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Art × Blockchain

NYC–Ilon Art Gallery and Intaglio Blockchain will host  Art x Blockchain and The Brave New World, at 204 W 123rd street, on May 16, 2019, from 6-8:30 pm. Email info@workhousepr.com to RSVP for the event. Ilon Art Gallery, which focuses on fine art and photo gallery, is nestled in the heart of Harlem and provides access to an amazing variety artists. Like-minded people assemble at the gallery to view the art in an unique and warm setting, although the gallery is not always open to the public, you can always make an appointment. Intaglio Blockchain provides blockchain as a service for artists, museums, galleries, collectors and auction houses to record authenticity and provenance of objects. These transactions are are date and time stamped, available to the public and cannot be changed. 

A panel of experts in the arts and tech communities will be having a conversation about Blockchain technology and this brave new world. The panel will explore the benefits of having blockchain technology, its potential and why it may be the piece we have been missing since the rise of the digital era. All panelists have years of experience in their fields of art and/or technology, many in both.  The speakers are storytellers within their own mediums whether it is photography, sculpture or writing. 

Moderator:

James Garfinkel is a co-founder of Intaglio Blockchain and a seasoned business entrepreneur with 40 years of experience in finance, art and photography.

Panelists:

Stuart Haber, an experienced cryptographer, is the co-inventor of the blockchain technique for ensuring the integrity of digital data. He functions as Chief Scientist of Intaglio Blockchain. Thanks to him and his co-founder, the integrity of digital data is secured.  

David Burnett, co-founder of Contact Press Images, is a photojournalist with more than five decades of experience.   His past work has included everything from world leaders to Olympic medalists and world conflicts. In the mid 70’s, Burnett focused his camera twice on Bob Marley and now currently on view at ilon Art Gallery, the host venue of our event.  

Phyllis Galembo, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has photographs in various collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Galembo recent travels  has brought her to South America, Africa and the Caribbean, her current book now hitting store shelves Mexico Maskes | Riturals focuses on tribal peoples of Mexico  

Kevin Abosch works in photography, sculpture & installation, using emerging technologies as a method. His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and civic spaces. They explore ideas surrounding identity, value, and human currency.  

A.D. Coleman is an American critic, historian, educator, photography curator, commentator on new digital technologies. Coleman was the first photo critic for The New York Times, authoring 120 articles during his tenure. His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 nations.

Currently on view at ilon Art Gallery are works by David Burnet form his series Bob Marley: Soul Rebel. All works int he show are tagged by Intaglio Blockchain and on their blockchain (chain.ilon.com*).

Galembo has collaborated with the Ilon Art Gallery and Intaglio Blockchain to offer you a unique editioned work. Xentolo, an image from her new book, and the back cover, and is available to collectors in a limited edition, 14×14 signed print, tagged and on Intaglio Blockchain’s network. Editions 1-10 are discounted, they will be available at the event or at currently at https://www.ilonartgallery.com/store/ucla-intaglio-exclusive-offer.

*Intaglio Blockchain allows for private licensing of blockchains. These chains are still part of the Intaglio Network and as always public, decentralized and unchangeable. Loni Efron, director and owner of ilon Art Gallery, has been certified by Intaglio to put artworks on her subscription chain.  Loni Efron’s certification allows her to enter works only by artists she represents at the ilon Art Gallery. The works of David Burnett and Phyllis Galembo are on the blockchain chain.ilon.com, a subscription by ilon Art Gallery. 

