Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dangerous

When "Dangerous" came out in 1991 my music taste was all over the map. From Public Enemy to the 10,000 Maniacs, anything was fair game. So when I heard that Teddy Riley produced "Dangerous" my interest peaked. From his production work to his work with GUY, Teddy Riley could do no wrong. But then I heard "Black or White" and my opinion changed. I was not impressed and when "Dangerous" was released the album had become a passing thought. One week before "Dangerous" came out U2's "Achtung Baby" hit the stores. Then one week after "Dangerous" Nirvana's "Nevermind" was released. Sorry to say but game over for MJ. "Dangerous" was done in my book before it started.

In mid December 91' I went out to dinner with my good friend Anthony. Like all good evenings back in the day we ended up at a record store (shout out to New Moon Records) after dinner. Anthony (aka Antoine) picked up "Dangerous" and I was nervous about what I was going to hear. To my shock the album was good and like I had hoped Teddy did the album right.

Now many many years later I can easily say that "Dangerous" is my favorite Michael Jackson album. And one more thing, DAMN 1991 was a great year for music!

Today's piece is "MJ five."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

U.S. Patent No. 5,255,452

By the time "Bad" rolled around my appreciation for Michael Jackson had waned. My interest was now in exploring new music and finding new sounds. The "Joshua Tree" album was huge for me in 1987 as was "Sign o' the Times" by Prince and "Document" by R.E.M. Even at the time I felt that "Control" by Michael's sister Janet was a better album then "Bad" (and it was a year older) .

"Bad" to this day is still not one of my favorite MJ records but music video wise now that's another story. The videos for "Smooth Criminal", "Man in the Mirror" and especially "Leave Me Alone" are what made this album great. Think about it, can you name an artist today that would take out a US Patent just so he could do a 15 second dance move in a music video? For the "Smooth Criminal" video, Jackson experimented with an innovative "anti-gravity lean" in his performances, for which he was granted U.S. Patent No. 5,255,452. Doing things like this kept MJ ahead of the game and to this day it is still innovative.

Today's piece is "MJ four."

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thriller

Like I had mentioned before Michael Jackson changed the landscape of music in just under 5 minutes with his performance of "Billie Jean" on the Motown 25 special but it was "Thriller" that changed pop culture forever.

If wasn't for "Thriller" MTV would have never been born, the art form of the music video would have been a passing fad and who knows where Rap and Hip Hop would be. Purple Rain might have never been made if wasn't for "Thriller" and there is no way Madonna would have been the star she has turned out to be. And the changes keep going. Listen to Kanye's 808s and you can hear the "Thriller" influence. You hear "Thriller" in Justin Timberlake and see it in Lady GaGa videos. This album changed fashion, music, film, television and thus Pop Culture in one bold brushstroke.

Today's piece is "MJ three."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Moonwalker

March 25, 1983 at around 10:45 PM the King of Pop took flight. I watched awestruck as Michael Jackson performed live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. On this night the "Moonwalk" was born.

Throughout the evening I listened to my parents reminisce about their youth and the performers that took the stage that night. When Michael Jackson came on stage to end the show things changed forever. What had been Motown's past turned into present day and the future of music. It was like dynamite exploding in the minds of 47 million viewers around the country as he performed "Billie Jean." BAM! there it was instant history. This performance was equal to Elvis Presley's and the The Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. This was huge and just overnight everyone had become a Michael Jackson fan.

The crazy thing is that the "Moonwalk" was not MJ's to begin with. It was a dance move that had risen off the streets and evolved from the new Hip Hop movement. Michael Jackson had actually learned the "Moonwalk" 3 years earlier from former Soul Train dancer and Shalamar member, Jeffrey Daniel. Ian Inglis, author of Performance and Popular Music: History, Place and Time noted Jackson had created a pivotal turning point in the history of popular music "in that [his performance] marked the shift of emphasis from musical performance to visual presentation." Like I said before BAM! instant history. Crazy how one man changed music and the way we see and listen to it in just 5 minutes.

Today's piece is "MJ two."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

King of Pop

Music has always played a major role in my life and my art. From a very young age I had a knack to find great music (or have great music find me). By the time I was 6 years old I had amassed a very select playlist. Anything from Parallel Lines by Blondie to This Year's Model by Elvis Costello to At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash (and believe me the list was much much bigger). Two artist at the top of the list were The Beatles and The Jackson 5. I knew a lot of songs by The Beatles, Wings and John Lennon but I did not learn to respect the albums until my teen years. The music created by Michael Jackson and his brothers on the other hand I grew up with.

