Thursday, July 10, 2014

Updated outdoor Artworks

I realized today that it has been a really long time since I have posted anything on here. Below are some photos of things that I have been doing outside....

Mural on Jimi Hendrix house on Haight and Ashbury in SF





'See Life' mural with Lady Mags

'Pacha Mama' mural for Mother's Day


Friday, May 16, 2014

Alynn-Mags 'Live Outside' Mural Interview, Video, and Print Release

Last week Juxtapoz Magazine released an interview with Alynn-Mags about their recent collaboration with JanSport, a 3-story, huge mural in downtown SanFrancisco.  In the interview, Juxtapoz said: "Public art makes cities better...Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags planned, plotted, and painted one of the biggest murals in SF..."

http://www.juxtapoz.com/street-art/live-outside-sf-an-interview-with-amanda-lynn-and-lady-mags

Just a few days ago, JanSport released all eleven episodes documenting our progress: from the idea stage, to getting the wall at Civic Center Holiday Inn, through the trials and tribulations of painting something so huge, so fast (5 days) in the middle of the rainy season.  The final episode shows our happiness and relief at the unveiling mural party. We are very grateful for this opportunity to create, inspire, and exhibit our work in one of our most favorite cities - SF!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIDlwLBuYCg



In honor of this incredible opportunity, we are releasing prints of the final 'Live Outside' mural. Two detail images and one of the full mural.

http://alynnmags.bigcartel.com/product/live-outside-mural 
 'Live Outside'
6"x12" print on Somerset Velvet
$60 each


http://alynnmags.bigcartel.com/product/live-outside-mural-detail-1
 'Live Outside' Mural Detail 1
12"x12" print on Somerset Velvet
$60 each


http://alynnmags.bigcartel.com/product/live-outside-mural-detail-2
 'Live Outside' Mural Detail 2
12"x16" print on Somerset Velvet
$60 each


A huge thanks to all who helped and supported us through this project! -Alynn-Mags

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amandalynn showing at Modern Eden

This coming Saturday, May 10th, 2014, I will be displaying my piece, 'Uncaged', in Modern Eden's International Group Exhibition, 'On Beauty'.

'Uncaged' by Amandalynn
Acrylic on wood and collage papers
19"x23" framed
Purchase info contact: Info@ModernEden.com


Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to announce On Beauty, a celebration of the aesthetic ideals of beauty. Many artistic movements throughout history have embraced the ideal of beauty as the truest form of art. Beginning with the classical era, whose artists in their constant pursuit of proportion and balance, sought beauty through the idealized form to the present day world of fashion and celebrity culture where beauty is all pervasive. Other artistic movements from Rococo through Romanticism, culminated in the artists of the Aesthetic movement, like Dante Rossetti, Albert Moore, and Lord Leighton, who, along with literary giants of the era like Wilde and Byron, sought the representation of beauty with the motto of ‘Art for art's sake’ where beauty was a primary value to be realized at all costs. 


Featuring the beautiful works of Bec Winnel, Sergio Lopez, Sandra Yagi, Michael Cuffe, Christina Mrozik, Derek Harrison, Ania Tomicka, Emily Burns, Lyrica Glory, Kim Gordon, Jane Kenoyer, Daisy Church, Christina Lank, Lacey Bryant, Scott Holloway, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Lena Danya, Lien Truong, Natalia Pierandrei, Melissa Hartley, Jessica L.L Dalva, Catherine Moore,  Kristin Forbes-Mullane, Kristen Adam, Matthew Robertson, Steve "Primary" Hughes, Erica Calardo, JoKa, Layil Umbralux, Lara Dann, Carly Janine Mazur, Sherry DeLorme, Sakuna Daring, Jaclyn Alderete, Leilani Bustamante, Amandalynn, Adam Ziskie, and Cynda Valle.

