I have a love/hate relationship with Summer. The light is fantastic for painting, but the humidity and heat are just awful. This week I've managed to get some painting done, (more today in a little bit!) and here's a little example of what's going on.  I may be a little vacant in the next coming weeks BECAUSE some of my friends are coming to town! Not a moment too soon, because I was missing them! Marc, Will, and Colin will be in town and I'm looking forward to having them around for a short week. THEN next Wednesday I'll be going to California to visit my family and more friends. Of course I'll be keeping both eyes open on my trip to bring some nice images of artworks back to you, but as this is a vacation, I probably won't be stressing about it too much. However, this week there kind of are a lot of things I would like to see. I'd love to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney, as well as pop into a few galleries to see new things that are up and up. I'll do my best to keep things updated. Have fun! I know I did last night at Skeeball! <3



Last week my friend Sandy was in town; he was helping his parents with Zapata!, a play that was a part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. Fisk and I went to the Signature Theatre, which was housed in a new Frank Gehry inspired building. The space was great: 

The common space has a gift shop, bar/cafe, and interactive touchscreens in a wide open area that was refreshing compared to the compact spaces of the city. 

You could check out the entire theater season, as well as other fun things on the touch screens. People love touch screens & so did we.

Emiliano  Zapata!
The show was fun and it was great to see an old friend. 


DESIGN & ART: Paradigms Part 2

Louise Schouwenberg
A conversation with Hella Jongerius that might have taken place. // 2003

This morning I woke up and made breakfast burritos for Fisk and I, and then I pulled him away from his design work to have a little conversation about Design&Art.

Natalie: I liked this conversation because it immediately set up the relationship between what it means to be an artist, Louise Schouwenberg, vs what it means to be a designer, Hella Jongerius.

Fisk: Schouwenberg felt to be a little pompous, like he was trying to bait the designer, to admit that he was acting like an artist.

N: Yeah, I don’t quite understand why having a single title is so important. Everyone has multiple jobs, but I don’t know why they are fretting over calling themselves one defining thing. Jongerius says “Designers always flirt with art”, is this something you agree with?

F: I don’t like the overarching definition that all designers flirt with art, it’s not necessarily true. I think and artist can be a designer, and a designer can be an artist.

N: Yea, that seems to be one of the consistent themes in this book, that the terms for an artist are open and free and the artist has to decide what those terms are, and then, act like a designer in order to achieve their own goal. For a designer the process is reversed, the terms are set up initially, and then you mentioned, that it’s after that initial problem is solved, that a designer will use similar strategies to that of an artist in order to accomplish certain visual needs.

F: Yes, Jongerius said that designers have to commit and be responsible.

N: I like to think that designers are more responsible than artists.

F: Yea I think they are, again it has to do with the process of design vs. the free range an artist has.

N: Another thing I liked about this essay was that it gave us descriptions of visuals we could imagine while reading, which is nice because there aren’t any images in this book at all.

F: Yes, as a design and art book, with no images, I find it ridiculous.

N: I’m used to having no images with this series, but lets Google these embroidered cups Jongerius and Schouwenberg talk about. These have no function at all, I would definitely categorize this as art.

F: Yes, I agree. The example of the scale of mass production that design has vs art production was good. Jongerius states, “I’m happiest when the design works well in all respects.  If, on top of that, it's also suitable for mass production, it’s a real kick. I like the industrial process; art can’t compete with the scale industry works on.”

N: That is a good point. I think there is probably a large percentage of artists who would argue that we’re not trying to compete, that we don’t want to be included in mass production nor consumption. Let’s look at Droog Design.

F: Those are fucking rad cognac glasses

N: But how to they sit?

F: Just like that. I think Design Within Reach sells better products.

N: Yea, this is really great bed. Simple, and you can sweep under it.


SUMMER READING: Sailor Moon Comics

In honor of Sailor Moon's 20th anniversary the creators have decided to release a brand new version of the cartoon next Summer. This new cartoon will be more closely based off of the mangas. So, what better way to refresh my mind than to delve into an old obsession that my sister and I used to love: Sailor Moon comics. These arrived in the mail today, remarkably fast (which I will take as a blessing from the postal gods who caused my postcard drama), and will make my journeys on the Subway full of joy. The manga series has all newly illustrated covers that are gorgeous. I've always loved how strong the line work and illustration is in so many comics. This is great news. :)


Watercolor + Summer + Studio

Putting together a solo show is a lot of work, and while it is a pleasure to do it, the amount of time, effort & $ has made me appreciate all that galleries do.  This last week has been one of relaxing, reading, going to work, and enjoying all that is the Skeeball Summer Skeeson. BUT, this week I'll be getting back into my studio. Before jumping into the 3 paintings I've already started, and had to put aside to work on the show, I'm going to make some serious watercolors. I say serious because, watercolor has always been such a pleasure for me, but I've yet to really make some small works on paper that really apply to the themes and imagery that I'm already working with. It's something I've been meaning to do for a long time.



