Nue Magazine - Chicago - June 2016

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The Jeffrey Breslow Gallery celebrates a unique collaborative exhibition of work by Meg Frazier and Morgan Winter. The show, titled Magnetism, represents the unseen yet tactile energy that exists when two distinct styles approach artistic compositions as one. Opening event: April 15th, 2016, 6-9 PM Jeffrey Breslow Gallery 1015 W. Fulton Market, Chicago 60622 (312) 526 3700 *The show will run through mid August 2016 | @JeffBreslowGallery | @MegFrazierGalleryChi | @Morgometry

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Jaime Foster is a self taught painter and photographer, currently living just outside of Chicago. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States. Her paintings and photographs have been displayed in public and private collections, such as the Batavia

Fine Arts Center, Elephant Room Gallery, Fresh Paint Magazine and Artist Portfolio Magazine.


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Herbal-based, do-it-yourself skin care solutions are wonderful to cleanse, exfoliate, and enhance blood circulation in your facial skin. Your skin is your body's largest organ, measuring at about 22 square feet, and acts like a living sponge. All the body products you use like makeup, shampoo, and lotions are quickly absorbed by your skin and fed them into your bloodstream where they're immediately circulated throughout your body. Help protect yourself from thousands of harmful chemicals lurking in personal care products – even many “natural”ones by trying a few things at home. These DIY tips will help transition your skin from drab winter into fresh spring time in less than an hour. We recommend doing both of them, first mask then toner before bed and then indulging in the ultimate beauty aide: sleep.

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HERBAL FACIAL TONER Applying a tea toner after cleansing your skin helps restore its acid pH and tighten pores. Pliny the Elder, 79 AD, in “Naturalis Historia", it tells us that the Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and adorned their tables with its sprays, and that their cooks flavored both their sauces and their wines with its essence. Peppermint contains naturally high concentrations of menthol and salicylic acid which will help keep your skin bright and fresh. With the changing seasons, treat yourself to a cup of peppermint tea and use the remainder to tone your face. Tea Time and Toner Ingredients: fresh peppermint leaves or dried tea + water Boil water and transfer to drinking cup. Add peppermint (loose leas or dried tea) and steep for 5-10 mins. Take out 1 tablespoons worth and put in another cup and allow to cool. Then, soak cotton ball and gently apply to your face for a cooling sensation and to clear pores. For more tips and tricks, visit

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FOUR MOMENTS IN TIME All Photography Š A Moment in Time

Models: Gabija Guzauskaite, Make-Up and Hair: Melissa Ann Stylist: Rose Mae Turner Location: Arcedium Coffeehouse, St Charles, IL, Photographer: Thomas H P Jerusalem for A Moment In Time / IG: @amomentintimephotography

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ON THE COVER: On a grey November day in Minneapolis, I meet with Emmi Kainulainen, a model, artist and design entrepreneur and most recently, a part time resident of Minneapolis. We catch her for a quick cup of warmth as she wraps up a project with fashion photographer Miles Schuster a few steps away at a studio loft. While settling in at Spyhouse coffee shop in the trendy North Loop neighborhood, Emmi jokes that the overcast dim is a reminder of home in Hollola, Finland. Of course her stunning beauty is hard to miss, but what impresses me most is the passion to create that Emmi radiates as she speaks of modeling designing and painting . Tell me how you began your modeling career? When I was 18, I applied to model in a European Specsavers Wearer of the Year eyeglasses competition, and that was the first thing that I did for modeling. I was accepted and then I won the competition In Finland and was sent to London for the finals. From there , I began modeling back in Finland and Europe for many brands .” When did you begin designing clothes? After modeling for a few years, I wanted to start styling photoshoots and then with my friend Tania Muhonen, a photographer, we began producing our own test shoots together and I couldn’t find the clothes that I liked enough for the shoot , so I began making them and so I would have these fabrics with me at the photoshoot and I would cut it while on the model and hand sew the garments. How would you describe your personal fashion style? I would say that my personal design style is defined as classic , Scandanavian minimalist. Mostly neutral colors ; greys, beiges, ivory and “A LOT” of black because it calms me when I am creating and painting . I accessorize very sparingly and love pieces that are no-stress /go to pieces that are comfortable and appropriate in any setting and time of day. What are your favorite core clothing pieces in your wardrobe? I have a vila jumpsuit that is my go- to outfit and goes to any occasion. I wear it and don’t stress about it .Other style signatures are leggings , faux fur jackets and flats

