One of my favorite painters, ‘DOES’ just put a couple quick videos on a series he’s doing combining walls and canvass. Check em out.
The guys at boardpusher.com contacted me about their new design contests they’re putting on: Every month will involve a new theme and each winner will receive a $100 cash prize as well as their design printed on a skateboard deck. Each winner will also receive a spot in the new limited edition Third Thursday shop creating a ongoing catalog of winners and representation for those artist. Details can be found boardpusher.com/contest
A friend linked me to this video, and it’s always great to find further innovation through skateboarding, sure it’s not 50-stair-rail grinds, but still this video is rad.
A really sick photo collage from one of my favorite photographers Andy Milford. The dude shoots photos literally everyday, rain or shine, sick or well, plus he walks fast and talks faster, all around super inspiring artist. Thanks for this video Andy!
I met Jake in NY last summer at Alex Grey’s visionary art intensive at the Omega Institute. It was his first year in the class, but without a doubt he was a shining star and caught my attention. I got a chance to ask him some questions about his work, check it.
Biggest influences in painting?
I notice you use digital programs in some of your work, do you like working this way, do you credit them less worthy of say, a hand painted piece?
I’ve been skating with Lance for as long as he’s been on a board, it’s really cool to watch people evolve through skating, here he kills it at the STREET SCIENCE mini ramp. Keep killin’ em Lance!
Mike Kotowski’s photography has been featured on REALIZE before, he just sent me this flick. Robby Hargreaves, melon grab.
Realize proudly presents, Psybe, (Adam Carsons) an extraordinary visionary artist out of New Jersey. Be on the look out for Psybe in the highly anticipated ART ISSUE 2 of REALIZE, expected to drop before the new year. I got a chance to catch up with Psybe in this quick interview, Check it out!
How old are you, where are you from, and how long have you been painting?
I am 24 years old, I grew up and live in North Jersey in the shadow of Manhattan. I have been painting for three years now, but art has been my life since I could remember.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
I’d have to go with Giger, The Further Collective, and Kandinsky, as far as painting is concerned. I draw a lot of influence from sitting listening to music, my staples are Isis, Tool, and Bluetech. The world around me serves as a constant influx of creative resources and raw kinda stuff that my brain mutates in the weird little worlds and spaces my paintings explore. I also really dig retro-futurism, futurism, sci-fi films, and anything related to science, biology, networks, and space exploration.
Do you prefer walls or canvass?
It depends on the mood and space my head is in at the time. There are a lot of sketches and things I’ve done recently that I feel would be better suited for a large surface or wall for example, but I typically work on canvas. I do a lot of work about space and proportion and movement; the finite constrains of a specific surface area helps in dealing with the problems of space and placement.
What mediums do you generally work in?
Acrylic paint and acrylic based aerosol.
How much planning is involved in your work? or is just all out of your head on the fly?
Stuff starts as a very loose sketch on the canvas that dictates lines and proportions. I then go to town putting down spray paint and building textures, positive and negative spaces, and structures.
I’ve seen some pictures, of you painting LIVE? Do you like doing events like that, do you feel like you actually get any work done?
I love painting live. Immersing the art and myself into a creative environment with other performers is wonderful and challenging. Being in a setting of that nature forces me to deal with a tremendous amount of sensory input, and challenges my painting to push for new spaces and ideas. I don’t like rushing things with painting purely for the sake of “live art” so I put in a slow thoughtful session just like I would at home.
Any current or upcoming shows?
Yes, I’ll be painting with OTT and Phutureprimitive on December 27th at The Club at BB King’s in Manhattan.
All inquiries for prints or original art, go to psybevisual.blogspot.com.
I discovered Nick’s work hanging in FUZION gallery on State St, in downtown Santa Barbara. I was really intrigued by his almost mechanical-gundam styles, and his use of texture. Some pieces had layers upon layers, with floppy discs, and other electrical pieces embedded into them, very unique. A couple days later I got a chance to talk to him and ask him a few questions, he sent me a couple images from his phone, check it out!
REALIZE: How old are you, where you from, how long have you been painting?
NICK: I’m 23 I was born in Santa Barbara but I’ve been living most of my life in Ventura CA, I’ve always been a creative person since as far back as I can remember, I was the guy who would start to take notes in class and it’d end up turning into doodles on the paper
REALIZE: What’s your usual medium?
NICK: spraypaint is my weapon of choice, but I usually add paintmarker, and acrylic paint into my work, I have used airbrush a few times but not as often
NICK: good question, I usually work with canvas because I can babysit a project for a while if I need to, plus it’s a moble piece of art, like if someone were to own a canvas of mine and they moved they can take it with them whereas a wall they can’t and the new owner of the place might not appreciate my work as much as the last person and paint over it. That being said the look of a well done wall is unparalleled. I once did a 16′ x apx. 25′ wall and I remember almost tipping over on the ladder trying to do the top of the piece, but once it was finished it was by far the biggest piece I had ever done and I got alot of positive feedback!
REALIZE: Any current or upcoming shows?
NICK: my work is currently being held at Fuzion 1115 State St. Santa Barbara CA 93101 this is my first art show and they have been really good to me and have helped me get a lot of attention and recognition this far.
REALIZE: Is art a career or just for fun?
NICK: I would like to make a career out of it. As of right now I have a full time job and whenever I get a day off I like to get up have coffee and just paint and it is such an awesome way to spend the morning, I’d love to be able to do that every morning.
REALIZE: Shout outs or thank yous?
Nick: My girlfriend Bri, she is very supportive and has even helped me with some paintings in the past, my parents for supporting me ever since I was young, my friends and family for supporting me as well, God, Jesus, Peter and the others at Fuzion for giving me a place to display my work, George Lucas, art teachers, and the guy who invented spraypaint. I tried to include everyone but if I left someone out I’m sorry, but I’m sure you’ve influenced me in some way!
Nick’s work will be featured in the highly anticipated ART ISSUE 2 of REALIZE, dropping very soon. I have an idea we’ll be seeing more of him in the near future, Thanks again Nick, you’re on fire kid!