Under the Influence @ powerHouse Books

July 12, 2011 § 5 Comments

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larger than life graffiti, on the wall inside

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an amazing larger than life wall piece. sculpture like this make me want a warehouse studio

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detail of sculpture

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the far corner of the art gallery upstairs, the variety in the show was unbelievable

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more artwork, notice all the graffiti?

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i really liked the one in the top left, reminded me of my characters

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i saw this one and instantly thought of jackson pollock listening to hip hop

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this was a favorite, graffiti done on six mini toy trains. great idea, great execution.

All those photos are so crazy right?! I went to the Under the Influence opening reception last night at powerHouse Books. If you remember I was just there for Julia Rothman’s Drawn In book opening. I wrote a post about it a bit ago. The event last night was a book signing and exhibtion for Jamal Shabazz. He is a photographer whose work chronicled some of the best years of hip hop and graffiti. It was one event of many in the Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

The store was empty at first. The music was loud though, and eventually people swarmed in, hungry for art, music, and beer. The event was sponsored by Brookyln Brewery, but the beer wasn’t free. I am starting to realize the word “sponsor” isn’t what it used to be. I left early, but not without some great pics. I was really into everything on the walls. I can relate to stuff like this, it being mixed media and all. I saw artwork done in collage, typography, acrylic, oil, spray paint, etching, (even collagraph!), airbrush, emulsion, and shellac! I like all of it so much, and the bookstore did a nice job curating it. It really inspired me to get back into my graffiti days and add some text to my work. It was a unique way to get all my urges out onto canvas, I think I might start up again. Dumbo always does a good job of pushing your artistic and musical talents. Everytime I go there, I leave with new knowledge to make me a better artist.

I was talking to a friend last night about traveling and the effect it has on artwork. I know from experience that going on vacation, visiting new places, even sketching in a new place, can really change your artwork. If I can’t leave the state I am in, I find a new park bench or a tiny coffee shop to draw in. She told me I was brave for being this way and pushing my limits with creating. I was flattered at first, who doesn’t want to be brave? Honestly, I don’t feel like it’s an act of bravery. I look at it more of a challenge for myself, and an honor to let myself be inspired. You have to be open minded these days. There are so many things in the world that can bring you down, make you worried and stressed. When I feel like I can’t be comfortable or creative anymore, I change what I am doing. I don’t want to get sucked into a lifestyle that I don’t believe in, especially if it will hinder my creativity.

Doodles and ideas

April 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Of course I have 7 different projects going on. I try to keep all my painting and collage things separate and on the table. I don’t have just one sketchbook right now so I have been sketching and doodling on loose leaf pages. The pictures above show the variety of crazy things floating around my work area at home. I am trying to figure out a plan for some buttons and a header for the blog. I really like it simple, but aren’t those colors so spring? I also started a new painting the other night. I didn’t want to waste the paint I had out already and some crazy shapes started to form. Kind of looks like a man? The two bottom ones are a result of me sitting on the couch watching Discovery channel. I have been doing alot of graffiti work, getting prepared for a series I want to do. Summer is coming so I am planning some big oil paintings. I love to oil paint but I don’t really have the room or patience for it in my little beach condo. Works in progress are better than no works at all, right?

I also wanted to give a shoutout to Ms. Anastasia from fuckyeahberkeleystreetart. If you have the time and want to see some pretty sweet graffiti and stencil photos, definitely check her blog out. She moved to Spain recently and the work over there is so gritty and raw. It’s hard not to be jealous of her! Wish I could walk down some Spanish streets and take some photos…or sketch…wouldn’t that be lovely…

Triangles and graffiti

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

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I am supposed to be drawing pentagrams and painting witches but I can’t seem to concentrate. I have too many projects going at one time. I have been working on triangles and graffiti all week. I always see those crazy hipster art bloggers posting about triangles and whimsical art. I decided it can’t be that hard to draw some damn triangles so there ya go, hipsters. Tell all your etsy friends from Portland that anyone can draw triangles.

I also decided to mix them in with some graffiti. I am working on a 15 x 20 watercolor with triangles and words and collage. I think it will turn out great. I have been staring at it for days now not wanting to ruin it. Graffiti is a true love of mine, and I really need some more practice. This will all change soon, and you will get tired of seeing all my crazy posts about the mean streets, aerosol, and city pics.

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