Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Making Babies

Making Babies by eL hue V
i'm going to be tactfull and not add sensory memories, inspiration, ect. Let your imaginations run wild...
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Base9 Interview

I was recently interviewed for BaseNine Magazine, here's the piece...

1. What got you motivated to become an artist?

LUV1-I was born that way I guess. Only thing I ever wanted to do. In Kindergarten they’d ask what you want to be…then again years past…only answer I ever had “artist”.

2. Who are your inspirations in the discipline you do, and how have they influence your work?

LUV1-I draw inspiration from everything, rust, steam, erosion, and the color of sound, the texture of emotion, in art…the monks of Iona, tribal art, abstract expressionists, street art and graffiti from all over the world.

3. How long have you been creating, can you share some of your experiences?

LUV1-All my life. My art has been shown in Jersey City Hall, in Quad Studios in Times Square, Coyote Building in Chicago, and Guerrilla Gallery at Newark’s Penn Station among many other places. I’ve painted on walls in Yonkers, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Philadelphia, Chester (PA), Chicago, Washington DC, and all around Central NJ, but most quantitatively Trenton, and I can’t wait to add to that list. My work has been featured in the Utrecht Supply Catalog, on Liquitex Brushes’ YouTube Channel, many online sites, several NJ newspapers, but the coolest was in Dr. Cornel West’s Memoir “Brother West.”

4.Name the tools of your trade, do you prefer traditional mediums or digital mediums?

LUV1-Aerosol, acrylic and ink

5. Did you have any formal training in a vocational or techinical school? If so which schools did you attend and how was the experience?

LUV1-I went to SVA in NYC. It was cool.

6. Do you feel schools and learning institutions that specialize in art training are essential for an artist to develop their talents or can one do it by learning on their own?

LUV1-Essential? No, by no means. Worth their cost? Nope. Actually they can be formatively destructive at times to an original thinker because they’re filled with formulaic approaches handed down for centuries and “right way/wrong way” ideologies’. But if you get a good teacher or two and really pay attention, you can learn a few things to help you along the way.

7. Where were you born and did your upbringing have a strong influence towards your creative development?

LUV1-Outside Philly, but was moved around a lot because my dad was a pastor. I’d say that aspect of my upbringing caused me to be broad thinking. Having different geographical experiences of different social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds made me a student of culture. I know a bit about a lotta kinds of people. It probably makes me a bridge builder. I am always trying to bring opposing elements together. Even with my art…I don’t really call myself a graffiti artist, because it’s not all about my name, also I started as more of a character artist within that box, until I got out and focused on bringing more abstract expression and trying to go somewhere new with it. I don’t really think it’s necessarily street art as we know it, in the sense, I’m rocking yards, jams, walls, ect with cans. I like to see it as a gray area between both. I’m like that with a lot in my life.

8. If you don’t mind us asking what projects are you currently working on and is it available to the public?

LUV1- I am currently working on a show for the spring of Recycled Advertisement Art which you can see on my  flickr or get updates on at my blog http://eluvee.blogspot.com . This project that I refer to is my Recycled Advert Art series, consists of art on signs we were throwing away at my job because the next retail set went up. Yes I work sorta retail, I make coffee, I'll let you guess...Reason I started it is to save money on canvas and have thinner easier to store pieces that could still be very large and yet not burdensome b/c they lay flat. It's also that I feel myself eager to use them, I live around them, and they have symbols that are ingrained in me because of all the time I've spent around them. They also represent society to me. As the people I encounter by a huge majority present themselves as a result of these images and the culture it represents. I think it's something I want to reclaim and be heard in, not a take over or separation, but a Buddhist like acceptance and flow, like using their aggressioninto a counter move in water style kung fu. At first I wanted to cover the surface of the ads and rid them from my memory, make "me" all that matters. But, what I feel at this stage in my life is a deep pull toward at oneness. And although this Americanized commercialized commoditized genericness I am surrounded by has always been my skeptically paternal ever present bad ruler thru putty brains of warm cozy conformity in the sentiment and motives of even my own and always under the guard of "safety" is an acknowledged problem I have with the world, it is just that, everything that raised me, something I feel sentimentally proud of even such, there's good there too sometimes, it's just misled. So the pieces are to be my coercion, my Utopian edits, and places of common ground with the subtle monsters of our commutes. Complete with organic local handmade fingerprints!

9.What advice would you give to aspiring artist wanting to brave the world of and independent artist ?

