As Italy plays Spain in Euro Cup 2016 it is time to meet a very talented artist, film maker, photographer from Italy Sebastiano Vitale. Sebastiano has many project such as his The Raw Horse which has toured the world and his epic project Cocoland. I recently introduced Sebastiano to Canadian singer Hill Kourkoutis as they were both in New York City and asked if he may capture Hill rocking out. Here it is as well an interview in Italian and check out his film project for which Seb has great designs. Viva Italia, Italia, Italia is what Sebastiano is saying somewhere watching his Italian football team in Euro Cup 2016.
Hill Kourkoutis In New York
Artist Zan Rococo ‘s art goes from her studio loft apartment to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Magic is real and dreams come true.
Toronto artist Zan Rococo and I had not seen each other in three years. The last time I had seen her art it was all wrapped up sitting in her loft apartment. Zan and I keep tabs on each other over social media such as Instagram or Twitter, and she saw through my Instagram I was coming into town for Rihanna and sent me a message (DM), “Hey my art is at the AGO now, come see my exhibit”.
Artist Zan walked me around her exhibit that was in a private dining room of Frank restaurant at Art Gallery of Ontario almost never letting go of her book by Richard Serra an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal who is her inspiration.
Zan Rococo’s works are also like Serra, large-scale full of emotion and movement. As I walked around looking and admiring her painting, it was clear they could play any gallery in the world, Shanghai, New York, Dubai, London or Berlin to name a few.
Zan’s works are as complex as the artist herself, no holds barred art, not constrained by the edges of her canvas. Follow her on her Instagram.
“Oh I love Cuba, through and through having been brought up in communism this was like traveling back in time with palm trees as a bonus. The spirit of the people their humbleness and generosity was astounding”. – Misha
Misha Milovanovich is another example of a women that Michelle Obama was talking about at SXSW, ‘Let Girls Learn’. Misha acted on her passion having grown up in Belgrade, modeling and now art. Misha has her mentor’s, Martin Kippenberger, Roy Lichteinstein and Phillip Guston, as well as contemporary artists such as Gilbert and George, Keith Tyson, Rob Pruitt and Jim Lambie.
As Cuba comes under the spotlight and President Obama posters go up on walls once reserved only for Che Guevara, Misha not only shared with me her love for Cuba, her two most favorite places being Havana, and Trinidad where she learned to Salsa, as well as guided me to artists to look out for in Cuba.
President Obama is not the only one coming to Cuba this upcoming week, so is Leonardo DiCaprio and now the (six degrees of separation), Misha’s new painting are on exhibit around the corner from DiCaprio’s home in New York City. Misha’s new body of work entitled ‘SPLISH SPLASH SPLOSH’ is showing at the Magen H Gallery in NYC.
It’s one of a series that looks at the intersection of cultural detritus, pornographic calligraphy and a writhing mass of biological forms in playful union.
Titled: “SPLOSH”, Painting 3, 2016
Acrylic, oil pastel, pen, ink, enamel and cellulose paint.
122 cm x 96 cmat .
Misha has also in the past extended her art on silk scarves, she is most certainly an artist you will want to follow on her social media such as Twitter and keep up with her exiting new projects. Who known maybe even in Cuba.
Elodia Agostini came to Los Angles from Italy to score a film, just like Hans Zimmer came from Germany and went on to score many an Oscar-winning soundtracks. It’s countdown to Oscar night and it is just as good a time as any to introduce you to Elodia who has just completed her first album. It is funny how the world works, Elodia provided this interview while on a flight to Asia, and now here I am posting this interview while in Japan, where I have been scoping out The Rolling Stones and filming around them for David Bowie Is Around The World. Music is key to films, tonight you will see many singers, bands showcasing their work at the Oscars. We all start some place and for many its to have an album completed. Here in her own words, pure, truthful and raw is the interview with a talented artist and my dear friend, Elodia.
1- How did the process on your first album begin?
It begun when I was 14 years old actually. I had the idea and the strong will to make a rock album that would contain sounds from all over the world. I always considered myself as the “daughter of the world”, so in my mind the vision has been always very clear. I didn’t find anyone who was willing to believe and support it tho, till a couple of years ago, when I left the idea of always depending on a music producer’ vision of me and I’ve got the lead: I became my producer! I looked around for a co/writer, ’cause I believe, sharing visions and experiences brings out the best, sometimes, in order to fully express the need of your soul. I believe, making an album is nothing but create a dimension in which you communicate in the best way with others and with your own self, so to fully experience the journey. And I found my awesome co/writer, the Italian producer/composer and guitar player Dario Forzato. He was very enthusiast at the idea of creating something different and experiencing, session by session, new sounds so to mix&melt them with who we used to be as artists as well as humans till that point. So the process started…
2- What roadblocks, if any, did you experience making the album?
