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GREATeclectic Explores Gay Dating Highs and Lows in New Series “Some Boys Don’t Know How To Love”

Fresh off his recent collaboration with The Gap, New York based artist GREATeclectic has created a series of work entitled “Some Boys Don’t Know How To Love” that melds homo-eroticism and his signature kaleidoscopic aesthetic. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, GREATeclectic explores all aspects of gay love. From drawn self-portraits with the artist passionately kissing himself to chopped and screwed portraits of muscular muses juxtaposed with modern icons of gay dating apps like Jackd and Grindr, the collection puts the male-on-male gaze at the forefront of the series and prompts viewers to dive into the complexities of our community’s sexual desire.

“The series started out with me exploring past failed romantic relationships,” GREATeclectic explains. “I found myself examining dating in the modern world and i thought it was something not only other gay men could relate to, but people in general could relate to.”

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The collection includes 11 original collages on paper and artworks created specifically to be posted as street art all over New York. GREATeclectic has made a point to post these handmade stickers across New York City in an extensive street art campaign.

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View the entire series at www.GREATeclectic.com.

ABOUT GREATeclectic: As an anydenizen: Kendrick is a Southern boy, a neer-do-well, a halogenic hipster setting up art-camp in Harlem. As an artist: GreatEclectic blends the most abstractly familiar elements of life – love, envy, wealth, wrath, perception, desire, greed, necessity, lust, identity, indulgence, ideals, ego, morals, said bankruptcy, and fears – with the rawest veneer of famous faces. His pieces are pastiches – whole in-and-of themselves but even more so in context of one another. Pop & Politics are alive and well-contented bedfellows in this world. The personal space stands as the pre-eminent public place of judgment. Shadows dance in rigid rhythmic formation with neon strobes. The entire world coalesces into a kaleidoscopic cultural landscape… where we are presented with our own selves from before the mass-mediated mirror of Pop life.

10 Artists Turned The Iconic GAP Logo into Bold Art

10 leading-edge artists around the world turned the iconic GAP logo into bold art. The diverse roster of artists features Craig & Karl, GREATeclectic, Skip Hursh, Arian Behzadi, Emily Hoy, Wing Shya, Raintree Chan, Calvin Ho, Wang2Mu and Jaye Kang. GAP’s REMIX Project tees ​are ​officially​ done and​ hit the market on the ​May 16th. ​The collection will be sold in select stores in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, Beijing and of course online too. The collection includes a book featuring interviews with the artists, videos and an awesome tote bag. Take a look at some of our favorite shirts from the collection below.

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#LetsBeyHonest BEY is for Basic

Disclaimer!!!! Before all of the BeyHive Stans come for me, I encourage you all to please read to the end, this ain’t a diss blog, it’s a real blog. I really enjoyed “Beyonce’” I purchased it the moment it dropped on iTunes and I plan to incorporate one of the tracks in my upcoming nuptials.

Beyonce is Queen Bey….of the Basics. She is easily one of the most basic women in the history of the music industry. People give Beyonce credit for a lot of things that I don’t think she herself has much to do with. She isn’t very deep, as a matter of fact I would venture to say she could be shallow. There’s not much there.

BUT with that being said, it is her basicness that makes her a genius, it makes people love and hang off her every move. When you think of the term, “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist” Beyonce really is the personification of this. She understands that hard work and dedication will take any skill you have to the next level. But, Let’s BEY honest: she can sing but there are better singers, she can dance but there are better dancers, and she is beautiful but….nah even I’m not fucking with that, she is gorgeous. You get the point though. She doesn’t really do one thing great except that she has mastered the art of doing a lot of things thoroughly. I do believe Fantasia is a better singer, but it doesn’t matter because her work ethic will never be anywhere near that of Beyonce’s.

There’s a part in the Bible where Paul says, “To all men, I became all things.” Beyonce speaks very little and that’s on purpose. First off, if she says too much, you’d figure out that she talks in circles and never really tells you anything (some people think it’s intentional, I believe they aren’t her thoughts so she can’t really expound on them). But, by saying nothing, we have to assume everything.

Be honest: none of us really know Beyonce, we don’t know what she’s passionate about, we just try to put together our own ideal Beyonce that best suits our lifestyles. To the married women, she’s the model wife and mother, wearing a cape and handling it all. To the married men, she’s the perfectly balanced wife, bringing money to the table while still being arm candy and sucking penis in the backseat. To the single women, she is a beacon of hope that they can tell these dudes to ‘put a ring on it’ or ‘move around’ and that they don’t need a man to get it done. To the Gays she is Jesus. To white people, she’s safe because of mixed race and sorta not all black (reference L’Oreal commercials).

