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.

Sunday Morning's First Friday

Sunday Morning LTD Edition Paper Craft Toy
For the First Friday of 2012, Sunday Morning joined us at Swagger in downtown Knoxville, TN to show his art and spin some of his tunes. DJ Wigs was also on the decks as our First Friday resident selector and mix master. Sunday Morning has been working on instrumentals for a few years, playing some shows around the Southeast and his homebase in South Carolina. Recently, he has been exploring other creative outlets such as painting, collage making, and even sewing.

 Sunday Morning Dropping Anthems
His open-to-interpretation symbolic collages are inspired by world culture and built with layers of vintage National Geographic clippings. It all started when Sunday Morning came up on an archive of Nat Geo issues and was inspired to make something from this treasure trove of fine photography. He doesn't start his pieces with a planned idea, rather working intuitively and realizing the meaning and stories weaved into the pieces after they are completed.



In addition to his collages, Sunday also brought up some particle boards he made into portraits of some familiar Adult Swim characters.

This was the first public showing of his work, and it brought out old and young art crawlers of Knoxville and other cities for the opening party at Swagger. People found the work interesting to dissect, and fun to look at. Prints of the works were available in limited numbers, and a few were sold old by the end of the night.

"Africa Phone Home"

"Secret Garden"
 And just to show us what he might have coming up next, there were some custom paper craft toys made for this show. Sunday Morning has future aspirations of crafting a vinyl toy series, and is currently experimenting with characters and classic cut-and-fold/paper doll style toys. His first round includes a mini-Sunday Morning rocking his silver mask and toting accessories such as his records, spray paint, and MPC.

Sunday Morning will be launching his brand new site, this SUNDAY! Be on the lookout and stay up on his site for links to his Bandcamp, Flickr, Blog, Youtube, etc.

BIG thank you  to DJ Wigs, Kaitlyn of Swagger, Tabitha, and Drew.

George Supporting LL as Always
"Feliz Navidad, Madre"

Joe T and Beauty

Mr. Weininger Mean Muggin'
Wigs, Sunday Morning, and Motley Friends

Fresh Prints!
Original Collages

DJ Wigs Checking Out The Paper Craft Toy Pieces

First Friday of 2012

"Lifted Lab"

We've got a special audio+visual showcase coming for the First Friday of 2012 with our guest artist and selector, Sunday Morning. Hailing from Columbia, SC, this dude has been making underground waves with his music blog, Chuuch, and recent crafty cuts. We're excited to see what he chooses to spin for us from his personal production archives and funky beat collection. 


"Ancient Cipher"

Sunday Morning has also been making some vintage style wheat paste pieces, which he will be bringing up to display for the month of January.  This will be the first showing of his art work ever, and we're stoked to be helping make that happen. 

Also, he just announced that he is working on 20 coloring books for the opening, which will make a nice lil' souvenir for y'all that come through! These coloring books also feature exclusive Sunday Morning x Lifted Lab paper craft toys.

So, it's official! Come on out, Knoxville...and celebrate the start of 2012 with some fresh sights and sounds! 

DJ Wigs will also be holding us down as always as the resident First Friday DJ- much love to you! Happy New Year to all!

First Friday with SUNDAY MORNING
32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
January 6, 2012
7pm - 11pm