Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ah...fine art and hip hop. Who can resist?

New Art Reward Announced for Progress Report’s Kickstarter Campaign

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Anyone who contributes $10 to the Progress Report Kickstarter Campaign receives a free ticket to their album release party at the Magic Bag on March 25th, along with a signed and numbered copy of their new album–both of which will be made possible by the collective contributions of their backers through Kickstarter. However, last night Progress Report announced a new ‘Art Reward’: anyone (or entity) who contributes $500 will be presented with Round About Midnight, an original painting by custom artist Alphonso Cox.

Having recently become familiar with Cox’s work and his unique process, I must say that this is quite a deal.

Cox is a musically-oriented multi-media artist whose work appears to place in the traditional “oil on canvas” category. However, his experimental approach and innovative techniques challenge the way classical, postmodern, and pop art is defined and classified. Also, it’s real pretty.

So who’s it gonna be?

Ah...fine art and hip hop. Who can resist?

Doc Waffles vs. Iva Gueorguieva

“Reclining Nude: Stabbed” by Iva Gueorguieva bears a strong resemblance to Doc Waffles’ “Merz,” the living work bred and styled in the rapper’s former Brooklyn Loft residence.

At first I was unsure of what to make of the film strip trimmings, vintage baseball cards and cigarette ashes piled in the middle of Waffles’ floor. And as a matter of fact, I’m still not entirely comfortable with it. However after considering the merz along with a write-up about Gueorguieva in the current issue of New American Paintings (in which Gueorguieva is featured as the spotlight artist), I am pleased to think that I have a more sophisticated appreciation for Waffles’ style as a lyricist and a rapper.

“marked by incessant movement that is both turbulent and euphoric” 
“the resulting process of cutting and constructing both the surface and the image”
Captions extracted from New American Paintings #91 Artist Spotlight feature.

Here’s to Being Broke and Unintimidated: “Pills x 100″ Video

My new status as esteemed local video vixen has come with many perks, including some inside information about the production of rap music videos that I believe many of you will find shocking: Cars, girls and cash are three of the scarcest resources on the set.

Having said that, I’d like to commend the efforts put forth for V Count Macula’s latest video, “Pills x 100,” in which I finally got to make use of my mysteriously large pill bottle collection.

Like most local rappers, Macula has limited resources. Nevertheless, last summer he rallied an amazing bunch of people (including the brilliance of director Nic Notion) and made a really nice looking video.

I find this to be so amazing because when I am in a position where I need other people, I become paralyzed by feelings of unworthiness and don’t feel like I have the right to ask for help. This situation was more poignantly stated by a friend of mine who said, “I’m broke and so intimidated.”

Collaboration is much tougher to beg of someone than it is to give to them–far more difficult in reality than it is in theory.

So even though that little Macula punk included a bunch of unauthorized boobie-shots of yours truly in the initial edit of “Pills x 100,” the audaciousness that sent him crawling around the cutting room floor is probably the same quality that enabled him to organize the video’s production in the first place.

So here’s to being broke and unintimidated: