Affordable Space for Creators to be Creative

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HolyRad is a creative studio based out of Brooklyn. It was founded by Daryl Oh, and has been quickly growing since their doors first opened. Since first meeting Daryl Oh at Treble Tuesdays I was in love with her graceful personality and professional demeanor. She has worked behind the scenes, and in the forefront taking on many roles to ensure success, not only for HolyRad, but also those around her. The sustainable climate she has created for her team and members at HolyRad is one we must help grow to maintain affordability in our creative community.

HolyRad is working to establish a second location and is asking for us to come together to make it happen. With only 3 days left, we can make a difference and help our allies in the creative world to continue on to the next chapter in their incredible company journey, that works for us and with us! Check out the video below for more information on the campaign. And don’t forget to make a donation!

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Bridgehampton Market Art & Design

There is no better weekend for a Hamptons visit than this one! Independence weekend, and art fair in perfect harmony for many to enjoy. The weather has been nothing but clear skies and sunshine it's as if we've been kissed by Mother Nature for working so hard on keeping it clean. The skies were a little cloudy late in the evening, and in perfect need to water the potato farm that lived directly behind the art fair.

Upon arrival we were accompanied by many curious art aficionados who were on a hunt to find a new addition to their home. Among the curious art collector there were curators, gallerist, and artist present to talk about the work that decorated the walls. A few standouts were Frank Currie, This Is Addictive, Margaret Bowland, and Hijack. Each artist depicted a current topic in relation to today’s society while still showcasing tasteful creativity.

 

See some of the images from the show below:

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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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"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:  

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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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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.

 

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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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.