This was one of those days that I, unfortunately, was not able to see my daughter before bedtime or put her down for it, but all for good reason..part of my job as the visionary for the Sound of Art, stay up on the latest developments on SOArtist works…So for that reason I trekked to Brooklyn to PRATT’s campus to meet up with SOArtist Mike Stone. Walking the the campus was just as inspirational as what I was about to see from Mike Stone.
Mike Stone, known mostly for his abstract based work, has decided to give me a look into the range of talent and thought he possesses. It was in Mike Stone’s studio, that he gave me some insight on what new direction he was taking his artistic talents in. I was pleasantly surprised. While the collection is not complete, we now have an idea of what to expect from Mike Stone and his hand skills.
One of the many duties I have as the visionary for the Sound of Art is keeping our mission of connecting our collective of emerging artists with new and established art buyers and collectors. So allow me to introduce you to ED UBIERA and one of his newest collections.
Most of us drink coffee and we enjoy it its taste, texture and tempeture(depending on our prefrence)…but what happens if you spill your precious coffee on some important work documents, personal bills or even a sweet old greeting card from grandma…well lets see, knowing most of you humans, you jump up from where ever you’re sitting or standing, which will be followed by the expected “SHIIIIT!” or “DAAAAMN!” then you’ll shake off the java puddle on the paper or blot it dry with a paper towel…pretty much do anything to salvage this vicitimzed piece of paper…and probably spend the rest of your day swearing til the good feeling goes away..but again, thats what most humans would do….Not the case with SOArtist ED UBIERA…
Mr. Chicken and Robots will look at coffee spilling situation as an opportunity to create…out of what most would see as a coffee cotastrphy. While other artists stick to paint and paint brushes, Ed goes for something a lil more non-traditional…give him stains, coffee spills and he’ll give DOPE ART. The long time SOA family memeber is back! Thank you Mr. Ed.
We sat together on day we were both of off…I think it was on Columbus Day.e of her all We decided to do something cool…we went through some of her artwork, she had done in school and decided to make a collage out of it on a canvas…SHE those the pieces, SHE shose how to lay it out, SHE chose how she wanted it hung.. it took like 2 hours, but it was fun and she felt sooo proud of herself…and I don’t blame her, she is DOPE!
Most of you are familair with the artists that make up the Sound of Art roster…some of you have seen them at certain SOA produced exhibits, and others of you see them and associate them only with the Sound of Art. Over the years we’ve sprinkle our collective with new talent, but they enter the SOA famila in a subtle way… but now its time for a change…When my Daddy dealings are on “Down Time”, I’m searching, being connected to, building with new talent weekly…and i have narrowed it down to this first batch… and we will not introduce them quietly anymore we will announce them and even plan an event to induct them in the Sound of Art collective…be on the lookout, here comes the PAAAIIIN!!!
TOP ROW(Left-Right): JORDAN, JIM HORWAT, LOGIK ONE…
BOTTOM ROW(Left-Right): CHRIS GEORGALAS, RIMX, BOBBY JILL
So in finding a balance between spending time consuming art and spending time with my lil lady…I decided that i would go to a museum with my Lil’ Lady….
She was excited just with the idea of riding the iron horse, see since we have the family(business) van, she’s used to see the world from the backseat going as 55 mph blur, but not today. Today she is love with the idea of getting on the shuttle bus, where each stop brought a series of new discussions, color, noises, faces, until we got to our destination.
Then came the train…she loved it it…from the trembling of the platform to the screeching sound the train made as it pulled in…. and of course nothing was more exhilarating than the ride on the train itself. The train sway she rejoiced, it stopped at every stop she applauded. WoW! I ride this through these artificial warm holes almost everyday…i never look at my journey with such excitement. Maybe she sees something i don’t see.
So we make it 125th Street, our train stop destination and we all cheer for getting there in one piece, this is the NYC Train system, and we head out, until we re-surface to the main land. Walk through the legendary 125th street of New York City. She saw, heard, felt, smelled the old and the gentrified versions of Harlem. She saw the landmarks, she heard hustlers, she smelled the mixture of frangrant oils and openly fried fmeats from local food vendors, until we got to the museum itself…and then…
we were hit with the ultimate in family trip disappointments…the family program that the museum host, sponsored by Tagret, where we were going to view the present exhibitions and partake in some art and crafts that’s related in someway to the exhibit, that program was canceled… So now what?!
Well, we decided to chill.. walk thru the Museum.. enjoy the exhibits…but as we walk around I discovered that my daughter, already experienced the Art of Knowing New York…and this is just the beginning.
So its day 933 of finding myself smack dab in between this “lifestyle tug of war” i created for myself, …being pulled from both ends. On one end, its The DADDY, on the other end its The DEALER…never knowing who will yank who into that muddy pit.
On this day, I found myself in the daily struggle of…The Daddy pulling me to stick to my mission: Provide the daughter with the ultimate New York City Summer Experience(which will hopefully include an open fire hydrant). And on this particular day, she was as excited as she was nonchalant( you know, that whole 2 year old short term memory thingy they got) about seeing her favorite band of Cuddly Weirdos, Yo Gabba Gabba (damn i wish i was in that smoke filled room, when they came up with that name) at Central Park’s SummerStage. As a grown -ass man, i have to admit, this is the best show to watch with your kids.
Meanwhile, the other side, The Dealer was pulling me to the Afro-Punk Block Party in Brooklyn, which was closing out the Afro-Punk Festival. I’ve never experienced Afro-Punk, but because some of the artist i rep. were there, had booths, where they were selling some of their art-based merchandise; i was looking for new Sound of Art inspiration and was excited about adding a new experience to my life, i was really drawn to the idea of attending…
Well one look at the picture and you can tell who ended up pulling themselves from the mud-pit…
There’s nothing better than when the Daddy and the Dealer share a moment…
The Dealer woke up the other day and decided to dig deep into my memory banks for some artistic inspiration then BAM! I hit a nostalgic pipe line that led to an urge to listen to the grooviest and jazziest theme songs ever given to a comic book superhero…”Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can, ‘s which then led me to discover a reservoir of inspiration, a collection of episodes of the late 60′s Marvel TV cartoon series, known as THE MARVEL SUPER HEROES(thank you Canadians for bring this to life). I mean, come on it was Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Ironman, Prince Namor the Submariner, Capt. America, and The Mighty Thor. Can’t say i remembered any specific eps, but those intros. own real estate on my mind. People don’t even remember that most of these theme songs were also available on vinyl(which is as long lost as the concept of morning cartoons to fuel the imagination), speaking of which, some still to inspire musicians of today, don’t believe me, check GhostFace’s Supreme Clientel album. Come one sing it with me….
Tony Stark makes you feel
He’s a cool exec with a heart of steel.
As Iron Man, all jets ablaze,
He’s fighting and smiting with repulsor rays!
Amazing armor! That’s Iron Man!
A blazing power! That’s Iron Man!
OK, so as I’m flipping out at my new find at 6am in the morning, my daughter makes her way to my works her way to the couch, kisses me, ask for her milk and then starts to make a connection with her DADDY by asking 1 simple question…”WHATS THAT?” as she inquisitively points at the MacBook screen. and then it happened…we connected, and I brought her into my world… where she is learning that NOTHIN’ IS IMPOSSIBLE!