Fisk and I took a nice walk around the Lower East Side last night, checked out gallery openings, and enjoyed the sun.  This whole high 80's in the day, cooling down to 60's in the night, low humidity, is near perfect New York City Summer weather - I can't imagine a better way to spend it than a couple glasses of white wine and gazing at new art works. We started at ...

The Hole
312 Bowery... they had a 2 part show up.

André Saraiva, Andrépolis

These miniature buildings with club music playing placed you in the mindset of wanting to party. The buildings were about 7 feet tall, making Fisk and I just below Godzilla size, so attendants didn't feel control over the space. The mirrors on the buildings and other city references made the space fun to walk and move around.

Portrait of a Generation

Tjorg Douglas Beer by Jiannis Varelas

 Malcolm Stuart by Bec Stupac

 Bec Stupac by Malcolm Stuart

 Ry Fyan by Keegan Hargue

Artists making portraits of other artists. This was a mixed bag, and most of the work seemed effortless, which would have been fine if the majority of the work wasn't completely lack luster. Okay.. I mean, the work wasn't awful, I guess I'm just getting tired of work that lacks effort. It's one thing if works are done quickly, with confidence that reflects the maturity of mark making, but I didn't really feel it in this show.

Charles Bank Gallery
196 Bowery..
 Cassandra C. Jones

These works were at PNCA a couple years ago, it was a pleasant surprise to see the familiar work.  The artist was also there, so Fisk and I said hello, she was very kind. Below is a picture from the inside of this dream booth. It was dark, and had writing all over the walls as if it had traveled many places. In the booth people were whispering their dreams to you, it was a really special sound and very intimate.

Bosi Contemporary
48 Orchard St...

Michelle Jaffé


These masks were at such an inviting level and many people put their faces in them throughout the night. The masks also made great shadows on the ground that portrayed a variety of things.

Then we stumbled upon this other show, where artist Oliver Lutz had a very interesting work. The work was in a small room, and on one end of the room was a black painting, that you really couldn't decipher much on. Across from the painting was a t.v. monitor that was a live projection of the work and people in the room, only you could see the painting clearly on the screen. An illusion of technology, and interesting that you had to look at the t.v. to see the painting.  Fisk and I liked it very much.

121 Essex St. 2nd FL



 1:1 was definitely a breath of fresh air,  a space that made it easy to imagine the possibilities of work, and while the show we saw was one of their more modest, (modest in regards to "normal" installation, not in content, ..I'm not sure there is anything modest about execution) the space really invoked possibility. I said hello to Jarrett, one of the artists who runs the space, and it was great to say hello to someone I hadn't seen in years since our days at SFAI.  I'll definitely keep coming back.


I Will Never/Always Love You

So, I really don't have enough words to express how grateful I am to have so many amazing people come to my show. The opening was great, saw a lot of good friends, made some new ones, visited with old ones, and had an amazing time full of all sorts of art related shenanigans. Fisk was incredibly helpful in all areas, I don't know how I would have managed without him. Best. Man. Ever.  Here are some photos of the whole experience.

This is actually a still from a Windex commercial...   I'm lying, I just love cleaning windows..?

 Fisk said something really funny..

 Hugs! I hugged everyone, because everyone was great!

Also, a GIANT thank you to Brenda Taylor, for giving me an opportunity to show my work.



Today I braved the incredibly hot and muggy weather to walk through Chelsea before work. It was much needed, because since the summer has been around I haven't walked through many galleries at all. (sun+heat+humidity=instant headache) Bravery today and happily enough I survived from one air conditioned gallery to the next. I snapped a couple photos of cool things.(Highlights) 

Gladstone Gallery:
Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha
Curated by Mika Yoshitake

This show was really stunning. The sculptures were scattered around the room in a way that drew your attention to each of them individually and as a whole. Your relation to the size of the works mimicked the feeling one might have when walking among boulders. These works made me want to be around boulders. 

David Zwirner:
Stand still like the hummingbird
Much too simple, doubtless.  But such is the nature of the real... Ought we not first learn to fly backward too, or stand still in the air like a hummingbird?
-Henry Miller
 Mason Williams

 Alan Uglow

Zwirner is always well curated, we'd expect nothing less.  The paintings by Alan Uglow "adhere to a minimal language while they are also curiously suggestive, playful, and personal." I would agree, I think the illusion is simple, elegant even, and I enjoyed looking at it.  It was easy to digest.  Williams's life size silkscreen of a Grehound bus added a magical presence that seemed worth photographing.  Tongue-in-cheek, the theme for this summer group show.

 Family Business! <3 Artist books galore. 

Oh! And look what's on the the cover of Cabinet- I noticed this at Printed Matter(more amazing artist books) - Skeeball!