art // drake ghosts by anthony hawley

my friend/amazing artist anthony hawley has been making some awesome daily drawings inspired by drake's recent hotline bling video.

anthony on this inspiration: "it’s a really catchy song; like i’ve listened to it dozens of times, but it’s such a weird and bizarre music video. think about what the video would look like without the turrell-inspired spaces. it would essentially consist of a good-looking drake sitting on steps, posing, and dancing around by himself; good-looking women posing on stairs and moving in slow motion; then drake and one of his female dancers joining forces to do some synchronized moves together. the turrell-inspired spaces are beautiful, a little ufo-like and provide an amazing glow of color, but at the same time there’s really no reason whatsoever that the turrell spaces are there. half the video looks like an itunes add circa 2004 and half of it creates this sense of space that’s reminiscent of the original tron or star wars. i keep thinking that those slow motion pan-outs by the camera are going to expose drake as a tiny player in a giant video game or that the millennium falcon is going to appear, caught in the death star’s tractor beam, and plow down drake. by far, the most interesting parts are drake’s hand motions and movements. they’re glorious! in all my drawings drake has six fingers on each hand.
i liked the idea of doing a series of small drawings where drake and turrell kind of haunt each other and meld. the drawings use an existing set of imagery from other small drawings of mine and expand on it. the little ghostesses seemed to fit the zeitgeist of the music video. i mean why wouldn’t you make drawings of drake and turrell turning into ghosts?
i’ve always been a bit obsessive with my listening. like i just get obsessed with a sound, a mood, or a theme in a certain song or album and i can’t stop listening to whatever it is. and there’s not really a logic—it ranges from oneohitrix point never to mozart string quintets to demi lovato. i don’t necessarily love demi lovato or anything about her, but last friday i think i listened to “cool for the summer” all day non-stop without any breaks or anything in-between. i think that i’ve been like this since i started listening to pop music when i was six or seven, sitting by the stereo recording different top 20 hits with cassettes at the end of each year. sometimes it’s not even an artist i love; it’s just a sound, a synthesizer, or an explosive moment, you know? then this all feeds into my daily practice and art.
there’s a link between the obsessive listening and the daily practice that i’m just now becoming aware of—the doing something over and over to get to a feeling or idea without thinking too hard about it."

check out his drawings and purchase them here on his site!

listen // disco pineapple // mixtape volume 5

* the fifth disco pineapple mix is finally here! it's a little delayed -- palo and i initially set out to do these playlists monthly but both us have been super busy lately (with all good things + i'll chat more on being busy later); last month, palo launched her own brand, sunad, which is an amazing made-in-spain women's shirt collection! i was traveling in asia for my job + just moved to greenpoint, brooklyn. like i said, all good things. while i miss palo a whole damn lot, working on these playlists is a really nice way for us to keep in touch every month and honor our mutual love for all things strange, tropical and upbeat. stay tuned for a small talk with palo on her new venture soon and in the meantime check out sunad here.*

cultureisland event recap // zebra // a wamoo papez listening party

a few months back, i was sitting at a diner on the upper east side with my old co-worker and friend juan (wamoo papez), talking about feeling lost. we talked about the beauty of deep, dark periods of our lives; that if you can push yourself and come to terms with the numbness, you can use it for the good and turn it into something else. something extraordinary. well, two weeks ago juan succeeded in just that. together, we did a listening party for his new album zebra and he killed it. juan creates his music like audio collages by collecting clips from all over the place and then pieces them together to make something totally new. he also orchestrated an insanely cool video, mirroring the sounds and deep emotions of his album (see above). while, his sounds were inspired by a dark period, there was a lot of life to them. the video flowed seamlessly; i enjoyed the mixture of colors, text and clips. there was a lot of texture and depth to both his sounds and his video. and you could actually feel his emotions reverberating through his work. i've honestly never heard anything like juan's music before. he seriously killed it! i've watched juan come along way this year, from his first dj gig at my new york's finest party to now. i love watching my friends grow and expand on their craft, and gain creative confidence by just doing their thing and getting it out there. after the event, we talked about how we both felt this wonderful mixture of emotions -- proud of ourselves for pulling the event together but also in full acknowledgement that there's still work to be done and we couldn't be more excited by that fact.

see juan's interview with cypher league here. photos by alix h luntz.

cultureisland event recap // supreme sound // playlist

a few weeks ago some folks hung out at von bar to take in some motown tunes and drink some yummy drinks to support bandseed. alix h. luntz + i pulled together a video collage that was projected on the wall (stay tuned for that) and dj von trap (michelle von mandel) did the motown tunes, see playlist below. thanks to all who came out + stay tuned for the next event!

cultureisland event recap // new york's finest // photos + playlist

last thursday was the opening of new york's finest pop-up at community 54 featuring work by tipi thieves and sounds by wamoo papez (see playlist below) // it was the perfect evening and we had a great turnout, i'd guesstimate about 100 people came through (big thanks to everyone who supported us). the art will be up 'til this coming saturday, may 9th so there's still time to check it out! we also have tees left so contact me or visit/call the store at (212) 673-7060 to buy one. many thanks to alix h. luntz for these stellar shots and rizzo's + pbr for the pizza + beer.

listen // disco pineapple // mixtape volume 1

my best pal palo canut and i have been collecting random images of pineapples under the moniker disco pineapple for a few years now. our visual interests + music tastes have always been on the same wavelength; we're two gals who find weird images of pineapples extremely exciting. back when palo lived in nyc, we aspired to take dj lessons together. while that never happened, we're now collaborating on a monthly playlist that will be published here, the second thursday of every month. palo is currently based in madrid + is starting her own clothing line, sunad.

cultureisland event recap // the denim disco // mix + video

very excited to report that the denim disco was a smashing success! we collected over 100 pairs of denim which will benefit blue jeans go green. since hurricane katrina (nearly ten years ago), the organization has been recycling denim to create insulation for habitat for humanity homes. what happens to the collected denim? the jeans will be shipped to a facility in arizona where the hardware will be removed and the denim will be stripped back to its original cotton fiber state. it will then be put into an oven and cut/sized. in about three weeks, the denim will be delivered to a place of need. you can find out more about the process here.

thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. we're hoping to plan another denim disco in the future, utilizing new collaborative partners. and we're working with von bar on another event in the coming months.

check out our playlist (made by dj keith sweaty). stay tuned for future cultureisland events! *note we're working to get the video up as well but having some technical difficulties*