy creating digital landscapes of shapes and planes that mimic three dimensions, the young Norwich, England–based artist Henry Jackson Newcomb makes sculptural assemblages that — owing in part to the aforementioned trend — often look inspired by digital ones. Yet by incorporating elements like chunks of concrete, panels painted with unfinished-looking brushstrokes, and haphazardly taped rings of rubber tubing, Newcomb introduces an imperfect rawness that keeps his work squarely rooted in the physical world.

  8. 06.25.15
    Up and Coming
    Justin Hunt Sloane, artist

    It can be hard to pin down exactly what it is New York–based artist and designer Justin Hunt Sloane actually does. He graduated with a BFA in printmaking and interactive design from Art Center, but while there, he became interested in the school’s famed automotive program and began dabbling in classes like rapid prototyping and fabrication technology. Since moving to New York, he’s held day jobs as a website designer for Creative Time, or, currently, senior designer at the branding agency Wolff Olins, but in his freelance work and spare time, he makes everything from drawings to etchings to self-published books to album covers to sculptures.

  9. 06.22.15
    Excerpt: Exhibition
    Slowly by Sam Moyer at Galerie Rodolphe Jansen

    While the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sam Moyer has played around with fabric painted to look like marble in the past, the geometric panels suspended in gorgeous bronze armatures that she recently installed at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels are, in fact, the real deal. Meant to interact with the space’s striking ceilings and the summer light that filters through them, the slabs are cut so thin as to be almost semi-translucent, a subverting of expectations about the way certain materials are supposed to look, feel, and function — a common theme in Moyer’s work, and one that will sound familiar to many designers, which is probably why we’ve found ourselves so drawn to her.

  10. 06.20.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of June 15, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week we survey the sudden trend of gymnasium-inspired designs, the best of Design Miami/Basel, and a few of our favorite works by photographer Suzanne Mooney, pictured above. Plus: the weirdest design-world video we’ve ever, ever seen, featuring Chen Chen, Katrina Vonnegut, and a cat driving a dumptruck.

  11. 06.13.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of June 8, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a look inside Andreas Murkudis’s new full-service design outpost in Berlin, a sneak peek at our favorite projects launching at Design Miami/Basel next week, and our first picks from this year’s degree shows, starting with the vanity above.

  12. 06.09.15
    Eye Candy
    French Sculptor Cécile Mestelan’s Ceramic Objects

    As an MFA student at ECAL, French-born artist Cécile Mestelan got into making small-scale sculptures with plaster for practical reasons — cost and ease of transport — but stuck with the material for more poetic ones: “It’s a very powerful and open material to work with; you can do so much with it, from modeling and sculpting to engraving,” she says.

  13. 06.03.15
    Where They've Been
    Andy Rementer & Margherita Urbani in Tokyo

    We here at Sight Unseen consider ourselves to be relatively worldly — I say this literally as Monica touches down in Norway — but if there’s one place that’s proved a holy grail for the both of us, it’s Japan. We’ve never had the opportunity nor the funds to go, despite being relatively obsessed with the idea of both shopping and scouting there. So when two of our most visually attuned friends offered to provide us with a diary of sorts during their recent trip there, we jumped at the chance: Philadelphia-based partners-in-crime Andy Rementer and Margherita Urbani (whom many of you likely know from their collaborations in Apartamento magazine) were recently in Tokyo for two weeks.

  14. 05.30.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of May 25, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a hip summer pop-up shop in Sagaponack, two ceramicists branching out into wallpaper and shelf brackets, and more work you might have missed during ICFF, like the Earnest Studio trivets above.

  15. 05.07.15
    Q+A
    Oslo’s Camilla Løw on Her Graphic, Geometric Sculptures

    There’s this thing we do constantly at Sight Unseen that we don’t even realize we’re doing: We gravitate towards creatives who work in other disciplines, like art or fashion, only to find out they’ve either gone to school for or been massively inspired by design. Upon visiting, last June, the Oslo studio of sculptor Camilla Løw, whose work we’d seen on a few Tumblrs and fallen for, we quickly learned that she, too, fell into the latter camp — although she studied fine art, she spoke to us about architecture and her dreams of someday designing furniture, and showed us her prized books on Bauhaus jewelry and the work of Andrea Branzi. Some of her own pieces even function as vases or stools. But make no mistake, she is an artist, one who’s shown at galleries like Jack Hanley and Andrew Kreps, fairs like Frieze, and museums like the Astrup Fearnley. Read on to learn more about her process and ideas, and how design fits into it all.

