I come across a lot of interesting photos on my dashboard each day, and lately I’ve taken an interest into adding context to a lot of them.
Such as why Nelson Mandela is pictured above in a Detroit Pistons warm-up jacket?
The context: in 1990, the South African liberation leader arrived in Detroit as part of his U.S. tour, where he was celebrated by employees at the Ford River Rouge automobile plant as a hero for working people.
The rest of the day included functions with the mayor and other city leaders, and culminated with a rally at Tiger Stadium, where the sold out crowd paid tickets up to $10,000 to hear Mandela.
It’s definitely a lot easier to get the home crowd on your side when you’re representing the Bad Boy Pistons at the height of their popularity.
photo via up north trips
Rest in Power, Nelson Mandela
Guys it’s real. It’s happening. #basketball #LA #SantaMonica #saturday
I will have 6 pieces on display, including the two original works seen above done exclusively for the show. Limited edition prints (25 of each) will be available for sale.
For those not able to make it to LA I am offering prints for sale through my web-store. 10 of each are available. Signed and numbered, 13” x 19” on 240g/m fine art archival cotton rag (really high quality paper).
If you’re interested in purchasing one of the 10 available outside the show, here’s the links:
Your support is really appreciated as it allows me to participate in great events like this- and continue doing the art that I love to do.
It’s NBA eve everybody- Gonna have some trouble sleeping tonight I’m so excited for some real games. (If it’s not animating then click on it)
Hopefully game watching doesn’t get in the way too much of my original stuff I’m working on for the art show in LA next week. Stay tuned!
I am participating in this basketball themed art show in LA with a great roster of artists. I will also be attending the opening reception November 9th in person. Starting my bike ride from Detroit this weekend. (I kid).
I’ll have some new work for the show and some exclusive prints available. (Might release a limited number here too for those not able to make it. Stay tuned). If you’re around I would love to see you there.
+ check out the Conscious show tumblr to see some of the art and info on the show.
I N T R O D U C T I O N :
Football is more popular, and baseball will always be more iconic. But both of those sports are inherently (and consciously) conservative; the greatest thing about football and baseball are things that never change. Basketball is different. Basketball changes with culture. Unlike football, its players have more control than their coaches. Unlike baseball, its style of play reinvents itself every five or ten years. Basketball is dynamic, and basketball is reflective; it is youth game, it is a street game, it is an artists’ game of creativity that goes hand in hand with the world of art.
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."- Cesar A. Cruz
The “CONSCIOUS” Basketball Art Exhibition encourages the art of basketball today to be more edgy and ambitious, creating a lasting impact for the audience both visually and conceptually, taping into their ‘consciousness’, knowledge and passion for the game on a mental interaction; in other words, the more they are into basketball, the more these art would speak to them. “CONSCIOUS” showcases works of artists translating their passion for basketball in various styles from illustration, photo editing, abstract, realism to video mixing, bringing something fresh and thought provoking to the forefront.
P A R T I C I P A N T S :
[ OPENGING RECEPTION ]: Sat. November 9th 2013, 6pm - 10pm
[ SHOW DATES ]: November 9th 2013 - December 8th 2013
[ LOCATION ]: Studio FIVE08 | 508 A Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
[ TEL ]: (310) 994-9400
[ GALLERY HOURS ]: Wed. - Sun. 1pm - 7pm
[ TICKETS ]: FREE
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399403550274571/
I Had the honor of doing the cover art for the latest issue of the Classical mag.
The theme is talking about sports, either how we talk about it, or literally talking about it in interviews. So I drew people in sports, talking. (deep)
It’s all brought to you by some great writers and artists. If you’re not already a subscriber, check out how to get the issue here:
New Mac Charles mystery is up at the Classical. This is the cover. Read it here: http://www.theclassical.org/articles/turn-of-the-screwhttp://www.theclassical.org/articles/turn-of-the-screw
Messin’ around before getting down to some work tonight.
If anyone knows the secret to uploading gifs to tumblr without desaturating the hell out of them I’d love to hear it.