Archive for underground 2011

Underground 2011 Interview: Cody Phillips x Monster Bot Dallas TX

Posted in Artists, Magic, Shows, Spotlight, videos with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2011 by artlovemagic

Check out this great video by LoyalKNG. Thanks for doing it up! Thank you to all artists involved is this beautiful event. The place was packed beyond belief. Anyone have any ideas as to where it should be held next year?

Artist Spotlight: Cody Phillips

Posted in Artists, Community, Spotlight with tags , , , , on February 22, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Cody Phillips and I live in Keller, TX with my wife and 4 kiddos. I am an art director by day and a toy designer / painter by night and have been doing gallery shows for about 2 years now.

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

That’s a good question. I owe it all to my friends and the people I have meet along the way at shows and conventions. I have seen so much talent in Dallas alone that it is constantly challenging me to step up my game, learn more styles of art and put my own spin on it. I remember the first time I met Scott Higgins who was already a seasoned toy designer. I went to a Kidrobot event were we were given toys to design for free as a promotion. Scott comes in with a tackle box full of glues, blades and putty and starts cutting his toy to pieces. I was shocked and had no idea what he was about to do, but I soon learned he was taking the customization to a whole new level. Adding parts, using other toys, etc. The possibilities were endless!

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

I have alway been into art. In fact in school it was the only thing I was really good at, so I focused all my energy into it and made a career out of it. I remember being in deep ellum and seeing some graffiti artist and really got fascinated with spray can art and the urban scene as a whole. I started spending my weekends learning how to graffiti and before long learned about these vinyl toys graffiti artist were customizing as a form of new canvas and I knew I had to take a stab at it.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I really just want to have a good time doing it. If I focus too much on the accomplishments or fame part of it I am destined for disappointment. I try to stay humble because there are plenty of artists better than me, and if something cool happens its just icing on the cake.

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

I love music and movies. I actually watch a movie EVERY night when I am painting. Most are crap, but when you are watching 5-7 movies in a week you tend to run out of options. When I am not watching movies I am listening to tons of music, mostly hip-hop and dance music. I was in the music industry for 10 years as a DJ/Producer and have an appreciation for the craft and what goes into it. (BTW MacIX was my DJ name) Video games, toys, telling jokes, etc. Pretty much acting like a kid in my spare time. Having children was a great cover for my childish addictions.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I met David (Rodriguez, Co-Founder of ArtLoveMagic) at an art show, and he asked me to be in an event called Underground where I would be painting toys LIVE. I was really impressed to walk into the pre-event meeting to see how organized ArtLoveMagic was and how serious they were about standing behind their artists. The show was a huge success and opened many doors for me. Everyone involved with the organization has been such an amazing blessing into my life.

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

Most of my pics are on my facebook page, but feel free to stop by to check out the progress of my new site.

How can someone contact you?

Shoot me an email at or drop me a line on facebook. Thanks again! See you out at the shows.

Did you feel that?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by artlovemagic

A collection of truth experienced at Underground 2011.  Feel free to add your own thoughts. Gratitude, grace and inspiration all around.

Arazeli ‘Sally’ Torres
“Underground is packed! If you not here yet…come on over!”

Amberly Russell
“Spoonfed Tribe! holy holy damn they are good!”


Jerod Alexander
“holllly crap yall are my heroes!!..realtalk- … proud”

Dee Hill
“omg, omg, omg. off the chizzzain wonderful!”

Elizabeth Fieler
“:) I wanna do it again!”

Cathy Hutchison
“I know you guys are exhausted, and that often after the high of a successful show you can emotionally crash.  I just want to reaffirm what you did last night for all of the artists and musicians that participated.  You guys, through sweat and personal sacrifice created something amazing.  You valued creative people as artists and not only changed the way Dallas sees each of those people, but more importantly, the way those people see themselves.  I am amazed by all of you.”

Bear Claw
“It was the biggest one they have ever had. It was awesome to see so many people there appreciating and supporting local art. It was a beautiful sight.”

Sarah Fulk
“Underground was beyond imagination! Thank you to everyone that came out , supported and showed love. ♥”

“Konichiwa” Zach Schrotter -“A lot of folks I love put their heart and soul into making Underground happen. this single is a perfect culmination of those people coming together to get their voices heard. ArtLoveMagic moves people to create and work together. I love seeing what happens when a unique vision of collaboration comes to fruition. David, GOAT, Josh, congratulations on a job well done.”