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EMMI KAINULAINEN Interviewed by Reece Fawcett

such as riding boots . “I just brought back a pair of Reiker riding boots from home “ When did you decide to launch your own clothing line ? After a few years of styling photoshoots with my clothes, I decided to take a step forward and start my own brand, CHAINE. I presented my first runway collection in November of 2015. Tell me more about your design ethos and how that relates to your painting, interior design work, and fashion I am inspired by fashion, but I think the main thing for me is to create a sense of relaxed calm in everything that I do, whether it is a painting or [designing] a dress or a room. I want to give my clients a reprieve from their stressful and hectic lives. So, for my apparel line, I design pieces that are in neutral colors, that are versatile to wear day to evening in a multitude of climates. This became a necessity for me personally: as I began traveling more for modeling, packing used to be so stressful for me. I would overpack; I was the one with the biggest suitcase at the airport. With all the traveling now, I have to be very selective. I sought to create pieces that I knew would look great “on the go” and now I have a paired down wardrobe of relaxed interchangeable separates that function. I like things that you can throw on and forget about it. “No stress, no worry” is my mantra. I also notice that the forms of your garments stays true to a modern minimalist point of view. Yes, I tend to like the mix of alternating between simple body-conscious pieces and deconstructed, boxy layers that are uncomplicated and yet sophisticated. Who do you see as your customer for your clothing line ? I see a wide range of contemporary women for my clothing line with one common thread: Busy, multi-tasking, fashion-conscious women! I think that college students, travelers, career women/business travelers, mothers, and working mothers. We are all want to look our best, but we don’t have the time or energy to stand in our closets to deliberate on what to wear everyday. Who are your favorite fashion influencers?

Tori Praver, a Hawaiian born model and swimsuit designer. I love her style and Instagram, great branding and beautiful pieces. Victoria Beckham: the way she has created and emerged her brand is amazing. The design is very timeless and elegant. Elin Kling, a Swedish blogger and style guru who has succeeded in creating her brand and also launched her own style magazine STYLEBY in Sweden. Anine Bing, a Swedish designer living in LA. She has a gorgeous fashion brand under her name, very effortless and elegant pieces for everyday life. Minna Parikka, a Finnish shoe designer. Many celebrities in the US have been seen in her bunny shoes. They are very cool! Chiara Ferragni, an Italian blogger and shoe designer who has the most influence in the fashion blog world at the moment. Other bloggers whose style I follow are Janni Deler, Angelica Blick, Kenza Zouiten, and Sofia Ruutu. I’m also influenced by the style of Jennifer Hawkins, Nadine Leopold, Elyse Taylor, and Eimear Varian Barry. Tell me about your paintng and artwork I began painting with my grandmother at a young age in Finland . It is something I have always done since childhood. I mostly paint abstract pieces and find it so rewarding , even mentally it’s a way of relaxing and escaping into your own world. I like bringing beauty and balance into peoples’ lives with my art pieces---many of my clients have said that my pieces have a calming effect on their hectic lives How would you describe you interior design style ? Painting abstract pieces is so rewarding, even mentally it’s a way of relaxing and escaping into your own world. I’d like to bring beauty and balance into people’s lives with my art pieces -- many of my clients have said that their artwork is calming their hectic lives. What’s coming up for you in the next 12 months ? I will finish a four year degree in interior architecture and design from the Metropolia UAS in Finland, and will graduate in the Spring. For now I’m focusing on building CHAÎNE, my luxury lifestyle brand, which is a curated collection of original paintings, unique dresses and art accessories and is now available on my website available for purchasing on

