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HAWT 2015 Chit Chat with Ricardo Muniz

Author: - Published Mon, Jun 08, 2015 05:50 pm - (4374 Reads)
In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT™ 2015 Chit Chats with Harlem artist Ricardo Muñiz:
CFG: What media was your first, and then how did you morph into the others?

RM: I actually began as a muralist as a young kid. i was around 9 or 10 when I got commissioned to do my first work. Over the next eight years, I painted murals throughout several schools in the Ohio school district in which I lived. Unfortunately, I don't have even one photo of any of that work and ALL of those old schools have been torn down. I then quit painting to focus on getting a job that paid. In college, I discovered papier mache and puppetry with Amy Trompettor. I dabbled with it then, and I still do. I like the idea of making a permanent impression out of a temporary medium because it is our memories that bring us the greatest pleasure when we get old and haggard, and I'm only a few days away from becoming decrepit and rundown. My puppet sculptures got me a one-man show for this big Times Square gallery in 2000 or 2001 where I had to submit slides of my work. The curator liked my amateur slides so much, she asked if I would consider exhibiting prints taken from those slides. I've been a photographer ever since.

CFG: If you were to speak to children about the art of creation, what's the most important thing you'd want to impart?

RM: I used to be a teacher way back when, and I still visit schools on occasion to present. I currently have a traveling art exhibit that celebrates Puerto Rican and Nuyorican heroes. Every two weeks it is moved to a new location, so that Puerto Ricans in their own neighborhoods can discover the people from their community who are trailblazers. The exhibit, HOMENAJE, has been traveling to schools as well. The message behind the exhibit ("We can.") is the same message I deliver to young people: "Keep trying because one day you will be able to accomplish, too."

CFG: What's one thing that has stood out to you about Casa Frela Gallery?
RM: I really, really admire the work and efforts of the Casa Frela Gallery and its founder, Lawrence Rodriguez, a gay Latino man who has built a big little castle of a gallery that is home for artists of all colors and all backgrounds and all means. Casa Frela is the little lighthouse on the battered shores of a hostile sea. Despite the weather, she helps shine the light on future possibilities.

Ricardo Muñiz

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Chit Chat 2015:

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 06, 2015 09:31 pm - (1626 Reads)
In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT™ 2015 Chit Chats with Harlem artist Alex Von:

HAWT: What is one piece of advice you've received as an artist that still remains with you?

AV: Paint from your heart

HAWT: What artist living or dead would be your dream collaborator?

AV: Albert Bierstadt

HAWT: What is your favorite part of your creative process when working on something new?

AV: When I let my hands perform magic

HAWT: What's one thing that has stood out to you about Casa Frela Gallery?

AV: Its freedom

HAWT: What was the moment you knew you had to pursue art professionally?

AV: After I went on a soul-searching trip to the west coast, I finally realised that without art I can't breathe

Personal Statement

I’m a Harlem-based artist that creates surrealist, expressionistic and native pieces of art. I love using heavy impasto brushstrokes with bright, deep colour and tones to show the evolution of human emotions. Since I was a child, I've always been fascinated by legends, maps, and landscapes. All three deeply influenced my art.

I paint because that’s what I was born to do. With art, I commune with my soul. Without it, I am incomplete.

HAWT 2015 Online Registration

Author: - Published Mon, May 04, 2015 10:23 pm - (1429 Reads)
Letter to the Artists!
Dear Friends,

I want to thank everyone for participating in HAWT™ 2014. With your talent and contributions we produced our most amazing art tour to date. And, the exciting news is now the infrastructure for 2015 is already in place.

The HAWT 2015 landing page is up and running at www.casafrela.com/HAWT
Save the date cards have been produced and have been going out.
Support from local officials and community organizations is being secured
An app for 2015 has been created and will be launched

Now it’s time for us to come together to create momentum that will establish HAWT™ as a premier event of this fall’s art season. I would like to set a collective goal to increase public’s awareness of the dynamic community of artists that exists in Central Harlem.

