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Janine Marie

born: 1981
born in: Deer Park, New York
lives in: Los Angeles
Janine Marie holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts focused in printmedia, Bachelors of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies both received from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also has an Associates in Fine Arts Photography, from Delaware... [more]

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The economy is not doing so good for all of us, non - profits are taking a bigger hit. However a chicago based artist is rising funds for Street - Level Youth Media with his curated show "Run Blago, Run!"  Using  a website called Kickstarter, that functions as a way to fund ideas by artist, musicians and more. The show features a pop up art gallery though the streets of Chicago depicting ex- governor Rod Blagojevich. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ray Noland aka CRO is the mastermind behind it all. I recently chatted with Ray via e-mail to do a ten question interview for Art & Culture. His work has been shown with Mear One, Shepard Fairey, Ron English and other Juxtapoz alumni. 


 


Art & Culture: I was wondering about the stencil images for the Run, Blago, Run! Show, Rod Blagojevich depicted in a jogging suit. I feel like it's an image that a major of Chicagoans in the Ravenswood area have seen running the wrong way down the street. What are you bring to the table with these images? What makes them more then Blagojevich in a jogging suit?


 Ray Noland: I guess the Run, Blago Run imagery is funny in the same way Tina Fey is hilarious simply quoting Sarah Palin verbatim. I'm just as amused as everyone else at how the world reacts to the work. What I do is one thing. When it gets into the world it takes on a life of it's own. I have no control over that.


 Art & Culture: Is there any connection between Rod Blagojevich and the Street - level Youth Media group your raising money for besides that they are both Chicago based?


 Ray Noland: No more than it is the type of program who's funding was/is in jeopardy in Illinois. I decided to donate to Street-Level Youth Media because of their mission of helping under-served youth learn about technology and media and how they can use it to empower themselves. I understand how it has helped me as well as President Obama. In addition when I learned of the fire the program had late last year, it just seemed like the right decision. Blago cut funding for the arts while in office. This project couldn't possibly make a dent in any of that but this is my one, small, little piece that I can try to do.


 Art & Culture:What non-profit would you really love to work with and of course why?


 Ray Noland: 1Sky or Green For All. To make green technology a social phenomenon.


 Art & Culture: The artwork your exhibiting recently general seems to be political driven (Go Tell Mama, Run, Blago, Run!), how do you feel this subject influences?


Ray NolandPolitics influences and effects all of us. It is the type of subject matter that sooner of later everyone thinks about in some capacity. You just can't get away from it. Political art resonates, especially during an election year. Art and design helps to sculpt a visual identity to the world. It communicates messages. 


 Art & Culture:How do you feel your subject matter could fail you?


 Ray Noland: I am simply a vessel. Art reflects life, life reflects art. As long as we have beings on earth I will have subject matter. No one buys my abstract art. That stuff sits in my house. Politics effects and interest many more than most other subjects. Not everyone likes jazz. And within the jazz community you have those that prefer big-band over bebop. But all of them are effected by social political issues. People don't just walk by Running Blago. They stop. They take pictures posing in front of it. My question is... how does one have a conversation with the MANY rather than the few? 


 Art & Culture: So I happen to have a poster that you print ago years ago for band, are you still printing awesome posters?


 Ray Noland: Loaded question. As if to say my current work ISN'T awesome. Haha! Well, the easy answer for me is I just don't feel there is much of a market for my work in that context. I mean the screen-print rock poster thing is more of a rock poster thing. It seems a bit insular. There is no real economy for screen-print electronic or hip-hop posters. Even less as things are driven more and more digital. Electronic music and Hip-hop are just NOT driven by the screen-printed poster as with indy rock. Maybe they would do a cool one-shot but not as an on-going method of communication. Clubs and Lounges def don't do that sort of thing any-longer. Kanye West and Kid Cudi are not coming to CRO to produce a series of screen-printed posters for their national tour like Pearl Jam enlist Ames Bros to do the same. But if they do, I'm game!


 Art & Culture:What artists now in Chicago and American are you real digging?


Ray Noland: Chicago: Juan Chavez, STATIK, Cody Hudson, Hebru Brantley, Cat Chow   America: Hank Willis Thomas, Jen Stark, Chor Boogie, elMAC


Art & Culture: What are the things you need in your work space and life at all times to keep you going?


