Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bret Hoveskeland

Bret hasn't completed many books, but that's because he's one of those examples of the phrase that you can't rush greatness. He's a writer with a million vivid ideas brewing in his mind to such a vibrant state that when they finally erupt it's typically beyond anything you've seen before. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of his poetry book the Oxytocin Opera and I was absolutely blown away. He managed to write a book that feels like performance with a cohesive theme running through the entire piece. His table of contents is called a "set list" and the entire book is separated into two Acts. It's as though it's for an imaginary live performance about the tribulations of a relationship and the book turns the reader into the performer of the pieces. This kind of forward thinking and creativity is what sets Bret apart from most authors. If his other future works are anything like this one, then this individual has a longstanding, innovative career ahead of himself. 

Friday, April 24, 2015


Today's feature is an extremely prolific rapper by the name of EyeQ, he started off as simply a photographer for the Nerd music scene. I never knew anyone as passionate as Chris about the music and the scene, he introduced me to the music of MegaRan which I'm eternally grateful for. Wherever he goes he has a joy for life that can't be replicated, his energy is youthful and infectious. If you're in a room with EyeQ you will be dancing like it or not. His music is brilliant and his rhymes are extremely sharp without resorting to profanities. Since his transformation from photographer to rapper, he's performed sporadically around the country. From South by south west to Florida music Festival. The world patiently awaits for his first full length album to release, if everything he's released so far is any indication, EyeQ's debut will be amazing. This is one artist who's got a long music career ahead of him.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Evan Miga

Even though his face or his name may not be familiar, Evan is responsible for reinventing how one thinks about Fringe and local theater in general. A master of graphic design, Evan took an extremely imaginative concept to the stage and it has erupted into a movement. Evan is one of the masterminds behind Dog Powered Robot, a cartoon network calibre presentation featuring large cardboard robots which interact with and entertain an enamored audience. Evan has taken this concept and ran with it, some "robots" have appeared at schools and various concerts. Dog powered robot is the kind imaginative whimsy which is distinctly orlando. While the robots and sets are made out of cardboard, the production quality is extremely high enough to rival anything kids watch these days. There's actually word that DPR is heading to cable television eventually. With acts like this one it's easy to see that imagination is alive and well in Orlando Florida. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Barbra Hughes

   I was fortunate enough to have Barbra as a featured artist at N3RD NIGHT, her energetic art fit in with the art extremely well. Her art has a pop style to it that reminds me of Pollock but has much more structure and purpose then his works. Some of the art is geometric but regardless of the structure, all of her pieces have a magnetic energy that just makes you feel so great by simply looking at them. A lot of artists pour themselves into their work, and with Barbara it's no exception. All of her paintings are filled with personality and joy that just radiates off the canvas. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hex and Michael Orr

Is there anything that HEX can't do? Not only does he DJ for N3RD NIGHT, he  runs his own massive music festival called NERDAPALOOZA, not to mention he also manages to make time to make his own video game inspired art. What I love about his pearler beads is the fact that they are so detailed. They're like a large touchable screen capture of your favorite video games. His pearlers range from 8bit to 16bit and on the occasion he comes up with random mashups that are both surprising and extremely entertaining. You can't help but to smile when you see DC characters made to look like Mega Man bosses. Hex is extremely, and you can tell just by looking at his art, that this is a man who is very passionate about video games. 

So how many times can the Batman logo be reproduced? This might seem like a rhetorical question, however if you've paid attention to pop culture within the last 30 years (or longer) you might noticed that logo has in fact been reproduced and plastered over everything you could imagine, turning it into something beyond just merely a comic book character. Michael Orr went the Andy Warhol path with his take on the logo, and the result is an amazing take on a cultural icon. Michael dissects, zooms into, splatters, and does various other things with the logo and plays with the cultural reproduction. Is it obsession or is it a commentary? Either way what he does is truly visually striking, you can tell that he puts a lot of work into what he does. Along with his Batman logos he also does his version of  some characters from Adventure Time and Teen Titans. If you get a chance check out his stuff!

Friday, July 6, 2012

B. Renee Fine Art

I discovered a very interesting artist through AAL365...B.Renee. Her delicate style has a subtle embrace and truly evokes gentle emotions. Her paintings range from various types of landscapes and emerge onto the canvas like a dream slowly coming into existence. I'm very fond of her color selection and the wispy silhouettes of distant skylines. The warm cozy feeling that her pictures gives me invites me to continue to look at every corner of the painting consuming me and waking up my imagination as I transcend into her dream world. When you get a chance take a look at her wonderful art. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nannette Cherry, Cake,Rebecca Rose

You are not tripping, or are you? Nannette's work is distorted reality at it's best. As I was going through her pictures I began to question my own sanity. Her pictures are amazing, she takes normal human faces and distorts and twists them until the human is no longer present. She has a knack for making us humans look alien and all reality is she distorting the human form or simply bringing out the true nature? I adore Nannette's work, as long as there are people in the world then there will be art for Nannette to create. 

If you've live in Orlando for at least 3 years it would be nearly impossible for you not to run into Cake. However you might not even realize it. Cake is a rock star in the Orlando art scene, not only does his art have a nice glossy look with a stark contrast of something grotesque, but he also makes quite a presence in person. Even though I have yet to meet this man in person His classy appearance is hard to miss.  What I love about Cake's art is that it's always a surprise. I consider it calculated chaos, if you haven't looked at his  art yet I highly recommend that you do so. 

When I'm painting I'm rough and sometimes I just don't care, if colors bleed or run that's just how I am. So to be honest I really have to hand it to Rebecca Rose for having nerves of steel. She crafts some of the most intricate rings that I've ever seen. How she does it, I'm not entirely sure. Each ring has a personality and immense detail. You don't have to be a jewelry fanatic to appreciate her rings. She has such rings as a full on miniature wedding cake complete with bride and groom,  one that was a full on city skyline complete with King Kong, I could go on and on but my descriptions don't do it justice I recommend that you take a look at her rings. You'll be impressed.