MF Ruckus Launch Their Rock Comic: The Front Lines of Good Times

America’s favorite power rock party machine MF Ruckus have launched a new comic book and motion comic that is just as wild and reckless as the band entitled The Front Lines of Good TimesThe Front Lines of Good Times is scripted by the band including some insane touring experiences set in a pre-post-apocalyptic setting that has to be experienced to believe. Drawn by the dashingly handsome Jake Fairly of This is Heavy Metal fame Fairly’s masterful art makes the panels of Front Lines come to life and jump off the page.  The Front Lines of Good Times can be ordered from MFR’s web site here: https://mfruckus.com/home

“We’re absolutely ecstatic to be working with Jake,” Said MFR vocalist Aaron Howell. “It’s a match made in heaven…or hell….whichever one is better.

Artist Jake Fairly, “Do you ever feel like you’re the exact right person for the job? Well that’s how I feel about working on The Front Lines of Good Times with MF Ruckus. The book combines my favorite things; rock and roll and comics.

About The Front Lines of Good Times:
The Front Lines of Good Times is set in the not-so-distant pre-apocalyptic future. The year is 2040. A near-extinction event known as “The great dying” has wiped out two-thirds of the Earth’s population through a long, drawn out series of seemingly unrelated causes. Organized governments and religions around the world have dissolved giving way to new systems of rule and worship, some of which are quite dark and destructive. Such is the case in the United States where a military Junta has felled the democratic republic in place of a harsh and brutal fascist regime known as the New Order of Fundamentalist Utilitarian Nationalists (NOFUN for short).
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About MF Ruckus:
When MF Ruckus hits the stage, a nexus in the universe forms, creating a place where all is in perfect harmony, war ceases, poverty becomes abundance and all the starving children of the world dance and sing. MF Ruckus is a turbocharged Rock n Roll supergroup comprised from salvaged and Frenkensteined pieces of Denver and Chicago’s most legendary unknown bands to create a 5 headed rockstrosity which is known as “Motherfucking Ruckus” or MF RUCKUS for use in polite company.
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Blood-Painting Surrealist Artist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Nominated for Darkadya Black Stars Awards

Vote Here for “Fan’s Choice Award” – Voting Closes May 22
DARKADYA, a new, multi-volume illustrated book featuring dark, esoteric, occult artists worldwide, is coming out soon! The organizers of the book are hosting an award series dubbed the “Black Stars Awards”, honoring the artists featured in the book. Groundbreaking blood-painting surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA is already featured as the official Spotlight Artist in tome 1, and fans can vote for Vincent now in the “Fan’s Choice” category via this link. This is the only award that can be voted upon by the fans, so hurry, voting closes on May 22 at 11:58pmEastern!
VINCENT CASTIGLIA is also in the running for the “Master Artist” award. The category winner will be chosen tomorrow by the “Black Stars Awards” judges panel, including representatives from Metal Blade Records, Decibel Magazine, Bloodstock Festival and RAM Museum, as well as Steve Wang and Mike Hill, Hollywood Special Effects artists. Criteria of judgment includes concept, creativity, originality, precision, arrangement and overall impression.
For more information on the “Black Stars Awards”, please visit www.darkadya.com/black-stars-awards, and make sure to vote now!
To contact the team behind DARKADYA and the awards, please emaildarkadyabooks@gmail.com.
Although he recently skyrocketed into the forefront of art/music crossover fame with his painting of Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt’s signature ESP guitar – celebrated surrealist painter and tattoo artist VINCENT CASTIGLIA has been turning heads for years with his awe-inspiring work. VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.
“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”  
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist
“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost
“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer
In the privacy of his studio, VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely unapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way, the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.
VINCENT CASTIGLIA‘s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon‘s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones.Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frostsinger and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. Vincent also painted the DVD cover for Fangoria Presents film, Corpsing.
His work has been featured on The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo), FOX News, CNBC, BBC, New York 1 News, Spike TV, The Discovery Channel, and The Science Channel. Castiglia was also recently a guest on the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Radio. His work has been explored by countless art and culture publications, in the US and internationally, including theNew York Post, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Art Business News, International Business Times, Bizarre Magazine, as well as Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”. He was also recently awarded “Tattoo Artist of the Year” in ThisisHorror.uk‘s “This Is Horror Awards 2012”.
His work hangs in many distinguished collections internationally, among them, the collection of Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent recently illustrated a highly-publicized self-portrait of renowned comedian Margaret Cho, created with her own blood. His paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery(New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan),  as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).
For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

David Buckley Borden Awarded Hibernaculum Artist Residency

Following news of his art at January’s ongoing “Best of Show” and “Fun-A-Day” project in Boston, New England-based artist David Buckley Borden is announcing his participation in the upcoming Hibernaculum Residency in the New York Adirondacks taking place this Summer and organized by the Trifecta Editions.

Says the Trifecta’s Helen Popinchalk, “We are thrilled to welcome David Buckley Borden as our first artist-in-residence! We were inspired to select David after seeing the work he has been doing for Boston’s Fun-A-Day – a project where artists make a new piece of work every day for the entire month of January. David’s daily works take the form of landscape proposals. Some are clever and practical, others surreal, but all are wonderful and thought-provoking. We can’t wait to see what he does during his residency with us! We’ll be bringing you the fruits of his labors in the form of an incredible print release in Fall 2014.”

About David Buckley Borden:

David Buckley Borden is an artist, landscape designer (highly unlicensed landscape architect), and humorist hailing from the great state of New England. His art includes a variety of creative work ranging from landscape installations to pen and ink drawings to silkscreen prints covering an even greater variety of creative interests in landscape architecture, ecology, NTS mapping, land use history, all things “great outdoors,” and the past, present and future challenges to the lands of North America.

A recent graduate of the landscape architecture masters program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Borden worked as a designer within the Urban Studio at Sasaki Associates and is now a member of Ground, Inc., a boutique landscape architecture firm known for its artful landscapes. Borden may be best known around the Greater Boston metropolitan area as co-founder of the Studio Kaiju, often described as the “Kaiju Commissioner.” Looking for a new start, Borden left Kaiju Big Battel in 2007 to attend graduate school at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

After a few years corporate design, Borden is now starting to branch out on his own, working in landscape architecture and exploring New England landscape through his art. Humor still plays big role in his work, which runs the gamut of visual art and site-specific landscape installations. Outside of work, when not leading his one-man campaign for sustainable cutis anserine americana, David can be found quietly playing in the dirt in and around his Cambridge, Massachusetts home.

About David Buckley Borden:

David Buckley Borden is an artist, landscape designer (highly unlicensed landscape architect), and humorist hailing from the great state of New England.

His art includes a variety of creative work ranging from landscape installations to pen and ink drawings to silkscreen prints covering an even greater variety of creative interests in landscape architecture, ecology, NTS mapping, land use history, all things “great outdoors,” and the past, present and future challenges to the lands of North America.

A recent graduate of the landscape architecture masters program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Borden worked as a designer within the Urban Studio at Sasaki Associates and is now a member of Ground, Inc., a boutique landscape architecture firm known for its artful landscapes.

Borden may be best known around the Greater Boston metropolitan area as co-founder of the Studio Kaiju, often described as the “Kaiju Commissioner.” Looking for a new start, Borden left Kaiju in 2007 to attend graduate school at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. After a few years of work in corporate design, Borden is now starting to branch out on his own, working in landscape architecture and exploring New England through his art. Humor still plays big role in his work, which runs the gamut of visual art, including pen and ink drawings, mixed media and silkscreen prints.

Outside of work, when not leading his one-man campaign for sustainable cutis anserine americana, David can be found quietly playing in the dirt in and around his Cambridge, Massachusetts home.

