Interview: Infamous JeanClaude "Trinity of Oneness"

Infamous JeanClaude, "Frequencies in Fractions," digital collage



We are excited to see Infamous JeanClaude grinding on a new body of work for his upcoming collaborative show, "Trinity of Oneness," in Charlotte, NC with Cedric Umoja and Dogon Krigga. Thanks to the artist for spending time catching up with us. 


You've been on a hiatus from making work. How has your style or practice evolved since your last show?

Yeah. I was creating sporadically throughout last year, but this was the first year in a very long time that I didn't have a consistent flow with my art. I was dealing with some depression and was uninspired. These two issues had me in a choke hold for over a year. It felt so weird because I have thousands of ideas in my head but I was super unmotivated. It was a very awkward and tough period.

Once I climbed out of my depression and got my health issues under control it was like a windshield wiper cleared my brain and I was about to create more freely. My style has become a lot more loose, especially my graphic work, but I still have my elements of abstraction and clean lines in my pieces. I'm pretty excited to see how my style has unfolded/will unfold since last year.

I also haven't done a group or solo show in about two or three years because I have been doing more commissions for musicians and clothing lines.


How does your studio practice vary when you're painting versus when you are making digital work?
 

When I'm painting, it's usually just me with the canvas, paints and music blasting in my headphones. I probably got some incense going and my snacks near. I'm not really on my phone or anything when I'm working on paintings. I usually like to zone out and really take in the pieces that I'm working on. If you've ever seen that scene in the movie Basquiat where he plays the same song over and over but is working on like seven big pieces at once, the feeling is like that but a lot of smaller pieces and a smaller studio space.

Working digitally is similar but a little more free. I can be mobile with my work so I can work in a library or a coffee shop. When I need breaks I might surf the internet or check up on social media here and there. It's a little more sporadic but I have moments just like painting when I'll stare at the composition for a long time or maneuvering one piece 50 times until I find the right space for it to fit the composition. 


Infamous JeanClaude, "Float Like/Strong Like (Me, Myself and I)," digital collage


What is your connection to the other artists in Trinity of Oneness? 



Cedric Umoja is like a spiritual advisor and mentor to me. We're always diving deep in conversation on how to expand our craft and become better alchemists to speak to the masses. We've always talked about collabing over the years but we both have been busy, so this was perfect timing for both of us. I haven't formally met Dogon Krigga yet but I have been following his work for a few years now. It's interesting between us because we seem to fall in the same frequency a lot of times with our work, which is dope. That's why we all came together for this show. We all have similar themes and ideals but we show them in different ways. It was only right that we came together for a group show to get that good energy and vibes triple the source to the people.



Your work tends to be a narrative for your personal philosophy and spiritual experiences. Are there any specific themes present in this new body of work?

This new body of work is based around past life regressions, my ancestors, my heritage, life/death and the future. There's been a lot of important people passing in 2016 and I believe that is telling us there's going to be a big shift. I believe artists and musicians are going to be a part of the big shift of consciousness and I'm just trying to get people thinking like the artists that are in this show. This show is called "Trinity of Oneness." This is saying that we are all connected in some form and we are drawn to those who understand this idea. 

It is also balance: me, myself and I / Ego, Self, Understanding : Trinity


Infamous JeanClaude, "Golden Aura Angel," digital collage


What's your view on collective consciousness?

I believe are all connected. We just have to take ourselves outside of religion, tradition, school conditioning, loyalty ( by fear), etc. in order find our purpose, which will link you with like minds. It becomes a continuous cycle until it spreads into universal love. You just have to think, "What is my purpose? What is my gift?" and use that gift to help others unlock and understand their gifts.

We are also entering into a thought realm of manifesting and creating.  Feminine energy, I believe, will become prominent and will start balancing out the masculine energy that has been dominating our society for a long time. This is where the creatives will step in, bringing the half into a whole, helping push unity/oneness.


Favorite studio snack?

