STUDIO VISIT: MAS

From an anthropological point of view, carnival is a reversal ritual, in which social roles are reversed and norms about desired behavior are suspended.

And like most things in this region of the world black folks got a hold of carnival and took it to the next level, these elaborate multi-day celebrations. They were not invited to the ceremonies of their masters and would put on their own festivals making fun of their masters and so this became a partially satirical event.

UNDERNEATH IT ALL

So much of Blackness is defined in opposition or relation to whiteness, after the labels, the castes, the stereotypes, and social-behavioral expectations are removed, what's underneath? This piece explores one possibility of what's underneath it all.

It is our very first print edition and is included in @versal_amsterdam VERSO subscription box. It is printed in an edition of 50.

SEE ME MURAL

“It is a reminder to walk with eyes open. Through color and composition, this piece explores the positive impact of representation and the lasting inspirational value of being able to see oneself iconically depicted”

Value: In Terms of Iconography

We are so excited to share a collaborative project that we have been working with Erin Patrice O'Brien on. Let's start at the very, very beginning. We met Erin Patricia O'Brian a few years back while working under a different name. We were not new to her images as she is a veteran in the game of photography. One of our members has fond memories of going through vibe magazine...

STUDY UP

This week, we get silly, we get loose and we take a trip back to the archives and chat about process.

THE FUTURE…IF YOU WANT IT

In this week's studio visit we do some time traveling in this video and we play outside.

BLACKOUT

We are going to tell you a true story.

there were these people who lived here, all over, and did things a particular way...as people do. then some other people came from a far place. they came because they couldn't figure out how to be seen where they lived. these poor people, because they were never seen, they didn't know how to see. they used this to justify and enforced dumb rules that continued not to see people and smoosh people. These folks were so blind that after the smooshing,  they traveled far and brought more people that they refused to see, so that they could

STUDIO VISIT: THAT NEW NEW

Let's chat about our experience and manifestations. In this studio visit, we share our process, our thoughts, our themes of exploration as well as our collaborative projects. We are gearing up for a show called 'The Church of expansion'. It will include a series of collages prints canvases banners and other mixed-media works. It also includes the collaboration print series with Erin Patrice O'Brien. We also chat about the origins of our character Matilda and an animation project that has Tanya Farmer teaching her (and you) yoga.

LOVE LESSONS: STUDIO VISIT

There are so many ways to love. Some are so complex and others are so simple. It's always been amazing that you can tell the way a person or creature has been loved often by the way they carry themselves and express love. Unfortunately, when love is lacking sometimes folks interact with that person as if they do not deserve to be loved. When I was a child I use to get so annoyed with my mother priming me. She would carefully do my hair to ensure there were no fly-a-ways. She should make sure I never left looking wrinkled or full of holes or dirty and the most agitating was that right before she would drop me off at...

WIGGED OUT

Let's chat about hair. Particularly the hair that grows out of the top of most folks head. This crown and glory is often a hot topic in the Black community,  often representing politics status, and culture. Basically we don't play when it comes to hair. This hair thing has a long history and has often been a battle and struggle for many women when it comes to acceptability politics, natural vs processed. We love that our hair represents something 'unique' for white audiences but at the same time in the past we have had trouble with the amount of time that this consumes with Black folks, in the form of....

TOLD YOU SO

Welcome to another week our archival studio visits. This week's visit will be centered around the theme 'I told you so'. One of the amazing aspects of having the opportunity to exercise creativity is that it puts the artist closer to the pulse and vibration of what's going on and maybe sometimes even ahead of the game. All of these featured pieces represent that.  All of the work featured in this grouping were a bit forward-leaning for there time, but super relevant now. At the time we were imagining kinda dark futures.

THOTS ON ARCHIVING

We were painstakingly going through all of Junkprint's old work categorizing measuring, storing and pricing all work to make all pieces available for purchase. Because after all if it hasn't been archived did it even exist? And if you are relying on social media networks to create your archives keep in mind, it's rough to build your house on other people's property.

TYPE PLAY

while we are on the topic of type love... We spend a lot of time playing and working on studies. Many of our projects require experimentation as they are quite tactile. We love the digital world...but real life in where it's at, touch something fuzzy, taste something sweet, hug a tree small some plants and gaze upon something shiny in real-life, that kind of thing. These are some recent manifestations of that play. They do not have a purpose, application or home per se but one of our members has been musing about a clothing line. it' all TBD, but in the meantime here's some manifestations of that play.

WE STILL LOVING: TYPE EDITION

We love all of this and it resonates with some of the latest projects we have been working on. We just wrapped up some custom lettering for Machel Montano's Machel Monday. Which happens to be today and also happens to be a celebration of his nuptials. yo! It is seriously a love fest over here. Our work is used in the flyers promotional video as well as the tickets. We loved having the opportunity to work on this. Ya'll over at Hasely stadium, buss a wine for us.

WE LOVE

...that got us thinking about the impact of simply loving up on each other. Like for real love, not ownership, or possessiveness. The type of love that sees oneself in another. That's open to listening and understands how to support and be an advocate. I know, I know it sounds mad mushy, well it is, the point is to feel good. Full belly full heart etc. So we decided that we are gonna share with you things/situations we love.

