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Ladies and gentleman please try to keep your clothes on and your booties off the floor. OCAD has put together a masterpiece for their FIRST EVER music video, “Muse”.
OCAD are the multi-talented duo of professional dancer and choreographer Olivia Cipolla, and producer, singer and rapper Arie Dixon. This creative powerhouse not only deliver a completely engaging and erotic live performance but write, produce and record their own music and have directed this video with the help of cinematographer and co-director Mark Miller.
Their DEBUT ALBUM, “The Truth,” now on iTunes, has gained a worldwide following, with the single “Muse”
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In the world of art, design, fashion and technology the ability to stay current and cutting edge is a coveted one. The talent for adapting to shifting trends and styles is enough to make a man a king in the industry. But if staying on the cutting edge can put you on top, what about the ability to create the cutting edge? To predict the trends that others will follow, to truly be ahead of your time? Well the name for something before birth is fetus. The name of the artist that births new trends is Phetus.
A product of the 80’s the L.I. native came up during the era of Reganomics and raw Hip-Hop culture. With Graffiti, guns, drugs, bum-rushin and breaking as a backdrop the latch key kid developed his identity amongst the ruckus as a Graff head, opting for the Krylon can over the microphone, an unusual choice considering the legendary MC’s in his backyard. “Rakim, De La Soul, EPMD, Public Enemy were all just a town or 2 away,” he says reminiscing. “At the time Hip-Hop was a small circle of people which I was able to bounce in and out of because of my passion for the music and the artistic avenues that went along with the culture.”? Once his path was picked, it didn’t take long for the innovations to begin. In 1988 Phetus, noticing that every graff head would just tag their names, decided to create his now infamous “Phat Phace” logo. This icon was created to represent the artist and ultimately was embellished on walls and freight trains along the landscape of the Long Island railroad system.
Trends shift and change but instead of waiting for the next wave to hit, Phetus created his own investing in a screen printing press and using his talents and skill to grab an audience. It was at this stage that opening his own clothing boutique and gallery space Concrete Vibes where Phetus was able to showcase his own artwork, and merchandise and be the first graffiti-centric art gallery on Long Island. Eventually Concrete Vibes and the art that Phetus would produce would attract the attention of a few tastemakers in the New York area which lead Phetus down the path of creating custom clothing and art work for some of Hip Hop’s elite.
When Concrete Vibes wasn’t being used as a workspace for Phetus to paint and produce merchandise, It was a gallery space to showcase some of the pioneers of the graffiti movement. It would be showcases like these and a chance meeting with SEEN that would remind Phetus why his original love was the spray can. Phetus relocated to the Bronx where under a 2 year apprenticeship with SEEN, Phetus would take his art beyond national walls and clothes and into the international world of art galleries. Between tearing up his passport jet-setting to Japan, Amsterdam, Spain and London where he partied with the one and only Banksy. The world-renowned artist was so taken with him, he allowed him to paint his Phat Phace logo over a 100-year-old painting he had in his studio. “At the time I didn’t know who he was,” Phetus admits. “Years later the name he has become blows my mind, that one of the most famous artist of our time owns something I created.” The London adventures proved monumental in more ways than one as Phetus couldn’t resist the urge to throw the Phat Phace on Big Ben. But after being taken into custody for defacing a national monument, he was released after his status as an American came into play. “They didn’t want the press to see an American did it and not Banksy,” he says grinning. Rotating back to the states didn’t stop the show. With the overseas art scene catching on in America, SEEN started a company called “Planet 6” and immediately hired Phetus to develop a line of vinyl toys. I was involved in dozens custom art shows with Kid Robot and other designer toy labels,” says Phetus. “Ultimately being one of the artists in a collector series called Fat Caps.”
“I got heavy into painting canvas when a request for some office art lead to the president of Iconic Motors noticing my work.” By the time it was all said and done, Phetus’s art was being displayed along side the highest-level performance cars during the New York Auto Show in 2009, 2010 and again in 2011. The successes lead to various solo and group art shows across the country.? With the urban art world under his thumb and the fashion world at his beck-and-call, Phetus decided it was time to skip ahead to the digital world. And with credentials, reputation and resume, it didn’t take long for the opportunities to show up. “I was given the opportunity to design whatever type of mobile device app I wanted,” he said. “So naturally I come up with a graffiti related app called Grafitti Spraycan – 1 year later… 8 million downloads.” The success of the app lead to him being named the creative leader of the Elite Gudz company in charge of developing new apps for iPhones while expanding into video games.
So here we are 2013 with a pair of industry heavyweights holding the reigns as management (no need to name drop), it’s just a matter of time before the world can catch up to man who spends his time being ahead of the it… if he slows down enough to let it.
Ricky Valiente is a young hot producer/ Artist from Grand Rapids, MI U.S.A. He has many influeneces from A tribe called quest, Jay Z, Prince and Teddy Riley. The single “Raid” is the lead single from the mixtape F.A.M.O.U.S that was certified bronze on datpiff.com with over 25,000 downloads. The track has been played in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Michigan, California, United Kingdom, And the
Netherlands. He was alos featured in Coast @coast magazine issue 19!
Perfict stitch is a lifestyle brand that represents the world and the economy. “Perfict stitch” Is about the perfect quality clothing as well as price we have a lot of brands that are very expensive that people want but just cannot afford. My mission is to provide quality and great prices and a great image. So I’m starting a movement which I’m calling “Perfect your craft”. Through my brand I’m able to encourage young people to do what they love and if there is anything they feel they can do in life that makes them happy work on it, perfect your craft and all dreams will become true.
