Monday, November 23, 2020

Ned Martin: Spirits Through Time

Ending this week, on November 29, this exhibition is one you will want to fit in this holiday week. Ned Martin's "Spirits Through Time" is a truly breathtaking series of portraits that not only mend both humans and nature together, but use traditional and contemporary methods which make for special, one-of-a-kind works. On view at Robert Berry Gallery, the pieces are as outstanding as the stories behind them. 


 Belles&Rebelles: I see you are based in Brooklyn. While reading that you were raised in PA

and MD, how has living in Brooklyn shaped you and your art in any certain

way? How long have you been based in New York?


Ned Martin: In the suburbs you are judged by how green your lawn is, and by how

much your riding lawn mower costs. Before moving to New York, I was

heavily influenced by the likes of Andrew Wyeth’s rustic nature, and

focused on the realism of textures of a fence posts or a rusty chain. The

creative sources were always external.

Now after living in New York City for 14 years, I have total freedom to be,

say, and do what I wish. My creative source has switched to internal.

Memories, experiences, and my relationship to the city environment has

become my focus.


B&R: What is the New York experience to you and how has that altered (IF it has

altered)?


NM: My art has remained my central focus. Staying focused on the work, and

creating new ideas and work, is more important than ever.

Normally, I’m very social by nature and enjoyed seeing friends for dinner

and drinks. Today, Zoom is the new normal, and my hair has been longer

than it has been in years.

It has been more conducive to work as an artist. Distractions can be

eliminated and focus can be put completely into work now that my home is

my studio.


B&R: Has living in a pandemic changed your work at all? 


It’s changed my work and my life. At the beginning of the pandemic, I got

stuck in Bolivia for over 6 months with my girlfriend. The quarantine there

was very strict with military soldiers on the corners and ID checks to see if

you were supposed to be outside. I could only leave the apartment for 4

hours, 1 day per week.

With my girlfriend working all day, I was alone in an empty apartment, and

it became an internal search for meaning—which for me resulted in

connecting with the death of my mother and sister—and creating this series

of paintings dedicated to women as well as landscapes.


NM: Are the women in your works portraits of actual people? If so, who? If not,

whom do these women represent?


Yes! They are faces of real women who lived in the 1800s. I wanted to

bring them back and make them relevant today, and in the future, not just

forgotten because they are not here anymore.


B&R: What do you see in the future for art and artists? 

As this exhibit is entitled "Spirits Through Time," can you please elaborate on the meaning of this and if/how it will be different 

in a century from now?


NM: The future of art is bright! The art world is in a quagmire of its own starting

with the artists like Caravaggio and Manet. They shocked the art world’s

aesthetics. Through time the notion of shock as an artistic element was

replaced with movements like DADA where shock was the art.

My hope for Spirits Through Time is that people can truly connect and feel

meaning.

I see an era of enlightenment on the horizon when people begin trying to

do something. This is a more arduous path. It takes a skill set, a creative

source inspired by imagination far removed from the constant

bombardment of information of this day. Most importantly, the new

movement will come about by a few artists with foresight,

wisdom—regardless of age—and a good measure of pure guts.


To learn more, see more and to visit this exhibition, click here.

Big Thanks to Deborah of Geiger Communications for making this possible!


xx.

M

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cyril Trétout x Saint-Maur Créteil Train Station

via Jigsaw

Saint-Maur-Créteil train station will distinguish itself by an immense 42-metre-deep shaft. Imagined by Cyril Trétout, it is awe inspiring. Cannot wait to be able to travel again...and experience this work of art.

xx.
M

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Bioré Brightening

 


Brighten up with Bioré! Bioré's latest skincare products stand by their pore-cleansing specialty while also help to brighten skin. With roots in proven Japanese skincare, this collection not only functions fabulously, leaving your skin radiant, but the scents are equally as delicious.

To learn more, see more and to shop for Bioré products, click here.
Big Thanks to Emily and Sabrina over at Trachtenberg PR for making this feature possible.

xx.
M


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Charmwish


While living in a pandemic, it is safe to say that fashion styles have been affected. With less places to go and less reasons to dress to impress, the athleisure industry has certainly taken off. Sales of leggings and other athleisure clothing have gone up. People are choosing to be more comfortable in what they choose to wear daily and it has birthed new trends. As a retired professional athlete as well as a fashion stylist to athletes, this news actually comes with great excitement. Dressing comfortably has, in our minds, always been top priority and being comfortable in itself holds value and it’s own style and swag. One great website that offers great styles in these altheisure and comfort fields is Charmwish. Consider this website your one stop shop for all things comfort - and more!

One style that is having a major breakout at the moment is the hoodie style. And you’re in luck! Charmwish offers a plethora of the most comfortable hoodies on the market! Since we already mentioned that comfort takes the cake these days, you need not worry here. Known for their soft and properly fitted threads, there’s no way for you to go wrong here! Beyond the comfort factor, the actual style factor comes into play and this online shopping destination proves to have the coolest options of hoodies to elevate your athletic look!

Beyond sweatshirt attire, there are definitely more options to be had in this more leisurely style category.
And especially with winter coming, you might want to opt for a cozy sweater over a sweat top. Charmwish has you covered here as well. Whether you fancy a women’s sweater or a man’s sweater, you will absolutely find it here. With more options than you’ll need, you are sure to fill your closet with just this one online shopping site. The underlying similarities of everything on this site is that every piece of clothing offers both style and comfort! You will be on trend no matter what you choose and above all, you will feel your best!

Monday, November 9, 2020

DC's Stargirl

 "Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in  this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own."

Comic Book Superstar, Stargirl, comes to life in  this first season of DC's Stargirl. High School Sophomore, Courtney Whitmore, puts together and unlikely, yet inevitably, All-Star Team of young heros to continue the legacy of the lost Super Hero team - The Justice Society of America. Together the new team takes on the Super Villains of the past. And this is just Season One! Binge-worthy fun, this new easy and exciting to watch series will steal your heart and make you a quick fan of Stargirl.

To learn more, see more and to purchase this product, click here.

Big Thanks to Jamie Faulkowitz for making this feature possible!


xx.

M






Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Gund Unicorn Plush Pod

 

When the world is your oyster...or your unicorn.. There's pretty much nothing cuter than a Unicorn Plush Pod. Gund creates the supreme stuffed animals and this product is no different. Soft and adorable, you'll smile as wide as the mini ice cream inside. Perfect for the coming holiday gifting season.

To learn more, see more and to purchase this product, click here.

Big Thanks to Melissa Anne Cohen of Majic Creative for making this feature possible!


xx.

M

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Child Perfume

 


When it comes to fragrance, Child Perfume isn't child's play. Currently known as one of the most sought after boutique beauty brands, Child is a handcrafted and beautifully packaged fragrance. Seasoned creator, Susan D. Owens, has been exploring and creating custom perfume blends for decades. Launched back in 1990, Child remains a force that does not offer one product or scent not to be reckoned with. 

To learn more, see more and to purchase Child Perfumes, click here.
Big Thanks to Lori of LSZ Communications and Paula of Beauty Frontier for making this feature possible!

xx.
M