I had a teacher in high school tell me once that "10 years from now you will not like the same music you do now." Well he was way off the mark and music from my youth still has a major part in my life. My musical taste has grown over the years and has become more eccentric (just check out my iPod). One artist that has gone away, come back, gone away and come back again is Michael Jackson. It is amazing how his music never seems to get old or dated. So when news came that he had passed away I wanted to create a series in his memory. Over the next week I will share some thoughts on the King of Pop and post some of the images I created.

Starting with this piece "MJ one".

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Representation 2

Monday, January 25, 2010

Representation of an Artist

"Representation of an Artist" is the first in a series of self-portraits I began to create last Spring. So far there is 3 in the series, I plan to do at least 3 a year.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Second Sunday of May

"Second Sunday of May" is a triptych multi-media piece I created for Mother's Day 09. The three panel piece was an experiment for myself, to stretch the mind and creative spirit. I wanted to utilize both the digital and the fine aspects of art to create this piece. "Second Sunday of May" uses photography, canvas, neon glow in the dark acrylic paint and the images printed on clear plastic.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

100

"100" is a piece I created to mark the first hundred days in office for President Obama. The red stripes of the flag are made up of names, places and events that controlled the publics mindset during this period. Click on the images to see a larger version.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NOW


10 of 10, "NOW." One year down the line and now the question is not NOW but WHEN?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Accelerate


"Accelerate" is piece #9 from the "Ten to the 4th" series. I post this image as I watch the Senate race in Massachusetts and the Democrats piss away the power we fought so hard for just over a year ago. Shame, just shameful.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Momentous


"Momentous" is piece #8 from the "Ten to the 4th" series.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tenacity


"Tenacity" is piece #7 from the "Ten to the 4th" series. This was another piece that captured some positive attention. "Tenacity" made it all the way to DC for the Inauguration and was featured in a exhibit celebrating President Obama's victory.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fated


"Fated" is piece #6 from the "Ten to the 4th" series.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Pride


"Pride" is piece #5 from the "Ten to the 4th" series.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Soundness

In 2004, just by chance, I heard Barack Obama speak at the Democratic Convention for John Kerry's campaign. I was blown away! His amazing speech captured my emotions and the feelings of this country. From that point on, I did everything in my power to help make sure Barack Obama achieved his goals and bring change to this country.

I have had individuals from every walk of life tell me that my 4th piece in the "Ten to the 4th" series titled "Soundness" is an image that captures the spirit of change. Like "Fidelity" before it "Soundness" was featured in a issue of Modern Luxury but this time it was the inauguration issue of CS (Chicago Style) Modern Luxury. Not only was "Soundness" recognized inside the issue but it was also featured on the cover! Having the candidate that I had backed for so long finally reach the finish line in victory was astonishing. It was equally heartwarming to go to Barnes & Noble and see my issue of CS on the newsstands.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Destined


"Destined" is piece #3 from the "Ten to the 4th" series.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fidelity


"Fidelity" is piece #2 from the "Ten to the 4th" series. The piece has received positive acknowledgment across the web and was featured in the December 09 issue of Modern Luxury's DC magazine.

Monday, January 11, 2010

MAFmove Retrospect

To start things off lets go back to 2008 and post our way up to present day over the next few weeks.

My "Ten to the 4th" series started 10 days before the end of the 2008 Election. The 10 pieces I created centered around the Barack Obama campaign and his message of hope. With help from Aaron Perry-Zucker and his website Design for Obama "Ten to the 4th" received a massive amount of positive press.  In the end "Ten to the 4th" was seen around the world in art galleries, publications, and blogs.  Outside of the Design for Obama website the "Ten to the 4th" series has yet to be exhibited as a collective (which it's meant to be). In an interview with the Obama Art Report Aaron was asked about his favorite pieces from the campaign....



"To date, over 400 designs have been submitted. One great aspect of your site is how everyone is allowed to rate, comment and critique pieces... do you have a personal top 5?

I have many favorites but I am particularly partial to a series done by artist MAFmove as well as most of the posters done by dumbrobot both of which were very popular on the site."

 
10 Questions with Aaron Perry-Zucker of Design for Obama
January 2009 - www.obamaartreport.com



The next 10 post on this blog will reflect on my series and we will start with today's image titled "VOTE."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Begin the Begin

"When Somethings Gone I wanna Fight to get it back again."
It starts now at 10:10 pm on 01/10/10.