The opening reception will be held at Modern Eden Gallery on Saturday, May 10th from 6-10pm. Select participating artists will be in attendance at the reception. The exhibition will be on display through June 7, 2014 and is free and open to the public.  
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Juxtapoz interview with Alynn-Mags



One certainty, if I could be so bold, is the proclamation that Public Art makes cities better. It's a simple formula, one that Juxtapoz has declared a necessity for years, had dedicated an entire issue to, and has documented and participated in over the last decade. Public Art programs make people happy. We aren't talking about expensive forays bringing international artists to your city lending a stunning sculpture to your waterfront views. We are talking about the emergence of an entire generation of graffiti artists, street artists, and contemporary muralists, with a fan-base following that stretches continents, working with city planners on sustainable and inexpensive projects to beautify cities. Europe, South America, and some cities in America have embraced this idea, and now, some companies with cultural clout are beginning to help make these programs viable for artists.
San Francisco and Brooklyn are two major hubs of creativity both with unique and distinct histories in graffiti and street art, with San Francisco in particular being a city with an extensive mural history. This past Winter in SF, two local artists, Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags, were given a unique opportunity (and original storyline) to be documented by JanSport through the process of painting a football-field sized mural in downtown SF on the side of a major chain, The Holiday Inn. Now, here is where it gets interesting. One, general day-in-the-life reality based narratives don't include mural artists, nor do they involve artists who have in the past done illegal graffiti. The project, "Live Outside," was about celebrating a form of creativity rarely seen by an outside audience. The emergence of street art as a major international art form has lacked a story that people outside the scene can relate to. With cameras on them nearly 24-7, Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags planned, plotted, and painted one of the biggest murals in SF.
Juxtapoz sat down with Mags and Amanda Lynn a few days after they finished the mural, to get a little insight on being documented and how cities and companies can work together to support the creative class.
The Brooklyn portion of the Live Outside Project, featuring the artist LNY, Mata Ruda & NDA, where the artists are going to work on 3 murals around Brooklyn in May, 2014.
Juxtapoz: Let's get a little background about the both of you. Where you are from? Can you talk a bit about how you two have collaborated in the past? 
Amanda Lynn: Well, I have been a SF based artist for the past 14 years. I am originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where I painted under my mentor, Robin Grass. I met Lady Mags about 3 years ago. We painted our first wall together in Oakland, and have pretty much collaborated on every mural since. After some encouragement, I got her to start showing her fine art watercolor work in galleries and have started collaborating on fine art pieces with her as well.
Lady Mags: My writer name is Mags, Lady Mags. I’m from New York City. I started doing graffiti some 10 years ago maybe more in Chicago, actually. Still, New York City is my home. I met Amanda Lynn about three years ago at her gallery called Cassel Gallery. Later we went down to LA for a friend’s show at Known Gallery, and all the boys fell asleep on the ride back. We were awake and chatted the whole way to SF in the car. We decided to do a wall then. I invited her to paint with me on a wall in Oakland- we painted a Queen Bee wall because we were planning these for a wall at Art Basel. Anyway, that experience was great, and we never stopped painting together. Three years down the road, we have painted 30 or more murals and 30 or more collaborative fine art pieces. We are trying to move into doing a 3-D art installation soon. I feel very lucky. Its probably once in a life time that you find such creativity, inspiration and balance through collaborating with another person. It’s been a real privilege.
When you first found out about the JanSport project, and that the both of you were chosen, did you have any inhibitions or concerns about being on camera?
AL: We have actually had several videographers do pieces on us in the past, so being on camera has gotten to be a pretty natural thing. This job was a little more extensive than any of the others, as in there was a larger crew and we had to be on microphone the entire time! I really don't feel nervous being filmed while working, but the talking directly into the camera is definitely something I need to work on.
LM: Well, I am always concerned about showing my face, I don’t reveal my identity. We had to draw up a contract with our attorney that included penalties if they showed my face on accident. Other than that, Amanda and I have done a few short films before (notably with Lea Bruno, the title is Flora Fauna), so we thought we would be used to it. When it came to the process though, it was much more intense than we anticipated (being mic-ed up, followed around). That said: the videographers were so nice and so supportive. They loved what we did and really enjoyed filming us doing it (I think), so we all got along. It was fun. A lot of silliness.
How did the piece develop, in its early stages? Was this an idea for a mural that you had in the past that you wanted to execute and was this the perfect place? Or was it entirely site-specific? And should I call this a mural?
