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December 2016

SMF916 – Add Fuel

So many murals / pieces of art to match, so little time! It only took me four months to do two matches with two of several new murals that were recently painted in August as a part of The Sacramento Mural Festival. As you might recall, the first one was a total bust (seen here) so I was really excited to make this one happen!

I mainly chose to match this specific mural because I pass it on my way to work everyday! It’s like a constant reminder that we have so much material for me to work with locally, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for the perfect outfit to wear with it. This specific section of the wall is located on the east wall of Faces Nightclub on K Street and was painted by Portuguese artist, Add Fuel (Diogo Machado). The corner section is actually part of a larger piece that was done by Nate Frizzle, which is minimally shown as the butterflies in my picture.

What I love most about the mural is the immediate patterning affect and the incredible likeness it has to tilework. The piece takes on a trompe l’oeil quality as it seems to peek through a “ripped” surface on the wall, adding vibrancy and richness to an otherwise mundane wall.

I chose to match the mural with this Hemant & Nandia dress, which is complete with fun tassels, the same ornate patterning, similar blue palette, and overall whimsy. Sometimes I shock myself with how well certain matches actually match… this one is no joke! 🙂 Oh! And that’s our gallery dog, Maggie, that I’m holding!

#artlife with David Garibaldi

Sacramento artist David Garibaldi just released with a new clothing line that is being sold locally at Good Stock Boutique. The collection debuted this morning with a live painting event, which is the hallmark of Garibaldi’s artistic process.

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with David for awhile now – especially since he’s local! This was the perfect opportunity for a Garibaldi #dressedtomatch and I really appreciated the invitation to the event. Known for his lively painting techniques, David’s work is filled with movement. The process is just as much a part of the art as the art itself. Some might liken his style to “action painting” (think Jackson Pollock) which is centered around the idea that the painting itself is the product of various movements and gestures. Unlike certain stylistic conventions like hyperrealism, for example, which are almost devoid of the artist’s process, these active pieces revel in the idea that blood, sweat, and tears went into their creation. Hopefully no blood or tears, though!

Another aspect that separates Garibaldi’s work from conventional painting practices is the fact that there is an audience. This inherently makes his artistic process a performance in many ways (even more so with the addition of music) and is ultimately how he has attracted an international following. The opportunity to witness the creation of painting from start to finish is an incredibly unique experience as viewers typically only interact with the result of the artist’s work. So one can imagine the sheer delight and entertainment value of seeing a blank canvas turn into a “finished” piece of art!

Though we were not told what the subject of David’s piece would be, his direction became very clear within a few minutes of painting. His work is heavily layered, applied mostly color by color for efficiency. For the viewer, David’s process is an excellent representation of the most important formal elements within a painting. He starts by sketching a rough outline of the image, builds form by filling in areas of color, defines form through the addition of highlights, and utilizes negative space, or the blank black canvas, to evoke shadows and overall depth. This highly streamlined process is a testament to David’s skill as a painter. Without having an understanding of painting fundamentals, it would be extremely difficult for him to achieve such complexities, dynamism, and effortlessness within his work in such a short period of time. I would approximate that this piece took about 15-20  minutes to complete from start to finish.

Thanks again for the opportunity, David!


Wynwood Walls

I recently went to Miami for the first time to check out Art Basel, which takes place the first weekend of December. Prior to my visit I knew I wanted to do some matches while there, but not knowing what each gallery would bring make it incredibly difficult to plan. Luckily there is an area of Miami called Wynwood which is essentially exploding with all things art.

After browsing only a few of the many amazing murals that can be found at Wynwood, I decided I really wanted to match Maya Hayuk’s colorful piece since it has popped up in my Instagram feed several times and has become almost a billboard for the area in general. Maya’s work is striking not only for it’s bright, technicolor palette, but also for the captivating patterning she achieves through the almost woven bands of color. Despite being painted only two years ago, the mural stands out an a now iconic piece in an area that almost overwhelms with its murals aplenty.

I chose this fun Mara Hoffman dress that is seems to embody a similar spirit to Maya’s work. The dress is rather billowy, which makes it especially fun to twirl around in and the color really mimics the intensity of her pigments.

If you have the chance to go to Miami, I would definitely recommend visiting Wynwood! The experience is unlike any other.