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The Takeover: Art Basel HYPE!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Peat Wollaeger's promo for Art Basel Miami 2010.

The Takeover: Art Basel HYPE!!

Friday, November 12, 2010
We're so pumped to head to Miami for 2010's Art Basel! Joe Iurato is already busy getting his mural finished for the opening:

Juxtapoz interview with Ekundayo

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Ekundayo’s life story is a very unique one (basically his mother and father split and he spent 7 years toted along with his dad on the run until his father passed away and he lived with his sister where he discovered his uncle’s black book that changed his life). Ekundayo’s work illustrates the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of fulfillment, while simultaneously questioning the actions taken to attain it.

Today, I feel:

Like nothing can stop me!

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

For my first wish, I would like to feel like I did when I would draw and paint as a youngster before art became a way to make a living.

Second, I would wish for a HUGE! studio spot were I would invite my favorite artists to create work and collaborate on projects.

Lastly, I would want all my friends and family to be healthy and happy pursuing what they want in life.

Do you consider yourself a funny person?

I'm seriously funny.

If you had one magic power, what would it be?

I would want the power to teleport to places that no other human has ever been before.



Something that makes you happy?

When I listen to good music and I’ve been painting for so long that I loose all track of time.

Something that makes you mad?

When companies lie to get you to buy something and then they don't deliver all the things they promised to get you to buy it in the first place!

What was your favorite subject in elementary school?


If you feel a creative block, what do you do to jumpstart inspiration?

I get out of the studio and just live life or get into shit. When I haven't thought about what I'm working on for a couple hours, I come back to it with fresh eyes.

When someone is taking a photo, do you smile for the camera or turn your head?

I smile while I turn my head so the picture comes out blurry.

Are you a social network enthusiast?



What is a quality you don’t like about yourself?

I can’t show my teeth when I smile.

Last good book you read?

Tuesdays with Morrie.

Who has had the most impact on your life?

Apollo Creed.


Are you spiritual?

All praises to the most high.

One word to describe your artwork?


What’s missing in your life?

Stability, but I've come to expect the unexpected.

Are you a pet person?



 Is your artwork understood?

Depends on who's looking, I feel like my art will only make sense in my mind. Ss long as the viewer can take something positive from my work, I'm happy.

 The most trouble you’ve ever gotten into:

A police task force was once assigned to arrest me and some friends.

Where do you imagine yourself in five years?

I imagine I would be thinking about what I would be doing in five years.

More on Ekundayo at

 Original Interview at

New Work from James Walker

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
James put together a sweet time-lapse video highlighting his recent work, check it out HERE!

Interview with current exhibiting artist Adrian Viajero Roman

Sunday, October 24, 2010

AW: Tell us a bit about yourself; what are you into, what do you like

to do outside of the studio?


AR: Traveling is very important to me. I'm inspired by the lives of everyday people. Whether it's traveling internationally or within the U.S. My last trip was to Cuba, which a large portion of my current exhibit is based from. Music is also very important to me in my everyday life, especially when and traveling and creating. The drum is a prominent instrument of my creative process. You can't have one without the other! I'm currently learning how to play percussion of folkloric music from Puerto Rico and Cuba.

AW: What do you like most about your work, and what you do as an artist?
AR: I believe people naturally enjoy identifying with other people and their lives. Through experience I feel I've provided a sense of identification and remembrance for the viewer, simultaneously paying homage to my subjects. The materials I use are warm comforting materials that have lived a life, or that have embodied the lives of the people that have used them. Being an artist has provided me to be more of a student, an educator, a historian, and an activist.

AW: What are the first words that come to mind when you are asked to describe your body of work? Why?


AR: The first word that comes to mind is - "Remembering". I'm telling the stories of the everyday people that are unfortunately forgotten about. The people that have truly persevered through struggle and unfairness. Making them martyrs in their own right, immortalizing and memorializing them. A large part of accomplishing this is by the personal experiences I've had with most of my subjects. I also incorporate artifacts I collect during my travels that are marks in time that help support the stories and provide remembrance of a life once lived.

AW: What other genres of art are you find yourself attracted to outside of your own style of work?

AR: I try to be as versatile with my art as possible. Currently working 
with drawing, sculpting and installations, I'd like to do some more painting and maybe some "street art".

