Maps Glover

Maps Glover closed his month long residency at the A Creative DC: Brookland studio space with a performance art piece titled “Don’t Talk to the Artist While in Practice” and an open house for fellow artists and supporters. Glover is a DMV local artist that went to school at the Delaware College of Art and Design. He creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performances is where he best express himself, in this medium all of the ideas he has about how we interact with our emotions and make decisions as humans comes to life.

During the residency he created 27 art pieces centered on police brutality, media, and the speed of life. In the middle of the studio stands an installation, he calls an altar, created for a previous performance series that took place at transformer dc. The installation includes paper airplanes folded, unfolded, and refolded by hand that represent the 987 African Americans killed by police brutality this year.

The checker board pattern is a new theme in the work and represents the quickness of life.  These pieces touch on the theme of age due to Glover turning 27 this year. He uses visuals of news and media in a couple already sold paintings that show news personalities discussing people’s lives and ultimately misrepresenting them. Police brutality and black life are a subject matter repeatedly examined by Glover and is present throughout all of his work.

By Katelynn Dunn

Zeni Media Group interview with Maps Glover The Way That You Live: Interview with Maps Glover

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La Metamorphose

EDEN GARDENS. La Metamorphose Spring/Summer 2019.

In the gardens of La Métamorphose, the woman is certainly a flower that hatches, but this woman is conquering in her femininity, delicate in its strength, it is a multi-faceted woman, muse, but also leader.

Pastels emphasize hatching, whites purity and light. The precision of the cuts, the determination.

Pale roses of love that crown your head,

Fade every summer?

Their stems will bend to the rising wind.

Rose petals have fallen in the path.

O Belle, pick them, since our dream flowers

Will fade tomorrow!

Put them in a cup and all closed doors,

Alanguis and cruel, thinking of the dead days,

We will see the agony of roses

Raves of perfumes.

The big garden is defaced, my egoist,

Day butterflies to other flowers have fled,

And only from now on will come to the sad garden

The moths.

And the flowers will die in the profane chamber.

Our roses alternately shed their pain.

Beautiful, sob a little … Every flower that fades,

It is a love that dies!

Guillaume Apollinaire, There is, “Picking”, posthumous publication, 1925.

 

Maria Aristidou

Maria Aristidou’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection.

You dont always know what s hidden behind a closed door, yet even when you think you do, you always wonder if you are right.  A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. We are humans and curiosity is, whether we like it or not, a human imperfection.  And when that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild!

So, open it. If you dare.

Maria Aristidous Spring/Summer 2019 knit couture collection was quite the challenge.Inspiration for the pattern came from a single vintage arched door found during a walk inside the old city walls of Nicosia. The simplicity of the doors facade, together with the complexity of the engineering behind it, gave rise to a series of design trials that lead to this fine timeless pattern for the fabrics of SS 2019 collection. Hand embroidery embellishments on a colorful palet of luxurious knit fabrics made by the designer, capture the beauty and the essence of a woman. Unexpected cuts on timeless classic designs with modern details are the signature of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection.

In 2015 Maria Aristidou introduced her first A/W 2015 Limited Knit Scarf Collection, a beginning of a new concept in her designs.  The magic of knitwear inspired her to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns.  The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou’s fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories.  The process of fabric production for each collection starts from the very beginning.  Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk and velvet (depending on the season the designer works on) are ordered from Paris and Italy.  Then, a series of patterns, first designed on paper, are passed on to the computer knit programmer to be then processed by the programs set for the knitting machines. What follows is a series of testings to establish which yarn will be used on which machine and for which pattern, how thick or thin the fabric will be, colour sampling combinations, hand-embroidery design testing, quality and durability checks etc. The only fabric that is actually bought, and not produced by the designer, is the lining needed for each garment.

Once the desired patterns are developed, and the fabric samples are finalised and tested, the fabric production takes place.  That is, cutting and sewing (with finishings done with knit trimming on each piece of the garment) along with hand embroidery.

All production takes place in Cyprus.

“No Tears Left To Cry” #1 Most Added Song

The brand new single from multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE“No Tears Left To Cry” is the #1 most added song to Top 40, Hot AC, and Rhythm radio formats.  With 247 radio stations adding the song across the three formats, and one of the few artists in history to receive commitments from entire Top 40 panel in the debut week.  Last Friday, iHeartRadio gave the new single its world premiere, reaching over 13 million Total Audience Spins on the day alone.

Listen to “No Tears Left To Cry” HERE. Watch Official Music Video HERE.

ARIANA took to Instagram this morning to announce that she will be appearing on The TonightShow starring Jimmy Fallon, taking over the entire show May 1. Make sure to tune in for the debut television performance of “No Tears Left To Cry” and more!

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album — 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman — Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

“THE GOOD SIDE,” A NEW SONG FROM TROYE SIVAN, IS OUT TODAY

Today, Troye Sivan shared another new song, “The Good Side.” Available for download and streaming HERE, it follows last week’s release of hisnew single, “My My My!” Both songs are from his forthcoming album, which will be out this spring on Capitol Records.

Tune in to “Saturday Night Live” on January 20 to see Troye perform as this week’s musical guest.

Troye Sivan     Photo Credit: Hedi Slimane

“My My My!” was the top trending topic worldwide after its release last week and the official video, directed by Grant Singer (Lorde, The Weeknd), became the #1 trending clip on YouTube. After only six days, cumulative worldwide streams surpassed 25 million.

