Brian Fernandes-Halloran is an artist intent on creating compelling narratives, perceptions, and interactions. Brian’s most recent work uses sculpture and found objects to explore the nature of memory.
We're living in a New New York, and films set in this New New York have a gloss that I don't think is what the origin of film in New York is about. I'm not into nostalgia, or even that into tradition, but I am into ethos.
..dozens of pink two-liter water bottles hung above turntables on a raised stage. They bobbed and swayed throughout the day, hovering like an aquatic crown to the talented DJs and producers that helmed the decks..
He is a free agent, able to move about seamlessly though variant circles of contemporary art, both high and low. He seems to revel in movement, even though the things he references in his work are highly static and petrified.
I don’t want any fantasy in my images. I want viewers to look at the photos and see these beautiful people as they are.
It’s a form that exists in different worlds. It can be incredibly private but still reach a large audience. I can spend solitary hours in my Paper Cave, folding and gluing and sewing until the sun comes up - but the book also allows me to interact with a large community.
Most of my lyrics come from dreams and memories. For the EP, I went on a journey into the depths of my soul, pulled out pieces, and arranged them into these lyrical stories. Sometimes lyrics come first, sometimes music.
Michael Fasciano is a filmmaker and media strategist who recently completed his latest documentary, Hearts of Courage. The short film follows the medical group Team Heart. The film covers their mission and annual surgical trip to Rwanda.
You can be in the best physical condition, but if you cannot fund the expedition, you will stay home. You can have the best logistics on the starting line, if you are not physically prepared to survive in Antarctica, you will likely be home sooner than expected.
I wanted the film to be much more of a character piece than a broad statement regarding global issues of environmentalism. As a filmmaker, it’s great to see the film function in a variety of contexts and with a variety of messages depending on what perspective the viewer brings to the film.
"The Newspaperman," by its own admission, "...maybe the best example of what journalists can accomplish when given resources and encouraged to shoot for excellence."
Adam Ryder is a photographer and visual artist whose works are currently featured at UpriseArt. Michael Fasciano and Courtney Weinblatt recently visited Adam at his Studio in South Williamsburg, which is forged out of an old autobody shop.
A Portrait of Jackson Women, 20 Women Who Have Made A Difference originally began as a multimedia photography project combining portraits and audio interview of exceptional women from my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.
What we found was very violent, very powerful. I wanted the real thing. Not After Effects and postproduction. You don’t cheat.
Garth Stewart is a freshman at Columbia University. He is 23 and fought in the invasion of Iraq. This pod follows Garth as he speaks of his time in Iraq, his schoolwork, and his political aspirations. Frontrunner Magazine captures the inspiration of a budding politician.
Porches is Aaron Maine, a New York City transplant by way of Westchester. The songwriter lives with his musician girlfriend, Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos), and each contributes to the other’s musical projects.
Photographer Tristan Wheelock and illustrator David Hoskins teamed up to work on a series of photographs complemented by illustration.
PIXMA PRO City Senses installation of Canon PIXMA PRO printers producing the collection of intimate Coney Island moments, all shot by local photographers, Aaron Warkov and Robin Riley, and host Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead).
Andrew Piccone showcased a series of portraits of the protestors encompassing the early stages of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The morning of the show, the NY Metro Newspaper wrote a frontpage article criticizing Piccone for profiting from the protest.
I tend to look at things in a more abstract way. Even when I am using more representational imagery, I am thinking in abstract terms. For example, butterflies are viewed more as pieces of color and shapes.
There are still a few purists out there; those who consider the word “curator” to be earned rather than “assigned” by the quick shifts of social media algorithms or Twitter analytics.
It’s definitely engaged us with people that we didn’t expect to actually ever listen to our music. It’s been interesting what that’s created.
I’m interested in making things that are perfectly imperfect.
We believe Van’s story is extra poignant because she is an immigrant and came to the United States with the assumption that she would be working in a safe environment. Audiences are very inspired by Van’s journey, because she transforms from a nail salon worker to an advocate.
Months went by and we came to get beer or something. B. Thom asked to use the bathroom not knowing where it was. He opened the secret hatch, then came down here.
Frontrunner Gallery presented two Canadian born photographers, Erica Reade and Zyanna O’Connell, with an opening on March 24th showcasing work in their first collaborative show. The two Montreal photographers, now working full time in New York City, displayed a...
The true story of how one man defies critics to create change and bring human rights issues into the mainstream..
We would record the sound of a recycling bin for a kick drum, for example, or put the piano through a guitar amp and pedals, so that the sounds are familiar and organic but there’s something new about them.
