Monthly Archives: April 2011


Jill Auckenthaler, Painter, New York

What we love about the paintings of Jill Auckenthaler is that she draws from her digital calendar. She creates paintings, drawings, sound pieces, sculpture and prints that explore time and other urban anxieties.

Jill translates her PDA schedule into her own visual vocabulary, categorizing appointments according to color, line and shape. Her watercolors represent this unique time management technique.

Check out Jill on the web for lots, lots more, including sculpture and an intriguing take on sound work.

All of us at theStudio LOVE modern furniture. I just spent a long time viewing several products on the HiveModern website. Its a must for shopping for modern furniture on the web. Check out HiveModern’s site here.

A favorite from the site: The Eames Elephant. This kids seating would be so much FUN in a pediatric office.

Almost no other animal enjoys such popularity as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humor, it is part of our everyday experience as a child’s cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature. Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to their charms and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames elephant is now available for the first time in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just a little bit faster.

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality.”
-Charles Eames

Suzanne Crocker, Contemporary Artist, Massachusetts

Crocker’s paintings are largely focused on the concept of isolation and connectivity. She recognizes that while an object or person may appear alone, they are in reality part of something much larger than themselves. Her art reflects her understanding that nothing is truly separate but rather there is universal energy connecting all things seen and unseen. Through color, light, brushstrokes and mark-making, Crocker creates an allegory for the interconnected symphony called life.

For more on Crocker’s work visit her on the web.

Zaha Hadid, Architect, London

Over a month ago, the Guangzhou Opera House, designed by architect Zaha Hadid was unveiled and if the Sydney Opera House was the iconic building of the 20th Century, perhaps Hadid’s Opera House might be the definitive work of this. What we love about Hadid’s designs are that her elongated structures convey powerful, curving forms.

Hadid’s concept for the opera house: Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang new town.

The 1,800-seat auditorium of the Opera House houses the very latest acoustic technology, and the smaller 400-seat multifunction hall is designed for performance art, opera and concerts in the round.

The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography. The Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion.

Fold lines in this landscape define territories and zones within the Opera House, cutting dramatic interior and exterior canyons for circulation, lobbies and cafes, and allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building. Smooth transitions between disparate elements and different levels continue this landscape analogy. Custom moulded glass-fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRC) units have been used for the interior of the auditorium to continue the architectural language of fluidity and seamlessness.

The Guangzhou Opera House has been the catalyst for the development of cultural facilities in the city including new museums, library and archive. The Opera House design is the latest realization of Zaha Hadid Architects’ unique exploration of contextual urban relationships, combining the cultural traditions that have shaped Guangzhou’s history, with the ambition and optimism that will create its future.

In 2004 Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. For more on her work visit her on the web or her blog.


Anne Berry, Photographer, Atlanta

What we love most about Berry’s photographs is her appreciation for places unspoiled by development, which is central to her vision. We also enjoy her appreciation for animals. She photographs animals to get people to truly look at them, to hear their inner sound, and to consider their value and their place in the world. We would like to share with you photographs from her Menagerie and The Inner Sound of Horses series.

The Menagerie series in her own words:

In today’s society pets are pampered and anthropomorphized, but animals are often overlooked and dismissed. My photographs are about the beauty of animals but also about their plight. The pictorial quality of these images softens the shock, but the punch is there in the eyes and expressions of the animals. I anticipate the moment that I can capture something in the essence of an animal, so that through the photograph it speaks. The animal begs the viewer to consider his place in the world; he is an ambassador for all the animals in his species.

The Inner Sound of Horses series in her own words:

Wassily Kandinsky teaches that the artist has the ability to “realize the inner sound of things.” I listen for this sound when I photograph animals. People have lost an essential connection to the land and to animals. I photograph animals to remind the viewer of this bond. Because it exists so prominently in art, myth, and history, the horse more than any other animal has the power to stir memories of this important relationship. The horses and donkeys in this series are in rural settings or roam freely as feral animals. The connection between the horse and the land is clear, and also evident is the animal/human relationship. Even if the horse is not gazing directly at the camera it is aware of the photographer. Capturing these images requires patience and understanding. I am close to the horse physically, and I have established a connection with it. I hope by looking at these images the viewer will hear the inner melody of the horse. These lyrics ask the viewer to consider the animal’s place in the world, to do as Franz Marc instructs, to “contemplate the soul of the animal to divine its way of sight.

For more on Anne Berry visit her on the web and/or follow her blog.