Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mark Leary Mobiles Featured in World of Interiors, January 2012

I am honored to announce that one of my all-time favorite mobiles, Red Rover Red Rover, will be featured in the incomparable World of Interiors, January 2012 edition, page 110.

Published by Condé Nast – the same folks who slap together lil’ magazines like Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and StyleWorld of Interiors is a UK pub described as “the most influential, inspiring and lavishly produced design and decoration magazine money can buy. The integrity of its editorial is matched by the quality of its production and by its ability to bring together the broadest spectrum of houses, art features and product shoots. It is a unique resource for affluent and intelligent individuals who are passionate about the way they live.”
If you ask me, it’s just damn sexy.
And, I am stoked that the World of Interiors’ “Inspiration Editor,” Annabel Freyberg took a liking to my mobiles and chose to shout out across the big blue to showcase Red Rover Red Rover in their first edition of 2012. This is the same mag that did a phenomenal Alexander Calder story in their recent May splash featured on Calder.org itself!
My mobile complements a pictorial editorial (say that 10 times fast) about the Paraná Delta retreat of famed Argentinean designer Roberto Bergero.
Whoa! Hands down one of the coolest pads I’ve ever seen. What’s for dinner, Roberto? I’ll bring the Malbec!
Thanks to Kathryn & Matt @ Hanging Mobile Gallery for helping making this all happen.
And, cheers to all for a magnificent 2012 filled with life, love, laughter and lots of deep breathing.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Now Spinning @ The Original - Permanently!


 
I'm pleased to announce that The Original Dinerant in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon is now the permanent home to eight of my larger mobiles.
Designed and created for the lollipop circus art exhibition in June, the swirling whirlers were just too perfect of a fit to go anywhere else, so The Original snatched 'em all up! Many of these spinners are one-of-a-kind and were custom made just for this show, so you'll only see them blowing here.
So, next time you're passing through the PDX and have a hankering for ridiculously scrumptious food and art that moves, do your tummy and art-heart a favor and head over 300 SW 6th Avenue.
In addition to its permanent collection, The Original always has fabulous traveling shows with some of the best local and national artists anywhere ... and they serve up a mean martini, too.
Cheers!

Monday, October 24, 2011

New "fresh" Show @ Red Brick Gallery

fresh through november 15th

it's that time again...

join me, the gallery girls, and a handful of amazing southern california artists at Red Brick Gallery's latest show, fresh.

filled with the funky fun of fantastic florals and fabulous flotsam & jetsam photos, paintings, mobiles and more, this aquatic-themed show is all aces.

as an extra added burst of splish splashin' goodness, check out a selection of my newest mobiles (made over the Paint Ventura weekend) that are now spinning proud throughout the gallery.

so, if you're all about the blues (not the sad ones) and greens (not the envious ones), then you will love everything jen and phyllis have pulled together for this watery wonderland.

be sure to swim on by and say hello!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paint Ventura ROCKS!!!

"Ventura-ness-osity," by Jim Martin

Ahhh yeahhhh!

Thanks to everybody who came out, down, over and up to make this such a super fun weekend!

For me, the trip down was EPIC (as in “wow, who knew Ventura was sooooo far from Bend.” Um, almost everybody ... except ME!).

But, the feeling of running on the beach with the waves crashing, the perma-grin I had from meeting such inspirational and energized people, and the taste of salmon and asparagus and the all-night laughter of Jen and Phyllis – well, it all made up for the drive ... and a LOT more!
And, even though never-ending, the drive itself was gorgeous, too.
Perfect moment: Waking up with a smile on Sunday, a six-mile run on the beach just steps from my hotel, the warmth of a southern Californian sun and sky and on my skin, diving into the ocean for some much-anticipated bodysurfing, breakfast of huevos rancheros, coffee, and the Sunday paper in Santa Paula, and a feeling that ALL was right with the world.

Come on NOW!!!
Moonshines over fiery starlit Hoodoo, snowy plovers, Saturday Cajun brunch with bloody marys, big dogs, soft pastels, bent metal, front-row seats, open doors, and stories galore ... this was something special.

Again please!
Artists that you need to check out ASAP:


Suffice it to say, I’ll be back...

And, it was great...

