Thursday Three: Mainly MidMod

 

I’m thrilled for another Thursday Three with friends from Mainly MidMod Furniture & More. Good friends, Becca and Karim, are a couple living in Santa Cruz and started collecting furniture for themselves. They quickly discovered their passion, impeccable taste, and talent for salvaging, restoring, and reselling midcentury modern furniture. Check out three things that are inspiring them these days!

Thanks to Mainly MidMod for stopping by .stART here. today! You’re THE BEST! ;P xoxo

Santa Cruz Photographer Meg Venter
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If there’s a way to bottle up the colorful rides and salty air of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, it’s found in local photographer Meg Venter‘s “Summer of ’67.” We love the tones, composition, and vintage vibe of this piece and the rest of her boardwalk-themed collection. We’re leaving Santa Cruz for the Pacific Northwest this month, and Venter’s prints will be coming along to brighten up those rainy days.

Food Blogger Molly Yeh  (and her upcoming cookbook!)

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Photo Credit Meg Venter/Artisans Gallery
North Dakota-based food blogger and photographer Molly Yeh transports us back to the time we spent living in fun and funky Fargo. Yeh grabs your attention with gorgeous, moody photos and keeps you hooked with colorful anecdotes and mouthwatering recipes. (And her cakes couldn’t be any damn cuter.) Plus, her first cookbook, Molly on the Range, comes out this October. We’re preparing for major Midwest nostalgia.
Bend Goods 
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Everything we love about midcentury modern design comes to life in Bend Goods’ colorful, sculptural wire furniture. We’re particularly obsessed with the Los Angeles company’s bomb drum table (orange is where it’s at) and glorious chairs. Picture yourself lounging on these bad boys in some tropical courtyard  — it’s what dreams are made of.
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Fresh Friday Finds: Seeing Things Gallery

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“Eat With Your Eyes,” says photographer Jai Tanju, co-owner of Seeing Things Gallery located in downtown San Jose with wife, Blanche Gonzalez. Oftentimes, that’s totally what happens there – a sense of visual nutrition, filled with inspiration and collective ideas. The gallery exhibits monthly solo and group shows, sells art, photo books, zines, tees, and totes.

Deadbeat Club: Field Trip

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I’ve been lucky enough to check out some really rad art these past few months now that I live and work nearby. From Lance Cyril Mountain’s “Multiple Personalities” mixed media show to Deadbeat Club’s “Field Trip” group photography show, and I recently stopped by the gallery to check out “It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore,” a Morrissey group show currently on display.

Morrissey Group Show – Current Exhibition

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All Photos © Bernadette Cruz

Follow Seeing Things Gallery on Instagram and Facebook for more information and upcoming events. If you find yourself in the South Bay this weekend, Friday 6/6 & Saturday 6/7, stop by  their booth at the SubZERO festival in downtown San Jose and say hi. They will be selling some books, zines, and other merch.

 

Thursday Three by Lisa Coppola

NJ-based jewelry designer and Hump Day Hot Seat alum Lisa Coppola lists her Thursday Three, where different curators share three things they are stoked on. Receive 10% off beautiful Bevastyles jewelry when you enter ‘hotseat10‘ at her Etsy shop.

Photographer Alain Laboile

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Alain Laboile is a father of six from France who takes amazing, fantasy-like portraits of his children.  Many of his photos depict his children running around naked and dirty through the wilderness, interacting with wildlife, and exploring all the magical gifts the world has to offer.  It’s refreshing to see children having fun in the absence of an iPad, an iPhone and a TV!

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Painting and Wine classes are popping up everywhere, and they have finally come to my hometown. These are great social events for you to reconnect with your friends and neighbors while creating a respectable piece of art in the process.  And there’s wine!  For a small fee, all you need to do is bring yourself, a nice vintage, and everything else is provided for you.

3-D Printed Osteoid Cast

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The 3-D Printed Osteoid Cast is an example of the fantastic blending of science and art utilizing cutting edge technology. The sleek, futuristic design looks like something borrowed from the movie Minority Report! Not only does it look cool, but it utilizes ultrasound waves to promote bone healing and reduce healing times by 38%.

Stay at home mom Lisa Coppola is the owner and creator of Bevastyles jewelry found online at Etsy, while part of her collection is on display at Art & Soul Galleries in Roselle Park, NJ.  She will have a booth set up at the Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show on June 21st in Ocean Grove, NJ. 

