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NYC Lady Blogger Meet-up: Taking It Offline

April 15th, 2013 · No Comments

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Artwork by Bobby Davies

I consider myself very lucky to work for myself out of my apartment in Brooklyn. This means, among other things, always being home when packages arrive, napping with my cat Yoko when the mood strikes, and hibernating during bad weather. In spite of my satisfaction working alone, or perhaps BECAUSE of it, I value getting out in the world and socializing enormously. As a blogger + solopreneur, my walks around New York and coffees with friends keep me sane as well as connected to the outside world.

In the pursuit of good discussion and new friends, fellow blogger Lauren Feighan of Sister Disco and I are hosting a series of meet-ups for ladies who, like us, spend a lot of time and creative energy, online.

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The first Taking It Offline is on Saturday, April 27th at a TBD location in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.

Please join us! We ask that you sign-up on eventbrite (there is a small fee to cover food and drinks). Even if you can’t make it to this event, sign-up for the mailing list for info on future meet-ups.

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Girl Crush: Gabby Gabby

November 6th, 2012 · No Comments

It’s too early to be alive is a “visual poetry video” with clips from The Red Balloon and Jean Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by a young artist and writer who calls herself Gabby Gabby. There is real beauty in this piece. I am enamored with the artist’s masterful layering of sounds – both spoken word and music – which shows her acute attention both to piece as a whole and all the delicate parts. Gabby Gabby is the editor of Illuminati Girl Gang, a “zine for female expression in the arts.” which makes me rueful this internet wasn’t around when I was 18 14.

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Cover by Emma Dajska.

Another Place, another time

February 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The media has made such a stink about Lana Del Rey. Critics say she lacks talent and doesn’t deserve the attention she’s receiving. I think their reaction is more telling than anything else. Why does the media crucify women it deems to have stepped out of line?

Putting aside the controversy, this music video for “Video Games” is heart-tugging – full of lush imagery of an idealized America circa 1960’s Hollywood. (Admittedly it may hold more appeal to me personally since it’s the the stuff of my father’s childhood.) It’s the American Dream of youth, innocence and endless possibility which is easily forgotten in this era of class warfare and political uncertainty. Is it any surprise her music and videos have struck a chord?

Guest Curator on Artmuse.com

December 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Friends, I am currently a guest curator on Artmuse.com. It was a lot of fun picking out my favorite pieces on the site around the theme of nature and landscapes (see a few below). I was also interviewed by Artmuse’s Colleen Cassady which gave me  a chance to reflect on where I am today – two years into striking out on my own and starting Art Hound and shortly after launching Buy Some Damn Art.

Caroline Wright

What did you want to do or be when you grew up? 

I really don’t remember wanting to be anything specific, but I did enjoy rearranging my bedroom furniture and little collections endlessly. My space was always very important and something that I made my own from an early age.

Did you study art?

I studied psychology and art history in college and had a love/hate relationship with the latter. I did not enjoy the survey courses that take you through 1,000 years of art in one semester. How do you connect with the material that way? I think psychology and art history are similar in that both investigate the state of the mind and how we perceive the world around us.

Kristy Lynn

Tell us about the path you took to get to Art Hound and Buy Some Damn Art.
I began collecting art as soon as I finished school and had a pay check. I scoured the Internet for good, affordable art in my free time. Right around the time I got married, I was in a transition point with work and decided to hold off on getting another job and started Art Hound. It seemed like a crazy idea at the time but looking back it seems so obvious. Buy Some Damn Art came about after two years of blogging and uncovering the online art world.

What makes a piece successful in your eyes?

I think it’s different every time. The best way I can describe it is to say that the artist has something meaningful to say and is successful in communicating it in the artwork.

How do you think the ease of artists getting exposure will affect the art business and artists in general?
It’s changed things a lot, although I’ve never worked at a gallery so I can’t speak from experience on that side. I think the role of the gallery will evolve and platforms online and off will play complementary parts.

Natasha Newton

What are you reading?

Kafka on the Shore. I’m obsessed with many things Japanese.

Favorite music?

Lately I’m really into Speck MountainTune-YardsCults and Cut Copy.

What is your personal credo or motto?

Have a point of view. Be genuine. Work hard. Be good to others.

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Read the rest of the interview on Artmuse.

Internet Girls

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Leah Reena Goren’s project Internet Girls is so right-on it hurts. The illustrator has documented the online “girl” culture that we see everywhere these days through a tumblr of the same name and a show last summer at Habitat House.

“Internet Girls is the result of the cycling of images and tastes through the Internet among girls in similar demographics,” says Goren. “The Internet makes global trends possible, and girls around the world share visual tastes in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.” Alongside her illustrations, Goren will also showcase her original patterns and textiles as well as accumulated found natural kitsch (think succulents, geodes, crystals, etc).Habitat House

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collectors crush: rosenfield collection

November 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Rosenfield Collection is a site for public consumption containing 1,864 ceramics from the collection of David and Louise Rosenfield. This is a really exciting idea for big collectors – giving the public access to your art during your lifetime via the internet.

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Artists: Brooke Noble, Kevin Snipes, Rob Sutherland, Sunyoung Chung, Pieter Stockmans.