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by Donovan Stanley

Jyl Bonaguro strives to live her life in the spirit of the Renaissance (“Rebirth” in French). After Hurricane Katrina blew through her life in New Orleans, she was reborn and an act of devastation turned into liberation. “After losing so much and feeling shattered, I recognized that much of what I lost were simply things that I didn’t need anyhow. What I needed was to focus full time on my art work.” Carving Italian marble by hand, she creates fragmented figurative sculptures that fuse ancient techniques with modern ideas. Bonaguro’s beautiful sculptures loosely resemble fragments excavated by archaeologists. Her artistic intention is to reveal how countless civilizations have risen and fallen to be only reduced to ruins. This rise and fall reveals the fallacy of immortality and this endless cycle casts immortality and beauty as transient forms of illusion. However, long before she began carving marble, she traveled and lived in a variety of places in America, Europe and Asia. Her life in South Korea as an English teacher is a particularly favorite source of inspiration. While wandering through the back alleys of Gwangju, Jyl discovered ink wash paintings and spas. She fell in love with their delicate painting style and simple bathing rituals for skin care. Paint was sold in small black bars that were easy to transport and only required water to mix into paint. It was the

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perfect solution for an on-the-road, backpacking artist. In addition to “Rebirth,” the word Renaissance is also used to describe a person who seeks proficiency in several areas. Jyl was so inspired by her decade of travels that when she returned to Chicago, she began exploring a variety of mediums. Nothing escapes her sense of curiosity: sculpture, oil painting, playwriting, furniture design, graphic design and web development. She is also an entrepreneur who launched a skin care line, CALM. She began designing and building modular furniture units to keep all of her various projects in order. The local lumber yard knew Jyl by name and would patiently cut all her wood and then tie and stack it onto her bicycle. Not the most efficient form of transport, but she was a sight to be seen for years walking her bicycle down the street piled high with wood. Her interest in painting began to wane as the possibilities of working in three dimensions grew into an obsession for sculpting the human figure. Materials like clay and plaster in a local class allowed her to learn about armature and casting and she even turned to participating in snow sculpture contests to work at scales exceeding 10 feet tall. However, clay often resulted in sculptures that exploded in kilns, while mold making and casting was irrefutably tedious, and the labor of snow sculptures was often rewarded by watching them melt quickly in the sun.

As she explored materials, reoccurring themes emerged in her fragmented, unfinished figures about humanity and the transient nature of it all. Her simple paragraph artist statements did not allow enough space for all her ideas about human nature and the sculptures themselves were silent forms on pedestals. After reading the book “Emilie Du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment,” she became engrossed with the 17th century female mathematician, scientist and lover of Voltaire and decided to begin writing plays. Writing for the stage allowed her to give voice to her ideas by simply giving the line of dialogue to a character. Threading together comedy and tragedy, her plays are well-regarded for their timeless wit and strong female protagonists. As she began working on the workshop production of her play “Urania,” a phone call from an old friend and fellow artist from New Orleans once again changed her life trajectory. He remembered her desire to carve and offered her blocks of Italian marble; all she needed to do was pick them up from Georgia and build him a website. Thousands of miles in a truck driven by her supportive parents, a fork lift and over 800 pounds of marble later, she finally found a material that resonated with her. As soon as she touched the stone blocks, everything coalesced. “I had for years dreamt that I wanted to carve a female figure at the same scale of Michelangelo’s David. That dream had seemed impossible.” Working with chisels that she had also bought in New Orleans before the hurricane, she began carving the marble in 2014. The learning curve, not to mention the physical exhaustion that ensued, often caused her to question her sanity. But she persevered and exhibited her first series of marble and alabaster sculptures at Hilton Asmus Contemporary, She has accomplished a great deal with no formal training, but this summer Jyl will be traveling to Italy for the month of July to work and study at the marble quarries in Carrara in the same quarries of Michelangelo. A documentary about her sculptures and journey as an artist is currently being filmed by Motion Filmworks and will continue filming her in Italy. Her travels to the birth place of the Italian Renaissance is a fitting step in the artistic journey of this truly renaissance woman. both photos to the right by Simon Rubinstein

