Pop-Up Show in Fountain Square First Friday August 4th

Stop by the former auto filling station at 1034 Virginia Ave right across from the "You Are Beautiful" sign on the Murphy Building in good ol' Indianapolis' Fountain Square neighborhood on Friday August 4th from 5:30pm - 11pm for a pop-up show of small original works and new paintings on reclaimed industrial silkscreen frames by artist Taylor Smith. These original unique silkscreen frame paintings will be discounted Friday only for this one-time pop-up event.

Taylor's series of paintings featuring iconic Pop Culture imagery, abstract post-modern flower paintings and chemical still life works are painted on the very worn silkscreen frames that she has used to create her art for many years. Instead of painting on canvas, each new piece of art is painted directly onto an old reclaimed screen frame that has been used hundreds of times to create her art over the years. There is a palpable sense of use and history to these pieces, which have lived many lives over the decades. By adding a new piece to your collection, you are actually adding many other artworks as well which were created with these screens.

Taylor Smith artist studio First Friday pop-up

Taylor's studio will also be open on the 3rd floor at the Stutz Building from 5pm-9pm  in addition to the pop-up shop in Fountain Square. Hope to see you Friday evening!

Sick of Massive Trump Sign, Architect Wants Flying Golden Pigs To Block It

Chicago Trump Tower golden pigs block letters

DOWNTOWN — A Chicago architect wants to hide the massive Trump Tower sign with a row of strategically placed flying golden pigs, a display aimed at providing "visual relief to the citizens of Chicago."

I'm not sure about you fellow citizen, but the thought of golden flying pigs giving Chicagoans visual relief from that unique and detestable combination of letters is a pleasant idea. Who thought Donny would ever become President? Who ever said this would happen when pigs fly? Well just like Donny's golden toilets in his flocked penthouse ...those golden pigs did fly. And most Americans are frightened what will happen to our country.

Visual relief proposed in Chicago for the TRUMP name

The idea, a self-described "folly" from Jeffrey Roberts at Chicago-based New World Design Ltd., isn't part of a formal proposal, but his renderings of "flying pig" balloons tethered to the Chicago River aim to address Chicago's objections to the tower's 20-foot-tall letters, which were in place long before the real estate mogul was a contender for the presidency. ... continue reading

Peggy & Jack ....

I have always been interested in the relationship between Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock. The relationship was personal and it was artistic. What would have happened with Pollock's art had Peggy not been persuaded to invest in his practice and put her influence into play? This is an interesting read and takes us back to the earlier days of contemporary art. How different it is today ....

In the summer of 1943, Peggy Guggenheim commissioned a young Jackson Pollock to paint a mural for her Manhattan townhouse. At this point, the artist was relatively unknown—he had yet to receive a solo show, and he was years from producing the first of his iconic drip paintings. Guggenheim herself was ambivalent about his practice, persuaded instead by her assistant Howard Putzel and Marcel Duchamp, who both saw promise in the artist’s small-scale works. ... continue reading.

Jackson Pollock Mural 1943

This is what happens when you set fire to a photo you've soaked in oil ....


I have long held a fascination for broken down, analog imagery and faded Polaroid photographs from my childhood. In fact, I have spent hours watching Bill Morrison's Decasia. These are gorgeous films of decaying and burned vintage nitrate negative film set to other worldly musical scores. So when I ran across Peter Hoffman's "Fox River Derivatives", featured a while back in the Huffington Post I was intrigued.

Have you ever considered what would happen if you soaked a photograph in petrol and lit a match? Peter Hoffman, a Chicago based photographer, ends the mystery once and for all with his series "Fox River Derivatives." And we must say, though we do not recommend recreating the process at home, the results truly are striking ..... continue reading.

Ethereal Marbled Paintings by Emma Lindström


Artist Emma Lindström from Sweden creates gorgeous marbled paintings. I stumbled upon her work through another blog I follow. I found her abstractions and richly colored canvas reminiscent of vast Hubble telescope images of the universe. I began thinking of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan. 

Several years ago I gave my daughter a copy of Hawking's "A Brief History of Time". When I look at Lindström's work I have an image in my mind of this book.

Lindström says, "This is my artwork. Although, I would not call it work. This is what I want to do, what I have to do in life. This is the path I found, or the path that found me, one which I’ve never been able to stray from since." ... continue reading

Calder and Picasso Grandsons Curate a Tribute to Their Legendary Grandfathers


What happens when the grandsons of two of art history’s most illustrious artists end up in the same room? 

When Alexander S. C. Rower, descended from Alexander Calder, and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, scion of Pablo Picasso, first met some 30 years ago at a dinner party, they didn’t exactly get along. “Everyone was really nice, except him!” Rower remembered, glancing over at Ruiz-Picasso with a mischievous glint in his eye. “I thought, ‘Okay, I have nothing to say to you, you have nothing to say to me.’ Right, Bernard?” Ruiz-Picasso shot a sly, knowing smile right back. .... Continue reading

Keith Lemley’s Eerie, Neon Ax Installation Explores Memories Of The Forest

Keith Lemley - Neon Ax installation

Keith Lemley is an American artist who builds sculptural, light-based installations that explore the crossroads between nature and technology. Featured here is “The Woods,” comprising a dimly-lit room with illuminated axes lain against chopping logs and cracked cement walls. The scene is eerie yet serene, mixing bright-light modernity with the dark, cobwebbed corners of rustic life. The lights bring a sense of warmth and presence where there is otherwise cold stillness, calling upon our own memories of the forest while also estranging them with urban glamor. In the following statement, Lemley describes his desire to transcend time and environmental boundaries:

“My work is about seeing the unseen—the invisible presence which exists in our minds and surrounds all objects, experiences, and memories. Working in my studio in rural Appalachia, I have developed a keen interest in being part of and observing natural systems, time and the process of life and death, and an aesthetic sensibility synthesizing the organic and the machine.” .... Continue Reading

Original Artwork and the Positive Effect in Your Life

Having original art in the home is vital to your well being. Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects. This list is dedicated to the understanding of importance of art from perspectives of interior design, well being, social atmosphere, creating a mood in the home, and more. One quote that stands out about the importance of original art is the following, “You would never put fake books on your bookshelf, so why would you put fake art on your walls?” 

1. Creates Mood

Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201109/love-desire-and-art). Romantic, sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the bedroom.  ..... Continue reading

Charles Krug Winery Historic 1881 Carriage House features artist Taylor Smith


Napa Valley, California - Taylor Smith has completed the installation of six commissioned artworks for the Charles Krug's newly renovated Carriage House in Napa Valley recently.  Taylor's custom works will also be featured on greeting cards and prints available in the carriage house as special keepsakes for Krug's many visitors to purchase and take home. Charles Krug is one of only two wineries in Napa that can host weddings on-site. By having the walls now adorned with Taylor's work, this will make the large space one of the most beautiful destination wedding venues in The Valley.  Charles Krug is privately owned by the Mondavi Family who are no strangers to Taylor's work. Between 2007 and 2011 both Peter Mondavi, Sr and Jr commissioned several wine themed pieces by Taylor to add to their private collection. You can find select prints and small original artworks by Taylor Smith on www.Space324.com.