Kevin Abosch seated in front of his artwork Yellow Lambo and I Am a Coin

Malala Yousafzai by Kevin Abosch

          Stuart Haber | Ted X | December 2018

    Xantolo by Phyllis Galembo

                   Bob Marley: Soul Rebel by David Burnett

                       Bob Marley: Soul Rebel by David Burnett

 

*Featured image:  Lift Off, Apollo Xl ,1969 by David Burnett

Artists,Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Caldera+Lab Presents Artists, Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Wellness guru and mom of 2, Stacy Keibler made a rare appearance with husband Jared Pobre at  the Artists, Adventurers and Athletes experience presented by Caldera+Lab Non-Toxic Skincare for Men at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach. The magical two-day beach retreat was hosted by Paul Makarechian, founder of Auric Road (Hotel Joaquin, Korakia Pensione and Lone Mountain Ranch), Pat Tenore, founder and President of internationally successful surf and skate label RVCA, Danny Fuller, pro-surfer and photographer and Sage Vaughn, California based artist.

Guests enjoyed daytime activities such as yoga, paddle boarding and surfing at the legendary Shaw’s Cove beach prior to being treated to an epic sunset viewing and cocktails by the pool complete with a live painting exhibition by Sage Vaughn. The magical evening continued with a private Mediterranean inspired dinner in the garden of Orange County’s best new restaurant Saline, prepared by famed Chef Leandro Bongarra. Post dinner, guests enjoyed a fireside performance by Hawaiian artist Lilly Meola.

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GLOBAL K-POP SUPERSTARS NCT 127

NCT 127 will embark on its first North American tour on April 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, performing 11 shows through mid-May. The band will perform national television shows, as well as engage in additional promotion activities in New York and Los Angeles.

According to Steve Barnett. We are thrilled to be partnering with Young-Min Kim (Group CEO of SM Group) and Nikki Semin Han (CEO of SM Entertainment) to further the phenomenon of NCT 127 around the world. The band’s potential for global success is virtually unlimited, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that we hope to be in business with for many years to come. Young-Min Kim added, CMG and Caroline have been early believers in the global potential and influence of the group. We are very excited about the new partnership between SM and CMG/Caroline that is sure to generate more diverse and intensive marketing, and look forward to the journey ahead to bring NCT 127 to the world starting from the U.S., with their support. Jacqueline Saturn and Caroline Executive Vice President Matt Sawin added, “While the K-Pop explosion is one of the most exciting developments in pop music, we have long set our sights on NCT 127 in particular. The members are extremely talented and incredibly hard working, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that brings incredible resources, experience and know-how to the table. Everyone at Caroline is beyond excited about this partnership.” NCT 127 is the acronym for Neo Culture Technology and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul, Korea, the home of K-Pop. NCT 127 announced their arrival in July 2016 with the mega-hit Fire Truck,, sweeping rookie-of-the-year awards that year. Other hits like Cherry Bomb and Regular showcased their trendy music and stand-out performances, winning the hearts of fans all over the world. Their U.S. debut album charted at No. 86 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and claimed No. 1 on iTunes Album Charts in over 22 regions around the world. In October, the band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month & the first-ever K-Pop act to earn that coveted title. NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with “Regular“, their all-English hit song, made a red carpet appearance at the 2018 American Music Awards, and was the fastest male K-Pop act to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with their latest single Simon Says, proving their rapid rise as worldwide superstars.

With 4.5 million instagram followers and 1.3 million Twitter followers in tow, Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 has shaken up the K-pop world since their 2016 mega-hit Fire Truck with their unique and conceptually-progressive artistry (Limitless, Cherry Bomb). In October, the breakout boy band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month, first-ever K-Pop act to take the coveted title. In addition, they were Billboard’s first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Emerging Artist Chart, Rolling_Stone’s 2018. K-Pop Artist to Watch, and declared to be leading the next generation of K-Pop by the LA_Times. Charting above world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on Billboard’s Social 50, the talented group delivers more of an experience than just a performance every time they hit the stage. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap.NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Regular their all-English hit song which was included in Apple’s Best of 2018 playlist. NCT 127 returns to the U.S. this Spring on their first-ever headlining North American tour. Their debut full-length studio album NCT 127 Regular-Irregular is out everywhere now. For the latest on NCT 127, keep up with them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans”

Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans” is for Anyone that Doesn’t Have Life Figured Out Yet

