Cameras up and we see the makings of a modern Pop princess, donning the finest in commercial couture en route to becoming celebrated celetoid… product placement on parade: Apple, Chanel, Charlie, and Starbucks… ah yes, the radiant cent of a woman – because the trick is self-made, self-paid, self-affiliated among the scene’s sea change… live in your world, play in ours – because Pop culture command central is the brand camp battleground. How blow can you go?
Happiness is a warm gun, and a hundred million ones, daddy I’m so sorry – bang, bang.
The Free Market: for everything else – there’s karma.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
Featuring Performances by JAY BOOGIE + MOXIIE
DJ Set by MOON
This Wintour is BEGR RICH. Nice shot of a BEGR RICH sticker and a GREATeclectic Anna Wintour pasteup on a Stop Sign in miami. Unexpected symbolism running all through this shot. That’s what you calling saying so much, without even trying.
I’d compare completing your first mural to getting your first tattoo. You’re hooked from that point on. With each event and city I travel to this year I will also keep a piece of me there with public works of art. The first of 2013 is my mural at Town Skate Park in Oakland, CA. Thanks to Anyka at Betti Ono Gallery and K-Dub, I was given the opportunity to start a piece that is the catalyst to an ongoing collaboration between the gallery and Town Skate Park.
Town Park was created in 2007 by Keith “K-Dub” Williams with the help, love, and support of the local skateboard community at historic De Fremery Park in West Oakland. K-Dub and the City of Oakland worked together to build a “skater built” dynamic wood structure skatepark for Oakland and Bay Area youth. The goal was to create a facility that would allow Oakland youth to stay in their own community instead of traveling to neighboring city skateparks.
Check out some pics of the Street Collage below.
Learn from Losing…
If you’re in the Oakland, CA area stop by and view the mural at Town Skate Park located at in the DeFremery Park at 1651 Adeline St. West Oakland, CA
Last Friday evening, Art Nouveau Magazine celebrated five years of pushing the visual envelope and promoting independent artistic endeavors with the opening of our POPtimism exhibition at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. The show, which was curated by Art Nouveau editor GREATeclectic, featured work by Hugh Leeman, TONE, Third Eye True, Tonia Beglari, and Corinne S. Francilus, in addition to indoor murals by the aforementioned Hugh Leeman in collaboration with D Young V and GREATeclectic. Take a look at some of the images below.
Learn from Losing…Cherish Winnning… #ForeverPOPtimistic
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.
Aware and Corey Davis collectively known as Mach Five have been making waves lately with solid project after project. For their upcoming album “Art Rap,” the Atlanta based duo decided to call their artist friends to give their perspective on the title “Art Rap.” Here are some covers by myself, Corinne Stevie, Kevin Bongang and more.
I’ve been busy toiling away at new work and events for the new year. I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve released about 12 of my favorite pieces from this batch of new work and they’re for sale on my new online store.
In the new year look for more t-shirts and apparel, original art and events in Oakland, NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago.
Melt into your melted mirror for an electrifying ride, look deep into the black of my melting mirror eyes. See you reflecting me, reflecting you, reflecting me, reflecting you, reflecting me, reflecting you … until we melt together and sink deep … into the other side.
Melt into my mirror, you lose yourself into the pool of liquid mirror. Step into the looking glass, sink deep within its pool, and straddle the dimensions in time… I’ll see you there… along with my friends. See it through the looking glass.
Black eyes, gold grills, fat lip, dollar drops… by George I think she’s got it right, caught between the flashing lights… just beneath the Crayola crown, superdomed at the barber shop…
Lucky lady’s nocturnal tears, illuminated capital over faded frontiers
“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.
Last week, my second solo exhibition Run, Riot opened at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. The show included about 25 new works in addition to a mural I completed on site. I’m excited to share the images with you. Run, Riot runs through Oct 13. Click here for more information.
WunderTwinz‘s music is an amalgamation of many styles and color palettes. All at once it’s dark moody-fueled indie-pop wrapped right with infectious, almost hip-hop, beats and bass drops. With GREATeclectic on the beats and Boreas Matthews on the lyrics and vocals, this concrete backdrop is knee deep in heavy themes of unrequited love, power trips and redemption. As visceral as it is vulnerable, WunderTwinz’s debut EP (indulgent) delusions of grandeur pulls together these elements perfectly. Listen and download it below.
Betti Ono’s first anniversary show “Run, Riot!” by Miami based artist Kendrick “GREATEclectic” Daye debuts Friday, September 7, 2012. Showcasing Daye’s mixed media pop art style the show embodies the playful yet innovative spirit of Betti Ono gallery.
Daye’s vibrant and explosive work produces a lush landscape of social commentary, blending the familiar with the fantastic. A combination of pop and politics, he utilizes collage, photography, painting and illustration to create work that extols and defames our American culture. His layered portraits and eye-popping visuals sear into our collective imagination and reality.
Run RIOT opens Sept 7 at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. The show runs through October 13. Click here to RSVP via Facebook.
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.