by Ariadna Zierold

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Robert Hardgrave is an artist from the Northwest, basing his studio out of Seattle, WA. Hardgrave is a self-developed artist with a wide range of techniques under his belt. Previously known for his colorful free-form painting style, he has moved forward and has allowed his experimentations to dictate his progression into a new visual realm.

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Though he took a step away from pursuing showing his work in galleries and filling his calendar with a demanding schedule of exhibitions, he never ceased his creative stream of art creation. He is currently working on a new technique of large-scale photocopy collage transfers.

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Stacey Rozich

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Fine artist and illustrator Stacey Rozich makes work inspired from many different folk and indigenous traditions that is very unique.  There is just something about the beastly shamanic figures that pulls the viewer directly into the scene.  Many of the images conceal emotions and angst behind beautiful renderings of mask and costume.  Her precise use of color and gesture articulate these emotions perfectly.  Not every image is so heavy, some are friendly and whimsical, some make you think, while others make you laugh.  Stacey’s unique ability to connect with her viewers on a personal and emotional level, are what sets her work apart. —Ronnie Wrest / The Citrus Report

What does a normal day look like for you right now?

I’m sort of in an odd transitional state right now: I just finished up design school here in Seattle and immediately (literally at 7 am the next morning) I caught a flight out to Georgia, then went to Los Angeles and now am back. I’m still reeling and trying to gather my brains so I can get started on a mountain of work that has been waiting for me. Since my days are trying to re-adjust themselves, I’ll give you what I’d like a normal day to look like for me. Wake up around 8 am, fix myself a little something to eat then get to some e-mailing. Probably check out a few of my favorite blogs (, Design Sponge, among others), watch a couple kitty videos and then see whats on the project roster for the day. If I’m on schedule with my work I’ll allow myself to go out that evening and meet friends for a drink or watch a movie. If I’m off, well, you can bet I am not leaving this table until I am finished or I am in big trouble.

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You obviously welcome being busy, but is there a limit? Do you like having multiple projects going at once?

The last two years of juggling a really intense school program with still trying to stay relevant in my personal work was tough and really showed me what a busy schedule would do to my life. Luckily, after some snappy outbursts at roommates, family, etc. I have perservered and found a good balance to work and not being a lunatic. I think I might be addicted to the busy, if I find I’m not as busy I actually get panicked and don’t know what to do with myself. It’s interesting how the psyche can adjust to one pace of working and can go into malfunction mode once it’s diverted. I do enjoy working on several projects at once because it really pushes me to expand my inspiration and creativity to different places I didn’t even know I could go.

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I know you put a lot of research into work.  What are a couple traditions that have inspired your work lately?

While I was in LA, I set aside to have a museum day where I went to the Getty and the LACMA. At the Getty I was totally enthralled with the pre-Renaissance era religious imagery of Northern and Central Europe. It is so ornate and beautifully patterned, and I love how all of the figures in the artwork all look so sad. On the other end of the spectrum, at the LACMA they had an exhibit of indigenous Pacific Islander artifacts and that also got me running around snapping photos for inspiration. It was a whole different take on cultural traditions, this one deeply rooted in tribal spirituality portrayed in minutely detailed wooden carvings and (real!) chained human skulls.

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Some of your work provokes strong emotions, is this a part of your plan or is some of it personal reflection?

Well, I am honored any time someone approaches me with a certain emotional reaction (luckily, always good ones). Truthfully that is never what I set out to do, I think that is why I am still so pleased and humbled when a viewer does take away a personal feeling that my work gave them. I think a lot of it personal. I’ve always had an imagination in turbo-drive ever since I was a kid but it was always very private for me. This constant internal narrative has shaped me into how I operate today and how I approach different pieces that translates itself into work that is evocative to others.

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I read that you are a bit of foody…top three meals?

Oh boy, I’m going to put away the Sweet Tarts I’m eating and think about this. Number 1: Fresh shucked oysters on Hood Canal, about an hour and a half outside of Seattle. Surprisingly being in the land of incredible shell fish, a lot of restaurants around here can really screw up a good thing.  When you get it straight from the source it’s incredible. Number 2: When I was in Georgia, my boyfriend and I visited his brother and his family and he is quite the self-taught chef. He hand-made fettucine and marinara sauce which you’d think would be a pretty standard meal. But no, oh no, it was light and fresh and one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever eaten and I don’t think I could ever recreate it. Number 3: Anything my father cooks outside that the whole family can enjoy on a warm night on the deck. It seldom ever gets warm enough to eat outside here so anytime we can it’s memorable.