First and foremost, we need artists to register. Upon securing your spot in HAWT, Casa Frela will be committed to promoting your name and art through the website and all of our social media outlets. We want to keep our followers and the media informed of your work. We need your direct action in order to achieve this. Your registration is essential to building the website. We want visitors to see YOU when they come to the HAWT™ website.

GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS:

Online registration: https://casafrela.com/HAWT2015Registration by June 26, 2015
· 2.5” x 3.5” image (jpg format, 300 dpi) ( 2MB max)
· Artist bio (30 words or less)
· Artist statement (30 words or less)
· Contact information
· Fee: Base price $50 , Premier price $200 (4/7 spots remain)

The Art tour is taking place October 15th – 18th, kicking off with our second annual HAWT™ Couture Fashion Show Thursday night on Oct 15th. This is followed by the Artists Reception on Friday night the 16th, and the art tour will be held on Saturday the 17th, and Sunday the 18th from 12pm to 6pm both days.

Once you register you will be added to the HAWT™ 2015 website, app and social media updates. My hope is that HAWT™ will gain the recognition of a larger demographic which should bring greater traffic to your venues. Don’t wait - secure your spot today in HAWTTM 2015! Contact me at 212-722-8577 with questions and ideas.

I am confident as we pool the talent, energy and resources of our community HAWT™ 2015 will exceed well beyond our imagination. The team at Casa Frela is here to support in anyway that we can.

In the HAWT Seat

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, Apr 01, 2015 07:20 am - (1804 Reads)
HAWT2014 by CSR
I made my way down 119th Street on a golden Sunday in October for HAWT™ 2014. It was the first time my friends and I attended the event. We started at Casa Frela. Lawrence Rodriguez was waiting on his stoop greeting visitors. His warmth and style won us over instantly. Once inside we met a diverse group of artists who were on hand to talk about their art.

We took in fashionable knitwear, photography, whimsical moving pieces and thought provoking sculpture. We bought pure, handcrafted soaps and had a taste of gourmet food. Casa Frela showcased a fine sampling of what Central Harlem offers. With guides in hand we set out on the trail. We couldn’t wait to find the brownstones and shops with the bedazzled pink foot print marking it has a HAWT spot.
Our first stop was The Walter Miller III Memorial Garden.

Its a delicate green space with funky, urban details. The hive master was so sweet as he handed out pieces of honeycomb along with answers to all our questions about the 75,000 bees.

We then turned the corner and made our way in and out of the galleries of 120th Street. The block is dotted with eclectic galleries. HAWT enables one entrance into this diverse art scene made up of long time Harlem residents and artists from around the world living and creating in Harlem.

They warmly welcomed us into their galleries and invited visitors into normally private spaces. We had a sense of great fortune upon entering these elegant, historic brownstones. We could feel the vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance that took place within these homes.
Among the spots we visited, Heath Gallery was a standout. Seeing this collection of outsider art was one of our HAWT™ highlights. The artist was on hand to discuss his work. Mr. Heath does not post the titles of his pieces. When we would ask for a name he would ask us what for out interpretations. A wonderfully intimate art experience.

After a couple of hours of touring we landed to Il Caffe Latte for lunch and some of the very best coffee in New York. And of course, more art. The cafe has the honor of showcasing the emerging artists’ work.

After a day of strolling through this magical area of Harlem we felt we had been transported to another time and place. We came away with an entirely new perspective of this part of the city and plan on checking in on this art destination throughout the year.

By CSR

Chit Chat 2015:

Author: - Published Mon, Mar 23, 2015 09:30 pm - (1459 Reads)

In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT™ 2015 Chit Chats with Harlem artist Chante Ramsey:
HAWT: How has your art evolved over the past few years?