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

ALSO AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY

Last month, pop singer/songwriter Gabe Kubanda released his new single “Damn Plans.” Today, you can watch a music video for the track, one that shows how everyone has had a hard time figuring themselves out, no matter the decade. “The video goes through multiple time periods (80’s, 90’s, grunge era, emo era, modern day),” says Kubanda. “We’re all trying to figure ourselves out through the different decades and trying to find our place in the world, whether that be trying to fit in by dressing in the appropriate fashion for the era, or with a certain group of friends, etc. In the end, and after multiple attempts, the guy gets the girl by finally just being himself.” “Damn Plans” is about changing your thought process. Not getting stuck in the hamster wheel of negative “shoulda-coulda-woulda” thoughts and emotions, and learning to be OK with not having everything figured out just yet. Make some new plans and ideas to become the person you want to be. Make some new mistakes and learn from them, but stop repeating those “same mistakes” over and over again.

As an international touring artist, Kubanda knows a thing or two about having big plans. He launched his concert company Epic Proportions Tour in 2011, hitting the road in an old school bus powered by used vegetable oil. The singular goal was to bring national recognition to upcoming bands. Now, surpassing 650 concerts and 22 tours (including the US, Australia, and Europe), Kubanda still finds the time to steadily release catchy, indie-pop gems. Kubanda got his first taste of success after being a featured cast member on VH1 Classic’s: Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp reality show. That experience soon evolved into opportunities to tour/perform at Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Festival, NAMM and many more. As if there wasn’t enough on Kubanda’s plate, he recently launched EduMusication, a non-profit program that promotes the importance of music education to high school and college students. The crew spends time inspiring the music students in their classrooms, providing live performances, workshops, and lectures.

Listen to “Damn Plans” on Spotify.

Connect with Gabe Kubanda:

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Live Nation Urban’s Summer Block Party

Today Live Nation Urban reveals the details for the fifth annual Summer Block Party Festival. The preeminent destination for soul and R&B devotees since 2015. Tickets will be available on Friday April 5 at 10am local time.

For more information on ticketing click HERE.

Not only does the festival return to Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago, but Live Nation Urban also schedules its very first Dallas engagement. This expansion remains a testament to the growing popularity of Summer Block Party Festival. In 2019, the stage will once more play host to genre legends as well as today’s hottest breaking talent, upholding a five-year tradition and commitment to excellence in soul and R&B. For the 2019 series, GRAMMY Award-winning modern icon Jill Scott headlines all four dates. Meanwhile, GRAMMY Award-nominated soul songstress and hometown hero Jazmine Sullivan joins the bill as direct support on the Philadelphia concert at Mann Center for Performing Arts on June 29. Soul icon Faith Evans and Tweet round out the lineup for the Dallas engagement July 5 at Toyota Music Factory. A day later, Boyz II Men and rising star Lucky Daye& grace the stage in Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. For the fifth year, the festival resumes at its original Chicago site on Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 13 with Anthony Hamilton MA$E, Carl Thomas. The full itinerary and each respective lineup can be found enclosed below. Summer Block Party sets the pace for R&B and soul-centric festival. Since its launch in 2015, it has sold out every year and steadily grown with lineups consisting of genre luminaries and the next generation’s hottest young R&B stars. Previous lineups boasted everyone from Erykah Badu and Jazmine Sullivan to Miguel, Babyface, Ludacris, Ledisi and SWV, to name a few.

SUMMER BLOCK PARTY FESTIVAL DATES:

6/29 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Music Center (Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, MA$E, Musiq Soulchild, DJ D Nice)

7/5 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (Jill Scott, Faith Evans,Tweet)

7/6 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion (Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, Faith Evans, Lucky Daye)

7/13 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, MA$E, Carl Thomas)

TALE OF US RETURN TO HÏ IBIZA

TALE OF US RETURN TO HÏ IBIZA FOR MUCH ANTICIPATED AFTERLIFE 2019 RESIDENCY Thursdays at Hï Ibiza from 27 June – 3 October Huge opening party kicks off the season on June 27th with a heavyweight lineup featuring Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Mind Against, Rødhåd, Stephan Bodzin (Live) Tale Of Us and Vaal. Early bird tickets from 20€ on sale now at hiibiza.com

Italian techno duo Tale Of Us will return to Hï Ibiza for another season of carefully curated, immersive and forward-thinking Afterlife events. With a reputation for sensory stimulating soundtracks and spectacular production concepts, the season kicks off on June 27th with a suitably sizeable line-up of names from the techno vanguard taking over both rooms of the world class venue.