My go-to is anything gummy. Gummy, bears, gummy worms, etc. (Even though my brother showed me a video on how they are made and I probably should stop eating them.... but Ive been addicted since birth haha).My secondary choices that usually end up going with the gummy snacks are plain Lays, pretzels, water, and apple juice.




Collage by Dogon Krigga
Illustration by Cedric Umoja

SF Skate Club Fundraiser This Sunday

Bigfoot was kind enough to donate a hand-painted skate deck to in support of SF Skate Club's upcoming Fundraiser. SFSC is a non-profit that is home for the Eduskate after school program, where middle school kids come after class to get mentoring, homework help, and skate time with a Pro, Shawn Connolley. This program is run by Shawn and his incredible wife, Thuy. It's a true pillar for San Francisco community and youth.

All proceeds for their fundraiser will directly benefit Eduskate.




Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture

On view now through March 22, 2016 at the Drawing Center NYC



"Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture is the first solo museum exhibition for Louise Despont, an artist best known for using compasses, stencils, and rulers to create intricate and deeply meditative drawings on ledger paper. For Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture, The Drawing Center has commissioned a new site-specific architectural installation and several series of large-scale drawings that have been influenced by Despont’s recent relocation to Bal 


The first architectural enclosure on view, entitled Pure Potential, consists of a wooden façade covered by wooden dowels that create a textured and protective surface. For Despont, the series of eight Pure Potential drawings represent the transition of energy from formlessness into form.

The second architectural space, which is oval in shape, holds a monumental frieze drawing that is sixty feet in length, six feet in height, and composed of seven panels. The drawing depicts the relationship between a material form and a subtle body—the independent entity that manifests through the physical self. For Despont, the drawn lines in each work symbolize the invisible structures, channels, and pathways of energy that flow through and exist in symbiosis with the human body. The seven sections of this monumental work are divided by ten columns, each of which is fitted with a diamond form surrounded by a checkered pattern. The design is inspired by the Balinese kain poleng, a manifestation of sacred balance, while the diamond symbolizes the eye of awareness."
- The Drawing Center




Subtle and Circulatory, Female. Colored Pencil and Graphite on Antique Ledger Book Pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2

Source. Colored Pencil and Graphite on Antique Ledger Book Pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2

Return to Formlessness. Colored Pencil and Graphite on Antique Ledger Book Pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2



Shannon Finley "Paintings for the Future"


Shannon Finley is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. His recent paintings were on display at Jessica Silverman Gallery in SF. This show packed a lot of punch in person. 

"Finley creates geometric abstractions that belong to the world of science fiction. They pursue ambitious and adventurous formal logics whilst drawing on the art historical trajectories of Op Art, Futurism and Cubism. The paintings’ aesthetic intelligence engages the eye and the mind; their distinct atmospheres and sensual surfaces speak to our emotional and physical selves.  

These “Paintings for the Future” have myriad associations including mathematical models, psychedelia, 3D virtual worlds, mineral crystals, and stained glass windows. The artist attributes the energy and dynamism of his work to the influence of the electronic music he plays and listens to in the studio. As he puts it, “I try to make paintings that overwhelm you visually like a room full of loud music, but then give way to a kind of meditative silence.” 

Finley builds up as many as forty layers of paint using a mixture of acrylics and clear gels. Instead of using a paintbrush, the artist pulls paint across the canvas with razor- sharp, custom- made, stainless steel palette knives. The result is a surface that seems to radiate light. It bears no trace of the artist’s hand, but is nevertheless irreducible and unique. Finley’s time-consuming process is not flaunted, but revealed obliquely in the works’ pensive moods and gooey, painterly edges." - Jessica Silverman Gallery














Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind



Sebastian Wahl
"Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind"
 February 5 - February 28, 2015


Sebastian Wahl carefully places handmade papers and images between layers and layers of resin. The result is a collage time capsule with real shadows cast within each piece. “Collage is my medium, resin is just the gravy on top”, says the artist. Furthermore he adds, “The mystical experience has always been a point of reference for my work so Psychedelic Gravy For the Receptive Mind seemed like a fitting title for the exhibition.” Wahl’s goal is to trigger an awakening of imagination, spirituality and vision.