AL: We hadn't necessarily pre-thought the imagery as an idea, but we had been working on the concept of integrating our pieces together more. We both had really been yearning for the opportunity to do a large-scale production that incorporated our individual artistic imagery in a manor similar to our fine art collaborations. This project really gave us the opportunity to explore this concept on a very large scale with lots of support. As far as location, we got to choose from several different walls, and upon seeing this wall as an option - we knew it was the one! I think you could call this anything you like, it combines elements of traditional mural art, fine art, graffiti and street art - basically it's just a big artistic explosion.
LM: Yes, this is a mural, a graffiti mural. The piece developed in a few ways. First, we collaborated as we always do: I’ll do watercolor backgrounds and some letters, Amanda will do a series of figures, we email them to each other or meet and discuss them, I veto some of her stuff, she vetoes some of mine, I approve some of hers, she approves some of mine, we pick a color palate, and we hit the Photoshop- from there we mock up a few versions using our final round picks. Everything is hand drawn first. Amanda does all the photoshopping. The JanSport crew scouted the locations and gave us choices, and we chose this wall, not really knowing how huge it was. I mean we knew but we didn’t KNOW. If you know what I mean. At first, the JanSport folks liked the design but said: “Does the graffiti piece have to be so big? And does it have to say MAGS?” Which was funny and scary because they saw all of our previous work. Amanda really had our back she said, “Absolutely yes it has to be that big and it has to say MAGS” and there was no more discussion after that.
Was there any jealously amongst your peers, based solely on the size AND location. 
AL: Our peers all seem to be really supportive of our work. We had several dedicated friends help us fill in some paint in order to finish this piece in 5 days.
LM: No. People were so supportive. In fact, when we had a time crunch, we called in the troops to help us finish in the time allotted. Everyone was super happy for us.
Going through the process of being documented while you worked and prepared, make you learn anything about your own workflow or process? 
AL: I feel the greatest thing that I learned in the process was the amazing advantage there is to having assistance. Lady Mags and I usually do our projects by ourselves, the whole marketing, film, and sound crew were incredibly helpful to us on this project.
LM: We learned that we are really good at both collaborating and leaving each other alone. One day we hardly even spoke, Amanda was just doing her thing on the scissor lift, and I was up on another lift and that was that. We trust each other. We always did, but this project showed that we could do something that big without an ounce of worry.
For years, companies and media have really focused a ton of attention on other creative fields, music comes to mind, and the process of "making an album" or "on tour," but art and artists rarely get personalized during a work in progress. Do you think other artists will be excited or interested in being documented?
AL: This project was a really great experience, and I would encourage other artists to work with this team. It really seems like lately the media, as well as, the general public are becoming more and more inquisitive about the process of creating a mural production. I do hope that this excitement towards street art and graffiti keeps building and encourages younger generations to keep painting and showing their skills to the world. Mural art and graffiti art both have a long time history, but it seems the dynamic nature of the creative process is finally getting recognized through documentation.
LM: YES I hope so. I think there may be mixed feelings too. I could see some artists being super excited and others worrying about the commodification of graffiti. As is always the case when a subculture starts to get corporate recognition. Luckily, JanSport really respected us and let us do a 100 percent Alynn-Mags piece where they literally gave no input. They wanted the artists to have full reign. That was amazing.
What in hindsight was the hardest part of the project? 
AL: Waiting patiently for the rain to stop so we could start painting!
LM: The rain, the time crunch, the physical tiredness when you are working until 3 am.
What is the current state of Public Art in San Francisco? What can be improved, if say, you were in city government and could change anything? 
AL: San Francisco has always been an incredibly inspiring place for me. It is one of the few cities that seem to have art almost everywhere you look. I really feel lucky to live in a place that always seems to yearn for more creative expression. As far as me being in city government...that just sounds like a bad idea! But if I could change or create anything, I would simply encourage the idea of having a designated area where young kids could come out and paint. A safe place for them to explore working things out on a wall, where they don't feel intimidated to create. I was recently in Taipei for a short time, and was able to visit this area called 'graffiti area'. It was a big long wall overlooking a river where the government had allocated it as a free zone to paint. They have a sign telling you that all artwork has a shelf life of 4 months; meaning that they come out and paint over the whole wall every 4 months, but anyone can paint it. This seemed like such an amazing concept to me, and was a great way to visit a place and leave your mark, if even just for a short time.
LM: Of all cities I have lived in, SF seems to be super open to public art. I love it. If I were in city government I would offer more money for murals, like prizes for murals or something. So many blank walls, so many artists: put 2 and 2 together! Paint all the walls!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amandalynn showing in Charity Auctions this weekend

