Saturday, October 29, 2011

NEW EXHIBIT: I'm featured in "DRAWING CONNECTIONS , Siena Art Institute, Italy


During the summer, I was invited by the Siena Art Institute (Italy) to submit to their exhibit called "Drawing Connections" which exhibited postcard size drawings by artists from worldwide. They are going to published and released in a catalogue featuring all the work by the end of November.

FROM SIENA ART INSTITUTE: From Saturday 22 October to Friday, October 28 the Siena Art Institute Onlus will host the exhibition "Drawing Connections," a large exhibition of nearly 5000 postcard-sized artworks that were submitted from over 70 countries around the world. Join us for this a grand exhibition of tiny masterpieces! Via Tommaso Pendola 37 Siena, Italy.





Thursday, October 27, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FLY OVER SWAG: DAM-FUNK & MASTER BLAZTER back in NYC [10.25.11] + VIDEO "Forever"



I'm looking forward to seeing LA fam, Master Blazter (Dam Funk, Computer Jay, J1, Gro Weyez) live again this Tuesday at the Highline Ballroom. Though I've seen them play several times, they surprise me with new versions of familiar songs each time. Dam's band always puts on intense, phenomenal live shows, reminding me why one goes out to see live music...promising to be a full-on experience.

WHAT: Dam-Funk & Master Blazter w/ Metro Area (Morgan Geist & Darshen Jesrani), DJ Spinna, and MatthewDavid
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25th, 2011, Doors open @ 7pm, Show @ 9pm.
WHERE: Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St. (b/t 9th & 10th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
HOW: Chance to win FREE tix now. Go HERE to purchase tix if you don’t win.



The Pier40 boat cruise show was probably one of my favorites, after their very first NY live performance. 




  CLAE presents Five By Five Series: DĀM-FUNK "Beautiful Music For Beautiful People Vol. 2" by CLAE Footwear

SVN: hi fi (MEGA.DOPE.POP) x Jeff Donna (KOG)



This is where the magic happens.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

ROYAL THUGZ: Visions.18 x A.L.I.E.N. NYC x EXTRA BUTTER NYC 'Thug Life' Series



 This week's movie night atEXTRA BUTTER NYC will bring a little something extra to the table. They join forces yet again, with Visions.18 and A.L.I.E.N. NYC for a one of a kind evening as they screen “TALES FROM THE HOOD” – part of a 3-part series called THUG.LIFE. Adding some fun to the mix, we encourage everyone to dress with the “THUG.LIFE.” attire/costume in mind…and there just may be some prizes for the best dressed thugs of the night. ALSO – as teased there will be some limited edition *snapcaps* available for the evening!!& This Friday, October 21st at 10pm

GOLD COAST TRADING: The Very Best 2011



love!!
Styling & design by Emeka Alams

Sunday, October 16, 2011

FREE DOWNLOAD: Vanguard Bots: "Audiolucinogens" [NEW RELEASE]

This project just came in from my good friend, brilliant visual artist/designer Vanguard Bots, who has ventured into music making...the result is a solid electronic EP, at times contemplative at times cinematic & abstract...would fit well into the catalogues of labels such as Ninjatunes, Brainfeeder or WARP.






AudioLucinogens, the debut EP from NYC producer and visual artist Vanguard Bots, walks a tightrope between the ethereal and abstract. Sometimes melancholy but gritty with sonic weight, the EP features 6 all-new tracks including the singles "Codex Loss" and "Life in Paradise".
Subdrive presents this as a free download. Click "Buy this Set" to download the entire EP in a ZIP file.   Vanguard Bots - AudioLucinogens EP by subdrive

Friday, October 14, 2011

NEW RELEASE: Marka 27 BLACK BUDDHA Minigod 15"


The much awaited BLACK BUDDHA  from Marka27's minigod series equipped is finally out and will be available at the TOY TOKYO booth at the New York Comic Con today 3-4pm. If the aesthetic and cult value hasn't sold it already, the fact that it's equipped with a pretty sweet set of speakers so you can hook it up to your laptop or mp3 player is just the cherry on top. Look for Booth 976. This is an edition limited to 100, so get there before it's gone (Toy Tokyo carries it in case you miss the Comic Con). Also, check out Marka's store for other collectibles here.

