Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mr. Brainwash - One of the best street artists of our time

Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) started off filming artists as he was attempting to make the ultimate street art documentary. Being more of a visionary-type of person, Mr. Brainwash eventually became inspired by his pop art subjects whom he filmed and started creating his own artwork.
He hit the streets from Los Angeles to Paris with spray-painted stencils and posters of his pop art encouraged images. Through this, he became known as a prominent and leading figure in the international street art scene.

Mr. Brainwash made his first art show introduction with one of Los Angeles' most memorable solo exhibitions, "Life is Beautiful".

In 2009, Mr. Brainwash was asked by Madonna to design the cover of her greatest hits compilation, "Celebration".

In 2010, Mr. Brainwash made his New York debut with his exhibition, "Icons". The show was a 15-square foot exhibition featuring a compilation of large-scale installations, paintings, silk-screens, and portraits of music legends.

Along with being one of the greatest street artists of our time, Mr. Brainwash is also the subject of Banksy's 2010 documentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop". The documentary shows the journey beginning with someone who was just filming street artists, to where Mr. Brainwash is now. The documentary features interviews from notable street artists including Sheppard Fairey and Banksy himself. 

Later in 2010, Mr. Brainwash took over the art-scene in Miami when he turned a 25,square foot space into his showcase called, "Under Construction". The show featured playful installations, such as a monster made out of traffic cones, which drew the attention of both art lovers and collectors in Miami.

Some of Mr. Brainwash's recent prints:
"Never Give Up"

Mr. Brainwash is one of the most well-known street artist of our time with a prominent recognition and ability to continuously blow our minds away!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Charlie Chaplin: Icon of Style

"A day without laughter is a day wasted"  
Charlie Chaplin 
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in Walworth, London. Both his parents were music hall artists, his father quite famously so. It was his mother who Charlie idolized as he was inspired by her when he would visit backstage while she performed. 

Charlie joined the dancing group, Eight Lancashire Lads which eventually led him to parts in Sherlock Holmes and Casey's Court Circus. Charlie's life was greatly impacted as he later became a star in joining the famous Fred Karno Company. During his tour in 1912 with the Karno group, Charlie was head hunted by Keystone Film Company's Mack Sennett. It was then that Charlie was introduced to the medium of film, and the rest... is all history.
Charlie enjoyed both starring and directing most of his films. Charlie had the ability to move from one company to another, scoring bigger and better deals each time. His longest serving lead-lady was Edna Purviance. In 1919, Chaplin formed United Artists. He made his first film for them in 1923 called A Woman of Paris, later to be followed by the Chaplin classics: The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, and Modern Times. 

The Kid
Woman of Paris
The Gold Rush
The Circus
City Lights
Modern Times

 Lime light was the last film Charlie made in America as he was ejected from the country for a short period of time. During this time, he made the films, A King in New York and A Countess From Hong Kong. Charlie spent his final years writing music for his films, before he died in 1977 on Christmas day. Charlie's style is one to be remembered, as his iconic look still inspires many around the world. Chaplin impersonations... 

Lucille Ball 
Bridget Bardot
Jessica Alba

"Simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve" 
Charlie Chaplin

Monday, August 8, 2011

ZSA ZSA ...your glamour will always be appreciated!

Zsa Zsa Gabor is what we call a "true" celebrity as she was the first celebrity to be famous solely for her celebrity. The cop-slapping Gabor sister was also known for her many marriages, personal appearances, life actions, and famous catchphrase, "dahlink." 
She first appeared in the 1952 film, "Lovely to Look at", and later made the comedy called "We're Not Married!" Her big break in film was her role in "Moulin Rouge" as "Jose Ferrer". 
Zsa Zsa was known for her humorous act of slapping a police officer during a traffic dispute, where she ended up spending several days in jail! Bad dahlink!
Unfortunately, Gabor was put into a coma in 2002 after a horrifying car accident.  Zsa Zsa will always be remembered and missed as her glamour and elegance continues to shine!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Lucille Désirée Ball

A special shoutout to Lucille Désirée Ball, one of the most iconic comedic actresses of all time.  She was remembered as the dizzy, accident-prone but lovable sitcom REDHEAD in her hilarious show, "I Love Lucy" playing Lucy RIcardo.

Lucy and Ethel attempt to hold down a job at a candy factory, not as easy as it looks.
Lucy makes every attempt to be in her husband, Ricky's new television commercial, but in her one and only chance she is forced to test the sponsor's product repeatedly. The product was a nutritional elixir called Vitameatavegamin, which is 23% alcohol. Things did not go as smoothly as planned!
My favorite episode is the wine stomping one, where Lucy decides to take a job in a vineyard to absorb a little "local color."
I was honored to be chosen by TV GUIDE magazine to re-create this iconic image with Country superstar legend Reba Macintyre 

Now I have the honor to work with her daughter, Lucy Arnaz on imagery for  her caberet act; which was booked today on Lucy's birthday.