"As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw."
Classic Objects Reimagined by Fredericks & Mae
For more photos and videos from the playful work and life of Fredericks & Mae, follow @fredericksandmae on Instagram.
Windsocks, darts, tassels, dominos and kites—these are some of the classic objects that the design duo Fredericks & Mae (@fredericksandmae) reimagine and make in their Brooklyn studio. “We are interested in forms that have existed for a long time that may have only recently fallen into the realm of not functional,” Jolie Mae Signorile, one designer, says. Her partner, Gabriel Fredericks Cohen adds, “Tools, games and rituals trace arcs though history and across the earth—we follow these arcs.”
On Instagram, the two typically share shots of their designs, mixed in with scenes from the beach and the boat they share with friends. “Instagram is a place where we get to share our materials, a bit of our process, and have a little fun,” Jolie says.
for-science-sake: Tree Bark Camo
- Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko
- Grey Tree Frog
- Grey Cicada
- Casque head Chameleon
- Lichen Spider
- Underwing Moth
- Peppered Moth
- Owl Fly Larva
- Eastern Screech Owl
Curator’s Monday 155 - Artist on Tumblr
Alyssa Monks | on Tumblr (b.1977, USA)
Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces. These filters allow for large areas of abstract design - islands of color with activated surfaces - while bits of the human form peak through. In a contemporary take on the traditional bathing women, my subjects are pushing against the glass “window”, distorting their own body, aware of and commanding the proverbial male gaze. Thick paint strokes in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the delicious physical properties of oil paint are apparent. Thus sustaining the moment when abstract paint strokes become something else. When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.
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