Espresso, WIFI, THC, Coca-Cola, backcountry camping in the wilderness and the Sun


Art & Culture: What are you working on for the future as an artist and as a person?


Ray Noland: I'm looking to have a solo show in Chicago this fall. I'm also diggin' this kickstarter concept. If this project doesn't meet the goal, I have a few other projects I'm thinking about. I understand the Run, Blago Run! Show is a very challenging concept. (But is that not what art is?) You never exactly know what will hit hard and when. You just have to keep learning and growing. Personally, people say I'm a bit abrasive or maybe too intense. Sometimes I think about softening that a bit. But, then again... that may be why I'm me. Errr


Art & Culture: Finally when your old and gray what is one thing that you can look back and say that really made me the artist that I am? 


 Ray Noland:  Making mistakes, working independently freelance and getting hit by a car and waking up in the hospital the next day. The latter was a paradigm shift. Afterwards, I started to think about myself in the world differently. I started to pay closer attention. 


 More information on Ray Noland can be found at: www.creativerescue.org


Check more information about Kickstarter at:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Mr-CRO/run-blago-run-show

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     Standing in line on a Tuesday night, for two hours, on Vine Street. My Friend Carey had invited me to tag along to attend the screening of Björk's Voltaic: The Volta Tour Live. The film is a live document of her tour. Björk holds a special place in my juvenile heart, please to be attending the event altogether. She is an avant - garde, Icelandic pixie, soprano goddess in the hearts of her fans. A solid herd of people ranging in age. The crowd was mostly early twenty somethings to thirty somethings. However moms and dads with hip youths in tote packed the place too. We had assembled ourselves at the Nike Sportswear at the Montalbán.


     People with Purple wrist bands congested  the upper stairs, half moon bar. L.A. Riots would dj in the same room after the show. A free cocktail or two by Belvedere XI, would be bestowed on to you, if you could make it to the front of the crowd. Tubs of free drinks, water, soda and red bull lined the way to the theater. Popcorn and candy piles left on tables for the taking. We nibbled on popcorn till they let us into the screening room.The screening room's upper and lower deck slowly filled, over the next 20 minutes. We scored sits in the front left area. A prefect view for what are eyes would see.


     John Wells, the creative director of Flux, walked across the stage. He thanked the crowd for attending the preview of The Volta Tour chatted up Bjork and gave the release date for the public, to view. The performance is a part of the box set that will be ready for purchase on June 30, 2009 by Nonesuch Records.The box set is four discs, two are footage, the other two are just for your ears. He also stated that there was a limited number of posters that would be given out at the end of the viewing. Later in the evening I would work my way to the front of that crowd to find two empty handed gentlemen. I would not receive a poster, that I had wished for. The lights dim, we sat back to watch the sensational footage from Bjork's tour in Paris, France. 


    French horns, trumpets, trombones played by people in electric carnivalesque outfits marched away the screen. Soon to be joined by a barefoot, rainbow, tribal print dressed Björk. Five other men waited on stage covering the other half of the band, drums, mixer and piano.  She preformed earlier songs remixed by the live band behind her. Hunter, Joga, Army of Me, Hyperballad, songs from the Volta album with a quick costume change. The crowd in the film jumped, danced, sang Björk played drums in the air.  She was a ball of energy with electric volts jumping out of her songbird voice. Alluring colors filled the room, the film was edited to fit the rhythm of the beats. Fast, sharp, clean, wide  and close, a tangle of vibration. I felt emerged in a movement that had past the 60's Janice Joplin creating a wiser love child to the next generation. Björk diplomatic, bold, creative talent. She sounded great, when the screen light up with neon on color you could see heads in the theater bobbing. Finally a glistening group of paper fell from the sky, surrounding Bjork. People in the theater audience for the film stood up clapped and whistled. 


