Friday, January 28, 2011
I guess it's finally coming out in theaters next week.
Check out the trailer, you can catch it in the background of this scene ( 0:28 )
Slideshow of the process:
(or check it out here on Flickr)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Photo by Aaron Salcido
I spoke at the Fowler Museum last Thursday night (Jan.13th) alongside Retna, Aaron Rose, Patrick Polk and it was moderated by Jori Finkel from the LA Times.
The evening was very interesting to say the least.
If you missed the event it is worth checking out the hour long video here:
Fowler Museum: Street Art Panel
You can read more here:
Zocalo Public Square
View event photos on:
*Thanks to Isabel-Rojas Williams for the following pics!
Me and Retna at the reception after our talk
Speaking with photographer Larry Yust
Saying hello to some fans!
MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch was in the crowd that night and walked away seemingly unscathed by any further talk of the controversy he created. No one talked about the Blu elephant in the room!
I think the moderator purposefully avoided the censorship question and not enough questions were allowed during the Q&A, because I definitely spotted some freedom fighters waving their hands in the air trying to get a question in!
Also, I wonder why Deitch didn't introduce himself to me that night?
I've yet to meet him...
Maybe he was too busy trying to find out who passed out these condoms:
I like what these guys are doing, finally some artists using their brains + art to create a voice against censorship in America!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
("Hide and Seek" by Man One 18" x 24" Charcoal and colored pencil on paper 1996)
All For Angels Haiti Benefit Show
Raising money for Angelcare TONITE!
Norwood Fisher, one of the organizers of the legendary punk/rock band, Fishbone, has been recently made the official spokesperson and producer of this event series.
Join us tonite for some live music and art to benefit those still being affected by the devastating Haiti earthquake 1 year ago to the day.
- Trulio Disgracias
- Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- OPM, Meet Me At The Pub, Knock Out, The Eric McFadden Trio and DJ Marv Mack, with more to be announced!
LIVE ART BY:
-Members of Unification Theory with a tribute to Overton Loyd's classic Parliament album covers by MAN ONE [renown graffiti/aerosol artist - Crewest Gallery] and Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca [visualist - Axis Records, Underground Resistance, Deep Space Media and the John and Alice Coltrane Foundation] and more.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Central S.A.P.C. <http://www.centralsapc.com/venue/detail/central-sapc>
1348 14TH ST, SANTA MONICA, CA
9:00 PM - 2:00AM (doors open at 8:00 PM)
21 and over
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
"All For Angels" is a benefit concert event series raising money for AngelCare's international program helping children orphaned or stripped of their home and possessions by the January 12, 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti. Norwood Fisher, one of the organizers of the legendary punk/rock band, Fishbone, has been recently made the official spokesperson and producer of this event series. Angelcare, a program through non-profit organization Americans Care & Share, will all donate proceeds to children and other residents of Haiti who are still in desperate need of medical care, shelter, clothing and education. The show will be on the first anniversary of last year's devastating earthquake. Additional event dates throughout the year will be announced.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Aerosol and acrylic on canvas
9" x 12"
Aerosol and acrylic on canvas
12" x 14"
I just sold both these small works to a collector this past weekend.
He told me: "In a Man One World these are happy paintings"
The customer is always right.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
UPRISING Radio Program
KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.
( http://uprisingradio.org/home/ or
Sonali will be interviewing us about our take on recent acts of censorship by museums, specifically the BLU incident at MOCA.
Joining me in the discussion is Carol Wells from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
Will be good and intelligent conversation.
Tune in and listen live or online.
*as a side note...the image I used above is called "Artichoke". I painted it in 1997 as a statement of how graffiti artists are constantly under attack of being censored. The piece was stolen from a Hip Hop event a couple years after it was created. Would love to find out whatever happened to that piece...
Friday, January 07, 2011
01.03.11:Censorship of Street Art at MOCA by hearinthecity
“Art in the Streets” is set to debut in April of this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). This show is planned to be a comprehensive statement on international street art, cholo graffiti art, tattoo art, and skater art from the 1970’s to the present moment. The exhibition has already drawn attention in artists’ circles and in international press prior to the scheduled opening, primarily because of the whitewashing of one of its commissioned works.
As part of the “Art in the Streets” exhibition, the Italian street artist known as BLU was hired by MOCA to paint a mural on the north wall of the Geffen Temporary Contemporary in Little Tokyo. The images of coffins draped in dollar bills- a direct commentary on the U.S. Defense Department’s refusal to allow photography of soldiers’ coffins returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The museum had the mural removed just after its completion. New museum director Jeffrey Deitch explained to the Los Angeles Times that the work could be seen as offensive by other members of the Little Tokyo community that is home to a Japanese-American veterans war memorial and to the Veterans Affairs hospital.
We wanted to get a sense of how street art and white-washing continue to affect local artists in Los Angeles.
Hear In The City Producer Luis Sierra Campos, spoke with Alex Poli, who goes by the name of MAN ONE, and who directs CREWEST Gallery in Downtown LA. MAN ONE was instrumental in organizing a permitted 10,000 square foot graffiti mural on the Los Angeles River in 2007. The mural was later ordered whitewashed by county supervisor Gloria Molina.
(c) Hear In The City. 2011 . www.hearinthecity.org. Airs Mondays on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles at 2:00pm or www.kpfk.org
I'll be speaking with a lively panel at UCLA's Fowler Museum on Thursday January 13th at 7pm.
I'll be on stage with:
Patrick Polk (Curator)
Aaron Rose (co-curator of MOCA’s forthcoming street art exhibition)
Jori Finkel(moderator and arts writer, Los Angeles Times)
Zócalo at the Fowler: How Does Street Art Humanize Cities?
Free, but RSVP required: www.zocalopublicsquare.org
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Happy New Year everyone...
My first post of 2011 is dedicated to the memory
of my Abuelita who passed away just before Christmas
a little over two weeks ago.
She meant a lot to me and our entire family. She was
a true matriarch in every sense of the word.
At the age of 93 she had lived a long and prosperous life.
She was full of energy and her spirit will live on forever.
Here is a portrait I painted of her after she passed and was displayed next to her casket.
This is the way I wanted everyone to remember her.
Maria Angelita Arenas Cano
Aug.15, 1917 - Dec.22, 2010
Abuelita, te quiero mucho.
Que en paz descanse.