Afterlife is not just about assembling a list of DJs, it is about Tale Of Us drawing on a wide sphere of artistic influences under their now iconic Afterlife man insignia. Each and every week throughout summer they curate nights of innovative music, complemented by bespoke visuals and lighting, specially designed installations and thought-provoking production that takes you into a brand new party dimension. The attention to detail is unrivalled and the club’s state of the art sound system delivers the music in crystal clear quality so you feel it as well as hear it.

The line-up for the opening party sets a high standard with Stephan Bodzin, one of techno’s most accomplished live performers, bringing the ultimate experience, together with Maceo Plex’s astral sound that has made him one of the most in demand DJs of the day. Add in Afterlife regulars Mind Against and the hosts Tale Of Us and you have a truly comprehensive night of dance music. In the Club Room, Berghain icons Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann bring linear, hypnotic and widescreen takes on techno. Dystopian label boss Rødhåd brings his dark and atmospheric style, after Afterlife label artist Vaal has set the tone.

The full season line-ups will be revealed soon, but rest assured they draw on many facets of house and techno from the day’s key players, best live acts, hottest new names and most valued pioneers – an eclectic mix of returning favourites and debutants.

Running every Thursday from the 27th June right through to the 3rd October, Afterlife 2019 is set to once again confirm that Tale Of Us are not only scene-leading DJs and producers, but also skilled and artistic curators with an ear for the ultimate party experience. Early Bird tickets are on sale now, priced at 20€. To book visit hiibiza.com.

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Rosklide Festival 2019 Lineup

Roskilde Festival completes 2019 line-up with Janelle Monáe, Skepta, Vampire Weekend and 65 more artists

Other new names include Marina, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Maggie Rogers, Johnny Marr, Behemoth, Aldous Harding, DJ Koze, Sheck Wes, Saweetie, Weyes Blood and The Comet Is Coming

29 June – 6 July 2019 Denmark |Roskilde-festival.dk |

With 67 new artists – including 55 new music acts – the full line-up for Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s biggest festival, is now complete. 173 music acts in total will play the Danish non-profit festival. Today’s new additions will join the already announced The Cure, Bob Dylan, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Robyn, Christine and the Queens, Rosalía and many, many more.

From Ghana to Greenland, from New Zealand to Norway, from Jamaica to Japan, artists of all sizes from more than 30 different countries will play the big and the small stages. Festival-goers from all over the world will party together in the name of charity when they explore the diverse music and arts programme at Roskilde Festival 2019. When Janelle Monáe first played Roskilde Festival she called it the most amazing show she had ever played. The American is back, bigger and better than ever before after the release of her highly acclaimed Dirty Computer, mixing soul, funk, pop and Afrofuturism. A former mentee of Prince, Monáe doesn’t merely perform a persona, she embodies it. On her first releases, she became an android, inviting listeners into a world full of Afrofuturist magical realism. She has wowed critics in roles in Academy-nominated films, ”Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”, so performing a character is natural stuff for this prodigy. Her album challenges social and sexual norms as well as traditional concepts of a woman’s role in the world. It’s also an album that celebrates those in marginalised communities.