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Photography by Miles Schuster Styling by Lindsay Carron

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As an art activist, Lindsay Carron utilizes her images to visualize momentum for a strong future on our planet. Her research and contribution has to do with many of the systems that humans have created to better care for Mother Earth. At the core of systems such as permaculture, compassionate conservation, re-wilding, and clean energy, she finds a consistency that calls for coexistence and viewing the human as a member of an ecosystem instead of an outlier. The way we consume, move, build, create, give, and take has a ripple effect that expands over the earth. Through all her creative practices, Lindsay demonstrates our place on, and relationship with, this planet, deepening the dialogue into the layers beneath the intellectualized systems toward the fundamentals of acting with purpose, being with care, and living in integrity with all. Below, Lindsay gives some insight into her latest work is Wild in the City - New Ways to Wild. Over the course of summer, 2015, I had fallen deeply into a world so divergent from my own. I traveled

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from hot, sunny, overcrowded Los Angeles, California to Juneau, Alaska, a place with a minute fraction of the population of my city and inside the Tongass National Forest boasting the greatest biomass in the world. As different and overwhelming as it was, it felt all at once so natural: I was home. Home amongst the hemlock and spruce rising tall on cliff sides flanked by eagles adrift on the thermals. Home amongst the gentle giant humpbacks spiraling down deep into the sea. Home amongst the strong and ever changing ice of the glaciers that spills into lakes and rivers and streams feeding and nourishing everything in its wake. Home amongst the rhythmic patterns of the salmon runs, songbird migrations, and the ratio of light to dark as the seasons change. And home amongst the people who have a lust for nature so strong that every moment is spent reveling in it. This new body of artwork is an attempt to communicate that the way we consume, move, build, create, give and take has a ripple effect that expands over the earth. As I return to Los Angeles, the necessity of this information is

visceral. I am presented with a big choice: how does my feral self interact with my metropolitan surroundings? Alaska was a remembering of the wild, witchy crone deep within that has always been there, but who needs fire smoke, damp earth, and old old trees to be coaxed out of the concrete cage of domestication. Back in the city, I will not surrender to the cage. Instead, I am on a journey of finding new ways to wild and inspiring others around me to awaken to their wild selves. This means re-envisioning the way I look, act, and choose to feel regardless of my surroundings. It means embodying my art and embodying my wild. This means that with every ounce of my being, I carry the message that we are a part of our ecosystems with extremely valid impact, not simply onlookers. So with great care, we must assume our responsible roles within this cacophony of coexistence, inside and outside of the city.

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Morgan Winter at work in her studio. All photos of her by Adam Schneberg

The dynamic vibrant exhibition Magnetism created a stir when it opened at the Jeffrey Breslow Gallery in Chicago, yet Magnetism had its roots at Art Basil Miami in 2015. Megan Frazier and Morgan Winter descended on Miami from their respective homes with their very different distinctive styles. Both artists came to Art Basil Miami as an adventure, a search for inspiration. Neither artist had any notion of what was to come. Throughout the week in Miami, Meg and Morgan’s bond solidified, and after chatting about the possibilities, they agreed to work collaboratively. Meg and Morgan began their collaboration a few weeks after Art Basel Miami when Morgan headed to Chicago (where Meg lives) from her home in Brooklyn, so they could begin working together. Artistic fireworks happened. They worked tirelessly day and night creating a large body of work that, interestingly, communicates the connection between them as artists while still displaying glimpses of their individual talents. A little background on these two artists: Megan “Meg” Frazier was raised in a small Ohio town, studied art education at Ohio's Defiance College. She moved to Chicago in 2006, and by 2009 Meg was working for Chicago charter schools, teaching art methods as a form of therapeutic release for 16 to 21 year-olds. Meg began teaching part time and opened her first gallery space, Both Sides, in the Chicago Arts

