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ARTmonday: Andy Mattern

I spotted this series of remote control photographs by Andy Mattern recentl. I find them quite appealing, although in real life I can’t stand remote controls. Our television setup includes five remote controls, each with 50 buttons. That means an infinite number of combinations and no hope of my ever being able to watch TV.

Mattern, who was born and is based in Albuquerque says, “Remote is a series of five photographs that considers the problem of needing several remote controls to complete a single task. To invert the power relationship between operator and machine, the remotes hover and point directly at the viewer.”

Mattern’s remote control still lifes, shot on plain colored backgrounds date from 2009. They’re available as 22″x17″ archival pigment ink prints in editions of 10 for $850 framed through Uprise Art.


DVD Remote Control


Surround Sound Remote Control


TV Remote Control


Universal Remote Control


AC Remote Control

Remote Control Illustrations By Andy Mattern

Remote Installation

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ARTmonday: Geometric Abstract Paintings By Boston Artist John Guthrie at Room68

MassArt graduate John Guthrie, who previously studied aerospace engineering, has a fantastic show mounted at Room68 in Provincetown, a contemporary design shop cum gallery on Commercial Street. I stopped in last week and was wowed. I never made it to owner Brent Refsland’s original space in Jamaica Plain, though I feature pieces from the shop in my roundups for the Boston Globe all the time.

Refsland has a great eye and appreciation for contemporary design that doesn’t sacrifice useability. His shop could just as easily be at the ICA or MoMA (without the incessant branding), with furniture, accessories, and jewelry by designers who include Tina Fey, Black+Blum, and De La Espada, as well as  local stars Debra Folz and Nervous System. He plans to stay put in Ptown for a while, after having transformed a tired women’s clothing retail store into an airy gallery space with white walls, track lighting, and pale wood floors last year.

An exhibition of Boston-based painter John Guthrie’s geometric abstract paintings is currently hanging. (According to Guthrie’s resume, in 2009 I wrote something in the Globe that included an image of his work—I’m guessing it was a decor story about a home with one of his paintings—but I can’t find it in my archives.) Guthrie’s work is crisp and delicious. The precise geometric forms in clear colors and perfectly shaded partner tones pop off the earthy tree trunk backgrounds, a sublime blend of mathematics and the natural world.

The geometric abstract paintings on tree trunk slices are available for sale at Room68; the canvases are also available online; prints on Etsy.




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Photography by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Portrait of Guthrie in the gallery by Brent Refsland for Room68.

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ARTmonday: 8 Affordable Artworks from the Minted Summer 2015 Collection

As anyone who reads my blog knows I have a a great love affair with art. Other women buy shoes, I come home with art. (Longer shelf life, and often less expensive these days). In addition to supporting local organizations like the School of Museum of Fine Arts and MassArt in Boston, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and Provincetown Art Association & Museum in the summertime, I pick up a lot of appealing affordable artwork from sites like 20×200 and StyleCarrot partner Minted.

You are likely familiar with Minted for its invitations, but they have quite the selection of affordable limited edition art prints as well. There’s even a crowd-sourcing function where you can vote on how much you like the designs that I may be a tiny bit obsessed with. The Minted Summer 2015 Collection is full of colorful affordable art prints by emerging artists that you can purchase framed or unframed. I picked my 8 favorites here, including the framed print they sent which looks cute on the art shelf above my desk.

Pineapple Photo By Joni Tyrell Minted x West Elm

Joni Tyrell, Pining for Pineapple from Minted’s Summer 2015 Collection
I love the way this framed pineapple still life photo from Minted looks on the shelf above my desk in Boston, especially beside the little Grass Vase by Normann Copenhagen. I shot this one for my Instagram, but I’ll take others and post when I’m back home this fall. Minted’s Instagram is worth a follow too with tons of cute affordable art in pretty interiors and and stationary vignettes.


Lady Noble    Pink India  Fly


Lindsay Megahed    Slice of Summer


Emily Jeffords    Leave Behind the Shadows


Jaime Derringer    Composition 4
(Scroll down for the Jaime Derringer I have hanging in our Florida condo.)


Suwachi  •  Let’s Get Paddles


Lindsay Megahed    Birds of Different Feathers


Sylvieceres Designs    Marbled Wake


Joni Tyrrell    Pining For Pineapple

Jaime Derringer Design Milk Art Available At Minted

I used to work for Jaime Derringer on her contemporary design site Design Milk. So of course, I had to have on of her original watercolors, which I hung in our Florida condo. It’s the drippy vertical abstract in the middle. Here’s what she’s got for sale on Minted.

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ARTmonday: 13 Whale Artworks

Since I’m spending the month on the Outer Cape, curating a collection of whale artwork seems fitting. I’ve never actually been on a whale watch, I’ve never read Moby Dick, and I’ve definitely never worn miniature whales on a belt—not even in the ’80s—but I’ve live in New England long enough to appreciate the whale.

My son spent his entire third grade year learning about whales and whaling, though admittedly I didn’t accompany the class on any whaling museum field trips. I did however buy him Don Carney’s Timid Whale print at 20×20. After the boys broke the glass with a football I moved it to their bathroom, where it lives happily.

Here are 13 not too preppy whale artworks—children’s art and grownup specimens—from a variety of artists and shops, including StyleCarrot partners.


Whale Watching  •  Land of Nod


Michael Nowak  •  Whale  •  Society6

Whale Illustration Artwork
Whale Stripe  •  West Elm


AdaLovesTheRain  •  Whale  •  Society6


Zach Terrell  •  Whale   •  Society6


Patrick J. Murphy  •  Whales  •  Saatchi Art


Emily Lankiewicz  •  Nantucket Whale  •  Society6


Jae and Matt Springer  •  Whale View  •  Saatchi Art


Bridget Davison  •  Whale  •  Society6


Terry Fan  •  The Whale  •  Society6


Lingham Ye  •   Untitled, 2011  •  Artsy


Marcos Bernardes  •  Whale  •  Society6


Albert Chamillard  •  Descending Whale, 2015  •  Artsy

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ARTmonday: 12 Orphaned Artworks from OODE

Two years ago I did an interview with Marleen Kurvers, stylist and proprietor of Dutch Design Year, a design shop in Amsterdam.  Her most recent venture is GALERIE OODE, also in Amsterdam. Kurvers offers a curated selection of orphaned artworksartwork that was left in storage because the museums that owned it closed. Kurvers says, “We want to bring them back to the public so people can adopt them!”

This OODE  is exhibiting the work of Jan de Mug, a Dutch graphic designer and painter from Den Bosch. His work from the Foundation of Disinherited Goods/ Onterfd Goed are abstract, minimalistic paintings and drawings. I know a lot of people who are visiting Amsterdam this summer, so make a point to stop by Galerie Oode to see the orphaned artworks and say hi to Kurvers.

I’ve included one here along with other pieces of orphaned artworks from OODE.


Nel van Dijkhuizen, 1982
Painting/collage on paper


A. De Jonge. 1982
Lithograph 6/16


J. van Maarschalkerwaard
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


Wil Klaassen
Silkscreen in aluminium frame


Jan de Mug, 1979
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


A. De Jonge, 1979
Signed lithograph 6/18


Peter Kampehl


D. Putman
Aquarel on paper


Ori ben Zeev, no title. 1984
Painting on paper


Joop Stolk, 1989
Painting in wooden frame


Ton Kraayeveld, 1988
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas in wooden frame


Jelis van Dolderen, 1982

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