Headline #1: The Art Pack
Deck #1: Combine the hipness factor of the Rat Pack, the neurotic musings of the Brat Pack, and the waste-nothing sentiments of the Pack Rat and what do you get? The Bay Area’s most captivating new art collectors.
Headline #2: The Compulsive Obsessive
Deck #2: San Francisco’s hottest art collectors take “retail therapy” to a whole new level.
#1: “An artist selling his work is like a rock star making the Big Time,” Brindmore says. “I love to be a part of that.”
#2: “Even the arrangement of city streets, or a crack in the sidewalk can be art if it has creative significance for the viewer.”
#3: “Great art does amazing things for the social atmosphere of a person’s home,” Mummert says. “It stimulates the mind.”
Lee Gregory is a self-proclaimed addict.junkie [since “addiction” is in following sentence – redundant] “There must be some kind of 12-step program to help curb my addiction,” she quips. Her drug of choice, however non-threatening to her health, is an incurable obsession with art that has persisted since junior high school. when she first became infatuated with art. Now in her early 40s, Gregory freely admits her unquenchable impulse thirst; or maybe “voracious appetite” for art. “If I see a piece that I love, I buy it. I don’t spend much time mulling it over.” Unconcerned with status art, Gregory offhandedly bypasses the Dali and Chagall drawings that she purchased while still in college to show me a large Alex Kanevsky painting on her mantel [describe painting in a few words]., which apparently conceals a mysterious Miró,[what is the significance of this? Clarify or delete.] A small Picasso leans casually against the wall in her den, but [I think this point is already made in the previous sentence. This next statement is confirmation of previous sentiment:] Gregory prefers the bolder works by those lesser known,. “I collect for myself, and nothing else. I only buy what talks to me”—[quote has nothing to do with the idea that she prefers lesser known artists] like a vibrant red cross composed entirely of glitter by [San Francisco?]Art Institute student Nicole Hebron, and a toilet paper roll made of rationed toothpaste tubes by Cuban artist Rene Francisco Rodriguez [check to see if “e” in Rene and “i” in Rodriguez has an accent mark]. Of nearly 100 works of art housed at Gregory’s Panhandle apartment (mostly stashed in closets and beneath couches), the pieces picked up on her numerous trips to Cuba starkly stand out.[-why do they stand out? Show, don’t tell…] “Their work is so important to them, and each piece is very personal,” Gregory notes. “It’s the depth of what the pieces mean to the artists that interests me most.”[Is she referring to Cuban artists, or unknown artists in general? If Cuban, then start quote “[The Cuban artists’] work…”Again, a description of the Cuban work would help the reader get a better idea of why these works are so important to her. The quote by itself is somewhat of a weak ending. Consider looping the story back to Gregory’s approach to collecting.
Steve Brindmore (Owner/Case Company)
Tattooed arms and [punk-rock meets geek-chic] choose one description or the other; using both is redundant [Elvis Costello] glasses are just the first cluean indication that 37- year-old Steve Brindmore is not your average art collector. His Berkeley Hills abode has a thrown-together [thrown together and museum-like have opposite meaning. Is it messy, or immaculate? ] museum-like quality that reveals an almost irreverent appreciation for art; (sneaking a peek at a favorite painting often requires a sharp crane of the neck to peer behind a bathroom door). “I’m an art pack-rat,” says a straight-faced Brindmore, whose devil-may-care spending habit has materialized in a collection of nearly 200 works as eclectic as his choice of body art. At Ccasa Brindmore [reason for “C”: calling it “casa Brindmore” makes it a formal name], a black- and- white John Meyer diptych shares equal space with paper collages, and the more serious works of art (like a Caravaggian study in chiaroscuro) seem strangely at home next to what he calls“dopey paintings” pieces [Pop Art cartoons are not paintings] like Pop Art cartoons and a $25 piece painting? Drawing? Describe in a few words. purchased during breakfast [unnecessary; has no significance to the purchase] at a local café. Though there is little common thread tying the collection together, each piece speaks about its owner:—an old-school hipster who, in lieu of becoming an artist, started his collection with a bunch of cheap photographs. in lieu of becoming an artist. “I just didn’t feel comfortable calling myself a painter,” Brindmore admits, “so I guess I collect instead.” Now a staple on the local art scene (Brindmore owns Case Company, a well known art crate manufacturer patronized by SF MoMa), he is a compulsive compiler of emerging art. “An artist selling his work is like a rock star making the bBig-Ttime,” Brindmore says. “I love to be a part of that.”
