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Ever walk around the city and wonder who? what? where? why? when? These are all questions designers ask themselves everyday. What is design ? SO MANY QUESTIONS BUT WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS??

      Design is anything and everything around us. It is the bench you sit in on the subway, the lights that guide your path, and the reason paintings provoke emotions. Design week opens up the doors into the world of appreciating the process. NYCxDESIGN is an annual event that celebrates NYC as a city of makers, dreamers, and motivators, it attracts people from all over the world.

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    There is so much to do during design week that no matter what world you come from you will find something to enjoy. I had the pleasure to attend a few events this time around and if you missed it check out this article, and prepare yourself for next year because the aesthetic overload is worth being a part of.

    As a professional designer I am obsessed in learning the mechanics of a product. I want to know everything about its construction. ICFF is a design convention where all the answers exist. ICFF is held at one of the most iconic buildings in New York City - The Jacob Javits Center, in Hells Kitchen. One of the first booths I was drawn to was because it was filled with a series furniture pieces that were different is size and texture, but all one color. Opening Ceremony X Crosby Studios, collaborated for ICFF to design a world of purple. It was a booth for awakening the senses. Let the feelings of touch takeover while you sink into a fuzzy chair. Switch on a lamp whose silhouette could give you a high five! The color purple allows you to look at all pieces as one, forcing your curiosity to come alive. Then I ask, why is it different? The best part is, you are allowed to touch everything! Inspiration is limitless, and you end up imagining things you didn't even know you needed.

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       Wanted Design is the baby of the ICFF design fair. It's only been around four years but has impacted the design world at a rapid rate. Here, New york city celebrates design globally. I met a furniture designer from Mexico who shared the same fabrication struggles with me. He heard me complaining about lack of space and and told me to find space. I met  Victor Alvaro, the direction and furniture designer of “Victor Alvaro Studio”. After sharing tips and tricks we’ve both learned on our journey through the design process, he became a friend and a mentor. Within a few minutes I was inspired. I was invited to the studio in Mexico! Which was a pleasant reminder of the networking opportunities NYCxDESIGN can provide, while allowing you to gain new understanding of the world. Wanted design also hosts a series of talks about sustainable and charitable design. Reminding us the importance of purpose in design within our everyday life.

      Even though Design week only occurs annually you can find events like these all year round and throughout the city. Design is all around us. To check out galleries, film events, trade shows and more just take a walk around any of the 5 boroughs and be inspired by today and tomorrow.

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Film: Movie Making Mila tells a powerful story of two young girls

Brooklyn born and bred, Jamila J. Brown has always had a passion for telling stories, watch Go Fish! A story about two young girls from different walks of life that meet over a game of go fish and become friends shortly after the Crown Heights riot of 1991.

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Wellness Wednesday: Poetry Month and Dr. Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday!

There are a couple things I like to do when I am feeling down. One of them requires me to feed my demons and but the other works to uplift my soul. I prefer the latter, and that consists of reading motivational words of wisdom or listening to speeches by great leaders who have impacted greatness in the world. 

In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou's 90th Birthday, I am happy to remind us all that we have the ability to celebrate each day we wake up. Angelou's life was not an easy one but she was able to accomplish many firsts that people thought were unimaginable in her time. Watch the video below and read her poem, "I will rise" or watch here.

May these words uplift your spirits to allow you to have a day full of infinite productivity in whatever endeavor you may find yourself.  

 Awards Council member and the Banquet moderator Oprah Winfrey presents the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award to Maya Angelou during 1990 Achievement Summit in Chicago, Illinois.

Awards Council member and the Banquet moderator Oprah Winfrey presents the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award to Maya Angelou during 1990 Achievement Summit in Chicago, Illinois.