And, Jackson, you rule.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Now Showing @ The Atomic Pop Shop


"contemplating calder" by kerry beary
If a time-space teleportation device – cleverly disguised as a couch named “bob” – is loaded with a cargo of garlic granola, bacon air guitars, coconut-flavored treats, and chickns playing Beethoven on their beaks, leaves the gentle, sweet enchanted lands of bantu-bantu at half-past zydeco, what is the likelihood it will arrive in Bend before my latest delivery of EIGHT new smoken token mobiles arrives in Baton Rouge, LA?
It’s a tough conundrum of a question, I know. Indeed, it’s enough to make your heart fulter, your lobe explode, and your gluten go free!

Although I could patiently create a 7-step Hassn proof that explains why the Atomic Pop Shop in Baton Rouge is just about the coolest place on the planet, I’ll simply say Kerry Beary (gallery owner and artist extracoolinaire, http://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrybeary) and her hip retro shop on Government Street in The Capital City are aces.

If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, I highly recommend you drop in and go for a spin in her fun digs and check out some of my new designs including lil’ red hood, jumblaya, blorange, and crazyam.

And, of course, don't forget to stock up on your supply of Tabasco while you're in town, too.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Paint Ventura - Painters, Sculptors, & Mobilists?! Oh MY!

Paint Ventura (http://paintventura.com/), southern California’s premiere all-media plein air art event put on by Red Brick Gallery (http://www.redbrickart.com/), is coming up fast ... and - wait for it, wait for it - I’ll be making the trek south to participate in this super fun three-day event!

Red Brick Gallery has been so good to me, I just couldn’t say no, especially when I was given the opportunity to teach my very first mobile-making workshop... (http://www.redbrickart.com/mobiles.html)

Here’s the scoop:

Friday, Sept. 9th 5-8pm, "Paint Ventura Paint Out and Arty Party." 20 Artists will be creating work at Red Brick Gallery during their kickoff event wine and snacks provided by local restaurants. Yum! And, along with a number of other talented artists, I’ve donated one of my mobiles to be raffled to help Red Brick Gallery raise money for a cool local charity.

Saturday, Sept. 10th 11-5pm, "Paint Ventura" 100+ artists will be creating, selling and teaching workshops along Main St and CA St in downtown Ventura. I’ll be at Red Brick Gallery handcrafting unpainted metal mobiles, butand will have plenty of colorful spinners with me to sell as well. There will be live music, performances and book events at participating locations throughout downtown. The public is encouraged to streak down Main Street with wild abando ... um, oh wait a minute, you are actually invited to watch the artists at work and seek out a new creative side of your own.

Sunday, Sept. 11th, I’m really excited to be offering my first mobile-making workshop (http://paintventura.com/workshops.html) from 2-5 p.m. In this three-hour class, students will learn the ins and outs of making modern mobiles. Then, in an effort to keep lawsuits to a minimum, attendees will make their own *foam* mobiles with more finger-friendly tools and materials than high speed drills and jagged metal. Good news is tetanus shots are not required! Spots are limited, like for real, so if you're interested ACT FAST to sign up by contacting Red Brick Gallery @ 805-643-6400. Additionally, WAV (Working Artists Ventura) will be hosting a wine tasting and Studio Tour on the Avenue (another reason why my power tools are being left at home).

So, if you’re in the area, please drop in to experience this art extravaganza and support your local artists who are doing good in the world and, of course, feel free to stop by and say hello to the non-local artist (me), too.

PS – Keep an eye out (but, please be safe about it) for an upcoming announcement of my newest gallery in the spicy Land of the Blessed Tabasco coming soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Show at Red Brick Gallery / Ventura Westside ArtWalk


Jen Livia and Phyllis Gubins are at it again!
I'm honored to be included in their latest show "Full Bloom" which opens this Thursday, July 14th at Red Brick Gallery (www.RedBrickArt.com).
In addition to my mobiles, they are featuring several new artists including Illona Aguuayo, Tasia Erickson, Debra Hintz, and Gwenlyn Norton as well as their favorites Joe Cibere, Jim Martin, Stephanie Kiker, Kim Sawyer, Theresa Davis, Dan and Sue Harding.
Don't miss their Artist Reception during the all-new Ventura WestSide ArtWalk July 23rd and 24th where they will have several artist demonstrations and live music.
For more on the show, please check their website at Red Brick Gallery (www.RedBrickArt.com) and to see more on the new Westside ArtWalk please click their site at www.WestsideArtWalk.org.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Elroy Artspace Show ... Thank YOU!


