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!
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."