One of my heroes
Can’t wait to see this…
LUMEN is a cutting-edge video and performance art festival on Staten Island’s waterfront.
LUMEN will take place on June 25th, 2011 on the northern, industrial, Staten Island waterfront site of the Lighthouse Museum.
6PM – 12AM
JUST 2 minutes from the SI Ferry Terminal.
oh yeah, it’s FREE…!
Go to statenislandarts.org for more details and list of artists and performances.
This weekend, writer and musician Peter Friza and myself decided it would be great to check out the MOCCA (museum of comic and cartoon art) to see the exhibits, as we are huge fans of comics and the like.
Upon arriving we realized that there was an event going on, as the museum itself was closed. That’s what brought us to 68 lexington avenue. MOCCA Festival!
Artists from all over the world exhibited their work, as well as making all sorts of collectibles, comic issues, and prints of original art work available purchase.
One artist that hit close to home for me was Chris Castaneda who is also known as Maggot Girl (see image above). It was very heart-felt to see her love for monsters clearly displayed through her work, including offering all sorts of stickers, paper cut-outs, dolls, and original prints. You can follow her blog at The Adventures of Maggot Girl or see more artwork at her official site HERE.
Hope you all enjoyed, as I will be revisiting some of the other great artists i was able to view and talk with during this great festival!
When Harmony Korine was asked about the violent characters in the film, he said, “It’s kind of like an ode to vandalism. There can be a creative beauty in their mayhem and destruction. You could say these characters are poets or mystics of mayhem and murder, bubbling up to the surface. They do horrible things, but I never viewed them as sad characters. They’re comedic, with a vaudevillian horror element to what they do. They dance as they smash things and set them on fire. They’re having a great time.”
From the months of May until the end of September, most of us art and music loving Americans gear up for what could be considered warm weather’s best offering to the masses: The Festival. While the festival could just be looked at as a gathering, it really is whatever you make it to be: The road trip across many states or just a few subway lines, the sweat stained clothes, the gobbling of greasy or vegan food from trucks, the hook up you had in your tent, the sweet drum circle that had 50+ people in it, the mushroom trip that allowed you to see Kutulu, the rare 7″ vinyl you bought from pretentious record store guy who swore it was one of a kind, the sweet band you saw thats “totally going to blow up this year” (and when you were right you totally rubbed in your friends faces and asked “who called it????”), or the time you went backstage and hung out in the trailers of bands on tour…THIS LIST COULD BE HUGE. As stated above, festivals are whatever you make it to be.
From the massive gigantic corporate festivals to the small ones that could one be established and held together by an amazing sense of community, each one is as fun as the next. All festivals have an incredible amount of bands that almost leads one to wonder if the only way to see them all is if borrow the Delorean from Christopher Lloyd for the weekend. I’m sure he’s using that thing all the time. One can only maintane a career playing some of the most bizzare characters in film by being a Chrononaut. Besides being able to see all the bands (from virtually unknown to globe-trotting gigantic), you get to see all the different kinds of people in the crowd. Bros, hippies, hipsters, the older couple trying to stay hip or the older couple simply trying to get hip, they’ve got it all at the festival. Besides the people in the crowd, there are those that come to the festival as vendors representing their artisan skills. Whether they be vendors in food trucks that travel across the lands providing you with that grease you need to make it through the day or the wonderful lady with sweet tapestries, you are bound to see some quality works that people poured some time and effort into just for YOU to enjoy and remember the festival.
In closing, I just want to ask you all to support live music and see some festivals this summer. Even if you find yourself abroad find a festival and just check out the scene. Expose yourself to new music, new people and new cultures.
Links to a few festivals: