Michelle Grabner

michelle grabner

The work of artist Michelle Grabner.  Grabner currently has a show of new work, Grabner Gingham, on view at Gallery 16 in SF through October 29th.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Michelle Grabner has dedicated herself to identifying, indexing, and transposing patterns. Grabner Gingham is comprised of a series of large-scale oil on burlap paintings. After a decade-long hiatus, the artist is discovering a new relationship to the gingham pattern outside the realm of domesticity. “The gingham paintings are a head on embrace of the cliché, the big, beautiful, and all too general idea that [the pattern] is both overused yet sturdy in its unfailing predictability,” Grabner explains in an interview with ART21. 

To see more, visit her site here

* Images and text from Gallery 16

Braulio Amado


Bráulio Amado is a Portuguese graphic designer born in 1987, living in Brooklyn, New York, USA. You can see more of his work here.

*all images from artist’s website

Lois Dodd

loisLois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1927. From 1945-1948 she attended The Cooper Union in New York. In 1952 she was one of five artists to establish the Tanager Gallery, where she exhibited until 1962. From 1971 to 1992, Dodd taught at Brooklyn College, and has, since 1980, served on the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and National Academy of Design.

*All images from Alexandre Gallery


Crystal Millán



Born in the Central Valley, photographer Crystal Millán currently lives and works in San Francisco.  To see more of her work, click here.

If you are in the Bay Area, check out Millán’s upcoming show “Momentos Divinos,” with photographer Monique Islam!

Opening Reception: Sept 9, 6-9 pm

Arbor Cafe, 4210 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

On view: Sept 9 – Oct 28

Monique Islam


Monique Islam is a queer Chicana/Bangladeshi visual artist currently based in California’s Bay Area. Born and raised in South El Monte, CA, she graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz with a degree in Studio Art, emphasis in photography. Her work explores a wide range of themes including identity, memory, and home.  To see more of her work, click here.

If you are in the Bay Area, check out Islam’s upcoming show “Momentos Divinos,” with photographer Crystal Millán!

Opening Reception: Sept 9, 6-9 pm

Arbor Cafe, 4210 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

On view: Sept 9 – Oct 28

Hannah Perrine Mode

hannah perrine mode

The work of Oakland-based artist Hannah Perrine Mode.  Mode currently has a show, Thin Places, up at the shop + gallery Long Weekend in Oakland.  Be sure to check out her beautiful paintings as well as work from her Drawing-A-Day project.

About her work:  I make art to explore the cross-section of physical, emotional, and spiritual place, and to investigate accumulated layers of memory associated with landscape. I use visual storytelling across mediums to study the relationship between people and place, in order to better understand the way we cultivate communities.

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* all images from artist’s site

Mariano Pascual



Mariano Pascual is an illustrator and graphic designer originally from Argentina, now working and living in Barcelona, Spain. You can see more of his work here.

*All images from artist’s website

Sissel Blystad



Sissel Blystad is a textile artist living and working in Oslo, Norway. She works with wool rope on board to create abstract forms of pattern and color. You can see more of her work here.

*All images from sisselblystad.no

Now Featuring Alyssa Block

Alyssa Block gives her drawings room to breathe. Whether working in animation, on paper or in clay, the hand-drawn line is complemented by blank space, as if the artist’s decision what to draw or say next is unfolding before us in real time.

Exclusive Print 1, Sports

Exclusive Print 1, Sports

Exlusive Print 2, Super Normal

Exlusive Print 2, Super Normal

Exclusive Print 3, Air & Space

Exclusive Print 3, Air & Space

Exclusive Print 4, European

Exclusive Print 4, European

MH: Even though you make a range of types of images and objects, it seems like drawing is the through-line in your work. Can you talk about what drawing means to you?

AB: I enjoy drawings and even handwriting because of the expressiveness of each person’s line. I hold a lot of positive connotations for childhood, and I think line drawings and outlines reference things like coloring books or the kind of drawing one might make as a child. I do like to work across a few different media, so it was a conscious decision for me to keep drawing as a recurring element in my work and I think that allows me to spread out a little and not confine myself to one discipline.

"Super Normal," gouache on paper, 9" x 11"

“Super Normal,” gouache on paper, 9″ x 11″

MH: There is something about your work that reminds me of tracing – it felt strongest in your Tuesday animated video but it’s elsewhere too. What is your drawing technique like? What are your sources?

