All posts by Monica Smiles Tobon

Writing on the Walls: Street Art Lettering Workshop

In conjunction with the exhibition Charting the Terrain, street and graffiti artist Eric “KING CRE8” Walker guides participants through the process of drawing fonts and elements commonly used in graffiti and street art. Workshop participants will be encouraged to design their own signature, words, phrases, or art elements in a graffiti style. No prior art experience needed; recommended for ages ten years and up.

Sunday, July 29, 2018- 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Location: California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90037

Please follow link below for registration & more information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-on-the-walls-street-art-lettering-workshop-with-eric-king-cre8-walker-tickets-46424969333?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

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Lyrical Knowledge for 2Day: Patience- NAS-Damian Marley

Here we are, here we are, yeah
This one right here is for the people

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye
Ni kera mogo
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni (Hey, yo, D, let’s go all the way in on this one)
Ni kera mogo

Some of the smartest dummies can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies
Plant a flag on the moon and can’t find food for the starving tummies
Pay no mind to the youths ’cause it’s not like the future depends on it
But save the animals in the zoo ’cause the chimpanzee them make big money
This is how the media pillages, on TV the picture is savages in villages
And the scientist still can’t explain the pyramids
Evangelists making a living on the videos of ribs of the little kids
Stereotyping the image of the images and this is what the image is
You buy khaki pants and all of a sudden you say a Indiana Jones
And thief out gold and thief out the scrolls and even the buried bones
Some of the worst paparazzi’s I’ve ever seen and I ever known
Put the worst on display so the world can see and that’s all they will ever show
So the ones in the West will never move east and feel they could be at home
Get tricked by the Beast but where them gon’ flee when the monster is fully grown?
Solomonic linage where them can’t defeat and them could never clone
My spiritual DNA that print in my soul and I will forever own, Lord

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (yeah, that’s patience, it’s what the old folks told me)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye (can you get with that?)
Ni kera mogo
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (discoverin’ the world before this world, a world buried in time)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni (uncovered with rhymes, it gets no realer)
Ni kera mogo

We born not knowing, are we born knowing all?
We growing wiser, are we just growing tall?
Can you read thoughts? Can you read palms?
Can you predict the future? Can you see storms coming?
The Earth was flat, if you went too far, you would fall off
Now the Earth is round, if the shape change again, everybody would start laugh
The average man can’t prove of most of the things that he chooses to speak of
And still won’t research and find out the root of the truth that you seek of
Scholars teach in universities and claim that they’re smart and cunning
Tell them find a cure when we sneeze and that’s when their nose start running
And the rich get stitched up when them get cut
Wanna heal them broken bones in the bush with the wet mud
Can you read signs? Can you read stars?
Can you make peace? Can you fight war?
Can you milk cows even though you drive cars?
Can you survive against all odds now?

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (it’s crazy)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye (when you feed people the truth, you don’t know how they gon’ react)
Ni kera mogo
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (you scared of wrong-doers, people that’s just ignorant)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni (and scared of the truth, we patient for now)
Ni kera mogo

Who wrote the Bible? Who wrote the Qur’an, and was it a lightning storm
That gave birth to the Earth and then dinosaurs were born?
Who made up words? Who made up numbers, and what kind of spell is mankind under?
Everything on the planet we preserve and can it, microwaved it, and try it
No matter what we’ll survive it
What’s hu-? What’s -man? What’s human?
Anything along the land we consumin’, eatin’, deletin’, ruin
Tryin’ to get paper, gotta have land, gotta have acres
So I can sit back like Jack Nicholson, watch niggas play the game like the Lakers
In a world full of fifty-two fakers, Gypsies, seances, mystical prayers
You superstitious, throw salt over your shoulders, make a wish for the day ’cause
Like somebody got a doll of me, stickin’ needles in my arteries, but I can’t feel it
Sometimes it’s like, “pardon me, but I got a real big spirit”
I’m fearless, I’m fearless, don’t you try and grab hold of my soul
It’s like a military soldier since seven years old
I held real dead bodies in my arms, felt they body turn cold, oh
Why we born in the first place ff this is how we gotta go? Damn

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (yeah)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye (yeah, yeah, what)
Ni kera mogo
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkonte (this goes to all the wisdom and knowledge seekers of the world)
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni (Sabali, patience, yeah)
Ni kera mogo

Songwriters: Nasir Jones,Damian Robert Nesta Marley,Damon Albarn,Marc Antoin Moreau,Mariam Doumia,Stephen Marley
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,Universal Music Publishing Group,BMG Rights Management

 

LAWS Crew 18 Years Reunion

On May 5, 2018 South Texas Museum of Pop Culture located at 1017 East Mulberry Avenue, San Antonio Texas hosted the 18th Anniversary of LAWS Graffiti Crew, check out the gallery of some of the finest art pieces, photography and graff by San Antonio’s Graffiti Crew.