CR: Over the years, I've become more aware and appreciative of the balance of light, the art of waiting for the moment before taking a shot and taking chances with angles. In 2011, I became serious about my craft. When I look back at my earlier photos, I'm amazed at how far I've come and with more growth ahead.

HAWT: Do you have a specific intention as to what your art speaks, or do you leave that to the eye of the beholder?

CR: When I frame a shot I want it to tell a million stories not just one so that when one sees what I've captured they see something different every time.


HAWT: What media was your first, and then how did you morph into the others?

CR: My initial tool of expression was poetry. I was a poet for many years before picking up a camera. To set the stage of a scene or an emotion through words was challenging but I enjoyed tackling. It's a gift to be able to use words to transform a equally powerful visual. Through life experiences, I began to use photography as another form of expression of a moment and simultaneously to invoke an emotion.

HAWT: What's your favorite spot in Harlem?

CR: The place will always be my absolute favorite go-to spot is the Shrine ( http://www.shrinenyc.com). When I started frequenting Harlem when I was a cultural arts promoter, I felt at home every time I stopped by the Shrine. I've been a patron since they opened back in 2007 and continue to return for the warm embraces, epic music performances from rock to soul to so much more, the food (very healthy selections btw) and the ambiance.

HAWT: How did you first learn about Casa Frela Gallery and HAWT™?

CR: I heard about the gallery through Riley/Land Gourmet Pantry (http://www.riley-land.com/), a vendor at one of the gallery's many events. I attended to support a friend and from my talk with Lawrence Rodriguez I gained so much more insight than I ever imagined about the depths of Harlem's art culture. Truly amazing!


About
Chante Ramsey’s artistic portfolio is an eclectic assemblage of vibrant portraiture, architectural, and
urban/natural landscapes. Her work has been featured at local NYC venues including Barbara Campbell’s
boutique in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and at the Casa Frela Gallery in Harlem, NY. She is also the curator
of the T’Arts Artist Talk With Tea and Buyers Delight events series. Chante, a Brooklyn native, desires to showcase the world’s beauty through her lens.

Chit Chat 2015

Author: - Published Sat, Mar 21, 2015 11:46 pm - (1339 Reads)
In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT™ 2015 Chit Chats with Harlem’s Heaven Hats by Evetta Petty:
HAWT: What artist living or dead would be your dream collaborator?

EP: Keith Haring

HAWT: What is your favorite part of your creative process when working on something new?

EP: Since my art is wearable art, it is choosing fabric and trims.

HAWT: What's one thing that has stood out to you about Casa Frela Gallery?

EP: Warm and inviting.

HAWT: While creating, what are TWO things you cannot go without? Art supplies excluded!

EP: Stand up comedy in the background.

HAWT: Any thoughts about the Fashion Scene in Harlem?

EP: It is exciting to be a part of a very creative fashion movement that is all about individual style.

Chit Chat with David Acala

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Mar 13, 2015 11:51 pm - (1010 Reads)
In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT2015 Chit Chats with Harlem designer David Acala (Daturday Dapper Clothing for Men and Women).
HAWT: What artist living or dead would be your dream collaborator?

DA: A few are gone, but Mayo Angelo and Frida Kahlo. Though I'll be interested in collaborating with Ralph Lauren and Prince Charles.

HAWT: What artist out of the artists from HAWT 2013 would be your dream collaborator?

DA: I'm not sure whose on the list.

HAWT: What is your favorite part of your creative process when working on something new?

DA: Excitement.

HAWT: What's one thing that has stood out to you about Casa Frela Gallery?

DA: The atmosphere.

HAWT: While creating, what are TWO things you cannot go without? Art supplies excluded!

DA: My meditation and heart.

HAWT: What was the moment you knew you had to pursue art professionally?

DA: After getting laid off from MCI WorldCom.

HAWT: Who's been your biggest art influence? (doesn’t have to be an actual artist)

DA: Gracie Boggs, and Angela Davis.

