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.
With a cadre of supporters made up of local artists, partner organizations, business owners, residents and property owner Andrew Brog, the gallery popped up in September 2011 transforming the vacant Marquee Loft storefront and bringing a fresh, new arts and culture experience to the Uptown district. Now nestled between Nneka and Awaken Cafe in the heart of downtown Oakland, Betti Ono joins a cluster of businesses revitalizing the area, creating arts and retail centric neighborhood hubs. “At Betti Ono we believe that Oakland’s art, community, and economic development go hand in hand,” said Anyka Barber, gallery director and founder. “As an Oakland native, opening a business in my hometown has been about showing what is possible, rolling up our sleeves and doing the work to help this city become a place where we can all thrive.”
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.
I had a dream I was a pharaoh. A Technicolor fantasy so vivid I couldn’t match, until now. The goal is to to indulge without restraints; run, riot. – GREATeclectic
Run RIOT opens Sept 7 at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. The show runs through October 13. Click here to RSVP via Facebook.
Hey kids, I’m here to tell you–Celebrate all victories, big or small. I’m all smiles after showing for the first time in Miami, FL at The Hangar Gallery. In addition to showing four new pieces, I unveiled a new mural, the largest I’ve created to date. Excitement made me document the entire process…
It always starts with an idea. Caught in a mean brainstorm…
Then it came to painting over what was there…
The process was tough in the beginning. Then I started to approach it like I would a smaller collage.
Illuminati [prince] / Pyramid, one eye, on my assets / Here it is, off top, peep my progress…
Rome wasn’t built in a day. But Nu Africa was built in a few.
“There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere… There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals…” – Ben Stein
I wanted to write a drawn out explanation but I’m not going to. I share my music with the internet world because this is another way I exist. I tell my own unique story through my art and music and it makes me feel alive.
Enjoy my latest track “Come My Way” produced by GREATeclectic and get ready for the full project D.I.M (Did It Myself) Album coming Aug 31st.
Everything is cyclical. Take my journey in the arts. What started as an indoor activity, has now taken to the streets and right back indoors for the recent ART BOX pARTY at dooGallery in Atlanta, GA. Curated by Han Vance, the show gathered several Atlanta INtown newspaper boxes and asked some of the hottest young artists (GREATeclectic, KingPOP, Linda Costa, Paper Frank & More) to give them a facelift. Talk about inside wanting out.
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.
This holiday season, Art Nouveau Magazine wants your trees to smell a little bit stronger, your lights to burn a little bit longer, and your grass to grow a little bit greener; yeah, it’s that time of year again and lucky for you we’ve slipped a little something under the tree. In honor of 4/20, Miami-based Artist and DJ/Producer Kendrick “GREATeclectic” Daye and Atlanta-based DJ/Producer Savvy Society present you with a forty-minute ride into the pure, blitzed heaven they like to call Blinkk Beats Vol. 1: Reefa Madness.
Atlanta based producer Ziggy gives GREATeclectic’s “BEA$T” a synth induced facelift. If you downloaded the album, you’ve heard it as a bonus track from the recently released Planet of the Ape$ album, download the full thing here. Listen and download Ziggy’s ZMX of BEA$T featuring Sye Spence of We Are The Arrow and Corinne Stevie.
A remix can work wonders for an otherwise flat, over-commercial, over-played, over-worked piece of music. But done badly, it can strip out the soul, the very essence of the song and leave the audience with nothing more than a mind-numbing mash-up of noise. With this in mind, it almost seems sacrilegious to trip musical diva-darling Beyonce over the mixers to remodel one of the world’s music royalty. True, her tunes may have been reworked more times than the faces of the cast of Jersey Shore, but, to date the more commercial mixes have been tastefully done while preserving the unique character that Beyonce brings to a melody.
For one to title their album Planet of The Ape$ might make someone think that you are in for an apocalyptic, cinematic type of journey through sound with GREATeclectic as the director. That’s not entirely untrue. You’re definitely going on a ride, but it’s smoother and more familiar than one might have anticipated. DJ and artist, GREATeclectic serves as more of a Jack Hanna character guiding the listener through a concrete jungle.
SOPA or not, If you’re looking these three you can find them on the Internet. In anticipation of his upcoming musical project Planet of the Ape$, artist, DJ & editor of Art Nouveau, GREATeclectic drops another track this time featuring emcees Corinne Stevie & Jack Preston. Planet of the Ape$ drops January 31, until then tide yourself over with this one.
I suffer from hypoglycemia which means that a missed meal or snack results in shaky hands, blurred vision and heart palpitations. A few weeks ago, I had an episode followed with all of the extreme symptoms. This time however the scenario was worst for it was eleven o’clock and I was stuck in Buckhead. My glucose tablets were not on me and of course I could have just stopped at a fast food place to order a meal, but my bag which contained my debit card, I had left at home earlier that morning. With the petty coins that were in my pocket, there was nothing I could do, but buy a Coke and hope that the sugary caffeinated drink would provide the boost that I needed and attempt the trek home.
GREATeclectic, artist, DJ & editor of the infamous Art & Culture magazine Art Nouveau, will unleash his debut album January 31, 2012. He is giving us the first taste with “#1 Fan,” a roaring dance anthem featuring singer Antonio Stapleton & Canadian based rapper KJ. In the past two years, GREATeclectic has opened up for J*DaVeY, Theophilus London, Taz Arnold in addition to planning events in Atlanta & Miami with the likes of VA$HTIE & Dee & Ricky. From these experiences, he has made an album that touches on the sonic stepping stones he’s used year by year to pave his way to the present. You can head over to his official site to grab the free MP3 of “#1 Fan.”
Art is everywhere in Miami. And with Art Basel this week the city is turned out by artists and art enthusiasts worldwide. A simple trip to see a friend DJ at Awarehouse Gallery turned into a beautiful surprise quickly when we bumped into the world’s largest street level mural installation The Kohn Compound