For more information, visit:
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www.aviarygallery.com
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DEREK HESS Releases his First Limited Edition Book, “HE AINT NO VARGAS”

He Ain’t No Vargas is a limited edition book containing an extensive collection of grease pencil nudes by Derek Hess that utilize Playboymagazine covers as canvases. The pieces were created using 1960s and 1970s era Playboys— the very same issues Hess first discovered as a fourth grader. The nostalgia brought back by the taboo material of Hess’ childhood made the project even more fun for the artist. Drawing loose and fast, Hess was able to capture the vibrant feeling of the figure.

The book has drawings spanning from the beginning of his experimentation with Playboys back in 2010 all the way into his most recent works done in August, 2013. Vargas refers to the artist Alberto Vargas, who was responsible for the pin-up nudes in Playboy for decades, and the book title is a tongue-in-cheek shot at Hess and his ability to draw. Hugh Hefner gave his personal blessing, perhaps giving the book the highest praise one can receive from Playboy magazine.

 

Purchase your copy of He Ain’t No Vargas here – http://www.indiemerch.com/strhesspress

 

Watch a special book video trailer via Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/72745488

 

 

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the GRAMMY Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.

 

Tattoo Artist PAUL BOOTH to Host “The 13th Hour” Exhibit at LAST RITES GALLERY

The 13th Hour
6th Annual Group Exhibit

Open from October 26 – December 7th

 

World famous tattoo artist PAUL BOOTH and his Last Rites Gallery opens the sixth annual “The 13th Hour” group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween Season.

 

In its annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held days just before Halloween, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

 

Artists include: Stefano Alcantara, Agostino Arrivabene, Tom Bagshaw, William Basso, Nick Baxter, Blood Milk, Matthew Bone, Scott G Brooks, Matt Buck, John Cebollero, David Choquette, Ryan Matthew Cohn, Jason Goldberg, Carl Grace, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Stephanie Henderson, Jeremy Hush, Sarah Joncas, Jed Leiknes, Eli Livingston, Dave MacDowell, Chris Mars, Megan Massacre, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Vince Natale, Buddy Nestor, Richard J Oliver, Anthony Pontius, Michael Ramstead, David Richardson, Paul Romano, Matt Rota, Richard T Scott, David Stoupakis, Tin, Yosuke Ueno, Redd Walitzki, Jasmine Worth, Vincent Xeus, and Kate Zambrano.

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VINCENT CASTIGLIA: Art Exhibition ‘Psychocosm’

New York City native and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA recently announced his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled ‘Psychochosm’, taking place from September 27th-29th at The Westchester County Center (located at 198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY). The convention center will host an opening reception on September 27th from 8-11pm. ‘Psychocosm’ will include a striking collection of Vincent’s paintings and sculptural work, which are created exclusively in his own blood.

 

In the privacy of his studio, Vincent practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense.

 

This exhibition encompasses many available works from the beginning of his career through present, and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

 

Vincent recently took the time to explain his two favorite pieces in the exhibition, “Feeding” and “Stings of the Lash”, which are displayed below.

 

  • “Feeding”(59″ x 41”, Blood on paper, 2006), depicts the archetypal mother of humanity, a fleeting organism which struggles to nurture itself in spite of the self-evident frailties that are innately threaded into its existence – namely sickness and death. Her transience burdens her more deeply to propagate. Yet hope runs through the composition; among the ruins of a physical shell, the background envelops the figures, like a promise, that like the child, they are being held together by something vaster. See belowimage002 (1)

 

 

  • “Stings of the Lash” (88″ x 59″”, Blood, 2005) marks significant events in my life, people, places and things – the ‘stings’ of my own ‘lashes’. This painting also deals with the unique nature of the human will. There is a “consciousness between impulses”, the space between actions. The figure stands between two neurons attempting to communicate; only the message is diffused in the space between them by this willful phenomenon. Behind him are three dimensions, which the figure penetrates, physically as well as allegorically, the terrestrial, the celestial, and beyond this the collective unconscious. See below.

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Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

 

For more information on the Westchester County Center, or regarding specific works in the show, please visit www.countycenter.biz or contact info@vincentcastiglia.com.

 

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”  

– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon‘s 2010 debut release,Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frostsinger and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. Vincent also painted the DVD cover forFangoria Presents film, Corpsing.

 

His work has been featured on The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo),FOX News, CNBC, BBC, New York 1 News, Spike TV, The Discovery Channel, and The Science Channel. Castiglia was also recently a guest on the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Radio. His work has been explored by countless art and culture publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Art Business News, International Business Times, Bizarre Magazine, as well as Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”. He was also recently awarded “Tattoo Artist of the Year” in ThisisHorror.uk’s “This Is Horror Awards 2012”.

 

His work hangs in many distinguished collections internationally, among them, the collection of Rock legend Gregg Allman.  Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles(Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi(Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show(Detroit, Michigan),  as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

HOWL: An In-Depth Look At Ryan Begley’s Cover Art

Hosted By No Clean Singing

First Week Chart Numbers Revealed

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If you’ve yet to truly investigate HOWL’s Bloodlines cover art, you’re missing out. A stunning, goretorn blood feast of skulls, bones, impalements, hungry wolves, plotting vultures, nooses and sexy side boob,Bloodlines was created by Ryan Begley (Pelican, Kvlertak, All Pigs Must Die, Cave In, etc.) and visually captures the metallic, lead-footed brutality of the music contained within.

 

Comments Begley of his work: “I was asked last year to illustrate my third record cover for Providence-based metal band HOWL. I’m really stoked that they’ve stuck with me since their first EP. They’re really good guys and I love doing work for them. Early on we batted around record title ideas and once Bloodlines was introduced as a possible title, the concept came together pretty easily. All the visuals were inspired by lyrical content and both the band and I wanted to have an image with a lot of elements that would take time for the viewer to soak in. I tried to have all the characters and elements interacting and overlapping as much as possible. The blood was one of the more difficult but fun elements to draw for the cover. Figuring out how it would flow and move throughout the frame and around the characters took a while to sketch out. The band wanted a bright and vibrant cover and I thought it would translate best if we kept the colors in the same family. Once I settled on a specific red for the blood the rest of the palette was pulled from that. Thank you HOWL and Relapse.”

 

Adds the band in a collective statement: “We are incredibly excited to feature Ryan Begley’s art for the new album. The inspiration for his work was drawn directly from our album’s music and lyrics, and he did a tremendous job capturing the brutality of Bloodlines.”

 

Check out some rough and final pencil sketches of the cover as well as the mammoth gatefold layout, hosted by No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION, where you’ll also find the band’s latest video for “Demonic.”

 

In related news Bloodlines entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #50 upon its first week of release! In addition, the record landed at #57 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart and #173 on Billboard’s Indie Music Chart.

 

HOWL’s Bloodlines douses listener with 40 relentless minutes of maniacal dirge and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics alike for its thunderous riffing and primal urgency. Dubbed, “deliciously vicious” by MetalSucks, Bloodlines was recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) and is currently streaming in its entirety at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE. Order your copy ofBloodlines HERE and stay tuned for Summer tour dates to be announced shortly!

