ARTmonday: Inside World by Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe

Ann Arbor-based painter Mia Risberg got in touch with me earlier this summer about a project she did with  Los Angeles-based photographer  Jessica Chappe. The artists met through this project, organized by Shoebox PR, a support network for artists in Los Angeles. The work was completed between April 16,2020 and May 31,2020.

During the pandemic, they met remotely to collaborate on a series of responses to each other’s work. The creations reflect their life experiences while in lockdown. Risberg and Chappe created a series called “Inside World” consisting of 12 photographs and 12 paintings, each a reflection, reaction, interpretation, iteration of the other.

Mia Risberg shares a bit about her experience: I found the quick turnaround (24 hours) helpful because it encouraged spontaneity and an intuitive approach to painting. At first my paintings seemed to be responses to colors or patterns in Jessica’s photographs. Quickly though, they evolved . .  . Although the figures appear introspective and isolated they also seem to merge with the natural world.

If you know me/follow me, you can see this is very in line with my taste in art. I like to call this genre, of which I have many in my personal collection, obscured females. You can see hundreds of images in line with these on my Female Figures in Art Pinterest board.

Here are four pairs of art from “Inside World” by  Jessica Chape (photos) and Mia Risberg (paintings).

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Get the Look: 50 Modern Cane Chairs

Cane chairs have widespread versatility. They work with traditional, transitional, modern, and contemporary decor, in urban, suburban, country, mountain, and coastal environments. If you’re wondering, cane is the exterior skin of the rattan stalk, which grows in Asia and Africa.

Cane furniture was made as early as the 2nd century in India and China. However, cane furniture didn’t become popular in Europe until in the mid- 17th century, when the East India Company imported it.

Cane was typically used for seating by that time, though a woven cane bed was buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1323 BCE. Fast forward to the Anglo-Indian style of cane chair, then thank Michael Thonet for his modern application. Thonet’s No. 14 bentwood  café chair remains a staple today.

Le Corbusier  said this about Thonet’s revolutionary chair:  “Never was a better and more elegant design and a more precisely crafted and practical item created.”

Here is a range of cane seating. There are casual coastal cane pieces perfect for a beach house on either coast; country chair styles with cane seats; Scandinavian style cane chairs that take inspiration from mid-century modern influences; and elegant cane chairs suitable for urban applications.

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ARTmonday: Emerging Female Artists at Collective 131

Last week the founder/director of Collective 131, Cassandra Fiorenza, emailed me to tell me about this online art gallery, which exclusively features emerging female artists. I was excited to see that an artist I’ve worked with in the past, Patricia Spergel, is represented here.

Fiorenza launched Collective 131 in 2018. In addition to its online platform, exhibits at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the Affordable Art Fair, and Superfine! Art Fair.  The site offers artwork for sale, and also pulls together exhibitions.

The current online exhibition, “Personal Space” features art created during the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pieces have been hung in a virtual exhibition space that you can move through with your mouse/keyboard, so definitely check it out.

I pulled 10 paintings and works on paper from the new arrivals section of Collective 131, all of which are all for sale. You can click through for pricing, which is reasonable. I’ve purchased several pieces of art from various other initiatives during this time, which I’ll post on my Instagram account @StyleCarrotCurates when they arrive.

Cortney Herron Portrait Selfie Painting

Cortney Herron

Mary Younkin Still Life Books Painting

Mary Younkin

Elizabeth Tillemans Landscape Painting

Elizabeth Tillemans

Emi Avori Bohemian Plant Painting

Emi Avora

Cassandra Brown Abstract Painting

Cassandra Brown

Cathleen Clarke Painting

Cathleen Clarke

Noa Charuvi Abstract Still Life Painting

Noa Charuvi

Nicole Renee Ryan Abstract Landscape Painting

Nicole Renee Ryan

Patricia Spergel Abstract Painting

Patricia Spergel

Sam Ticknor Affordable Art

Sam Ticknor

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Sunday Bouquet: Plush Pink Peonies

Pink Peonies Cape Cod Summer FlowersPhoto by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Is there anything better than peony season? 
Talk to me when the hydrangeas are in full bloom.

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Fine Print: Robert Stilin Interiors

I just realized I never posted images from this interior design book published by Vendome Press last year—Robert Stilin Interiors . The book, written by Mayer Rus, is New York- and Hamptons-based designer, Robert Stilin’s first. It features 15 projects photographed by Stephen Kent Johnson.

There are apartments and townhouses in the city along with beach and country houses in his soulful yet tailored style with strong, clean lines and primarily neutral palettes that still seem to include color. I love his artwork choices and the vintage furniture he incorporates.

Here’s a sampling of six rooms in the book, along with the cover:

Robert Stilin Interiors Living Room with Oversize Beach Photo And Gray Sofa

Robert Stilin Interiors Dining Room With Black & White Photo

Robert Stilin Interiors Green Kitchen Cabinets Wood Floating Shelves

Robert Stilin Interiors Dinign Room With Saarinen Table & Pop Art

Robert Stilin Interiors Living Room With Gallery Wall

Robert Stilin Interiors Entryway With Bench And Bingo Art

Robert Stilin Interiors Book Published By Rizzoli

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