Indie heroes, guitar gods and wonderful weirdos. Vampire Weekend have kept fans waiting for a new album for six years. Now they are finally back at Roskilde Festival, and this time they will be conquering the legendary main stage, the Orange Stage. Noel Gallagher returns with his High Flying Birds, and guitar lovers will be happy to see another British legend, Johnny Marr, presenting both solo material and The Smiths classics. Travis Scott favourite Sheck Wes, grime king Skepta and future star Saweetie will make hip-hop connoisseurs happy, while festival-goers looking for something heavier will rejoice in collective headbanging to acts such as Behemoth and Danish favourites Baest. Plenty of singer-songwriters are ready for their Roskilde debut: from Welsh popstar Marina and New Zealand hero Aldous Harding to folk-pop starlet Maggie Rogers and indie favourite Weyes Blood. Those favouring synthesizers, beats and samples will have plenty to look forward to with new announcements such as German darling DJ Koze, quirky Italian Giorgia Angiuli and noisy duo 700 Bliss consisting of DJ Haram and Moor Mother. A further exploration of the paths of weird will lead to Yves Tumor and the jazz adventures of The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet XL, with saxophone hero Shabaka Hutchings leading both outfits.

Nordic talents ready for their Roskilde Festival debut- Roskilde Festival’s talent programme has also been completed with 32 new acts, representing the best new Nordic music. The new acts include Icelandic prodigy Auður, Norway’s Lil Halima, Swedish DIY rapper Z.E and Selma Judith, daughter of Lars von Trier and one of the most exciting new acts in Denmark, making emotional R&B while mastering the harpThey will join already announced upcoming Nordic acts such as Norway’s Brenn., Copenhagen techno duo Funeral Future and Ea Kaya, one of Denmark’s most promising Scandi-pop talents. These artists are all making waves in their home countries and internationally, ready to take things to the next level at Roskilde Festival. They follow in the footsteps of MØ, Silvana Imam, Icona Pop, Iceage, Susanne Sundfør and many others who played Roskilde Festival before their big breakthroughs. During the first three days of the festival, these stars of tomorrow will play the Rising and Countdown stages, both located in the centre of the non-profit festival’s huge camping city. Most of these acts will play to the biggest audience of their career so far.

Arts, activism and solidarity – and particle accelerators- Art, social engagement and music are inseparable and all part of the full experience at Roskilde Festival.Hundreds of artists, writers, scientists, speakers and architects will inspire contemplation, spark debate and surprise festival-goers. This year’s Arts & Activism programme includes a large-scale sculpture by renowned Swiss artist Claudia Comte and a performance by American artist Isabel Lewis. Hannah Tocicki Anbert will conduct a silent parade in the name of unproductivity, Søren Aagaard will set up a post-apocalyptic food truck and Japanese artist Tomoko Sauvage will transform water bowls into instruments, turning water into sound. As always, there will be plenty of street art at Roskilde Festival with a programme that includes Askew One, Bacon and Zusa. Bringing science to the festival experience, CERN and the Niels Bohr Institute will offer workshops enabling you to make a cloud or a your very own renewable charger as well as debates on topics such as future energy.

Roskilde Festival’s head of programme Anders Wahrén says: “It feels great to finally present our programme, and Janelle Monáe is a crown jewel in a line-up I think bodes very well for our future. Not only do we have a load of great young artists of all sizes and from all corners of the earth, we also see that many of them are more socially aware than ever. From the music to the arts, debates and workshops, solidarity and activism is something that is reflected throughout our programme.”

The schedule and a handful of acts are yet to be announced. The full arts programme will be out in the spring.

  • Tickets to Roskilde Festival are on sale on roskilde-festival.dk.

  • Full festival tickets are DKK 2100 (approx. EUR 282) (including free access to camping).

  • More artists will be announced soon.

  • A total of 180 acts will play the festival’s eight stages.

  • See more on roskilde-festival.dk

Roskilde Festival 2019 lasts for eight days between Saturday 29 June and Saturday 6 July.

About Roskilde Festival:

Roskilde Festival is 100% non-profit. All profits are donated to social and cultural charities by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society. The festival is right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen and easily connected by train, bus and flight (Copenhagen Airport). With more than 180 music acts in the line-up performing on eight stages and over 130,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is among the most unique music festival experiences in the world. A position the festival has held since the early 1970s. The full festival journey in Roskilde is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party.

