Archive | March, 2011

MUSEic: Casey Hurt

31 Mar

I had the privilege of interviewing the supremely talented singer-songwriter Casey Hurt for YNLA Mag. This dude is a problem, he’s got a jazzy, soulful, acoustic thing going on and if you love any of those genres or just good music in general, you definitely need to know who he is. His new album Mended Souls will be dropping April 9th. SUPPORT TRUE ARTISTS! You can read my interview with him here. Below is a sexy little number off of his new album entitled Sing To You. Enjoy……

STREET ART [TELEGRAPH AVE]

30 Mar

Been taking the photography a little more seriously and actually getting out to do some test shots. Right now I have no formal training, but I’ve been working on subject matter and composition. Lighting and other techniques will come later. I’m working with a Nikon Cool Pix, so the quality isn’t that great, but I still like the end results. These were taken a couple of months ago during my first stroll down Telegraph Ave in Oakland.  Oakland has a beautiful street art culture. There’s so much passion and creativity on display on trash cans, walls, newspaper dispensers; it’s very inspiring. The imagery in these three pieces was very powerful to me. I have an affinity for R.I.P murals as morbid as that might be. You can sense the love that goes into the creation of something like that. It’s truly a monumental way to honor the passing of a loved one, and everyone who has the chance to view that feels that energy in one way or another. This is an ongoing series so I’l be posting more pics soon. 

Artist Unknown

 

Artist Unknown

 

R.I.P Anthony Fossett

EYEGASM: Sex Tape [Deftones]

26 Mar

Directed by ZFCL this is one of the most interesting and beautiful pieces of cinematic artistry I’ve seen. Their website is dope too. They make my inner candy kid very happy.

ART BY: Mitsy Avila Ovalles

24 Mar

March 18th, The California Institute of Integral studies ended it’s exhibit ChicaChic/La Nueva Onda, The New Wave of Chicana Art. Promotional posters had been plastered up all over Oakland Bart stations since early February and every time I saw them I stopped.

Conceptually, the show looked like it would be phenomenal. Consisting of works from five contemporary Chicana artists, the pieces featured articulated the perspectives of these young women raised in the Bay area on the heels of the Chicano Civil Rights movement. Issues of culture, identity, power, protest, race, gender, and sexuality would be explored by this eclectic and talented group of female artists. I could dig it. 

I’ve always been fascinated by people, the ways they choose to express themselves, and the things these expressions tell us, the things we interpret about that person. From their style of dress to the peculiarities of dialect, the gait in their walk to the staple foods of their diet; we form the picture of who people are from these things. Yet this is only the superficial and sometimes misleading outer dermis that protects the more subtle and less controlled inner mechanisms. I never made the time to go and see the artwork, procrastination is a mutha, but in conducting some research I found the artist whose work  on the posters drew the bulk of my interest . Her name is Mitsy Avila Ovalles. After reading her blog I knew there was a reason I liked her.On top of being ill with the art, Ms. Ovalles is pretty witty, and shares my musical sensibilities. Like attracts like, no? Below are some of my favorite digital drawings from her portfolio courtesy of her site which is here. Check her blog here.

E40 by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

E40 by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

 

Nancy by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

Nancy by Mitsy Avila Ovalles

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King Me…….

9 Mar

 

I saw this picture today and it’s one of those images that I just…….like. I could go on about the symbolism, the underlying themes, and all that but I’m currently working on a writing project right now so I’ll just keep it short and sweet. When I see this picture I think of  the fact that love is often times a battlefield, requiring a fierce weilding of the intellect that guards one’s heart from those unworthy to possess it. If love be a battlefield, be wise about your opponent. As you would in a game of chess…….