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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Art Basel Miami

Here we are, again, swiftly approaching the holiday season. It happens every year, I know, but I never feel quite prepared for the frigid Chicago weather, the frantic purchasing of gifts, and the making of travel plans. However, there is an upcoming event this winter that allows us to put the holiday madness aside and dive into the world of art and warm weather.

At the beginning of December, we will hop on a plane to Miami, Florida. With the city's iconic Art Deco architecture, Miami make the perfect backdrop to an event such as Art Basel.

Miami's Art Deco District

Originating in Basel, Switzerland, this international event occurs annually in its birthplace, as well as Hong Kong and of course, Miami. It is considered to be the hub, the meeting place, of world renowned art, its creators, and the places that exhibit them. It's a wonderful platform for anyone working with or around art, as well as those who simply appreciate modern and contemporary art. Of the 258 galleries participating in this years Miami show, here are a list of galleries we're most excited to visit:

Richard Gray Gallery
Richard Gray Gallery
As Chicagoans, we are happy to see our city represented at Art Basel. Their display at this year's Art Expo Chicago stood out to me the most and I'm really pumped to see what they come up with for Miami. 

Kavi Gupta Gallery 
This gallery, rooted in Chicago, also has a Berlin location. Its newest location in Chicago is now the largest commercial gallery in Chicago.

Gagosian Gallery
The Gagosian Gallery can be found in fourteen different locations across the world. They are legendary. Enough said.

Baro Gallery
Located in a hangar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Baro Gallery is home to established and up and coming Latin American artists. Because Brazil is one of Darryll's favorite places to    visit, he is especially excited to discover whats trending in their unique art scene.

Art Basel Miami, 2011

If you are visiting Miami for this event, let us know who you are excited to see!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Artist of the Month- October- Veronique Meignaud

It's October, and well into the gallery opening season which means we've been busy over here at DSFA. So that is a good thing, but unfortunately, we haven't had time to touch this ongoing project of ours, the DEFINEART blog. However, today I present to you our pick for October's artist of the month.


This month I'm bringing it back to the contemporary art world and delving into an area we don't often get to explore, illustration. Darryll knows how important it is to remain inspired and since we deal with a lot of photography, he's asked me to highlight someone that I find inspiring to my illustration career. So! Ladies and Gentlemen, Veronique Meignaud!

Animation project

I stumbled across this lovely illustrator/art director recently and upon visiting her website I felt as though I was instantly transported into another dimension of shapes and figures. Her focus appears to be digital illustration, but that's not why I felt like I was peering into a whole new plane of existence. The landscapes, figures, and lighting all seem to be constantly morphing and evolving, which is quite a feat considering I was looking at 2-D work. The colors she uses are prismatic and often gem-like.


Her work is truly unlike anything I've ever seen. The animation in the Motion section of her website feels like a natural artistic progression, taking what she does so very well in the 2-D and then actually bringing it to life in 3-D. I felt as though I was looking through a kaleidoscope that was slowly hypnotizing me, lifting my awareness to a new level. I'm so glad there are artists out there, like Veronique, who are able to temporarily enchant their viewers in order to get them to see new places and spaces in their minds. So in my mind, she is not only defining art, but also the unseen world that surrounds us.

 If you'd like to see more, please visit her website.
 If you'd like to see Veronique's talent in action, check out this neat little video on Youtube.