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What are you working on right now?

Simultaneously working on Earth’s vol II artwork, work for a solo show at Portland’s Compound Gallery opening August 6th, finishing up a large commission for a collector in Malaysia and putting the final touches on a few graphics for Upper Playground t-shirts.

What else do you have planed for this year?

A few big projects I can’t make public quite yet, but they will be amazing, wonderful and very exciting. Aside from branding my work onto useable/wearable commodities, I’ve got a few shows in the works, commissions and — fingers crossed — a trip of the International variety. You can always stay in touch with me here:

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Tim Lincecum on the cover of NY Times Style Magazine

We in San Francisco haven’t had a major sports star since Barry Bonds, and he was too polarizing for the nation to admire. We had Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, but those days are long gone. But now we have The Freak, Tim Lincecum, and we finally have a sports star gracing the cover of … the New York Times Style Magazine? Kind of bizarre/cool.

We have to say, this is a really great read.

On the topic of the good-looking girl at the front desk of his Seattle apartment: “The one with short, black hair?” Lincecum asked. “Yeah, she’s good-looking, but she posted on Twitter that she saw me walking around in my boxers. That kind of pissed me off.”

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Matthew Hollister Illustrator and old school zine maker

Where do you live?
I live in Seattle, WA.

What kind of artist are you?
I’m an illustrator.

Can you talk a little about your books and zines? How long did you do that for
and how many do you think you have made.
Most of the work I do is for magazines, and is very art directed. Making zines is something
I first started doing with friends when I moved to Brooklyn, and it has always been an outlet
that allows me to focus on my own interests and just having fun. It also feels great to make things
that are multiples so you can hand them out to people. I’m not sure how many I’ve made over the
years, but hopefully I’ll continue to produce them more often.

What other artist inspire you?
I’m inspired by all kinds of work, and from a really varied spectrum. I’m inspired the most by my
friends and peers, the people close to me who are doing things that are exciting. People like
Fogelson-Lubliner, Eric Elms, and everyone else who participates in The Holster. As far as artists I
don’t know who I really like right now a short list would include Stuart Davis, Ivan Chermayeff, Donald Brun, and Rambler Port of Beaumont.

See more of his work at

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GQ ranks the 10 best new restaurants in the US

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If you are lucky enough to actually get to eat in some of the nation’s finest new establishments, chances are you will be eating food with some sort of tagline of “‘local,” organic, and with some sort of farm mentioned. That means you are probably eating well. If you don’t have at least one dish of local brussel sprouts a week, you are missing out.

GQ is a bit haughty when it comes to their choices here, but hey, they are supposed to be like that. They rank the top 10 new restaurants in the US, and they have the place pictured above, the Italian-menu Lincoln in NYC. They also cite Flour+Water in SF, and a place we can relate to, The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle,

Read the list here.

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We haven’t talked about Scarlett Johansson getting divorced…

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Well, she is. And there was a collective sigh from a bunch of dudes who think that they are going to see Scarlett at their particular bar in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, and Chicago. Guess what fellas? This isn’t a Michelob Light or PBR girl, and if she was, she doesn’t go to your bar. Don’t be that guy at the water cooler today.

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Starbucks to serve wine and beer

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Not quite sure what to do with this news, but to know that Starbucks is going to start serving wine and beer in some of its chains is almost too European. The company did open its first such store serving booze on Monday in Seattle, “offering an array of Craft beer and local wines.” Latte, espresso, beer, priceless.

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A story about Ichiro

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A story we just got about Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, probably the best hitter in baseball since Tony Gwynn retired his cleats. We thought it was interesting .. .

“When I was in Japan a few years ago, anywhere I would go, whatever and whenever there was a TV, a smart window would pop up for every single one of Ichiro’s at-bats. It was just a normal day in July, there wasn’t any records at stake, or any real importance to the game, just an Ichiro at-bat. It didn’t matter if I was in a hotel, in a store, walking down the street,  watching national news, local news, a sitcom, or anything… Ichiro just stopped the nation.  That is, and was, national pride…”

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