METAPHYSICAL UNIVERSES BY WILEY WALLACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wiley Wallace is a rare Arizona-native breed. After receiving his bachelor’s in inter-media arts at ASU, he left for California masters in fine arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. Wallace encapsulates the metaphysical world for us in his elaborate artwork. He gets most of his inspiration from his three kids who make appearances in most of his pieces. Connected by wires, signals, and satellites, his creative works are metaphysical representations of his children connected to another universe.

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MIND BLOWING SCIENTIFIC DIAGRAMS BY DANIEL MARTIN DIAZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Based in Tucson, Arizona, Daniel Martin Diaz is a fine artist with an insatiable curiosity to explore the mysteries of life and science. Diaz has designed artwork for large public art projects in the US and has won many awards such as a gold and platinum record designed for Atlantic Records.

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“Over the past few years, I have become immersed in scientific and philosophical concepts, such as Anatomy, Computer Science, Math, Cosmology, Biology, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness. I have been particularly fascinated with scientific diagrams, which explain theories and properties through imagery. Although these rudimentary images are without any leanings towards aesthetics, I find them to be beautiful, though that is not the intention. All of the projects I have created begin as drawings, which I feel has a beauty and intimacy that painting cannot capture. The subtle lines that graphite creates, and the quickness in which one can capture an idea makes this medium alluring.” Daniel Martin Diaz

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El Mac’s New Mural and Aerosol Art Show in Mesa, AZ

Miles “El Mac” MacGregor was commissioned to paint a two story mural at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona in honor of the museum’s 10th anniversary.
photo credit: Lynn TrimbleEl Mac’s second mural in Arizona is devoted to longtime friends, Karen and Ariel Bracamonte who are expecting their first child May 11th. Mac will be their son’s godfather. The expected birth of the child comes two days before the May 13th opening of his show also featured at the museum,
“EL MAC: Aerosol Exalted.”
The 35 foot mural portrays Karen Bracamonte looking down upon a red rose held between her hands. The artwork surrounding the top portion of Karen’s head was painted by local Mesa tattoo and graffiti artist, Mando Rascon. In standard El Mac fashion, the mural is more than just a beautiful image of a woman, it represents the deeper layers of humanity found in Karen, who immigrated from Guatemala 10 years ago, and in recurring issues of immigration in the US, and Arizona in particular. “I painted an image of an immigrant who’s participating here and adopting aspects of American culture,” says El Mac.  Staying true to his roots, in 2015, Mac traveled to Cambodia with artist, David Choe’s foundation “Igloo Hong” where his mural of a local seamstress who hand makes traditional Cambodian tapestries, caused controversy and immediate removal by the Cambodian government. Though the mural was painted over quickly afterwards, the image and symbolism made an impact on Cambodian citizens demanding the freedom of artistic expression.
The portraits of Aerosol Exalted stay true to Mac’s intention and unique graffiti style of providing a voice to people and places often silenced or ignored. The show inside the museum, Aerosol Exalted, features the artist’s latest body of work that originated at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 2015. 

EL MAC: Aerosol Exalted

“It’s all about love. And Phoenix needs all the love it can get.”

“NUESTRA GENTE”, NEWEST MURAL BY EL MAC IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

by Ariadna Zierold

El Mac recently stopped by Phoenix in Arizona a few monthas ago where he created this large-scale mural entitled “Nuestra Gente” (Our People).

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The background designs around the face were painted by Mando Rascón, and the outer images on the ends of the mural were painted by Pablo Luna.

Mando and Pablo were known in the 90s as pioneers of graffiti in Phoenix. Pablo began painting graffiti in the early 80s and became one of Phoenix’s most prolific painters, while Mando perfected a style of intricate lettering that was unique and influential.

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The American artist painted the center-part which is featuring a beautiful portrait painted with his signature striation technique.

DATE FARMERS ART STUDIOS launches: COACHELLA WALLS at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival

There’s more to this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival than any other year.  The difference being the launch of a community  revitalization project called “Coachella Walls” in conjunction to the Music festival.  Organized by Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, the “arts driven community revitalization project” aims to beautify the downtown area with some of the most talented and recognized artists in the world.  The list of contemporary artists/muralists include: The Date Farmers (Coachella), El Mac (Arizona), Nunca (Brazil), Estevan Oriole (Los Angeles), Saner (Mexico), Andrew Hem (Cambodia), Liqen (Spain), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles), Sego (Mexico), The Phantom (Los Angeles), Eye One (Los Angeles), Jim Darling (Texas), and more.  It also aims to raise awareness for the Eastern Coachella Valley community and dedicates the project “to the anonymous farm worker.” True to the aims of the project, El Mac’s recent mural just completed this week reflects exactly that:

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Three more murals are underway from  Date Farmers depicting two farm workers marching by a car, one by Nunca, and one by Cambodian American artist Andrew Hem.

In addition to the Coachella Murals, the Date Farmers have organized a group show at their studio, on view through April 27, featuring works by the participating artists of the ‘Coachella Walls’.

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Rose Bowl? We tried, but it is just not the same without the Pac 10

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Look, TCU vs Wisconsin is fine and dandy, but wouldn’t we all rather see Pac 10 vs the Big Ten, as in, USC vs Michigan, or UCLA vs Wisconsin? Why are we so hell-bent to ruin tradition in this country? Like the Rose Bowl didn’t make money before, and if for some reason it stopped making money then it has nothing to do with football but crappy business moves on behalf of corporate morons. Look at Wall Street II, everything you need to know about the world is in Gordon Gekko and Shia Labeouf.

Let’s get the American traditions back in order. Let’s keep the World Series in October, let’s not have Arizona and Florida hockey teams, and let’s have the Rose Bowl back to normal.

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