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Opening night with Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at The Peabody Essex Museum along with 18 out of the 24 highlighted artists.

Opening night with Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at The Peabody Essex Museum along with 18 out of the 24 highlighted artists.

A call to action

Directly, after the election, whenever my mind started to wander, wondering what the next four years will bring. I would instantly feel a palpable tightening in my chest. Just that one thought would bring a wave sadness followed by a rush of anxiety like an orange smear across my happiness. Now a few months have passed, and slowly I have been noticing my emotional responses have started to evolve. A new understanding and vision for the future is starting to appear in my mind's eye. Last night at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep expressed those feelings with incredible eloquence. What resonated with me the most was " Take that Broken Heart & Turn it in to ART" a quote she shared by the late Carrie Fisher. 

These words reminded me, that as humans we certainly have our work cut out for us. But as artists at the helm of culture, we also have work to do. It is our responsibly to use our creativity to empower & support those without a voice, to share stories that will inspire change & provoke empathy and to CREATE the vision of the world we all desire. Don't forget that as artists we have that power. So use it.

New Looks : Erin Robertson

Did you follow Season 15 of Project Runway? Then you may be familiar with the fashion designing/artist/human/banana queen Erin Robertson. Her recent victory on Project Runway rapidly catapulted her career, so we had to move quickly to prepare her brand for the upcoming opportunities and exposure. Our challenge was to create an identity that authentically showcased 'Erin the Artist' and 'Erin the Reality TV Personality’. We created a long form homepage that highlights her portfolio and editorial pieces, press and some serious real estate dedicated to her Instagram

 

Stay tuned for Version II, when we roll out a more dynamic about section to share Erin’s story starting as a mormon in Provo, Utah, followed by her Eastward journey to Boston as a dental assistant, the inspiration to apply to art school, Project Runway & beyond …!

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On Display : 47 Winchester Air Bnb Gallery

47 Winchester is a hybrid AirBNB and recreation space in the heart of the historic Bay Village area in downtown Boston. This 4-story brownstone was renovated, designed and managed by Michael Winston & Nicole Fichera principals of FWD Partners. They brought me in to curate the space with art works that are available for purchase to the guests, creating yet another layer to this multi-functional property.

In tandem with the curation, we will be working together to create a brand & website for 47 Winchester. The site will showcase amenities & services, interactive maps for fun & cultural outings in Boston, plus an online gallery showcasing the artist's work & bios with sales portal for art purchases.

Consider staying at 47 Winchester next time you visit Boston! View AirBnB listing here

NEW (& IMPROVED) LOOKS : DILLON BUSS

Dillon Buss is a film maker/artist/skateboarder. Two years ago, when I first helped him launch his site our challenge was to create a cohesive brand & website that represented his multi-passionate lifestyle. After two years of further developing his career and refining his professional identity as a director, he came to me again with a new set of objectives; to streamline his website and highlight his film making. The result was a refined brand aesthetic and streamlined site that featured his films with a full screen video banner and minimalistic portfolio. 

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NEW LOOKS : JORDAN PIANTEDOSI

Painter, Textile Designer, Comic Book Artist ... Oh MY!

It is hard to sum up what a rare and multi-talented human the prolific Jordan Piantedosi is. Her skills are bountiful, refined and constantly evolving. So our challenge, when re-designing her website was to create a digital "gallery" where her abundant output could co-exist online and simultaneously welcome her dynamic audiences. The outcome was a homepage with oversized navigation.... (a choose your own adventure site if you will). Each category leads to an entirely unique portfolio organized chronologically or by project. We also created an e-commerce shop where art lovers can purchase her work and also request a commission direct on the site. 

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On Display : SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK ART BENEFIT

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Join us on Dec. 3 rd 6-9pm for a benefit Art Auction hosted by the Distillery Gallery curated by Olivia Ives-Flores, Oliver Mak, and Silvi Naci. Art sales & donations will directly support the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Indigenous led direct action camps and the Camp of the Sacred Stone via NODAPSOLIDARITY.ORG 

Native American Rights, ecology and human rights violations against protestors have united artists and curators to take action in solidarity with Standing Rock. As winter descends upon Standing Rock, weather appropriate supplies are needed for continued resistance against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

After party event will be hosted at Firebrand Saints with performances by Boston Music Award winners Creaturos and CLLCTV Boston (DJ set).

SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK BENEFIT ART AUCTION

Saturday, December 3 rd 6-9pm

Distillery Galelry (516 E2nd St. South Boston)

This event is free, 21 plus.

