July 20, 2011 § 4 Comments
I missed Agenda, one of NY’s biggest tradeshows, but I did attend the afterparty. The Depthcore Collective art show was hosted along with everyone from Agenda, a live band, dj, and plenty of free Sailor Jerry’s and PBR. I was really busy dancing and drinking beers and watching all of the young streetwear kids go crazy. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of artwork displayed. I have been familiar with Depthcore for at least a year now, checking out the new art every now and then. I have my personal favorites, which unfortunately didn’t have any artwork there. I did get to see plenty of new artists, but there were so many people I couldn’t really get all the photos I wanted to. The ones you see above are also on Depthcore Collective’s website. If you have the time to be really impressed then you should go on over there and see some great work. They also have a tumblr coming soon, and a twitter for you little blue birds out there.
The next post will have the rest of my collages I did inspired by Amanda Hawkins. I am also super excited to post the other video!
July 12, 2011 § 5 Comments
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.
July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments
“Where the hell is Roni’s portfolio page?” I know you’ve probably looked at the page list there to the left, and asked yourself that question at least once. Well, guess what? It’s there now! Original Work was added tonight after a lot of stressful and unsuccessful attempts. I haven’t made all the albums completely public, but you can view four of them, with the provided Picasa link. I still have to include photography and sketchbook, but of course you can view sketchbook updates here on the blog! Click here to view paintings, drawings, collages, and art journal pages. I disabled comments on all pages so if you want to leave some love or questions, just comment here. Thanks and enjoy! [and Happy 4th!]
July 2, 2011 § 3 Comments
Julia Rothman runs one of my favorite websites of all time, Book By Its Cover. I have been reading it for so long and hoping and wishing I could participate in some of the many events she offers. Of course, since I recently moved to NY, I finally got to attend something. Julia Rothman has a new book out called Drawn In and it is full of inspiring photos and interviews of artists that keep regular sketchbooks.
I am always inspired when I go to Dumbo, it is full of art and music, everywhere. As soon as I got there all I wanted to do was take pictures and pick up things to collage with and sketch until my fingers fell off. I did finally make it to the Powerhouse Bookstore and was pleasantly surprised. It is a neat bookstore, with publishing offices on the second floor. They were playing Radiohead, I got to drink delicious wine, and look at some really great sketchbooks. There were a lot but I think I had a few favorites. Ana Benaroya, Ben Finer, and Jen Corace really stood out. I have seen Jen Corace’s work in Philly. I love sketchbooks, as you know. I think more art shows should be like Julia’s. Lots of neat people, willing to talk and ask questions, music, wine, and plenty of good vibes. I felt like I fit in and I can’t wait to get the book. Of course, if you haven’t ever visited Book By Its Cover, get on it and tell me what you think!
July 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
If you watch TV, read the paper, or spend more than 4 hours of your day online learning about art, then you should know about the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. It’s probably the most popular and full-of-hype galleries in Chelsea, NY. I have only been there one time before this and that was to see Jeff Soto. The show last night was a bit disappointing. I was expecting a lot more work overall, but the work that was there was so great. I had never seen Brett Armory’s work in person before and it was very impressive. I don’t really understand his process or technique, but the end result is appealing. I feel like the “younger”, “hip” crowd were gearing towards him being the star of the show. I will say I was drawn more to Dan Witz and all he had to offer. He seemed like a nice guy and was very interactive. His work was so strong, it was hard not to look at it more than once.
The Jonathan LeVine Gallery just seems so smothering. It is all white and metal and on the 9th floor. I feel like it has amazing work to show but the vibe is just not for me. I did have fun walking around in Chelsea though, as always, and always find new things. The gallery is booked until 2013 so if you are interested in hype and silent interaction about artwork that has been published in shiny magazines, you should check it out. ha! But no worries, because I went to another show last night, in Dumbo. Julia Rothman had her Drawn In book reception and mini-sketchbook show at the Powerhouse Bookstore. I just had to write another post for that one…
June 29, 2011 § 5 Comments
It has taken me months to decide on how I want this list to be presented. I have arranged my daily blog reads in random order, with my favorite photo and my own two cents to get you started. I feel like this list is important because I am inspired by these people every single day. If you love me, and value my opinion please visit some of these blogs. All links are included and clicking on the picture leads to the blog homepage. Thanks and enjoy. This list has a permanent home on the left hand side of my blog, in the Pages Area. (I have another list in the works, listing just websites and portfolios, so keep an eye out.)
Apollo Kids Live is one of the most thought-provoking blogs I have come across in a long time. It is updated daily, sometimes more than once, with profound quotes and really inspiring photos. I am a fan of the renegade, rebellious, anarchist vibe it has. Oh, and they love astronauts, music, and craft beer.
John Casey is my art hero. I have never been so inspired (and quite envious) of an artist before. His subject matter, technique, craftmanship, and compassion for his craft is astounding. Check out his blog for gallery info and art event info. He is such a nice guy and he knows a lot about good beer.
Weja is one of the most spunky, kooky, quirky, off-the-wall people I can think of. Her artwork is incredible and worthy of your attention. Everything screams with color and wonder. Her tumblr is also worth a glance. It’s full of neat fauna, mushrooms, and enchanting magical places.
Peirce, the one and only, is a graphic designer by day, ninja by night. She has a great sense of humor and stays true to the things she believes in. If you want a laugh, reality check, and some inspiration check out her blog.
Ben Isaiah is the best damn blacksmith, metal worker, glass blower, and jewelry maker I know. I have never seen such beautiful work. He is always putting out new work and updates and you should definitely take some time out of your day and check out his work.