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy

In the March 22nd issue of InStyle, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy speak on the loyal sisterhood they’ve created including Rowan Blanchard, Dakota Fanning and Shailene Woodley with their darkly romantic designs.

“There are very few houses led by women, and I think that’s unfortunate… The few women I see in those positions worked really long and hard to get there, and I don’t see that with our male counterparts. Someone does one cool collection as a young male designer and they are in a house. We can all leave it to our imaginations as to why that is,” says Laura Mulleavy.

“My sister and I have always been able to relate to Kate and Laura in a special way because the four of us understand the power of a sisterly bond… I’ve always been fascinated by the inspirations for Kate and Laura’s collections,” says Dakota Fanning.


“No matter how niche or specific they may be, they are always uniquely present in each piece… I’m not sure I’ve met any two more authentic women in the fashion industry,” says Shailene Woodley.

“It’s romantic and feminine, and there’s an underlying edge to it, something that’s off… We’re always looking at the ideas of traditional beauty and nontraditional beauty and how they can be seen together,” says Laura Mulleavy.

The issue hits newsstands nationwide March 22nd. Photographs by Amy Harrity. See the full online interview here.

APY LANDS

APY LANDS

Opens March 5, 5-8pm

Beginning with a talk featuring Yaritji Young from Tjala Arts

30 Orchard Street, New York, NY, 10002

Exhibition until 14 April, 2019

Olsen Gruin is pleased to present APY Lands, a group exhibition featuring works by celebrated female Aboriginal artists from the north west of South Australia. This show comprises painted depictions of the transcendental and its transubstantiation into the material world. These works reflect a new direction in indigenous art that refers to an ancient mythology that is still pertinent and very much a part of contemporary art today.

For the indigenous peoples of Australia, Dreamtime functions as a way to remember the past, understand the present, and interpret the future. “Australian Aboriginal art was the last great movement of the 20th century, that began 60,000 years earlier,” as claimed by Robert Hughes. The artists featured in APY Lands, strive to communicate this metaphysical and spiritual world-view by illustrating the remarkable stories of Dreamtime. Exhibiting artists include Yaritji Young, Wawiriya Burton, Mona Mitakiki Shepherd, Tjimpayi Presley, Naomi Kantjuriny, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken, and Tjungkara Ken. APY Lands will be on view from March 5 – April 14, 2019.

Several of the works featured, are the result of a collaborative effort between the artists featured in APY Lands, who gather at Tjala Arts. Located in the Amata community, Tjala Arts is in far North-West South Australia on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. An Aboriginal owned and managed corporation, Tjala Arts is a professional art making studio known for their vibrant use of colour and energetic mark making. Works by Tjala artists have been acquired by many high-profile collectors across Australia and abroad and are held in numerous public institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Yaritji Young, one of the most prolific solo artists featured in APY Lands, focuses on the story of Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant Dreaming). She paints the rock holes and landmarks of her country, entwined with icons and traditional marks that relate to inma (dance) and tjukurpa (dreaming). The twisted lines and shapes mimic tunnels and formations made by the Tjala honey ant. Her works beautifully express the energetic life that exists below the red monolith that is the Australian desert. Straying from the traditional aboriginal colour scheme of red, oranges, and yellows, Yaritjiinstead transports the viewer into a subjective synaesthetic interpretation of an already vibrant land and environment.

“When I paint, my mind travels back to when I was a child, watching my ancestors paint these stories on their bodies and on the caves. Everything I have learnt from them I am teaching my grandchildren now. Today, we have new materials and paint in new ways, but the celebration and commitment to our culture always remains the same.” Yaritji Young.