Still, I Rise

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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"Life is good" with Johan Wahlstrom

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Johan Wahlstrom is one of the finer artist of our generation, with ranging talents in music to painting. Composing, touring with the greats of Rock & Roll classics, and in more recent months exhibiting alongside Picasso in Europe - Johan's diverse CV allows for great art inspiration. 
SOYYO Magazine interviews Wahlstrom at George Berges Gallery, as he introduces his series "Life is Good". Watch the video below to learn more:  

D!RT COBA!N x SOYYO Magazine

Dirt Cobain

Dirt Cobain, also know as dirty styles took the time to describe the significance behind his artwork. The west coast graffiti artist, taps into his inner art zen with us at SOYYO - read what he had to say:  

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Dirt Cobain:  "I am an artist. I am a creative, I strive to be original and focus on my own style. I do my own thing, and always try to keep moving forward." 

SOYYO:  When did you begin art? Was is always graffiti?

Dirt Cobain:   I’ve been drawing forever. Ever since I was a little kid. It’s always been something that I’ve done... as far as street art and graffiti goes, I started out just tagging as a kid. It was always a rush for me. And I just grew from there. Always trying to do something bigger and better. 

SOYYO:  What is the meaning behind "U get me so high"?

Dirt Cobain:  The meaning behind “u get my so high” is that is a metaphor for anything that you can’t stop doing. Or anything that you always go back to. Anything that gives you a high. Whether of it’s art, love or music. It could be anything. I want people to create their own interpretation of it. I want it to make people think when they look at it. That's what art should do. It should make you think. 

SOYYO:  Are there other artists that inspire your work?

Dirt Cobain:  I’m inspired by all the artists that I’m around. People I work with and people that I know on a personal level. They all inspire me in their own way 

SOYYO:  Where did the name Dirt Cobain come from?

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Dirt Cobain:  My nickname as a kid was “dirty d” so I’ve always had that name. And Dirt Cobain is pretty much stemmed from that. It’s kinda like my rock star nickname for myself!! And, the obvious pun of the name Kurt Cobain is kinda like a representation of the era in which I grew up. It’s my way of giving a shout out or paying respect to the mid 90's.

SOYYO:  How has your sobriety impacted your artistic evolution? 

Dirt Cobain:   A lot of my art came from when I was detoxing a few years ago. When I really was just letting go of a lot a stuff and just started focusing on myself. Art is a form of therapy for me 

SOYYO:  How do you want individuals to feel when they see your art?

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Dirt Cobain:   I want people to feel something. What ever that may be. I just want them to feel some type of emotion when they look at my art. I want them to come up with their own interpretation of it. whether it makes them laugh, happy or even if they don’t like it. 

SOYYO:   Name the high and low points of your career thus far.

Dirt Cobain:   As an artist, I feel like there’s always ups and Downs. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a low point or a high point. But I do know that there is always obstacles. And there's always gonna be moments that are hard to over come. There’s so many ups and downs. But that’s all part of the hustle. I just always try to rise above each obstacle and do the best I can 

SOYYO:  If you could paint somewhere in the world you have not yet gotten to, where would it be?

Dirt Cobain:   I’m not sure where I’ll be next. But I’m sure it will probably be somewhere out of the country 

Tune in next week for exclusive video interview With dirt cobain!

GUERRILLA GIRLS REMINDS US OF THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN THE ART WORLD

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The Art World Remains Stagnant

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In recent years, the push for inclusivity in mainstream media has become more popular than ever before. From television to marketing campaigns, consumers demand diversity and brands are finally listening!

But this isn't a new concept.

Progressive activist groups, like the "Guerrilla Girls", existed long before audiences pressured companies into embracing different races and genders.

With the use of witty humor and thought-provoking facts, feminist activist group, "Guerrilla Girls" have used artwork and speaking engagements to expose sexism and racism in the political, media and art worlds. Their work consists mostly of statistics and words and less of imagery and illustrations. They support a "guerrilla" approach by using art to taking on prevalent organizations. The group’s art is part of the Whitney Museum’s 'An Incomplete History of Protest' exhibit. Most of the pieces, on display now, were created in the late eighties to mid-nineties.

