Monday, December 27, 2010

TED Interview with Andy Amadi Okoroafor [TED Fellow, CLAM]

Big shout out to my good friend, Andy Amadi Okoroafor, founder of creative studio Clam, for his recent feature on TED, where he holds their prestigious Fellowship! Andy is one of my biggest inspirations not only because I share his love for creativity, but also because he is one of the hardest working visionaries that I know who can make work seemingly effortless and is an example of how success can be achieved by staying true to one's vision. One of his studio's projects, Clam Magazine that Andy had founded in Paris 11 years ago has provided a global platform for creatives from all-over the world, connecting people around a common thread. Clam is one of the most beautiful printed publications of its kind that combines warmth and realness with a high-end aesthetic & amazing art direction that had made it a true collector's item.


When people ask me who was the first to 'put me on', I always refer to him...my first press was an interview feature few years ago in Clam Magazine. To get that kind of backing from such amazing artist & publication played a huge role in inspiring me to share my art and was the biggest catalyst in my artistic growth. That was like the first yes, let's go! to me. I will always be grateful to him for that.  
  
Andy has been working in the fashion, music & design industry for years and has recently debuted his first feature film,  RELENTLESS which he produced and directed (check out more about the film here). Read his interview on TED about the connection between Clam and shortwave radio, his upcoming projects and his mission to make social entrepreneurs sexy.
"My advice for social entrepreneurs is to know that they are the most interesting thing happening in the world right now. They shouldn’t be buried in their computers, you know? They are changing the world; they should also live in the world they are changing.
Social entrepreneurs are the most remarkable people right now on any level, whether in music, art, business … for me they are the coolest thing. But I think there’s a reticence about expressing that you’re doing good. It’s hard to say “Hey, I’ve done this and that and I’m helping people build schools and hospitals.” What’s cooler than that? Designing a new collection, a sofa, a car, a hotel, becoming the new Banksy? Nah, nothing comes close!
The world has made social entrepreneurs seem unimportant, but this is actually what is important right now. This is what young people want to be into. Its just the gates seem closed … you think you can’t make out in that crowd. That’s why something like TED becomes so important. It’s cool to be a TED Fellow. Social entrepreneurs should blow their own horn a bit more." Read the whole interview here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

HOLIDAYS :: VISIONS 18 Installation & Art Exhibit [Video + Photo recap]

In case you missed it
Visions.18 Holidays.Art Exhibition from Je Ne Sais Quoi Films, LLC on Vimeo.

A reunion of a sort, HOLIDAYS featuring the artwork of VISIONS 18 (the artist also known as Quan Luv ) presented by St.Evens marked the return of the jedis to the world of manifestation. After some hibernation and a period of preparation for what about to come, some of us have joined forces to make some waves--KONOGOMIX is one thing to look out for. Big shout out to the Prince for the visions and the goodies! 
I was one of the special guest hosts along with Mega, Lou Diamond, Mochadon, Chief Encore, Beju Beju, KOG, NJK Jersey Klan, Extra Butter NYC, Konogo Mix Studios, Street Shinobi Magazine, Cash & Caviar Magazine, St. Evens International, Creative Control TV, A.L.I.E.N. NYC and Peter Hadar.
Family vibez
 New artwork by Visions18.
Photo by Lou Diamond. See more here.
photos courtesy of Mari J Brooklyn

listen to...GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW :: "Never In Vain"

New video "Never In Vain" from the beautiful Georgia Anne Muldrow. Heart vibration, she is a powerful voice for Isis wisdom.
"Never In Vain" is the 2nd single from Georgia Anne Muldrow' album, "Early" available now iTunes. CD and Digital! New Album "Owed To Mama Rickie" Coming Spring 2011!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I AM HAITI :: Children Art Project featuring Richard "Earthman" Laurent [Documentary & Fundraiser Art Show]

:::: Heart Sun Flower ::::
Haiti Children's Art Documentary from FilmsOnArtists on Vimeo.

Haitian Childrens painting project video by FilmsOnArtists featuring Richard "Earthman" Laurent from FilmsOnArtists on Vimeo.

One month after losing their home, school and every possession to Haiti’s earthquake, 100 children from the Maranatha School and Orphanage came together and created 209 masterpieces of art.

The project was the initiative of Rogue Space Gallery owner and documentary filmmaker Kevin O’Hanlon. O’Hanlon collaborated with artist Richard Laurent and the Life For The World team to bring canvasses and painting supplies to Maranatha which has been the home and school to over 100 children since 2002. The children have been sleeping outside, on the streets or under tents since the earthquake.

"This was one of those mutually abundant situations. We got to experience the mindset of these amazing children at a pivotal moment in their lives, while bringing so much joy to kids who had never held a paintbrush or seen a blank canvass before. The project empowered them, affirmed their artistic abilities and set them on a creative path their own solution. They are Haiti’s future, the generation who will rebuild."