FILM PROJECT TO SUPPORT: "SE SAFANDO" a film by Taganyahu Swao & Joshua Bee Alafia


My good friend, Taganyahu Swao is at the final stages of his movie project SE SAFANDO he's been working for the last five years in collaboration with Joshua Bee Alafia. Taag is originally from Jamaica, but considers Brazil his second home. The project was filmed in Brazil featuring some of Tag's close friends, family & the beautiful people of Salvador, Bahia. This is so close to being completed and is going to be an amazing project... consider supporting independent artists. I've been a fan of Taagen's art for a while, you can check out his other projects ranging from lithographs, prints, animations to music videos for reggae artists.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

TODAY:Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South


Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South from MVMT on Vimeo.

This unprecedented, multi-media exhibition presents work by a group of intergenerational Southern artists of African descent that have examined contemporaneous realities of life in the South from a cultural, political, cosmological and sociological perspective.  America’s southern states are often viewed monolithically, through a narrow and stereotypical lens of a romanticized antebellum past, post Civil War unrest, and 20th Century Civil Rights politics. Dirty Sensibilities explores current issues such as race relations in the Age of Obama, the survival of Southern folk traditions, post-Civil Rights realities, the significance of relationships with elders and the creation of a new Southern aesthetic. “Much of what is known about the Black experience in the South focuses on a historical period often directly related to the oppression of enslaved Africans, their struggle for liberation and their struggles for Civil Rights after the brief period of progress experienced during Reconstruction. However, the Southern narrative includes a history rich in culture, spirituality and Africanisms that have thrived over the past four hundred plus years,” states the exhibition’s curator Shantrelle P. Lewis. “This exhibition seeks to explore those idiosyncrasies that are unique to the region of the United States situated below the Mason Dixon Line.”
For more info visit cccadi.org
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6 – 9 pm // Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6 – 8:30pm // On View: October 14 through December 16, 2011
Curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

NEW WORK: YOUNITY's GODDESSHOOD Exhibit Trailer


The teaser for YOUNITY's "GODDESSHOOD: Our Land is Our Jewel" show in Yonkers, NY where my work is on display until the end of December.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

DREAMS DO COME THROUGH: Welcome to SVN: hi fi by MEGA.DOPE.POP

"Have you ever made a wish? I DID.

Welcome to SVN: hi fi by MEGA.DOPE.POP. 
Where mythology meets POP.

Its not an exhibit.
Its not a party.
Its a movie.
and everything you've never experienced and more...

Pay attention to the clues because things can and will change...

Get ready because its live and you're on set!
And it all takes place in my new condo so don't come with dirty shoes on my G!

brought to you by MEGACORP."







[The event I'm most looking forward to this coming month...one of my fav artists & close friend, KONOGO.MIX co-founder MEGA's installation...SVN is where mythology meets POP & life meets the next dimension.]

MeLo-X: BK ALLNIGHTER




New dopeness from MeLo dir. by Dr Woo, 'BK Allnighter' from his recent project 'More Merch'. 
 DOWNLOAD album & catch him at your local venue, he is going on tour soon. 

MY GIRLFRIENDS RULE: Gigi Bio


Originally from sunny California, the first thing that everyone notices about GIGI BIO is her warmth & openness, which makes her an ever more compelling artist & beautiful renaissance woman. Though known primarily for her photography/mixed media work, she is also a painter and fashion designer which filters into and cross-references her various projects. Her lens reflects her "world view that centers on the past colliding with the present, as she aims to expose the emotional side of the city streets and pushes the final image to abstraction."  Recently, she ventured into applying her skills to film on a project with another homie, MeLo-X & director Alexis Casson...the end result, as you can see below, is an amazing piece of art, truly innovative. She has been a fellow artista, friend and inspiration for me, and I'm excited to start a collaboration with her this Fall.

WHERE DO YOU CALL IT HOME? Brooklyn.

WHAT DO YOU DO? Visionary. Designer. Visual Artist. Photo Architect. Renaissance Woman.

TRUE BEAUTY IS… Genuine. Loud Silence. A state of mind.

BEATS…Is the sound of life...

TRUE SEXY IS...Inner Beauty. Balance. Ease.

MUSIC IS MY…Soundtrack. Stimulant. Soul.

ART DOES NOT…Destroy. Define. Judge.

MY NIGHTS ARE…Intimate. Inventive. Full of Light.

THESE 3 TURN ME ON…Ambition. Individuality. Sensitive Strength.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE …Is following your heart. Is being fearless. Is truth.