 

 

 

KARLOS MARQUEZ | THE OTHER SIDE OF ME | ABSTRACT ART

What’s Up Los Angeles! Come join us for a Special Opening Reception happening Saturday, April 28, 2018, located at the Fathom Gallery 110 East 9th. Street, #CL002, Los Angeles, California 90079.

It is an honor to see our comrade Karlos “Bumps” Marquez creating the most exquisite masterpieces in both the Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement and Contemporary Art World. Taking both genres and mixing his unique creative abstract-urban-contemporary styles, you do not want to miss out on this special night as he exhibits the other side of arts, style, technique and influences from the Masters of Abstract Art History Movement

Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon

Please R.S.V.P on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karlos-marquez-the-other-side-of-me-abstract-art-tickets-44857952343

Press Release

Please join us for the opening night and artist’s reception for Karlos Marquez | The Other Side of Me

Abstract & Nonobjective Art from a Legend in the Graffiti Game.

FATHOM is please to present the first solo exhibition of abstract paintings from Karlos Marquez.

The Art

Working in a limited color palette of mostly blacks, reds, whites and occasional hits of silver and gold, Karlos Marquez has laid down a powerful rhythm for this, a new direction in his artistic output. These are bold masculine paintings that are in fact based on love and acceptance. As he said recently, “…in these new works I’m saying Fear No Love, I’m also showing that I have many sides to my work, that I’m attracted to many styles of expression.”

His inspirations for this new series range from his early teenage influence, the pioneering abstract painter Matsumi Kanemitsu, and later, the black and white work of Franz Kline. Both of those styles have been further informed by Marquez’s deep roots in the Los Angeles graffiti scene. Viewing the paintings you can feel the influence of the mid-century abstract expressionists but there is a sharpness and intensity to the work that is clearly of this time and in some ways unique to this city, Los Angeles.

The Artist:

Karlos “BUMPS” Marquez (American, 1968) born Carlos Ramon Marquez in Honduras and raised in the Pico-Union Central Area of Los Angeles. Writing under the name “Kartoon”, Marquez entered the local graffiti scene in 1983 and in 1985 became one of the founding members of the legendary K2S graffiti crew. Further developing his technique, Karlos studied art at Los Angeles City College in Sherman Oaks where he studied life drawing under Mark Westermoe. In the past 5 years his art has evolved and encompasses a broad range of mixed media pieces including large canvas works and fabric, furniture and metal pieces for CISCO Home. Marquez regularly gives back to the community by contributing to projects with Tempt One ALS foundation, Refoundary Project, the META Foundation and The Ron Finley Project.

VISION: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo

What’s up Los Angeles! Isaac Pelayo presents Vision: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo, Opening Reception on June 2, 2018 located at 1108 South Los Angeles Street, Unit 101, Los Angeles, California. From 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Hosted by Antonio Pelayo Productions.

Artist Statement: This current body of work explores the inspiration of the great minds that came before me. Visionaries, artists, culture producers, entertainers, and grandiosos alike; those individuals whose enlightened contributions to history inspire and inform my creative practice today.

Like them, I too seek enlightenment; spiritual, intellectual, and most of all within my creations. Thus I have begun a visual exploration of the occult power, and wisdom granted by the ever-present awareness reached by a meta-physical knowledge contained in the theory of the third eye.

In an homage to those who influence me, such as Frida Kahlo, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Einstein, and Basquiat, I too yearn to engulf myself with the wisdom and serenity afforded to me within the mastery of my own craft.

This body of work is allowing me to pursue and explore a psychological and spiritual realm within my own work that manifests itself through my paintings. Thus the extracts of my own interrogations are presented representationally, and serve to bring awareness to the deep significance I bestow on the level of consciousness I pursue while creating.

Please join us for a night filled with art, passion and homage to some of the greatest influences of Isaac Pelayo.

For more information, please follow the event at:

 Event FB Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/415945762179601/

About the Artist: Isaac Pelayo (Los Angeles, b. 1996) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, Ca.

Isaac Pelayo’s hyperrealistic aesthetic expressions are a mixture of classical painting, enlightenment, and pop culture. Inspired just as much by Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Dali, as by The Renaissance, Baroque period, Chicano Contemporary Culture, and Street Art Movement. As a young child, Pelayo found friendship with graphite and paper, son of renown fine artist Antonio Pelayo Jr. who early on exposed him to the Arts. At the age of eleven, Pelayo exhibited his work for the first time and won a 1st place award at an Art Contest that led him on an artistically curious path.

