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Kristen Stewart has been named the new face of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection.
The actress will star in the company’s 2013-2014 ad campaign.
The announcement was made on Tuesday when Stewart joined Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld for the Métiers d’Art “Paris-Dallas” fashion show at Dallas Fair Park.
The art of Michael Mercurio is something you have to experience in person to really understand how beautiful and detailed each piece is. I walked by his masterpieces many times at a Fame Fest event on
'Blind' 2012, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Paint (Owned by Parker Williams)
What kind of art do you do and can you describe the process?
I primarily focus on sculpture on canvas with an emphasis on converging humanism, pantheism, and existentialism. Any sculpture can take anywhere between two to four months to complete. The process is a cycle of profound cathartic moments and manic states of pure frustration. As the medium of combining sculpture with canvas is something not prevalent within the art community, there are no examples to follow, and the entire creation of each piece is essentially born from nothing more than trial and error. There are two elements in my motivation to create. The first is frustration with apathy, censorship, disintegration of civil rights and the bonds that are either created externally or internally within each of us. The second is a desire to express connection through pantheistic perspectives that have always been the fabric of indigenous cultures worldwide, including our ancestors, particularly mine, Native Americans and the nations that encompass their rich and dynamic heritage. These two elements are apparent in the differences between my dark pieces, that are overtly symbolic, and the 'Earth' pieces that express connectivity and truth. Ultimately what I am aspiring to each time I create any piece is to transmit truth.
I met you at Fame Fest which is an event where different artists can display their art in an outdoor setting. What does an event like Fame Fest mean to you as an artist?
Fame Fest gives an outlet to not only established but new and emerging artists in a community based environment. Much like 'Art walk' in DTLA, Fame Fest takes place on the first Thursday of each month on
You recently shared that you would be donating a sculpture to support
I was contacted by Rajiv Jain, who is a longstanding performer with Lucent Dossier, to participate in the upcoming Art Bazaar Market at
'Silent Screamer' 2011, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Paint (Owned by David Lynch)
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on an 'Earth' series piece that incorporates sand with the female figure.
'Gaia' 2012, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Earth
There is a very alluring aspect to the dark themes in your work. Can you explain what the symbolism is behind these darker themes?
The 'dark' themes are intimately connected to our growing discontent with the subtle and sometimes overt dismantling of constitutional and civil rights, the tentacles of censorship and disinformation that permeate corporate, education and government institutions, and finally the silent, but most dangerous of all human behavior, apathy. All of these are 'bonds,' both forced upon us and, ironically, created from within. The straps that are often featured in my 'dark' pieces are identical to those used with straitjackets. So it goes without saying that they are intended to transmit and convey the issues I described. I make every attempt to create androgynous features so that everyone can objectively connect to the symbolism on a personal level. On a side note; one of my all time favorite film directors, David Lynch personally owns the very first piece I ever created in this series.
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I have given the artist SEK the title of the "Street Art Poet". The walls are the pages of his book and the city of
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Your name is pretty unique and I’ve always wondered about the meaning. What does “SEK” mean?
The name came from previously writing “SEC” which was short for “Second” (as in Second chances) and “Seconds” (the measure of time). I ended up not liking how obvious and formal it was to shorten it that way so I decided to change the “C” to a “K”. I have a huge fascination with misspelling things so it was perfect and it just felt right. The name has gained some new meaning through time as I’ve been using it. I never have cared too much for selling my art for monetary success and I’m not fond of money, but it turns out that “SEK” is a Swedish currency and it’s a very old form of currency. I found that really funny and ironic.
I’ve often described you to people as the “street art poet”. Are you into reading poetry? If so, who are your favorite authors?
I actually love poetry. Thank you for the title! I am currently reading Geoffrey Chaucer’s work right now. He is actually one of my favorite poets because his work was all written with huge misspellings and grammatical errors. He also made up his own words, which we all use today. People to this day are still trying to cypher some of his work. Aside from him, I like Shakespeare, Bukowski, John Milton and some others that don’t come to mind right now.
What has been your favorite piece that you’ve put on the streets? When and why did you start putting your work out?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I don’t think I have a favorite. I guess the one that I am really content about right now is “E Pluribus Unum” which translates to “Out of many, one”. It reminds me of making sure to keep going and it keeps me ambitious. I started doing graffiti at first, just sneaking out in the middle of the night and climbing random things to challenge my huge fear of heights. But I use to walk around with these thoughts in my head and I would stop and write in on walls because I had no notebook or journal to write it in at the time. Then I had stopped for a long time after I did buy a notebook because I really got into poetry and writing and of course I was going through a party/clubbing stage ha-ha. Then I caught myself a couple of times just sitting at benches drinking coffee and with a marker in my pocket so I decided that I would start writing these thoughts on the walls again. It started off small then I picked up a can of paint again and it just continued from there.
What can you share about “Heights Life”?
Heights Life is clothing brand that me and a friend of mine, Micheal Apodaca started just recently. We are hoping to expand the company to other things besides clothing as well. Most people directly link it to the town we grew up in,
“Artist by day Vandal By night” - SEK
What do you think the difference is between being an artist and being a vandal? What separates the two for you?
This I wrote as an outburst I guess to what was going on around me. I found it so funny seeing graffiti being coined as “street art” and then noticing that if you paint a wall during the day it was art but if you went off and snuck around in the middle of the night to paint a wall it was considered vandalism. Also, seeing gallery owners pick up on the form of art and then turn what we love to do into a bigger market and revenue kind of irked me. Soon graffiti writers went from vandals to artist from night to day. Again I was drunk when I thought this and it was more of an outburst, it doesn’t bug me much anymore because it really isn’t something I dwell on too much and I’m happy to see my friends and other artists grow and evolve in this time and era. Now I just see it more of an alter ego thing. I’m an artist in galleries by day but at night I throw on my hoodie and backpack and go out and vandalize the streets. It’s the kid in me I guess ha-ha
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Rita Ora shared photos of her Liberation Next magazine shoot on her Instagram this weekend and she looks amazing in the photos.
While the editorial gave you all black and white photos with a glam grunge feel, the singer/model donned a whole lot of Chanel which made sense since Karl Lagerfeld shot the photos.
Take a look at all the photos from Rita’s feature here!
The famous twins each posed for a cover image, and discussed their business empire and life in the spotlight.
With regard to a question they’re always asked, Mary-Kate says, “‘How involved are you?’ It’s not like you wake up one day and have a huge company with four or five different companies within the companies.”
Their involvement with their fashion lines meant giving up the acting careers that made them famous.
“I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who are representing me, ‘I need to do things 100 percent. I don’t feel like I can give you 100 percent of my time,’” explains Ashley. “There’s a lot of compromise in the entertainment industry.”
Mary-Kate ended her own on-screen career after some “Weeds” appearances and a 2008 movie. CLICK HERE for the full story!
This Saturday there is a really great art event happening at Space Twenty Three and the Sportie LA parking lot on
What makes Art In The Yard even more amazing this time around is the special art workshop for underprivileged and at-risk youth taking place inside Space Twenty Three. The After-School All-Stars have been invited as special guests to attend the workshop which will have many interactive activities, paint tutorials, and a special “found art” project. The main focus for this workshop is to show the youth that there are many ways to tap into their artistic abilities and that anything can be turned into art. These tutorials will be taught by many well known
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
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