Call For Artists: 'The Art of Life After'


Mission Gallery is opening up a call for art for a show in late April 2015 // 'The Art of Life After'. This show has the intention of creating space for survivors of sexual violence and supportive communities to celebrate art and creativity that may have arisen from the the complexity of a life including experiences of violence. Please click the image below for our full open call description and more information on the show.


'RESPOND' An Art Exhibit

New York City gallery Smack Mellon recently opened a charged and powerful exhibit entitled 'RESPOND'. Shortly after the verdict for the Eric Garner case was announced they incited an open a call for artists near and far who wanted to 'respond' literally to the greater political climate, recent killings, verdicts and protests.  

A curator and and organizer for the gallery explains their collective philosophy behind the show;  “We who work at Smack Mellon have something that very few people have, which is a platform for artists. Once you have the platform it’s easier to conceive of making your ideas concrete,” Gilrain said. “We want it to be a real, broad example of artists and people making things. It’s going to include high school students’ work, and we hope to get some really well known artists to contribute works.” The specific inclusion of this extremely diverse group of artists is very important; giving voice to a true variety and depth of feelings and perspectives. They also have taken the initiative to host different interactive and live art events throughout while the show is up. You can check the schedule here . 

If you are in NYC anytime soon definitely go check this out, this will be something worth witnessing. 

'Planet Ludlow'

I can't believe 1995 was 20 years ago, but it was and this video here is a sweet gem and somewhat of a time capsule. Now very well known and well-travelled in this video we watch a local lower east side, NYC resident explore and explain his funky piece of heaven on Ludlow Street. As he describes it a 'Planet Ludlow' as a 'thriving out-of-the-way artist community', there are still pieces of of that community and what used to be amidst the modern money and changes we see today; yet its nice to see be reminded of what times were like. Checkitout.

Hip Hop Picture Books!

Welcome to the world of inspiring visual artist and author C.G. Esperanza! Traditionally a visual artist this South Bronx, NY native has recently melded two of his passions, hip-hop and visual art into a medium he claims will break new boundaries for them both; Children's Picture Books! 

In an article he wrote he discusses his vision stating, 'These are the lines that kick off my debut solo piece titled “Red, Yellow, Blue and a dash of White too!” The images serve as my beats. They develop the atmosphere in which my rhythmic stanzas dictate a story, the same way any instrumental would.'

His pictures and artwork are undeniable captivating, and his stories are just as fun and vibrant. His first book “Red, Yellow, Blue and a dash of White too!” will hit the shelves nationwide March 3rd 2015. Be sure to check it out!