VIBES Recap

Sunday, July 9th of 2017 MEGAA Hosted “VIBES” an Art Exhibition showcasing six unique artist each with their own individual style. With Vibes we accomplished exactly what we set out to create. . . A VIBE with dope art great music and beautiful people. Below you can check out the interviews we had with each […]

Sunday, July 9th of 2017 MEGAA Hosted “VIBES” an Art Exhibition showcasing six unique artist each with their own individual style. With Vibes we accomplished exactly what we set out to create. . . A VIBE with dope art great music and beautiful people. Below you can check out the interviews we had with each artist along with a recap video of the event and photos. Be bigger than big, be MEGAA.

Briget Villanueva

Ryan Williams

Mitchell Johnson

Jessica Garcia

Madjeen Isaac

Brian Franklyn

 

 


vibes recap vid

Knowing That I Can with Brian Franklyn

Brian Franklyn “The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit” IG: @jose_patel Queens, NY What is Art to you? Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that […]

Brian Franklyn

“The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit”

IG: @jose_patel

Queens, NY

What is Art to you?

Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that we use to better us on out journeys of life.

How long have you been painting for and what have you learned about yourself thru art?

Kind of hard to pin point exactly when i started. I’ve always taken to art and always tried out different mediums and growing up in Barbados my school was very determined to make us well rounded. I’ve learned everything from painting, from technique to just the way i live my life and approach things in the real world. It’s not about what it teaches you rather what you choose to take from it.

Ahhh good answer [laughs] what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Oil paint. I find it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding. It’s traditional [laughs] kind of badass actually

Who or what inspires you to create?

just knowing that i can makes me want to. Everyday knowing that i’m getting better is more motivation to create. Not sure who even inspires me. . . everyone and everything inspires me.

What is your process? like how do you come up with an idea and manifest it?

It’s so hard coming up with ideas sometimes. Most of the time i have to force myself. Recently i’ve just been asking myself what truly inspires me and use that as a jumping off point, by the time I’ve decided what i want to do [laughs] i’m like five points before the jumping off point.

five points?

You know when you start with one idea, then it turns into another, next thing you know it looks nothing like your first idea.

Where do you see your work in five years?

In a home near you [laughs] Honestly i’m open to wherever my work leads me. It would be nice to be famous and rich off of my work and that is a hope. . but for now it’s a personal journey.

 


Lifestyle with Madjeen Isaac

Madjeen Isaac Artist “Trust your journey, avoid looking in the rearview” IG: @madjxo www.madjxart.bigcartel.com NYC What is Art to you? Art has become a lifestyle for me overtime. I realized how much of an impact my skills had on my mental health and it has given me the voice I never thought i would ever […]

Madjeen Isaac

Artist

“Trust your journey, avoid looking in the rearview”

IG: @madjxo

www.madjxart.bigcartel.com

NYC
What is Art to you?
Art has become a lifestyle for me overtime. I realized how much of an impact my skills had on my mental health and it has given me the voice I never thought i would ever have. I was always ridiculously shy [laughs] I still am, but I rather call it “chill” because i’m more aware of who i am. I’m an artist, and I can only hope that my morals and ideologies translate into my paintings.
What is your background in Art?
Well i’m currently a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Fine Art. Art was once a hobby for me especially because I grew up first generation Haitian-American.. and caribbean parents aren’t always accepting of the creative lifestyle but once I began school and was more exposed to the art world, I felt as though I had more options and opportunities awaiting me. It just felt right because this is what i’ve always wanted to do.
What are some of your inspirations to create?
I am deeply inspired by Brooklyn specifically Flatbush where i have live all my life. For me, Flatbush is a place that screams “culture” and “hustle”. As i got older, i sort of developed a concern for immigrants (like myself) becoming “americanized” or assimilated out of fear without reflecting back on the culture of our ancestors. Too often we don’t know about our own history. We need to talk about it, be about it, in order to preserve it.
My all time favorite artist is Kerry James Marshall. I respect him for revealing the realities of race and identity within Black America. His work always puts forth the “crisis of representation”
What is your Favorite medium to create?
I’m a sucker for oil paint. I love it’s thickness, the different textures I am able to create and lastly it’s rich colors. I’m the type to paint for hours and forget to eat for the whole day [laughs] But once I have a vision and good music, i’m in my happy place!
Elaborate on your creative process like where does it begin and end?
My creative process consist of me having to workout just so that I can have a clear mind for the day. I am constantly researching and reading about topics of my interest such as my Haitian culture, feminism, identity and self care/love. I keep a visual file of my favorite works from great artist just to look at if i’m ever in doubt. Im currently trying to build a little library for myself. I view my creative lifestyle as a journey that is constantly evolving and so there’s really no end to it.
where do you see your work in 5 years?
I mostly definitely want to give back to my community by gifting them with a mural or two. My community has shaped me to be humble and make use of all that I have. Everyone’s always on the go, making life happen in order to make ends meet. It makes me appreciate the hard work and effort our elders have embedded in us. I would also want for my paintings to be in galleries and as well as overseas! That of course is when i’ll begin traveling after graduating from FIT.