 

Hump Day Hot Seat: Ali Smith

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Today is a bit of a Wednesday Rewind too! You might remember NYC-based photographer, Ali Smith, when she was previously featured on .stART here. in Fresh Friday Finds and a Hump Day Hot Seat in 2013. Find out what she’s been up to lately as she answers questions provided by Finch & Ada once more here. Be sure to check out Ali Smith’s MOMMA LOVE photo book and follow her on Twitter and Instagram too!

1. Who are you?

That is deep, my friend. Still not sure. Thus far, I am a photographer. Musician. I stand around 5’9″. I have started moisturizing because I’m noticing fine lines. I’m happy to be a mom and a wife.

2. What do you do?

Take pictures and try to make a statement.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?

I started as a touring,  recording musician.  I took pictures of everything and everyone around me which involved a lot of craziness and black clothing. After years of touring, I craved more female connection because touring and playing music is largely about vans, sweat and men everywhere. Once I decided I wanted more female connections in my life, I reached out to artists who’d inspired me- Alice Walker, Exene Cervenka, Sandra Bernhard, Mary Karr, 35 in total- photographed and interviewed them, and that became my first book, Laws of the Bandit Queens.

4. How long have you been at it?

I’ve been at it since college and since I was touring, so early 20’s, but I haven’t had to do any other type of work besides photography for 15 years or so.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

That I was never a drug addict ( my least favorite public myth about me from my music days). In fact, I never did any drugs. Not preaching, just setting the record straight.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

Donna Ferrato, Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Martin Parr, William Egglesteen, Paolo Roversi, Alec Soth, Joshua Bright, Bob Carey, Cig Harvey, Cristina De Middel, and Jennifer McClure.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

I recently saw some paintings from students who were really into and adept at photo realism. After years of being surrounded by high concept and modern art, I was taken aback at how incredible realism can be in painting. How stunning. Right now, I’m into that. But I appreciate all manner of art, as long as I feel I’m not being conned by someone with a budget and no ideas. Ideas are queen.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

Talk to me in ten years when my son is 14, and I have time for hobbies again. That said, I like to get crafty with my bad self and make all sorts of things- chocolate, soft toys, models of volcanoes that work.

9. What’s your favorite vice?

Whiskey is my favorite vice. Also crap TV.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

Forge ahead. Like a Sherpa. Up that hill. With breaks built in to catch your breath. (the breaks are a new idea for me, but definitely smart)

11. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?

I do. Anything that has the letter “r” in its name. I like my husband to cook.

12. Tell me about the last time a project blew up in your face?

Thank GOD that hasn’t happened often at all, but now that you’ve made me say it out loud, it will. THANKS A LOT, BERNADETTE! But really, honestly, it has only happened when I have compromised too much and let peoples’ worry and micromanaging win out. Then the product turns out lame. 

13. Truth or Dare? Elaborate.

Truth. Because I am not the type to run naked to the mailbox and back on a dare.

14. What is your most prized possession?

Can my child be a possession? If not, then my husband.

Monday Funday: San Francisco & Santa Cruz

Today’s mellow Monday Funday is actually all about my Sunday Funday yesterday. My friend, Heather, was in town from the east coast so I met up with her in San Francisco. We spent the afternoon people watching at Dolores Park in the Mission, and here’s what I saw.

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Then, I came back to Santa Cruz for an evening walk up West Cliff Dr. only to stumble upon a silent disco party at Lighthouse Point Park called Silent Santa Cruz, where guests listen and dance to music through headphones. Here’s what I saw.

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“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

 

 

Hump Day Hot Seat: James V. Mignogna

 

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1. Who are you? 

James V. Mignogna The V is for Vincent. It was my grandfather’s name.

2. What do you do? 

These days?  Well up until about five months ago, I was working at the International Center for Photography in NYC helping to keep their darkrooms humming.  That, and of course, shooting any chance I could get. These days… well I gave that up to be a stay at home papa to my eight month old son.  I was able to build a pretty professional darkroom in my attic, so I’m still able to work. So I guess the answer to this question right now is, feed, corral, wrastle and otherwise adore my little gremlin boy (as in that Bugs Bunny cartoon, not Mogwai). Also, I’ve been printing. I guess you’d call me a fine art photographer. I’m currently printing out a series for a solo show that will be opening in September at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, NY.  They are orotone variants… palladium prints… hand painted emulsion on 24k gold guilded vellum. It’s keeping me pretty busy.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?

