Lines, curves, and reflections; the dissolution of tone over a great distance; the location of the horizon on a misty beach: the artist Jonathan Cramer uses both two- and three-dimensional media in his practice, which might be viewed as an in-depth study of light, natural forms, and the logic of craft. Cramer works in the holy classical triumvirate of drawing, painting, and sculpture, often letting the end product of his explorations in one medium inform a piece rendered in the other. Elongated, silvery contours and arcs that double back onto themselves form the bases for abstract painted compositions whose complex figure-ground relationships recall the heyday of Morris Louis. Meanwhile, the sculptures that inform the paintings, rendered in stainless steel, have a decidedly architectural character. Their long, slender shining arcs sing with the promise of geometry and the rational mind, and every angle reveals a new composition filled with delicate complexity. They dovetail perfectly with Cramer’s drawings, which explode with nervous energy.
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Last Road Trip Monument Valley Alexander Wagner

THE LAST ROAD TRIP - ALEXANDER WAGNER'S AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

ALEXANDER WAGNER
BRADY DONNELLY
July 24, 2014

Asked to describe his recent journey across the American Southwest, photographer Alexander Wagner simply responds, “It’s hard for me to encapsulate the experience.” Something about the names of his stops—particularly Monument Valley and Navajo Nation—strikes a chord, but any description beyond these descriptors themselves is simply too far out of reach.
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The Late Late Bar and Spirit Grocer

THE LATE LATE BAR AND SPIRIT GROCER

 
EMMA GREENBERG
July 23, 2014

When you walk into Irish nightlife mogul James Morrissey’s latest bar, the Late Late Bar and Spirit Grocer on Houston Street in New York, you might think you are in a speakeasy, a lounge, or some other understated, dimly lit place where you could probably find an experimental cocktail and some mellow jams. You will, in fact, find creative cocktails—even ones containing Guinness—and carefully selected tunes. What you will not find are shamrocks.
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Tribal Hotel Granada Nicaragua

THE LAST RESORT - TRIBAL HOTEL

 
MORGAN YOUNG
July 22, 2014

The location of Jean-Marc Houmard’s latest property—the heart of colonial Granada, Nicaragua, one of the oldest cities in South America—may surprise those who are familiar with its owner from his urbane New York City eateries, Indochine and Acme, but Tribal Hotel remains true to his taste. Whereas Houmard’s restaurants offer a tropical feel in a city environment, Tribal Hotel brings a curated beauty to a quiet place. Designed in the Mid-century Modern ӕsthetic with rural whims, Tribal has an unassuming façade, but is warm, and boasts simple elegance within. Truly a boutique hotel, Tribal offers five suites, each with a terrace and each different from the next, but all hand-designed in a signature style and replete with one-of-a-kind, Nicaraguan artisanal pieces.
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Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

ASTRID BERGÈS-FRISBEY

JONATHAN SHIA
HECTOR PEREZ
July 21, 2014

In Marisha Pessl’s début novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the narrator, the overeducated and metaphor-happy Blue van Meer, describes a fellow classmate’s eyes as “the color of a kiddy pool (blue, green, suspicious hints of yellow),” a strikingly precise approximation that applies equally well to Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, star of the new film I Origins. The Spanish actress’ unique pigmentation comes thanks to sectoral heterochromia, a rare genetic mutation that writer and director Mike Cahill, in a stunning coincidence, had already assigned to her character Sofi before ever meeting her.
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