 

“… the type of galloping, growling, grot-filled effort you expect from a Motörhead shirt wearing metal band.” – Decibel

“HOWL plays with a power and energy that is hard not to admire, with influences that go beyond a single sub genre; to simply label HOWL as pure doom is to potentially limit their appeal. I’ve no doubt if you’re a fan of High On Fire or Electric Wizard, this would be an excellent addition to your library. That said their sound should equally have the heads of Iron Maiden fans and corpse painted true metal warriors banging alike.” – Ave Noctum

“…if you like imp shrieking, wah-imbued stunt guitar, sludge chugs, and lyrics about demons, Bloodlines just might be up your alley.” – Mxdwn

“…a fantastic way to spend an afternoon waxing philosophic or a night getting beaten to death by a group of angry Rhode Islanders…” – Dead Rhetoric

“Bloodlines features enough powerful riffs and angry attitude to sate the mainstream, while the underground will dig the overall feeling of doom and hatred. Did I mention the utterly stellar songwriting?” — Ghost Cult

“…the equivalent of being punched repeatedly in the gut with brass knuckles and then pushed down the mouth of an active volcano.” – American Aftermath

“If [debut album] Full of Hell was a tsunami, this album is a sniper attack.” – Alternative Control

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ORPHANED LAND reveals new album artwork and track-listing for ‘All Is One’

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Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND will release their long awaited new album, All Is One, on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Today the band has revealed the incredible cover artwork for their 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN, etc.) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art. See below for All Is One‘s track-listing:

All Is One track-listing:

1. All Is One

2. The Simple Man

3. Brother

4. Let The Truce Be Known

5. Through Fire And Water

6. Fail

7. Freedom

8. Shama’im

9. Ya Benaye

10. Our Own Messiah

11. Children

From September to November, ORPHANED LAND will play stages all over Europe in support of All Is One— but before heading out on this headlining tour, ORPHANED LAND will play a few festivals and shows in South America and Europe. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

ORPHANED LAND live 2013:

5.29 – Teatro Odisseia –  Rio de Janeiro / Br

5.30 – Hangar 110 –  Sao Paulo / Br

6.1 – Roca ‘n’ Roll festival – Varginha / Br

6.7 – C.C.Niza – Lima / Per

6.8 – Teatro Alianza Francesa – Medellin / Co

6.9 – TBA – Bogota / Co

8.9 – Brutal Assault Festival / Cze

8.10 – Artmania Festival – Sibu / Ro

8.16 – Summer Breeze Festival – / Ger

ORPHANED LAND – All Is One European tour 2013

9.20 – Colmar – Le Grillen / Fr

9.21 – Lille – Le Splendid / Fr

9.22 – Tongeren – Sodom Klub / Be

9.24 – Aschaffenburg – Colossal / Ger

9.25 – B – Matrix / Ger

9.26 – Hamburg – Rock N Roll Warehouse / Ger

9.27 – Kobenhavn  – Amager Bio Uniting The Powers Of Metal / Dk

9.28 – Gera – Sachsischer Bahnof / Ger

9.29 – Nuernberg – Hirsch / Ger

10.1 – Praha – Exit us / Cz

10.2 – Warsaw – Proxima club / Pl

10.3 – Krakow – Lizard King club / Pl

10.4 – Budapest – Club 202 / Hg

10.5 – Vienna – Reigen Club / At

10.6 – Bratislava – Randal Club / Sk

10.11 – Sofia – Mix Tape 5 / Bg

10.12 – Tessaloniki – Eight Ball Club / Gr

10.13 – Athen – Kyttaro Live / Gr

10.15 – Ankara – Jolly Joker Balans / Tk

10.16 – Istanbul  – Kucukciftkik Park / Tk

10.18 – Belgrad – Dom Omladine / Srb

10.19 – Zagreb – TBA / Ct

10.20 – Maribor – Mc Pekarna Klub / Slov

10.23 – Milan – Rock N Roll Arena / It

10.24 – Prateln – Z7 / Ch

10.26 – Lyon – o Totem Rillieux Mjc / Fr

10.27 – Toulon – Le Vox / Fr

10.28 – Toulouse – Connexion Live / Fr

10.29 – Bilbao – Rock Star / Sp

10.31 – Porto – Hard Club / Pt

11.1 – Lisbon – Music Box / Pt

11.2 – Madrid – Ramdall  / Sp

11.3 – Barcelona – Apolo 2 / Sp

11.4 – Montpellier – L’antirouille / Fr

11.6 – Nantes – Le Ferrailleur  / Fr

11.7 – Paris – Divan Du Monde / Fr

11.8 – Zoetermeer – Boerderij / Nl

11.9 – Apeldoorn – Gigant / Nl

 

ORPHANED LAND online:

http://www.orphaned-land.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orphaned-Land/8776213035

http://www.youtube.com/user/OrphanedLandTV

http://www.orphaned-disciples.org

http://www.myspace.com/orphanedmyspace

 

NXNE Art Announces Artists, Street Art, Exhibits, Cafe Talks and Installations

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NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) announces programming for the inaugural year of NXNE Art, the visual arts stream that will run throughout the city of Toronto June 10-16, 2013.

NXNE Art has confirmed the participation of the following artists: Berlin’s Nils Völker will exhibit Eighty Eight, a sequence of wavelike animations created by black plastic bags; Toronto-based multi-media artist Johannes Zits will showcase Looking For Guides To An Alternative, a six-day public installation that weaves a tapestry of cut-up business suits across Toronto’s financial district; Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti will present his critically acclaimed photo series Toy Stories, which documents children from around the world with their toys; Ulu Braun’s mesmerizing landscape video collage will light up the night; Montreal-basedAlison Moore and Jasa Baka will premiere Smile Stealers, a visual epic poetry film; and groundbreaking artist Brendan De Montignywill take on the role of the machine in I am a Human Printer, instantly creating unique images of audience members.

NXNE Art will infiltrate the streets of Toronto with innovative and interactive art in galleries, café talks and unconventional spaces around the city – including a two-day outdoor art fair in Ryerson Quad, located in the heart of Ryerson University and steps away from Yonge-Dundas Square. Graffiti and street art, including work byGary Taxalli and Ron English, will transform construction zones in the city, while TTC video screens and streetcars will host interactive and physical creation. Other NXNE Art venues include Toronto’s legendary cultural centre The Cameron House and the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario.

NXNE Art artists include:

Stephanie AveryJasa Baka and Allison MooreBrian Bantugan,Onur BingölUlu BraunEric ChenStephen ChenJames DesrochiersBrendan De MontignyRon EnglishHannah Epstein,Moritz FingerhutChris ForsterGabriele GalimbertiJenn Godwinand Camilla SinghHart GoetzeDara GoldChristian HoosenJu JuMike McDonnellPamela MingoJuan NegroniLisa Ng,Roberta Orlando, Phil ShawRyan SmeetonGary Taxalli, Tensoe,Rae VenaNils Voelker and Johannes Zits. Stay tuned for more NXNE Art venue and artists announcements at www.nxne.com/art.

Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com/tickets.

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LAST RITES GALLERY Announces 5 Year Anniversary Show

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Last Rites Gallery is pleased to announce its 5 Year Anniversary Show that will feature over forty works of art by a selection of its acclaimed roster of artists. The 5 Year Anniversary Show celebrates the gallery’s continued mission to showcase and harbor the world of dark surrealism and honor the artists that have paid the genre homage by digging into the darkest crevices of their minds and souls. It is with the talent, courage and vision of our artists that we thrive and continue to make our mark on the art world. We exhibit these works in gratitude, introspection and camaraderie, with the aspirations to continue challenging both the individual and group to engage and reflect on the beauty within the darkness.