In the art piece, "Guerrilla Girls' Definition of a Hypocrite", the girls call out the left winged art world by defining a hypocrite as, “An art collector who buys white male art at benefits for liberal causes but never buys art by women or artists of color.” The other works highlight people and media outlets that lacked support for women and minorities; such as, Andy Warhol in "How many works by women artists were in the Andy Warhol and Tremaine actions at Sotheby's?" (The answer is 0), Art Flash Magazine as the art magazine that showed little to no female artists in 1988, and the Reagan-Bush administrations for their lack of support for people of color in "How long did it take to loot South Central L.A.?"

While the guerrilla mask wearing activist group has existed for decades their message continues to remain on brand. The piece titled, How many women had one-person exhibitions at NYC museums last year?, exposes the Guggenheim, MET, and even The Whitney for not having any female-led exhibits up until the year 1985, is noticeably not on display.

And things haven’t changed.

One of their pieces created in 2012, called Gender reassignment, shames the Art Institute for only having female artists showcased in 10% of their modern galleries and 18% of their contemporary galleries.

The 17 piece collection, created over a quarter of a century ago, feels as if it was designed this year. Their current collection sadly embodies the idea that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Have you seen the Guerrilla Girls' self-titled exhibit at the Whitney Museum yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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7575 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, California

For years 7575 Melrose has been the place to stop and snag a flick with your favorite art vandals. Just recently, the art wall was given a facelift and it's looking a lot brighter. The old 7575 Melrose art wall was covered in wheat paste art, some graffiti and it was looking a bit worn down. Dirt Cobain invited SOYYO Magazine to capture the new work of art in action. We had the pleasure of meeting Vyrus, Angel Once, Goop Massta, Bam One, Adam Dare and Dirt Cobain himself. 

Check out the images of each artist's works, and tune in 3/13 for an exclusive interview with Dirt Cobain as we catch up in LA. 

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Kehinde Wiley X Smithsonian NPG X Obama

It's been quite a year of breakthrough, so many have come to stand side by side and be a part of a more inclusive society. This week, Kehinde Wiley's Portrait of POTUS 44 - Barack Obama - was revealed and the whole world had something to say, including us!  

On February 13th, America discovered Kehinde Wiley - a New York-based artist born in Los Angeles, California. Wiley's impressive resume begins at the young age of 12, when he attended art school in Russia, then in 2001 he moved on to master the Fine Arts at Yale University. Since his graduation, Wiley exhibited his work in Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), to the Brooklyn Museum of Art - just to name a few. 

By painting Obama for the prestigious Smithsonian NPG, Wiley has made history. His distinct ability to capture current culture while keeping a lively element to his paintings makes every portrait instantly recognizable. His unique style brings a provocative yet tasteful element to the finished painting. Kehinde Wiley implements symbols to his portraits that have underlying significance to his subjects. Check out Obama's photo below, guess what kind of flowers are painted, and what they symboliz for a chance to win a FREE lifetime subscription to SOYYO Magazine.  

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Preparing for another year of Art Basel

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Every year, on the first week of December the best artist, top galleries, and most eager collectors meet in Miami, Florida for Art Basel. People from all over the world come together to find new contemporary or modern works to bring into their homes. 

With over two hundred galleries, daily of pop up events, and thousands of peoples due to fly in - we will have plenty of stories to share with you!

Take a look at some images from last year, and check back with us on 12/14 for updated content!

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Leonardo Da Vinci sells for $450 million

With less than 20 privately owned Da Vinci’s in the world, it is no surprise that “Salvatore Mundi” was sold at a record-breaking, $450,312,500 at a Christie’s auction last week.

The 600-year-old Da Vinci is the talk of the art scene at the moment, with such a prominent history and hefty price tag, it is rightfully so. The painting is believed to have been created around the same time as the Mona Lisa. The painting is a depiction of Jesus Christ holding a crystal orb while holding a blessing gesture to whoever is observing the painting. 

In the early 18th century Salvatore Mundi was lost and later resurfaced in the 20th century to be sold at a Christie's auction for only $60, circa 1958. There was skepticism about the authenticity of the painting and was believed to be a copy. 

