“Toe The Line” is an online art auction to raise funds for the PTA-funded programs at Public School 132 (P.S. 132) in Brooklyn, NY.
Toe the Line was conceived of by Brooklyn-based painter and photographer, Logan Hicks, whose son (Sailor) attends the school. The idea came to Hicks while discussing yet another DOE budget cut with his girlfriend, Kristen Zarcadoolas, P.S. 132 PTA President and Sailor’s mom.
“There is a lack of resources at every level within the public school system and I want to do all that I can to ensure that my son has a proper education,” says Hicks. “There is a moral responsibility to do everything possible to help support the public education.” He decided to put out a call out to friends to see if they were willing to lend a hand by donating their artwork, prints, or books to be auctioned. “I used the resources I had to help in the best way I could.” After calling on his creative friends, Hicks says, “I was thrilled by the response. Nearly everyone said they’d be happy to donate something.”
Honor the Treaties examines photographer Aaron Huey’s work for Native American rights on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The film explores the idea that journalists sometimes ‘get the wrong story.’ Using Aaron’s seven-year experience as a photographer on the Pine Ridge Reservation, we examine the idea of growth and change in relationship to telling a story.
A celebration of Street Art curated by Casey Zoltan of Known Gallery, featuring gallery pieces & outdoor billboards from noted Los Angeles artists: Saber, Patrick Martinez, Rime, Victor Reyes, Pose, Sage Vaughn, Willie T, Shepard Fairey, Risk, Push, Revok, Zes, Sever, Augustine Kofie and Vizie.
I was recently invited to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design to do a lecture and mural as part the school’s Artists for Positive Social Change series. Public Enemy did it last year, so I was proud to be the follow-up. The talk was full capacity and I enjoyed the conversation with design chair David Grey who I first met at a rave in Main 20 years ago.
Since it is an art and design school I thought it would be fitting to paint a pro-art, anti-war mural. I actually submitted the design to the University after I thought it had been rejected for a wall next to Baller Art Supply in Silverlake, another art friendly venue. Unexpectedly, Baller decided they liked the art, so there will be a different version of the concept in LA too! Santa Fe was cold… so cold that my hands were numb enough that I did not realize I had a huge blister from pushing hard on my x-acto knife until after I ran my hands under hot water for a while. Regardless, the mural turned out well and I met a lot of great students. Thanks to Dan Flores and Nicholas Bowers for working through illness to help complete the mural.
I met Jaque Fragua in LA at a 99% art show through my friend Ernesto Yerena. Jaque happens to live in Santa Fe and we linked up during my visit there. He took me to his painting studio and showed me some great works in progress as well as taking me to an awesome restaurant with murals on the walls by him, Kofie, and El Mac. Thanks for the hospitality Jaque! He has an art show coming up on March 1. Check it out if you are in Phoenix and check out a few of Jaque’s images.
Public Enemy are my all time favorite hip hop group for both their music and their politics. I try to keep up with what they are doing and I enjoyed the video and message of the very soulful song EVERYTHING. The song is about being satisfied with life based on more than material pursuits and status symbols. I was flattered to see a very old(12 years) Obey shirt toward the end of the video. Chuck D is the man. Public Enemy is the embodiment of consciousness in hip hop. Check out the video and pick up their newest record “The Evil Empire Of Everything”-Shepard Fairey
My friend Frank who drums for the New No.2 and Street Drum Corps asked if I’d customize his bass drum head. A little design work and stencil action later… BAM! The New No.2 fronted by Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son, will be playing Leno tomorrow night. They just did the music for the film Beautiful Creatures. Check it out!
My old friend David Ireland wrote a blog entry about the picture disc collaboration I did with John Goff. I go way back with David and John, so it is cool to see what he wrote. Check it out and pick up a picture disc… there are only a few left.