 

“As both a tattoo and fine artist who specializes in dark art, it has been a dream of mine to open a gallery that serves as both a sanctuary and mecca for the obscure and dark. I am so pleased to have exhibited so many amazing artists throughout the years and look forward to continued success in bringing the genre of dark surrealism to light.” – Paul Booth

 

Artists include: Stefano Alcantara, Esao Andrews, Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Matthew Bone, Timothy Boor, Scott G. Brooks, Patrick Byers, Santiago Caruso, David Choquette, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Christopher Conte, Rory Coyne, Matt Dangler, Jason D’Aquino, Brian Despain, Yoko d’Holbachie, Leslie Ditto, Mark Garro, H.R. Giger, Peter Gric, Chris Haas, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Michael Hussar, Charlie Immer, S Jenx, Viktor Koen, Luke Kopycinski, Ewelina Koszykowska, Craig LaRotonda, Eli Livingston, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Chris Mars, menton3, Billy Norrby, Annie Owens, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Matt Rota, Jose Manuel Schmill, Beau Stanton, David Stoupakis, Jasmine Worth, Zane York, Chet Zar

 

 

 

Join us on Saturday, April 13th from 7pm – 12am for the opening night party hosted by Mistress Juliya. Come celebrate Last Rites 5 Year Anniversary Show as we feature live entertainment throughout the night including DJ Xris SMack!, Nikki LeVillain and Tabitha Mancini.
Xris SMack! is a DJ, VJ/Video & Music Producer and Engineer who spins various genres of music including Punk, Rock, Metal, Goth, Industrial, Terror, EBM, Electro, Synthpop, Triphop, Darkwave, Coldwave and Noise.

 

Nikki LeVillain is an international, exotic performer specializing in Burlesque, dark cabaret belly dancing and snake charming. She is known as Burlesque’s “Serpentine Seductress”.

 

Tabitha Mancini is a writer, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist, known primarily for her vocals. Her ethereal style adds to her uniquely blended performance of songwriting and atmospheric mood.

 

Sponsored by Inked Magazine

 

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Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, between 10th and 11thavenues, New York.

Slave Pit “GWARtist” Announces Print Line

The man behind the mask of Oderus Urungus, Dave Brockie, today unveiled a new web-store where fans can buy limited-edition, high quality art prints of not only Brockie’s GWAR drawings, but many of his other illustrations. Culled from select images spanning a 30-year career as an artist and illustrator, these highly-collectable prints are now available to the public. Check outwww.theartofdavebrockie.com

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“For years I have been doing custom paintings and drawings for people and I have gotten so far behind that I constantly have to turn down people looking to get some of my work. A high-quality print line web store will give everybody a chance to have a Brockie on their wall.” said the artist from GWAR‘s “Slave Pit”, their Richmond studio.

 

Dave Brockie is to many a footnote to the name most people know him by–that of Oderus Urungus, foul-mouthed alien barbarian and longtime lead singer of GWAR, the world’s foremost horror-rock spectacle. GWAR‘s legendary live shows and relentless work-ethic have earned the group of artists and musicians from Richmond, Va. an international reputation as the cutting-edge of outrageous, “Grand Guignol”-style metal theater, and won them legions of fans worldwide. In the course of the groups 25+ year-long career Brockie, as President of Slave Pit Inc., GWAR‘s parent production company, has consistently spearheaded the groups efforts, not only as the bands lead singer and public mouthpiece, but also as an artist involved in many of GWAR‘s graphic projects.

 

Brockie continued on like the blowhard that he is. “I actually graduated art school even though I knew it was no guarantee of employment. Nevertheless I deluded myself that I was going to become a fine artist and was painting these giant squiggly blob paintings that actually looked pretty cool, but were never going to pay the bills. I worked construction and knocked over liquor stores to do that. But I was also into comics and illustration and when GWAR started to happen it gave me a great venue for my work. Suddenly I was being called upon to do flyers, t-shirts, comics…even album covers. That turned into a 25+ year stretch where I was always making art of some kind. It’s about damn time I had my own print line!”

 

The prints are signed and numbered by the artist and are part of a limited edition of 1000 per image. The prints use the highest quality paper and inks, and are mounted on a piece of masonite that features a custom-made 3-D frame that is a throwback to Brockie’s early “squiggle” paintings.

 

“I hope this is a big success,” said Brockie. “I am going on a pilgrimage to Stalingrad this spring and need money for booze and food. Plus I got kicked in the mouth by a circus-mule and need extensive dental-work. “After I get this print site going, I plan to disappear. It is time for GWAR.
In other Slave Pit news GWAR is wrapping up a new album, their 13th, which is the band’s first since the passing of longtime guitarist Cory Smoot in late 2011. Coming out later this year, the album features the debut of Pustulus Maximus, cousin of the mighty departed one, Flattus Maximus. The band has a run of shows scheduled for this April, which are the last stops of the “Fate or Chaos” tour, which chronicles GWAR‘s epic struggle with an angry God. It has been rumored that GWAR will be testing out songs from the new album on these dates.

 

“Yes! We Will!” confirmed Oderus.

 

The band is also venturing into the culinary arts with a signature “GWAR-B-Q” sauce, which they will be debuting at a colossal “Meat & Meet” to be held at the world famous “Grinders” in Kansas City on Monday April 8th from 4-6 PM.

 

August will see the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, the group’s annual outdoor music and meat-fest which is getting more massive every year. The new album’s release follows soon after, and then the band will embark on a mega-huge world tour that will continue well into 2014. Sounds like business as usual for the hardest working band in show biz.

 

GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” With Warbeast and Wilson

4/10: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

4/11: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

4/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip

4/13: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre

4/14: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

4/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

4/16: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

4/17: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

4/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge

4/19: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

4/20: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

4/21: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room

4/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

4/23: Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar

4/24: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

4/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live

6/17: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson

8/10: Montreal, QUE @ Heavy MTL

8/11: Philadelphia, PA @ “This is Hardcore Fest”

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Offers Unique, Hand-Painted Giclée Prints – Signed and Numbered (and Painted in Blood!)

World-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA is pleased to announce that he is offering new, hand-painted/embellished Giclée prints for the first time ever. Each print is unique, signed and numbered – and of course, painted with Vincent’s own blood. The Giclée prints are museum quality, archival prints on Somerset Velvet paper (100% cotton rag), printed using a Canon IPF 9100 with Lucia pigmented inks (rated not to fade for at least 100 years).

This is a rare opportunity for any collector who might be interested in a piece embellished by VINCENT CASTIGLIA at a more affordable price.

The prints that Vincent has made available are:
THE SLEEP – 24″ x 32″ Hand-painted, Limited Edition of 16 – $900
LAURA – 16″ x 24″ – $800
FEEDING – 16″ x 24″ Hand-painted, Limited Edition of 16 – $800

Prints of THE SLEEP and/or LAURA are available for purchase exclusively through http://www.acabinetofcuriosities.co.uk. Prints of FEEDING are available directly through http://www.vincentcastiglia.com.

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VINCENT CASTIGLIA is known for his striking paintings that are created exclusively in his own human blood. A successful gallery showing of his work recently appeared at Sacred Gallery NYC and was featured by the likes of CNBC, FOX News, BBC, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Art Business News and more. VINCENT CASTIGLIA recently won the award for “Tattoo Artist of the Year” in ThisisHorror.co.uk’s “This Is Horror Awards 2012”.
Vincent is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit http://www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

BURGER RECORDS ANNOUNCES MIKE ATTA BENEFIT COMPILATION AND SHOW

Burger Records is known for their benefit comps, and it’s something that makes the label so special. As they say on their website, “It feels good to do good!” Previously releasing The Kitty Comp to benefit an ailing cat and The Weiner Dog Comp to aide, well, you get the idea, the label is super proud to release a compilation benefiting hardcore punk legend Mike Atta, who is battling cancer. Mike Atta is the guitarist and a founding member of one of the first hardcore punk bands, The Middle Class. Legend has it that Keith Morris started Black Flag after seeing The Middle Class play one of their early shows. Atta currently owns a vintage shop in Fullerton called Out Of Vogue, right around the corner from Burger, and has become a close friend, so his health is something the Burger Records folks hold near and dear to their hearts. To help raise money for Atta’s mounting medical bills, Burger is helping to put on a benefit show THIS FRIDAY, JAN. 25TH, AT THE ECHOPLEX IN LOS ANGELES, and releasing a compilation the following day on their website. All the money from other Burger merch sold at the show will go to Mike Atta as well.

