Behind the Scenes: Oracles
I finally picked up a paintbrush this week. I have showcase coming up where I’ll be presenting a few pieces. I took a stroll through Michael’s, and every time I walk in, I feel like a little kid in a toy store. I fell in love with a few bottles of metallic paint. I ended up purchasing 3 bottles, a nice teal, a gold and a bronze… I think that was my favorite.
I had no idea what I was going to paint, but I was going to make it happen. I threw on some trap music, and then some electronic and just let the brushes do their work. I’ll show you guys the end result soon!
Galleries: Artistance & Art Star
It’s been a little while since I’ve done anything fun, or at least considered a bit of fun…who am I kidding, I enjoy myself all the time. What should be saying is it’s been a while since I’ve attended an art show or any gallery for that matter. Something I’ve always loved to do. Not only do I get to see stunning new works, I get to network. Being in the art scene is having your own little community. Everyone basically knows each other, and if you don’t you know someone who knows someone.
That was pretty much what happened when I walked into the little tiny gallery on Broadway. Show:Artistance.
I’ve been here before, but I could tell it was under new management. It used to have old wooden panels on the walls, straight up old school, and now it has been transformed into an all white open space. I like. I drag Chris along with me, or should I say he invited himself along to what would have been a solo date for myself, mainly because I know he was feeling guilty about a little argument we had. Something that never really lasts too long anyway. I said fine, come and join me… Isn’t it great when somebody hits you up, and you actually have a life of your own and are not dreading on silly behaviors of others? Moving on.
We walk inside and start on left hand side, since the space is small we could see everything in a matter of a few minutes. Like usual I go through every piece and stare for a bit. I always like getting a bit closer to admire the brushstrokes. It makes me think of the actual process the artist took to achieve the final product of the painting.
We bump into a style that looks fairly familiar, and I tell Chris, “this looks like the same artist that Matt (Chris’s brother) has in his room, the Bob Marley piece”. Chris looks at me says “Nah” I was pretty sure of it, especially because the signature looked so familiar, it was an “M” with certain swirl to it, I tell him ” Text Matt a pic of the piece and we’ll find out right now.”
Next thing you know the artist comes up behind us, and recognizes Chris right away, I have never met her before, and she starts talking about her piece, and Chris is just laughing, surprised at how small the world is, and shocked at me that I even realized the connection between the two paintings. Sometimes you just know.
Before our arrival, I text my aunt Scarla, I know she lives around the neighborhood and she’s always willing to discover new surroundings and appreciate the creative lifestyles. I ask her to join us, and a few moments later she arrives at the scene. As usual I’m always happy to see her. She parked right in front of the gallery and a friendly stranger comes up to her right away warning her that she’s about to get a ticket. Scarla has always been a smooth talker, she was already given the ticket but the cop tells her don’t worry about it and rips it up. I need to learn that gift of gab, like yesterday!
The night was young, we had a couple of beers and headed to the 2nd show: Art Star.
I swear, finding a parked with a few beers in your system is always funny. The cold didn’t help much but after walking the wrong direction for a few blocks, you smarten up and realize there’s no time trying to be cute outside in the freezing cold. Especially since Chris boycotts coats.
The night was young and we arrived at the second show: Art Star. We didn’t stay much, but I bumped into Marcus Allen, a fellow artist I have met a couple of times now. Super talented, you guys have seen his work on a previous post HERE. After the festivities, we headed to a little hipster bar that was playing spanish music, I had about 2 glasses of wine which was pretty damn good.
Check out a quick video of our night..warning, you may want to lower your volume.
The Artist Process 3 at 5 Pointz
The Artist Process 3 at 5ptz
A documentary and a public family event hosted by Marthalicia.
Throughout the summer of 2013, cameras followed four New York City artists as they joined others at 5 Pointz,
a well-known quarter in Queens, NY, where artists from all over come out to create art and celebrate freedom of expression by showcasing their art across building walls.
The artists took to the famed brick canvas to paint the phrase “The Artist Process” captured it all on film.
Acclaimed New York City “live art performer”
“We all live in NYC, so we all have a rhythm…These are just
layers, you can say, of all the art that has been expressed here…
I hope this event can show and tell people there is a lot of love
for the creating and hopefully this love can equal positive energy.”
The Artist Process,
*The mission for this documentary, is to help non visual artist and artist alike to share their skills to the public.
*The mission of the mural is to work collectively with others, with the sounds provided by the musical performers and poets, as the b-boys and b-girls dance to the rhythm of both the spoken and harmony of the sounds/beats.