    The film had filled my dreams of seeing what, Bjork front row would be like to see live. It was beautiful, magnificent, ablaze with cultivated editing and film shoots. The clapping in the room had stopped. The crowd moved to take their fate at getting a poster in the upper stairs bar room. L.A. riots started to dj, free cocktails returned on the scene. Four guys in skinny jeans started to dance in front of the dj booth. More people joined in, soon the floor was packed with guys and girls dancing. Carey and I stood and listened for a bit to L.A. riots. They however could not compete with Bjork. Don't get me wrong I love to dance to their musical selection. We made our way though the thick crowd of people leaving the Montalbán to rome the night life of Hollywood.  


 


Björk's Voltaic: The Volta Tour Live box set will be released on June 30, 2009 by Nonesuch Records. 


 


 

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posted on 06.17.09

     12 pm on a friday night a group of twenty to thirty somethings gather at Machine Project in Los Angeles, Echo Park neighborhood. The gathering took place to see the death of Analog television. Machine Project is a nice size store front gallery space. It's focus is on people working with technology. They promote dialogue over the use of electrics, offering classes and workshops. A pragmatic though crossed my mind. To think that the children born that night will never see a program on an analog television shows the change of a time, a moment. Their parents will tell them stories of rabbit ears and what it was like to not have digital anything. In the store front room crowded with people stood  a pyramid of 8 to 9 televisions, in the left corner. We had missed the lecture by Jason Torchinsky at 10 pm.


    Earlier in the night my friend Vicky and I meet up with our friends David, Diamond and Joseph at a spot in Silverlake, we moved slowly to Where down the block. Where generally has some kind of event promoting culture. We drank beers that just requested a tip, listening to what Vicky called Hipster Jazz. Three men with facial hair and mod hair cuts performed, drums, keyboard and bass. The gentlemen when they did speak in between songs stand to the crowd of 10 that they were from Long Beach and much cooler then all of us. The music itself was a little unsatisfactory, a bit boring at times. I felt similar to the time I thought seeing Phish would be fun. To loud to hold a group conversation, we simple enjoyed our free cheap beer. David had heard of the destroying of some televisions. It was one of the first things he said to me meeting up with him that night. We all wondered how they would destroy the televisions, lost to the fact digital would martyr analog. We gather the troops to head over to Machine Project.


   The sideway in front of Machine Project was covered knee deep with people who were just as interested about the destroying of television. We made our way through the crowd to at least get a peek. The televisions range in size and age. Some from the 50's with the circle knobs that you turn, others from the 80's when it was cool to have a mini black and white tv. The crowd cheers when a television lost reception. Booed when a television came back with info commercials. One by one the televisions turned to fuzz black and white lines, crawling around as if they were ants. It did not take long see the death of analog. We moved outside to sit and discussion what we saw. All five of us had grow up in the 1980's, we were the true tv generation.


    Vicky was pleased commenting that we had just witness history. We all agreed. David wished for fireworks and smoke effects coming out of the televisions. It reminded me of how America depicts war in the news. The black and white static was a subtraction for green screen, that lit up from time to time. The death of analog played out how it needed to for me. Two days later I sat working in my room, as the Magic and Lakers played their final game of the season. I was lost to the fact that the Lakers had just won. Downtown LA filled with fans, cheering, creating havoc maybe looting. My roommate knocked on my door, wanting to show me the live news feed on his computer.


 


Machine Project is located at 1200 D North Alvarado Los Angeles, CA 90026. More information can be found at http://machineproject.com.   


 


 

“Ayeroff Bros. Furniture & Appliances, 1066 So. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. Richard Neutra designed the building and lettering. The building is still there, but called "un-recognizable" in the Neutra books. And, it is. My father and his brothers sold the first b+w televisions in Los Angeles. When COLOR TV appeared, in the 1950's, we used to line up chairs in the back showroom, in front of a row of televisions, to watch the Sunday evening shows. We'd invite all of our neighbors, and share a potluck dinner as we watched! I feel your pain...”
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     On Wednesday I headed over to a Wonderful World Art Gallery, in Culver City to see the preview for Luke Feldman. Along with the preview Luke would be doing a live painting right in the gallery. Luke Feldman is an artist from Melbourne Australia, living in San Francisco. His work is best described as Victorian meets Edo, add in the technology created by modern society. When I spoke with him at the preview he said he was influenced by his experience in Japan. Luke pleasantly chatted with me about  the music he creates, animations, and other multi medias that he works in. A smile from ear to ear expressed how much he enjoys the simple act of creating. 