Included on the compilation is a PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONG BY THE MIDDLE CLASS. The song “Body and Soul” was recorded during the 1981 sessions that gave us The Middle Class’s only full-length, Homeland. We’re happy to share it with you and hope you can spread the word about this amazing show and compilation, and help Mike get healthy!

THE SHOW – Friday, Jan. 25th at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
MC Alice Bag
The Adolescents
Mike Watt + The Missingmen
45 Grave
Channel 3
Shattered Faith
White Flag
The Urinals
The Audacity
The Abigails
The Peeks
The Garden
White Night
Agent Orange

THE CASSETTE: What Have We Wrought? A Mike Atta Benefit Compilation
Curated by Pat Fear of White Flag w/ help from Burger Records, Frontier Records, Peter Davis and Creature Booking, and Tom Hazelmyer. Cover art is by legendary punk artist Raymond Pettibon (creator of the Black Flag logo!).

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01 7 Seconds – Compro
02 Adolescents – Conquest Of The Planet Of The See Monkeys
03 Adrenalin O.D. – Small Talk
04 Anarchy 6 – Suburban Jail
05 Audacity – Five People In The Bedroom
06 Big Boys – I’m Sorry
07 Channel 3 – Another Day
08 Circle Jerks – Red Tape
09 Cows – Chow
10 Eddie & The Subtitles – American Society
11 EMPIRE – English Mist
12 F – The Yellow Corn Boy
13 Fastbacks – Fast Enough
14 Flag Of Democracy – Suburban Cowboy
15 Germs – Out Of Time (Live)
16 Giuda – Number 10
17 Government Issue – Plain To See
18 Halo Of Flies – Ballad Of Extreme Hate
19 Love Canal – Jimmy Closet
20 Meatmen – Stud
21 Mike Watt + The Missingmen – Sweet Honey Pie
22 Mudhoney – Tales Of Terror
23 Necros – Help
24 Negative Approach – Pressure/Fair Warning (Live)
25 Nervous Gender – Slave (Demo)
26 NOFX – New Years Revolution
27 OFF! – Poison City
28 Redd Kross – Pretty Please Me (Live At Amoeba)
29 Scream – Cry Wolf (Demo)
30 Shattered Faith – Right Is Right
31 SIN34 – 34 Sins
32 The Detours – The Saint
33 The Dicks – Rich Daddy (Live)
34 The Fix – No Idols
35 The F.U.s – Death Wish (Live)
36 The Garden – 8 Foot Tall Man Walking Out Of The Forest
37 The Middle Class – Body and Soul
38 The Mormons – Razorburn Stigmata
39 The Muffs – When I Was Down
40 Vatican Commandos – Housewives on Valium
41 White Flag – Radio Free Misanthropia
42 White Night – Oh Crud

Contribute to the FundRazr to help Mike battle cancer: http://on.fb.me/W0JOxM
Purchase What Have We Wrought? A Mike Atta Benefit Compilation on Burger on Saturday, Jan. 26th: http://burgerrecords.com

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Featured on The Science Channel’s “Odd Folks Home”

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA is pleased to announce that he will be featured on The Science Channel’s new program “Odd Folks Home” this Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving). The segment, entitled ‘Blood Brushes’, will air at 10pm ET. This is the premier episode of the show, and highlights Vincent’s paintings and painting process.

Check out a few teasers for the show at this location and make sure to tune in on Thursday!

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is known for his striking paintings that are created exclusively in his own human blood. A successful gallery showing of his work recently appeared at Sacred Gallery NYC and was featured by the likes of CNBC, FOX News, BBC, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Art Business News and more.

Vincent is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit http://www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

The 13th Hour 5th Annual Group Exhibit

Last Rites Gallery opens it’s fifth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween season.

In it’s annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held just days before Halloween, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

Artists Include: Markus Blanchard, Scott G Brooks, Matt Buck, Robert Craig, Matt Dangler, Darwin Enriquez, Jason Goldberg, Handiedan, Naoto Hattori, Scott Hove, S Jenx, John John Jesse, Joe King, Luke Kopycinski, Mark Kostabi, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Chris Mars, Menton, Mr Mead, Anthony Pontius, Michael Ramstead, Zac Shiffer, Richard Williams, Jasmine Worth, Zane York and Chet Zar.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 7pm – 11pm at Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, New York.

Handiedan
Chris Mars
Matt Dangler
Naoto Hattori

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Draws Hundreds to ‘Resurrection’ Retrospective Art Exhibition

World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Draws Hundreds to ‘Resurrection’ Retrospective Art Exhibition Opening at Sacred Gallery NYC

CNBC, FOX News, BBC, NY Daily News, The Huffington Post and More Take Notice of ‘Resurrection’

Photos: Steve Prue

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Resurrection’, kicked off to a stellar opening night on October 4th at Sacred Gallery NYC. Hundreds of intrigued visitors perused the gallery of Vincent’s striking paintings. His paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood, not only impressed the attendees, but several press outlets that have since taken notice to the remarkable collection.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s work has now been covered by the likes of CNBC, FOX News, BBC, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Art Business News and more.

‘Resurrection’ encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death. The gallery will continue to be open for free to the public at Sacred Gallery NYC through October 31, 2012.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Expression of Life: The Rupa Marya Interview

Pittsburgh Music Magazine had the enlightening opportunity to catch up with the incomparable Rupa Marya, front woman and pilot of the expedition that is Rupa & The April Fishes. But, as if to exeplify the humanism she espouses, Rupa is far more than simply a star musician. The San Francisco band has built a major following and an impressive song book that they have been playing out to crowds internationally – from free street side performances in barrios in India, to music festivals in the Bay Area.  Rupa is currently on tour with The April Fishes and their newest album “BUILD.” This Wednesday they are headed for Pittsburgh to play Thunderbird Cafe (9:00PM/$12), we spoke Saturday morning as they were at the Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

PMM: Bon Jour, Buenos Dias, and Good Morning! An immediately obvious feature of your music is that you are multilingual in your composition. In many cases this matches up closely with the style of the music itself and you’ve also said that you intentionally write music in a variety of languages as a means of creating an accessible, open forum for a diverse audience to participate in, can you share some more about the decisions that guide your choices about language in your songs?

Rupa: Well, it’s mostly where I am and who I’m around, and what I’m trying to say, that dictates the language I write in, and you know, the groove, what the groove is asking for – most of my songs start with a groove, and it sort of goes from there. I do feel that having a palette of languages and sounds recreates how I see the world and what I’m trying to pay attention to. So, like any environment you go to, here even, driving in North Carolina, in this hotel, if you sit an listen and pay attention to who is around you, immediately you’ll find at least two or three different languages being spoken – but our image of the world being, or even just this country being, English only is just not representational of what is actually happening. And to me there is a beauty in that, in the cacophony of sounds.

PMM: And I know that for you, being from the Mission [San Francisco]…

Rupa: Yeah, the Mission, I love it. It’s an interesting place of contradiction, and change, and you know, many different cultures up against each other, which is always a cool fertile ground for creativity and expression. It’s beautiful, it’s a very cool spot!

PMM: Nice! Yeah, can I ask you actually, I saw a documentary where you were talking about the murals [in the Mission] making you want to create music. Do you have any specific examples of a song born out of one particular one, or is there anything about that process you can share?

Rupa: Umm… there’s a mural down in Cochabamba, Bolivia that was painted by a muralist who’s from San Francisco, and her relating her story of painting that mural and what’s in the mural, and why she went down there, ended up on our next album…

PMM: Now, is that Mona Caron?

Rupa: Yes, that’s Mona Caron and the song is Cochabamba, and it’s about the privatization of the waterways in Cochabamba in 2000. And so, Mona went down there in 2010 for the ten year anniversary of the Water Wars, to celebrate the fact that the people of Cochabamba and the surrounding areas have resisted the attempted privatization of their water. And that… that was significant… you know, mural, music, moment, journey!

PMM: Wow, yeah… that’s really bringing it all together. I also read that you are planning to start a project to travel together with her to create public visual art with sound compositions. Can you speak to that a little bit?

Rupa: Well one thing that Mona has been doing is drawing, painting, giant plants, weeds, around on streets, just on raw buildings, and then filming them and then I’ll be setting those to music. And she did travel with us to Athens and to India last year to paint, and that was an amazing thing. I’m looking forward to that collaboration. So right now we are touring with this album, but that is something I am excited about. Mona does these really beautiful, greater-than-life plants and vegetables, and she takes something that is cast aside from our attention and just blows it up in the most beautiful way on a wall. It’s just this simple, beautiful, quietly revolutionary act of training our attention to something we have neglected or purposefully eradicated.

PMM: Absolutely, in a simple aesthetic way…

Rupa: Yes.

PMM: How would you say, musically, that goes with your process with The April Fishes?

Rupa: Well it’s definitely inspiring and our art is definitely in conversation with each other. For me, I’ve been very interested in invisible things as well, in particular people… people who in our society are trying to be invisible from being in a place where they’re “not supposed to be” as we have with a lot of the undocumented migration that is going on around the world – this is a forced migration, an economic migration, most often, if you look at Mexico for example, with the privatization of lands that was used for subsistence farming by poor people, in the 1990s with NAFTA, there has been a huge influx of people coming here, to farm and get work. And they don’t want to be here, but they don’t have an option economically in their home countries. So having economic systems that create and recreate poverty in certain nations in the global South drives these mass migrations of people up here.

So for me, in my work, I am learning how to notice that and to pay attention, and to speak to that and honor that and also try to create a bridge… usually when we hear about when we hear about the immigration issue, it’s couched in these political terms that remove the humanity from the situation, and takes away our ability to be compassionate… what we are talking about are people’s lives… and if people just spend more time around one another we will find we have more in common than we do have different. So that is part of my music, is to try to get that vibe in our midst.

PMM: That’s fantastic, and I’m really putting it together in my mind with The Grapes of Wrath, and what we can do in a contemporary sense to recognize the realities of the world we are living in.

Rupa: Steinbeck was an amazing, an amazing, documenter of what was happening in California… and I would like to do more around farming in California in particular, in the legacy of what John Steinbeck did he wrote these amazing essays on the Gypsy Harvest,  these huge groups of people coming from different lands – they were Punjabi, or they were Chinese, or they were Mexican, or they were Irish, there were just these waves of people coming through to do the work that other people didn’t want to do… this essential work so that people can eat. And it’s been a very vulnerable group of people in California, working in our valleys.

PMM: I’m also a big fan of Pablo Neruda, so I obviously recognize and gravitate to your song “Neruda” on Este Mundo.

Rupa: Neruda is… I call him my “original love,” my first love. He is just so powerful in how he articulates beauty in life and struggle and just these tiny, tiny moments. I love his sense of humor, I love his… the insistence with which he lived his life. I remember there’s one line from his poetry, “They’ll have to really scrub me from the chalkboard, I lived sooo intensely.” That, that feels great.

He was also a poet who did a lot of travel and was very aware of the power dynamic in his niche. For me power dynamic is a very interesting thing, politics feels like a theater of distraction, like the presidential debate with Obama and Romney …we are choosing two different versions of the same kind of policies, it’s not going to be that different, truly it’s not going to be that different. It feels like an element of distraction while… um, where’s all the money going? And so to me that is really less interesting than the power dynamics between people. Who’s really holding the power and how’s it being wielded? How is it being shaped in our midst?

And the album [BUILD] deals with this… just a call to find that power inside of ourselves, and inside of our communities, and between ourselves – the more we divide ourselves with these ideas the less we are going to be able put in our effort and build bridges, and grow what we actually need and want; in our cities, in our communities, and in our own midst. And I think it is much easier to get lost in the emotional trappings of politics.

PMM: I really appreciate your point there about distraction, because it is creating the primary focus for us, but totally taking our minds off of all of the things we could actually do as opposed to being stuck there watching it happen. Yeah…

Rupa: Yeah, there is a very strange type of mute-ism that is going on in our society and when people do have the courage to speak out, what happens? And how do we return to this mute state? We’ve seen the banks in the last five years, gamble and lose peoples money, students racked with debt they’ll never be able to pay back… and there is very little sounding out against this. To me it’s kind of interesting… we’re watching, as gas prices go up over $4 a gallon, almost to $5 a gallon, I’m wondering how it never quite gets to $5 a gallon. It’s like the people aren’t ready for that, cause that’s when they’ll really get out in the streets. But it’s just an interesting economic time that we live in and for me to listen to the mute nature of people… speaks to me as the fact that people do not feel empowered to demand what they want… and to ask for what they want.

And we get stuck on these lesser issues, to me… they’re important issues, but they become like these little wedge issues that drive people apart from each other. I mean we could spend all day arguing about… abortion… between two people… you could spend your whole life arguing these things, meanwhile people don’t get healthcare, people don’t get quality education, teachers are being laid of, and banks are cleaning us all out.

PMM: And all of the things that could be preventative to the issues we are stuck on are never dealt with because we are stuck on these issues.

Rupa: Exactly.

PMM: I read that you studied Post-War Political Theater, I can feel a lot of that coming through on top of this notion, not only of what politics are, but how we experience them and what is the audience doing while these things are going on…

Rupa: It’s an interesting time to be an artist for sure. On the one hand you just want to bring people into a really good vibe, you know, to create a space where they can resonate with each other, where they can feel hope and awaken, and that to me is the primary substance of music. Awaken, enliven, and get us sort of vibrating together, and then there’s these things, like how do you use your art to articulate some of these things. How is the form of the art articulated? How is the content of the art articulated? For me it’s still an ongoing experiment.

PMM: Um… Wow. So you are a step ahead of me, because I was going to ask about that fact that you are a doctor and that you’ve been a professor of Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center, really… your polymath abilities are pretty staggering. I was going to ask you how you balance the passions of music and medicine, and politics, and yet… correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like you don’t think of them as different things, so much as different aspects of the same thing.

Rupa: Yeah, for sure, and I appreciate you calling them both passions because they are. For me they are an expression of life, and being a doctor allows a certain proximity to witnessing life, which is really inspiring and exciting for music and other things. But it is a balancing act, and I’m still learning how to do it. This year, on music, I’ve been traveling with the band and trying to make my living on the music because when I return to town I will be working at an immigrant free clinic for people in San Francisco,for people who don’t have papers…

PMM: People who otherwise would be afraid to try to get help.

Rupa: Exactly. And so it is an interesting to try to separate my practice of medicine from my economic need, because it creates some space to think about “What does it meant to be a doctor?” “What does it mean to make your income off of people’s suffering?” When people suffer, there’s a gain that’s involved, and I feel that that mathematical equation has not listened to the problems that we face with health insurance companies and the privatization of the healthcare sector in the United States. Yeah, it’s tricky. It’s a tricky thing.

If you ask the question, should a healthcare insurance executive… I met a couple folks the other day who bought their second home for $8 million in Hawaii, their first home is in Rhode Island, and I asked them what they both did and they said, “We’re healthcare insurance financial officers.” And I thought “Wow! OK, so now we know how the money is being allocated.” Would you even want to live in a world where $8 million can be extracted from the health insurance sector to provide for a second home for an executive? Or would you want that money to be available for people who are being refused for their MRIs, and their surgeries, and their procedures? And it’s not “right” or “wrong,” it’s just “What kind of world do we want to live in?”

