CYCLE Conquers Graffiti,
Tackles the Art World
By Bucky Turco | March 7, 2014
CYCLE is a graffiti writer’s writer. He started his illicit career in 1989 and since has mastered the art of tags, throw-ups and pieces. He hit clean subway trains in the ’90s, painted freight trains thereafter and bombed alongside the best and most-renowned writers in the world. Continue Reading
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Gemma Danielle Bayly
You Are Going To Die and That Is OK
All things alive will perish. The inevitable conclusion to our lives is ever impending; an important fact of our existence that we spend most of our lives running from, denying and fearing. We protect ourselves, buying material securities or even firearms and weaponry, desperately clinging to our physical presence and possibly even harming others to save our own bodies. Reflecting on Dr. Robert Lanza’s new theory of Biocentrism, Gemma proposes in her latest works that death, in the truest sense of the word, doesn’t actually exist. It is a condition of the space time continuum, and a symptom of our attachment to the physical.
The first recorded near-death experience in western literature was in Plato’s The Republic, in the Myth of Er, when Er is revived on his funeral pyre and lives to tell of his vivid journey in to the afterlife. There are now thousands of accounts of near-death experiences being openly shared online and in scientific studies. NDEs (Near Death Experience) are defined as “profound psychological events with transcendental and mystical elements, typically occurring to individuals close to death or in situations of intense physical or emotional danger.” Most all NDE subjects report traveling through a tunnel towards a light at the end, as well as overwhelming feelings of peace, joy and cosmic unity. They also report feelings of irrelevance to anything left behind on Earth.
In the last year, Gemma has had three close experiences with death that have profoundly impacted her work, and her own fears of death. She held her 14 year old dog in her arms as he took his last breath, feeling the very moment his spirit left his physical body. She witnessed the slow painful surrender of her Grandfather as his body succumb to liver cancer. She also had a snowboarding accident in Steamboat Springs, and was knocked unconscious for a few seconds, during which she had an elaborate visit with a tribe in the Amazon jungle. All three experiences triggered lucid, mystical visions and a profound exuberance of life. Many scientists believe they have proof that these mystical visions are nothing more than a surge of neurochemical brain activity and synaptic hallucinations; that our visual cortex cellular structure is what forms the tunnel-like structure with the light at the end. The ancient manuscripts of the Tibetan Book of the Dead present an entirely different perspective. Regardless of spiritual, political, or scientific beliefs, gender, race, body shape, sexual orientation, bank account balance, shoe size, hair color, or dietary preferences, you will die. And it will be glorious.
“To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that man can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to him …” – Socrates
About Gemma Danielle Bayly
Weaving a mesmerizing world of surreal dreamscapes and captivating geometry, Gemma conjures a Pythagorean quantum mysticism in her work. Existing in the realms between the physical and spiritual planes, she stirs subconscious parts of our being that we may not understand or be aware of. She plays with mathematical theory, inspired by torsion field physics, sacred geometry, and our experience of the many dimensions of quantum theory. Her geocentric mandalas are multi-dimensional overwhelming experiences, created as conduits of cosmic energy; portals to higher dimensions. She labors over the precise hand-drawn lines without the aide of a ruler, creating the illusion of straight lines through proportion and repetition, and focusing on the true value of the human hand in art. Gemma is a certified Usui Reiki practitioner and spends time charging each of her works with this sacred healing energy.
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During the first week of December hundreds of galleries and thousands of art collectors invade Miami to collectively form the largest art event in the world. We are excited to get in the mix at SCOPE Art Fair on Miami Beach for our first art fair experience.
Our exhibit will feature Ben Eine, Ravi Zupa, Jim Houser, Hari & Deepti and Max Kauffman – a great group of self taught artists who created a very impressive body of work. Check out the details below, if you are in the area stop by and say hello – Booth J11.
All artwork will be available to view online next week.
