This Art Basel was the first time I assisted in the making of a mural. Following street artists and constantly watching the process, i’ve always wanted to get my hands dirty. Who better to assist for the first time than the talented, Jose Mertz? The mural, entitled Gilda, was completed entirely with pilot markers. Yes. A mural with a marker.
The name, Gilda, is inspired by Jose’s eldest sister, who passed away earlier that week. Thanks to all of the friends and family who came by to support the mural during its progress. We are so thankful and fortunate to have had such great energy surrounding this piece, it is so much more than what can be seen by the human eye….
Not only did I push scaffolding, get dirty and help everything run smoothly, but I (of course) documented the entire thing. Check out the photos after the jump… and look out for the video in the weeks to come. You can see “Gilda” on the side of Brisky Gallery, located at 130 NW 24th St, Miami FL 33137 in the Wynwood Art District.
Kool Keith stopped by to say whats up.
Peep my Tumblr for more shots, as always.
My year, in photographs.
I’ve always enjoyed looking through photos at the beginning of a new year. For some reason, looking at my past provides me with good insight for the future. Something about seeing the progression through visuals by being brought back to a mental state as opposed to a place. Over the last few years, I recapped my year in photos on my old blog – 2010 recap, 2009 recap. Since I lost that blog last year, I didn’t do one for 2011. I didn’t want to break the chain, so I decided to do one for 2012 while I was digging through my harddrives earlier this week. Better late than never, right?
To new light, love, inspiration, struggles, adventures and success. Peace to all.
– love & light.
3 females and 50+ males. Yup, that was the scene of the set of C#CKFIGHT. After 12 hours of a testosterone infused environment, I was sure able to capture some interesting moments from the making of Julian Yuri Rodriguez’s short film, C#CKFIGHT.
When filmakers Giancarlo Loffredo and Julian Yuri Rodriguez reached out to me about shooting behind the scenes for a new short film, I was excited. Knowing Julian, and learning about the treatment (written by him and Ariel Castro), I knew this wouldn’t be your average movie set. Commissioned by Borscht Film Festival and filmed on location in Miami, C#CKFIGHT was a sketchy movie set, to say the least. With shirtless Cuban men, broken beer bottles and “bath salts” surfacing the venue, I was sure to dress appropriately.
The first cut of the film premiered at The Borscht Film Festival on December 15th. It was amazing to see the film on the big screen, as I had specifically decided that I wouldn’t see it during the editing phases. Uncomfortable, suspenseful and shocking…… I suggest you keep a lookout for other chances to see a screening of C#CKFIGHT. Until then, you can see a teaser of the film, here.
If anyone who participated on set would like photos, please e-mail me, Jenny, at ShaynaBatya@gmail.com.
-love & light.
ART BASEL II
The art / the festivities
My absolute favorite time of the year. Everyone is in town, the weather is perfect, the vibes are just right. Although I spent a lot of time outside catching up with the street artists, I still managed to check out a decent portion of the fairs. As usual, the official Art Basel show at the convention center was incredible, 1 day just isn’t enough. This year I had the chance to check out Design Miami, which was brilliant. A lot of futuristic and conceptual furniture that just blew my mind. The best part was the Snarkitecture installation, those bright cylinder like structures pictured above. I felt like I was hanging out in Super Mario Land. Despite its criticism for holding an unauthorized Banksy exhibition, Art Miami had a good balance between old and contemporary works. I also really enjoyed Scope and Fountain.
It seems as though each year that Art Basel is in Miami, it becomes more and more overwhelming. I prefer to let the photos do the talking, see you next year!
– love and light