As a Houston native, I know Beyonce. I see versions of her everywhere. She is a regular Houston get it girl. Replace her globetrotting fashion sense with trips to the Galleria and Jay-Z with Top Dope Boy/ Club Promoter A. Replace her career with a beauty license and photo shoots with club pics on INDMIX / All the Parties. Keep everything about Blue Ivy the same, weird name, dressed in Jordans, hair unkempt while momma is fresh to death and you have any girl from any hood in Houston.

Basic, it screams basic. that’s why the basics love her. She gives them hope. She makes the dream attainable. The Beyhive protects her because she is their one that made it, and deep down when she made it, they all made it. She is the storyteller of a generation lost. Not overly educated not overly privileged, just a regular girl who got a chance, and ran that bitch around the world.

She is so far up there now it seems silly to waste breath on hating her, who hates hard workers any fucking way?!?! Its the simple things that make life enjoyable and that’s what makes Beyonce perfect, her team has mastered simple, which isn’t easy and can be in fact complicated. I look forward to what’s next from the Queen Bey. It’s always love on my part, signing off Houston’s(other) Hometown Homegirl.

This post originally appeared on Curator of Dopeness.

 

“Live in 3D” this Thursday at The Music Room in Atlanta

This Thursday, May 23rd, the ultimate summer mixer kickoff party presented by The Social Circle x Art Nouveau Magazine x XIIDisciples x Savvy Society hits the Music Room in ATL!

Hosted by Michael Oloyede, Johnny Self, Nik Gold, Carter James, Darci Daye and Askia Abdull.

Sounds by DJ Jay Marz.

Free admission and drink specials all night!

The Music Room
327 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

10 p.m.- 2 a.m.

 

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GREATeclectic’s POPup opens June 13 at The Alchemical in NYC

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Art Nouveau Magazine and The Socials invite you to a night of music and art. Thursday, June 13, 2013 for one night only Miami based artist GREATeclectic will open a pop-up shop at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. NYC, now is the time to get your fill on exclusive apparel and original artwork created by GREATeclectic.

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Featuring Performances by JAY BOOGIE + MOXIIE
DJ Set by MOON

 

 

GREATeclectic Lana Del Rey Shirt & Anna Wintour Crew Neck

Artist and designer GREATeclectic presents his latest limited edition apparel release. Using his original mixed media collages as inspiration, these features unique renditions of his vibrant, signature style. Retailing for $30 USD for the t-shirts and $40 for the crew neck, GREATeclectic’s latest drops are availble online now, and can be purchased via his online store, www.buybye.bigcartel.com.

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These pieces and more new art and posters are available via my online store www.buybye.bigcartel.com

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Invictos: In Abdu Ali’s own words

Little do they know, Abdu Ali is hanging from a willow tree! But still sitting pretty. I’ve recently become enamored with this Baltimore based emcee’s new EP Invictos. Part Blaqstarr and Tittsworth, part early 90’s east coast rap, and all bass and glitter bombs, this 10 track project is a drug in itself. Rather than spit barb after barb of why it’s dope, I’ll let Abdu tell you in his own words. And if that doesn’t help, let the bass speak for it self. Long live the queen banjee. #eyewontbeafraid

No longer do I suck my thumb. I breath. I conquer.

Banjee Musick, was the first track I ever recorded. It was a song that took the mold of a musical monologue that illustrating my voice, my perception of reality, and my ideas on the way to live life. It felt so good, to shout out to the world and to tell the universe where I stood. So with Banjee Musick completed, I carried on, and that one monologue became a waterfall of acts, a myriad of conversations turning into my first EP, INVICTOS.

Recording mostly with Schwarz, a beautiful producer, we came together magically to create several tracks that’s featured on INVICTOS. Working closely together, I made sure to sew a distinctive sound, a sound very green, and unheard of. Meshing a lot of genres from Hip Hop to Ballroom to Baltimore Club, I wanted to make sure that my sound represented who I am and what I love. Musically + lyrically, I admire the creations of artists like Prince (CONTROVERSY), Patti Smith (RADIO ETHIOPIA), Erykah Badu (BADUIZM LIVE), Missy Eliot (SUPA DUPA FLY), JOHN LENNON/YOKO ONO (DOUBLE FANTASY), Lil Kim (HARDCORE), NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (READY TO DIE), and Lykki Li (YOUTH NOVELS), and most importantly Miss Tony (MASTER OF CEREMONIES)(+ MORE). These were the people and these specific works were the reason why I wanted to start doing music so bad, also noticing how vital it is to have your own sound, and create a sincere identity within your music, from the production to the lyrics. With INVICTOS, I feel like I achieved that.