The current owner of the Da Vinci is unknown, but the former collector, Dmitry Rybolovlev isn't losing sleep over it. 

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Protect Yo HeArt's UncuttArt releases a podcast!

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If you live in New York, or have ever visited the city that never sleeps then you have surely seen “Protect Yo HeArt” stenciled on streets. UncuttArt came up with the quote, "Protect Yo HeArt" which has now evolved into a movement that reminds you to protect your energy and pursue self-love. Just recently I had the pleasure of meeting the anonymous artist, who is more formally known as Uncasso. Uncasso honored me with an invitation to his recording of a new podcast, that is being released monthly.

On a calm Sunday Afternoon, I made my way over to the Anthony, a newer venue for the creative night crawlers of NYC. Upon walking up to the door I was greeted by familiar faces who were taking in some fresh air before going back to the club filled with art, conversation, food and drinks to enjoy. 

The Anthony, usually a dark room with loud music and drunken debauchery, was brightly lit with art placed along the walls. On the right side of the room there were pieces by Dirt Cobain, Shei Phan, BK the Artist, and many others. To the left there was a live artist painting a woman’s body and a masseuse ensuring guest were calm and enjoying their experience that would lead to a series of recordings for a Podcast curated by Protect Yo HeArt’s Uncasso, who is partnering with the most impactful artist in the game to share knowledge and truths about life.  Listen to the most recent podcast here:

Yayoi Kusama's "Festival of Life" NOW EXHIBITING!

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The David Zwirner Gallery has a total of four locations worldwide and we are fortunate to have three of four, here in New York City.  Now, until December 16, 2017, the David Zwirner Gallery will be showcasing "Festival of Life" by Yayoi Kusama at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in Chelsea. Her work depicts minimalism and pop art. 

Yayoi Kusama has been working with the David Zwirner Gallery since 2013, but has been immersed in the New York art scene since the early 60s. Her popularity and artistic impact is still saught after regularly, therefore a gallery visit is usually one you have to plan for. To learn more about visiting the exhibition read more here.

Stay tuned for our experience coming to you 11/22

Living Artist Matter

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In 1977, The New Museum opened its doors to New York City. Thanks to, Marcia Tucker, once a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who wanted to bring attention to contemporary art on a museum platform. 

Today you can find exhibitions curated by a floor that begins at ground level and takes you up 7 levels and brings you back down to the basement level where you will find more work by artist worldwide.  With the peak of winter making outdoor activities a drag, the best thing about Museums is their ability to take you on a journey from someone else's perspective while staying cozy indoors. Visit the exhibitions now before they disappear early January.

The current Exhibitions at The New Museum consist of:

TRIGGER: GENDER AS A TOOL AND A WEAPON

KAHLIL JOSEPH: SHADOW PLAY

PETRIT HALILAJ: RU

HELEN JOHNSON: ENDS

ALEX DA CORTE: HARVEST MOON

PURSUING THE UNPREDICTABLE: THE NEW MUSEUM 1977–2017

Daniel Arsham, The Angle of Repose

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October 14, 2017, was the opening of Daniel Arsham's Angle of Repose, at Perrotin Gallery in Paris. It was a beautiful autumn night my friend, Chayana, and I made our way down the cobblestone sidewalks towards, 76 Rue de Turenne. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the gatekeeper, whom we said our hellos to and continued on to the courtyard and up the steps into Perrotin Galerie. 

Watch this interview with Daniel Arsham and We Are Our Choice to learn more about his most current exhibition, The Angle of Repose

New York Comic Con

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Summer of 1970, in the heart of San Diego, and the Golden State Comic Con draws in roughly 300 people over a three day period. Fast forward 47 years where, on a single Sunday at Comic Con in NYC, I am mind blown by -- not hundreds -- but thousands dressed from head-to-toe in the latest cosplay of beloved classic heroes. All of them here for one purpose: to engage in some hero worshiping at its finest, and for some to pass along their passion to their children.

