Robb Bank$ is a young emcee from South Florida who got his start the way a lot of young artists are doing today--through social media. Originally calling himself "Tumblr God," the blogging/social networking became a launching pad for Bank$'s music the way it has for other artists who've gotten big outside of the standard music industry in recent years.
Chris Visions is a freelance artist based in Richmond. A VCU grad, he has tremendous style and his range is incredible. In particular, I am drawn to his ability to convey action and provide his illustrations with an abundance of emotion. I think he’s a phenomenon, and I can’t wait to see where his talent takes him.
I’ve been working on my first novel, Trailer Park Trash & Vampires, for years now, and I had always envisioned releasing it as an illustrated version. I had tried unsuccessfully to find an artist who was up to the challenge, but when RVA Mag’s publisher, Tony Harris, put me in contact with Chris Visions, I knew he was the man for the job. He absolutely killed the illustrations for my book. He did an amazing job of interpreting the material, and the images he provided represent a superb addition to the manuscript. Sometimes when I would stop to examine the artwork he sent my way, I had to wonder whether or not the dude was psychic. It was like he was could see exactly what I was describing, and anyone who has ever been involved in a collaboration knows how hard that it is to achieve. It’s not just that the atmosphere in his work is so rich or that the characters are so vivid, either. A big part of it is the simple fact that his wealth of talent allows him to adapt to the subject matter with ease. Chris is a guy who specializes in everything.
The Pride, Alexi-Kaye Campbell’s award winning, era-hopping play about societal issues and acceptance, continues Richmond Triangle Players’s 20th Anniversary season beginning Thursday April 4. It will run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8pm through April 27th.
So I checked my email one day and came across an email from an emcee named Louie P. I thought he was from RVA until I did my research on him and learned that he is actually from Rockland, New York--but that's OK. We don’t just talk RVA here, we talk Hip Hop nationally. I took a listen and instantly became a fan.
In 1980, the audacious art scholar Slim Stealingworth wrote: "Many critics have described Tom Wesselmann as the most underrated painter of the American Art world of the 1960's." The funny thing is that Slim Stealingworth IS Tom Wesselmann. Frustrated at being ignored by the art world establishment, Wesselmann created an alternate identity to write a book about himself.
Looking at Marcus Hyde’s photos, I can’t help but wonder what led the man who started out shooting rocks and trees for his high school darkroom class into the realm of fashion photography. Despite its association with fashion, much of his work, in my opinion, has enough artistic merit to stand alone as portraiture. A number of his photos are startlingly erotic but far too too edgy for the likes of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue. The feminine form in its most statuesque incarnations reigns supreme.
This Sunday, as part of a night of independent cinematic entertainment, Gallery 5 will be screening Richmond cult classic The Taint. Recently released on Blu-Ray by legendary schlockmeisters Troma Entertainment, The Taint's outrageous special effects will appear at higher quality than ever.
Spring is here, lent is over, Easter has passed, and the weather might actually have figured out that it's time to warm up! So maybe this First Friday it'll actually be pleasant walking-around-outdoors weather. Wouldn't that be nice?
It's the first weekend in April, and despite the warm days and sunny skies ahead, it looks like we're in for a weekend of extreme brutality, between the crushing dubstep that is Excision on Friday, a smaller metal show at Wonderland on Saturday, and the black metal assault that is Absu on Sunday.
Charles Berger is a tattoo artist who plies his trade at Heroes and Ghosts in Carytown. We’ve known Charles for some time, and watched his talent grow immensely over the past few years. His work was featured in the Valentine Richmond History Center’s recent exhibition, History, Ink: The Tattoo Archive Project. This project featured the tattoos of current Richmond VA residents, and documented the importance of tattoo art in the artistic culture of RVA as we know it today. We caught up with Charles to talk about a number of things, from tattooing in Richmond to Victorian Futurism.