Featured Artists 2018
Out of Brazil feat. FranciscoSkt - Issue 4 [From the He(ART)]
Interview by Billiejane Phengsy
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND, AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in São Paulo and a lot of things happen here from an early age, there are so many references and influences everywhere, drawing since a kid and this city continues to influence me too much to do what I do, even if I don't get out of home, I can create new things all day long hahahaha
WHAT TYPE OF ART DO YOU DO?
There was a time when I didn't know very well if I wanted to live from what I produce, have a regular job or become a skateboarder. Six years ago I still had many doubts about which course to take, and before that I had some common jobs here, developing gradually and studying new styles and ways to create faster and faster, I gradually found myself, and today I have a style of my own. Today I can fit this in several different ways, I can do on paper. digital, wall, skin, any available surface I can fit my work.
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM? OR WHO?
I look for a lot of inspiration in movies and everyday things, as I'm not going out much lately I always try to watch some movie, series and short films to always be able to draw people, animals, and anything else that takes me out of the comfort zone. My friends and places inspire me a lot too.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DOODLE?
I like to draw people, because in a busy and crowded city like São Paulo, people is not lacking. They are always running and everywhere, so I can draw without needing any reference
HAVE YOU HAD ART SHOWS? IF SO, WHEN? WHERE?
I had two exhibitions in New York, both with my friend Alejandro (@at_thegreat), where we made a collaboration. He took the pictures and I did some illustrations interacting with the images, it was really cool, I was not present at the exhibition because I was in Brazil , but I hope to have the opportunity to have my work exposed more often in New York.
DO YOU HAVE ART THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE?
I keep a small collection of canvases that isn't much publicized, but prints, tattoos, digital works and everything else I can do is for sale. There are some art that I don't sell because I like it too much and have a certain sentimental value hahhahha
AS A CREATIVE, WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS OF ART AND CULTURE?
My view on this is that the people who produce should be more united, I see that in other countries this happens a lot, in some places there are people going over the others to have their goals achieved in the wrong way, but there is room for everyone. This is kind of sad, but I keep doing my job without undercutting and not going over anyone.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY COLLABORATIONS OR NEW CREATIONS AT THE MOMENT?
At the moment I'm not doing any collaboration other than this one with you hahahaha
But I hope to do soon, I have a lot to show, and I think I have not explored everything yet, I'm always looking for new things, for example, a collaboration with a toy brand would be cool hahahahahah
Anyway, I'm always creating and open to new experiences
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR ART?
I really wanted to be the cover of a magazine, but that dream you will already realize, and I am very grateful for the space they gave me, now I think the next step is to make a character of mine in some new york building or something, because I didn't do any mural in buildings.
IF YOU HAD A FEW WORDS OR SENTENCES YOU WOULD GIVE TO INSPIRE OTHER ARTIST, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Be yourself, do what you want and do it well, do not go over anyone to achieve your goals, draw every day, and do not forget to feed well hahahaha
Meta Collage Online
Newcomer and CT-native +Meta Meta adds a fresh taste to the world of graphic design. +Meta's creativity stems from a thread of dark/goth influence as an intern/collaborator with artist and clothing designer Dante Goetia. +Meta also is a photographer, often - and mostly - incorporating his own shots into his graphic work. His style is unconventional and unique, making us excited to see what he continues to create in the future. Familiarize yourself with +MetaCollage as a brand name and check out some samples of +Meta's work below - you can also be sure to anticipate a new wave of collaborative designed clothing from +MetaCollage, Dante Goetia, and team (shop here).
Via De Plume Gallery www.deplume.gallery/shade
SHADE - de Plume Gallery presents the Los Angeles debut of ClockWork Cros de Plume, 5564 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028 February 24 – March 22, 2018 Opening Reception: Saturday, February 24, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
“Uggs. I think they're ugly. And I think big sunglasses are kind of overrated. I like big sunglasses but not those huge, round ones.” -- Justin Bieber
From James Dean to Karl Lagerfeld, from Breakfast at Tiffany's to They Live: black sunglasses are as notorious as the celebrities they conceal. In February 2018, New York Surrealist ClockWork Cros brings more than 400 double-cut clock portraits -- all behind sunglasses -- to the heart of Hollywood to confront this legacy of glamorous detachment.
In SHADE, Crosby presents a floor-to-ceiling installation that explores how sunglasses mediate control, composure and mystique between idols and their viewers. With hundreds of clocks depicting icons of stage and screen, Crosby interrogates Hollywood’s bright lights from a New York vantage, asking what remains when eyes are left unseen. Do stars become someone else behind sunglasses? Or, as Crosby posits, are shades a mask that nevertheless reveal the true self?
SHADE is the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by ClockWork Cros. His hand-built clocks explore the disposability of celebrity and confront the longevity and reputation of an iconic life by placing time itself on the face of the subject. Crosby’s clocks have shown in galleries, art fairs and collections throughout the world, including the Future Hive at The Seventh Letter, Wallplay’s lounge at ComplexCon and multiple exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as The Armory Show and Frieze New York. A native of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Crosby lives and works in New York.
SHADE opens February 24, 2018 and runs until March 22 at de Plume Gallery. Recent exhibitions include Gateway to the Moon 3.0, described by Los Angeles Magazine as “a dizzying display of geometry.”