To see more information and keep updated on the project as we move towards rebuilding the orphanage at Maranatha, please visit our site RogueSpaceChelsea.com

Thusday at the FilmOnArtists Gallery come dance and celebrate the unbreakable spirit of the children of Haiti & please consider purchasing a unique painting by these young artists. A perfect holiday gift. 
Thursday.Dec.30. 6p-11p

:I Am Haiti Children's Art Project : Holiday Art Show
(Showing: December 2 - 31, 2010)
FilmsOnArtists Gallery
Chelsea Fine Arts Building, 4th Floor
526 West 26th St.(bet.10th & 11th Aves.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

STEVE ARRINGTON x DAM-FUNK x STONESTHROW

Former Slave frontman Steve Arrington is working on an album produced entirely by Dam-Funk, to be released next year on Stones Throw.  Steve Arrington left the music industry after a successful carrier in the 80's, but thanks to Dam, he'd returned not only to record but got back on tour performing old and new jams as well.  This feels like a dream-come-true type of a collaboration --the two are clearly musical soulmates--,  and from what I've heard of it, it is going to be a funk superhero project. Read PeanutButter Wolf's account of how the project came to realize here.
  Steve Arrington & Dam-Funk "I Be Trippin" by stonesthrow

if ever in doubt....

COME ALIVE


the only way

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NEW WORK: Electric Battery Pack

'inside joke'

AKASHA

i saw this as a second grader...it opened up so much. i still remember the way i felt at this scene. 
 
one of my childhood's favorite movies
Rene Laloux La maîtres du temps (The Masters of Time)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

BROOKLYN ARTIST PROJECT launch: SATURDAY 5-10PM


My good friend, dope artist/visionary and a no-BS business man, Mr Day Job Antoine Hester has just embarked on yet another success-bound project. After the birth and happy life-cycles of his first brainchild, IHMDJ ("I Hate My Day Job"), he decided to share his vision with some of his favorite artists and thus The Brooklyn Artist Project was born.
IHMDJ! Presents… The Brooklyn Artist Project Launch Party & Art Exhibit
Launching this Saturday December 11th, 2010, 5pm - 10pm
Complementary Beer and Wine
Limited Edition Artist Tee’s + Artwork + Giveaways

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

this is it: HOLIDAYS 12.10.10

A reunion of a sort, this event marks the return of the jedis, featuring the superfresh work of VISIONS 18, one of my favorite artists.
St. Evens Garden Group  Presents: HOLIDAYS. art expo.
An exclusive one night only art + fashion exhibition featuring the artwork of VISIONS.18.
Live installations, Live performances and special baked treats catered by Gotham Kafé.
Special Guests:
Lichiban
Mochadon
Beju Beju
KOG
NJK Jersey Klan
Extra Butter NYC
Konogo Mix Studios
Street Shinobi Magazine
Cash & Caviar Magazine
St. Evens International
Creative Control TV
A.L.I.E.N. NYC

DEC. 10th 2010  RAM Gallery, Newark, NJ
Please RSVP for location and time. RSVP@Visions18.com

For more information contact: information@st-evens.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

i'm feeling JESSE BOYKINS III "B4 The Night Is Thru {Promo Vid}" prod. by Machine Drum

The1st single release off of Jesse Boykins III's new LP, "B4 The Night Is Thru" produced by Machine Drum. The album artwork takes reference of an image of famous French artist Marcel Duchamp playing chess against one of his sculpting models. Big ups to Mel D Cole for the photography & to Dr.Woo for the art direction. Sexy cover and delivery...YES.

Click HERE to download the single.
get it on itunes

PHOTO OF THE DAY: heights

Loving the work of London-based photographer, Jerome Williams a.k.a Jay D Will. 
Check out more on jay-d-will.moonfruit.com 

CRIS PROLIFIC "Art/Money" [album release] + "VOYAGE" featuring ILLA J [official video]

The official video for CRIS PROLIFIC "Voyage" featuring Illa J.
 
My good friend, Brussels-based producer CRIS PROLIFIC has just sent me this video that marks the release of his much-awaited album ART/MONEY finally out on 45 Scientific. Featuring the late J Dilla's little brother Illa J, Voyage pays homage to the golden days of Detroit hip-hop...this is the kind of sound that is missing from most of mainstream hip-hop these days. Cris has previously collaborated with some of the best french MC’s such as LUNATIC, KERRY JAMES, and OXMO PUCCINO, jazz legend-activist KAHIL EL ZABAR (ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO), folk-soul singer AYO, world-renown Cabo Verden legend CESARIA EVORA and has done remixes for THE ROOTS, RZA, ERYKAH BADU and PHAROAHE MONCH & MR. COMPLEX. For his debut solo project, he gathered an international roster of heavyhitters like Illa J, Large Professor, the late Baatin’, Wildchild, M.E.D, Cappadonna, K Banger, Phatkat, Ursula Rucker, Blackmilk and more. Last year, we had a chance to build about the album- you can read my interview with him here. 
[artwork by Tim Okamura]
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Monday, December 6, 2010