Yuri Psinakis (Artist/Curator) [Where does he work? Keep it consistent with the other titles/companies. If freelance, state that.
“Almost everything is art to me,” says artist/curator Yuri Psinakis in his three-story SoMa loft, (which somehow retains the effect of minimalism despite the paintings stacked four and five deep. that outline the large space). “Even the arrangement of city streets, or a crack in the sidewalk can be art if it has creative significance for the viewer.” This matter of individual importance glues Psinakis’s pieces together in a varied but cohesive [Redundant; “glues” sums it up nicely.] collection of bold yet understated art [ “bold yet understated” is a popular cliché used in art; consider something more original. His space acts as a kind of showroom for work that speaks to him personally;, the larger pieces hogging wall priority while smaller yet still- important works are carefully wrapped and hidden hide beneath furniture or inside cabinets. carefully wrapped. Despite his hesitation to define an individual aesthetic, Psinakis describes his taste as “youthful” and clearly has an appetite for the daring: An enormous sketch of a masturbating female dominates the living room wall. opposite a hanging sculpture composed of oxidized computer screens. [this takes the impact away from previous “daring” description.]Vintage pieces picked up at flea markets cohabit with an easily recognizable [describe Nara piece in a few words] Yoshitoma Nara and a large black and white of a young Bruce Lee, while a lunch box scarred? punctured? with bullet wounds (Psinakis’s own) has a prominent spot amidst other small treasures. With nearly 300 works in his collection, Psinakis admits it is hard to choose a favorite but says he loves the way rotating pieces can alter the energy of a room. “Artwork shouldn’t be kept at arm’s length, never to be touched or moved,” Psinakis says. “I want it to be approachable and uplifting.”
Lisa Mummert (Franklin Bowles Gallery)[what is her position?]
All is fair in love and war until your ex makes off with the Warhol and Herring. “It was like dividing up children,” says collector Lisa Mummert who, despite the loss of valuable famous paintings, is still lacking wall space to display her artistic treasures. The detriments of prior love have had karmic rewards for Mummert.: As a gift for her recent marriage to husband Eric, artist friend Brad Kalder scaled the staircase wall of the couple’s China Basin loft to paint the pièce de résistance,—a massive blue and white mural.[might consider going into more detail since it is the “pièce de résistance.”] But size isn’t everything, and even the awesome floor-to-ceiling work can’t overshadow the pair of Bianca Jagger paintings[are these paintings of Bianca Jagger? Are they both named “Bianca Jagger?” Clarify.] by David De Rosa and or the Shepherd Ferry [Is this the name of the piece, or the artist? Clarify and ital if name of painting; also include artist’s name] on an adjacent wall. “Great art does amazing things for the social atmosphere of a person’s home,” Mummert says. “It stimulates the mind.” Though the first painting she ever purchased—a “tie-dyed”[why is this in quotes? Is it tie-dyed or not?] Mona Lisa by Warhol protégé Steve Kaufman—still presides over the couple’s bed, Mummert sees her new marriage as an artistic opportunity and her collection may well take a romantic turn. “I’m so excited to start growing my collection with Eric,” she says. “The pieces we buy together will all have great memories,”—like the tribal tattoos they got on vacation in Tahiti. She laughs, “The tattoos were our way of bringing art back from the island,!” she says, laughing. Though she someday hopes to acquire a Rembrandt etching, Mummert’s next purchase,—a large portrait of the couple commissioned from local artist Mark Hobley,—will be more valuable than any Warhol on her ex’s wall.
Notes: Three out of four stories end in quotes…you may want to consider revising one story’s ending with a closing statement vs. a quote. Also, be consistent with the job title/company. In regards to the art, consider going into a more detail about the pieces vs. using vague descriptions like “easily recognizable” – that doesn’t give the reader any idea of what the piece looks like. Since this is a story about what these people see in the art they collect, visual details are important.