Today, only a decade later at twenty-one years old he works at the Ink and Paint Department for Disney alongside his father. His artwork has graced multiple publications such as Brooklyn and Boyle, Frank 151, Out of Step Books, and was recently on the cover of the Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, published by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

As of today, Pelayo’s artwork has been exhibited at various museums around the globe, such as the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and The Trotsky Museum in Mexico City. As well as renown galleries, such as Plaza De La Raza, Known Gallery, and The Seventh Letter Gallery, amongst many others.

MOBY ARTS POP UP OPENING:ICONS: A BlackBrain Anthology

Moby Arts announces its pop-up opening at Fathom Gallery, a new art venture makes its debut with “ICON” a pop-up show at 110 East 9th Street Los Angeles California 90079, featuring one Pop-Noir artist Black Brain benefiting Artist For Trauma a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various creative disciplines.  . Many of the works are Pop Icon inspired pieces the colors are explosive.

The Fathom gallery will be opening on Saturday, March 24th with a reception from 7:00 to 12:00 pm, rsvp mobyarts.com.

Please click on the Link Below for Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icons-a-blackbrain-anthology-tickets-43491934547

The exhibit will remain for viewing for the month of April at Fathom Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday noon to 7:00 pm and by appointment.

Join us for a night of mixology drinks, music and Fine Art.

BlackBrain is a pop-noir artist disrupting beauty and thought. He whips ink like Dexter does blood. His gifted, art psyche develops stories that bring color to the mundane, dialogue to the mute and personality to the dull. His work is a voice for the transitional generation.

Dominican born Ariel Vergez, the mind of BlackBrain, was raised in Miami, Florida. Inspired by the heroes of his youth including Dali & DaVinci he pursued art at an early age which led to getting accepted into one of the nation’s best art and design based high schools and universities, Design and Architecture Senior High and the Cleveland Institute of art respectively.

Since then BlackBrain has joined forced with philanthropic groups and other artists, directors, writers, and community builders to pursue changing the world through art.

We hope that art lovers of all stripes will take the time to view works by the talented artist BlackBrain we have featured on our web site and come to our pop-up shows. Also, share with us what you’ve seen and liked by writing on our blog, following us on Facebook or tweeting with us.

L.A.: LEY LINES~CARTWHEEL ART

Los Angeles Where You At! So excited for this upcoming art show at OG L.A Art Show tonight January 10, 2018. Cartwheel Art is yet to present another exhibit at Booth #7030. Please make sure you come out and support our Los Angeles Based Legendary Artists.

For more Information on these artists and Cartwheel Art, check out the link below:

http://www.cartwheelart.com/2018/01/09/save-the-date-and-preview-la-art-show-starts-this-wednesday-night-january-10th/

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Chocolate and Art Dallas Edition

Indulge yourself in some of Dallas’ finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators! There is something for every body including live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate!

This event will be held in DALLAS Art Distric at

LOFTY SPACES

816 Montgomery St.

Dallas, TX 75215

**There is street FREE parking
*Both days show begins at 8PM and goes on until 2AM. Also the show is 21+

Facebook Event::

https://www.facebook.com/events/124726071583829/

Website::http://chocolateandartshow.com

THE LA ART SHOW~January 10~14, 2018

Celebrate the 2018 LA Art Show, the West Coast’s most exclusive Art market experience.

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
South Hall

 For More Information, click on the link below:

SHOW DATES – January 10-14, 2018
RED CARD SPECIAL COLLECTORS PREVIEW
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7pm – 11pm
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Friday, January 12, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11am – 5pm

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The LA Art Show is distinguished as the region’s foremost celebration of the visual arts offering collectors, galleries and the community the opportunity to view, exhibit and purchase art from around the globe. Every year we exceed all expectations and 2017 proved to be record breaking as we deepened our roster of galleries, pursued new exciting art programming and engaged LA’s major art institutions. The demands of the evolving art market in Los Angeles and it’s emergence as a vital player of the global art scene drives our marketing and planning. Creating an art show which influences the highest level of creative innovations through the connection of world-class galleries, renowned artists, top curators and collectors is our goal. The LA Art Show is proud to be one of the world’s largest and longest running events with more than 100 leading galleries from over 18 countries exhibiting in 200,000 square feet of exhibition space to an estimated 70,000 attendees over a four day period.

 

#GivingTuesday- Plaza de la Raza

 

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Moby Arts is a fine arts publishing studio that focuses on bringing ground-breaking artists and charities together for worthy causes. Join us and donate today!