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Meg Frazier. All photos of her by Nikki Workman

District, in 2012. Both Sides gallery represented local artists and hosted classes and events to engage the community, and featured a new artist every month for 24 months, as well as hosting creative classes 5 days a week. In May of 2014, Meg opened her own gallery, the Meg Frazier Gallery, to provide a venue for her own contemporary work. Meg has a solid midwestern All-American Girl air about her. Her crystal blue eyes and big beautiful smile greet you on first glance… and every single time after. Her painting style is bold. She taunts the canvas with color and her brush stokes are accomplished with brazen confidence. She is a risk taker, as her work clearly tells us. Morgan Winter possesses a striking exoticism that is completely captivating. She seems unaware of her hypnotizing beauty and at first has a quiet presence. But, after a time, the born-andraised New Yorker shows herself: witty and playful in character. She is also a non-stop doodler. However, Morgan's doodles morph into intricate works of fine-point black and white ink on paper. Her style is distinctly feminine and delicate, and complex in its composition and detail. Morgan observes "I have always had an appreciation for abstract art, but working with Meg changed something for me. To say that something clicked sounds too insignificant. Something...shifted. The textures, the movement, the emotion that can come through is a completely different language. It speaks di-

rectly to your psyche. It's intuitive and spontaneous, and when you're in tune, you can understand the message loud and clear. It's almost like being clairvoyant, transmitting and receiving messages that bypass language. Being in the moment and creating exclusively from feeling is deeply satisfying. Black and white is still my palette of choice, although this has now become grayscale. I find myself being freer in my personal work – aside from our collaboration – incorporating brush strokes and allowing paint and ink to drip." The spark from this collaboration was witnessed by Chicago-based sculptor, Jeffrey Breslow. Jeffrey recently opened a gallery in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Morgan and Meg's artwork complimented Jeffrey's whimsical sculptural work, so the date was set and Magnetism launched at Jeffrey's gallery on April 15, 2016. "We are so incredibly lucky to have had the chance to work and exhibit with Jeffrey Breslow. His generosity and ingenuity are tremendous," Morgan added. "I was so honored to have collaborated on a piece for his show at Willis Tower last year. Meg was one of his representatives at that show, and for the two of us to be showing at his gallery a year later with our own work is beautifully cyclic." Magnetism will run through August 15, 2016. It's a synergistically electrifying exhibit to behold.

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TAPPING INTO OUR COLLECTIVE SUBCONSCIOUS AND CHANNELING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT Jaime Foster is a self taught painter and photographer, currently living just outside of Chicago. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. Here, she discusses her work. I am interested in the relationship we have with nature and our environment, both positively, negatively and how this affects us on an emotional level. My paintings feed off the fascination I have with ecopsychology, conservation and biodiversity. The spiritual connection humans have with the natural world is as old as humanity. It’s an integral part of human nature whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. The natural world provides the vital necessities of life: water, food, and air. But it also provokes awe, wonder and exhilaration that touch our souls in ways we can’t completely describe. My work taps into our collective subconscious of the deep emotional connection with environment and nature. From a distance, my paintings will simultaneously resemble vast glacial landscapes and intricate microscopic patterns, acting as complimentary and contradictory to each other in an encircling game. The natural elements which flow from an emotional outpouring create fractal natural patterns that draw the viewer into a world each viewer translates through their own perception of the natural world. Different aspects of each of my works can be viewed as a mountainside, cell structure, flowing rapids and perplexing botany patterns – all combined and swirled together – to create timeless works of art that could be appreciated at any time in human history. For more info, visit

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Models: Kari Riley, Madison Spialek, Stefanie Dolenc Second photographer: Luke Gottlieb Location: St Mary’s Glacier, Colorado

WINTER REWIND Photography by Nicole Marcelli

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