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Photographic Memory Draws Cityscape

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Stephen Wiltshire can draw a cityscape from memory. Don’t believe me? Watch this…

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Everybody Loves A Sneak Attack

Tonight’s opening of Sneak Attack at DisConnected Salon & Gallery, featuring Tocayo, Neko & Exist1981, generated quite the buzz. The place was packed and the alcohol was flowing. Being collaborators ourselves, seeing other artists work together is much appreciated. All three of these guys’ works complimented each other and worked well to create one giant piece of art. With more than half of the venue covered with their art, it was an eye full for everyone in the place.

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I Swear To Good You’re God At This

Holiday Matinee is a resource for everything creative. Viral videos, advertising and marketing, literature, film and travel. These guys know their stuff and are good friends. With friends come perks. Like getting inside of their “I Swear To Good You’re God At This” book release event at Basic, in Downtown San Diego.

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The venue was swank and free of charge. With a whole side of the bar open to the street, onlookers got a free show of what was happening inside. Sezio was there doing what they do best: being awesome and getting attention for it. With their own screen printing station, you could walk up, buy a shirt, and watch it dry in a matter of minutes. Which is awesome for those of us who find brilliance in the simple things.

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Pre-Show // Tocayo, Nico & Exist 1981

Tonight we got the chance to hang out with some of the most talented, and desired, artists in San Diego. Tocayo, Nico, and Exist1981 are all guys that you should know about, and we’re here to inform you. Currently, their working on a couple pieces at DisConnected Salon & Gallery in North Park. When we first showed up we were a little thrown back on the layout of the place. It looks more like a bar than a salon, but the atmosphere is definitely something that suites their artistic styles. This isn’t their first time working together. If you’ve been following our ventures, we shot some stuff at The BoatHouse earlier this month and all of these guys were there to take part.

Their show opens this Saturday, February 20th, at 7PM. Make sure to stop by and check things out. Their work will be on sale, piece by piece, so get what you can!

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Inspiration By Holiday Matinee

I frequent this blog daily. Now they have created their first book that is jammed packed with goodies. I will be attending the book release party at Basic, which is a beautifully designed lounge full of brick and a huge industrial size fan. Learn more at the Holiday Matinee blog and make sure to put them on your bookmark tab because they are rad!

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Matt Mahoney: The Cardboad Cowboy

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Matt Mahoney is my roomate and he’s not cool check this article that Bryan Bangerter wrote (another great friend of mine):

PLNU art major Matt Mahoney won first place in the North Park Nights Creative Cardboard Challenge last month.

North Park Nights, a non-profit community arts organization, recruited 14 local artists to create artwork and installations for their green challenge.

Artists used recyclable materials to create eco-friendly installations inside participating businesses. Each installation had to be made primarily of cardboard.

Juror Katherine Ortega selected Mahoney as the first-place winner Sept. 17. Mahoney’s exhibit, currently on display at the Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park, consists of more than 140 cardboard aquatic creatures.

PLNU art professor Lael Corbin encouraged Mahoney, a senior, to get involved in the contest. Elena Revellino, Sea Rocket general manager and co-owner, asked Mahoney to create an installation using objects that are usually thrown out.

“Matt came in and learned about our concept as a restaurant, keeping in mind the North Park theme of being environmentally friendly,” said Revellino.

Mahoney did most of his work in his senior art space in the basement of Cabrillo Hall. Mahoney spent the summer interning with Jim Skalman, the art department chair, as well as working on personal projects like the challenge.

Mahoney began “going at it hard” the night that he was accepted, he said. He researched the aesthetics of local fish, how they school and where they swim. Mahoney put in between 10 and 15 hours each day for a month, molding cardboard and duct tape into an assortment of fish that are native to the Southern Pacific.

With the help of curator Lea Dennis, each of the fish was suspended with fishing wire from the restaurant ceiling. Patrons can spot fish such as albacore, sea bass, yellowtail barracuda and opah, as well as a seven-foot Mako shark and a blue shark.

“It’s interesting that all 140 or so of them are suspended from the roof,” said Mahoney. “This was something that I had never done before.”

Mahoney was delighted to win the challenge, he said.

“I think my parents were way more excited then I was,” said Mahoney. “But it felt good to be acknowledged and was a good opportunity to get myself out there, whether I can be making stuff or observing others.”

PLNU student Kaley Hearnsberger said she appreciated the recycling aspect of the installation, as well as its artistic merit.

“He’s turning trash into treasure,” said Hearnsberger, who was in attendance at the September opening. “It’s cool to see someone using what we waste constructively, using what we have and not creating more waste.”

Revellino said many Sea Rocket patrons are fans of the work. The restaurant incorporates the use of local foods, with an emphasis on local, fresh seafood.

“His concept to feature local fish, it was just amazing to see how he related to what we serve,” said Revellino. “Lots of people think we should keep it up forever.”

Read the rest of this article on The Point Weekly

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Tocayo At The BoatHouse

Being a Creative Casualty, we get to hang out with some of the coolest people in the San Diego area. Last night we got the chance to hang out with Tocayo and learn a bit about his processes. He’s got work all over San Diego. If you haven’t been to El Camino Restaurant yet throw down whatever you’re doing right now and head over there because this place is full of Tocayo’s work.

Not originally from California, he spent most of his younger years in Hialeah, Florida. Which makes the world a whole lot smaller because Michael, one half of the Casualties, is also from Florida just 20 minutes away from where Tocayo started his initial work.

Check out some of the photos we grabbed of him.

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Check out a video of Tocayo doing work to El Camino below.

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At The BoatHouse

We spent the majority of our day hanging out with the guys over at Sezio watching these artists paint. This is a big deal. Some of the most legit and well known artists from the San Diego area have come together to produce one huge collaborative piece for the masses to enjoy. Check out some of the photos we shot from today.

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You probably have a lot of stuff to do with your time. But then again, you probably don’t have THAT much stuff to do. We’ve done a lot of work for our good friends over at Sezio.org. Whether you have time or not, you have to go visit them and come out to their events and hang with us. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.

Sezio is a non-profit artists’ organization.

We provide resources, exposure and community support to artists and musicians through a variety of new media, events, retail and community programs.

(via sezio.org)

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