YOU MAY SHOP NOW

We love solutions, we love the absurdity of old ads (and full disclosure can't wait until our current ads become old these pharmaceutical commercials are out of control). we are very much so American (most apparent when we are out of the country but that's a different post) and so inherently, we are obsessed with the notion of a very quick fix. We also love painting and have a ton of empty cans in the studio. It's bad enough that were spraying all this aerosol into the world might as well make sure that we are upcycling.

NOVEMBER 15TH

What you up to on Friday, November 15th?
Well, you will be hanging with me at the 'Dope Ever Since' event in NYC.

I am super duper excited to announce my newest latest pop-up exhibition. It is taking place at a SECRET Chintatown location on November 15th between 7 p.m. 12a.m. One of the main agendas of Mz.Icar is to create and participate in engaging 'real life' experiences. Thanks to the movers and shakers at Lost Art BK, we have been able to team up with some musicians and creatives to do just that.

SPARK

Luckily, we're not the types to sit, complain, fart and scratch our butts all day. We decided to plan a shoot and basically remind ourselves what we’re working with. How super we are. That we have the answers to trifle with a demanding industry that wants more.

SOCA UNIVERSE

Oftentimes the iconography of our culture is created by an external entity. This project gave me the opportunity to be in the front of center of creating and example or option or celebration and how we see ourselves. I shot the image used at Trinidad's carnival a few years back and when Machel's camp approached me to do this project I was elated to do something that felt so close to home and pull some of the archival footage from that journey.

MS. LAURYN HILL SPECIAL PROJECT

It is a real honor and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Some of the images and things are still in the work so we can't share it all but here's a sneak peek of some of the things that we have been working on including graphics and designs for afrochella and merch for various pop up throughout the tour we were also very honored...

“farewell to meat” CARIBANA 2019

Did you know that the Latin derived name of the holiday 'carnaval' means "farewell to meat."I'll be doing a bit ogf thematic exploration of this in a new live canvas piece this sunday

REMIXED!

it goes without saying that this exhibition is inspiring but I can't help but feel that something is missing...oh yeah, designers of color.Ironically the exhibitions is guarded by docile looking black people dressed up like butlers....The Mz. Icar team and I decided to remix this exhibition because we will pull up a seat at any table we want to.

ARMOUR

Play dead, when your enemy arrives everyone just drop to the floor like the fiercest death drop ever...

DEAR MAMA

We have been sitting on this one for a minute! I am so excited to announce our recent work with Essence magazine. One of our Mz', had the opportunity to paint a three-story mural for the background set celebrating Tonya Louis Lee and Satchel Lee for the may issue. This is currently on the shelves right now it is so fun when you're commercial and you're fine art have a chance to mix and match and make babies together.

MAYDAY, MAYDAY, WHERE ARE THE LADY CODERS?

The project was completely laid out. All the pngs were size then ready for uploading. Sitemap was created. Funds ready to be distributed. All support images and information were ready for the right coder...the right bad ass back slash. bracket genius.It was really important to us to hire a woman coder preferably a woman of color. This ended up being quite a challenge. We reached out to local coding organizations in which we didn't receive any replies. We also sent out feelers through

LISTS

Make a list. Check it twice. Check it for lint and check it for mice. Check it for love. Check it for hate. Make sure it's authenticity isn't up for debate

ART? MONIES? WORTH?

Here comes the business part of being an artist. That part is a true shit show. Between buyers, curators, gallerist, commissions, day jobs, side hustles, patrons and institutions it has the potential to be the most complicated financial structure that exists.

THOTS ON HORSES

Speaking of horses. As a kid I wanted a horse. I wanted to go horse back riding and do competitions like some rich girls I had recently read about. The closest I personally got to acquisition was my little ponies which were fine, because real horse aren’t pink and purple and do not have hearts in there eyes. Well, there was that one time when our next door neighbors from Mexico brought back 2 horse and kept them in their suburban southern California back yard. The whole block smelled like horse poo

CAREBEAR RUG NOTES

The care bear rug. It's interesting the way that we love things. You'll need an avid recreational Hunter who will tell you how they love nature so much as they gaze upon taxidermy head on a wall. It's a strange brand of love...

OBSERVATIONS FROM GLOVER PARK WASHINGTON D.C.

These social settings require careful consideration, as the cloak of blackness creates a marker bringing on stares and overly friendly gestures that seem somewhere between overcompensation for discriminatory thoughts/past actions or nosiness as to why we are occupying white spaces in such a leisure manner.....

READ A BOOK!

I may have to get an actual tangible version of this book. He has so many quotables. I just absolutely love the way that he describes the feeling of his existence and all of these spaces from Yale, to home, to his relationships it's just a beautiful way of writing...

THE LYING PHOTOGRAPH

A photo was never enough. A photo couldn't tell the whole picture. It was as if a photo was just lie that everyone mistook as intrinsically 'the truth' because it looked so real. Perhaps that's why I love a collage and photo montage I love the idea of forcing the viewer to contend with, what you were showing them is not real it's altered. it's all a prospective. it always was a perspective.