The first-annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival
Desert Island and PictureBox
at Our Lady of Consolation Church
184 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Little Dragon is back in NYC!! I got my good friend and ex-writer colleague at TRACE Magazine write up a guest feature this time.
By Devin “PAN” Barrett
Since releasing their self-titled debut album, Sweden’s soul-pop quartet LITTLE DRAGON has coursed through the veins of the indie music scene, keeping listeners’ collective blood pressure dangerously high. Hitting stride once again with their follow-up LP, Machine Dreams, Little Dragon returns stateside to the venue where they made their NYC debut a year ago. This Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village, find out what all of the buzz is about as Little Dragon takes the stage with their signature synth-infused electro fuzz. If lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s sweet serenade doesn’t give you goosebumps, you may need your pulse checked. Sharing the bill for the evening are Re:Redux (Didi and Aaron from Brazilian Girls), dance collective Crystal Fighters, and DJ Scribe of I Love Vinyl acclaim. Show starts at 11 pm.
For additional show and ticket info visit: http://lepoissonrouge.com/
(BROOKLYN, NY) November 12, 2009 – Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Center for Arts and Culture, PUMA, and The Coup d’etat Arts Collective are honored to announce the opening of “Live to Change Something Through Art,” a mixed media exhibition of works created by 23 local artists. Please join the artists for the opening reception on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 4 p.m.– 7 p.m. at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, New York.
“Live to Change Something Through Art” features work that is reflective of the current Brooklyn arts movement and underscores Coup d’etat’s thought-provoking brand principle, “Live to Change Something.” Highlighting a multicultural collective of artists across several disciplines, the exhibition encompasses painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation.
“The voices of Urban image makers have too often been dismissed as inarticulate and underexposed,” says Rasu Jilani, co-founder of Coup d’etat Brooklyn, and “Live to Change Something Through Art” Creative Director. “This exhibition was developed to help my fellow creators build positive awareness of their work while exposing our youth to the many vehicles of self-expression.”
Artists that were hand-selected to participate in “Live to Change Something Through Art” include: Molaundo Jones, Suhail Smith, Sam Wilson, Lichiban, Rob Fokused, Alice Mizrachi, Stephanie Land, Deka, SeeOne, One9, Alzo Slade, Ana Bravo, Berman Fenelus, Jen One, Reuben King, Amanda Diva, Nelson Rivas, Kwesi Abbensetts, Paul Deo, Robert Trujillo, Suncadm Bey, Ibrahim, and Yang-Chi.
About Coup d’etat Arts Collective: Coup d’etat Arts Collective is a Brooklyn-based collaboration of highly respected artists who produce various art-related events throughout New York City. The Collective's annual exhibition features a never-before-seen assembly of New York City’s most sought after visual artists. With music as the backdrop, the Coup d’etat Arts Collective provides a unique platform for creative synergy while filling an undeniable void in the arts community. For additional information on Coup d’etat Brooklyn please visit www.cdtbk.com
In the introduction to Migrations, he wrote, "More than ever, I feel that the human race is one. There are differences of colour, language, culture and opportunities, but people's feelings and reactions are alike. People flee wars to escape death, they migrate to improve their fortunes, they build new lives in foreign lands, they adapt to extreme hardship…."His images speak without words...about terror, loss of innocence, the horrors of war and the beauty of the human spirit that- even while faced with the harshest conditions- can transcend the shadows of the past and heal the presence. This piece, inspired by one of the photos from his book, THE CHILDREN, on the left was one of my first pieces I exhibited (I donated it to a fundraiser for Emergency) a few years ago...I was at an early phase of experimenting with my style and media. After buying the book, I would keep on returning to these images and stare at these children's telling eyes...many of these kids were born and spent their entire life in refugee camps. (e.g Rwanda, Lebanon, Croatia, Afghanistan, India, Mozambique, Sudan, or Kurdistan). I believe that Salgado's photographs have the power of changing someone's life (a quality I think every artist would love to own). Someone told me that at his show of THE CHILDREN, they displayed the photos as giant, larger-than-life size prints and the power of these images made many attendees burst out in tears.
"In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art." (Rumi)