Hopefully the public can witness the love we have for what we do, and in return appreciate the struggles of the artist to help understand our need to keep the arts thriving and living, if not for our life time, but for our children’s life time.
“The Artist Process”is a documentary in the lives of New York City artist. The purpose of creating these documentaries or such event is to educate those that are unaware and unfamiliar to the many artist that we have present in our life time, that are utilizing their talents for the betterment of today’s youth. Those that participated in the 2009 summer “T.A.P.”that was held in 5 POINTZ, Queens, can tell you how of a great impact it was for them and others to unite together and perform to the public.This time around, a new twist and idea came about to better help bring a closer view to how the artist see themselves and their art.Meet the ARTIST for the 2013 visual Showcase:
1. T = Host
2. H = Jorge Matarrita
3. E = Anthony T. Morton
4. A = Carlos Javier Gemelo Ramos
5. R = Crystal Clarity
6. T= Paulie Nassar
7. I = Giannina Gutierrez
8. S = Siende
9. T = Andre Trenier
10. P = Ralph Serrano
11. R = Rico Tomas < Mas Paz >
12. O = RIMX
13. C = Christian Cortes
14. E= MINX
15. S = Sek 3
16. S = Antonio KEL
Together we can show the POWER of ART through our Love and devotion , by demonstrating our sense of Community through the arts !
My Mr.Minx dropped me off in Queens and hurried along to work, trying not to be late.
The heat was unbearable and I know I wasn’t the only one feeling it.
When I got there everyone was working their butt off, spray paint everywhere and the music blasting.
I dressed as comfy as I possibly could, knowing I was gonna stain all my clothes anyway.
I decided to work with spray paint and acrylic.
Just to get a bit more detailed in my work.
My main focus most of the time was the hair….
oh maaaaan, it took me fooooorever!
and in that heat I was cranky, not to mention that I didn’t eat before I got there.
Everyone was so nice, networking and cracking jokes.
This Artist Process was part 3, and my second to date. I attended and painted on the first one and not the second one. You can see that post here.
There was so many little kids running around, dancing, breaking, painting and “borrowing” our supplies.
It was so cute to see these kids grasp onto their environment and replicate it so easily.
I had the pleasure of meeting and painting alongside (in between) both very talented artists, Cortes and Sek3.
Cortes had the letter C, in blue and grey skulls, with red ones in the background… he made it look so simple and finished it so quickly, 1-2-3.
His shadows and highlights were great.
Sek 3 was pretty damn dope and broke out in a very patriotic piece in red and blue with stars and polka dots….
oooooo…..polka dots ♥
But I have to admit, my favorite part of his piece was the use of burgundy shadows. My friend Randy came through to show some support and I pout him to work really quick.
I handed him my camera and he got snapping.
He was pretty good to, I was impressed.
Since I was so busy painting,I knew I wasn’t going to have to much time to get all the shots of this event like I wanted to.
Let alone, pics of me at work.
The bestfriend Misha came through and I know she was pretty upset she forgot her SD memory card at home and wasn’t able to take any pics at all.
After everyone was done painting, and yes.. I was one of the last ones to actually finish painting, due to the fact that I was working with brushes.
But it was all for the better, since all eyes were on me!
It’s funny though, because we were all required to submit in a sketch for the respective letter that was given to us, and yes I submitted mine in..
but what I painted was completely different from what I ended up painting.
A few steps away the music was blasting and many were dancing.
There was a Bboy, Bgirl competition hosted by Chief 69 going on, and everyone was going in .
On the side there was ArtistNameLong getting his juices flowing and painting the mural DURING the time it’s actually getting painted.
That must be so difficult.
Not only painting what’s not finished, blocked by everyone in the way, but have to duplicate everyone’s work in the process.
I can’t wait to see the end result!
(He’ll be mailing me the end result, so you guys better stay tuned for that)
After all the commotion, Philartiste, Misha, Randy and I went to a diner to catch up and talk silliness.
I ended up ordering a Philly cheese steak that was way too small, but delicious.
Our waitress was super rude which gave us more ammo to start cracking up.
We walked back to 5 ptz, since the sun went down and was actually better weather… ( so much for that storm that was supposed to happen)
and went inside to see an exhibit, a very sexual exhibit might I add.
The canvases, prints and displays all were incorporated with sex.
The female and male body.
the list goes on and on…..
It was actually pretty cool.
The day was great.