Art Basel Miami 2010 has come and gone, but not without the launch of Art Assault, a creative collaboration between Gibson and Kramer Guitars, Outta My Mind Creations and Mai Hiro which serves to bring together art with music in exciting new ways. With a spotlight on electric guitars and designer toys, the incredible artists involved went beyond conventional designs and created truly unique works of art that were displayed in the trendy Gibson Showroom located in the heart of Miami’s Design District. The support of Kidrobot and Kuso Vinyl helped instill the show with the designer toy vibe that the creators had found vital to portray, while Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Monster Energy and Bento Café instilled fans with spirits, energy, and sushi nutrition for stomachs along for the creative ride! The reception was quite a success with many visitors taking in the visual and aural stimulus produced by the work, whether it was from the Kramer Assault 220FR guitars, the Kidrobot 20″ Dunny Superband “performing live” on a miniature stage, rocking out to live band and DJ Aba or trading Dunnys and other giveaways provided by Kidrobot and Juxtapoz magazine.
Art Assault is on the brink of a tour, reaching mulitple cities in the United States and potentially around the globe, with new artwork being added to each stop, and the proceeds of the custom painted toys and guitars going to benefit the Gibson Foundation. Every stop brings the opportunity to have art and music collide to rock minds and hearts.
ABOUT THE GIBSON FOUNDATION
Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health & welfare causes.
Mai Hiro and Outta My Mind Creations wanted to join forces with Gibson to present a unique charity show involving 11 great artists that would customize Kramer Assault guitars along, and also have 5 artists who would customize 20″ Dunnys into a Dunny Superband! This fusing of art and music developed into the ideal platform for a charity event that an organization like the Gibson Foundation could support in order to continually spread its message and efforts.
Once the Art Assault tour comes to a close the custom Kramer Assault guitars will be part of an online auction, and the proceeds will go to the various programs and organizations that the Gibson foundation supports.
Many thanks to the guitar artists that contributed their work to Art Assault Miami. This would not be possible without your hard work.
123KLAN, graffiti posse founded by Mr Scien & Mrs Klor in 1992.
123KLAN members are: Dean, Sper, Skam, Reso. Today 123klan is also a creative studio of 8 people working internationally for prestigious brands. We specialize in Branding and new strategies, especially in the street wear and sportwear market.
123KLAN paint your walls, stick your city, make graphics, we keep it real, we eat vector 3 times a day, we are honest and responsible, we work for best friends and big brands, we drink lot of beers, we do quality work, we do conferences, world wide exhibitions, we are young, beautiful famous and loved by all.
One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a five-time Academy Award® nominee, his most recent performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the drama—deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. Jeff produced the End Hunger televent, a three-hour live television broadcast focusing on world hunger. The televent featured Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Bob Newhart, Kenny Loggins and other leading film, television and music stars in an innovative production to educate and inspire action.
One of Jeff’s true passions is photography. While on the set of his movies, Jeff takes behind-the-scenes pictures of the actors, crew and locations. After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a book and gives copies to everyone involved. Jeff’s photos have been featured in several magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications worldwide. He has also had gallery exhibits of his work in New York (at the George Eastman House), Los Angeles, London and San Diego.
Several years ago, Jeff fulfilled a life-long dream by releasing his first album, “Be Here Soon,” on Ramp Records, the Santa Barbara, CA label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris Pelonis. The CD features guest appearances by vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald, Grammy-nominated Amy Holland and country-rock legend David Crosby. Ramp Records also released Michael McDonald’s album, “Blue Obsession.”
Camilla d’Errico is an Italo-Canadian artist who has been making waves in the fine art and comic industries with her manga-influenced style. Ever the prolific artist, Camilla is comic artist/creator and Pop Surrealist painter, while also contributing to the vinyl art toy movement, and expanding her style into fashion, accessories, stationery and other merchandise.
Camilla resides in Vancouver, BC, where she paints and draws comics, and more recently has been working with entertainment companies on feature films and videogames.
She has distinguished herself through her ability to seamlessly weave comic art and manga with surrealist elements, wrapping it all together with an extensive emotional palette.
Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and creativity, she has followed her dream of successfully working creatively for a living.
Born Cardiff, London resident.
Pete Fowler’s art is a world where character design meets music and art in a weird and wonderful way.
Banjos played by horned owls and synths tweaked by mutant horses are just a glimpse into his world, totally unique in style and content. It is his approach, sense of playfulness and visual adventures that has brought his work to the attention of a wide range of clients around the world.
In the fields of music, design and commercial projects Pete keeps himself busy. In music, his most recognised images have been for his ongoing design work for fellow Welshmen The Super Furry Animals. In design his World of Monsterism figurines and related merchandise has sold and gained a fanbase worldwide. In commercial terms, Pete has worked with global clients including Volvic, Levi’s, Paul Smith, Poweo ( French energy supplier) Lynx, Hewlett Packard, AVG among many others.
Alongside all of that, Pete has been working a cartoon series, signed by a major US network and currently in the early stages of development.
Christian Richards Jacobs (born January 11, 1972) is an American musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor. He is known for his work as the founder and lead singer of the Orange County rock band The Aquabats (in which he performs under the stage persona of The MC Bat Commander) and as the co-creator of the popular Nick Jr. children’s television series Yo Gabba Gabba!.
Christian has also been known to perform the voice of the the character PLEX on the television series Yo Gabba Gabba!
Michael Lau is a local creator. His creations include movable figures series “gardener” launched in 1999 as well as different series of “crazychildren” etc. One year after he graduated from Designfirst Institution in 1992, he soon held his own painting exhibition.
