Category: Art

Liquid to Solid: Dennis Young

Liquid to Solid: Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s initial claim to fame came as the percussionist for the legendary early 80’s NYC band Liquid Liquid. Since the days of Liquid Liquid, Dennis has continued to actively record, releasing a number of solo projects and playing on various other recordings. He has also expanded his repertoire: over the past several years, Dennis has been moved to paint. There is a strong relationship between the music and art that Dennis creates. Both reply on spontaneity, rhythm, and textures. Images of tribal masks and abstract patterns both collide and mesh effortlessly in his body of work.

drunkenmermaid.com is honored to showcase the following works that Dennis has shared with us, along with commentary in his own words:

Red Eyed Alien

 

“Red Eyed Alien”- I was watching one the many ghost reality shows on cable which made me think of doing this painting with the red eyes.

 

 

 

 

Tribal Mask

 

 

 

“Tribal Mask”- This is one of a series of tribal mask paintings that I have done. I love reading about the many ancient natives and tribes that lived many years ago.

 

 

Maze

 

 

 

 

“Maze”- I like blending different shapes & colors together and I wanted it to be very colorful and abstract. I am happy with the way it looks.

 

 

To see more of Dennis’s paintings or to contact him, visit dennisyoungmusic.com. We highly recommend you do.

Labhearts: A new brand for Children and Dog Lovers Everywhere

Labhearts: A new brand for Children and Dog Lovers Everywhere

Back in June we put a teaser on our facebook page for our friends at Labhearts. Well, they finally got their act together and launched their graphics brand, for children and dog lovers of all ages. Here’s the promo video:

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You can also visit them at facebook.com/labhearts.

Upcoming at CFEVA: Lewis Colburn, The Factory and After

Upcoming at CFEVA: Lewis Colburn, The Factory and After

Back in our early days when we were the monthly Philly ezine “The Drunken Mermaid” we met our friends from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) at an event hosted by Philadelphia Weekly. drunkenmermaid.com is now pleased to help promote The Factory and After, a Spotlight Exhibition by CFEVA Career Development Program Fellow Lewis Colburn.

The Long Journey copyright Lewis Colburn 2011

From the CFEVA press release:

“On view at CFEVA’s gallery, the exhibition opens on August 2nd and runs through September 7th. There will be an Artist Talk and a Reception on Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and by appointment.

As a recent transplant to Philadelphia, Lewis Colburn now sees the city and his neighborhood shaping his work. Colburn’s new installation is drawn from the recently destroyed Thomas Buck factory in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. After having stood vacant for many years, the factory burned to the ground in April of 2012. This loss typifies the rapid changes in the area, with old brick buildings yielding to rapidly built pseudo-modern development.

Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lewis Colburn received degrees in studio art and Russian language from St. Olaf College. He completed his MFA in sculpture at Syracuse University, and has recently produced projects for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. He is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Spotlight Exhibitions feature CFEVA’s Career Development Program Fellows in two-person shows to highlight significant works in the second year of the fellowship.  Artists are selected for the two-year Career Development Program Fellowship by CFEVA’s renowned Board of Artistic Advisors.  While active in the program, the artists have opportunities to experience a full exhibition schedule, receive career counseling and mentorship, earn money from the sale of their work, teach in the community and participate in numerous professional development opportunities.  The program serves artists who live within 100 miles of Philadelphia, are not full-time students, and do not have gallery representation. The annual application deadline is November 1st.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community.

The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, formerly Creative Artists Network, was founded in Philadelphia in 1983 to encourage the professional development and community involvement of emerging visual artists.  CFEVA now serves artists through three complementary programs: Career Development, Regional Community Arts, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.

The Factory and After will be on view at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, located at 237 S. 18th Street, The Barclay, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Gallery hours are 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and by appointment. An Artist Talk and a Reception will take place on Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Please contact Claire Cossaboon for more information at claire@cfeva.org or 215-546-7775 x 12.”

Exhibitions: Michele Kishita

Exhibitions: Michele Kishita

drunkenmermaid.com is pleased to present recent works from Philadelphia-based artist Michele Kishita.

Waves and Birds by Michele Kishita

From Michelle’s website:

“My most recent paintings are inspired by the serenity of Milton Avery’s ocean scenes and Katsushika Hokusai’s depictions of waterfalls and waves. I build up layers of acrylic paint and collage and then work through them with a hand sander to create a weathered or aged look, after which I juxtapose or intermingle silver, gold, or copper leaf, reminiscent of Japanese screens and scroll paintings. In each painting I strive to capture the memory and spirit of the landscape.”

Spring Thaw by Michele Kishita

Michele’s work will be on display at the LG Tripp Gallery in Philadelphia in July and at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT beginning in September. Michele will also be part of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour this October.

See our Events page for details and visit Michele at www.michelekishita.com

New from Emily Sophia: Pin Up EMporium

New from Emily Sophia: Pin Up EMporium

drunkenmermaid.com is happy to announce fan-favorite Emily Sophia has launched a new endeavor: “Pin Up EMporium” – a studio where ladies can be original, classic “Pin Up” style art! Emily Sophia provides the concepts, styling, make up and photography, then transforms the image using colored pencil and other techniques, so as to produce custom “Vargas-esque” images! Visit her on facebook, where you can see the dramatic before and after images. Here we have “By the Sea”:

April Highlights: Opera Company of Philadelphia, R.B. Wood and a new piece by Emily Sophia

April Highlights: Opera Company of Philadelphia, R.B. Wood and a new piece by Emily Sophia

drunkenmermaid.com would like to thank our contributors and viewers for a great first month back! April is shaping up to be an eventful month for us:

This week, look for our rolling feature on actor Chris Davis to continue – after which we have Opera Company of Philadelphia and novelist R.B. Wood, just to name a few! And the 500 dollar Battle of the Bands is now open – see the Contests page for deals.

Original 2004 webmaster (and designer of our tavern logo) Colin Develin of Wahnsinn will be taking over the look and feel of the site, so expect some big improvements.

In the meantime, we are pleased to share another mural by Emily Sophia – “Venetian Waterway.” It measures 5’X15′, is painted on a brick surface, and was commissioned by a restaurant in Raleigh. Emily Sophia was only given 1.5 days to complete it. We love the end result.

All the best and looking forward to a great April – The Eds.

Venetian Waterway by Emily Sophia Van Binsbergen
Thank You, Emily Sophia Van Binsbergen

Thank You, Emily Sophia Van Binsbergen

Today we conclude our first feature on Emily Sophia Van Binsbergen. drunkenmermaid.com would like to thank Emily Sophia for providing her magnificent artwork and agreeing to be our first featured artist since we’ve returned. We hope you’ve enjoyed this run as much as we have. For more works by Emily Sophia, check out Yellow in Green on facebook. If you would like to commission work by Emily Sophia, feel free to contact editors@drunkenmermaid.com and we’ll forward your email on to her (we’re not middle men, we don’t take a cut – we just support our artists any way we can).

Coming up we have features on James Morrow, Chris Davis, Secret Pants, and Decade…and who knows, maybe YOU. In the meantime, we give you one last Emily Sophia gem: Sweet Potato Still Life, 2007:

Sweet Potato Still Life by Emily Sophia Van Binsbergen