The album features other magical pieces from J Lamar, who mixes dialogue of two icons I admire, Nina Simone, and Quentin Crisp. It also features an instrumental from Amy Reid of Chiffon, and a beautiful ovah Baltimore Club track from Dj Lemz. The mood is dark. The lyrics is empowering. The production is moving. We painted what is to live as a minority, in many ways from sexuality to race, in an urban environment, in America, in the world, that not only possess heavy truths but virtuous realities that exist within life. I feel fortunate to had lived the life I am living. It made me who I am and what I am, and who I am becoming. Invicto or invictus, rooted from Latin means to be invincible or unconquered is what I’m trying to manifest and felt like it was the perfect titled for my first project. I added an (s) to the end of Invicto because, I am not only one entity. My existence is not just of me, it’s a collective of strengths and insecurities that I share with my mom, my friends, and you. So, I’m saying invictos, because, when listening to this ep I want not only me to feel unconquered but I want you to feel the same way. So please listen, dance, feel inspired, and ask a lot of questions about yourself and where you stand. Feel me, feel yourself!

As I said before:
My music is about individualism, identity, salvation, and being socially extracted and castrated. I kind of always beam myself into being like a moth, a symbol, an advocate for self liberation, and a supplier of freedom, bearing freedom too. I’m like a cunty fairy banjee god mother/son…My life…my music, play as narrative that represent the triumphs of being an outcast, a minority, and a living martyr of oppression. Being pushed to the outskirts of society, living in the darkest alleys, and, in some cases, being socially jailed, sometimes pushes a person or a community to be liberated, claiming freedom. Through my music I want to stand as a symbol of freedom. Music is a pathway to deliverance. It’s enchantment grants spiritual freedom, emotional freedom, and mental freedom. It’s very therapeutic for me and I hope it’s therapeutic for the people who listen to my melodies.

 

Best,
Abdu Ali

I Love You More Than My Own SKIN

Photographer by Jonas Hoejgaard |Art direction and styling by Francis Urrutia | Illustrations by Florian wowretzko | Hair and makeup by Madision MIlls | Modeling by Lilah P at Muse (uk).

#WatchThisSpace Find this editorial and much more in Art Nouveau’s 9th issue entitled SKIN. Click here to get your copy!

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“There is no greater mystery than the skin of a poet’s dream in 35 mm” – Andy Warhol

 

Skin… is a many layered thing; it is artistic, it is cultural, it is biological, it rests on the fragile fringe of one’s inner and outer space… not to be melodramatic, but we consider it an overlooked focus – an abstract opus – of cultural connective tissue.

So, for Art Nouveau’s Skin issue, we chose a duo who connected all of those elements in a most masterful manner: Chester French – black tears, faced fears, a pair so open-minded about the lovable future that their well-endowed brains have descended upon every listener’s ears.

“SKIN,” our 9th issue, features Chester French and Kevin Michael on the cover, interviews with Jck Dvy, Indigo Charlie, TONE, Pete Kirill and more.

…So why you standing over there with ya clothes on?

Get your hands on both covers of Art Nouveau’s “SKIN” issue.

 

Chester French – black tears, faced fears, a pair so open-minded about the lovable future

We had a chat with Max and D.A. to get an inside look at how they view those elements that make the epidermis so oddly endearing. When we come into this world, our skin is supple and soft, that unhindered remnant of divine design; for artists like Chester French, the first album is of that same fresh design. The label signs you because of that new-new you bring to this world. Musicians wear that skin like a manifestation of the self. Unlike the child though, an artist can craft their own primary skin; now more than ever, it is getting harder to make that sonic aesthetic a signature different than all others. – Interview by Swiper Bootz and Cover Art by TONE

 

Getting Honest & Clean with Kevin Michael

Unbeknownst to Kevin Michael, he was under a tremendous amount of pressure. I didn’t just want him to give me clean and honest answers to my questions, but I wanted him to inspire me to write the most honest thing I have ever written. So, naturally, I wanted to delve into the darkest part of anyone’s lifetime; their childhood. “I didn’t grow up in a household with many rules. My father was kind of a ghetto celebrity. As a kid you don’t know any better.” Little Kevin Michael was being snuck into bars and hidden behind speakers that towered over him that left him born into not just rock ‘n roll, but the lifestyle accompanied with it thanks to his father who is a musician. He was never totally drowned into the deviant lifestyle Drew Barrymore-style, but it did leave him longing for something peculiar, especially upon artistic types. – interview by Myles Johnson and cover shot by  R. Carter for R. Carter Photography.

Fashioning a Street Identity

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
— Banksy (Wall and Piece)

Fashioning a street identity is all about putting the work out there. Miami based artists GREATeclectic and Corinne Stevie have been taking weekly trips across Miami to plaster the city with their respective visual aesthetics. Take a closer look at some of the images below.