Michael’s illustrations and drawing have won numerous awards and compliment from various art organizations both local and overseas. His “gardener” exhibition has been held in many cities such as Paris, London, Taipei, HK, Tokyo and Japan. The latest one being the “gardener 10th” in 2009, gardener’s tenth anniversary exhibition at De la Barracuda in LA, USA as well as at NPC in Beijing, China.
Another creation, the “mr. shoe shop (sample)” exhibition has also traveled to exhibit at Michael gallery in HK, Parco Gallery in Japan, Maharishi’s GPS Shop in London as well as at Nike 706, within the 798 art district in Beijing in May of 2007 while renamed as “mr. shoe museum (sample)” for the exhibition there. The most current “mr. Shoe” exhibition is held at Mixtra gallery in Hong Kong under the name of “Mixtra Shoe Shop (Sample)” in July of 2010.
Widely known as the godfather of urban vinyl, Michael is being recognized as the pioneer who had launched the trend starting in the 90’s in the article “20 Trends Sweeping the Globe” at the Jan 08 issue of Forbes.
Michael is also the first artist/designer from Hong Kong to be appointed to design the national team uniform and footwear of the China national BMX team for the Olympics game in Beijing, 2008.
Nakanari born in Taiwan, creator of “Misfits of Nakanari” and show director of B.B.Birdy’s Funny Club series, brought the idea to have artists bring their 2D artwork to 3D artwork on blank canvas toys.
Nakanari created and partnered with various artists to bring their artwork to reality (2005 – Crossover Show “Gallery Nucleus/LA ad Rotofugi/Chicago”, 2007 – Project Vinyl “FX Show Toy” with partners in Me Llamo Jellyfish, 2008 – Technobabble “myplasticheart/New York” with Dave Quiles).
Nakanari and artist Soujohn created a new brand called Mai Hiro. The Mai Hiro brand focuses on strong character design and illustration. Nakanari has a distinct style, uses clean graphic lines and shapes, with a soft pastel palette framed by contrasting thick bold black lines. Nakanari prefers to showcase his artwork on canvas using the flat colors technique than to play with shadows. Nakanari’s Eastern Oriental culture is infused into his artwork.
Nakanari has exhibited with other well-known artists and brands like Kidrobot, boblbe-e, The Dirtycream, KusoVinyl, CrazyLable and has exhibited in America, France, HongKong, Taiwan, Singapore and Spain.
David ‘LEBO’ Le Batard is a Cuban American artist who is recognized for his murals, paintings, sculptures and wide spectrum of creative mediums. LEBO represents the self proclaimed movement of “Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism,” the application of cartoon imagery combined with richly saturated balances of color and unique linear composition. Ranging from abstract to highly narrative, the aim is to evoke emotion and create layers of meaning.
Born in New York City (November 19, 1972) to Cuban emigré parents and raised in South Florida, LEBO’s formal training in the arts began at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (BA degree 1995), and culminated in his residency at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida, where he lectured on the practical and technical approaches of illustration.
In 1996, the success of LEBO’s first public exhibit of canvases at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus confirmed his status as a marketable and versatile artist in South Florida’s multi-cultural landscape.
Long Vo is best known as one of the original founders of Gaiaonline.com, an anime-inspired virtual avatar community and gaming site with over 6 million active users. Long created all of the site’s most popular mascots and games.
Not only is Long an art and creative Director, his skill set is as versatile as it gets. He was lead sprite designer for Capcom’s Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix for XBLA and PSN and lead ending illustrator for Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate Allstars for the Nintendo Wii. Recently, Long art directed a prequel comic for Christopher Nolan’s Inception through Udon Entertainment, which can be found online and will also be included in the DVD and bluray releases of the blockbuster movie.
Over the last decade, he’s worked on various art productions for companies like Capcom, Udon Entertainment, Marvel, DC, Image, Harmony Gold (and many others) on well-known properties like Robotech, Thundercats and X-men.
Matthew Waldman is a New York based artist and designer most prominently known for his design work within his own accessory design company, Nooka Inc. Matthew founded the company four years ago, using his original, patented designs for telling time.
Matthew was born and raised in New York, and attended school for the arts and architecture. Shortly following school he began freelancing as a designer, and spent a number of years as art director in corporate communications in Tokyo. From this experience, Matthew gained an intense appreciation of Japanese culture and design, a passion which continues to this day. After his time in Japan, Matthew moved back to his native New York, eventually founding the design firm Berrymatch in 2000. Prior to his work at Berrymatch, Matthew acted as Creative Director at New York Zoom, Inc. It was during his time with this company that Matthew began developing his design ideas for intuitive interface design. Matthew was able to patent his designs, and eventually was approached to produce some of them through Seiko. In 2005, Matthew expanded his line of timepieces and began manufacturing and selling them himself, through Nooka Inc.
Apart from his many business and product design accomplishments, Matthew has developed and continues to work with a number of art and design ventures. Matthew’s project, The Fairy Labor Union, has exhibited in a number of prominent galleries in New York, Tokyo, and Great Britain.
ASHLEY WOOD (1971) was born in Australia, and now resides in Australia and The United States. He lives with his wife, his two sons, and one stinky cat. Ashley has been a professional illustrator for over ten years, and has worked for most major entertainment companies including Dreamworks SKG, Warner Bros., Random House, Marvel Comics, McFarlane Entertainment, IDW, and Konami. His illustration technique is a combination of traditional painting techniques, coupled with digital photography and graphic software.
Currently Ashley divides his time between operating his entertainment company 7174 TYP LTD., creating properties for film, comics, books, and toys; and commercial projects including the Official Metal Gear Solid comic for IDW Publishing, and commissions from the advertising- and entertainment industry.
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