In Wahl’s work everything is balanced with the attention of a tightrope walker. This attention to balance transforms into symmetry and repetition in the three new circular works that he created for this exhibition. These three pieces are titled Kaleidoscope Vision (1 and 2) and Third Eye Vision and are loosely inspired by traditional Thangka painting.

Sebastian also created a new series of 7 small pieces that he refers to as the Juju Elves. The works are charged with positive energy and the intention of protecting their owner’s home."

Words and images via Joseph Gross Gallery.



 



Photo by Sara Wass

Photo by Sara Wass

Photo by Sara Wass

Photo by Sara Wass

Isaac Lin "Open Light" Interview


Philadelphia based artist Isaac T. Lin recently opened his new show, "Open Light," at RVCA SF. His paintings, drawings, and murals surround you in the space, and become psychedelically animated when seen through the 3-D glasses provided. 

Make sure to stop by and see the show (and large window display) while it runs through January 16th, 2015. 

RVCA SF 
1485 Haight Street 
San Francisco, CA 94117

Photos by Alán González and Katie Pilgrim





What inspired the title "Open Light" for the show?
 
I grew up in a bilingual home with my parents speaking in English and Mandarin Chinese. The Chinese phrase 'kai deng' means 'turn on the light' but in my mind the word for word translation would be 'open light'.
My studio in Philadelphia doesn't have any windows but that's why its cheaper per square foot! It can be cave-like. I am inspired by sunrise and sunset colors and perhaps subconsciously use colors to brighten my studio and keep the darkness at arms length.
 
What cartoons did you watch as a kid?

Looney Toons
Scooby Doo
The Pink Panther Show
Thundercats
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
G.I. Joe
Smurfs
Transformers
Animaniacs
Garfield and Friends
Tranzor Z
Star Blazers
 

 Where did the idea for your signature pattern originate from?

As the lines are now, the process is more refined and controlled then how I first started discovering how to make them. I went to graduate school in SF at CCA in order to deconstruct my process of making paintings. I wanted a process that was more immediate and less predetermined but still within constraints. So by using a square brush, I started making paintings with layered squiggly marks. I like the idea of starting with a blank canvas and filling it with layered marks until it becomes like another empty surface. Since graduate school, the lines have become more refined and another systematic process. The lines are now like a camouflage environment where my paintings can live. 




Maya Hayuk "Alles Klar"


Maya Hayuk has a beautiful new show at Die Kunstagentine in Cologne, Germany until November 15th.  "Alls Klar" (or "All Clear") shows Maya's signature style through her paintings and murals which continue to call upon folk art, outer space, and geometry.

An after party was held at Arty Farty across the street where Maya painted an additional mural, this one painted with neon colors and shown with black light. 
















In The Studio With Dan Hampe and Graham Bandt-Law




We recently stopped by the Oakland studios of painter, Dan Hampe, and jeweler, Graham Bandt-Law. Both artists have been working towards their upcoming show in Denver, CO at Knew Conscious Gallery. "Addicted To Chaos" opens this Saturday, September 13th and will explore themes of romance, luxury, and elegance.
The talent and drive of these two young artists shines through in their works. Be sure to stop by this exhib if you're in the Denver area. 

"Addicted To Chaos"
Dan Hampe
Featuring the Jewelry of Graham Bandt-Law

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Show Runs Through: October 4th, 2014

2700 Walnut Street Denver, CO 80205




















Infamous JeanClaude Returns to Sweden



After the success of his first international show in 2011 in Uppsala, Sweden, Infamous JeanClaude has returned to collaborate again with Swedish artist Amara Por Dios and to show new works, this time in Stockholm. His show, "Insomnia Hut: I'll Sleep Tomorrow," opens this Friday at Skank Street Wear Boutique, where Amara has previously painted murals and shown her work. 

