Like most of you…I drove, or walked, pass the VMFA a million times since October saying, “Yo…I have to check out the Chihuly exhibit…someday.” Well, I started with having, what seem to be, an eternity to, “Oh snap…it’s the last weekend.” Should I go and fight the crowd or sit this one out? I decided to break out the camera and hit the last Saturday of the exhibit. I’m so glad I did. Everyone in RVA should have seen this exhibit and judging by the very impressive numbers of the VMFA (nearly 16,000) so many of you did.
What impressed me the most about the exhibit was the imagination. Art takes all forms. With Chihuly, his work can never be put in a box because as soon as you do – he can change it up. It’s awesome. It’s freedom.
According to the RTD: “Chihuly proved to be a boon for the museum. Memberships reached nearly 40,000 — it was at about the same level during the Picasso exhibit at the VMFA in 2011 — and the Museum Shop had record sales in November, December and January.” I saw the Picasso exhibit (again on the last weekend), and I would say Chihuly was even more impressive. I know it’s not exactly comparing apples to apples but my read of the “Cheats Wow Factor”…Chihuly was a wow on the highest level.
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First and foremost S/O to my brother Mike Kemetic. If your not reading These RVA Streets…you’re are missing out. With that I ran into Ed Trask at the Richmond Folk Fest a few weeks back and he told me about some of the new murals he was planning to work on….fast forward a few weeks and his new baby is done. Check out the dopeness that is now on 18th and Broad St. Ed did this mural with Brazilian muralist Nadya Niehues Becker, RVA’s Marshall Higgins, and some others. WE SEE IT!
When I heard that famed street artist JR created a new mural in DC dedicated to the civil rights movement, I knew I had to go and take it all in. But I couldn’t just take photos of the mural, I had to so something special for The Cheats Movement. I called up my brothers Nick Mastro (MastroTime Photography) and Barz Blackmon AKA Bar Codez (Photosynthesizers) and we took a trip to create something special. More about our video project coming next week. But I must say JR’s mural is well worth the trip up I-95. If you are in or near DC go check it out at the corner of 14th and T. Keep it locked on the blog for our new project. I have a good feeling about what we are creating. In the meantime, check out the behind the scenes photos from our adventure.
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RVA Mini Mag Street Heat is here! You can get it at West Coast Kix and all over Richmond. Go out and get that free mini mag asap. It will go fast and it is a collectors item. Yes, I said collectors item. It documents the transformational Style Wars Summer happening in this city. It’s a dope mag – more on that tomorrow. Today, I have a special treat for RVA Street Art fans. Inspired by the kids I saw at the G40 Art Summit and RVA Street Arts Festival with their own tag books. I decided to buy my own book and get it tagged up. Here are some of the photos in my personal Street Art Festival – The Cheats Movement Book of Tags.
Oh the power of Facebook –I’m so glad this portrait was finally found…according to Art 180′s Facebook status. Art 180: It was in the alley behind Grace St. in the fan. A friend of ART 180 left a message on Facebook letting us know where it was! Thank you!
My dude HAM is preparing to do it big at the upcoming RVA Street Art Festival this weekend – but in the meantime he finished up this new piece outside of his studio AKA Glide Skateboards HQ. Make sure you check HAM out this weekend.
If the arrival of Gaia to kick things off didn’t get you interested in the G40 Art Summit, I’m not sure what will. But here is another attempt. The amazing Pixel Pancho is killing his robots on Grace Street this weekend as a part of G40. The Italian artist does all types of work but told me yesterday that murals are where his heart is…check it out. Again, S/O to RVAMag and Art Whino for bringing this project to RVA.
What an amazing project! G40 is underway – again RVA Mag is driving this ship and you gotta give credit where it is due. Here are some of the final photos I took of Gaia. The mural is located at 11 West Grace Street. He is on his way down south, ATL, NOLA, and Memphis, before heading back to B-more. It was a great experience being able to photo this project. Like the Cheats Movement on FB for more…
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I think most people will agree that RVA is a close knit town — and that there are many positives (and negatives) about that aspect of our city. A positive is the close connection of talented people. Often I will be doing a project for The Cheats Movement and someone will ask, “have you seen my friend’s art work or have you heard my friend’s cd?” That is pretty normal and I love it. It is the best way to connect to what’s hot on the street.
Since I started this blog, the name Hamilton Glass has come up over and over from my friends and other artist. Though I was familiar with his mural work, I had never met HAM until a about a week ago. HAM’s talent is truly world class. I was instantly drawn in by the visual ascetic of his art and also the powerful messages he displays. I agreed that HAM would be perfect for a profile on the site but then I thought — PROFILES ARE NOT ENOUGH IN 2012.
I really want this site to be a part of RVA’s creative community. Instead of just profiles, I want to build real relationships with the talented people I highlight doing work in the city. So this post is just a start of my new goal.
HAM has blessed the site with a brand new 2012 logo and I will continue to highlight HAM’s work on this site. CHECKOUT HAM’S WEBSITE: www.whosham.com and hit him up for work.
Let me know what you think of the new logo by comment, facebook, twitter, or email. I want to know — and the first ever Cheats Movement stickers are coming later this month.
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This photo is a lot like life — there is some hearts, some smiles, and there is some dirt too. You have to make the best out of every situation. Things don’t always go as planned but stay positive – stay focused and wipe that dirt off. The light always breaks through in time! Also, Happy Birthday Momma Cheats!