And that’s what I mean about the distraction. The distraction around Obamacare was, you know, Democrat v. Republican. When the real issue is, I feel, why are we further entrenching… why are we mandating now that everyone has to pay for private insurance, that is a federally mandated thing. So the people who bought that $8 million dollar home are ensured an increase in their income. More money is going to be funneled into the private sector off of healthcare and I don’t really want to profit off of my patients, I want to take care of them, I want to take good care of them.

I want to be supported by taking care of them, I want to able to afford to live in the community where I work, so that I can see my patients walking around on the streets and get a sense of what it means to live and work in that group of people. But, I don’t need to make an extra buck off of every colonoscopy. So it’s an interesting question… are there things we should not be making profits off of? It’s just a question.

PMM: And that example brings us kind of full circle, because when we talk about Hawaii there is another indigenous people, who are off the radar for most people, in terms of what’s happened to their land and their access to food, water, and healthy environments.

Rupa: Yeah, and Hawaii is very interesting because that indigenous population that is very much alive and kicking… unlike many of the indigenous populations, which are still alive, but even more invisible on the mainlands of the United States. Hawaii is a very interesting place to examine “How do we want to relate to groups of people who have been marginalized or pushed off to the side?” I would hope for greater dialogue, greater compassion and an ability to heal some of those wounds that happened before we all arrived here, and not in a way that punishes, but in a way that gives respect and accountability for people’s voices.

PMM: What are some of your favorite songs on the new album… do you love them all?

Rupa: I really do love them. I really love [the title track] Build, the way we started it and the way we ended up. It is a very strong song for me to sing and every time I sing it I am confronted with the words and how it is asking me to have faith in my own self, and asking people to have faith in themselves. In our creative capacity, in witnessing the world in upheaval in the last two years… there is a choice we have to all make between our creative capacity and our anti-creative capacity. We can choose to become violent and rageful or we can choose to take that energy and really invest in creating a new paradigm… in a paradigm that will make this old one obsolete, because it is simply better, more intuitive, more intelligent. And that’s a harder road, it is easier to rail, it’s easier to rage…

PMM: …and to participate in the distraction theater.

Rupa: Yeah, cause there you expend energy and people feel more powerful, but that’s not going to help. What we actually need right now is creating new economies, new modes of economy, new dynamics between people, new relationships to the land and farming, new relationships to health, new relationships to education, and to awaken a population that has fallen asleep at the wheel. When you live in a representational democracy there is this false sense that you can just relegate the job to someone else and they’ll get it done, they know what’s what. In the meantime look at where all of our resources are going. And we have to demand what we want as a population… and if this is the best we can do… I don’t think it is. And so I think it has to happen at a small level and it’s great to be in a place like San Francisco, where there are lots of activated people and dialogue.

PMM: And the dialogue is alive. So, when you come to Pittsburgh, the venue you are going to be playing is kind of boutique-y in a sense. I know that you play a variety of venues, do you have an audience size that you love for your music? Do you get a lot out of different ones?

Rupa: I love the variety. So today we are playing a big festival, and we are going to play what we call the “power set,” and rock… finding the nicht. When we are in a smaller place it’s nice because you can talk to the audience and develop a rapport. So it’s just different, every show is different. We played in Pittsburgh once before, years ago, so people don’t really know about it… so we’re hoping to get the word out and share our evening.

Rupa & The April Fishes play Thunderbird Cafe, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 9:00PM

BUILD by Rupa & The April Fishes is out from INGROOVES Records and available on Amazon and iTunes.

Tattoo Artist and World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Gets Gory

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Resurrection’, kicks off tomorrow at a special gallery opening from 8-11pm at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). The gallery will run through October 31st. ‘Resurrection’ will include a striking collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.

This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

In the privacy of his studio, current Manhattan resident VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense.

Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Woman Overcomes Disability to Become Award Winning Artist

Karen Sue Wheeler is an award-winning American artist who was born with a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She uses a small brush and very little pigment that creates a dry-brush effect that resembles colored pencil. Each painting that she produces takes from 80-500 hours to complete. She developed a unique sling-like device that she wears on her arm to assist her with wielding her tools, rather a brush, pencil or pen. Joel Geist Video created a portrait of Karen. The film has captured her views on her artwork, some of her techniques of working with watercolor, and it shows a phenomenal amount of her work and accomplishments.

Karen hides or places a rose in every painting completed after 1986. It represents her in her work, and it is one of the most loved and accepted flowers in societal and visual terms. When she relates the rose to herself and her life, she also considers the strength and the thorns. Therefore, when people view Karen’s work they not only feel her presence, they accept her and enjoy her work for the pleasure it brings.

Todd Kerns, bassist for Slash’s band was the subject of one of Karen’s paintings, “In Todd We Trust”:

“Karen is one of those living examples that art and creativity flow through those who are chosen as their vessel. It is awe inspiring. I always marvel at every new piece she creates. Her unique creativity and humor always shines through as only a truly inspired artist can do.”

From 1985 to 1991 Karen was the only disabled artist on the Board of Directors of VSA Arts California, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating mentally and physically challenged adults and children into society via the arts. She not only coordinated and participated in major statewide exhibits and programs but also held the position of Vice President. She is still on the Honorary Board. Karen was selected Disabled Professional Woman of the Year by the Pilot Club of Southeast Los Angeles in 1990.

Karen now resides in Henderson, Nevada and is currently the only surviving professional artist in Southern Nevada with a neuromuscular disease. She has collectors who live all over the world, a list of which includes Julian Lennon, Phil Collins, Shadoe Stevens, Justin Hayward, Joan Rivers, Damon Wayans and Steven Segal.

Karen is a lifetime member of the Vegas Artists Guild where she served on the Board of Directors for 11 years. In addition, she served three years on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and considers herself an advocate for those less fortunate. She also co-created with William Schnell in 2012 a site to assist people with disabilities called Go Hit Yourself. (www.GoHitYourself.com)

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Announces Retrospective Art Exhibition

H.R. Giger Museum Honored NYC Native Displays Collection Utilizing his Own Blood as a Medium

World-famous surrealist and New York City native VINCENT CASTIGLIA is pleased to announce his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled ‘Resurrection’, taking place from October 4th-31st at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). The gallery will host an opening reception on October 4th from 8-11pm. This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death. Propelled by correlated personal experiences just this year, his deep and continually renewed understanding of the consistency between the two themes will come to prominence at this haunting and memorable exhibition.

‘Resurrection’ will include a striking collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood. Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

In the privacy of his studio, Vincent practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense.

In a personal statement, Vincent states, “This exhibit is the culmination of a lifetime of searching and posing many questions through images, making declarations of truths uncovered and pouring a myriad of emotions, conflicts, and bliss’ into these coagulations which delineate all aspects of the past decade of my life.”

For more information on Sacred Gallery NYC, please visit www.sacredgallerynyc.com or contact Kevin@SacredGalleryNYC.com.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS NEW ALBUM COVER, TRACK LIST RELEASED

With a new record right around the corner, NO BRAGGING RIGHTS have released the album cover and track list from their upcoming record, “CYCLES,” due out October 16th, 2012. Lead singer, Mike Perez comments:

“The album art looks great! I think Portland hit the nail right on the head. It’s pretty cool to see what he did with the ideas we gave him. Naming our songs is our least favorite part of the process but I think we have some pretty solid names in there. I hope people appreciate the flow of the album, a lot of thought was put into it!”

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS recently signed a worldwide record deal with Good Fight / eOne Music. Perez continues:

“The guys and I are beyond stoked to be a part of the GoodFight/eOne family. We feel this will be a good fit for us as we grow and continue moving forward.”

“We cannot wait to get this album out to our friends and fans. We are very proud of the sound and even more proud of the message behind it. We’re looking forward to playing these songs live and seeing everyone at the shows.”