Pitchfork named it the “Best New Track” and observed, “With his throbbing new single “My My My!” – one of the first great songs of this young year – Sivan is celebrating pure joy, the feeling of being swept up and rendered invincible by new love.” TIME placed it on its list of “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week” and Rolling Stone hailed it as “a joyous preview of his upcoming album.” Idolator noted, “the searing track has all the makings of a major hit.”

OUT said, “Gone are the emotionally pure days of the heart-wrenching Blue Neighbourhood trilogy of videos or his house party sleepover visuals for ‘Youth.’ In their place, the Australian singer has a sensual, swaggering new video…” NPR Music observed, “It’s an infectious celebration of sexual desire.”

Troye was recently selected by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli to be the face of the Valentino Spring 2018 menswear advertising campaign. His 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood(Capitol Records), topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries. It has sold more than two million adjusted albums worldwide and is certified Gold in the U.S. Streams across all platforms exceed 1.5 billion while video views have surpassed 500 million.

The New York Times hailed Troye as a “prototype for tomorrow’s global pop star” and he appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Out and V Magazine. Associated Press named Blue Neighbourhoodas the No. 1 album of 2015 and Rolling Stone awarded it four stars.The single “Youth” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Club Play chart and has been certified Platinum in the U.S. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy and two GLAAD Media wins.

Ultimate 2018 Festival Guide

The world of festivals and consumer events has evolved. Today, people travel far and wide to come together and celebrate more unique interests, hobbies and passions. Hertz Europe has put together the ultimate European road trip festival guide for 2018 as festivals are a great way to experience a destination in a unique and different way. Hertz Europe has paired preferred vehicles for each festival based on the destination as an added bonus to explore the road less traveled.

Venice Carnival – Italy 

January 27 – February 8, 2018

Head to the world famous festival known for its elaborate masks, Venice Carnival, while exploring the city’s backroads via Hertz Europe recommended Fiat 500 Cabrio with its ability to navigate large crowds. Throughout the festival experience a water performance on the canals, best mask contest, parade, street shows, extravagant ball and more.

St. Patrick’s Festival – Ireland 

March 15-19, 2018

Looking for some Irish luck to last you throughout 2018? Head to Dublin for the annual St. Patrick’s Festival where leperchon’s and pots of gold aren’t the main attraction as the climax to the four-day carousing spree is the parade held on March 17th. The event is as much about participation as it is about spectacle. Traditional Irish dancing spills into the streets, green-clad revelers cheer through the pubs, annual boat races and a massive exhibition of Gaelic football and hurling cap off the festival in high spirits. It is highly advised to rent a car for airport transportation in Dublin and of course to explore Ireland’s countryside- Hertz Europe recommends a VW Touareg for it’s smooth ride throughout the windy countryside.

Isle of Wight Festival – UK

June 21-14, 2018

Rock out this summer at one of the UK’s most famous music festivals- dating back to its debut in 1968. It’s hall of fame includes a rock-tactic, pop-filled, dance-ackee lineup such as David Bowie, Jay Z, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and more. Since there are no direct commercial flights to the Isle of Wight the best way to get to the island is via car and ferry that way once you arrive on the island you have transportation to explore the wonders of Isle of Wight. Hertz Europe recommends cursing around in Ferrari California to feel the wind in your hair and smells the sweet sea breeze of the island.

Running of the Bulls – Spain

July 6 – 14, 2018

Run with a heard of bulls for a once in a lifetime experience at the nine-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin in Pamplona. The best way to experience this city in Spain is via car where Hertz Europe recommends a Mini Cooper Cabrio– small enough to squeeze through the city streets with a convertible option to see and smell the city of Pamplona. The first 24 hours of the San Fermin festival is quite the celebration where the city doesn’t sleep and guests follow suit. Towards the closing of the festival, the city calms down with an intimate candlelight ceremony capped by fireworks and marching bands.

Oktoberfest – Germany 

September 22 – October 7, 2018

Prost! Wear your finest lederhosen while sipping on a stein filled with German beer at Munich’s annual Oktoberfest- think Disneyland for adults. As Germany is known for having some of the best scenic roads and highways, skip taking the train from the airport into downtown Munich and rent a Hertz Europe recommended Range Rover Sport for fast and easy accessibility into the city center with an added bonus of experiencing the road less traveled along the way. Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair with six million people attending everyone year filled with Bavarian traditions and feasts.

Find your sound with RZA

A music-making Today at Apple session is available at your local Apple Store from none other than the grandmaster of Wu Tang Clan: RZA. You’ll learn how to develop your sound using iPad Pro with a Lightpad Block, GarageBand, and other music creation tools from ROLI. It’s totally free and open to all!

To celebrate the launch of this Music Lab at Apple Stores around the world, RZA will personally lead a session on Developing Your Sound at the Apple Union Square in San Francisco on January 27. Sign-up here.

No problem if you can’t make the event. You can explore RZA’s techniques in the best possible way — first-hand — when you develop your own sound in a Music Lab at an Apple Store near you.

The sessions will be led by Apple’s Creatives but will start with a video introduction from RZA. Then participants will hands-on with “Wu-Tang: the Saga Continues,” the exclusive collection of Wu-Tang sounds in the NOISE app. The Developing Your Sound with RZA is part of the Today at Apple Music Lab programming offered in all Apple Stores. Music Labs help people build their musical skills by focusing on new techniques.

The Music Lab with RZA is an amazing way to discover your sound with GarageBand and NOISE on iPads Pros working with Seaboard Blocks, Lightpad Blocks, and Beats Pill speakers. Together, they’re a full-blown music studio that fits in a backpack.

Sign up for a Music Lab through the Today at Apple page of your local Apple Store. They’ve already started, and they’re free and open to everyone.

Learn more about the wider Today at Apple program here.