It was my first time attending this event, even though I’ve been a huge fan and avid reader of comics and manga for years, and have heard from Comic Con attendees legendary experiences.  This year, however, I was able to tell a legendary story of my own.  While running around trying to get every “buy 1, get 1 free” deal, I captured the Comic Con “experience” that many claimed to so easily enveloped them in a world of hero vs. villain,  shadow vs. light, and good vs. evil-- even if just for fun.

Walking along the countless artist merchandise, I come across a legend in the comic book world and a fan favorite (based, at least, on the number of people wearing his costume from past years)... that's right; you guessed it:  the admirable, but hilariously sarcastic DEADPOOL.  

But, this is no ordinary Deadpool. This guy is none other than Pope Deadpool. Despite a crowd of people surrounding this cosplayed and, frankly, freakin’ awesome character portrayal while, looking for ways to wreak havoc in the funniest of ways, I was finally able to get my shot. Around 3 hours later, $500 in purchases of everything from signed voice actor posters to a Katana, a creeping marathon-like numbness in my legs, and a ridiculous amount of photos, I see Pope Deadpool coming down an escalator followed by an army of Deadpools in all shapes, sizes, and forms.

A wave of others clapped and cheered, striking me curious as to what else they saw. Catching a glimpse of Pope Deadpool after coming down the escalator into his crowd of loyal fans, I also caught a nearby cosplayer dressed as a unicorn. With no words spoken, Pope Deadpool stopped dead in his tracks and -- as if it was destined or ordained by the Comic Con gods above (and below) -- led his army of Deadpoolers in an all out sprint towards the unicorn, collectively embracing it in a full-on, long group hug.   Hearing stories of Deadpool’s ridiculous and sometimes outrageous behavior, this sweet moment should rate equally high  as something you simply had to see to believe... and love.

Safe to say, my Comic Con experience was awesome, expensive, and touching.  Hopefully, upon reading this, you will make it a point to not wait a few years like me, no less 47, to have your own Pope Deadpool moment. Maybe be that unicorn in some sort of weird group hug.

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being closer to the core of self.
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Sometimes, I would question why I use a camera. Why did I get into it, why do I continue… “why”. Well, why ask the same thing so much? It’s the best question. The one thing you’d ask to find out more. I was close to stopping. Label it as you please, but I knew my talent, but didn’t feel I delved into the craft for the right reasons. Spending time getting caught up in an overrated platform didn't contribute to my knowledge in art. My acquaintances would be able to appreciate what I could not see. Both of those factors alone brought me close to cutting this path of life short. 

But you know that feeling? The one where you feel you’ve struck gold? That’s what this piece is to me.  It’s my savior, one of my own favorites.

n a time where questions continued to release to myself, quietly, I put this together and realized, the viewfinder isn’t enough.

Ironically, I didn’t intend on symbolism, yet, it aligns with the time perfectly. The mushroom cloud is the conflict that I would undergo, internally. Placed in the center, the heart, it would inevitably tear myself apart. But the flower remained to represent the new spark in my mind. Everything from that point forward occurred as if it was meant to happen. My mind had begun to expand, and it continues to. All from here, I realized that what matters beyond the drive for being noticed, is being closer to the core of self. Being yourself is the best thing that you can do, and trust and believe that things will line up once you just stick to you. The bombs were not the end of a civilization. Just the start of new life.

From America's Top Model to Panda Queen

Shei Phan by Lea Polizzi

Shei Phan has been painting her path to greatness on canvas and the streets. You may recognize her panda army on the clothes of her fans or in the paintings located in various locations around New York.  Most recently,  Shei Phan has opted to showcase some more vulnerable aspects of her life. She created a series known as, "Forget me not" that depict nude female bodies with unicorn heads. Her vision comes from exposing her body while hiding the deepest parts of her soul. To learn more about Shei, tune in next week to find out where her next exhibition is going to take place. Soon you will be able to purchase her swag straight from our shop! 

For now, watch this interview below, and enjoy some of her own video animations.