Starting today, Mail Me Art is having a flash sale for one week only, as original works featured in the Mail Me Art Short & Sweet book have been drastically reduced in price. The aim is to make lots of money to present to charities involved with the project, including Animal Aid and the Teenage Cancer Trust. I just purchased a couple of pieces myself, including the piece above by Melody Seal, as well as the one below by Charmagne Coe. Man was it tough deciding on what to buy, but I decided to limit myself to two. In a week, all unsold works will return to their original prices, so now's the time to act fast and do something good for the world by supporting great artists as well as some great causes. Find out more HERE!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
After work I dropped by the Franklin Park Art Center to check out the current "Circles" art exhibit, going on from now until November 4th, 2013. The exhibit kicks off the center's sixth season in operation, and it is also one of many I've had work in over the past few years. This time around I dug out some old friends from several years back - a series of five scratched records painted over with acrylics titled Vinyl Monkeys. These guys hung in NYC a little while ago, and one of them (the sleeping snow monkey) was in a juried show in Vienna, VA a couple of years ago. While they look pretty cool individually, I prefer they hang together as a set, and I think the folks at the center did a fine job displaying them. You'll find lots of other great pieces at the Circles show on display as well, ranging from ceramics to sculpture, and collage to paintings, and everything in between. As always, in addition to the great art, they put on some concerts and theater performances well worth checking out. So don't hesitate to drop on by if you're in the area!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Recently I posted a drawing I made of an alligator snapper, which eventually served as the header to this blog. It was part of the latest and fourth Mail Me Art project with the theme "Open All Hours". Darren DiLieto, who runs the project from the UK said however that the interpretation of the theme could be as broad as you want it to be. I also wanted to see if JJ Cromer, who collaborated with me last year on a dozen works as part of a series titled "Splotch/Asterisk", might be interested in collaborating again, this time on the MMA4 piece. Thankfully JJ was down for the collab, and Darren was cool with it as well, and yesterday I received the finished piece in the mail from JJ. As with previous collaborations, I didn't really know what to expect, but as always JJ surpassed all expectations. There was really nothing else I could possibly add to the piece, so after scanning and photographing the drawing, I sent it out in the mail to Darren early this morning. In 2015 it'll be part of the Mail Me Art 4: Open All Hours book from The Little Chimp Society, as well as the exhibition(s) that Darren sets up with each book release. It's going to be a while, since the MMA3: Short & Sweet project is just winding down a bit. You can still buy copies of the current book, which is a real delight, as well as participate in the latest project by getting involved HERE!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
"Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live."
Monday, September 16, 2013
After the urging of some friends I finally gave in and signed up for a Fake, erm, I mean Facebook account. Alright Zuckerberg, you finally win. Truth is, I had an account for 2 weeks about ten years ago and deleted it. I guess I'll give it a try once again. You can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/steve.loya.94.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Yesterday I participated in the comic art workshop and artist-in-residency at Artisphere, in Rosslyn, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. The residence and workshop was part of the DC Conspiracy comic art exhibit, which currently runs alongside the Andy Warhol Silver Clouds show, all located on the third floor of Artisphere. I worked on a large-scale chalk art mural for a couple of hours, drawing Godzilla blowing silver clouds, rather than fire from his big ol' mouth. I also included Andy reluctantly surfing on one of the silver clouds, which was kind of a homage to the Silver Surfer, while his "Yes. No." reaction was a nod to an infamous interview with Warhol, which I was happy to find on You Tube and include in this post. I even made a big Splotch Monster and named him Andy, which you can see HERE. The highlight however, even more than the drawing and art-making, was meeting and talking to so many wonderful visitors to the space. They all made my day yesterday.
Again, I want to thank Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling, as well as Artisphere for allowing this all to happen. It is a truly awesome event, so do check it out if you're in the DC area!
Friday, September 13, 2013
The other night I was searching the internet for some new sounds, checking out a few sites I haven't dropped by in a while. One of them happened to be the site for the label Grimes first started out on, a Canadian record label called Arbutus. I remember downloading Grimes' first album for free a few years ago and couldn't believe something so good was FREE. Well, Arbutus has another winner released by the mysterious "Garbage Man", a collection of sweeping electronic instrumentals called "ACE", which can be found (again, for free!) HERE. I don't claim to know much at all about the artist but I found some info at the AD HOC music site (credited to Josh Abramavici) stating this:
"Montreal native, Garbage Man, reveals another EP with the premiere of the spacey single, "Underground." With four-on-the-floor booms dropping in and out amongst minimalist synth decor, the 4-minute, 20-second track is far from garbage. To further the minimalist context, the EP, titled ACE, was said to have been composed throughout a 2-week contemplative session in a NY hotel lobby, of which Garbage Man was not staying. We can only guess which one it might be."
I'm reminded of some of Gillian Gilbert's synth passages from some of New Order's best material (she was always the underrated heart of the band I believe), as well as some of Carl Craig and Derrik May's soulful, futuristic listening techno. The warm, lo-fi-ish production also brings to mind Aphex Twin's "Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92" tracks. Download and find a good system and listen for yourself, while it's still available for free! Here's to hoping for more from Mr. Garbage Man.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
"We are growing mystical wings as we evolve, as any species does, in the direction that supports our survival. We are moving now toward a universal compassion because, if we do not, we will cause our own extinction...Our spiritual victory lies is rising above the mental forces of fear and limitation...thus attaining the power to heal and be healed."
Sunday, September 8, 2013
I've been getting into the music of Milieu, real name Brian Grainger a lot lately. I first heard his stuff years ago on an excellent free online remix album called "Wasted Magic in the Sound" and it wasn't until recently I finally started buying his work. The guy is extremely prolific and it's been difficult but fun trying to figure out what to add next to my collection of sound artifacts. Check out his online shop for what' s available and get a look at some of the beautiful handmade artwork he has accompanying his releases. In the meantime, he's got a new album coming out on Attacknine soon.