Naomi Kantjuriny, Mona Mitakiki and Tjimpayi Presley and several of the other artists have worked together to depict the Seven Sisters Story. This is a Tjukurpa Story (Creation Story) about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the constellation of Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be Nyiru or Nyirunya Nyiru; a lusty and bad man who forever chases the sisters known as the Kunkarunkara women in order to marry the eldest sister. The seven sisters travel again and again from the sky to the earth to escape Nyiru’s unwanted attentions. They turn into their human form to escape from the persistent Nyiru, but he always finds them and they flee back to the sky. As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting kampurarpra (bush tomatoes) for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful Ili (fig) tree for them to camp under. However, the sisters are too clever for Nyiru and continue to outwit him. Every now and again, though, one of the women falls victim to his ways. Eventually the sisters fly back into the sky to escape Nyiru, reforming the constellation.

Dreamtime can seem somehow to reanimate memories of an ancient time that were never lived. Simultaneously, it can catalyze a futuristic abstraction of reality. Freda Brady’s Seven Sisters, depicts the Tjukurpa Story through traditional dot painting. The dotted orange, yellow, red, and brown lines move freely through the painting; creating a feeling of immense dynamism. The colors and architecture of the piece are reminiscent of the earth, which the sisters travel in order to escape Nyiru. However, the sinuous interconnected dotted lines emote a cosmic intention. Brady therefore, harmoniously combines both the terrestrial and celestial elements of the same story through a division and confluence of subject matter and form. This unique art refers to a timeless understanding of the earth and the stars. Its stories are sometimes a different kind of mythological language that we see repeated in other spiritual texts even from the Aztecs or the Ancient Greeks. While this work also acts as maps or paths where the land collides with the universe, it contains elements that allude to certain art throughout history. There is a ‘Tache’ in some of the painterly and structural aspects of this work that parallel the spontaneous qualities of Abstract Expressionism, which was essentially a NY art movement from the middle of the last century. The content of this work whilst drawing direct references to landscape and storytelling, can be considered as holding a very pertinent place in 21st century conceptual art.

Yaritji Young (b. c1954) has been painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) since late 2000. She is a senior law woman and is committed to fostering law and culture. Yaritji was born in Ernabella, South Australia and now resides at Rocket Bore, a homeland north of Amata in Nortern Australia. Her works are drawn from the Tjala (Honey Ant) Dreaming. Yaritji Young is an emerging artist who demonstrates great skill.

Mona Mitakiki Shepherd (b. c1954) started painting with Tjurma Arts and Crafts back in 1998. After a long break she returned to painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) in mid 2003. Mona’s husband, Michael Mitakiki also painted briefly at the art centre. After the death of her husband in May 2005 Mona changed her surname from Mitakiki to Shepherd for cultural reasons. Pitjantjatjara people are not allowed to see or hear the name of the deceased.

Naomi Kantjuriny (b. 1944) is a prolific painter who has been working at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku) Arts since 2001. An excellent hunter, basket maker and wood carver, Naomi took to painting with remarkable ease. She is recognized for her knowledge of the Tjukurpa stories of the area and whilst she is a new and emerging artist, her technique is well developed. Naomi’s mother’s Dreaming is Malu or kangaroo. Naomi is also a Ngangkari – traditional healer. Ngangkari provide traditional healing treatments and practices of the mind, body and spirit. They are exactly like Western doctors and equal to doctors in their effectiveness for the Aboriginal people of her region.

Tjimpayi Presley (b. 1967) is the daughter of Tjampawa Katie Kawiny who is also a painter at Tjala Arts. Tjimpayi is well known for her ‘punu’ woodblocks, a process that involves burning the design into a wooden surface using hot wire. However, she is also a talented painter and has recently started making beautiful work on canvas.

Maringka Tunkin (b. c1954) grew up in Amata where she attended Primary school. She went to boarding High School at Yurara in Alice Springs. Maringka previously painted at the Tjurma Homelands Art and Craft centre which was situated also in Amata. At Tjurma she painted on canvas and created pieces of batik. Maringka returned to painting in 2007 when she joined the other artists at Tjala Arts.

