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My multitalented friend, Alexis Buryk, recently posted a tour of our apartment on Apartment Therapy. She took some incredible photographs that really made our space look great–I wish I could always see through her lens! Alexis also wrote an article about our priorities when it comes to decorating and building a home together. I’ve always wanted to put together a post about our growing art collection done on a budget, I think this does the trick.

Alexis says, “Art leads the way in Kate and Chad’s colorful and curated Chicago home. Working with a simple, open layout, with white walls as their canvas, the couple bases their apartment design on what matters to them most.” To read the rest and view the images click over to “Kate & Chad’s Art-Filled Dwelling” by Alexis Buryk for Apartment Therapy.

Thank you, Alexis!

Landscapes from Pyongyang at Galerie Son in Berlin


Joo Jong Hwan, Keum Kang Mountain


Exhibitions of North Korean art are generally few and far between but may be becoming less so. One of the most well-known North Korean defector, artist Song Byeok, flips his North Korean artistic training which emphasized state propaganda into satirical images of Kim Jong Il. Unlike Byeok’s artwork, the work exhibited at Galerie Son is generally idealistic landcapes created by artists who live in North Korea. Read more about the exhibition in a review on the gallery website. This exhibition was brought to my attention via Art Daily.

Red Gate Reunion Series 2012: Adrienne Romine

I met Adrienne Romine at the Beijing Capital International Airport. We arrived on the same flight from the States. From the airport onward we were next to inseparable for our month in Beijing. Based on my experience last June, in a few words I would describe Adrienne’s paintings as realistic renditions of the everyday twisted into a subtly surreal landscape (click here to view these paintings). Adrienne arrived in Beijing with a pile of 20+ sheets of pre-gessoed paper, ready to rock our one month in residency (which she did).

Adrienne Romine, Untitled, Acrylic, 24 x 36 in.

One year later, when I emailed Adrienne about the Reunion Series, she responded quickly and shared that her work had changed course. Adrienne, my talented painter friend, is shifting gears and moving into furniture making. After residency Adrienne became part of the Anthropologie display team. There she started to work with wood on a regular basis and realized how much she enjoys it.

Adrienne’s made her first furniture piece while pursuing her BFA at University of Central Florida. The Staircase/Bookshelf was in the 2011 Readymade 100 contest and made it to the top 25. Adrienne calls it “a wonderful thing born out of necessity.” Recently, at Anthropologie, Adrienne built an entire bed and headboard with a side table.

Adrienne Romine, Entry in 2011 Readymade 100

Adrienne describes the process of making a work from wood as, “something that is frustrating and also really exciting [because the] wood is in constant motion, it’s constantly expanding and contracting.” When considering a design, the design can be as meticulous as possible but, “…[wood] is completely organic and is going to change on you. It’s that little margin of nature that can throw off your whole project. It’s an added challenge…that understanding comes with time.”

Adrienne has a woodshop at home waiting for her in her brother’s backyard. The tools she purchased the fill the shop she found serendipitously on Craigslist. Their previous owner recently passed away on his  65th wedding anniversary. Over the last 30 years he made toys for toys for Toys For Tots. His widow advertised the tools and had many interested people but she wanted the tools to stay together and go to a special home. She liked Adrienne’s story and decided to sell the equipment to her. When Adrienne went to pick-up the equiptment the woman gave Adrienne the last toy her husband made before he passed away. Adrienne’s first project in her new wood shop is to make something for the woman.

“I find myself drawn to great dinner tables. I just love tables. I love envisioning eight people around just sharing a meal.” –Adrienne Romine

At the end of our conversation I asked Adrienne what her “money doesn’t matter” dream is right now. She immediately said, “I would have a shop with central AC.” After she had a few more moments to think Adrienne spoke of having the equipment (such as a truck), time and money to work with more exotic material such as zebra wood and  reclaimed materials like bowling ally floors  (similar to the collective District Millworks). She would also get an MFA at RISD for Furniture Design. I have no doubt all of those things will happen and most likely sooner than she thinks!

Some furniture that inspires Adrienne: District Millworks and Design Milk, and Wharton Esherick, a fellow painter gone furniture/sculptor.

Italian Archive

Just over six years ago I moved to Cortona, a small town in Tuscany.  A few months later I moved to Perguia, Umbria where my painting was the best it has yet to be.  This morning as I was looking through my photos for thesis references I came upon the painting below.

This painting is of my roommate and wonderful friend, Bettylou.  She sat for hours for me while I painted this.  Looking back, it was actually a decent painting but I wasn’t satisfied with it and painted a huge pineapple over it which inspired yet another huge pineapple.  I am very happy where I am in my life as an artist and creative (and person) but running into photos from this time in my life definitely makes me nostalgic for oil painting and my little studio in Perugia.

Jenny Saville


Another one of my morning reads is Art Daily.  This morning I read an article about Jenny Saville’s new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery.  I think because of my recent post about Alex Meade I immediately wondered if Saville’s figures were painted bodies.  Saville is known for painting and drawing bodies at dramatic angles on huge canvases.


I tried to find Saville’s website, instead I just found many gallery descriptions of her work.  A short excerpt of something Saville said about her work jumped out to me.  my work and research is about the body and moments of un-doing and mixing “conventional” gender.  Of the painting above Saville says, “With the transvestite I was searching for a body that was between genders. I had explored that idea a little in Matrix. The idea of floating gender that is not fixed.” Click here to read the rest.

Paintings for Sale

I finally stretched some of my paintings from my residency in China.  Now I am in the process of posting them for sale on Etsy.  If your walls are hankering for some fruit this is perfect for you!  Click here to view my Etsy shop. Check back regularly as I post more paintings!

The two closest to the camera are on Etsy–Adrienne’s Mangostein and Green Apple, Purple Plate.  Enjoy looking!