ART-MAKING

CYNTHIA CARLSON’S GRID BOOKS – UNLEASHING CREATIVITY WITH SHACKLES
by Melissa Brown


THOUGHTS

CURIOSITY

by Matt Ross

ARTISTS

ORTEGA Y GASSET PROJECTS CELEBRATES ITS FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

by Catherine Haggarty

ARTISTS
ARTIST FEATURE: WILL HUTNICK

by Catherine Haggarty

Matt Kleberg’s Drawings

Matt makes intensely engaging paintings that grapple with the relationship between architectural spatiality and painterly flatness. Their color, gradations, and undulating, isometric patterns reveal shallow spaces that appear to both open and close simultaneously. Subtle shifts in the color and direction of his oil stick stripes and marks can make a wall seem to be…

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Cynthia Carlson’s Grid Books – Unleashing Creativity with Shackles

One might make the mistake of thinking that the flames of creativity are fanned by open-endedness, ultimate freedom, no rules, starting from scratch, tossing out the baby with the bathwater, bulldozing the metropolis so as to construct another one in its place according to a subconscious dreamscape, embodying your inner child, dragging your knuckles and…

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Is Ambition a Curse?

That’s a loaded question. For me, it is a blessing and a curse and no matter how I slice it I guess I am fortunate for having a need to be successful. But, it comes at some sacrifice. For the last seven years I have been building One River, and I feel grateful for having…

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Curiosity

For the first twenty years of my career, I never quite fit into the perfect box in my corporate life. As a result, my success almost always came down to fit, not talent. And the question was: To what degree did I fit the corporate culture and to what extent did the corporate culture fit…

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Art Making is a Super-Food for the Brain

This past weekend I spent my time celebrating the grand opening of our new school in Evanston, IL by doing what I love to do the most: listening to people tell stories about what art-making does for them and their kids.  I heard countless tales about how much joy people get from tapping into their…

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5 Art Exhibits to Visit

One River School now has locations open across five states including: New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas. Here are five art exhibits that are currently on view or upcoming in the next few weeks in surrounding areas that One River School operates! New Jersey The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ currently has…

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Grand Opening of One River School Evanston, IL

This Saturday marks an important moment for One River: our first Chicago area school opens in Evanston, IL.  Seven years ago, when I was dreaming about opening up One River, I felt that we could build something that would expand all around the United States. Our first school in the Midwest checks off another box…

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“Spring into Summer” at Allendale, NJ

On Friday, May 4, One River School in Allendale hosted its “Spring into Summer” event. The school was filled with families with children ranging of all ages who were able to partake in workshops, activities and learn more about the exciting features that One River School offers in the summertime. One River School offers over…

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Ortega y Gasset Projects Celebrates its Five-Year Anniversary

On June 2, Ortega y Gasset Projects will celebrate its five-year anniversary! I will be celebrating my three-year anniversary as a Co-Director and couldn’t be more excited and proud to be a part of this organization. Ortega y Gasset was founded in 2013 in Bushwick and in 2015, moved to The Old American Can Factory….

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Part 2: Interview with Chris Arabadjis

When I was writing my last essay on Chris’s works, we talked at length over email and his answers to my questions were really insightful. Chris also visited my Experimental Drawing class and the students loved him. Below is an edited version of our interview.   John – What was your work like at Pratt…

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