Patricia Rodriguez
“That was insane, amazing, inspiring….I can’t thank you enough. Everyone was so nice to work with- thanks to everyone for all their hard work and efforts in making the night MAGICAL! ♥”

Fatimah Reaves
“Loved it! Artists doing what they do, musicians jammin, spoken word flowin, photographers on point, everyone was so cooooool. Again, loved it!”

Amoa Soleil
“Underground last night is more than my heart can digest this morning .. it’ll take some time.”

Christopher Garcia
“To all those who had a hand in birthing the awesomeness that is ArtLoveMagic, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Underground was an amazing experience and it was an honor to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see my work and for all the kind words. Love all around.”

Khalid Robertson
“Underground: WOW! I didn’t know it was gonna be that thick! DAMN good time. Sold some product, hung out with friends, good music and more fine chicks than a strobe light. I need to make big paintings, more shirts and another book. Good times all around. Props to ArtLoveMagic!”

Sarah Zamora
“I love ArtLoveMagic. Brilliant event, thanks.”

Kevin Obregon
“Had an awesome time last night at ArtLoveMagic’s Underground Show. Bravo producers, volunteers, artists and art lovers! You people are out of control! Thanks for the opportunity, ArtLoveMagic. It was so fantastic seeing all my friends & fellow artists! I finished 4 out of 5 canvases.”

David Rodriguez
“I look forward to jammin’ with you guys again. I don’t even know how we can top this years Underground but 2012 will come around and we’ll get to enjoy this madness again. Blessings to you all!”

photo credits
Justin Nygren, Brandy Nicole, Luis Torres, Sally Torres, Sherry Smith, Dee Hill, Christian Ward, Vanessa Bates

Kevin Obregon at Underground 2011

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


UNDERGROUND pre-meeting

Posted in Artists, Community, Shows with tags , on January 31, 2011 by artlovemagic

The artists and musicians of our biggest show of the year met over the weekend to plot, plan, devise, create. The event is going to be amazing. An unparalleled line up will storm Dallas the night of February 12th. All creating live, sharing their talents.

The highlight of the meeting had to be David Rodriguez singing “ain’t no divas in this show” to the tune of “ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone”. Brilliance.

Do not miss UNDERGROUND. Grabbing your tickets early means you save money and get through lines quicker. Pick up your tickets now at

Underground 2011 Official Press Release

Posted in PR, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Hidden Talents”
February 12, 2011
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am
$10 door

ArtLoveMagic, a Texas NFP organization proudly announces Underground.

Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show ArtLoveMagic does every year at South Side On Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215). In 2011 you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of art forms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. The show will be for one night only, Saturday, February 12, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display following the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (2/13 – 2/26).

Like all ArtLoveMagic events, this experience will be live and interactive. Each artist whose work is in the two week long exhibit will be creating live on February 12th, 2011. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Added this year are special presentations in our new 21+ room where you can see body painters producing live, alongside a live figure drawing class, a fashion show and much more. In addition we will have a special, once in a lifetime, collaborative song featuring all the musicians within the event. Take a breather at our coffee lounge or get caffinated for a B-Boy dance off!

Entry is $10 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at

ArtLoveMagic was founded in January of 2007 with the belief that a staggering amount of artistic talent in Dallas was going unrecognized and/or underdeveloped.  We have created more than 50 live experiences, involving over 500 artists and performers. What generally is missing from gallery shows is so obvious that we usually take that lacking for granted – the creators responsible for the artwork. Thankfully, our artists are always present and creating live, which offers a unique opportunity for audiences to learn, co-create, and for perspective clients to inquire about the creative process.

For more information on Underground and the artists/musicians involved, please visit

We hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2011.


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Posted in Artists, Shows, Spotlight with tags , on January 4, 2011 by artlovemagic

Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show we do every year. This year you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of artforms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. This is also a show that ALWAYS features many new talents and never-before-seen experiences to artlovemagic‘s story. We wanted to feature some of those talents who may not yet be on your radar.

Meet Kelsey Kincannon. In Kelsey’s words…”I’m trying to take in little parts of life and imagination and smash them into something more personally relevant and exciting.”  Much of Kelsey’s work begins with familiar forms..women, birds, historical figures…that are then morphed by Kelsey’s imagination.

Like with all artlovemagic events, the artists create works during the show.  Kelsey comments,  “I notice that at the events where I’m painting live, the conversations I get to have about art tend to be more interesting than the ones where you just show your work.  Maybe observing the process breaks down some walls or something.  Whatever it is, I like it.”

–Cathy Hutchison