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Eye Candy's Blog – February 2014 Archive (25)

FEATURE: Artist Samuel Rodriguez - Science Interpreted Through Art

With the combination of geometric shapes, natural hues, and unique facial structures, artist Samuel Rodriguez exemplifies his outlook on the world’s ethnicities through colorful and textured paintings. As I look on and admire his artistry, I interpret the geometric shapes he uses as an essential value that not only make up part of our humanistic essence, but is also relatable to an omnipresent structure in everyday life. The spectrum of diverse shades of beauty serves the world…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Wangechi Mutu Interviewed in Culture/Context with LeRonn P. Brooks

Visual artist Wangechi Mutu was interviewed in web series 'Culture/Context with LeRonn P. Brooks'. Take a peek inside her creative mind! She even gives a big shout out to YOU, the AFROPUNK community. Watch the insightful interview below.

"Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks talks with visual artist Wangechi Mutu about her artistic process

and her recent exhibition, "A Fantastic Journey," at the Brooklyn Museum of Art"…


Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Creators of the Black Internet- The Art of Azikiwe Mohammed

These days, cultural dialogues are born and buried within minutes on the Internet. The chorus of the Black Internet is a powerful force to be reckoned with—one that brings about critical movements for social change and ingenious artistry. “I’m convinced the things we are talking about are proof that events that have transpired must live in other corners of the Internet…


Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn : "King Kong Ain't Got Nothin’ On Me"

It has been a big season for Nathaniel Mary Quinn, a Brooklyn-based artist on the rise. With artwork featured in two high profile group exhibitions in Chelsea this past December, and a solo show currently on view in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Quinn is making great strides as an artist and gaining the attention of galleries and collectors alike.

I included three of Quinn's paintings in my recent exhibition, Corpus Americus at Driscoll Babcock Galleries (NYC). His work was also…


Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Jules Arthur

Pivotal moments in history have been mirrored beautifully for all to witness by the gifted New York-based painter Jules Arthur. His preciseness, natural talent, and inspiration excavates pieces of the past onto an empty canvas that he owns power of, as the Creator.

Not only does Jules Arthur's artistry reign supreme in his portraits of monumental people in History, but he has also become a teacher of art in a sense (at least to me). As we admire with Jules the glory days of…


Added by Eye Candy on February 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Nandipha Mntambo

Nandipha Mntambo is a South African artist best known for her sculptures, videos and photographs. She aspires to push past boundaries of race and sexual identity through her work. She develops these transformative pieces of art with all natural and organic materials.

Mntambo was born in the small town of Swaziland, and grew up in bustling Johannesburg before moving to Cape Town. She received her degree from the University of Cape Town from the Michaelis School of Fine Art,…


Added by Eye Candy on February 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments


Afropunk Triptych

On February 25th at the Fashion Institute of Technology, AFROPUNK Pictures presents…


Added by Eye Candy on February 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Join Us For 'James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket' Online Screening Feb. 19 at 6pm EST

We teamed up with PBS New York (Thirteen) for a very special interactive online screening of 'American Masters - James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket'.

All you need to do is join us Wednesday February 19 at at 6pm EST (New York time) to watch the movie and join the discussion!

Video description: "The life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil…


Added by Eye Candy on February 18, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Black History: 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners' Review

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners is a breakthrough film about Angela Davis, by Shola Lynch. The documentary is a vivid portrait of Davis' stance against the miscarriage of justice. Davis was an activist and counterculture trailblazer. The carefully pieced together memoir, archives Davis' civil disobedience in the face of antsy establishment.

We are given a raw perspective of the system that attempted to suffocate Davis, and the very spirit of rebellion…


Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Shattered Mind: Supporting Black Deaf Culture in Film

Hello, my name is Jade. I am an award winning film writer, producer and director of Jade Films and Entertainment. My company is based in New York City. I am the world's FIRST Jamaican-American Deaf Filmmaker. I have been producing films for over 23 years now. I love making stuff up and turning them into reality. I consider myself to be an imaginative storyteller. Right now, I…


Added by Eye Candy on February 14, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments


Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976) is an African-American photographer and conceptual artist with a passionate outlook on race, perception and popular culture. Using photography, installations, the internet and various print sources, Thomas strives to bring many societal issues concerning African-Americans to the forefront. In one of his more memorable series, Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, Thomas examines advertisements from 1968 through 2008, and how…


Added by Eye Candy on February 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Comedian Marie Faustin: Valentine's Day Gone Wrong

Don't make a mess of your Valentine's Day: avoid the situations described in comedian Marie Faustin's latest video, 'Girls Be like: Valentine's Day Edition'. From the "not fucks given" one to the overreacting desperate single lady, you're in for a good laugh!