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Last week, a capacity crowd of art-loving New Yorkers flocked to The 1896 in Bushwick to attend Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project New York. The project challenged twenty of New York’s most innovative contemporary artists to transform blank Red Bull coolers into inspired works of art. The finished coolers were exhibited in a one-night only public showcase where guests, along with a panel of curatorial judges, voted on each piece, ultimately sending two artists to show at SCOPE Miami in December during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Though the competition was fierce, the judges ultimately named artists ICY and SOT and Michael Anderson the winners. In addition to bragging rights and career boosts, both artists have earned an opportunity to show and sell their artwork at SCOPE Miami Beach this December during Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary art.
“We are shocked to have won, especially among this incredible group of artists that we admire so much,” says the Iranian brother duo ICY and SOT, whose cooler depicts a young boy walking along the Williamsburg Bridge. “We only moved to New York 13 months ago, and to now go to Miami and show at SCOPE, it’s unbelievable.”
The artists’ work was voted on by a luminary panel of judges, including: Bill Carroll (Director, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; Teacher, Parsons School of Design); Bibbe Hansen (performance artist, musician and actress who appeared in Andy Warhol’s films Prison, Restaurant,10 Beautiful Girls, 10 More Beautiful Girls, and featured in a Warhol Screen Test portrait); Steven P. Harrington (Editor of Photography, BrooklynStreetArt.com); and Jaime Rojo (Editor in Chief, BrooklynStreetArt.com).
When asked how he narrowed down the twenty artists to two final winners, judge Jaime Rojo said, “I looked at how the artist used his or her craftsmanship to accommodate his or her vision on the medium that was given, and how well they utilized that medium knowing that the cooler was going to go into a bar that is not well lit.”
Judge Bill Carroll decided, “the best way to choose was if somebody told me I could take one home, which one would I want. That made it really simple!”
Bibbe Hansen commented, “I tried to take the piece in front of me – right here, right now, tonight – and separate out all my feelings and everything I knew about each artist and just deal with the artwork that was there and what was done on this specific canvas here tonight. There is no real judgment of quality; the quality on all of these pieces was just superb. What we are talking about is what struck a chord in a particular judge at a particular moment.”
ICY and SOT are stencil artists from Tabriz, Iran and their outdoor works about war, peace, hope, despair, society issues and human rights have been seen on the streets of Iran, Turkey, Paris, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, New York, and more. Since 2006, they have made paramount accomplishments in Iranian urban art culture as both skaters and artists, creating an international buzz by playing it any way but safe.
For winner Michael Anderson to create his collages, he uses international street posters, taken from the streets of such far-flung places as Mexico City, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Athens, Rome and, of course, his hometown New York. The fragments of thousands of posters are re-arranged in a painterly fashion to create the composition and imagery of an individual piece.
The other 18 artists that created artwork for Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project in New York included:
David M. Cook • Cope2 • Hanksy • Indie 184 • Jerkface • Brian Kirhagis • Sofia Maldonado • MRS • Phetus • Bea
In addition to the two artists selected by the judges, two additional artists from each Canvas Cooler Project city are entered into a pool to vie for the overall People’s Choice Award, which gives one more artist the opportunity to join the group show at SCOPE Miami Beach. The two artists entered into the pool from each city are chosen based upon the number of social media mentions using their custom hashtag on Twitter the night of the event. From New York, the artists entered into the pool were twerps! and Brian Kirhagis. The People’s Choice Award will be announced in November.
The stylized Red Bull cooler’s will live on and be installed in 20 of the hottest local bars, lounges and restaurants in New York and Brooklyn. The participating New York venues include:
Full Circle • Paperbox • South 4th • Knitting Factory • SRB • Glasslands Green Room • Brooklyn Fireproof East • Alligator Lounge • Muchmore’s • Leftfield • Fontanas • Cakeshop • Forgtmenot • The Delancey • Arlene’s Grocery • The Woods
The New York exhibition was the fifth in this national art tour of six cities. The Canvas Cooler Project 2013 launched in San Francisco in January, with additional exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, honoring a diverse group of artists from mixed disciplines including fine art, street art, graphic design and more. By combining social media, local industry and a no-boundaries stance on art style, this forward-thinking art tour has set a new tone for taking local artists communities and placing them on a global platform. The final exhibition and competition before the group show at SCOPE Miami Beach will be hosted in Atlanta on October 17.
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Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project 2013 launched in San Francisco on January 31 and the winning artists were Akira Beard and Slvstr. The Los Angeles event was held on March 28 and the judges chose artists James Haunt and White Buffalo to move on to show at SCOPE Miami Beach. In Chicago on May 16 artists Jason Brammer and Ian Ferguson were selected and in Dallas on July 25 the judges named artists Jody Pham and SopaGrapes the winners. Following New York, the final competition in this national art tour will be held in Atlanta on October 17, where two more artists will be invited to show and sell a collection of their work at SCOPE Miami Beach in December.
Last year, Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project was hosted in four cities, included nearly 100 artists, and was curated by luminaries in the art world including pop artist Ron English, acclaimed director and author Jon Reiss, Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine) and Daria Britt Shapiro (SCOPE) among others. Ultimately, 10 artists were awarded the opportunity to show and sell collections at SCOPE Miami during Art Basel. Featured artists representing New York were: Gerardo Cid, L’Amour Supreme, CLAWMONEY and Cosbe. GOONS, Hebru Brantley and Don’t Fret represented Chicago alongside Los Angeles artists Gregory Siff, Lydia Emily and Hans Haveron
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With over 65 art fairs spanning more than a decade, SCOPE is the largest and most global art fair in the world, celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming. Renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE Art Shows in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons have garnered extensive critical acclaim, with sales of over $500 million and attendance of over 700,000 visitors. Learn more at www.scope-art.com.