"me outside the original"

The show at
The Original went fantastically! If you didn't have a chance to check it out, the LOLLIPOP CIRCUS | A Calderesque Homage show runs through early July. So, if you're in Portland, OR, be sure to drop in and check out all the phenomenal artwork.

Oh, and the food at
The Original Dinerant is insanely good. A Laphroaig martini?! Complete with a pair of olives stuffed with Smoked Maldon Sea Salt and organic Farmhouse Cheese from Noris Dairy!? What?! What?! I mean, come on NOW!

Plus, Joe of
Elroy Artspace fame (the curator) and his wife Dana are just the coolest folks EVER! They did an amazing job organizing an incredible show, not the least of which was hanging up all 12 of my mobiles from some very, very high ceilings!

And, of course, big love to Devin and Shanna for hosting me while I was in town AND the coolest Natalie coming up all the way up from Bend during her finals week to surprise me (so, so, so awesome and best surprise ever) AND my sweet, sweet Dad and Mom coming down from Seattle to give their son a surprise hug AND Kathryn from
Hanging Mobile Gallery coming across town with her two boys to say hi, too. So much love and fun all around - so thank you, thank you, thank you!

You can find some pictures from the show here: http://www.elroyartspace.com/lollipopcircus-june2011.html

And, here are some photos thanks to Natalie and Devin...



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

wild whimsy at the red brick gallery

Get ready to don your pith helmet, pull up your khakis, and slap on your hiking boots ... but you can leave your binoculars at home.

That's because when you head on over to the
Red Brick Gallery (http://redbrickart.com) now through July 11th, you'll be able to get up-close-and-personal with my very own untamed mobile herd.

This is your chance to take an urban safari and watch as these ethereal air beasts effortlessly mingle-spin with a whole gaggle of
other great artists at this month's Wild Whimsy show.

Beginning this Thursday and running through July 11th, this show lets you take a walk on the wild side with all things a-n-i-m-a-l!

A good time is guaranteed for all as Phyllis Gubins and Jennifer Livia always put on the fantastic fun.

Get your roar on!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Upcoming Show: Lollipop Circus | a Calderesque Homage, June 2nd


Please join me and a blast of exceptional artists from PNW and Beyond at The Original Dinerant (http://www.originaldinerant.com/) on June 2nd for the opening reception of Lollipop Circus, a Calderesque Homage.

Presented by Portland's very own Joe Staskerz and Elroy Artspace, a Gallery of Modern Art (http://www.elroyartspace.com), the show celebrates the "pervading ingredients of Calder’s oeuvre."

I'm honored to be included in this month-long exhibition and have created a special series of entirely primary-colored mobiles in tribute to the master.

I'm super thrilled to be a part of this shout out to one of the MCM greats and my personal inspiration. Woohoo!

If you're in the Portland area come by and check out the work of all these fantastic artists:
Cheers and happy good times to y'all!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

perfectly technicolor in portland


"the juggler"

I recently was commissioned to create one of my most playful mobiles, the juggler, for a client in Portland, OR.

Living, as I do, in Bend, OR, I'm always excited when I'm lucky enough to share my artwork with other Oregonians.

However, whenever I create this particular mobile, I'm always just a wee bit concerned about how the client will respond to the colors it dishes up. Why?

Because they are super flippin' ridiculously...
B-R-I-G-H-T

When two of three paint colors start with the word SHOCK, you better believe there's going to be some POW Factor going on ... and that can be a real surprise.

Belton Molotow's Shock Blue and Shock Orange team up with Cadmium Yellow to create a grab-you-by-the-eyes, slap-you-upside-the-head and spin-your-brain-around color combination.

That is to say the original colors of this mobile definitely aren't for everybody and it's rare the grown-up room that can hold it's own with such look-at-me-ness.

Until now...

My client sent photos of the installed mobile and, well, simply put: I want to live in their house! It is just that COOL! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I LOVE every little (and big) element in the rooms. Such creativity and character and playfulness combined with such crazy awesome stylings.

Love it and am honored to be spinning in such a space.

Technicolor Yea!