Marie Faustin tells us: "I'm a stand-up comic from NYC who likes to…


Added by Eye Candy on February 12, 2014 at 1:39pm — No Comments


It’s become increasingly apparent that maintaining a single outlet for expressing one’s self has become quite outmoded. It is also evident, that the Men and Women of the art world have, and will continue to embrace contemporary theories of multicultural influence, and multi-dimensional forms of creation. Artists like Yinka Shonibare (born 1962), have gone further than simplistic exhibitions composed of a canvas and paint, toward globally motivated pieces shrouded in vibrancy and…


Added by Eye Candy on February 12, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Hasani Claxton's African Fantasy Art: Portraits of Imagination

Who would've known that a butterfly can behold a beauty beyond this world? And how could a warrior look so graceful- owning her rich brown skin and natural glory glowing from her sword? The grand portraits of whimsical characters come to life in painter Hasani Claxton's artwork.

Hasani captures the essence of ancient people of the African diaspora combining ethnic patterns, texture, satire, and scenery along with a recognizable love for nature. With a hint of an…


Added by Eye Candy on February 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Kara Walker

Kara Walker is a New York based artist best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. She is a Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University.

Her work examines the ongoing riff-raff in America’s race and gender conversation. Beyond cut-paper silhouettes she takes on narrative vignettes and cyclorama, painting, drawing, text-based works, light projections, video, film and performance.

At the core of Walker’s work is the emergence of cinema, a 19th…


Added by Eye Candy on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Nick Cave

"Nick Cave (born 1959 in central Missouri, USA) is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly."

"Cave's first Soundsuit was made of twigs. Other typical materials include dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, and feathers. The finished pieces bear some resemblance to African ceremonial costumes and masks. His suits are presented…


Added by Eye Candy on February 10, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

"Photographer Hassan Hajjaj's 'Rockstar' portraits"

"Hassan Hajjaj's portraits from Marrakech capture the colour and spontaneity of his childhood in Morocco. His sitters – 'not just musicians but the snake charmer, henna girl, bad boy, male belly dancer' – often wear clothes he has designed, standing in spaces totally covered by patterns he has chosen, and the photographs are eventually set in a frame he has constructed." Read the full piece on …


Added by Eye Candy on February 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974) is a New York City based, but globally refined artist with the distinct goal of producing visual works of art crafted by contemporary cultures, and developed by historic overtones. Simmons' artistic style exudes realness, blackness and the essence of the exploration, apparent in every piece. Not settling for one form of media, Simmons is equipped with an arsenal of methods aimed to achieve creative expression. Simmons expresses her talents through…


Added by Eye Candy on February 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Zerosnake: "I am a 21-year-old animator and painter"

My name is Tyrone Motley better known as ZeroSnake. I am a 21 year old animator and painter. I first got interested in art when I was introduced to animations like Dragon ball Z and Pokemon. It became a daily routine for all the kids to rush home and watch the next episode or else you would be out of the loop. It made me want to create something that people would look forward to. It wasn't until I got my hands on VHS tapes, and paused and played it repeatedly that I started…


Added by Eye Candy on February 5, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Comedian Quinta Brunson: A Pint Size Riot Packed With Punch

Quinta Brunson, standing at barely 5 ft., is a riot. She is the creator of the widely popular Instagram/Youtube series “The Girl Who’s Never Been On A Nice Date Before.” The series takes the experience of dating and turns it into something we can all laugh at in a relatable way. After attending Temple University, the Philadelphia native took to LA to pursue her passion for comedy. She performed the first installment of the series in front of a group of friends, who then…


Added by Eye Candy on February 5, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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