  16. 05.02.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of April 27, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A look way back at — what else? — 1970s-era Italian design; a dip into the recent past in Milan; and a forecast of things to come at our OFFSITE event, debuting in just two weeks! Plus, the amazing risograph talents of Glasgow-based artist Gabriella Marcella, above.

  17. 04.25.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of April 20, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: Three particularly timely design objects that launched in Milan, one peculiar woven-glass lamp that didn’t, and a show by the design world’s most beloved artist, Carol Bove, pictured above.

  18. 04.04.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of March 30, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week was all about designers doing mesmerizing things with very simple shapes: from Nendo’s new color-gradient cube tables to a series of interactive geometric projections to the London grad who’s pushing the boundaries of jewelry with his mixed-material compositions (pictured).

  19. 03.28.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of March 23, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: two amazing but different geometric mirrors (including this beach house–ready one by Alex Drew & No One), a digitally rendered interior that has us ready to move in, and vintage napkin rings that look like cool-girl jewelry — by none other than Nathalie du Pasquier.

  20. 03.23.15
    What They Bought
    Julia Leonard of Either Way LA

    “I sometimes think I wear too many hats,” says Julia Leonard, the Los Angeles–based artist, interior designer, curator, gallery owner, and shopkeeper, whose backyard retail venture Either Way LA — an every Sunday sale of thrifted or commissioned pieces — has recently become a hit via Instagram and word of mouth. Since moving from San Francisco a little more than four years ago, LA has offered her the chance, as it does to so many, to start over. In San Francisco, where she had studied, worked, and lived for over a decade, she had been teaching alongside her art practice. However Los Angles marked the opportunity to focus on her art, giving her a fresh perspective: “I even dress differently,” she admits wryly.

  21. 03.19.15
    Studio Visit
    Nous Vous, graphic artists

    “It’s about making language visual,” respond the three members of Nous Vous when I ask them about their distinctly French name, which translates to We, You. “Well, it rolls off the tongue nicely, too,” laughs Jay Cover, who founded the London-based trio with William Edmonds and Nicolas Burrows back in 2007. “But aside from that, our external influences tend to be design manifestos where the process is conscious of the audience and collaboration.” We, You — there is a certain anonymity to their practice, reflected also in their European website domain (nousvous.eu), placing the group nowhere specific, perhaps in an effort to avoid defining their collective body of work.

  22. 03.13.15
    Eye Candy
    Ivin Ballen, artist

    We love an artist who can successfully blur the line between sculpture and painting, and Brooklyn-based Ivin Ballen is certainly no exception. Upon first viewing his work, you perceive a few colored shapes (some rectilinear, others more organic) haphazardly arranged on a vast backdrop. Upon closer inspection, you begin to notice those colored shapes are an assemblage of found materials, and that, in fact, those found materials are simply just painted casts of the originals.

  23. 03.07.15
    Saturday Selects
    Week of March 1, 2015

    A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A glimpse into the past (the three-year-old side table, pictured above, we can’t believe we overlooked), present (six can’t-miss art exhibitions happening now), and future (four pieces launching in Milan next month).

  24. 03.05.15
    Eye Candy
    Still Lifes by Belgian Photographer Frederik Vercruysse

    Still life photography is having a big week on Sight Unseen — yesterday we featured a pair of stylists who built their reputation on it and are now moving into interiors, and today we’re highlighting a photographer who approaches shooting interiors just as though they were still lifes. Belgian-born talent Frederik Vercruysse, in fact, describes his entire body of work as “still life photography in the broadest sense of the word,” according to his website, applying the approach not just to interiors but to portraits, fashion shows, and the occasional landscape as well (for clients like Wallpaper magazine, Sophie Buhai, and Muller Van Severen). But then, of course, there are his actual still lifes, which we’ve decided to focus on here. Shot mostly for magazines, they represent the purest form of his aim “to photograph the subject in its purest form.”

  25. 02.26.15
    Studio Visit
    Cave Collective, Artists

    We discovered Cave Collective by way of their jewelry, which we spotted at the boutique No. 6 in New York, this past October. In late November, we shot founders Cat Lauigan and Alex Wolkowicz in their Greenpoint workspace. Then, by the end of January, we found out that they’d dismantled most of the studio and jewelry line, that Lauigan had relocated to California, and that both artists were focusing on their individual practices until they figured out what to do next. And yet by that point, we knew enough about Cave Collective to take the news in stride — ever since Lauigan and Wolkowicz began their collaboration in 2010, it’s been an endlessly shape-shifting and exploratory project, one that’s seen them living thousands of miles apart for nearly as long as they’ve lived in the same city.

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