UP Art Studio, an urban art studio, presents "Heartbreakers and Life Takers", day two of an “All Heartbreak Weekend”, and the fourth in a series of monthly, grassroots, pop-up street art shows emphasizing local, regional, and national graffiti, street art, and contemporary urban artists. Admission is free and always open to the public at the studio.
Day one of the “All Heartbreak Weekend” will be presented by BBC/MADSOUNDS and is titled Tha' Scenario: Re-UP “I Heart Hip Hop” Edition, a grown up hip hop night for grown ups that love hip hop and all of its elements. Tha’ Scenario is the brainchild of Craig ‘bbc’ Long and Djmadsounds, and has been running since 2005. Tha’ Scenario incorporates video DJing and live art by Tha' Scenario Arts Crew. “The ''I Heart Hip Hop'' show is our yearly showcase where we show love to the culture we love and all of its four elements,” says Craig ‘bbc’ Long. For this show sounds will be provided by BBC and Madsounds, and will incorporate special guest DJ J. Salaam (''Soular'' Grooves / Soul Clap). Tha' Scenario: Re-UP “I Heart Hip Hop” Edition is taking place at Underdogs Sports Pub located at 4213 Washington Avenue from 9 pm to 2 am on Friday, February 15, 2013.
Day two of the “All Heartbreak Weekend”, titled “Heartbreakers and Life Takers”, is presented by and taking place at UP Art Studio located at 6521 N. Main Street in the Sunset Heights on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 2 pm to 10 pm and will feature: A gallery show (from 2 – 10 pm),An art market (from 2 pm until dark),Live mural painting,Food truck, Carino Taco Truck (Viva La Tacovolucion), A live rap performance by Chicago’s WermOne of the 312 crew, and A live DJ performance and light show by DJ Freddy B with Ricky Sauce in the mix.
Additionally, a portion of the show's proceeds will go to Team in Training marathon runner Dru Rey who will be raising money for the marathon in San Francisco on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For this show, murals will be painted by:featured artist Zen Full, WermOne 312 crew from Chicago who will be performing live and promoting his new rap album "Off Da Hook", Nicky Davis representing his brand The Dark Forest, Ana María,Christian Navarrete, Angel Quesada, and a mural collaboration between graffiti kings The One Lee and Cease.
These artists will also have art and merchandise available for sale, as will many other graffiti, street art, and contemporary urban artists including: 2:12, Daniel Anguilu, Briks, Roberto Butler (KillaBalistiks), Calm Hound, Felipe Contreras, Dre Forgotten Clothing, Abbie Drue Designs, Empire INS, Andy Grotfeldt, Paty Lennon, Lauren McManus, Jesus Omar Ochoa (AWRE), The Popes: Beau & Jessica Pope, Yamin & Sid Rebel, Jessica Rice, Michael C. Rodriguez, Shreddi, Joseph Walker, and Wiley Robertson.
“Heartbreakers & Life Takers” is the fourth event which UP Art Studio (a temporary artist space donated by an anonymous patron who believes in supporting all facets of the arts) is promoting and will continue these events on a monthly basis with help from local sponsorship including Karbach Brewing Co., Joe's Car Wash on Montrose, DJ Freddy B (www.freddybatres.com), Davis Hardware, and Aztec Clinic Research.
The show's curator and art studio co-owner, Noah Quiles, states, "the theme for this show heartbreakers and life takers is about love, life and the tragic part of life, which is death, but is necessary to give life value. We all have experienced in life - heartbreak, love, and tragic losses some more than others, and it is my honor to share this with you through the work of many amazing graffiti, street art, and contemporary artists. We also proudly will be supporting our friend Dru Rey, and the Team in Training, for the support of research and development to help stop cancer, specifically Leukemia.
UP Art Studio represents an undervalued genre of artists and it is the studio's owners' goal to help remove the negative connotation assumed by many that this form of art is vandalism… but rather is ‘Graffiti and Aerosol Art’ and is a true art form. Once a month, UP Art Studio curates a gallery show and has prolific local Houston, regional, and national graffiti, street artists, and muralists painting the studio’s exterior and interior walls for each show.
UP Art Studio
UP Art Studio is a Houston-based organization that facilitates art projects for urban and contemporary artists and communities, locally and worldwide. UP Art Studio specializes in mural and art commissions, gallery art shows, event planning, and artist collaborations. UP Art Studio is currently working on several public art initiatives in Houston, including Mini Murals (www.minimurals.org), which reimagines traffic signal control cabinets as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. The cabinets are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston. www.upartstudio.org