HAWT: What's your favorite spot in Harlem?

DA: The Harlem Library and the MIST.

HAWT: What's your favorite aspect of Harlem?

DA: The different cultural experiences.

HAWT: What has been one of your favorite moments from HAWT 2014?

DA: Not sure.

HAWT: How has your art evolved over the past few years?

DA: It became more conscious.

HAWT: What are some of the things/people/events, etc., that inspire you the most and why?

DA: I love life and everything around me inspires me. And just those elements alone drive me to become creative every moment.

HAWT: How do you, as an artist, represent Harlem?

DA: I love Harlem and what the area has to offer.

HAWT: How did you first learn about Casa Frela Gallery and HAWT™?

DA: Lawrence.

HAWT: When you create, do you usually work on a piece in one sitting to completion, or can you put it down and pick it up again at a later time?

DA: When I create each peace of a master piece, by thinking of concepts and colors.

HAWT: If you were commissioned to create a piece for a Harlem-based business or organization, which business or organization do you feel would be the best fit for your esthetic?

DA: H&M, Harlem Haberdashery, and Ashley Stuart.

HAWT: In which Harlem venue would you like to be presented for HAWT™ 2014?

DA: H&M, and Harlem Library.

HAWT: If you were to speak to children about the art of creation, what's the most important thing you'd want to impart?

DA: To be true and work hard.

HAWT: Do you have a specific intention as to what your art speaks, or do you leave that to the eye of the beholder?
DA: No intentions, because art is subjective. And that it's good material.

HAWT: Do you have a specific time or day that's most conducive to creating?

DA: No. I love art and inspired to create all the time.

HAWT: I see you utilize quite a variety of materials in your artwork. What draws you to those materials?

DA: I just like different and bazaar things. And so it's the reason I use crazy looking materials.

HAWT: You have quite an eclectic collection, spanning many different media - painting, poetry & prose, fabric arts, jewelry and much more. Do any of those art forms tug at you more than others?

DA: Not really. Because I put 100% in all the pieces.

HAWT: What media was your first, and then how did you morph into the others?

DA: Fabric, beads, paint and neutral colors.

HAWT: Can you take me through your process of one of your creations, from idea to inception?

DA: I thought of the 60's, 70's and fun.


Chit Chat with Dari Mohr

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, Mar 04, 2015 08:29 pm - (1097 Reads)
In the spirit of giving you a glimpse into the life of an artist, we take a candid look into their background, personality and process. This week HAWT2015 Chit Chats with Harlem artist / designer Dario Mohr:
HAWT: What artist living or dead would be your dream collaborator?

DM: Dali

HAWT: What artist out of the artists from HAWT 2013 would be your dream collaborator?

DM: I would need to get to know the artists and what they are about.

HAWT: What is your favorite part of your creative process when working on something new?

DM: Brainstorming and finding interesting ways to incorporate disparate ideas into a dense sound work of art

HAWT: What's one thing that has stood out to you about Casa Frela Gallery?

DM: The openness and welcome atmosphere and of of course, the tea

HAWT: While creating, what are TWO things you cannot go without?

DM:Art supplies excluded! Depending on the subject i may need to refer to the internet for some basis or fleshing out of my idea. Thats about it really.

HAWT: What was the moment you knew you had to pursue art professionally?

DM: Since i was about 6 i was going to pursue comic design and cartooning to have my own comic universe and animation network of my originally designed characters and storylines. Then I studied fine art in high school and college and have yet to deviate from a professional career in the arts yet.

HAWT: Who's been your biggest art influence? (doesn’t have to be an actual artist)

DM: Main influences in fine art: Dali, Van Gogh, Michael Hussar, Jean Singer Sergeant, etc. Animation: John Kricfalusi, John Dilworth, Ralph Bakshi, Joe Murray and of course Bill Plympton. In Fashion I have been inspired by Marvel comic characters, Alexander McQueen the Dogon Tribe, etc.