Featured Artists include

Matt Zaremba, Raul Gonzalez, Heather McGrath, Alex Sewell, Ana Karina DaCosta, Sarah Cronin, Autumn Ahn, Ellen Murphy, Thomas Chung, Shane Butler, Elaine Bay, Nick Zaremba, Josh Falk, Maria Molteni, Greg Burdett, Kevin Redstar, Henry Kunkel, Erin Shaw, Damion Silver, Loretta Park, Zachary Naylor, Brian Hart, Pat Falco, Scott Chasse, Andrew Jacob, Farrell Mason, Cyrille Conan, Marka27, Jesse Hernandez, Marisa Malik, Jay Lacouture, Ryan Lombardi, Kristin Texeria, TJ Kelley III, Percy Fortini-Wright, Nabeela Vega, Dana Woulfe and more.

#NoDAPL Solidary is dedicated to supporting the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The organization unites allies from around the world to take action against the institutions that are attempting to construct the pipeline by joining in sustained action in solidarity with the Indigenous led direct action camps and the Camp of the Sacred Stone

 
 

On Display : Sneaker Museum Pop-Up X Peabody Essex Museum

To celebrate the opening of the seminal exhibition; SHOES: Pleasure & Pain, the Peabody Essex Museum invited the Sneaker Museum to create a pop-up exhibition of Sneakers & Art in the museum atrium. I collaborated with the Sneaker Museum founder and collection advisors to select and curate an intriguing display for guests to view and interact with. 

On Display : Oh. Sheet! A Works On Paper Group Show

Join us on Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00PM - 8:30PM, to celebrate the closing of OH! SHEET!, a works on paper group show. Presented by co-owner Jennifer Epstein and guest curator Olivia Ives-Flores of Oh Olive Creative. The exhibition features a diverse selection of Boston, New York, San Francisco & Miami based artists. The artworks in the show highlight an array of paper based mediums ranging from silk screen, photography, painting, collage, fibers and more.

 Sting! XXIII : Oh. Sheet! A Works on Paper Group Show featuring...

Brian Butler, Lizzy Dargie, Alexa Guariglia, Katrine Hildebrandt, Lavaughn Jenkins, Zacharie Lanoue, Ignacia Murtagh, Monika Plioplyte, Brent Refsland, Kristin Texeira, Brendan Totten, James Weinberg & Antonia Villa

 

On Display : DECONSTRUCTION EXHIBITION

1. DECONSTRUTION

1. DECONSTRUTION

2. DYPTYCH 4B

2. DYPTYCH 4B

3. DYPTYCH 4B

3. DYPTYCH 4B

4. CIRCULAR 1

4. CIRCULAR 1

7. CONTRAST 6

7. CONTRAST 6

5. CIRCULAR 3.2

5. CIRCULAR 3.2

8. CONTRAST 7

8. CONTRAST 7

6. CIRCULAR 4.1

6. CIRCULAR 4.1

9. CONTRAST 13

9. CONTRAST 13

 

👀 peep the opening recap video ⬇

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

1. DECONSTRUCTION 120” x 82” Canon Inkjet Print - $10,000

2. DYPTYCH 4B February 2012 47" x 38" Canon Inkjet Print - $2,500

3. DYPTYCH 4A February 2012 47" x 38" Canon Inkjet Print - $2,500

4. CIRCULAR 1 September 2015 20" x 20" Canon Inkjet Print - $450

5. CIRCULAR 3.2 September 2015 20" x 20" Canon Inkjet Print - $450

6. CIRCULAR 4.1 September 2015 20" x 20" Canon Inkjet Print - $450

Art Series : Lines Don't Lie

This series, ‘ Lines Don't Lie’, was inspired by the current turbulent political campaign season, these playful pen and ink pictures, reference the idiosyncrasies of the political character and their bureaucratic jargon. My lines explore and critique the quirky cliches and Machiavellian gestures revealed in the political arena.

All works are Pen & Ink on Archival Paper, 8" x 10" framed. Each piece is for sale for $200.

NEW LOOKS : SNEAKER MUSUEM

The Sneaker Museum is a new type of museum, dedicated to presenting innovative programming elevating sneaker art and culture as a contemporary fine art form. The challenge of creating the identity + website was creating a brand that is contemporary and also relevant within the multifaceted heritage of sneaker culture.  Read the whole story to learn more about the organization, the permanent collection, artistic exhibitions and educational programs.

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On Display : LA CUBANA Y EL CUBANO exhibit at CoSo Gallery

It has been a rare and distinct honor to exhibit my art along side my father, Enrique Flores-Galbis and several other significant Cuban artists in an exhibition at the Copley Society of Art curated by Camillo Alvarez, curator of Samson Projects.

For the exhibition, I created a snarky series called, ‘ Lines Don't Lie’. Inspired by the current turbulent political campaign season, these playful pen and ink pictures, reference the idiosyncrasies of the political character and their bureaucratic jargon. My lines explore and critique the quirky cliches and Machiavellian gestures revealed in the political arena.

All works are Pen & Ink on Archival Paper, 9" x 11" framed. Each piece is for sale for $500.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing an original drawing

My favorite work of art by my father is La Cuna (pictured below) alongside a statement on the piece in his own words.

