A visit to Slag Gallery in Bushwick to see Naomi Safran-Hon’s show A Room with No Exit left me inspired and impacted. I am in love with this artist’s process, as she intentionally layers material, image and mark making to create a complex entry point into interior space. Dealing with heavy material both physically - concrete, fabric and paint and conceptually - home, war, degradation - the artist reconstructs interiors affected by conflict in Israel, giving us a window into the vestiges of human life. Photos by: Danielle Friedman
The work of photographer Candida Höfer is simply breathtaking. Her eye is a gift, a very rare one. And that’s not debatable. There are so many details in design that tend to go unnoticed. She has created numerous opportunities to appreciate them all within single photographs.
Three large works on paper for Rose Ink Workshop Lobby design of Ellipse Luxury Apartment Building in Jersey City. Glimpse into process by clicking on any of the images above. Painting is a super physical activity! Many people don’t realize the endurance and stamina required to create beautiful, physical objects...especially of large scale. You’ll spot one of the many mini Yoga sessions that take place in the studio during a painting project. Music selection is key in the studio! I find that chosen vibrations enter into the work itself and live on in its surface and mark. Inspired by one of my favorite Yoga Teachers and Cultural Anthropologists, Aimee Meredith Cox, I selected from her Spotify playlist FIRE ’18. You’ll hear a sample of tracks in Ellipse Video. Thank you to Liubasha Rose, Creative Director of ROSE INK WORKSHOP for inspiring opportunity to add beauty and color to her Lobby Design in Ellipse. Photos, Paintings and Post by Danielle H. Friedman
On a recent trip to Jamaica, I came across the work of an amazing artist. His name — Wilfred Limonious, also known as the “Father of Dancehall Art”. I became curious about how much work he produced and how many other artists exist in Jamaica with this beautiful talent to create raw, original illustrations that represent our culture so well. Luckily, Google came through in my search for more imagery. I felt like I found a pot of gold at the end of a green, black, and yellow rainbow. Inspiration by: Shari Gayle
Delpozo’s Fall Winter 2017 collection. Absolutely in love with the work that Delpozo is producing! The color palette and architecture of the clothing is avant-garde and awe-inspiring. Inspiration from: Carolina Chocron
Florist shop located in Berlin founded by Ruby Barber, sourcing seasonal produce from local growers and markets to create effortlessly beautiful arrangements. Flower Styling and Botanical Set Studio by Mary Lennox. Inspiration from Carolina Chocron.
Art Basel recently passed and I couldn’t help but to ponder on how everything is interconnected. Art can play off design and design can play off art. Sometimes it happens without us even knowing. It’s a simple formula of color, rhythm, pattern, and expression. Experiment by: Shari Gayle
Walking through winter in New York City and reflecting on Summer Travels for creative inspiration. Landed in Tokyo on my thirtieth birthday July 2017 and invested a month camping with GAKKO project, drawing, painting and investigating the magical land of Japan. Highlights Here...
I traveled to the Lower East Side to visit New York based painter Field Kallop in her studio. Field is a kind, knowledgeable artist with a careful, beautiful hand. Her paintings are meditations on pattern, line and color and she utilizes sacred geometry to create mesmerizing, multidimensional abstract spaces. We spoke about the role of beauty, spirituality and the importance of craft in contemporary art, especially in work created by women. Looking into a selection of her artists books, we shared thoughts about decorative mark making, ornamentation and the diverse perspectives on these traditions across the globe. A couple of titles for your reference; Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture 3x An Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Agnes Martin
Zurich first. It was gorgeous, and full of cute young Swiss bankers, but too busy for our goals. It had a spirit of "work, work, get it done, money, money"--not unlike NYC and I kept having the urge to check my bberry for work emails while we were there. But as soon as we got on the train to Zug--a really beautiful small town--I never wanted to look at my phone again. Next to Lucerne. We stayed at the Jean Nouvel designed hotel: The Hotel Lucerne. Totally 90's kind of amazing design--lots of chrome details, prints of Luis Buñuel's Objects of Desire on the room ceiling, wood floor, minimal furniture, black walls...just sexy. Next day--we bought tickets for the Lucerne Philharmonic in the morning (also designed by Jean Nouvel) and went on a trip up Pilatus mountain. The mountain was spectacular and with timing on our side--we just made it back to the hotel to change and run to the Symphony. We ended up sitting directly behind the orchestra--facing the majority of the audience and the conductor. The piece was Bruckner's 8th symphony (Go Germania) which was a bit intense for me, but the (very serious and super fancy) Swiss were barely containing themselves from jumping up in ecstasy at the ending. Next stop--Schwyz to have lunch with a friend and his family in their home on the side of the mountain. We had a beautiful risotto with fresh mushrooms picked in the forest up the mountain. When anyone mentions "quality of life" now, I think of this visit. The rest of the story to follow in a post on Vals… Photos by: Liubasha Rose
Mission San Francisco de Asis or more commonly known, Mission Dolores was a massive highlight of a recent trip to San Fran for me. Even though the church and grounds are a touristy stop, it feels lingering and mysterious inside. Like some kind of amazing time warp that allows the place to unfold as a discovery--just like the etherial scene in the graveyard in Hitchcock's Vertigo (a movie I was obsessed with in college). And the Hitch-meets-Lynch, chevron beam ceiling in the main chapel-----is incredible. Photos by: Liubasha Rose