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The ease of repetition
Nicole Crowder is the founder of her own furniture and upholstery studio creating generational, one-of-a-kind pieces of bespoke furniture. Her works been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Martha Stewart Living.
We’re delighted to share Nicole's curation of Curina artworks and her methodical, eclectic perspective.
"I’ve been contemplating about lines & uniform patterns, and how formation provides respite to the brain. Repetition is based in ritual, and there’s a beautiful grounding in that."
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If you’ve ever seen a sunflower that’s seemed to mutate and stretch in all directions (gardeners call it fasciation), you’ll recognise that odd, abstract beauty in nature that shines in Raúl Ortiz’s paintings. Raúl’s paintings strip away sections to reveal even more colorfully patterned silhouettes. Though his earlier works took the shape of natural subjects like flowers, more indistinct shapes take center stage, playing with repetition as well as vivid color.
Debbi's works are sneaky in a sense that, instead of denying the existence of a frame, they subtly push against and peak out from it (have you noticed the pairs of eyes in some of her paintings?) Neat square pieces on the outer boundaries of the frame devolve into patterns, curves, and patches of sprayed paint. Some of Debbi's paintings actually look like puzzles, challenging you to play an active role - only to reveal that, in the end, her puzzles yield fun for the sake of it rather than a finished picture.
There is a sense of history in Shira's paintings. They are built up patiently like the hands of potters that their surfaces resemble, but left to be scratched and marked by some unknown force. Even the central objects are pressed into the thick layer of venetian plaster instead of sitting on top. In a world of polished surfaces, Shira's use of materials restores the power of time.
Evan Peltzman is a visual artist working and living in New York, NY. He believes in celebrating the ridiculous. There lives a reassuring humor within humanity that is often drowned out by the negative. He believes that humor and negativity are created by the same force, the most prolifically ridiculous trait of them all- insecurity.
Seema Lisa Pandya is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist and accomplished sustainability consultant who explores the intersection between sustainability, art, culture, and the built-environment with an aim of connecting audiences with an experiential awareness of nature and primordial forms. Her work ranges from sculptures made from recycled materials, public art, painting, photography, wood-working, light sculptures, and kinetic interactive sculptures.
Joe Piscopia builds 3D shapes with 2D mediums. Informed by strongly contrasted lighting, Joe’s gradations bring every object, concept, or pattern to life in abstract forms. Shapes and colors document moments of thought and emotion in Joe’s life. Starting with a thought, a bird, or a single word, he intuitively explores from there into a realm of soft geometry.
Sarah Dineen holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has exhibited internationally and has been featured in art publications including Hyperallergic and New American Paintings.
A video and book artist-turned-painter, Troy still hasn't lost the wonder of new materials like toys, molding paste, and most recently flower-patterned plastic bags. Rather than playing fixed roles in a prefabricated play, his works together explore a constellation of loosely related sentiments like serious absurdity, the ineffable scale of cosmic time, surveyor marks, and rat traps around New York. These moments when existential issues suddenly intrude into everyday life or vice versa are most pronounced in the contrast between the digital hot pink he frequents and the scratched, worn out textures like peeled subway ads that accompany it.
Things don't exist, only relations. When Thomas reduced down his palette to red, yellow, and blue, it allowed him to treat them as building blocks of larger structures. Circles, oblong triangles, and skewed rectangles march in neat rows from one side of his canvas to another, but when they reach the other side they are no longer what they were before; and even the works themselves transform into snapshots within continuous action when they are seen in a series.
Is there something prophetic about Saskia Fleishman's name? Because...pardon us for the terrible pun but her landscapes are fully fleshy. In a twist of fate, fluid and ethereal things like cloud or waves of the sea have been built up with sand, while backgrounds of striking techicolor recede away from the material world.