AW: Do you draw inspiration from any other artists, past or present?
AR: I don't make it a practice for me to search for inspiration but I've come across amazing artists from the past and present that have inspired me. In the current "street art" scene Jorge Rodriguez
Gerada's large charcoal portraits on buildings are amazing, but more importantly his philosophy is inspiring

AW: In terms of your work, what is it that most influences you; why d
id you choose the media that you work with?


AR: I get most of my influence from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Being Puerto Rican, culture, traditions and history are a very important part of who I am and how I channel my work. Choosing wood as the main element helps create the feeling of life. Its versatility, the natural colors, the grains, the individuality of each piece not ever being the same, it ages, it warps ... etc. There's comfort in it because it's natural. 

AW: I’ve noticed that age seems to be a major motif in your work, that you 
focus on innocence of youth as well as the experience of wizened maturity; Are those choices intentional? How do you decide on which imagery you use, and the different appropriated objects that accompany each piece?

AR: Yes, I work with elders and children in most of my work because without the knowledge of our past, our future will be misguided. The elders being the keepers of our past, our history and traditions, and full of experience. The children being the innocent vessels to be filled with values and culture but also having the silent burden of early responsibility, and carrying on traditions. Choosing images and objects come natural, it's not planned. I believe it's a spiritual moment as well. I go through all my images and pull the ones that call out to me. As the drawing develops, artifacts callout to me. Some combinations are intentional, and some are given spiritually.

AW: Are there any specific narratives behind your pieces; what stories are
told both visually, or perhaps below the surface?

They all have specific narratives told below the surface, but they
 are not always told by me. I enjoy hearing what other people feel when viewing my work. I'm fascinated with hearing about memories and stories. There's been instances where I've created a narrative for a piece I felt was appropriate, and ended up changing it because a viewer shared such a touching story about how it reminded them of a dear family member.

AW: What is something you hope resonates with every viewer who comes out to see your  exhibition?


AR: Comfort, respect, history, understanding, identification, culture...I want the viewer to feel like they are stepping into the lives of these people and are welcomed by them and their spirits.

AW: What has been your greatest achievement so far as an independent artist?
ARI would have to say honoring the lives of my subjects, celebrating my Latin culture through its struggles and perseverance, and being acknowledged by the elders and my peers for doing it with sincerity, respect, and love.

AW: As artists, we all experience the evolution of our work; what do you see yourself doing next?


AR: I see myself using subtle color in my work, much larger scale, and getting more complex with the 3 dimensional pieces. I've been collecting research and my plan is to start a series for 2011 that will specifically focus on Afro-Latino culture. This series is very important and personal one to me. There will be a high level of potential to educate Latinos and non-Latinos of our African roots within the Caribbean and the Latin Americas. It will target religion, social and economic issues, and many more critical topics that need to be addressed.

Call to Artists

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Art Whino will be curating a special exhibit for this great cause and wanted to let everyone know there will also be a Juried Exhibit as well.

Its a great opportunity to submit your art work for consideration!

Please read below their Call to Artists. Good luck!

2nd Annual MODUS UNION 2010
Presented by Labels For Love


Event: MODUS UNION: An exclusive evening of Fashion, Art and Philanthropy!

Labels for Love founder Mary Amons created “Modus Union” this one of a kind unique event to collaborate our active philanthropic, political, and artistic communities within the Nation's Capital. Modus Union was formed from two words that represent unification with positive intent. The Washington, DC area is the leading world capital and we are seeing the combination of artistic talent and a youthful energy not seen since the Kennedy era. The time has come to collaborate with these disparate groups of influence to showcase opportunities in an effort to make a positive social and philanthropic impact by maximizing our impact on the Nation's Capital and its global influence. Labels For Love beneficiary partner this year is Fran Drescher and her Cancer Schmancer Foundation. Cancer Schmancer is dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection and prevention of cancer. As you may know, Fran Drescher is a 10-year uterine cancer survivor and a leading advocate for the early detection of women's cancer. Fran and her Foundation are continuing to make a major global impact, through sharing her personal story as well as educating women on the causes of cancers and the importance and methods of early detection

Venue: The Lumber Shed in SW DC

Event Date: Nov 4, 2010 6:00pm- 10:00pm

Deadlines and important Dates

Submissions Due By: Oct 10

Submissions by: E-mail:
Mail: Attention: Steph Holland – 272 M Street, SW – Washington, DC 20024

Artist Announced: Oct 15

Installation of art: November 3rd

Eligibility: Open to all artists. 18yrs +, nationwide with special attention given to artists from the Washington DC metropolitan area. Accepting original works in 2-D, 3-D & photography including prints, drawings, mixed media compositions, paintings, photographs, and moveable sculptures, which depict the “Spirit of Women, fashion, the female form, preventative health or aid.