 

 

Chester French and Kevin Michael cover our #SKIN issue

 

“There is no greater mystery than the skin of a poet’s dream in 35 mm” – Andy Warhol

 

Skin… is a many layered thing; it is artistic, it is cultural, it is biological, it rests on the fragile fringe of one’s inner and outer space… not to be melodramatic, but we consider it an overlooked focus – an abstract opus – of cultural connective tissue.

So, for Art Nouveau’s Skin issue, we chose a duo who connected all of those elements in a most masterful manner: Chester French – black tears, faced fears, a pair so open-minded about the lovable future that their well-endowed brains have descended upon every listener’s ears.

 

Chester French – black tears, faced fears, a pair so open-minded about the lovable future

We had a chat with Max and D.A. to get an inside look at how they view those elements that make the epidermis so oddly endearing. When we come into this world, our skin is supple and soft, that unhindered remnant of divine design. For artists like Chester French, the first album is of that same fresh design. The label signs you because of that new-new you bring to this world. Musicians wear that skin like a manifestation of the self. Unlike the child though, an artist can craft their own primary skin; now more than ever though, it is getting harder to make that sonic aesthetic a signature different than all others. – interview by Swiper Bootz and cover art by TONE

 

 

Getting Honest & Clean with Kevin Michael

Unbeknownst to Kevin Michael, he was under a tremendous amount of pressure. I didn’t just want him to give me clean and honest answers to my questions, but I wanted him to inspire me to write the most honest thing I have ever written. So, naturally, I wanted to delve into the darkest part of anyone’s lifetime; their childhood. “I didn’t grow up in a household with many rules. My father was kind of a ghetto celebrity. As a kid you don’t know any better.” Little Kevin Michael was being snuck into bars and hidden behind speakers that towered over him that left him born into not just rock ‘n roll, but the lifestyle accompanied with it thanks to his father who is a musician. He was never totally drowned into the deviant lifestyle Drew Barrymore-style, but it did leave him longing for something peculiar, especially upon artistic types. – interview by Myles Johnson and cover shot by  R. Carter for R. Carter Photography.

Elsewhere in the issue we chat with Jack Davey about Motherhood, new aesthetics and new outlooks, Amon Tobin marches to the Post-Dubstep beat of his own drum and Indigo Charlie shows us her true skin. On the visual side we feature artists Zofia Bogusz, Pete Kirill, Rodrigo Luxon, Davide Luciano and TONE and feature fashion editorials by Olivier Valsecchi, Que Duong and Francis Urrutia.

 #WatchThisSpace Art Nouveau’s 9th issue SKIN drops next Monday, Nov 26, 2012. Click here to subscribe.

A Tribe Called Savvy

We’re proud to present A Tribe Called Savvy the latest mixtape by New Jeresy based producer Savvy Society. Whether it’s the original tracks by Taahir, Chief Current and Jasmine Mans or the remixes of tracks by Beyonce, Foster the People and some vintage Jigga, each song is a testament to Savvy Society’s now signature smooth sonic aesthetic. A fusion between tribal hip-hop and smooth R&B coupled with Savvy’s early 90’s sensibilities, this is that instant vintage.

Listen and download A Tribe Called Savvy below.

Advertise in our upcoming issue

We’re putting the finishing touches on our upcoming SKIN issue. Can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on. We’re now offering full page advertisements for only $150. And for every full page ad purchased you’ll recieve a free week of advertising online. This is an amazing opportunity for artists and galleries to have their voice heard and their work seen by our growing base of art enthusiasts.

Email stockists@an-mag.com for more info!

Corinne Stevie’s “D.I.M” EP available now

Miami based emcee and artist Corinne Stevie dropped her latest musical project D.I.M today via her Tumblr. The seven track EP was written and recorded by Corinne Stevie and features a collage of spacey bassy beats provided by GREATeclectic, Urban Noize, BrotherIIBrother, Gotdion, Megatron UK and Grow. Take a listen to the EP below.

In “Want To See A Sad Boy Smile? Pay Him,” his second book, GREATeclectic’s pieces are pastiches

In “Want To See A Sad Boy Smile? Pay Him,” his second book, GREATeclectic‘s pieces are pastiches – whole in-and-of themselves but even more so in context of one another. Pop & Politics are alive and well-contented bedfellows in this world. The personal space stands as the preeminent public place of judgment. Shadows dance in rigid rhythmic formation with neon strobes. The entire world coalesces into a kaleidoscopic cultural landscape… where we are presented with our own selves from before the mass-mediated mirror of Pop life.

Continue reading In “Want To See A Sad Boy Smile? Pay Him,” his second book, GREATeclectic’s pieces are pastiches