We know that women’s bodies are very marketable. There is an innate power in women’s bodies, which has been distorted.
This is what I wanna do. This is what I want to pursue. This is what I want to perfect. It took a lot of steps, a lot of setbacks, a lot of growing, and a lot practice to get where I’m at. And I’m still trying to get better.
"I Will Never Stop" aims to portray ballet and modern dance as an unstoppable force set against a non traditional landscape, to make a hero of movement. THEJACKSFIRM discusses the first installment in a brand partnership with Rogue Fashion.
I made these masked geometric paintings based on collage and thought, “These are awesome.” Then I went to Holland for a month on a residency, came back and thought, “These are awful.” I started destroying them by wet-sanding them and I noticed what was happening.
I felt that I was turning myself inside-out, turning white-to-black and vice versa held strong symbolic meaning psychologically. I started to dream about the paintings. They came alive and communicated to me why they needed to exist.
I had this really inspiring night here in the studio and basically wrote seven songs in an hour and a half, but it took me two years to extract them and rewrite them and perfect them and put them into album form.
I have observed a human behavior that changes at the beach. There is something different about how we interact with each other there, especially how couples interact. I am looking for something specific that just does not happen on the subway or in a park.
Leslie Tai is a second-generation Chinese-American filmmaker. In her short documentary film, Grave Goods, the director pays homage to her grandmother with a sensitive reflection on mourning and remembrance.
It comes from a dark place, but when I’m making it, it’s a way for me to process. I’m laughing as I’m making it, but I’m being half-serious too. I think for me, it’s more about anger, venting and satire.
Birth of a Sport is documentary that chronicles the introduction of American Football to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
I'll never forget the feeling of driving through the oil fields at night for the first time. It was like an otherworldly invasion with lights from oil rigs beaming in distant wheat fields and flames bursting out of the ground.
“It reduces stress! Increases your metabolism! Detoxifies the body! Strengthens your immune system!” That alone was sort of interesting to me. Can it also ward off evil spirits? Prevent clumsiness? Make me appreciate jazz?
It’s crucial to me that what I offer to the viewer remains as open as it can be, open to interpretation and all sorts of feelings. All of my work is about that, about facilitating feelings and allowing the viewer to be responsive.
The Frontrunner Gallery presented its first opening on January 21st holding a fundraiser for the upcoming film, music, and dance production The Black Magic Piano. Over 100 attended, entertained by a lively ensemble of dancers, musicians, and films.
Matt Mignanelli is a modern painter. An Abstractionist, Mignanelli's paintings explore the relationship between structure and nature, employing gradating light and structural elements to create enigmatic environments. He draws inspiration from energy, pattern, light, and the industrial landscape.
It took time to build up the confidence to take pictures of people. I started out timid, shooting from the hip and hiding the camera. I hated that feeling - and the shots were terrible. But after a couple of weeks of studying and practicing in the city, it got easier.
I wanted to narrow down my ideas and push my patterns and lines to a minimal state while focusing on more movement within a still life. I continue to build on these ideas and I feel that my work is constantly evolving because I am constantly exploring.
The biggest challenge in making this documentary for the past two years has been figuring out how to gather the funds... I seemed to be stuck in a chicken-and-egg situation where I needed to show the film to receive funding, but I couldn't make the film without funding.
After an accident report obliges Luna to watch old security footage, she notices that Diego secretly likes to dance when he thinks nobody is watching, instigating a series of the two making pseudo-dance videos for each other to watch on the security camera, which they access through the use of the titular timecode.
As a black man in the United States he decided to turn his attention and focus towards challenging the traditions of popular culture while celebrating black culture and the black experience at the same time.
Brendan Jay Sullivan is a music producer, writer, and DJ known to his club going followers as DJ VH1. Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight were Sullivan's go-go dancers for two years, before they began incorporating Gaga's music into their dance-rock show.
Who would have guessed that a closet in a Greenpoint apartment would be a captivating way to show cutting-edge art, as well as bring together a supportive community of artists and art viewers?
I was looking for more of a material connection than I had personally felt with paint and with the rectangular image. But in the moment, it felt really spontaneous. Thread solved a lot of the problems I had in painting–formally. That is also why I ran with it. It forced me to slow down.
Living in Kansas was a hinderance at first, but being so separated from what I thought was the “place to be” in music pushed me to meet some people outside my sphere and get out of my comfort zone. The dynamic is so much different when you’re collaborating in person versus online. In person, picking up someone’s style, vibe, charisma, etc. is almost instantaneous.
Red Heaven is a feature documentary film that follows six people who volunteered to live in near isolation for a year, in a 1000 square foot dome on the slopes of the remote Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.