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PURPLE recap

26 Nov

Hi all,

It has been a crazy whirlwind of shows, murals and events this season. NONSTOP. The PURPLE exhibition was a great success and I felt really great about showing next to some of the dopest ladies in the game today. Please see some recap photos to get a sense of how the show went if you weren’t there.

Thanks to all the artists in the show- Diana McClure, Gilf!, Lady Pink, Lichiban, MissVan, Olek, Priscila de Carvalho, Queen Andrea, Ritzy Periwinkle, and Sofia Maldonado. I also want to give a very special thank you to Tracy, Nina and Mark at Causey Contemporary Gallery who have been a great pleasure to work with for this exhibition. A special thank you to Lenny Collado who assisted in hanging the show, Yvette Devito for all her continued work and support of the collective, Free5 who is always their with a helping hand and supportive of any work we do, Doc who blessed us with his great music selection opening night and Shir Lieberman who is Olek’s assistant and pitched in to help with the signage of the show.  Last but not least THANKS to all of you who supported and attended the show at some point during the month. Your support is greatly appreciated, THANK YOU ALL!

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“PURPLE” October 19, 2012 from 6-9pm at Causey Contemporary Gallery

4 Sep
Eleven Female Artists take over Causey Contemporary Gallery in an exhibition exploring the color Purple
 
August 2012, Brooklyn, NY — This autumn, eleven female contemporary artists will explore Purple  as a color, word and psychological context in a freestyle exhibition where medium, formal strategies and process intersect to create original content.
 
Purple will be on view at Causey Contemporary Gallery, 92 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from October 19 – November 18, 2012, with an opening reception from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, October 19th. This exhibition is produced by YOUNITY, an international collective of urban female visual artists, designers and craftswomen. The collective collaborates on creative projects, resource networks, mentoring of youth, community building, and the production of art exhibitions that promote women in the arts.
 
Curated by Diana McClure and YOUNITY co-founder Alice Mizrachi, this exhibition features a group of internationally recognizable street, mural, urban and contemporary artists from across the United States and abroad including: Alice Mizrachi, Diana McClure, Gilf!, Lady Pink, Lichiban, Miss Van, Olek, Priscila De Carvalho, Queen Andrea, Ritzy Periwinkle, and Sofia Maldonado.
 
From electric purple, Tyrian purple and Han purple, to purple prose, purple patches and human color psychology, the color purple has been tapped by the musician Prince, the author Alice Walker, the French art publication Purple Journal, and the ancient world, to convey a certain psychological vibration, spiritual energy or visual message.  In this exhibition, each artists’ interpretation of purple aims to unlock new readings on the visceral, intellectual, conceptual, spiritual and pleasurable aspects of the color purple.
 
For further information about Purple or the artists involved, contact the CauseyContemporary Gallery, 718 218 8939 or info@causeycontemporary.com
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LES Girls Club Mural- September 2011

13 Nov

Had a great time this summer painting a mural with the ladies in full effect at The Lower East Side Girls Club for The Citizen Jane Mural Project. Peep the pics below:) Some of the YOUNITY women were reppin’- check it…

Lichiban getting down with her piece in progress…

Marthalicia Mataritta did a beautiful Harriet Tubman tribute.

Lexi Bella and Gia collaborated on this piece- was so great meeting the baby Lexi!

Thanks Jenny for organizing this mural project!!!

Thanks to the youth for assisting me in the process- loved your input and collaboration:)

Completed Soujourner Truth mural. I enjoyed painting this piece.

Please feel free to some to the unveiling on:

Tuesday, Nov. 22th, 4pm at Lower East Side Girls Club 56 East 1st Street the mural is located a few doors down at the community garden.

YOUNITY PANEL DISCUSSION- 11.12.11 at 3pm

23 Oct

YOUNITY is hosting a panel discussion on “Women Innovators in Art and Agriculture”. Come check it out!

Please see flier below for more info:

“Women Innovators in Art and Agriculture”
Saturday, November 12, 2011 3 p.m.
Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Sarah Lawrence College
Kimball Avenue, Yonkers 10708 (Bronxville P.O.)

In conjunction with the art exhibition GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel, on view at the Yonkers Public Library from September 10 – December 4, 2011, the Younity female urban art collective and Sarah Lawrence College present a roundtable discussion on art as a social change agent and its relationship to sustainable agriculture and development. Panelists will contribute and exchange knowledge on current trends in seed exchanges, permaculture, issues in small to medium scale farming, urban agriculture, and artist driven sustainable development projects.