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In The Wild
Featuring: Cycle,Scott Belcastro, Nicky Davis, Melanie Pruitt, Sam Flores, Vanessa Foley and Amanda Gordon Dunn
From prehistoric to modern times the influence of nature on our visual lives is profound. Some of the earliest paintings in existence on cave walls from Africa to the America’s typically featured animals and nature related scenery. From abstract paintings of flowers, to black and white photographs of mountains, nature has inspired iconic pieces of art found in museums and galleries across the world. In advertising and entertainment, animals are often used to communicate in place of humans. Our love of nature is one of our best inherent qualities; it inspires people to devote their lives to protecting, promoting, representing and enjoying it on every level imaginable.
“In The Wild” is the first in a series of exhibits featuring nature interpreted through varying contexts and mediums. Highly detailed, stark and vibrant representations of the realistic and surreal natural world will definitely provoke your imagination and curiosity.
We are introducing 4 new artists to gallery: Cycle(US), Scott Belcastro(US),Vanessa Foley(UK) and Nicky Davis(US) while welcoming back Sam Flores(US) Amanda Gordon Dunn(US) and Melanie Pruitt(US)
Exhibit runs November 1st – November 23rd
Please contact us for a preview of available artwork
CYCLE grew up writing graffiti and skateboarding. He received his BFA from George Washington University in Washington DC and then his Masters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. CYCLE makes his living producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design. He has shown his fine art in galleries in New York, Washington DC, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as well as Art Basel in Miami. Cycle most recently has had a design piece inducted into the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York as well as shown at the “Art in the Streets” exhibit at the MoCA in Los Angeles. He has also produced exterior murals and installations in New York, San Francisco and Miami. CYCLE has been commissioned by Kid Robot, Think Skateboards, éS shoes, and Disney XD for projects. CYCLE’s work has been profiled in publications such a Juxtapoz, Mass Appeal, Complex, and Time Out New York as well as in numerous books including “The Art of Getting Over”, “Definition, The Art and Design of Hip Hop” “Up Until Now” by Upper Playground and “Fresh Paint NYC”. CYCLE currently lives and works in New York City.
Using acrylic paints and wood panels, this Los Angeles based painter brings element’s from the wooded area’s of New York’s upstate region into view.With meticulous detail and colorfully explosive skies Scott pushes toward familiar places many of us remember through childhood experiences , And at times creates a place of silence for observation and reflection.
I am a self employed artist based in Newcastle UK, close to the vibrant cultural quarter of the Ouseburn Valley. I have always lived in the city, and love it, but I also love getting out into the country where my real passion lies.My love for wildlife and art are inseparable, and I could never imagine one without the other. I am currently working on a series of paintings exploring traditional British wildlife.
Nicky Davis is an artist that works and resides in the suburban sprawl of Houston, Texas. Nicky Davis has been a prominent member of the Houston art scene for more than a decade. His illustrative style and vibrant color choices occasionally hint at a cautious optimism, the absurdities of life and love and the damage done by man’s ecological irresponsibility. Amongst the Polar Bears and grinning children are subtle suggestions that all is most definitely not well. Nicky Davis’ style roots itself in the low brow / low brim art movement with a fun mix of color, character, and imagination. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Houston and likes long walks on beaches.
Sam Flores combines unique and disproportional creatures with vibrant landscapes, intense color combinations, and fine detail.
Rural southwestern Nebraska is where Melanie Pruitt was born and raised. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Hays State University. Denver, Colorado is now her home. Melanie finds solace in studying the beauty of human history. The details of its emotional complexity to the organic patterns of the Rocky Mountains that surround her inspire an obsessive love of line, form, and movement. These intricacies translate both realistically and abstractly into her creative process.
Amanda Gordon Dunn:
Amanda Gordon Dunn lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Formally from Denver, Colorado, her work has been presented throughout the United States including such institutions as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and a solo show at The Louisiana State Museum. Her work is housed in numerous private collections including The Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Dunn completed her BFA in Textiles from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 where she received several awards, including a presidential scholarship for her undergraduate work.
Her sculptures reveal her years spent in the metal fabrication industry and her fixation regarding American muscle cars; Dunn’s paintings are derived from her manipulation of pattern, color and her childhood obsession with the animal kingdom.