About the Curator
Keren Veisblatt is a savvy art lover living in New York. Her blog, The Walkup, is a smorgasbord of all things art and design. She caught our eye with her “This Art = This Room” series, which is a way for Keren to pair a piece of art with a beautiful interior. She pairs jewelry and purses with interiors as well. Placing art and other objects in the context of an interior is a great exercise in creativity. Keren Veisblatt is the perfect person to kick-off our Guest Curator series because she levels the playing field of artist and designer. At UGallery, we believe that interior designers who fill their rooms with art are equally as important as the artists who make it.
Drink of choice? Something with Gin - I particularly love a Gordon’s Breakfast, Red Snapper, and other takes on Bloody Marys.
Stolen artwork of choice? I am graciously willing to accept anything from the catalogue raisonné of Kees van Dongen or Balthus.
Star Wars character of choice? I went through a phase in my life (and let me openly admit that this phase might still be happening) where Star Wars and its surrounding universes were an obsession. I have always been in love with Jawas, those hooded rodent like creatures with beady eyes who deal in the robotics trade on Tatooine. You probably know them best for crying “wootini”! Here’s a favorite quote from a wise Jawa chieftain of the Old Republic who lived during the Jedi Civil War: “Sand stays. All else changes.”―Iziz
About the Collection: The Color Wheel of Fortune
“Although I am a great fan of the expressionist movement, which is meant to convey a human emotion through non-figurative means, I also want to immediately understand my subject matter. I like to know that a cow is a cow, or a clock is clock. In my curated collection, I chose paintings wherein I can always identify what I am seeing, while the colors I chose purposefully give off a visceral reaction. For example, in my chosen paintings, whether the subject matter is the moon, candy canes, or people, the bright color play and the unexpected neon hues often bring a knee-jerk, emotional reaction. I love the combination of the known and unknown - that a painting of a piece of taffy or gum can be transformed into something more depending on the length of a brushstroke or the choice of a hue. This idea of abstraction through color is sewn into my choices. My collection curated from UGallery also echoes paintings from my favorite twentieth century contemporary masters - the collection has hints of Wayne Thiebaud, Egon Schiele, Jean Michel Basquiat, John Baldessari and Joan Mitchell - all artists who I believe have mastered the understanding of how color bombards the world and dilutes or enhances human perception. Single streaks of oranges or blues, that run through the collection like a woven thread also unite my collection helping to allow each painting to be hung near one another - or together on one huge salon wall (my favorite). The consensus when decorating is that colors are only complementary when they are opposites on the color wheel. I believe that color should be treated as a neutral that matches everything; there are no rules, the world is in color, it is the perennial backdrop for everything! Do not be afraid of ROY G. BIV!” -Keren Veisblatt