Panelists:
Alice Mizrachi, Artist / Co-founder, Younity Arts, Queens, NY
Co-curator GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel
Elissa Blount Moorhead, Vice Director / Director of Design, Programming and Exhibitions, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, New York
Molly Meehan, CAES Community Outreach and Education Coordinator, Accokeek Foundation and Community Farm, Accokeek, Maryland
Founder, Centro Ashe, Washington DC / Costa Rica
Moderator:
Diana McClure, Artist/Curator/Writer/Editor, Brooklyn, NY
Co-curator GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel

For directions and parking information please visit: http://www.slc.edu/directions

YOUNITY Panel Discussion(new)

YOUNITY “GODDESShood” video

11 Oct

Check this YOUNITY video out for the “GODDESShood” exhibtion- if you didnt see it heres a teaser…

YOUNITY “GODDESShood” Recap

19 Sep

SO it’s taken me a week to recover from all my recent shows but I’m back and ready to rock the next few gigs. Below are some pics from the YOUNITY exhibition in Yonkers. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the opening you should really make the trip out and check out the show. The neighborhood is beautiful and you can chill by the water and eat lunch at Hudson cafe after you go to the gallery.

Thanks to Cristobal Diaz for filming the event- video coming soon!

LMNOP

Marthalicia Matarrita

Diana McClureAlice Mizrachi

Swoon

me n the fam

Sofia Maldonado

Krista Franklin

Lady Alezia

LichibanFaith 47

Thanks to Susan Kart for bringing her Sarah Lawrence students and working hard to bring YOUNITY programming to Yonkers!

Thanks to Stephen Force from Yonkers Public Library for supporting our mission and bringing Younity to Yonkers Public Library!

Thanks to Yvette for handling PR- love u sweets!Bringing peoples together with similar life goals feels good- George, Leiann and Jess came thru to support:)

Make sure to sign our guest book when you come see the show!

Ok its time to leave- thanks to the crew who really made it happen!

Enjoying the sun after the opening outside on the library steps. RiverFest (block party) was going on during our event so we had to check it out…Then we went to the Hudson Cafe to get some celebratory drink and food. So nice to eat by the water- it felt like we took a vacation.

Eva, Diana and Clive… lol fun times!

Beautiful sunsets- an excellent way to end a great event!

Thanks to Diana McClure, Marthalicia Matarrita, LMNOP, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado, Krista Franklin, Lady Alezia, Lichiban, Faith 47, Yvette Devito, Samia Grand Pierre, Susan Kart, Stephen Force, Marko Jokic, Cristobal Diaz and Elise Herszkowicz  for contributing to the production of this exhibition.

Look out for the rest of YOUNITY’s “GODDESShood” programming this fall including a panel discussion at Sarah Lawrence College and a mural in a local Yonkers high school.

YOUNITY presents: “GODDESShood, our land is our jewel” 9.10.11from 2-5pm

30 Aug
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Female Urban Art Collective YOUNITY Presents Exhibition Exploring the Themes

Mother Earth, The Hood, and Sustainable Agriculture in conjunction with

The Yonkers Riverfront Public Library and Sarah Lawrence College


lmnop, Ayiti (detail), mixed media, 2011, approx. 5ft x 2ft

Queens, NY (August 15, 2011)— All female urban art collective, YOUNITY, presents GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel, an art exhibition that will feature 10 artists in conversation with the themes mother earth, the hood and sustainable farming. Opening on Saturday, September 10, from 2pm – 5pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Public Library, during the annual Yonkers Riverfest event, the project utilizes urban art as a platform for visual discourse on sustainable agriculture, food systems, food justice, and mother earth, and closes on Sunday, December 4th, 2011. Additional programming in the City of Yonkers and at Sarah Lawrence College will take place throughout fall 2011, including youth workshops and a panel discussion.

All of the artists in the exhibition, Lichiban, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado, Krista Franklin, Marthalicia, Diana McClure, Faith 47, lmnop, Lady Alezia, and Alice Mizrachi, engage with the theme mother earth or nature, and related concepts, both directly and indirectly in their individual artistic practices. In the context of this exhibition the artists were asked to utilize the idea of the hood as a metaphor for not only local neighborhoods and urban culture, but also land, nature and the natural environment at large.  And, finally, the genesis and inspiration for the exhibition stems from the curators’ discovery of La Via Campesina (The International Peasant Movement) and an intense global movement for land and agricultural rights taking place below the radar.

