1. Art in Living Space: 2012 DreamHome

    The 2012 DreamHome design show kicked off with over 400 guests in attendance.  The Washington Design Center’s 2012 DreamHome event features eight top up-and coming interior designers.  Each designer receives a room found in most households to design and make their own.  They took their inspiration from the emerging craft artists who are represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery’s “40 under 40” exhibition. 

    Pam Frederick and Flora Kanter, partners of ArtSPACE Management and friends of ArtSee DC, were appointed by Scott Cooke of Scott Cooke Design to curate the artwork for the living room. Cooke’s goal for his living room was that it be “art driven” and the room a venue for original artwork.  The artists Craig Cahoon, Eve Stockton and Tati Kaupp (Cross-MacKenzie Gallery) generously provided the artwork for Cooke’s space. 

    Cooke’s room is the only room in the show to truly incorporate art work. Tati Kaupp’s work in bright purple hues compliment the color scheme of the room that is brightly decorated with purple, blue and yellow and Eve Stockton’s marble and alabaster sculptures compliment the 19th century touches. Craig Cahoon”s colorful abstract works make the white walls disappear and create a beautiful contrast to the primary colors.  ArtSPACE believes that the artwork should compliment the residential or corporate design plan. 

    The Washington Design Center is free and open to the public. The 2012 DreamHome is on view from March 16 - November 30, 2012.

  2. “Objects of Their Own Design” and “The Nature of Nature”: ArtSee Featured Artists Pam Frederick & Flora Kanter

    September 16, 2011

     

    Pam Frederick and Flora Kanter, the artists headlining Studio Gallery’s current duo show, “Objects of their Own Design” and “The Nature of Nature,” live and breathe art, and are inspired daily both inside and outside their studios. Co-owners of ArtSPACE Management, the two artists juggle their professional and artistic careers effortlessly; one complements the other and vice versa.

    Influenced by mid-50’s “Modernist” subdued color palettes and design, Pam Frederick’s work is based on abstractions of geometric designs and their relationships in space. These patterns of design can range from the chaotic to the orderly in their composition of shapes. 

    Regarding her style, Frederick says “My work can be described as a combination ofObjects of Their Own Design organic forms and geometric shapes that communicate with each other in their own world. The objects ‘tell’ me what shape they want to be and who they want to be near. These compositions can also be viewed as a ‘still lifes.’ Though not traditional still lifes, the canvases show arrangements of inanimate objects within a geometric spatial organization.” These objects, enigmatic in their existence, tend to leave the viewer with a sense of wonder, curiosity and the desire to solve an unspoken riddle.

    Flora Kanter also paints with a central theme focused on organic objects and line, while using more recognizable subject matter. Aptly named for her proclivity to paint botanical imagery, the artist’s paintings are inspired by nature. However, like Frederick’s work, these are not your typical still lifes.

    Flora Kanter, "Entanglement"Influenced by the late Cy Twombly, Kanter’s work depicts abstractions of floral images, with a dramatic emphasis on color, texture, and composition. Of the evolution of each piece, Kanter says “My drawings and paintings build on the linear element with the addition of color and texture.  I combine traditional drawing techniques with the introduction of abstract elements.” The twists, drips, and curving lines of the subjects in the paintings demonstrate an inherent sense of the organic, and achieve an atmospheric quality in their rich hues and unique textures.

     

    PHOTO, Studio Gallery exhibition

     

    Look forward to seeing Pam and Flora at the artists’ reception tomorrow (Saturday, September 17th) from 4-6 pm at Studio Gallery!

     

     

     

     

     

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