I just got back from my first traveling show with the Ballets With a Twist company since I started with them in April, and i have to say it was awesome.
It's always great to spend some extra time with the people that you work with and have some fun as well as learn more about them and what everyone is about.
Besides doing our "Cocktail Hour" show, we had some extra time to visit Ashland, which is a beautiful artsy town in Oregon of which I knew nothing about.
After visiting downtown, we were invited by one of the dancer's family to a BBQ at their place and enjoyed great food and company from some of her neighbors growing up.
To read a review about this performance follow this link
This last Friday the 5th I attended an art exhibit in Spanish Harlem, at one of my neighborhood's art galleries.
The Poets Den Gallery is a great art space that hosts multiple types of art events, in this case, the Solo artist is J.T. Liss.
An East Harlem based photographic artist, J.T. 's work consists of multiple photographic layers, merged together to create beautiful pieces of art that speak to the soul through visual storytelling.
J.T. talked about his work to exhibit attendees during a Q&A , where people asked him anything they wanted about his process, his thoughts and feelings about some of his pieces.
The show was attended by many neighborhood artists as well as members of the film industry, as for me, I attended with these hooligans -------------->>>>>>
J.T.'s work can be further seen in his website at:
(Blog in spanish / english (english below)
Recientemente fui a un interesante evento fotográfico en una galería de arte ubicada en East Harlem, mejor conocido como Spanish Harlem. En la galería encontré una revista llamada Mariachi Times, una revista de "cultura Latina" en NY.
La revista no estaba mal, así que decidí visitar la página de internet de esa publicación para saber más sobre ellos, lo que hacen y representan.
La página es un desastre. Las gráficas son malas en cuanto a la ejecución y el diseño, parecen haber sido creadas por alguien que no sabe usar Photoshop, además de que la composición es desagradable. Aun con esos problemas, lo que me preocupa más es la forma en la que están representando a la cultura latina.
Como pueden ver en la toma de pantalla (la imagen que encabeza este texto), encontrarán un bebé con un sombrero de Mariachi (porque eso es “claramente” lo que se lleva en México), que por cierto es un bebé de ojos azules (porque poner un bebé de ojos café en la portada de Mariachi Times?) Bajo el título, una imagen en rotación muestra un perro Chihuahueño también con un sombrero, y un letrero grande que grita TAMALES!, todo con unos colores que no van muy bien juntos y visualmente, muy pesados.
Si quieren dar su opinion, visiten el sitio ustedes mismos y comenten y compartan que opinan en la sección de abajo.
La pagina es www,MariachiTimes.com
I recently attended an awesome event in a gallery located in East Harlem, otherwise known as Spanish Harlem. At the gallery I found a publication called Mariachi Times, which is a 'Latins in NY' type culture magazine.
The actual magazine didn't look too bad at all, so i figured I would check out their website to learn more about who creates the magazine and what they are about.
Well, the website is a hot mess. Not only are the graphics bad in terms of the design, but they are put together poorly, as if someone with bad photoshop skills made them. While that is bad, as far as I'm concerned the bigger issue here is the way they are portraying Latin culture.
If you see the screenshot I added, you can see a baby wearing Mariachi Sombrero (because that's what babies wear in Mexico), and of course its a blue eyed baby (because, why would you put a brown eyed baby on the cover of the MARIACHI TIMES?). Under the title, a rotating image, shows either a Chihuaha puppy, also wearing a sombrero, or a big sign that says TAMALES, all very color clashing and layed out in a way that feels like knives to the eyes .
Feel free to visit the site yourself and let me know any comments in the section below.
The website is www,MariachiTimes.com
"The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2013, it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year, but the tribute was continued in 2009. On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011, but continued again in 2012. As of July 23, 2012, plans are underway for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assume the lease for the MTA property used during this tribute, and to begin transitioning operation of the tribute from the Municipal Art Society to the memorial foundation.."
So, Fashion Week is back at Lincoln Center, showing the best of what fashion has to offer.
Upcoming collections, avant- garde styles and what not.
While there are a lot of photo worthy outfits, accessories and personalities, there are always the random people who have nothing to do in fashion week, throw on something they consider to be fashionable, and lurk around Lincoln Center waiting to get their picture taken and become the new face of fashion.
Case in Point: The grinch who killed style.
This person, which I'm not quite sure whether it was a he or a she, but we'll say it was a she, was definitely defying the status quo.
By throwing on some not so traditional rags on she captivated the attention of a few bloggers and fashion reporters. While i was hoping to get some eye-catching beauties, I saw her doing "the rounds" and getting quite some attention..
I'm sure she will give a lot of do/don'ts reporters something to put in that don't list. Just sayin
No judgement tho,... i do give her an A for effort. ;)
One of the great joys of painting is having the ability to simply throw any idea straight on to the canvas regardless of how silly it might be.
For my Disney inspired pop art, I decided to take characters we all feel comfortable with, and give them that cooler, sexier edge.
Who doesn't want to see Mickey Mouse as a cool, buff playboy? Or goofy as 'one of the guys'?
This mini series also made me realize that no matter what age, we all gravitate towards what we are told is supposed to be appealing.
When i took the paintings out for a stroll and sat out at the Highline in NYC, i noticed all people alike, children and adults, males, gay or straight, seemed to believe Buff Mickey was the coolest guy in town. They all smiled an pointed and found a certain interest and comfort in seeing their 'long time friend' was after all, one of the cool guys.
I love that about art. Being able to see what i can learn about people through seeing their reactions to what I've created.
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