Krista Franklin, Naomi in the Okra Patch, collage and inclusions in handmade paper 17 1/5″ x 11 1/2″

In the YOUNITY tradition, GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel will include painting, murals, photography, and stencils, as well as video and sculptural objects. The exhibition picks up where YOUNITY’s last exhibition FRESHER!, which addressed consumerism, environmentalism, health, and renewable energy, left off in the fall of 2009. Co-curator Diana McClure says, “With the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition we wanted to use the YOUNITY platform as a tool for social change and disseminator of information by bringing visibility to a battle being fought by peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.  A battle that seems to get lost in mainstream media’s disregard for the economic politics of green living.” With the success of YOUNITY’s premiere exhibit in 2007, The C R O S S O V E R, the second annual Heart and Soul show and book publication in 2008, and FRESHER! in 2009, YOUNITY has become one of the most sought after all-female collectives to date. Co-curator and YOUNITY co-founder Alice Mizrachi says, “After 3 years of annual exhibitions, wall productions, youth workshops, etc. The core YOUNITY production team decided to take a year off in 2010 to explore new ideas and individual creative pursuits.  During that time we’ve all developed and hope to use our growing cultural capital to continue to support female urban artists and address social issues as individuals and a collective.”

For more information on  public programming in conjunction with the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition,  including youth workshops led by Co-Curator/Arts Educator Alice Mizrachi for Yonkers youth, and a panel discussion moderated by Co-Curator Diana McClure at Sarah Lawrence College, visit www.theyounity.com.

About YOUNITY: artists Alice Mizrachi and TOOFLY founded YOUNITY in New York City in 2007.  After spending many years involved in the art world, it became evident that urban contemporary women artists did not have a properly organized forum through which to disseminate ideas and showcase work to their contemporaries and the public at large.  The confines of galleries were too rigid and staid and the ‘white cube’ did not lend much room for personal expression and individual style.  So, Alice and TOOFLY decided to: 1) create a place where females could tell their stories in more universal, down-to-earth voices; 2) build a stable community in which they could teach the next generation of women the process of curating exhibitions and successfully spreading artistic ideas; and, 3) allow members to explore their own flavor while retaining their identity within the context of a collective body. YOUNITY is also committed to the documentation and archiving of itself as a community of unique, autonomous participants through exhibitions, new media and publishing.

SUMMER 2011 MASHUP

30 Jun

This summer has been super duper busy for me so of course I haven’t had a chance to blog- here it is. A mashup blog entry of all my projects since MAY…

SEASON KICK OFF PIECE

This May my homie Free5 asked me to get down on this wall in Astoria by Ditmars Blvd (around the corner from Jackson Hole Diner). Had a great time and painted a character that I was really diggin’. Peep the pics. THANKS FREE5:)

THE ACCOKEEK FOUNDATION
Me and Diana took a trip out to Maryland to visit The Accokeek Foundation. We had a meeting with some of the AMAZING folks who are protecting and fighting for our food rights. This YOUNITY research trip was necessary since our next fall YOUNITY show focuses on food sovereignty. See pics below…

farmers posted this which I thought was beautiful!

cows grazing freely which is how ALL cows should be raised.

THANKS to Molly from Accokeek for hosting us:)

THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT

I was hired to work for The Laundromat Project this year which goes into NYC communities and sets up art workshops outside laundromats. I taught a t shirt bleach batik workshop focusing on your neighborhood… here are some pics:

SING FOR HOPE PIANOS

This year I was invited to participate in the Sing For Hope Piano Pop Up Project. My piano is currently located at Washington Market on Greenwich Street and Reade Street, downtown NYC. : See pic below for my piano:) AND GO CHECK MY PIANO OUT UNTIL JULY 2nd. I also taught a workshop with the ART U! students to create their own pianos.. so inspiring! I am honored to be teaching with Sing for Hope year round starting August.

These professional visual artists have volunteered alongside community members, Sing for Hope Art U! students, and master technician Fred Patella to bring their 88 individual Pop-Up Pianos to life. And once the Pop-Up Pianos hit the streets, hundreds of Sing for Hope Volunteer Artists from NYC’s great stages will bring the pianos further to life with their Pop-Up Concerts!