At Photography?  Well the old joke is that I got a PhD in photography from my father. “Push here, Dummy.”  Really, he was the first person who got a camera in my hands. He was a bit of an amateur shutterbug and always had a camera or two lying around the house. He was generous enough to let me play with one. I also took a photo class in high school. You know how people say they get hooked the first time they see an image come up in the developer? I’m no different. Maybe not super original, but no less true. Jesus, that would have been what… 27 years ago? Wow. I may not be as young as I think I am.

Anyway, I’ve had a camera on me, off and on, since then. It’s always been part of my identity, but I only maybe in the last six or seven years decided that I should stop running around it. This is just who I am. I’ve only been starting to try to show my work in a serious way in the last three years or so, but I’ve gotten some good responses from it. At the heart of it, it’s a connection to my pop. It’s been several years since he passed on, but it’s kind of an unspoken way I keep him close. Funny I should say that it’s unspoken, because for a time there, photography was the only thing we COULD talk about. Some fathers and sons have baseball. We had photography.

4. How long have you been at it?

I guess I kinda answered that one.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

The most important. hmm. I don’t know about most. I guess that depends who you are. What would I tell you about my work? I guess that all of my photography is “straight.” There are some people who would tell you to “make photos, don’t take them.”  I don’t know. For me, I like to take them. The act of extraction from the real world is possibly the greatest strength of photography. I am a photographer by choice, not default. I like to make reference to painting and etching, but it is always photos of real things described as they are. For me to see what is in the world, to record and venerate that is an act of saying “yes” to existence. It’s an act of reverence. It’s really not that unlike prayer.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire? 

So many. Really too many to mention. Mostly, I still lean towards a middle 20th century look, so you’d find my inspiration in Frank, Friedlander, Erwitt, Davidson, Winogrand, Kertész, HCB, Mary Ellen Mark, W. Eugene Smith… I also love the work of Salgado, Kratochvíl, Kashi, Haviv… Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter… so many… I also draw inspiration from lots of my talented friends, Daniel Elliott, Denis Yermoshin, Sumner Wells Hatch, Ed Cheng… I really could go on and on and on, and I hate the idea of leaving anyone out.

7. What other types of art are you in to? 

Painting. I love painting. I’m also a great fan of etching and printmaking. Sculpture is a real love of mine as well. It is really the art form I would love to try, but it just feels so foreign to anything I’ve done before… I just imagine Cellini pouring the bronze for his Persius with the Head of Medusa and I’m just in awe of it.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents? 

Well I don’t know about crazy. I love to collect vinyl which is sort of common, but I also collect Laserdiscs. You know… They were the medium between VHS tape and DVDs. They are kind of like a DVD in the size and shape of an LP. You even have to flip them. They are just so wrong that they are perfectly right. I have about 500 of them now. I love movies. I’m a big movie buff. I also quite like to cook. I’m a bit of a foodie.

9. What’s your favorite vice? 

Wine. Wine and absinthe… and good beer.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

I try another take. Over the years I have gotten to what I feel is a personal look, but I do a number of things. If I get stuck with the traditional B&W silver gel street work, then I move over to the color abstract stuff… if that starts to challenge me, I move on to the hand painted emulsion / alternate photo stuff.

11. If someone was to write a craigslist missed connection about you, what would it say? 

“You: a hairy unkempt possibly unwashed shambling monster pushing an adorable baby in a stroller.  I was about to call child services when I passed you in the park, but didn’t. I fear I maybe should have.”

12. Tell me about the last time a project blew up in your face?

Well nothing really “Blows up” but often things evolve in a way that I wasn’t planning. It can be a real disaster if I’m too stubborn about that, but I give the process enough respect to listen to what the project wants to be. Ultimately I may still be left with a project that I want to get done in the end, but it’s all just a work in progress… both the images and myself.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My family.  Not really a possession, but you get the idea.

 

Monday Funday: Art Openings

I’M BAAACKKK! I’ve been on hiatus since my west coast move in September but am back at this blogging thing with my first official Cali-based post, a Monday Funday feature. These are friendly Monday reminders to always live in the moment, get out and have fun!

