Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Coming soon...'Grimm Recollections' with Andrea Grant

As part of my East Coast trip I also spent a week in NYC working out the last details of my latest and most ambitious project to date. This has been in the works for quite some time now and I'm very pleased to finally announce it. 'Grimm Recollections: A Modern Retelling of the Grimm Fairytales'. The concept was developed by myself and New York writer Andrea Grant; also known as the 'Pin-Up Poet'. Our collaboration is a retelling of classic fairytales with a modern, twisted slant in a collaboration of 12 illustrated poems. This will consist of 3 limited edition prints per story released simultaneously. The series will launch in March 2009.

Andrea and I met in New York City in September of 2005 at a Neil Gaiman 'Save CBGB's' reading the day after my showing with PNE(Post Neo Explosionism) at the CBGB 313 Gallery. We quickly realized we shared a very similar aesthetic and began scheming a creation to sink our creative teeth into. In our version of the stories, which are set in New York, the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood' is a barfly who hangs out on the Bowery, Hansel and Gretel are sugar-addicted kids from Brooklyn who tear off the tops of fire hydrants in summer, and the 'Twelve Dancing Princesses' live in a penthouse on Park Avenue, imprisoned by a father who resents the fact that he has no sons. Look for more news very soon as well as a preview.

See the link below for more of Andrea's work.

The Pin-Up Poet
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'American Artifact' rock poster documentary coming this year!

ABOUT: American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the '60s. Director Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing rock poster artists from the different eras to discover that America is currently in the midst of a 21st century "rock poster art movement", where thousands of artists around the country are doing silk screened rock poster art inspired by their local scene, the music of our time, and the spirit of our era. The film features interviews with renown artists including Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Frank Kozik, Art Chantry, Justin Hampton, Emek, Jermaine Rogers, Tara McPherson, Derek Hess, COOP, Jay Ryan, and more, as well as fans, collectors, and musicians. Scheduled release for the film is 2009.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Producer / Director Merle Becker is a 15+ year veteran of film and television programming. Credits include "CBS Tony Awards", "Beavis & Butt-Head", Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn", and MTV's "Total Request Live". She has worked on several feature films, including "Rising Low" (with Warren Haynes and Phil Lesh).

View the trailer below:


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pop artist, Justin Hampton rocks ‘Manifest Hope: DC’ exhibition.

For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2009
Portland, OR

Famed Pop Artist: Justin Hampton, was a guest artist at the 'Manifest Hope: DC' official Inaugural Art Exhibition. Celebrating the art of the Obama campaign. His work was displayed with Shepard Fairey, Ron English, David Choe to name a few of the A-List artists.

Yosi Sergant of Evolutionary Media Group invited Hampton to take part in this history defining exhibit after seeing Justin's political poster 'That One: History', which Justin independently designed to show his support of the Obama presidential campaign.

“My painting is a riff on the infamous cover I designed for the controversial 2004 ‘Grey Album’ by the super producer Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley fame. Not only did I put Obama and historical figures in place of Jay-Z and The Beatles, but I tied together 150 years of American Freedom Fighters in one image” Explains Hampton. This image was seen on every major news channel covering the event.

Justin Hampton is a world renowned pop artist and is known as one of the leaders in the modern Rock N’ Roll poster movement. His work has been published in many books including the definitive tome of the gig poster genre; The Art of Modern Rock. Hampton has been creating rock art for the past 15 years and his posters are highly sought after by collectors. He is the definitive artist for the rock band Queens of the Stone Age for whom he has created classic imagery since 2002. His posters have also appeared in various television shows and motion pictures.

Justin Hampton