Freda Brady (b. 1961) was raised in the Amata community. She is the daughter of Paniny Mick and Mick Wikilyiri, both senior and highly regarded painters at Tjala Arts. Freda began her artistic career in 2002 creating batik. More recently, Freda has committed to her painting practice with great vigor and is an emerging artist with impressive skill.

Sandra Ken (b. c1954) lives in Amata with her husband Dick and four children. Sandra’s first art experiences were working and learning to paint in the craft room at Tjurma homelands Arts and Craft centre in Amata. Sandra’s painting further developed with the opening of Minymaku Arts, and she continues her practice with vigour at Tjala Arts. She is particularly excited about the large-scale collaborative works she paints with her four sisters; Yaritji Young, Tjungkara Ken, Maringka Tunkin, and Freda Brady.

Tjungkara Ken (b. c1954) is a young and dedicated artist, with a remarkable depth of talent and expertise. Tjungkara started painting casually in 1997 but increased her commitment to her work in 2008 and continues her practice with vigour. Her mother’s country is Wingalina and her father’s country is Amata. Tjungkara depicts this country and its tjukurpa (dreaming) in her paintings with her distinctive style. Mountain ranges, rock holes and elements of the land are all illustrated throughout her detailed work. She is well known for her sophisticated use of colour and striking works depicting the Seven Sisters story.

Wawiriya Burton (b. 1925) is a senior woman from the Amata community. In her painting, Wawiriya tells the story of her father’s country near Pipalyatjara, west of Amata in South Australia.

Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken (b. 1965) has been painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) since 1999. She is a committed and focused artist with exceptional skill and talent. Her mother Iluwanti and father Brenton also paint at Tjala Arts, as do her daughters Serena Heffernan and Anastine Ken.

For further information please contact the gallery at info@olsengruin.com or +1.646.525.6213.  All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.

PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS RELEASE “IF YOU WANNA BE LOVED” TODAY

FEATURED ON FORTHCOMING ALBUM MDRN LV ARRIVING FEBRUARY 15

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Critically acclaimed Irish phenomenon Picture This release their third instant grat track “If You Wanna Be Loved” today from forthcoming album MDRN LV, co-produced by Jayson Dezuzio [Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors], arriving February 15,2019 via Republic Records. Listen to “If You Wanna Be Loved” HERE.  Pre-order MDRN LV HERE.

 

Picture This will embark on their first North American tour in support of MDRN LV, making stops across the country starting in Toronto, ON on April 22 and wrapping in Seattle, WA on May 18.  Full tour routing below, get tickets HERE.

 

The albums lead single “One Drink” continues to climb up the radio charts at both Alternative and Hot AC formats in the U.S.  Watch the official music video for “One Drink” HERE.  The band also recently released a second song featured on the upcoming album, “Everything or Nothing”, tune in to watch the official music video HERE. 

ABOUT PICTURE THIS

The biggest selling Irish act in both 2017 and 2018, and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it remained in the Top 5 since release. Just over two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 400K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. During late 2018, they teamed up with super producer Jayson Dezuzio to record the 2019 follow-up, MDRN LV.

2019 North American Tour Dates:

April 22            Toronto, ON                The Velvet Underground

April 23            Montreal, QC              L’Astral

April 24            Cambridge, MA          The Sinclair

April 26            Pittsburgh, PA             The Club @ Stage AE

April 27            Washington, DC         Rock & Roll Hotel

April 30            New York, NY             Irving Plaza

May 1              Philadelphia, PA         The Foundry

May 3              Columbus, OH            The Basement

May 4              Nashville, TN              The Basement

May 5              Chicago, IL                  Lincoln Hall

May 7              St. Paul, MN               Amsterdam Bar & Hall

May 10            Denver, CO                 Larimer Lounge

May 11            Salt Lake City, UT      Kilby Court

May 14            Los Angeles, CA         Troubadour

May 15            San Francisco, CA     Slim’s

May 17            Portland, OR               Doug Fir Lounge

May 18            Seattle, WA                 Columbia City Theater

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

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