Today, I’ve got my hand picked calendar of this week’s events across the country.

NEW YORK CITY 

March 6th – 9th: The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94 from 12p – 7p

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The Armory Show is one that I’ve always wanted to check out but constantly said, “next time.” This annual contemporary and modern art fair is the largest in New York City, showcasing over 2,000 artists from hundreds of galleries around the globe. So if you’re in the area and can treat yourself to sensory overload at its best, go for it! Tickets start at $40 day passes to $75 run of show passes. For more information, visit www.thearmoryshow.com.

JERSEY CITY, NJ

March 7th (JC Fridays): E. Tittlemouse & Co. presents “Women Power JC” at 246 Bay St. from 6p – 8p

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Who run the world?! Girls. This event presented by E. Tittlemouse & Co. features the diversity of Jersey City female artists and their talents. My friend, Rika Gunawan, will be there with her unique collection of handmade, limited edition hair accessories for women and children of all ages, Republic of Pigtails. Stop by and say hi!

This is just one of many events during this month’s “JC Fridays” presented by Art House Productions.  For a full calendar of events, visit www.jcfridays.com.

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BOONTON, NJ

March 7th: Anthony “Weird Eye” One’s “Something Wild” at Speakeasy Art Gallery 816 Main Street from 6p – 9p

AnthonyWeirdEyeOneI first met Anthony “Weird Eye” One back in March 2012 at his “Colorful Eye Candy” solo show and quickly became a fan of his work. Two years later, this painter, muralist and street artist takes his intricately patterned style of “movement and motion” and evolves into “Something Wild.” Watch “Weird Eye” One discuss the upcoming show presented by Speakeasy Art Gallery and check out a sneak peek here. For more event information, visit www.weirdeyedesigns.com.

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March 7th: “Tangible: a handprinted exhibition” at Seeing Things Gallery 30 N. Third Street from 7p – 10p

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I finally got to check out Seeing Things Gallery, owned and operated by photographer Jai Tanju last month. I caught the current “Let’s Meet in the Middle” show featuring individual and collaborative mixed media artwork from husband and wife, David Imlay & Ana Carolina Pesce Imlay. This Friday, a new show, “Tangible” opens where the artists “have created photographs in the traditional sense, using their hands to make a physical object.” For more information, visit www.seeingthingsgallery.com.

FIRST FRIDAY SANTA CRUZ, CA

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I couldn’t be more thrilled that Santa Cruz has tons of talented local artists and an abundance of inspiration to offer! I’m stoked to see as much as I can this Friday but really interested in trying to check out the following:

For a complete event listing, visit www.firstfridaysantacruz.com.

Monday Funday: 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden

I hope you had an awesome weekend. I know it’s back to the grind, but don’t forget to stop and smell the orchids…

On one of the first nice Saturdays of spring a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to head up to the Bronx and check out the 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden. After being open since March 2, the show closes today April 22. Here are just some of the hundreds of photos I took of this year’s largest orchid show in the country. I hope you enjoy them and find as much natural beauty and inspiration as I did!

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All Photos ©Bernadette Cruz

Hump Day Hot Seat: Ali Smith

Fresh Friday Finds alum Ali Smith is in today’s Hump Day Hot Seat on .stART here. Don’t forget to show your support for her newest project, Momma Loves; How the Mother Half Live, over on Kickstarter! With any level of donation, you could win a “Momma Love” gold necklace like the one Smith is wearing below. Thanks for stopping by today, Ali!

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1. Who Are You? 

I am woman, hear me roar. A.K.A. Ali Smith

2. What do you do? 

I take pictures mainly.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?

I’ve been taking pictures since I can remember. As a youngin’ I played music in bands – mainly punk bands- and toured around the world a lot. I was really excited by how Pennie Smith’s photographs had defined the legacy of The Clash and wanted to do the same for my music scene which was the New York City music scene of the early 90’s. There was a lot going on. At the start, I couldn’t afford a good camera, so the ratio of good to crap photos was often stacked against me. But the feel was there and so was my love for it. So I just did it and did it until people saw that I wasn’t going to stop doing it and they began to pay me.