Objective: To exhibit a small but cohesive selection of work reflecting the concepts listed above. (4-6 pieces depending on size) Work can be purchased the night of the event and the week leading up to the event through a website.

Artists are asked to submit a portfolio off 8-10 samples of existing work, artist vitae and or website. If your existing work does not reflect the theme of the show please also submit up to 4 proposed pieces or concepts for the event.

Labels for Love and its representatives as the jurors reserve the right not to display all work submitted.

Fees: Free to submit

Filmed: The show will be filmed for a major TV network

Commission/ Donation: Portion of the sales will go to Labels for Love / Cancer Schmancer

Interview with upcoming exhibiting artist, Richard Salcido

Thursday, September 09, 2010

AW: Tell us a bit about yourself; what are you into, what do you like to do outside of the studio?

RS: I'm simple. I take pleasure in what to me are the important things, time with family,friends and a daily trip to the beach. If I'm not painting, I'm involved with one of those.

AW: What do you like most about your work, and what you do as an artist?

RS: What I like most about my work is It's honesty. I guess what I like the most about what I do as an artist is that I'm proud of all the work I do but I don't take pride in myself for doing it.

AW: What are the first words that come to mind when you are asked to describe your body of work? Why?

RS: In the past few years when asked what I paint I just say, 'I paint women".

AW: What is it about your painting technique that you enjoy; what inspired you to take that route creatively; what is the process involved?

RS: I enjoy the entire process from building panels to scratching or sanding up the painting I laid down, but honestly the scratching the work is the most fun. I enjoy that part of the process because the painting is calming and if I don't like, I can   paint over it. Once I gouge into it, there's no turning back.

AW: What other genres of art are you find yourself attracted to outside of your own style of work?

RS: All styles. There's beauty everywhere.

 AW: Do you draw inspiration from any other artists, past or present?

RS: Sure, so many. From comic book artist, past and present illustrators, graffiti writers, sculptors, the list is endless and growing daily. The list is long but I'll give you a few of my favorites past and present. William Bougereau, J. Scott Campbell, Phil Hale, John Singer Sargent. The painting that blew my mind when I was 12 yrs old, 'Monitor' by Franz Kline! So simple and complex all at once.

AW: About your portraits, how do you choose your figures; how do their characters develop; are they based on people you know?

RS: Many times they are made up faces, some from my mind and some from takinga few faces and creating new face in photoshop. When I choose a "real" person to paint I try to find someone that has some personal strength that I admire. I throw a little bit of my wifes face in every portrait.

AW: What is the greatest challenge about choosing to represent the figure in fine art?

RS: I haven't really found any. I was told by galleries that "people dont sell", I saw this as a challenge.

AW: What was your goal with the conception and development of Beautiful Failures?

RS: The goal was to show work that isn't necessarily my best. Instead of just digging through a stack of failed paintings I decided to take 25 days to do 25 paintings   do the best I could on that day and show them no matter the outcome. Most of the time I set up a timer and when the timer went off I was finished.

AW: What is something you hope resonates with every viewer who comes out to see your upcoming exhibition?

RS: I just hope people like it for what it is, a showing of 25 simple paintings.

AW: What has been your greatest achievement so far as an independent artist?

RS: Five years without a day job.

AW: As artists, we all experience the evolution of our work; what do you see yourself doing next?

RS: I'm not sure, I see small changes in every painting. I'll let my work go wherever it goes.

AW: Any shout-outs, words of advice, or general nonsense you'd care to share with our readers?

RS: My words of advice,  just enjoy yourself. Whatever you do.  

Rich's show will be going up September 18th, be sure to clear your schedules and come check out his solo exhibition, Beautiful Failures.

Nobody in Norway

Monday, August 30, 2010

Our boy TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows)

Has his solo show in Norway......Check out the video