In Uppsala at Amara Por Dios' Studio
Studio Time in Uppsala
Infamous JeanClaude: Stay Champion 2013, Sweden
Amara Por Dios Mural in Skank's Stockholm Store

Amara Por Dios Mural in the Skank Dressing Room
 SKANK STORE STOCKHOLM
Gamla Brogatan 23
111 20 Stockholm
Tel: 08-673 73 70

"INSOMNIA HUT: I'LL SLEEP TOMORROW"
Friday, April 6th
5:00pm - 11:00pm

For inquiries about available art work, please contact info@liftedlab.com.

Amara Por Dios Stockholm Solo Show




 Amara Por Dios has been creating new works for her upcoming solo show at Skank Street Wear Boutique in Stockholm. She's always in beast mode, so it's nice to see a reflection of all her hard work at one time, in one place. If you're in the Stockholm area, support Amara on March 15th for the opening of her show.







SKANK STORE STOCKHOLM
Gamla Brogatan 23
111 20 Stockholm
Tel: 08-673 73 70

New Works by AMARA POR DIOS
 Friday, March 15th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

For inquiries about available art work, please contact info@liftedlab.com.

Zach Widgren's First International Show

Our Knoxville, Tennessee artist, Zach Widgren has been diving into the faraway lands of Taiwan for the past several months and recently opened his first international show there. This was a collaborative show with local photographer, Totu Kuo, and was held in Kaohsiung on February 12th. Congrats, Zach! We are very proud to see you out there gettin' it worldwide. Stay tuned for announcements about another show in Taiwan coming soon.










AJ Fosik - "Lamplighter to the Promised Land" @ Guerrero Gallery

 

While Sunday Morning was in town, we got to wintess the week-long installation process and opening night for AJ Fosik's latest jaw-dropping solo show at Guerrero Gallery
"Lamplighter to the Promised Land, AJ Fosik’s second show at Guerrero Gallery of new sculptural works, explores and challenges the concept of belief as virtue. A self-taught artist, Fosik mirrors the transformative process in sculpture of this genre seen in many religions that elevates simple materials of wood, paint, and nails into glorified beings: from statues in Judeo-Christian religions to Hindu incarnations of the spiritual deities or persons they represent. These sculptures also serve as a metaphor for AJ Fosik’s belief these sculptural emblems of religions are at many times a “hucksterism of the holy classes.” 
Consisting of hundreds of individually cut pieces of vividly varnished wood paused just at the beasts’ most fearsome climactic stance, baring jagged teeth in mid-roar, Fosik’s totemic characters are reminiscent of early American Folk Art, while drawing inspiration from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and religious iconographies. They are “a celebration of the power and potential of human ingenuity and creativity.” Concurrently, according to Fosik his creatures also “stand as a reminder that dogma is a corruption of the creative impulse.” As they are conglomerations of multiple systems’ definition of the unknown, they do not point at finger at any one canon, but through genuine scrutiny shake general beliefs and doctrines and challenge preconceived notions of faith and its power.
In the Project Space at Guerrero Gallery, a series of illustrations by New York City-based artist and tattoo artist, Daniel Albrigo examines the visual cues and imagery of  an iconic cartoon images he grew up with, particularly that of Felix the Cat. Through his creative process, Albrigo reduced the image of the Cat down to its most charged elements like its wry smile and the pie-eyes, common in the design of cartoons of the 1920s. the classic Americana happy face pyramid structure in the center of the room ensconced by Felix’s smiling faces in the visual works on the wall bridge two eras of illustration and visual language. Albrigo’s works affirm the smile remains a universally recognized symbol that has been relatively unchanged throughout modern visual culture that everyone can recognize and identify. However, in many ways like Fosik’s works, the proliferation of such a superlatively benign image like smiley face in the exhibition space also calls attention to its very plasticity. When inundated with over and over again,  the smiley face and these eternally happy creatures can possibly change its meaning to become something unknown, strange and reveals its unheimlich qualities."  -Review by SF Art Enthusiast
Photos by: Tabatha Rosado and Katie Pilgrim

 

