Saturday, 08 January 2011 22:01

Keegan's Art Rocks the Body

One Saturday evening, I was to model for Keegan Hitchcock, Face and Body Artist. While local, live bands played their latest hits, I took my place in front of a video-camera set up to record my first experience as a body canvas. I was asked if I was nervous, and I answered, "Definitely. But I am also excited to try something new every day, especially when it has artistic value."

Keegan is a beautiful spirit and an awe inspiring artist. She has a gift to make you feel at ease even in provocative circumstances, which works
well for her line of work. I must confess that Keegan's brush strokes were a soothing enchantment on my skin. Soon I got transported into the
heightened sensory stimulation of color, sound, and sensation. I had envisioned an aqua theme for myself, with accents of blue and green.

Keegan applied generous strokes of these exact hues with a delineation of black contours and fin designs. Two hours later, the effect was stunning. I was transformed into a mythical creature of the sea. The beauty of her creativity and craft left me speechless.

I was moved. You see, I always considered drawing on the body a sacred symbol of the mapping of your spiritual journey. Yet I never got a tattoo even when I was perfectly free to do so. I assure you, it is THE experience. I recommend anyone with a love of art and a little sense of adventure to explore Keegan's magic distilled in her face and body art.

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Saturday, 08 January 2011 22:04

Esteban Corbo - Far from Contemporary

With all of the happy-go-lucky music streaming on his portfolio website, you might think that Esteban Corbo's portfolio of art would consist of the sorts of prints you might find on those tacky sales office walls. You know the ones: there are pictures of eagles that say” Achieve” at the bottom of them, whether or not the thing the person's supposed to be achieving is actually said at all. The mood music aside, the paintings and drawings Corbo has put in the portfolio section of his site are more a smörgåsbord of Picasso, Chagall, Basquiat, Gaugin and Klimt. Yes, it's true that those names are now standard fare for re-prints in doctors' offices (though why in the world would you really put something from the Blue period in a psych ward?) but salesmen tend not to have the sort of mindset for that kind of esoteric imagery.

Corbo's art is at once derivative and relevant, the sort of stuff that comes from the hands and eyes of a person who definitely has studied the great masters (or at least leafed through their art history book) and simultaneously kept himself true to the feelings, sounds and tastes of the current era. His pictures of zaftig latinas evokes cubists at one turn and impressionists the next, without ever truly being complete lift-offs of the style in part because the subjects are so very. . . well, Contemporary.

At the same time, though, one can't help but see glimpses of Gaugin's fourteen-year-old models nearing the end of his career in some of these pieces, and one piece in particular is so close in mood, theme and color palette to Picasso's Old Guitarist that it might be considered an adaptation of the earlier work; but both the position of the subject of the piece (where the man is, instead of drooping over his own guitar, craning his back to look at something in the distance over his shoulder) might be considered more of a great grandchild to the Picasso work. And as such, so it is with us now and in Corbo's work: we are all of us products of the centuries of painters and musicians and artists before us. In his case, at least, we;re both those artists' children and their rambunctious rebels.

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Saturday, 08 January 2011 22:06

Skulldaggery - Beyond the Kid Stuff

The first page on Alessandro Echevaria's website,, features a stripped image that's very familiar to me. It's a simple page, with few words and a medium-sized picture of an animal-- I'm not sure what kind, really, but it's definitely not human-- whose face has been sliced into four sections, eyes intact, yellow, and vacant. In between the sections you can see bits of what cartoon anatomy must look like, all in pink with nerve endings slipping out to the edges of the animals' skin.

I don't think I would have been so disturbed by the image had I not recognized the base right away: the animal Echevaria mangled here was none other than the lead monster in Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. The scariest monster of the bunch-- part lion, part sasquatch, with a wild, dark mane and big, square teeth-- wasn't nearly so intimidating once he'd been sliced up, innards neatly packed between the sections of his head.