AB: I do like to trace things sometimes. In the Tuesday video, each scene was based on individual photos that I had taken in different rooms I’d lived in. I digitally traced over those images pretty closely in that case because I really wanted to evoke the feeling of a still image with a lot of detail. Something that would look like a photographic image but obviously also a drawing and then also a moving image where nothing really moved.

When I make larger paintings I usually have reference images that I collage together and then work from that. I like my work to have a graphic element, so I like planning things and physically moving elements around before I start painting anything. When I need some imagery to reference I look at a file on my computer where I save images from the internet or I look at my own photographs. For plant imagery, I like to look at Home Depot’s website, they have nice plant images! I used to have a physical file folders of little papers or magazine cuttings but I’ve fully moved into digital image collecting.


MH: You use a lot of framing devices in your work, panels that remind me of comic cells, windows, even hands enclosing a space/object. Where does this formal gesture come from?

AB: I’m a very light comic book/graphic novel reader, but I really like the way they break up a story, especially the ones that have lots of variety in the layout of the pages. There’s a way that compartmentalization of a page suggests time passing, like a big black box “reads” as a pause, and maybe a colorblock of yellow can suggest anxiety or a closeup on a face suggests confusion. I like the way juxtaposing a couple separate images creates a little narrative.

This new print series plays off of that also, with captions that don’t totally make sense and ask you to work a little bit to figure out if the words actually work with the image or not. I also like using a framing element because it creates something to look through and adds some depth to an otherwise pretty flat and graphic composition. The cup with the hands glazed onto it is my solution for the problem of how to bring drawing into three dimensions, so I’m working with the shape of the cup and its intended use to make this little object that holds itself.

 "Hands Cup"

“Hands Cup”

MH: I’m interested in what you said about certain graphic elements “reading” as a pause, etc. in a drawing because of our familiarity with comics. Are you interested in your drawings being read, in their containing an type of narrative? And are you interested in ever making books/zines etc. that might make the reading element more explicit?

AB: I’ve made booklets in the past and those are fun. I like giving people an experience of holding an object and having a little private moment. I think the natural progression from the books is into animation, so that’s what I’ve been slowly working on. Very slowly. I like taking the motifs and structure from things like comics and applying them to my work in a non-literal way.

Window paintings in progress

Window paintings in progress

Hand-building "Drawn Vases"

Hand-building “Drawn Vases”

MH: How did you start working in ceramics?

AB: I took an elective in grad school with Ian McDonald and found it interesting and challenging and a fun way to reintroduce sculptural aspects to my work–I studied sculpture in college but we didn’t have ceramics so I did things with wood mostly. I got a ceramics teaching job and suddenly had to learn a lot about working with clay and I think that’s what propelled me further into it.

MH: How how has running your exhibition and project space, Studio/Space, which is currently on hiatus, influence your own art practice?

AB: I tend to reach out to artists who are doing things I’m interested in myself, so it’s nice to see how others tackle the same problems or communicate similar ideas. I like having my studio in my house, but sometimes it can be isolating, so working on these peripheral curatorial projects keeps me connected to my other art people.

Bulletin board in Alyssa Block's studio with artwork by Alexandra Williams, John Baldessari, Andrew Bixler, and Sarah Thibault

Bulletin board in Alyssa Block’s studio with artwork by Alexandra Williams, John Baldessari, Andrew Bixler, and Sarah Thibault

MH: You mention in your bio on your website the idea of “personal growth.” Some of your drawings could almost be read as oblique versions of a note-to-self. Can you talk about that dimension of your work?

AB: Well, I think that the things I make are heavily influenced by my own experiences. And my life in the past eight or ten years has been a lot about growing up and trying to not be depressed. I think my work reflects that – there’s definitely an element of self-help in there – depictions of things that I do to feel better, things that keep me busy, friendly reminders, things like that. I like these new prints I made because they are a little more silly and light-hearted than my work might have been a year or two ago. Also, melancholy work doesn’t sell well, I’ve learned that the hard way.

Allison Miller

allison miller

The work of LA-based artist Allison Miller.  I love her use of color and repetition in the pieces above.

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*all images from artist’s site