Nadia Asencio: Joan of Art

Nadia Asencio is a Cuban-American artist, playwright, and US Army veteran based in Harlem, NYC. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, her unique expression in the visual and performing arts combines elements of her Euro-Caribbean roots with street art, expressionism, pop art, and the abstract to evoke both introspection and social consciousness as it applies to female gender roles and the feminine psyche. She is represented by Saphira & Ventura Gallery, NYC.

I See You: Padhia on Learning to Unfuk Yourself, Using Art as an Outlet, and Being Who you were Before the Stuff that Dimmed Your Shine [California Summer Series]

In part two of the California Summer series, TK Mills talks with Padhia, the creator of Unfuk Yourself – a philsophy, an art style, and an identity. Unfuk Yourself is not easily described. An ethos that fluctuates between punk-rock rebellion and deep meditative self-reflections, Unfuk Yourself began in 2012 as a blog and grew into a viral trend, a brand, a philosophy, an art style, and an identity – or in the words Padhia, the creator: “It’s about the triumph of the human spirit and what we're actually capable of, if we have the right perspectives and hope.”

Chaos & Grace: Thrashbird on the State of Street Art, Billboard Takeovers, and Doing Illegal Shit

A Q&A with Los Angeles’ most infamous street artist, Thrashbird. The discussion covers everything from social media ruining art to the story of his first billboard takeover. "Basically, I want to leave people with one thing. If you’re getting into street art, and your sole purpose, your dominant priority, is to sell art work… then get the fuck out. If you want to be a street artist… you’d better get outside and do some illegal shit."

The Rogue ·

A storm warning crackled on the radio. I tried to listen, but it cut in and out of white noise. I slammed my hand on the dash. It didn’t help – the speakers were shot. The Rogue, my faithful highway companion, was beat. Not even five-years old, the car had mileage. I let the static be. I didn’t need a warning. I could see the dark clouds on the Kansas horizon. ‘The Wraith,’ ‘Blue Bullet,’ ‘Teardrop,’ – names my high school friends gave it. Nothing stuck quite like ‘The Rogue.’

A Storm in Staten Island’s Artist Alley: Climate Change Ain’t Nothin’ to Mess With

One mural in particular has taken the world by storm. ‘Climate Change Ain’t Nothing to Mess With’ went viral across the internet for its image of a weather advisory, warning of impending hurricane Wu. Designed by Staten artist Cody Prez and curated by Tariq Zaid of RHC, the mural is part of a community initiative to raise awareness around social issues and Staten’s art scene.

The Grit & The Glam: Dual Art Exhibit by Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion

[Press Release] The Grit & The Glam is an exploration into the duality of beauty, a showcase of Bella and Mastrion’s individual styles that contrast and complement one another. As street artists, Lexi and Danielle have been transforming rusted gates and old brick walls into works of art for over a decade. With The Grit & The Glam, the artists translate these experiences onto the canvas. Conceptually, the show focuses on juxtapositions of beauty; between urban and natural, decay and revival, abstraction and realism, grit and glamour. Building off one another’s strengths, Lexi and Danielle navigate layers of meaning within their art.
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