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Artist Spotlight: Kevin Obregon

Posted in Artists, Spotlight, videos with tags , , on September 10, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Kevin Obregón and I am a painter, sculptor, writer, photographer, musician, artist advocate, performance artist (live paintings), muralist and organizer. I am a fifth-generation Texan from San Antonio. Out of High School, I was studying to be a doctor, as a Biology major with an art & jazz minor, with the idea that I was going to be a medical illustrator, since I was drawing photo-realistically since I was in Jr. High. It didn’t take too long to figure out I was not only barking up the wrong tree, but that once I embraced the idea of working large, I was doing something more physically and psychically rewarding. But still, one New Years day 1988, I chose to move to Dallas to study visual communications where I received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Dallas and began honing my talents and began working on my skills as a designer. After working in positions ranging from Creative Director for a video game company to set designing to writing copy for advertising, I decided to launch myself into the realm of being a professional full-time fine artist.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I am inspired by everything, really. Overheard conversations (even those lip-read), the way shadows play upon textures, the synchronous and serendipitous placement of everyday objects seen only if your eyes are trained to recognize their rarefied state. Of course, I am also inspired by the female form, totemic creatures, and the spontaneity of life. I love to take pictures & carry my camera with me always in order to capture these elements as they are brought before me, so photography helps me to what can best be described as time travel – through strong sense memory.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

Since the age of 2 years, I was drawing more than speaking, perhaps due to the fact that since birth, I had problems with my hearing. I had my own design firm while still in high school, designing logos, T-shirts and album covers – even redesigned my drum section’s marching band uniforms to a more sleek, corp-style of apparel. I took up painting seriously in 1994, starting with photo realism again, but I eventually expanded my interests beyond painting into mixed media, assemblage, small sculptures and then began applying how music can affect its execution. After moving to Little Forest Hills – a highly creative enclave of artists and musicians in east Dallas, I was selected to be on the steering committee for the White Rock Lake Artist’s Studio Tour, which at the time, was in it’s 12th year of operation. It wasn’t until after opening my studio up to the public & started painted before a live audience (after suffering a bit of performance anxiety, I admit), that I realized that the general public is enthralled by watching art being made. I hadn’t realized at the time just how moved people were – and contrary to what many artists might think, the notion of “demystifying” the art-making process in front of someone doesn’t actually reveal many trade secrets (although it can, artist’s should be wary of doing so), but it “re-mystifies” the ideals behind being an artist and that to make something look easy can floor people. Hence, I began to paint before larger audiences and eventually figured out that the relationship people have with art is enhanced when they invest in the moment of its creation. Once people invest in the moment, they are more likely to develop a relationship with not only the artist, but the artist’s work. There’s now a story behind the art and not merely a “product”, devoid of real-world narrative.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I want to simply make art in whatever form I feel expresses it best.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I am interested in cultural anthropology through murals & graffiti, social injustices, quantum jumping & theories revolving around the theory of holographic frequencies & interference as it pertains to alternate realities. I love the idea of love, as well.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I had seen a group of artists making art as part of the “I Am Here” show at the Southside on Lamar near downtown Dallas. It reaffirmed how people respond to artists making art in contrast to artists showing finished art. Both of which are just as valid, but have very difference visceral residues from the art viewer. Since then, I have observed ALM and participated in a few other events, the most recent of which was their second annual “Underground” show – also at Southside on Lamar in February of 2011.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

www.sites.google.com/site/kevinobregon

How can someone contact you?

Since I;m hearing impaired, e-mail or facebook are the easiest.

My e-mail address is: KevinObregon@hotmail.com

and my facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/kevin.obregon

Artist Spotlight: Bianca Elise

Posted in Artists, Spotlight with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

Hi, I’m  Bianca Elise Figurative painter. Studier of life and all things feminine.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I remember idolizing my mother as a child, her makeup, shoes, perfume and clothing. Her ultra feminine ways  inspired me then, and I’m continually inspired by women Now!