Alas, there were only two of these icons dismembered (the other was Pinnochio-- who was a real boy, after all.) Echevaria carries out this dismemberment theme through a lot of the work on the site, sometimes to tragic-- but mostly to sardonically comic-- effect. When leafing through his tee-shirt designs and digital pieces, my initial urge is to ask him to do a series of comic books and sell them to the adult market.

The lines are simple, the colors stark, and his sense of humor are all so contemporary as to scare off your average intelligentsia enough to pull off a hell of a career in the subversive above-ground world of post-modern art and lit. If he'd started doing these pieces ten years ago, he might have been considered too far ahead of his time. But in a world post- Wicked and thirty years since Chris Clairmont proved that comic books were beyond simple kids' stuff-- he's a completely apropos contemporary.


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Thursday, 08 November 2007 11:04

Marc Paper Scissor - Part of the Solution

MarcPaperScissor - Never has a moniker for a young and talented artist more aptly described who he is and what he does. His name is Marc, and all he uses to meticulously create some of the most colorful, original, and thought provoking art since Peter Max is colored card stock Paper and a pair of Scissors.

Three years ago, while sometimes attending class at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Marc was watching a lot of TV and ruminating somewhat solemnly on the unsteady direction of our planet’s future. Frustrated, concerned, and inspired, Marc jumped on the latter side of the phrase, “Either you’re a part of the problem, or a part of the solution.”

He withdrew from society and entered into a hermit-like artistic incubation period, creating the initial pieces of what he calls, “paper art.” Images of brains, clocks, atoms, televisions, the Earth, and men in suits became reoccurring icons, all designed to work together in a way that would serve to get the viewers thinking. The goal was to get them to think about the world of corruption, depleted resources, and corporate dominance that we live in.

He’s fulfilled the production side of his goal, so now all he needs is the exposure. Due to his young age and inexperience with the business side of art, Marc has yet to exhibit his work at a gallery (with the exception of a showing at Florida Atlantic University’s Davie campus).

However, that won’t be the case for long. Living close to many of Ft. Lauderdale’s newest and hottest galleries and having spent another productive stretch of time as a recluse – this time creating the ultimate self promotion tool, his website ( – Marc is now ready to introduce the world to a style of art with a message that it desperately needs to see. Recently, Marc realized that with trees being cut down at an alarming rate, maybe creating art solely out of paper could place him more on the “problem” side than the “solution” side of the Earth’s tragic equation. And what sparked this realization? Once again, it was the TV - specifically, a program about actor/activist Woody Harrelson’s crusade to save the environment.

This is why Marc’s plans for the immediate future include launching a series of “recycled paper art.” And whose help is he seeking in launching such a bold and noble venture? Mr. Woody Harrelson himself. So, Woody, if you’re reading this… just know that WE are looking to MERGE you with MarcPaperScissor. But let’s also let it be known that there’s more to MarcPaperScissor than just a need to awaken our collective consciousness one colored paper cut-out at a time.

He is also working on a children’s book, which will utilize his own poetry and will of course be fully illustrated with “paper art.” The yet untitled book will tell the story of a man who flies to Mars to test his theory that the planet is made out of jelly. And, as a part-time musician, Marc has found his way into the socially conscious jam band scene, allowing him to introduce his art to all the jam band followers and festival (Langerado, Bonaroo, Burning Man, etc) goers.

For more information and to purchase prints please visit “Reality is normality, and I am just trying to be different.”

Written by Renda Writer

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Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:44

Tattoo Art: Colors of Mayville

“Colors of Mayville” -

Uber conservatively raised Maytee Bringas, 36, did not bat an eye at 22 when she got her first tattoo. “It was something off the wall but I’d been yearning for a tattoo since the age of 15,” recalls Bringas. “Once I had it, I was hooked.”


Fourteen years later and nearly fully tattooed, Bringas’s enthusiasm for tattooing hasn’t waned. In fact, her keen eye for design and color has led her to expand her tattoo skills to the world of art and fashion.