ENOUGH OF …Self destruction. Assumptions. Negativity.

MY CREATIVITY IS…Power. Pure Love. My Weapon.

TRUE POWER IS…Being true to yourself. Making your dream your reality. Having faith when common sense tells you not to.

LIFE CAN BE THE...Dream. Awakening. Reality.

TO LOVE IS TO…Accept yourself & others without judgement or expectations. Be unified with everything around you. Believe.

I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE…I speak with my heart…I follow my intuition...I simply be…

NEW PROJECTS FOR 2011? I'm going full force and unifying all my passions in art, fashion & photography… I aim to fly on my own terms & create something beautiful in the process.

The next show coming up is love this town! "BROOKLYN" Digital Perception @ reBar WalkWay in conjunction with The DUMBO Arts Festival on Sept 23-25, 2011. This will be a group show featuring graphic based work inspired by Brooklyn with artists: Marthalicia, Joey Park, TooFly, Masahiro Ito, Darren Singer, Kate Wilkes, James Shields, Miguel Ovalle, Sky Davison, Gigi Bio, Cernesto, Craig Anthony Miller, One9, John Breiner, Andreis Mikael Costa, Max Greis, Mike Schreiber & M. Tony Peralta.

My series, The Character Studies has grown including collaborations with Masahiro Ito and Aiko Tanaka w/ fashion styling by Samantha Zinsmeister; Edlin Michelle and Devon Diep w/ fashion styling, makeup & hairstyling by Boston Artistry - Renee Moschella & Rosalie True. The next characters to come will be Lichiban, Adrian Viajero Roman & Kissa Starr…. More to come!

This year has been a great blessing, it is centered around balance, family and evolution. I began the year with my first solo show called "BIOMORPHIC" @ Art Whino Gallery. Igniting my past love for painting, creating a 20ft mural installation inspired by my digital photo collages, the mural with completed with my brother & sister. I was also honored to be part of G40 Art Summit in Washington DC & my debut show on the west coast @ Fabien Castanier Gallery in Los Angeles, CA along with many great & influential artists. Currently, I have my first show with 8x10 Collective called "BIO VS. NANO" which is the debut show of me, my brother Leo Angelo Bio & sister Grace Bio at DIS Micro Gallery / reBar Walkway in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
My greatest work of art to date was my collaboration with musician, MeLo-X; as the creative director of his latest video called "Mirrors In My Mind". The making of "Mirrors In My Mind" was a pure labor of love & pure vision of my heart through music. This is my debut into the video world & it feels amazing to evolve my photography into motion. The whole process of capturing the video consisted of 1,200+ photos, 33 individual collages assembled before the actual edit & amazing graphic work of my "third eye", amazing videographer & editor, Alexis Casson. During the process of creating the video, I was inspired to create a new series called the Collidoscope Series. The new series is based on life, balance & evolution.

WHERE CAN WE REACH YOU?
Offline: If I'm not at work, I'm most likely flying around the streets of Brooklyn…
Online: www.gigibio.com

SHOUTOUTS?
Much love and appreciation to God & the UNIVERSE for blessing me. Big love to my WHOLE family! My parents the "life" artists, Benjamin & Vilma Bio... 8x10 Collective: My true to life artistic siblings, Leo Angelo & Grace Bio… My best friends from Florida who known me over twenty years: Anne Marie Bagsic, Victoria Bagtas, Cheryl Camara, Jocelyn Bouchelle, Alice Anderson,& BIG LOVE to my New York family & people who helped build: Aiko Tanaka, Samantha Zinsmeister, Maxine Medina, Kissa Starr, Sonia Uter, Alyson Toone, Muriel Toussaint, Andreea Pavel, Alexis Casson, Mursi Layne, Soull & Dynasty, Shawntia Homenuk, Marthalicia Mattarita, Masahiro Ito, Coby Kennedy, Miguel Ovalle, John Briener, One9, Steve Chen, Dan Vreeland, James Shields, Dorian Lopez, Krts, Claude Dary, MeLo-X, Craig Anthony Miller and many more…

Mad love to you, my sister in he(art) & soul... Lichiban!

I shine, you shine.

THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING: C'est Noir 10/26

come alive

THE KANAVAL TEASER

just caught this featuring my good friend, Lawrence, the face behind one of my older pieces.
THE KANAVAL TEASER from HVRMINN on Vimeo.