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I’ve drawn since before I could remember. I’ve always been attracted to feminine beauty, especially faces. As a child you could always find me drawing pictures of ballerinas, or trying to reproduce the women’s faces from my mother’s magazines in graphite on sheets of notebook paper. I would study the women’s clothing, bodies, and faces and would try to figure out what made them beautiful and worthy of being printed on such glossy sheets of paper.
At the age of thirteen I was accepted to Douglas Anderson School Of The visual and performing Arts. Its curriculum was quite similar to Dallas’ Booker T. Washington.  I learned to paint at DASOTA. And, for the last 15 years acrylic paints have been my medium of choice. Acrylics fit my personality perfectly as they dry relatively quickly!

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I enjoy people, art and travel. I wish to ultimately combine these three loves by teaching art workshops abroad for teenagers and adults. Art has impacted my life most greatly at these ages!
And a solo show in London or France would be very nice too!!

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I’m a nomad I get this from my father, I’m sure. I love spending time with friends/family in unexpected places like Canada, or heading home to Florida, or visiting my old stumping grounds in San Diego. As long as there’s great conversation, friends, family or food, I’m there! And if all else fails a great biography or a book on psychology works too. I guess you can say I’m really intrigued by people.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first participating experience with ALM was girlShow, of course! There were over 70 talented,  creative, and artistic Women there performing live! I was so honored to be included.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

You could see more of my works at http://BiancaEliseDesigns.com

Or by adding me on FaceBook: Bianca Elise Art

How can someone contact you?

I can be contacted via Email at: BiancaElise83@gmail.com or Mobile: 904-233-2976
I’m also in the process of moving into my new studio in Oak Cliff. In the coming weeks feel free to visit me there,  Mon- Thurs 10am – 6pm, or by appointment at:
115 South Tyler Street,Dallas, TX 75208

Kevin Obregon at Underground 2011

Posted in Artists, Community, Magic, Shows, Spotlight, videos with tags , , , , on February 14, 2011 by artlovemagic

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7 Questions for Jason Ice

Posted in Artists, Community, Spotlight with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by artlovemagic

posted by Michael Lagocki

Jason Ice’s first ArtLoveMagic show will be January 30th’s UNDERGROUND. He’s a Dallas based artist you should know, one that founding partner David Rodriguez  and I have been geeking out on for about the last year or so.  We kept seeing his work pop up in various shows and always found ourselves talking about it, and the prospect of working with him.

In an effort to whet your appetite for Underground, I wanted to post interviews with a few of the shows’ artists and performers.  Jason was a natural first choice.

Why do you do Art? What types of subjects are you thinking about today, this week, now, that you want to make art about?
Jason- I originally did art because it was an outlet. I didn’t grow up with a lot of stuff as a kid, so I had to make my entertainment. Art kept my attention as a kid. I still use art today as an outlet and therapy to keep myself sane. Lately I have been wanting to be more socially aware with my work, but I have never made art for these reasons. I make art for me. It is a sweet bonus that other people like my art! I always saw myself as a street artist and I am just now really coming into the idea of accepting myself as an artist.


Your Deep Ellum Art Park statue is dope. I loved it from the second I saw it. These things are outdoor and are seen by tens of thousands of people. What possessed you to paint a mammoth?

Jason- Thanks man! I had a blast doing that piece and felt very honored that I got chosen to do it and know that the art will be up for so long. The title of the piece is “Full Circle”
The mammoth came from me wanting to challenge myself as a stencil artist with something that would be really detailed and I wanted to do an animal. An animal that could symbolize strength. The mammoth walking on the human skulls represents the cycles we go through on earth… Everything on this planet come full circle.

I know you from your paintings, but saw some of your sculpture work on facebook recently and was blown away. Can you talk a little bit about sculpting. What are your materials? Your process?
Jason- Man, those sculptures came from me collecting all of those items for years. Some of the elements in those works, I had saved for about 15 years or so in jars… A friend of mine prompted me to do something with all that stuff or toss it. I am a bad pack rat. I have done assemblage work in the past, but with these I could tell a story. But for the story to work, all of the elements had to carry the same weight. I wanted people to have to study them and really get up close to them… so that is when I decided to start painting them. I began to run out of stuff I collected, so I started walking Deep Ellum to find more things to use in my work. So the later pieces are a collection of things I have been saving, and recently found. I also have a good connection with a guy who operates estate sales. It’s like a gold mine!