La Cuna, 2014   Oil on Canvas   48" x 62" framed If you are interested in purchasing please inquire

La Cuna, 2014   Oil on Canvas   48" x 62" framed

If you are interested in purchasing please inquire

"La Cuna (The Crib) is a reflection on the all too brief gestation of the Cuban Republic— from the time that United States ceded control of the island in 1905, to the Revolution in 1961. Within the sheltering confines of the Crib there are images from Cuba’s History, tourism, American culture, as well as a reference to an iconic photograph of Fidel playing golf course where the Instituto Superior de Arts (ISA) would eventually be built. On the front panel appears a ghost-like image of Jose Marti, ever present poet and true father of Cuban independence."

La Conquista  28" x 32"  Acrylic on Canvas

La Conquista  28" x 32"  Acrylic on Canvas

My father, Enrique Flores-Galbis, was born in Cuba and came to the States in 1959 during a mass exodus of children called Operation Pedro Pan. I was spoon fed stories of his childhood growing up in pre-revolution Cuba. Through his stories, books and art I have garnered a connection with the island and my heritage. As a first generation Cuban-American, I do not bare the same scar tissue or deep seeded nostalgia as Cuban exiles, but the culture is a part of me and I am grateful for the opportunity to exhibited my work in this important exhibit.

NEW LOOKS : ZACH LANOUE

Zacharie Lanoue is an artist, photographer and videographer living and working in Boston, MA. He contacted me because he needed help creating a cohesive identity + website to showcase his fine art photographs and paintings in tandem with his professional commercial photo and video work. We worked together to strategize a cohesive yet authentic representation of his work. This is a challenge that is quite common for multi-passionate creatives and the solution is always different. In addition to his portfolio site, we created an e-commerce shop where collectors can views his available works and reserve photoshoot sessions.

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New Looks : Anne Fitzpatrick

Anne Fitzpatrick is an artist and philanthropist residing in Boston. Anne’s ethos towards life and art is defined by two oscillating expressions: “life is in the details” and “maximize the experience.” For her new identity, we crafted a look & feel that is chic, timeless & refined to showcase her work & lifestyle. The scope included photography, art direction &  copy writing. To encompass the travels & activities of this globe trotting socialite we created 'Nan' Goes... An ongoing conversation exploring art, fashion, history and our cultural landscape. Published quarterly, this journal highlights the musings, intellectual and creative inspirations and curiosities curated by Anne Fitzpatrick.

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New Looks : Jason Blair Lewis

Jason Lewis is classical guitar player, skater, and budding neuroscientist currently studying at the University of Southern California. Prior to starting his freshman year, his journey as a musician and how he's planning on putting these three different things together in his future was featured on From The Top. We collaborated with Director & Film Maker, Dillon Buss, to craft his story and then create a platform online where Jason could continue to share his work. The website includes a full-page video banner, a portfolio of music, a catalogue of writing, resume and press .. all with plenty of space for Jason to grow in to.

More about From the Top : America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. Through live events, NPR and video broadcasts, scholarships, and arts education programs, FTT empowers extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

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ON DISPLAY : 357 WESTERN AVE MURAL

TIME LAPSE PROCESS VIDEO BY ZACHARIE LANOUE

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BEHIND THE SCENES : PROCESS & INSTALLATION

Follow the project at www.357WesternAve.com

YELLOW TREE IN THE NEWS

Boston.com | February 9, 2016
This 3,000 square-foot photo mural is now brightening up Allston-Brighton


ON DISPLAY : ¡OYE CUBA! POP-UP ART SHOW

 
 

Motivated by this new era for US- Cuba relations, we present ¡OYE CUBA!, an pop-up exhibition of Contemporary Cuban art posters direct from Havana. This project seeks to make Cuban graphic design more visible. The artists combine design, painting, printmaking, literature and photography with a sense of humor, irony and innovative spirit that is only found in Cuba. The exhibition was curated in collaboration with A. David Guerra principle consultant of CUB&A.

The minimalist installation, commissioned by architect, Elliot Olson, was inspired by the lavandería, mimicing the clothing lines that are commonly seen atop rooftops and draped across balconies and courtyards. Rum drinks inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure were served by Papa’s Pilar to the beat of Manu Miranda’s DJ set of eclectic sounds that ranged from Afro-Cuban to Latin Jazz that incorporated sounds from the streets of Havana. Special thanks to the participating artists and Amanda Accardi, owner of Around the Corner Framing for donating custom frames.

Oh! Big thanks to all the art lovers who braved the blizzard to celebrate art & Cuba!

Please note : All posters from the exhibition have sold out.

If you are interested in requesting additional works please inquire

P.S. After our opening in Boston, I brought a small selection of 12 posters to the tropical island of Vieques, PR., where they were exhibited in an exhibition at Gallery Galleon.

 
 

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