Teeming nature meets the sleek modernism of architect Stanley Saitowitz at our clients’ idyllic home in the hills of Marin County. Our timeless collection of contemporary art complements the elegance of designer Nicole Hollis’ interior.
Stanley Saitowitz, an influential Bay area architect, is celebrated for his distinctive “monochromatic” and “machine-like” architectural style, which embodies a resolute form of Modernism. His impressive portfolio spans an array of residential, commercial and public projects, including our client’s home in Mill Valley shown above.
Our clients were deeply moved by the American artist Charles Gaines’ explorations of Tantric Buddhist philosophy, which have greatly influenced his signature grid technique. In the Tiergarten Series, Gaines extended his celebrated Numbers and Trees Series, by capturing trees from specific locations (in this case the famed Berlin Tiergarten) and arranging them on a grid using numbers and colors. Each etching is titled with a different month, emphasizing the temporal aspect of the subject he codifies.
MATTHEW DAY JACKSON
Still Life with Tulips by Matthew Day Jackson draws inspiration from 17th-century paintings by Jan Brueghel, exploring the perpetuation of beauty by artists throughout history. It embodies Jackson’s concept of the “Horriful,” a realm where the measurable and the inexplicable coexist, suggesting that our actions possess the potential to generate both horror and beauty.
MATTHEW DAY JACKSON
American artist Matthew Day Jackson frequently explores the projection of human desires onto nature, as evident in series like Arcimboldo, Still Life with Flowers and Reclining Nude series. By utilizing unconventional materials like lead, Formica, epoxy, and bronze, Jackson achieves a distinctive aesthetic characterized by intricate details and monumental presence.
For the last decade, Olafur Eliasson has been creating glass works and watercolors inspired by the themes of transparency, color, and layering – the simplest means for achieving a non-representational illusion of depth and movement in two dimensions.
Best known for his monumental and evocative large-scale installation art, Olafur Eliasson constructs magical visual effects through his sharp manipulation of simple elements like light, water, and mirrors. Mirror my calmness Buddha in me (2021), a collection of overlapping hand-blown glass circles, reflects his recent fascination with the representation of depth and motion in two-dimensional mediums.
This image draws us into the heart of the client’s home, where architect Stanley Saitowitz’s genius comes to life. The central courtyard stands as a graceful bridge, seamlessly connecting the main house and the office. The clients’ deep appreciation for nature is evident in this space, where their carefully curated art can be appreciated from this tranquil environment.
Julie Mehretu is known for her multi-layered monumental paintings of abstract landscapes, exploring the cumulative effects of urban sociopolitical change, incorporating photographic images from news media that depict conflict, injustice, and social unrest. In late 2017, Mehretu began her collaboration with master printer Case Hudson on a series of six large aquatints inspired by the artist’s recent trip to China.
Julie Mehretu’s Six Bardosseries reference the Buddhist bardos, the six liminal stages of the soul from birth to death described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The print’s abstracted marks and layered lines reflect Mehretu’s exploration of world history and politics, engaging viewers in a contemplative journey through the transitional stages of the soul.
Loop(In And Out) #4 is about excavation and memory, Jack Whitten uses a string as a symbolic “mapping device”, inviting the viewer to engage with the artist’s personal narrative.
In Jack Whitten’s own words, “The global history of Art allowed me to visit all the geographical locations that have contributed to my present day notion of being.”
Trevor Paglen is a conceptual artist, writer, and geographer who uses photography and public records to explore places, objects, and structures that are typically hidden from view. His works delve into the themes of military and corporate power, as well as the phenomena of mass surveillance and data collection. Paglen is best known for his “limit photography” technique, utilizing high-power telescopes in conjunction with cameras to photograph deliberately remote places such as military bases, satellites, and prisons.
Trevor Paglen’s artwork captures our attention with its seemingly picturesque depiction of clouds, however, it cleverly hides a commentary on technology’s advancing impact. Paglen highlights the imperfections of our digital age, touching upon themes of surveillance, data collection, and the hidden structures that shape our daily lives.
In our client’s kitchen, Nicole Hollis’ love for bold and moody design takes center stage. Her keen eye for detail is evident in every element, from the sleek black cabinetry to the striking white concrete dining table by Rick Owens, blending functionality and beauty.