Pops Slept, She Followed: Time's Remedy


Infamous JeanClaude opens his new solo show this Sunday in Charlotte, NC at Blacksheep, where they've been holding it down since the very beginning. JeanClaude's work created for the "Pops Slept, She Followed: Time's Remedy" show is a reflection and processing of some heart wrenching events the artist endured this year.
"This solo exhibition is based around one major tradgegy followed by multiple events that challenged my discipline, strength, will, and focus this year so far. This body of work is broken down into mini series. These series represent the major events, giving each part of the show's title a distinctive representation. Thoughts of life, coping with death, what is love?, lust, learning, living, forgiveness, self investing, reviving from darkness, hustle, 'keep going' mentality, strength, and understanding are all elements explored in this multiple mini series exhibition."
As we've watched Infamous JeanClaude build his aesthetic, we have seen his work become filled with heavy symbolism and imagery. His NeoGlyph style often conveys optimistic ideas that tie into positive energy, focus, consciousness, sacred geometry, hip-hop, love, and creativity.



We're anticipating this show opening along with many others. Jah Freedom (OM Records) created a special beat tape to coincide with the art work for "Pops Slept, She Followed" that is available for free download. It's a perfect compliment to the art and assists the audience in feeling the vibe of the paintings and digital pieces. Click here to download the eight tracks (plus bonus iPhone backgrounds!).

"POPS SLEPT, SHE FOLLOWED: TIME'S REMEDY" 
Sunday, September 9, 2012
6:00pm - 11:00pm
1504 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203

Works on display for the month of September.

Bearden Middle School Sessions


For the 2011 - 2012 School Year, we had to privilege of working with some local middle school students in Knoxville, TN. Michael Weineinger, a native New Yorker, and now an art teacher at Bearden Middle School, has been teaching his students about contemporary art, street art, and graffiti. He invited us to BMS for some collaborative projects that proved to be valuable for all parties involved.

In Fall 2011, Lifted Lab gave presentations at Bearden Middle School to 6th and 7th grade art students about modern day artists. We talked about Bigfoot, Infamous JeanClaude, Grifter, Zach Widgren, Berk Visual, Lifter Baron, and other young creatives. Students got to see a powerpoint presentation about the work of these artists, and collaborative projects they produce. We explored the idea of making a career from art, and encouraged kids to follow their creativity. 




Students began working on a project about cultural diversity in September. They were given the assignment to create a mask from  layers of colored paper that represents a unique culture from another part of the world. After completing this project, a handful of the masks would be selected for an art show in downtown Knoxville hosted by Lifted Lab. The art show was titled "These Funky Masks" and took place in November of 2011.




In Spring of 2012, Lifted Lab returned to BMS for an evening themed around New York City. We set up a workshop table for kids, parents, grandparents to stop by and see art, prints, toys, apparel, books, and stickers by Lifted Lab artists and New York artists that we're inspired by. Kids learned about the origins of graffiti and how to practice bubble letters and hand styles. 








Shout out to Michael Weininger for the opportunity to put all of this together and big up to all the inspiring, talented kids following their creativity at BMS.

Bigfoot: From Brooklyn to Bangkok

Tomorrow night in Brooklyn, NY there will be an opening reception for an art show called "From Brooklyn to Bangkok" featuring art from a handful of artists, including BIGFOOT. Roughly half of the artists come from Bangkok, and the other half from Brooklyn. After being on display at the art and collectible institution Zakka, the show will then travel to Bangkok, Thailand.

"From Brooklyn to Bangkok"
Friday, June 29th 
7:00pm-10:00pm 
Zakka Corp.
155 Plymouth Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201

BIGFOOT: Blacked Out



Tonight in Costa Mesa, CA Hurley will host a one-night-only art show titled, "Blaked Out," at their H Space Gallery. The show focuses on black and white colored drawings and paintings, and features a full lineup, including BIGFOOT, Dalek, Natalia Fabia, , Seonna Hong, Doze Green, Jason Maloney,  and more.

There will be full-color catalog of the exhibition for the first 200 people at the show. Nice!

 "BLACKED OUT" 
Friday, June 22 
6:00pm - 9:00pm 
H Space 
1945 Placentia Avenue 
Costa Mesa, CA