Are there other artforms you mix it up in? Any music? Comics?
Jason- HAHA! Does DJ Hero count? HAHA! I wish man. I had bass guitar and learned a couple of songs and said ok, I did it! Then I took it to the pawn shop and traded it for a crappy digital camera. It was dumb but I felt that the time spent on the guitar was taking away from visual arts. I never had any music class in school, so I was really lost. Doesn’t every guy buy a guitar at some point thinking they will learn to play? HAHA! After attending Mad Swirl, I am trying to get the nerves to read a piece I have written. I never really wrote before, but after going to Mad Swirl a few times, I walk around thinking more about how I can assemble words to express how I feel…

You’ve had some success in getting your art seen and in local galleries. What path would you recommend to someone here, in this city, right now who’d like to achieve the same?
Jason – To get in shows and galleries you got to get out and represent yourself. No one else is going to until you do it for yourself. Get out there. Get your face seen… If you expect someone to just ask you to participate you’ll be waiting forever. I did… And then once I started getting out, talking and networking it helped a lot. The network of artists in this city is amazing! I feel a true love here and all the artists, no matter what the art form is have big love for what the creatives in Dallas do and bring to this city.

What do you plan on doing live at the Underground show?

Jason- I am thinking of working with my stencils for my live *ART piece at Underground. Stencils are my *LOVE. Stencils have this *MAGIC aspect of instant imagery! I have been using spray bottles with watered down acrylics like spray paint. First time I ever experimented with this technique was painting live and the results were awesome! That is the game plan, but it could change! HAHA!

Where do your want your art career to go in 2010? What do you want to accomplish? Create?
Jason- Man… I have spent all of 2009 trying to formulate what I needed to do for myself and for my art. I struggled with going back to the corporate world and following my heart. What do I want to create in 2010? I want to recreate myself! I realized, that it’s time for me to follow my heart. I am focusing on promoting myself as Jason Ice the artist. Not skeptic1 the street artist or whatever people perceive me and my art as… I have an outline and game plan for what I want to do and now I am starting to map out how to get there… 2010 is opening up strong, especially with being a part of Underground and this amazing line up of talent for the show! I am really hyped for this! February is looking good… I have 3 shows the first 3 weeks of the month… I am looking to book some more shows through out the year but I normally tend to only commit a few months out at a time in case life changes…

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Research- for more on Jason’s process and materials for the Art Park Mammoth, click here.

You can catch Jason with almost 50 other artists and performers when ArtLoveMagic presents its largest and craziest lineup ever at Underground.

One Night Only
Saturday January 30th, 2010
at the Janette Kennedy Gallery
and Artist’s Quarter in
SouthSide on Lamar
1409 South Lamar Dallas TX
8-Midnight


Tickets are $10 at the door.
Check www.artlovemagic.com for pre-show discounts.

ArtLoveMagic Unplugged – The Fireside Sessions

Posted in Deep Ellum, music, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by artlovemagic

On December 11th ArtLoveMagic will partner with a new venue – It’s A Grind (Deep Ellum Location), with a cozy, aromatic and delicious new concept.  Some of Dallas’ finest Acoustic musicians will play along side It’s a Grind’s toasty fireplace surrounded by a few hand picked Dallas live visual artists.  While the music is all acoustic, the individual acts couldn’t be more different.

Zachary Scott Pohl has become a Dallas favorite of the singer/songwriter genre through the fine craft of words and story telling to moving music with memorable melodies.

GaydenLee, an indie pop male/female duet is coming out to celebrate the release of their latest EP, “Songs for Thursday”.

The three members of Lenny’s New Legs lead by Deborah Driscoll, will remind you of times gone by with their original soulful, jazzy numbers.

Finally, Parallel Play will be playing their first show back together since the ‘Zombie Hand incident’.  These guys will make you laugh.  ‘Nuff said!

And then there are the Visual artists…

Connor Muldoon – Sculpture

Joe Townson – Abstract Painting

Charlise Hill Larson – Painting/Mixed Media

Jen Sulak – Photography

December 11th * 7:30 – 10:30 pm * Free * It’s A Grind Coffee * 2901 Indiana Blvd, Dallas, TX 75226