Escape with Jessica Garcia

Jessica Garcia Illustrator IG: @file.jpg NYC What is Art to you? its whatever i want it to be at the moment, it’s whatever in going through or feeling and when i need to observe art, its an escape to me and allows me to take a break from everything going on and just indulge myself […]

Jessica Garcia

Illustrator

IG: @file.jpg

NYC

What is Art to you?

its whatever i want it to be at the moment, it’s whatever in going through or feeling and when i need to observe art, its an escape to me and allows me to take a break from everything going on and just indulge myself or get lost in whatever’s in front of me to distract myself from whatever else is going on. Art helps me deal with my emotions.

When creating what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

This ones hard [laughs] i experiment a lot. My go to has always been marker just because they’re easier to carry around, second to that depending on where i’m going to draw would be water be watercolor pencils.

How about embroidery? While looking at your work i noticed that you created an embroidered piece, how did that come about?

That was one of my experiments, embroidery pages on Instagram kept popping up in my explorer page and i wanted to try it, it’s one of my top mediums because its therapeutic to me, i just have to have the time to work with it.

Yeah its really dope, i can only imagine that something like that takes a lot of time. Can you walk us through your creative process?

I have a little folder for reference pictures that i find, that i think are cool and i have to be in a shitty mood cause thats the only way i’ll get something done. I’ll pick one and sketch it out and it’ll spark an idea and i’ll add components to it to make it mine. I’ll sketch it out and project the drawing onto several pages to test out different color palettes, and then i plan out which medium will help me execute it the best, and then i get the final.

How shitty of a mood?

I get the most work done when someone gets me upset/angry, cause i only work when it serves as a distraction. If the work is meant to be the main focus, i look for things to distract me and i don’t get anything done.

Who and or what influences you?

I get a lot of my influence from photography, a lot of the colors and symmetry. A lot from scrolling on Instagram and Tumblr, and my boyfriends art, he’s always helping me push my ideas.

Alright so one final question. What would you name your art style?

I really can’t come up with a name for it, i don’t think my style is solid enough to be a style [laughs] The only consistent thing in my work is probably the color vibrancy but that’s about it.


“Socially engaged design” with Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson Illustrator “fly high, don’t forget your landing” IG: @asiaticyouth cargocollective.com/mitchellreece NYC   What is Art to you? Art is the visual of past, present, and future. It’s really how i connect those. Culturally, spiritually, and emotionally. i would say like a storyboard in different forms and mediums. What is your favorite drawing medium […]

Mitchell Johnson

Illustrator

“fly high, don’t forget your landing”

IG: @asiaticyouth

cargocollective.com/mitchellreece

NYC

 

What is Art to you?

Art is the visual of past, present, and future. It’s really how i connect those. Culturally, spiritually, and emotionally. i would say like a storyboard in different forms and mediums.

What is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Lately, i’ve been using ink on canvas and collage pieces. Some found materials others purchased and cut to shapes.

May you walk us through your process of creating a piece.

Reading has helped a lot lately. Opens up my mind for new possibilities and responsibilities too. Usually find some good music. Finding past photos, personal and non personal, mostly praying too.

What would you name your art style?

Socially engaged design.

 

Who or What influences you?

God, family, love, friends, Richard Wright, Jean-Michel Basquiat, W.E.B Du Bois, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, H.R Giger, David Hammonds, Laura Owens, Hajime Soroyama, good 60s, 80s, and 90s Hip Hop, House, Reggae bands, good horror movies, Black Panther era, ideologies, structure and culture