Together the words ‘vegan’ and ‘Berkeley’ typically conjure images of holier-than-thou hippies, leaning on the horns of their Range Rovers, reeking of patchouli. Gather Restaurant turns those stereotypes upside down. Its menu of locally sourced ingredients and a list of biodynamic California wines is so artfully prepared and beautifully presented that it raises the bar […]
Best known for casting the insides of condemned buildings, the English born artist, Rachel Whiteread, who was the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993, also has a knack for small scale works. Assembling seemingly random pieces of resin, wood, plaster, pigment and steel, Whiteread creates unexpectedly lovely shelf-sized sculptures that are so deceptively simple you might just think, ‘My kid could do that’.
Our brains are incredibly creative (not passive) organs that process everything we take in. Since I was a girl, I poured over fashion magazines, absorbing a certain kind of beauty. In my recent work, I consider what happens when I turn my camera back at magazine images. The result? Seductive, surreal, Picasso-like sculptural objects.
Painter Zina Al-Shukri is addicted to people, to looking them in the eye, and then painting what she’s seen inside. The tall, charming Iraqi-born, Little Rock-bred artist seems to embody her paintings: large-scale, colorful, loose, vivid portraits in the spirit of Alice Neel. Her latest, of amorphous blob-creatures are equally compelling.
When did the word ‘feminism’ become an obscenity? Granta’s Summer 2011 issue (115), aptly titled The F-Word, presents a complex and rich picture of contemporary feminism.
It’s a mystery how a nice Jewish girl from Miami ended up in Palestine but Toby Millman’s subtle, beautiful work, Martyrs, draws attention to the human condition where the news media has failed.
Legendary in the Japanese music scene of the 70s, the folk-rock band Happy End was virtually unknown (and probably still is) to the Western world until Sofia Coppola included their hit, Kaze wo atsumete, in Lost in Translation. The childlike simplicity of the tune is addicting, especially when played by two anonymous Japanese men with […]