Nadia Asencio is a Cuban-American artist, playwright, and US Army veteran based in Harlem, NYC. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, her unique expression in the visual and performing arts combines elements of her Euro-Caribbean roots with street art, expressionism, pop art, and the abstract to evoke both introspection and social consciousness as it applies to female gender roles and the feminine psyche. She is represented by Saphira & Ventura Gallery, NYC.
In my mind, the arts ought to be the antithesis to this development. Art, from inception through creation to completion and viewing, should enrapture its audience. Art stops time, freezes thought, as we sit in its presence and are surrounded by whatever aspect of “being” it espouses. Still, Instagram and its cohorts are riddled with selfies and squad pics, perfectly filtered and curated little galleries showing off our experiences with art. ...
Wander through the streets of London and you may find yourself coming across what seems to be dystopian propaganda; the words ‘Prisoner of More’ echoing over a black and white background or a well-suited man with a rabbit head, carrying a picket that reads 'They Lie We Buy.’ These are the provocative posters of Benjamin Irritant.
One mural in particular has taken the world by storm. ‘Climate Change Ain’t Nothing to Mess With’ went viral across the internet for its image of a weather advisory, warning of impending hurricane Wu. Designed by Staten artist Cody Prez and curated by Tariq Zaid of RHC, the mural is part of a community initiative to raise awareness around social issues and Staten’s art scene.
I was interviewing Raysa because she’s one-fourth of the Moriviví Collective, a group I first heard of some years ago, thanks to a controversial mural they made near a freeway in San Juan. They are four incredibly talented, young Puerto Rican women who create the most ethereal modern art I’ve ever seen – I also knew they went to the same visual arts high school as one of my best friends (Puerto Rico is a small island). I was intrigued by their art and story; however, when I asked Raysa if they meant for the collective to be constructed of just women, Raysa told me it had actually been purely coincidental.
JoDo the bee is a communicator – of the power of repetition. Every time the artist goes out and paints, it’s like a performance, a ritual intention that manifests into wings and eyes. Graffiti artists are the ones who wonder and wander by night, scrawling their symbols on the city walls. And among the many, JoDo the bee stands out as one of the most iconic tags in New York.
The Press Release for The Grit & The Glam, a dual art exhibit by Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion. The show is hosted by 3rd Ethos Gallery, running from 11.29.18 to 12.31.18. Opening Reception Thursday November 29th at 7pm.
Curator Jeff Beler has had a busy year. Coming off the massive success of the STEAM mural project, which saw Brooklyn's PS9 transformed into a colorful art mecca, Beler has revamped his long-running Underhill Walls with a musical touch. For this season, each of the Underhill panels was painted in the style of a different album cover, spanning genres and styles.
Memento Mori: [Latin] - Remember That You Too Will Die //
An expression that reflects the transient nature of life and the futility of our earthly vanities. Cultures around the world have embraced the idea. Despite the seemingly bleak interpretation, the phrase is also meant with a wry gallows humor.
A guest post written by Vittoria Benzine on Paracas: Comrades of the Wind. The show was a performance piece combining a street art mural by Peruvian artist Cecilia Collantes and a dance improv by Natalie Deryn Johnson. A story of sobriety, temptation, and the ecstasy of life.