1. The Advent Of Change
2. Hope Theory
3. Appraisals and Ommissions
4. Cycles
5. No My Salvation
6. Legacy
7. Fight For My Life
8. Repeater
9. The Prequel
10. Ascensions

Internationally Famed Artist Ron English Starts Rebranded Website Popaganda

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP launches a new online experience as they join forces with internationally famed artist Ron English. One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today Ron English’s rebranded website – www.popaganda.com – features a full art gallery, up to date news and a full service webstore with exclusive signed merchandise designed by the artist.

POPaganda is the ultimate online destination for Ron English’s rabid fans, collectors and admirers. On Thursday June 28, 2012 POPaganda is releasing a brand new color variant of FAT TONY, Ron English’s satirical jab at over-sugared breakfast cereal and US corporations’ complicity in the obesity epidemic plaguing American children.

Ron English is known the world over for consistently creating art with a message and has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images. He has coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Recently, Ron English has created art in partnership with South Park, pop star Chris Brown, and has even been featured on an episode of “The Simpsons”.

“We’re honored to be working with such an amazingly talented artist like Ron English”, says Miranda O’Brien, Founder of Clutter. “Working on Popaganda.com is a key part of our mission: providing artists with direct access to their public on a whole new level.”

As the creators of the DESIGNER TOY AWARDS, CLUTTER is a power influencer, a conduit to one of the key trendsetting subcultures in contemporary pop culture. Designer vinyl toy design is quickly becoming a trending international art form, attracting a fan base that spans a convergence of demographics – from sneaker pimps to high art collectors to music fans and fringe enthusiasts.

To keep up-to-date on new information and news, please visit www.cluttermagazine.com.

Smashing Pumpkins to Employ Fan Art and Social Media for New Release ‘Imagine Oceania’


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are asking their fans to IMAGINE OCEANIA for the 13 songs on their new album OCEANIA, out June 19 via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution.
Longtime fans of the visual arts–including their groundbreaking music videos and memorable album covers/packaging–THE SMASHING PUMPKINS want to inspire creativity and evoke one’s personal vision for each song, simply based on the title.
That’s the idea behind their new social media endeavor, whereby fans can create their own imagery for any of the album’s 13 songs, tag them with #SPoceania and share them with each other via Instagram, Pinterest, Deviantart, Facebook and Twitter.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will also share, like, repost and repin on the official SMASHING PUMPKINS social sites and some images may end up on the official website.
Artists can upload photos, designs, paintings and words to imagine their own vision of the songs on OCEANIA including “Quasar,” “Panopticon,” “The Celestials,” “Violet Rays,” “My Love is Winter,” “One Diamond, One Heart,” “Pinwheels,” “Oceania,” “Pale Horse,” “The Chimera,” “Glissandra,” “Inkless” and “Wildflower.” (Full track listing below.) For more information on the campaign, go to http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/oceania/imagine-oceania/.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS also teamed up with photo specialty blog JPGMAG.com to create their first ever photography challenge series: http://jpgmag.com/blog/2012/05/smashing-pumpkins-oceania.html. Fans submit photos for each of the 13 song title challenges, one photograph from each challenge will be chosen and compiled into a limited edition print-on-demand canvas poster signed by the group.
Fans can preorder OCEANIA now at the following outlets:
iTunes (Digital) – http://bit.ly/KCDWTL
Amazon (CD) – http://amzn.to/LcK4n7
Insound (LP) – http://bit.ly/JKXaKq
And via THE SMASHING PUMPKINS website:
http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/store/spoceania/
OCEANIA was recorded at singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN’s private studio in Chicago with his bandmates: guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist/vocalist NICOLE FIORENTINO. The 13-song collection (see track listing below) was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
Here’s the OCEANIA track listing:
Quasar
Panopticon
The Celestials
Violet Rays
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
Pinwheels
Oceania
Pale Horse
The Chimera
Glissandra
Inkless
Wildflower

JERMAINE ROGERS Prize Pack Contest Featuring Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters Art

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE once again team up with an amazing artist to bring their fans/collectors opportunity to expand their collections with specialty items, toys and artwork. This time, CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE are in cahoots with famed artist JERMAINE ROGERS for a very special FACEBOOK CONTEST, running now until Friday May 25th, 2012. The winner of this contest will be chosen at random and will receive a special limited edition (1 of 40) print by Jermaine Rogers that celebrates the anniversary of Led Zeppelin 4, as well as an Allepin Sane vinyl bust, created from a poster he designed for the Foo Fighters and produced by Plastic City Toys.

Jermaine Rogers is recognized as one of the pivotal artists in the modern resurgence of Gig/ Pop poster Art. In the last 15 years, he has created nearly 900 commissioned works for a variety of artists, including Radiohead, David Bowie, Tool, Deftones, Morrissey, The Melvins, Neil Young, The Mars Volta, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Queens Of The Stone Age, and hundreds of others. His artwork has been featured in various books and publications, and is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Since 2003, he has also been a player in the Western Vinyl and Art Toy movement. His vinyl projects include Dero, Squire, and Veil: Specimen 129, among others. These works, as well as his various collaborations with Jamungo, KidRobot, StrangeCo, etc, have received critical praise within the industry and are collected worldwide.

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and BRUTHERFORD INDUSTRIES PRESENT EXCLUSIVE ICE SCREAM MAN RADIOACTIVE RASPBERRY


CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP in partnership with BRUTHERFORD INDUSTRIES welcome the summer with their exclusive release of the Ice Scream Man Radioactive Raspberry! collectable vinyl. The exclusive offering once again proves CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP to be industry leaders with their finger on the pulse of the Vinyl Toy Movement as they continue to collaborate with groundbreaking and trendsetting artists in bringing new and exciting products. In true CLUTTER fashion, representing CLUTTER’s signature pink color and standing at 5.5″ tall this SPARKLY, GLOW IN THE DARK, RADIOACTIVE RASPBERRY! version features a flat bottom cone in shiny high-gloss black – a perfect complement to offset the sparkling pink ice scream. Limited to just 25 pieces, each one is signed and numbered by the artist, Brutherford Industries.

This Rotocast polyurethane figure is designed and produced by Brutherford Industries, with box artwork by Tamara Petrosino. The Ice Scream Man came to Brutherford in a vision after a freak accident involving a toilet and a clock. The Ice Scream Man is pure evil… a bringer of cavities and brain freeze. Pre-order is available at CLUTTER MAGAZINE for $99.99 and will ship on Monday May 21st.

Jeff Lamm’s London Face Punch Print From CLUTTER MAGAZINE

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE are proud to team up with 1xRUN for an exclusive art release today, May 16th 2012. Originally featured as the cover of Issue 15 of CLUTTER MAGAZINE, Artist Jeff Lamm’s London Face Punch print will be offered to the public for purchase for the first time. This 50 piece limited edition run is available for $50.00 here in an 18 x 24 Inch 5-Color Screenprint on 330gsm French Archival Paper. Each print is signed, numbered and shipped with a Certificate of Authenticity from Jeff Lamm & 1xRUN.

Jeff Lamm designed this cover for the brand spanking new look of CLUTTER MAGAZINE and states, “This illustration was very fun for me to draw. I was excited to be asked to do it. I enjoy icons of mid-century modern architecture, in this case the London Postal Tower. Such a strange phallic symbol piercing the sky, covered in a weird array of antennae. I did the original in pencil first on marker paper, did a light box transfer for the inks and added colors digitally. I’m pretty sure I did not make monster noises out loud whilst drawing it. All three monsters in the illustration are also toys I have in production. Grease bat (on the left) M5 Bravo (hugging the tower) and Stee-Gar (on all fours). ”

Founded in 2007, 1xRUN has become the premier online destination for exclusive one of a kind artwork in any and all forms. Working with leading and emerging artists from around the world, 1xRUN is focused on bringing limited-edition time released artwork to collectors across the globe.