     The first group of images that I saw were five exquisite wooden panel paintings to my left. Each panel featured a single adorable girl emerged in ornament designed flowers. Earthy, with a touch of spot colors creating an air of striking delight for the viewer. Luke Feldman has become well known for his unique style. His painting are petite like the girls he draws, alluring, neon colored, fetching, imagery. I moved onto the other wall across from the five wooden panels.


    On the left wall at Wonderful World Art Gallery were seven black and white framed ink on paper images. The images were from Luke's new and first children's book Chaff n' Skaffs Mai and the Lost Moskivvy. The book is written by Amanda Chin and Luke Feldman, illustrated by Luke Feldman. The book is about three extraordinary friends that go on a voyage to return home. Copies of Chaff n Skaffs Mai and the Lost Moskivvy sat on a table next to the black and white images. The final fruit of his labors, next to the birth of his ideas. Each of the narrative images had Luke's classic LF red stamp in the corner. The LF Stamp reestablished Luke's affection for spot color, that works marvelous in his imagery. I moved to the back of the Wonderful World Art Gallery to see more.


   One of the back walls continued the story with more black and white images from Chaff n' Skaffs. I was amassed by the polished Giclee prints on the very back wall in the corner of the gallery. Four long saturated landscape images with his trademark girls. Attractiveness of color that jumped off the walls. Luke had told me he has a printer that gets the colors just right for his limited Giclee prints. The prints made me feel alive with a vibrated energy from looking at them. my eyes pleased by the savory dream world created by Luke Feldman.    


Luke Feldman's solo show at Wonderful World Art Gallery will be on view from June 10 to July 11,2009. Wonderful World Art Gallery is located at 9517 Culver Boulevard, in Culver City CA 90232. More information for Wonderful World Art Gallery can be found at http://www.animationartgallery.com. Information regarding Luke Feldman can be found there as well plus at http://www.skaffs.com 

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     The foothills a small gallery space that doubles as the flagship store for Dirty Vato Clothing, held it's first gallery show this month. The space itself houses two rooms. The first room has glass windows from top to bottom assisting in building curiosity from by passers. Nicely presented to the outside world in a luscious wall display. Two emerging artist coated these walls with ravenousness imagery from top to bottom. The two artist featured in the space are native to California, Erwin Recinos & Leo Quijano II. Their images dance together on the walls, creating a dialogue.


     It was difficulty to pick were to visually start, all the images worked so beautiful with each other. The classic California style of Erwin Recinos drew me in, being a New Yorker. His digital photographs depict the influence of latino car culture. Erwin Recinos stated when I spoke with him that he was more interested in the environment around him. Paintings on the back wall by Erwin Recinos are more about typography and texture. Saturated, cracked, gritty, layered typography covers each painting, building their own lexicon. His paintings followed by Leo Quijano II two paintings flow exquisitely on the back wall, in harmony.


     Leo Quijano II two paintings are porous, textured topographic images. Retentive in appearance, they bring to mind what it would be like to see the ground on Mars or the ocean floor. The paintings are just as beautiful, if not more compared to his photographic images. His photographic style focuses just as much on beauty, turning to a siren, sex kitten, Betty Page girls. Leo Quijano II a gentle giant towers over the girls in his photographs. His height illustrates the petiteness woman have over men. The girls keep eye contact with the camera, interpreting the idea of women as the male sex objects, but an object of seduction in their own right. The placement of his photographs with Erwin Recinos aids in creating a change in subject and eye movement.


     What really brings their two styles together is the use of saturated color, accomplished prints and love of beautiful creations. The Foothills has plans to hold more events and gallery shows. Ideas in the works are a craft night featuring local artist, Dirty Vato clothing events and local artists showcasing their work. The Foothills has the right location, colossal toothsome taste and talent. They also serve up a mean cheese dish, beer and wine during their events. It is undoubtable a place to check out in Long Beach's Signal Hill area. The Foothills is located at 2021 East 19th Street in Signal Hill, more information is available on the Dirty Vato website http://www.dvclothing.com/index.html.   

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