Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Vim Dicta: A Hot Band with Hot Artwork

What happens when a hot new band needs a promotional image to represent them and their music? They go to a hot, established artist to make sure they get the best. Andre’s pleased to be working with THE VIM DICTA! And his specially commissioned Miripolsky Sharks are a perfect fit for their music and style.
The Vim Dicta is a unique, young, three-piece band that showcases the talents of L.A.-based original members Matt Tunney (20/lead guitar & vocals) and Cori Elliott (21/lead vocals & rhythm guitar), and recent addition, NYC-based Chris "the Fuse" Infusino (28/drums & percussion). These charismatic musicians and songwriters have been influenced by a wide range of performers, from The Dead Weather to The Doors, The Mars Volta to Led Zeppelin, P-Funk and Santana, and they have taken hold with a multi-cultural audience, from Hipsters to Hip Hoppers to Latin music fans.
In L.A., they have played often at diverse clubs in the metro area: hipster joints like Harvard & Stone and Lot 1, venues like Leimert Park’s KAOS Network, and bars like East L.A.’s Lito’s Cork Room. They’re welcomed on the Sunset Strip at The Viper Room and, out of town, at SXSW. For all of May and June of 2013, the band is in Brooklyn, NY, for a sixty day tour of NYC, with shows at The Bowery Electric, Pianos, The Rock Shop and several other locations in the area.
“The Vim Dicta EP” is a four song collection which has been both critically acclaimed and fan embraced from L.A. to London. It's available for streaming and download from Bandcamp and CD Baby, while the single “Your Man,” which was featured in the Season 5 Premier of FX Network’s popular series, “Sons of Anarchy,” is available on iTunes and Amazon. With 17 additional tracks completed and soon to be trickled out, the band is ready for the next step in its journey.

Check out all of their videos on YouTube, too. Viva, Vim Dicta!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Monterey Historama & Urban Wave Wall

First, thanks to everyone who stopped by the studio during the Brewery Artwalk! It was a great weekend and all the participating Brewery artists appreciated your support of the arts.

Now, let's take a look back at a great project from 2011:

"The Present" - One of 4 parts of the Monterey Historama.

Painting the Urban Wave at the Museum of Monterey.

At the start of 2011, based on his enduring stained glass “L.A. Historama” mural proposal, Andre was commissioned by the Museum of Monterey to adapt this idea to create a “Monterey Historama” as a 10’x55’ mural printed on vinyl and installed in the main exhibition hall of the museum. The vision was to use relevant historical and iconic imagery from the Monterey County area, stringing the images together in a way that is both colorful and entertaining. Every image, for educational value, has a backstory going with it.

He was also asked by the museum to hand paint another mural on a 275’ long wood fence which wraps around the museum, located at Custom House Plaza. He came up with a vibrantly moving “wave” motif to celebrate the Big Sur area. CSU Monterey Bay art students and alums assisted with the painting. Andre was much honored to have this opportunity to create the largest public arts installation in Monterey County, located at one the most significant historical locations in all of California.

All of this work was done in conjunction with the reopening on June 4, 2011, of the former Monterey Maritime and History Museum as the newly-named Museum of Monterey (MoM) after it had been closed for fifteen months. The opening followed the 80th La Merienda party which celebrates Monterey's 241st birthday, sponsored by the Monterey History and Art Association.

The five-minute video below features an interview with Andre as well as a great look at these two important public art projects from 2011. See more pictures of the Urban Wave Wall on Andre's Facebook Page.