Artist Melanie Edwards play on my piano with a charming young audience.

SING FOR HOPE ART U! students hooking the piano up.

SMILE for the camera:)

Victoria gets down with her piece…. lovin’ it

THANKS JOSE for inviting me and hiring me to teach students at Sing for Hope!

PRINT WORKSHOP

Thanks to the crew who participated in my second workshop- it is an honor to work with you guys! Cant wait until the next one… This is the second workshop hosted at my place. I love that my community reaches out asking for art workshops. I didnt take that many pics this session but here are a few.. the next one will be stencil making in August:) If you’re interested in participating email me: amfilesnyc@gmail.com

Deedee’s first time printing and she was a pro!!!!

Heather and Liza working hard to get it done…. times a tickin’

Portia stays late to get different variation of the print… I love ur creativity gal!

I created a print and then printed them into stickers- look out for them and u can even ask for one when u see me:)

WELLING COURT

This year was the 2nd annual Welling Court Mural Project and I along with many other artists were invited to paint this neighborhood. Like last year the community came out to feed us and make sure we were all good. They also hosted a block party for us with delicious food, good tunes and positive vibez! You can’t even imagine how good it feels to have people in the community support what you do. THANKS to ALLISON AND GARRISON of ADHOC Art for putting this together- u guys are a dynamic duo!!!!

Me n El Camino rocked a wall together…

Me n Allison share a kodak moment.

My piece complete to add to my book of walls…

Looking forward to next year:)

WASHINGTON-WWAR

Just got back from Seattle and Walla Walla, Washington this week for meetings about a really DOPE upcoming project that’s on the horizon… I will be traveling to Seattle often this coming year:) stay tuned for more info about that later. While I was out there I got to chill with some really cool peeps and get a piece done. The gorgeous mansion I stayed at was so inspiring; I was anxious to bless it!!! Check out some of the flicks below and of course a very special thank you to Stephanie Dorgan for hosting and Steve Miller as well as Tilson for bringing all my materials and buckets of energy! much love… more to come soon:)

WHATS NEXT… 2 shows in BK, solos show in Paris, solo show in Israel and YOUNITY show in the fall.
INVITES TO FOLLOW

RECAP-MFTA Stencil workshop

26 Feb

For those of you who attended the stencil workshop last night know how great it was- for those who didn’t peep the flicks to get a sense of how much fun it was! Thanks to the WHOLE MFTA STAFF who really helped make it happen!!! The MFTA team is a great, efficient and positive organization to work with. They also know how to have fun! SO refreshing…

loved these letters.
beto getting his detailed sketch in- it looked so great!

Joe and Koveus engaged in the process.

tedious tedious cutting.

this design was awesome!

Claudia and Jess working out ideas with some of the stencils.

finished cutting, wanting to keep it clean for the first test run…

so much energy with great designs- nice meeting you Yulsan!

Nat from MFTA smiling and being my go to person the whole class.

LOVE THIS PIECE!

This is great how she really experimented with textures- SO GREAT!

TALENTED MARTHALICIA cuts her first stencil- where’s Wesley? Probably snapping away with the camera…

Love loop- I love love love the dollar bill she printed that says love on a one dollar bill. it reads ONE LOVE..

this feels like a stencil you would see in NYC.

I want this on my t- shirt!

can you believe this is his first stencil? good job!

big smiles, great positive energy..

I know all about the headaches Joe…

JONATHAN!!!! awesome vibe from this kid- he did a great job keeping that GRAFF flavor that we oh so LOVE!!!

THE WHOLE TEAM- oh and theres wesley with his hand in the frame snapping away- I LOVE U WESLEY!!

THANKS TO ALL THE FOLKS WHO CAME THROUGH TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND LEARN HOW TO MAKE STENCILS- IT WAS GREAT FUN!!! MORE PICS ON MFTA’S SITE COMING SOON!

SNOW DATE- MFTA MURAL PROJECT 2.3.11 from 6-9pm

2 Feb

Hey all,

Due to last weeks snow storm the MFTA mural project unveiling was postponed to this week. Please come thru and check it out!!!

Please join us for an opening reception at:

Materials for the Arts on February 3, 2011 from 6-9 to check out the Mural Project.

Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Bisy, Cece Carpio, Cern, Clark, Crystal Clarity, Erotica, Free5, Marthalicia Matarrita, Noxer, Rimx

Materials for the Arts/ 33-00 Northern Blvd, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101