LUV1- Stay positive

10. What projects have you done that you are most proud of?

LUV1-Actually nothing glamorous at all. Me and KASSO painted two daycares in Trenton. Meeting all the little kids, their families, the teachers, and then having 'em all out there watching us was such a great blessing. At the second one I even had the kids helping, spraying stencils. I'm not a teacher, I don't want to be. What made me proud of the moment was our art work, labeled "graffiti" that we had been doing illegally all over the city was loved by the community and being used at a place where kids can see and it has the power to really change some minds about art and where it should be, how it should be done, and who should do it. You know? Affecting the world around me, it's powerful. (S/O to Andrea and Kids R First!)

11.What is your opinion of the state of art in todays world of technology driven special effects do you feel that artist still recieve respect for his or her works?

LUV1-man, I dunno bout that one...take printed word for example (which feeds Illustrators and photographers as well) is it better online? Not for producers, or their communities, but easier access is better for the consumer, more convenient anyways. Which potentially could lead to more awareness, and also truer freedom of press and not pay for play. Or music for that matter…was it better in the days of vinyl? For the culture, as far as overall experience, yeah I think so, better sounds, better returns, communal places to share and explore with other like minds. As for accessibility though, affordability, that may be different. Art isn’t just a product like eggs and milk; it’s a part of the human experience like a smile. Like libraries, you can’t keep it locked up in profits, people have the right, or at least are better people with access. I’m going to feed my soul by any means. There again, the question is…better access to everything vs. better wealth distribution, though not necessarily more fairness.
12. Do you feel that art is dying in the sense that very few artist still create by hand in the mass market of popular culture?

LUV1-Not at all, I feel the human touch is irreplaceable and necessary for the spirit’s health.

You can check out LUV1's work at http://eluvee.blogspot.com/

Monday, December 19, 2011

somebody's secret santa

somebody's secret santa by eL hue V
somebody's secret santa, a photo by eL hue V on Flickr.


Rep. Andre Carson
Recently, 12/1, matter of fact, my work was included in an exhibition by the National Museum of Hip Hop honoring graffiti at Quad Studios in Times Square.  I wasn't able to make the event, but I found this video online.  Some dude at 1:30 is posing in front of my Andre Carson (above) which I'll take as a compliment.  You can also see my Jessie Jackson Jr. behind the dude rapping

NMoH Presents: The Congressional Black Caucus Graffiti Exhibition from Emerald Gold on Vimeo.
The museum stressed they would give recognition to all the artists, feel like they could've done a better job on that.  Looking forward to the day it's an actual museum.  Big ups the culture!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nutmeg, Pumpkin and Pine

Nutmeg, Pumpkin and Pine by eL hue V
Nutmeg, Pumpkin and Pine, a photo by eL hue V on Flickr.

Thing is...sometimes the spontinaeity of the moment flows without intended purpose, to me, these are my favorite pieces. This piece was like that. I actually had a preconcieved direction I was going to go in, using calculated bits of the ad. Maybe it was the mood I was in when I started it, I abandoned form and formula almost immediately. The weather was beautiful when I started, I was just in a good mood, living life and savoring it. I threw out limits and let loose. Think I put some scotch in my coffee that morning...the rest is just good music in my ears and slanging paint.


LUV1 and KASSO by eL hue V

Thursday, December 8, 2011

mad luv

mad luv by eL hue V
mad luv, a photo by eL hue V on Flickr.
spray paint, paint marker, marker on digital collage print on canvas.

the face is a young native american boy I drew many years ago and have used in the past as stickers and wheatpastes, it actually was the first portrait I did in spray. the drawing was done during my kids stay in the hospital, being my son is part black foot, it had personal meaning beyond an affinty for native culture and people. the expression took on a channeling for my frustration with my lack of power in the situation and it's bleekness, yet hope evident in the slight curl of smirkyness on the edges of the mouth. that hope the determination of the human spirit to proliferate and thrive even in the most uphill beatdown positions.

in short, this piece is a bridging of past with present in many different ways to me. 8"x10"

native love t
luv stik
raritan river 1st
ironic, my first portrait in spray sidebusted the VS Crew using their buff! didn't even know the people behind that roll call PRO, PLAN, and KASSO

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pipe Organ

Pipe Organ by eL hue V
Pipe Organ, a photo by eL hue V on Flickr.

bank vaults, menu boards, inbetween the lines, apr's, the sound o fit all, the shuffles, the steam, the forced pleasantries. Stains, grinds, encusted buildups, lines, files, traffic, radios, cubicals, and of course...time clocks. Everyday hymns. Drain pipes. Wood panel. Serious business at low budgets. Built in cost. Selfless percentages.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Took a Riverwalk

some more clean up for Jerry Gant
some clean up for the great Jerry Gant

where once an "eyedea" was
this has been there since I first went down, damn shame after all this time to see it get dissed
120111 021
gotta do more like this
heyyo! rounding up