HAWT: What's your favorite spot in Harlem?

DM: My studio. then Id say the Studio Museum

HAWT: What's your favorite aspect of Harlem?

DM: The potential and the drive people have to maintain what Harlem is about as gentrification changes it.


HAWT: How has your art evolved over the past few years?

DM: I have transitioned from painting on canvas to surfaces such as tables, piano, and clothing leading to the fashion alter ego Daft Minerva (which shares my initials) I also branched into graphic design specializing in logos and digital art creating and exhibiting under the alias Apophenic Graphics which is mainly political in nature. This digital art direction lead to BuddhaHood, a line of graphic apparel and knit BuddhaHats.

HAWT: What are some of the things/people/events, etc., that inspire you the most and why?

DM: People who try to surprise themselves with what they can do next. Constantly reinventing and reinterpreting things.

HAWT: How do you, as an artist, represent Harlem?

DM: I am a visual artist with many series representing people of african decent as well as a collaborative T shirt line with Darryl Collins called Moor-Ology: Native Tags representing the sovereign nations founded by people of african decent around the world. and curator CEO and Founder of AnkhLave Mind Media presenting events such as the Annual Unsung Heroes Award Ceremony and a Bi Annual NYFW show in collaboration with D'Evolution Productions. We organzine these shows to showcase, honor and celebrate local talent in our community.

HAWT: How did you first learn about Casa Frela Gallery and HAWT™?

DML I saw the gallery through a gallery directory online and liked it on Facebook. I also had a thanksgiving dinner with a friend Carolyn and and met the curator Lawrence there.

HAWT: When you create, do you usually work on a piece in one sitting to completion, or can you put it down and pick it up again at a later time?

DM: I prefer to work and complete a piece in one sitting. I don't like to work on a piece for too long as i have too may ideas, but i have yet to leave a piece unfinished and have over a thousand finished paintings and over two thousand original cartoons. I can't help but get them done.

HAWT: If you were commissioned to create a piece for a Harlem-based business or organization, which business or organization do you feel would be the best fit for your esthetic?

DM:The Studio Museum. I have submitted to their residency program.

HAWT: In which Harlem venue would you like to be presented for HAWT™ 2014? The Alex Adam Gallery

HAWT: If you were to speak to children about the art of creation, what's the most important thing you'd want to impart?

DM: To keep questioning your self and your intensions as you create as you will dig deeper and challenge yourself further as you create. Keep asking why and seek to widen your understanding of your voice.

HAWT: Do you have a specific intention as to what your art speaks, or do you leave that to the eye of the beholder?

DM: I have specific intensions with both deliberate and subconscious voices showcased in the realm of spirituality. My most recent series is an exploration in the human figure, Chakras and sacred geometry to exemplify varying dimensions of consciousness.

HAWT: Do you have a specific time or day that's most conducive to creating?

DM: Anytime. When I have the time I create all day with a gym or bike riding break.

HAWT: I see you utilize quite a variety of materials in your artwork. What draws you to those materials?

DM: I see myself creating visual statements out of most things. I went through a phase creating assemblages and that really pushed me beyond my box at the time.

HAWT: You have quite an eclectic collection, spanning many different media - painting, poetry & prose, fabric arts, jewelry and much more. Do any of those art forms tug at you more than others?

DM: Fine Art is the foundation of all of my work.

HAWT: What media was your first, and then how did you morph into the others?

DM: Illustration (Cartoons, Comic Art), Painting, mixed media, and various other fine art mediums, assemblage, street art and graffiti, graphic design, fashion, jewelry

HAWT: Can you take me through your process of one of your creations, from idea to inception?

DM: I get a revelation or something inspiring associated to a half baked idea and i flesh it out. Depending on how innovative it is and how many other artwork ideas are generating my enthusiasm will execrate and in turn so does the process of creation.