Photo courtesy of Ricardo Barros of the SAGEs.
On April 8, 2011 at 219 Gallery in Trenton, NJ, S.A.G.E. Collective's first exhibit as a collective successfully opened. Over one hundred people from all over Trenton and surrounding areas made the trip thru the rain to see the artwork and meet the artists responsible for over a dozen murals in Trenton itself. The music performers, who were going to be on the street like a siren calling visitors from the capitol, had to move the show inside because of the rain, which made for a very cozy scene. Windows fogged, house packed, the art show became part concert! The first video is a virtual walkthru of the exhibit for all those far away who can not make it to see the works in person. All the artists really worked hard and pulled off some amazing pieces.
Many thanks to all those involved and everyone that came out! The artwork will be on display by appointment for the next month, if you're intersted in stopping by email Kasso Below are a few snippets of the incredible talent Trenton has on the mic who came out to support...Hustle MC, Polo, and Black Collar Biz...BIG ups!
Huge thanks to Joel Price for the great photos used in this video! S.A.G.E. Collective live art at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA, music in the video is Dave Manley Trio who also played live at the event.
This was a lot of fun to produce. I painted two interior murals for the exhibit. I kept my subject matter within the context of the shows theme. With the title of the show being INHERITANCE, I decided to paint a mural in honor of my family...since without them, I would not be producing art.
The first mural started off with an image of my late father and ended with an image of my mother.
The second mural is an image of my five year old niece looking up to the sky with the saying "REACH THE WORLD BUT TOUCH THE HOOD FIRST over top of her head. To the fair top right, a bird is flying over into the sunset.
The installation represents the last 5 years of my life; starting with the death of my father and ends with the birth of my niece(who was born two weeks before he, my father, passed). The piler that bares my niece image in positioned at the front of the gallery, so the entire mural production begins with her.
The secondary imagery within the mural is a play on my mental state during this time...a lot of confusion and emotion...with more clarity as time passes.
The entire installation took two 10 hour days to produce. I was treated with the utmost respect and hospitality from Stan and Christine Sudol, owners of Guerilla Galleries, and special thanks to Jerry's Artist Outlet www.jerrysartistoutlet.com/, Golden acrylics www.goldenpaints.com/ and Montana Cans www.montana-cans.com/ for sponsoring my murals...an all around awesome time!
For more visuals from the show, check out Guerilla Galleries website:
I recently heard the news that the Raritan River Art Walk caught the buff because the city of New Brunswick is no longer supporting Albus Cavus's project there. Very sad indeed. It got me looking thru my flickr set reminicing. Here's a slideshow of some of my favorite flicks I took there over the years. If you like the work, remember all this is now buffed out thanks to the city New Brunswick, let them know how you feel about it, SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS
Below is an example of the SAGE works done there... Many of these walls below were still running, until the buff I'm assuming. Still haven't made my way over to see for myself. When I do...:) it won't be sad, just a new begining!
Inspired by an old drawing of Sean's and his beautifully machined designs we put together loose plans for an abstracted face amongst a background of gears and wires. The painting took place during the Hopewell Tour Des Arts, a two day open studio tour in and around Hopewell Township. Mother Nature cooperated by providing two amazing days for painting (not a cloud or drop of rain in sight) and once we rescued KASSO from the wilderness on Saturday morning we got to work laying out the wall.
DELVE handled the nose, mouth & chin while KASSO scaled the ladder to lay out the eyes, forehead and abstract designs to the right of the head. LUV 1 went to work on a background of stained glass, abstract shapes & wires while Lank brought large gears from the background to the foreground and filled the deep space with an amalgamation of smaller gears. The two day process was a true collaborative effort, bouncing ideas around and amassing the artwork in a freeform and organic way, resulting in an amazing production.
The visitors to the farm, most having never seen a mural put together quite this way, enjoyed the show and were full of questions that we were happy to answer. Special thanks have to go to Sean and his family for providing unparalleled hospitality and fully supporting our vision for the wall. Check out the photos and enjoy video!
Kasso’s Rammellzee tribute
“Rammellzee’s graffiti and art work are based on his theory of Gothic Futurism, which describes the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet. His treatise, Iconic Panzerisms, details an anarchic plan by which to revise the role and deployment of language in society.
He has stated that his name is derived from RAM plus M for Magnitude, Sigma (Σ) the first summation operator, first L – longitude, second L – latitude, Z – z-bar, Σ, Σ – summation.” Wikipedia