Artist Alexandra Pacula just sent word that she’s opening a new show on April 20th. Called Vertical City, it will be held at Gallery Henoch, in New York City, until May 13th. For this show, the Polish-born, New York-based artist was inspired by the grandeur of Manhattan’s shimmering towers. A total of 12 large-scale paintings will be on display, which will all capture the city at night.
Doesn’t this almost look like a manipulated photo? I asked Alexandra about that and she replied, “It is a 100% oil painting on canvas no tricks.”
The moment I saw this painting, I fell in love with it! Particularly I love the vertical streaks and the rainbow of colors. Wish I could see this in person. (New Yorkers, do your part and check this show out.)
I’m a sucker for anything that resembles art, or in this case, an impressionist painting. (Maybe even watercolor?) I guess that’s why I fell in love with this rug. Houzz is having a major sale on it right now, it was $879.00 and now it’s $280.24 (you save: $598.76, that’s 68% off). What a steal!
Got to love the name and description. It’s called Nourison Celestial Area Rug. And here’s the description: “Cosmic consciousness inspires the Celestial Collection by Nourison. These heavenly area rugs possess a dramatic beauty, with rich, saturated colors that swirl together in unique and vivid designs. Each stunning area rug conveys a sense of movement and energy that verges on divine.”
I like this one too but it makes me feel a little bit queasy.
Think of all the fun you can have with this! Spanish lighting brand Vibia has just launched its latest customizable lighting system, which features blown-glass spheres supported by a metal matrix. The light globes can be suspended at different heights.
“The intention was not to design a completely defined and finished product, but a tool which allows any customer to create his own lighting lamp, in relation with the architecture space, the area to light and the desired kind of graphic pattern,” said designer Toan Nguyen.
“These individual parts constitute the kit of tools that designers can mould and adapt to individual commissions, a system of multiple modules that allows the specifics of each project to dictate the optimum lighting solution.”
This morning, I somehow came across this incredible light sculpture. It’s a peacock made out of a rainbow of different lights. From what I can gather, it was part of a light festival, in Poland, held in December 2016. I hope they keep it up all year long.
How was your week? We celebrated our friend Sonny’s birthday yesterday. It was great hanging out with old friends. This weekend we’ll be going to a resort in Dana Point to celebrate my niece’s birthday. Remember our past family trips like to Terrenea and Pelican Hill? I miss taking pictures so I’m going to lug the camera around with me. Next week, I hope I’ll be able to share with you some fun family pics.
Now, let’s get into the fun links of the week.
I love the look of paint splatter but I have never seen it on heels!
Artist Dana Zemack just reached out to me to tell me that her new book just came out! How I Feel Today: Comics About Everything is “a collection of comics that explore the things we feel, from the glorious highs to the garbage-y lows to the endless and unruly in-betweens.”
Why? “Because we have feelings, and it’s super gratifying to see them brought to life via a surprisingly expressive, eternally resilient stick figure girl who’s both super cute and extremely real. And then we can be like, ‘bhahahaha, yep that’s familiar.'”
Loving this new painting, called Ethereal, by artist Richard J. Oliver. It feels like the little girl is as light as air. The original, oil on canvas, 26 1/2″ x 40″ piece costs $5200. I got an online preview of it by Corey Helford Gallery. Oliver’s exhibition, called Immersion, will be on view at the LA gallery April 1st to April 29th.
Awhile back, I found this quote on Pinterest. Recently, I commissioned artist Dan Lee to use his hand lettering skills to make it look beautiful. I love what he came back with. Can’t wait to put this up on my wall.
This past weekend, one of my favorite artists, Audrey Kawasaki released a new print. It was only for this weekend, meaning it was a timed print and if you didn’t get it on Saturday or Sunday you are out of luck! Sorry I’m telling you about this so late. I scooped mine up at 10:30pm last night, I almost missed the midnight deadline.
According to Arrested Motion, the piece, called As I Fall, was inspired by the smoggy sunset of my hometown, Los Angeles. I love the use of pinks and blues; it’s my favorite color combination.
First, I wanted to say that I’m sorry I’ve been gone the past few days. It was Parker’s birthday on Tuesday and we celebrated for a few days. Also, I’ll be off tomorrow to change my hair color yet again! This time it’s going to be called what I call “horizon”, pink on top and light blue halfway down the middle. Hope it all works out!
Here’s a quote I liked from the first book, under the article The Path of Joy:
Do I trust my own inner guidance? At the heart of every soulful life is the ability to ask your own questions and get your own answers, free from others’ judgement. It’s about tuning in to your innate wisdom and trusting what comes forth. The only way to do that is to cultivate a deeper relationship with yourself-free from the filters of fear and doubt and free from other people’s ideas and expectations. These filters build up over time and can cloud your ability to make decisions that are in alignment with your highest good.
Do I follow my heart or listen to my head? The heart never lies; the head does. We can overthink, doubt and rationalize almost anything, because the mind likes stability and a step-by-stop process. But the heart is nonlinear and sensing. So while our minds may make us believe it’s best to not take risks and avoid repeating the pain of the past, our hearts know the way to happiness.
Do I believe I can create the life I want? Your thoughts, actions and emotions all determine what your life looks like. When you don’t believe you are powerful, you allow others to hold the key to your life and happiness. And when you allow others to hold the power, you limit the options available to you. Know that by listening to your heart and your inner guidance, you truly can create-and live-the life you want. All is possible.
Written by Eden Clark and John Germain Leto
If you haven’t checked out the Instagram account of poet Mark Anthony, please do so. He’s a hopeless romantic. I bought his book.
Hi, I’m Alice Yoo, founder of art and culture blog My Modern Met, where I curated and wrote about art, design and photography for seven years. I live in southern California along with my husband and two boys, Parker and Logan. I’m also the co-author of a book called For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity, which is out now.
This blog chronicles the adventures of my family as well as my new foray into fashion. My goal is to own a clothing line. See what I learn about along the way.