4. How long have you been at it?

I would say I’ve been making a solid living at photography for about15 years, but photography has been a regular part of my life since I was about 18. In my mid-20’s, I would get paid gigs but had to do a ton of other jobs, like bartend, to make a living. But even when I was bar-tending during the day at a local bar, I was taking pictures of the old men I’d serve, some of whom had been regulars there for 40 years.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

It’s that I’m very, VERY important! And that I’m kidding. Um… maybe that I consider myself really fortunate to do what I love for a living. And that I consistently strive to find a balance between causes I care passionately about and what I do for money. I try to blend the two as much as possible and when I can’t, I strive for balance.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

Donna Ferrato exemplifies bravery and vulnerability as a photographer. Her documentation of domestic violence with her classic book, Living with the Enemy, is rivaled by none. In her 50’s, she is unapologetic as she continues to pursue controversial subjects she cares about. I also really like fashion photographer Paolo Roversi whose work is always so beautiful and painterly.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

I love anything tiled. If I could tile an entire house, I would. I love tiles.

Cute, scribbly illustration that is filled with hand hewn thin lined drawings of deer and mushrooms and such. You know, the type they’d half make fun of / half love on “Portlandia”.

I am open and receptive to many medium. It’s not the medium so much as whether or not I respond to it emotionally.

I like the Richard Prince Nurse paintings a lot.

I love Cat Power and PJ Harvey. They’re great artists.

I can tell you what I do NOT respond to. Artists I see as pure arrogant like Mathew Barney. When I look at his art, the first thing I think is “Wow! This guy has a lot of money.” That is not very interesting to me. I like heart and soul.


8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

Not really, unless you consider collecting fingernail clippings to make a nest out of some day CRAZY!? It’s all about your point of view, I suppose.

I take pictures and I play music and I raise a kid.


9. What’s your favorite vice?

My favorite vice that I do NOT have is dancing on tables (although I’ve done it once). I like women who dance on tables. Not strippers. Exuberant women who dance unabashedly and not for money on tabletops when the mood hits.

My favorite vice that I do have is chocolate. The form or occasion is not important.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

I am trying to learn to take a step back and refresh myself- my eyes, my mind… that would be the best way. So far, though, to be honest, I push forward with great stress and concentration until I pop through. I just sort of push and slog and push.

If it’s at a shoot and I can’t figure out how to get the shot, I sort of blur my vision and take in the whole scene and sort of add it up in my mind- this would equal that and look like that and mean this and represent that…. I can only think of a coupe of times in recent history that I really flubbed it and came away stumped. They were always on personal shoots that meant a great deal to me. Maybe I choked.

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1. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?

Yes. I do eat food. As for cooking, I REALLY like having a husband that is an amazing chef because I think my real strength lies in how well I EAT rather than cook!

My culinary tastes are broad but excludes baby animals.

12. If someone was to write a craigslist missed connection about you, 
what would it say?

Tall redhead with grey roots; I saw u sweating through ur shirt from anxiety at local Whole Foods.

13. What is your most prized possession?

I suppose I can’t call my son a possession, right?  Although he did cost me a lot of money! And I do make him sleep in a display case next to the Hummels.

For more on Ali’s latest project and to donate to her cause, visit her Kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270616936/momma-love-how-the-mother-half-lives-hardcover/posts.

Patrick O’Dell’s “Skateboard High School” at Known Gallery

Altamont Apparel presented “Skateboard High School: Years of Pictures” by Patrick O’Dell at Known Gallery in Los Angeles over the weekend. Robin Fleming for Juxtapoz magazine was there.

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From Robin Fleming:

During his early photo career, shooting skaters in San Francisco and New York City, O’Dell’s shutter kept snapping away between the tricks, in the van rides, and long after the session had ended. Looking at his work today, the candid and carefree images are a collective memory of skateboarding’s recent history.

O’Dell has more than a decade of images, some of which have ended up on his popular blog epiclylaterd.com, which quickly became an online skater look-book when it was launched in 2004. To pull together “Skateboard High School” O’Dell’s sister went through boxes of prints and negatives in their parent’s basement in Ohio and he specified that she should send anything that “looked like skaters” to him in Los Angeles. With those marching orders, his sister even sent pictures of the photographer himself, as a teenager, skating at his local skatepark in Ohio.

Deadbeat Club Press has full color zines of the show available for $10.