It looks like April is the month to give a little back! I was approached by two very different organizations to create one of a kind pieces for auctions benefiting Charitable causes. The first is the Montana Skatepark Association, a growing organization of people who have recognized the value that free skateparks provide to communities in the state of Montana....

'See Glimmer' skateboard
Acrylic and collage papers on skateboard

'See Glimmer' will be on exhibition at Brink Gallery in Missoula, Montana. The bidding begins Today - Friday, April 18th, 2014 at noon, and ends Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 5pm. The bidding will continue at the First Friday Gallery Night at Brink Gallery on Friday, May 2nd during their 'On Deck' art exhibition.  Check out all the boards at http://www.montanaskatepark.org/ondeck-category/ondeck-9/ - there are some really amazing pieces!! 


 The second Auction opening, 'Embodiment',  begins this Saturday, April 19th, 2014 from 6-10pm at DAX Gallery in Costa Mesa, Ca. This art show is to benefit one of Orange County's strongest charities, Laura's House. They provide services to over 900,000 domestic violence victims in OC and will continue to grow with your support.

'Lady Peacock'
Acrylic and Polyurethane on plaster Dress Form
Contact : Info@DAXGallery.com for auction info

 



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alynn-Mags Live Outside Mural and Videos

This past February,  Alynn-Mags teamed up with JanSport, to create the duo's largest mural production yet. Amandalynn and Lady Mags were approached with the opportunity to create a mural production with any design they wanted and pretty much any location they desired.....


The result was very large and very bold. Alynn-Mags are very honored to have had this amazing opportunity and support by not only JanSport, but also the community. Click below on the video links to see the Live Outside project unfold....

http://youtu.be/Sy6m17JxX5c



http://youtu.be/6FljJo33V2U

Stayed tuned for more episodes!! You can check in at www.JanSport.com to find new episodes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Amandalynn showing at 1AM Gallery & Wonderland this Fri. March 14

This coming Friday, March 14th, 2014 I will have work displayed in two galleries in SF, 1AM Gallery and Wonderland SF Gallery. Both are group shows, but each with a very different theme.

 'A Major Minority', curated by Poesia, is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from 18 different countries consisting of over 100 different artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world.

'See Life' by: Amandalynn
Acrylic and pencil on printed paper
8"x11"
Contact 1AM Gallery for purchasing info

'Joy' by: Alynn-Mags
Watercolor and acrylic on cotton rag
8"x11"
Contact 1AM Gallery for purchasing info 

Also opening the same evening in San Francisco is Wonderland SF's 'Homage to Haute Couture' art show.  This exhibition is dedicated to the alluring and intreging styles created by Haute Couture designers from Past to Present. Another strong line up of artists, and a show definitely worth checking out. 

'Seductive Scales' by: Amandalynn
Acrylic on Embossed paper
13"x19"
Contact Wonderland SF for purchasing info




You won’t want to miss our next show “A Major Minority” opening Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30pm. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world. Check out the killer artist line-up below: - See more at: http://1amsf.com/#sthash.wfd5jkoz.dpuf
You won’t want to miss our next show “A Major Minority” opening Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30pm. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world. Check out the killer artist line-up below: - See more at: http://1amsf.com/#sthash.wfd5jkoz.dpuf
You won’t want to miss our next show “A Major Minority” opening Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30pm. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world. Check out the killer artist line-up below: - See more at: http://1amsf.com/#sthash.wfd5jkoz.dpuf