Jenny, from Starting Over Studio is my best blogging friend (if this is an actual term of endearment). She runs a very up close and personal blog about making art and creating part of her new and improved life. She has plenty of great insight on people, places, and being true to what you desire. She always updates and is unpredictable when it comes to her art journals, and scrapbooking.
Leslie is my mentor that I never met. I have learned a lot of new things from this lady. I love her blog because she is so one-on-one with her readers. If you have a question, she is bound to answer it with all her heart. She always updates and her watercolors are amazing. Oh, and she leaves wonderful comments.
Linda is one of those gals I found and wish my blog was like hers. Her wordpress is full of updates, tutorials, personal stories, and great photos. Everything is so organized and she is also good at leaving great comments to keep you motivated.
Sophie is a blogging buttercup from the other side of the world. She runs an updated blog, strictly of collage art. She is my go-to source for collage inspiration. She welcomes original work and submissions/links. Definitely check her blog out for refreshing posts. Oh, and she listens to good music.
Emily, from Looking West is one smart cookie, with great taste in art. I am a huge fan of her poetry and art posts. Her blog is so inspiring, it’s easy to read it a couple of times a day. Her archive is heaven in html form.
PJ runs one of my most favorite blogs. She does one hell of a job when it comes to folk art, and knows how to present it in a way that keeps you coming back for more. Colorful, organized, updated, personal, and always with a laugh, she is hands down worth a visit.
Chongolio is new to my daily blog reads, but I am so glad I added him to my list. He updates on his art journals, which I am a big fan of. He has such crazy art journal pages and I just love his style. His laid-back, “everything is gonna be alright” attitude is contagious. He is always in a good mood and I always feel so cheered up after visiting his blog or tumblr.
Nicholas Di Genova is a name you might have heard, and if you haven’t then you are missing out on one the the best artists out there. This guys sense of work ethic, determination, and endurance is incredible. He is hands down one the the best artists that I don’t know. He’s a pretty nice guy with a ton of talent. He draws thousands of everything.
Megan is also rather new to my blog list but it’s one good read. I love her blog because she is always posting great wildlife stories about crows and trees and things. She has a great sense of humor and her mini illustrations are quite unique. She has some photography, painting, and stories. Variety is key to good blogging if you ask me.
Erin, from Art-is-try is also new to my frequent reading list, but for good reason. She makes homemade books! I love sketchbooks, handmade/bound journals, and book arts. Her sense of color and craftsmanship is noteworthy. She is always posting something new and personal and you should definitely check her out if you are into that kind of thing.
Anastasia is currently residing in Spain, sending me a note or two every now and then of the amazing things she sees. She runs a street art and graffiti site and it’s my favorite. I am biased when it comes to graffiti, I am a fan of the original 80’s train work, and anything from Australia, Brazil, and Spain. She takes just her and her camera on daily walks and documents the amazing work she sees. The awesome thing about her blog is that she actually knows a lot about art, and will tell you exactly what you need to know.
June 12, 2011 § 7 Comments
Who went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn today? RONICAAAAHH.
Sorry, I know you guys are jealous, but don’t worry. I took plenty of pictures, have plenty of stories, and nothing but blogging time. If you read this and still want to chat, you can email me or hit me up on my new twitter! The Renegade Craft Fair is a traveling event, going to major cities like London, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and Austin. It features handmade and indie arts and crafts for affordable prices. I have been talking about this damn fair for over a year now, and it was so worth the wait!
This lady puts miniature people biking and drinking tea inside of the jars of moss. Twig Terrariums was one of the first vendors, started off great!
There were plenty of plush toys, knits, and crochet vendors there but this one really seemed to stand out. Zooguu is a small plush toy business, all handmade, with some of the cutest animals I ever did see! Jen, the creator, had all of her plushies in hexagon displays which really caught my eye. If you didn’t know, I love hexagons, honeycombs, and bees!
Speaking of bees, I met a queen beekeeper named Karen! I was smitten with her, and she seemed pretty glad to have someone so knowledgable about bees. Bumbleberry Farms is her website where she sells her own honey, jarred by her. If I had to pick on booth/tent that was my favorite, it would be hands down the bee lady!
Huntington Baseball Co. stuck out like a sore thumb, but in a great way. I have never seen anyone thread a baseball until I met this vendor. He had some really great things on his table, vintage and customized alike.
Peg & Awl was at the Art Star Craft Bazaar last year. It was neat to see some of the same people. Making money doing what you love is easier than what everyone thinks.This guy was extremely nice and had some decent print jobs. He had some neat iPad and iPhone cases. You can see his stuff here.
Overall, I had a really nice time. It rained all day, clouds were ominous, and there were scattered storms all over New York. The bad weather doesn’t stop the cool kids from coming out. Hipsterville, USA, aka Brooklyn was thriving with vegan foods, indie music, fixed gears, stretched ears, and lots of “too cool for school” attitudes. Luckily, I seemed to fit right in and I didn’t get rained on until I got home!
I have been comparing the fair to Art Star Craft Bazarr all day. Art Star was my favorite boutique when I lived in Philadelphia, and they do an amazing fair at Penn’s Landing. I went for the first time last year and loved every minute of it. RCF was a lot bigger, with about 150 more vendors. The location was good, a nice variety, and a couple of diamonds in the rough. My favorite part was the location, and the way the fair was set up. It was like one big circle, market style with neat, colored tents. I felt like a fellow Gypsy, with my bag full of postcards and business cards, sketchbook, and iPhone.
Choosing between the two fairs is impossible, so I recommend both. I want to go to art shows, craft fairs, and indie festivals for the rest of my life. If you’ve never been to any, you are really missing out. I have some more links I want to post, but I don’t want to overwhelm you guys! So, when I post some new sketchbook pages I will list them too. What a day! Thanks for reading.