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Staff Picks | Spring '17

From photography prints to original artworks, we asked three members of the Tappan Team for their three favorite pieces, and why they love them.

Danielle - Marketing 

"Ala" by Andru Sisson / "Centre Street" by Eric Chakeen / "Two Nannies" by Kelsey Shultis


"I'm a fan of things that are a little off-beat and a little strange, and I just love the darker color palettes, especially the 'Two Nannies'. They really sort of straddle the line between weird and beautiful. I'm a fan of masks and dolls, things that are a little weirder, so the aesthetic of these pieces are right up my alley. For me, when I'm thinking about buying art, part of it is where it'd go in my house--like, I'd love to put up 'Centre Street' in the kitchen, I think that'd be hilarious--but I also think that there's no point in buying something that's 'expected'. For me, what resonates is the content and subject matter and look. I like that they're unexpected."

Kaelyn -  Art Advisor

"Candyland Study No. 2" by Kelsey Shultis / "Untitled" by Struan Teague / "Intuitive Movement" by Lani Trock


"My style is usually monochromatic, and art can add some color into my life, but for me it's mostly the story, the story of the piece and the artist, that has to be there in order for me to buy into the work. The connection that goes beyond the aesthetic. My aesthetic taste might change, but my connection to the piece--and the story--won't change. These three artists, I'm really excited about where their work and careers are going in the future too, and that's something I look for. Teague is someone who's sort of an 'unsung hero' for lack of a better term--he's doing incredible work, and not enough people know about him!"

Julia - Artist Management

"Just Go Pour Water, No Cups There" by Jameson Magrogan / "Scender" by Gabrielle Teschner / "Ouvrir" by Caroline Denervaud


"These are three of my favorite artists, because of the way they approach the material. Jameson Magrogan evaluates moments through an observational approach, and each piece is vibrant with color and repositions these classical ideas of 'perspective', 'still life' and 'composition'. I like that he paints not to define meaning, but to explore something, whether from memory, feeling or an objective. Caroline Denervaud's methodology is something that I love; when you watch her interact with form, she explores the physical limits of the body through gesture and form building, only allowing mark-making where her body reaches on the paper. She’s particularly unique because of her close relationship to her work, literally pressing her body to her paintings, keeping viewers from associating one without the other. Her body is absolutely intrinsic to her two-dimensional work, and that’s really special. Gabrielle Teschner has developed her own art form, which is special. It straddles painting, sculpture and architecture, where she employs these architectural components to carefully crafted works, and I love that when you live with a Teschner, her intricate treatment of fabric and paint reveals itself to you over time---turn the piece over, and there's another entire layer of intricacy to get lost in."

See the rest of our team's Spring Staff Picks.