I’d answer that with one word: LIFE. I decided to open myself completely in order to make the music flow through this new work and, believe me, it ain’t been easy all the time. Sometimes, there’s a huge discrepancy between what we think we live and what we really carry onto our souls, so the process to disconnect the Ego and go to the Essence requires Patience, Introspection and Courage. You’re looking in a mirror that you don’t wanna look at all the time. That’s why I’m so really grateful to have had the chance to go through it. Also, as an independent artist, it wasn’t easy, at first, finding the financial support that I needed for my music. The more we were composing and arranging, the more the project become important and in need of proper finances. I found strong support tho and I made it happen in the very best way possible. We’ve been in pre production for 9 months ( yes, exactly like a baby lol ), than got the chance to record it at a wonderful facility called The Audio Labs in Glendale, California where the owner is one of the most amazing artist/producer/engineer ( and anything else ) in Los Angeles, Mr. James Saez. I must say, he really encouraged me to step outside of the box… Of course this reflected also on my personal life. He believed, with this work, we really had the chance to create something new and original, to unveil the needs of my soul. So I jumped and I found the right inspiration!
3- The vibe of the album… how would you describe it in your words?
The album sounds really adventurous, I’d say lol You can expect to see a tiger coming out of somewhere, sooner or later lol At first, one doesn’t really know what to expect: it’s pretty sassy. I wanted to tell people what I feel about myself: I feel, I don’t like to follow the standards, but I love and I live to experience, (as I always say), in a totally independent/sassy-mode. It has sounds from Bali, or India, till Spain and its Flamenco melt into an aggressive, yet melodic rock. That is me. I’m the sum of different cultures that are all part of who I am today. I’m Italian but my ancestors came from Bali, Indonesia and from the Native Tribes here in America. Definitely, my music is who I am! 🙂
4- Many artists experience personal growth or development with their first album. Did this happen with you?
Definitely, as I mentioned before, it has been a real process on the path as an artist as well as a woman. I know myself better now, I have no fears to chase the unknown, I know everything we experience happens cause we need to understand our purpose here on Earth and I accepted. I know better how to let go of certain situations and/or people cause I’ve respect for myself. Making an album is empowering in the very best exception of it. To undress in front of your own self first and to the people you’ll reach, takes courage cause it’s very intimate. I loved it and I’m ready to do it over and over. The album is called “The Secret of Life” and it totally reflected the spirit of the work I was going to do. I saw myself for the whole being we all are: Human&Divine (as the lyrics say) … there’s no difference in between cause we are drops of God (in any possible way you can conceive the Divine Presence).
5- You are on your way to Hong Kong. Are you on a mission of discover or just pleasure?
I’m on a flight now, answering to this interview, with a huge smile ON, on a mission of discover, promote and have pleasure to live the vibe of Hong Kong! My agent and I had the chance to get in touch with radios, magazines and tour bookers there. I believe, the Chinese/Asian market is becoming really preponderant on the worldwide music scene. They offer tools and financial support to the artists the way it was 30-40 years ago here in the US. They are open to listen and to invest. I like to make choices and to have chances. I feel a little overwhelmed by the western markets, like there’s no chance and no space, so I don’t really mind to explore other options. Any form of art belongs to whom is open to accept it, believe in it and support it. I’m just the tool who brought it on Earth in form of music so I want to give it back where there’s the right space for it.
6- How do you personally feel now that you launched the album and what do you consider as your future plans?
I feel confident and really happy about the results we’re achieving. This album blessed me every single day, since the start. It brought me introspection and growth, distribution under a Label ( Inspire U Records, based in Venice, California), and opened up for me the way to the ancient Silk Road, “just” to start! Future plans?! The sky is NOT the limit! Lol I’ve collaborations coming up with artists from all over the world, a tour to plan for sure, music placements, and so much more! I’ll really enjoy the ride, looking at the way the destiny of my music career unfolds before me!
“The Secret of Life” by Elodia is available on iTunes, worldwide.
The film David Bowie Is Around The World was inspired by an artist I met in New York City, Andy Warhol. David Bowie played Andy Warhol in the film about another great artist discovered in New York City Jean-Michel Basquiat. Andy Warhol’s film 8mm was a collection of interesting people and while in the process of making the Bowie film the adventure of discovery of talent and introducing them to you is a very fulfilling.
New York City and The Out NYC is the backdrop where artist Zoobs work was on exhibit till May of 2014. Artist Zoobs started in London, has just completed a photo-shoot in Los Angles and now resides in New York. So let me with great pleasure introduce you to another Englishman in New York Artist Zoobs. Let me give you a hint, his work needs to be in your collection.
Check out Artist Zoobs on his facebook.
The rocking lady, Monday did her punk look on Monday at the Met Gala and Tuesday sold a painting she owned for $7.2 million.
Sotheby’s auction house hasn’t said who bought Fernand Leger’s (lay-ZHAYZ’) “Three Women at the Red Table” for $7.2 million on Tuesday. The abstract work had a pre-sale estimate of $5 million to $7 million.
Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation, which supports girls’ education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.
Madonna says she wanted to “trade something valuable for something invaluable” in countries where female education is rare or nonexistent. She bought the work at Sotheby’s in 1990 for $3.4 million.
Leger created the work in 1921 as part of a series depicting women with still-life compositions.