2019 A FUTURE IMAGINED according to SYD MEAD, concept designer for TRON & BLADE RUNNER


2019: A Future Imagined from Flat-12 on Vimeo.
Syd Mead, concept designer for Blade Runner and Tron, gave his thoughts on what life in 2019 might look like in this Tribeca Film Institute short. The short film discusses Mead’s views on the future of transportation and technologies. The core things that drive any sort of advancement, according to Mead, isn’t the speed at which technology can move but rather, human creativity & imagination themselves. 

KINGS OF GENRE launch

Been a long time in the making, the project of my NY artist fam, KINGS OF GENRE has finally arrived. KOG is a hub for a collective that unites visionaries of a range of genres from fashion to film and music. A voice of a generation with a new vision here to crown and shine...yes, it is time! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NEW WORK:: "WE ARE LUMINOUS BEINGS :: Yoda Blessings" & "LOVE TAKES YOU HIGHER" prints launch at POP-UP PANDA this Fri-Sat

As promised, my new prints are out, ready to be had! Come through this weekend to the POP-UP PANDA I'm co-curating at PANDA NYC. They promise to be very affordable in the spirit of accessibility and non-exclusivity. If you want it, you can have it.  MORE INFO HERE

POP-UP PANDA [Dec 3-4]:: FEATURED BRAND/ ARTISTS : VISION18 /QUAN LUV ::: MEGA

VISIONS 18 / QUAN LUV
I'm pleased to have some exclusive goodies from Brooklyn fam and long-time collaborators, QUAN LUV & MEGA. You will hear a lot about Quan's project VISIONS 18 
...and for those in the know, the three of us have joined forces and working on something big behind the scenes. stay tuned ---

Limited edition apparel and goodies are available this weekend at the POP-UP PANDA I'm co-curating at PANDA NYC.  MORE INFO HERE
 © Photos courtesy of Vision18/ Quan Luv 

MEGA
 
© Artwork courtesy of MEGA

POP-UP PANDA [Dec 3-4]:: FEATURED BRANDS: KALISTI :: FREEGUMS :: SIX SCENTS

KALLISTI

CHI2 is crazy about these body chains! It’s such a simple yet brilliant idea by founder/designer Xing Xu. Xing is obviously passionate about bringing beautiful design by talented independents to the forefront. She’s the organizer of Brooklyn Fashion Festival, and founding member of We the People NYC Fashion CollectiveKallisti also has a line of bracelets and rings, which will be featured at Pop-up Panda. 





FREEGUMS
Freegums transforms the everyday garment into a timeless personal gesture. Featured in art shows, boutiques and publications around the World, the Freegums collection cannot be classified as a street-wear brand or high-fashion line, but rather as a means-based artistic label that continues to pave a distinctive path in the fashion industry by responding with considered enthusiasm to popular sub-culture trends.  Consisting of standard and reversible (((which we think is ingenious & wonder why more people don’t do it))) t-shirts and sweatshirts, Freegums appeals to the creative sensibilities of funky eccentrics.
SIX SCENTS
N°2 ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ Mary Katrantzou & Shyamala Maisondieu from Six Scents Parfums on Vimeo.
Six Scents is a limited-edition collection of fragrances. Each series consists of six scents, with each scent developed by a prominent designer and perfumer to help raise money for a deserving charity. The charities benefitted are Designers Against Aids and War Child International. ”The collection represents a global gamut of contemporary views on creativity, culture, consciousness and collectivity.” The creative masters behind it all is Kaya Sorhaindo and Joseph Quartana. They have impeccable taste in design, fashion, and music. Kaya and I have a mutual love for monochrome aesthetics and I’m always lookin’ forward to his fresh garb.   We’re super excited to feature the full Series 1 and Series 2 at Pop-up Panda (((thanks Marc & Kaya)))!

POP-UP PANDA [Dec 3-4]:: FEATURED BRAND :: PRINCESS OF THE POSSE


“The Princess of the Posse, me say she a cool one
She rhyme on my record and she ram jam me gun
The Princess of the Posse, me say she a cool girl
She rhyme Brooklyn, the Bronx, USA, the world” 
»Princess of the Posse -  Queen Latifah

Since ‘08, Princess of the Posse has brought together street fashion and glamour to form a line of slouchy graphic tees with an avant-garde attitude. Kelly B. is its founder - a creative entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, and hostess of a lot of fun downtown events. Definitely thrilled to feature them at Pop-up Panda!!
[via theCHI2.com]