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Mix & Match: Black & Pink Diamond Rug + Art

May 11th, 2010 · 6 Comments

The other day I spotted and am now coveting this flat-weave Diamond Jungle Dhurrie on Anthropologie. I’m a sucker for triangles and geometric shapes and love pink and black combinations.

I love how unabashedly graphic this rug is in a way that really parallels a lot of current art and illustration, especially that of recent art school grads. In my opinion the rug screams out to be paired with art that mirrors its strong visual elements such as the pieces below. The main overlapping visual themes are triangles, repetition, abstraction and the black, pink and yellow palette.

1. Untitled by Meghan Brady

2. Cat by Marcus Oakley

3. Mercy Car by Esther Ramirez

4. Untitled from Lost In The Discovery by Mike Perry

5. CLK by Christine Kesler

6. Middle Stripe by Cat Lauigan

7. Mountains by Hanna Konola

Artist Cheat-Sheet: Kandinsky

April 28th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Perhaps you’ve lamented the fact that your love of Picasso won’t help you in the pursuit of living with art, but with a bit of guidance you can start to develop your taste on current art based on your preferences of “famous” art.

In this series I match major artists of the 19th or 20th century with current independent artists who share the artist’s style, subject, tone, etc. You’ll no longer have the excuse of not knowing any current, affordable artists you like!

Wassily Kandinsky is a Russian painter of the early 20th century who is considered a major pioneer of abstract art. He briefly taught at the Bauhaus School in Germany before permanently moving to France. From the 1920’s on, Kandinsky painted and wrote theory about abstract, geometric art while the formal art world revolved around the then popular genres of Impressionism and Cubism.

If you like Kandinsky’s early semi-abstract work…

…then you should check out the work of artist, Brandi Strickland, of Charlotte, NC.

If you like Kandinsky’s highly-geometric work…

…then check out Bay Area artist, Lena Wolff‘s, serene, geometric work.

If you like Kandinsky’s more abstract work with organic forms…

…then take a look at the work of the Cleveland-based Dana Oldfather

…and the San Francisco-based abstract painter, Jessica Snow.

If Kandinsky’s late-stage, more chaotic work appeals to you…

…then, again, check out Jessica Snow

…and the unusual mixed media pieces of Valerie Anne Molnar.

And lastly, if you like Kandinsky’s hyper-bright, hyper-graphic work…

…then take a look at the work of Brooklyn painter, Beau Chamberlain

…and fellow Brooklynite, Mike Perry.

Previous cheat-sheets: Georgia O’Keeffe, Gustav Klimt, Roy Lichtenstein