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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:

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.

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.

Art Whino on Addiction and Art

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Art Whino's G-40 Summit is currently featured on the website for Addiction and Art, a project that focuses on "the application of art for recovery from addiction," and has stemmed from the former Innovators Combating Substance Abuse. Two of our artists, Star 27 and Scott Brooks, are included in their book Addiction and Art that inspired the creation of the organization, and another, Margaret Dowell, is a co-editor. It is definitely cool to see some representation from such an awesome group. If you get a chance, check out their site and look for our guys in their book!

TMNK Heads to Norway!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Art Whino artist TMNK, heads to Norway for a solo exhibition at Galleri Galleberg, featuring his new 2010 series Urban Derivatives. The show will be up from August 28th until the 25th of September. We're definitely wishing him safe travels, and much luck with his new exhibition! 

LECKOmio Release featured in Juxtapoz!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

"German-based stencilist, LECKOmio debuts his US first solo show, Its Not a Trick. His exhibition looks at the relationship of street art within its subcultural milieu.

 With all its complexities and shrouds of mystery, LECKOmio composes a new series; tying in the culture of people who align themselves with the lifestyle, in juxtaposition with the urban icons consistently associated with the studio, and the street [...]"

Read the rest HERE!

Tatiana Suarez's Opening Night Recap!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tatiana checking out her print, yes...we still have some in stock, come and get yours!

Incredible spread by Mie N Yu Restaurant, they rock!

Sketching time; look at me go!

It was a FULL house! Couldn't have asked for a better turnout!

Our fearless leader, and the lovely Tatiana Suarez.

Beautiful Nightmare in da house!

Sketching away!

Luz the fabulous, showing off her sketching skills!

It was an incredible night! Check you out at the next opening, August 21st!

Arabella Proffer -- Art Sale!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Art Whino artist, and friend, Arabella Proffer will be hosting an online art sale Wednesday July 28th (12p-midnight). All proceeds will benefit her personal fight with cancer. Work to be included will encompass over 20 original unframed drawings of various sizes, color, materials, and subject matter, and will be listed for only $30. She will be listing each work on her website, and prices include shipping.

So, check out her work, pick up some nice pieces, and donate to an exceptionally worthy cause!

16 Large "Make Me Crazy" Video Premiere

Monday, July 12, 2010

Projection of "Make Me Crazy" by 16 Large, filmed at the 2010 G-40 Summit.

Trevor Krainik throwin' up some A.W. love, while Allen McDaniel provides standby quality control, haha.

Rockin' out.

DJ Atticus showing off his skills.

B-Team closing up the night.

This'll be worth tons on e-bay one day, though the sentimental value...PRICELESS!