In 2006, Bringas launched Mayeville, a print collection of colorful and lighthearted girlish illustrations. These Sanrio inspired designs are both, irreverent and innocent, playful yet sexy – qualities which are completely reflective of the artist.


“My art is cute and bubbly,” explains Bringas. “Mayeville is a delusional world full of sweet characters. I use simple bold lines with lots of color, like Hello Kitty – I love to draw this type of art.”


Through Mayeville, Bringas hopes to further develop the brand by developing a clothing and accessories line.


Bringas credits husband Phat Joe, of famed ink spot, Phat Joe’s Tattoo Parlour, with encouraging her to explore her artistic instincts. As co-owner of Phat Joe’s, Bringas honed the artistic inclinations long buried from her days as a youth at Hialeah Junior High School.


“I was surrounded by art and it re-sparked my need to draw,” says Bringas. “I’ve always been an artist. I didn’t do anything or pursue it until I met Joe because I didn’t think it was hot.”


Clearly, Bringas’ playful illustrations are hot and in demand.


“I love what I do. It will never get old,” asserts Bringas. “This is my lifestyle.”


For more on Mayeville, visit Bringas at or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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In Fort Lauderdale there is a sanctuary for artists lucky enough to survive a year long waiting list known as the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts. In this low-rent "wonderland" (as this writer deems to portray it) lives a visual pop artist, who paints smirks on all who lay eyes on her witty candy colored images.  Her name is Lisa Bulten Rockford, a graduate of the esteemed Art Institute of Chicago, who upon completing her Masters launched headstrong into the competitive arena of fine art. In prolific fashion she exhibited all across the nation before settling in South Florida as an instructor at Broward College in 2006.  She draws inspirations from both her loving parents who in one way or the other, shaped her art today.


A series entitled "Barbie Magic Reveal" are humorous illustrations much in the style of your supermarket "Coloring & Activity Books" made for children (and some strange adults).  It exhibits her playfulness yet engaging deconstruction, and reconstruction, of familiar pop images and content.


3 Floors of 1310 Gallery will be covered in her work from Jan. 16th - Feb.12th 2010.
2 Distinct Painting series will survey the portrayals of gender and romance.
Only 1 Twist - That it will be a TWIST.  Yeah, that's the name of this wonderfully twisted exhibition of art coolness.  You simply must put your mind in a TWIST @ the 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, 1310 SW 2nd Ct. (Middle St.), Ft. Lauderdale, 33312. Admission: Free & Open to the Public

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Sunday, 17 April 2011 04:34

Artist 5

If there ever was a time to have artists take charge in making a difference in the community it would be now.As technology soars to reach the outer limits, the boundaries created from our social issues is enough to make us all claustrophobic.


Imagine street art as unconventional since the days of Keith Herring & Jean-Michel Basquiat. Imagine Art that is Grimy, Dirty and Raw but packed with enough energy to move masses with its messages.When you draw these thoughts in your head, you would picture ARTIST 5.


Artist 5 is a transplant from Suffolk, England to the shiny beaches of South Florida. His art merges a wide variety of styles with existentialist thoughts.It incorporates the decay of materials as part of its charm. He claims his 5 Points of Power are Urban Street Art, Abstract, Deconstruction, Dysfunction, and Existentialism, which if you look at his work you can see truth in this statement. His work captures beauty in social madness.


On his website,, says "I like my work to look as if it were produced at an earlier date and over time with weather and age it becomes worn and battered with chipping paint and runny lines." 


But ARTIST 5 doesn't just paint to draw a social change; he actively participates in creating social change. His THINK POSITIVE PROJECT was founded to be nationwide artist collective, spreading Think Positive messages across the country to counteract the current turmoil our country faces due to economic depression and its insatiable appetite for war. Focusing on South Florida community issues such as Healthcare, HIV Awareness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction & Prostitution.If there was anyone you should support for the good cause, it's the fifth artist ARTIST 5.

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