Tuesday, September 15, 2009

August 27th Art Battles

On August 27th at 11pm I was lucky enough to participate my third Art Battle that took place at La Pouisson Rouge. (for more info on Art Battles or what an art battle is please go to artbattles.com ) I was super excited to be the ONLY WOMAN in the battle representing for the ladies. It was to be myself, Ben Angotti, Kevin Ragnott, and Leif McIlwaine. The the man with the master plan Sean Bono- art battles was his brainchild - called me and told me these people that Radar want to follow two of the artists the day of the show leading up to the battle to showcase on their webchannel. AND GUESS WHAT? I was one of the people they picked! Let me take this opportunity to share with u an excerpt from the ABOUT on their page:
RADAR is a weekly, series produced by WBP LABS – a division of the Workbook Project. The series is a timely, insiders view into the cutting edge of storytelling and creativity, and the attendant tools, tech, models and community. RADAR highlights innovative projects and events across different creative disciplines, hangs with creators and founders, and digs deep into process, method and participation. For more about Radar and to see episodes go to www.radar.workbookproject.comSo the day of was pretty exciting and busy.
I spent the morning fretting about what I would be painting, and on and of the phone with the producers of Radar. The other artist was Leif and they went to tape him first in the morning and me in the afternoon since I told them I don't usually wake up until 1pm anyway. Being concerned about this distracted me from being nervous about totally fucking up my painting in front of the audience later that night. Im confident but as a live artist that is always even in the tiniestway a concern. They came and interviewed me and video taped me around the Lower East Side doing things like shopping and hanging with my drag queens. It's gonna be dope I cant wait to see how they chop it up and put it together. I think it will be episode 13.
Later that night I arrived at the space early at 9pm (call time was 930 I thought) Noone was there and we couldn't even go in the greenroom yet because the show before ours was still going on. So I shey-shaneyed down the stairs in my heels and false eyelashes carrying about 25 lbs of paint and brushes on my shoulder. OH I FORGOT TO TELL U WHAT I WAS WEARING!!! I wore a sparkly gold bodysuit from American Apparel with a black tight nit skirt over the bottom, snake skin zip up strappy heels by BCBG and a simple heart shaped periodot necklace with matching earings. My hair was swept up on the left side with a big sparkly flower and makeup was sharp. I was fierce. "At least Ill look good if I lose" I thought. And this thought brought me comfort lol. Get to the bar and I was so happy to see Miss Marthalicia Matarritamy muthafucking homegirl and the Fabulous Jess Kantor Art Battles pr woman extrordinaire sitting at the bar with a big smiles on thier face. It made me feel better. Martha's done more of these then I have and she's my best friend in the live art circle, truly a great artist and my sister, so I sat down ordered a glass of wine and started chatting.
The Battle FINALLY started at 11:30 (thanks for being late Leif) and there was a huge crowd. There was of course the thrill of hearing your name being called as you walk up to the blank canvas and stare at it like, "fuck now I really have to do something" but there is something exciting and addictive about that moment. After and hour and a half...which in my opinion was too long when u start so late but whatevs, my boy Ben Angotti won the battle (and it was well deserved) and won a studio space and show at the gallery Under Minerva in Brooklyn. I proceded to go out into the night and celebrate until the sun was rising. Good event.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"500 Days of Summer Made Me Want to Vommit My Heart Into My Lap" by Aaron Ginsburg

This is a review of 500 Days of Summer as told to me verbatim By Aaron Ginsburg 
-For whatever reason they hit the hipster girl whose from the suburbs and moves to the city and likes the Smiths nail on the head. I can tell whoever made it went to NYU. When the main character guy is at the roof party and and the main hipster girl he loves shows another girl her engagement ring (she's engaged to another guy) and he sees it I stood up in the theater and was like " NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO..." That's the exact shit that happens. I'm the type of dude that gets super attached and doesn't step up to the plate. And she's like, " I don't want labels, lets just do what we do." and then one morning she's married to some pussy. Its funny that I went o see the movie on a whim, this girl invited me. I happen to know this girl is super retarded, she already has boyfriend and just wants some guy to be with her at the movies, and I know that shit and its all good, but REALLY. And we go to see THIS MOVIE? Bitches just be doin' weird shit. And that's what this movie's about. It hurt. It literally hurt to watch that shit. Aesthetically I could have cared less. I laughed definitely. Most of them were gay jokes, all of the were gay jokes. Every time I laughed it was a gay joke. 
AND this dude, whose name I cant remember but I know he was on Third Rock From the Sun. Hes straight pussy, cause he continuously allows this bitch back into his life. Its so funny when they show up sad and wet at your door. They show up at 2:30 wet, even if its not raining with the puppy face and I'm like, "What r u trying to do? Ruin my fucking life."  I would have yelled at that bitch so bad. It so funny when people in movies act like normal people. Cause if I was that dude Id be like throwing shit out the window! I would be straight psychotic. I would be like, "WHAT WHAT?!" I would be mad. And then at the end he meets some pathetic excuse for "his new girlfriend."  And I'm like "good luck tryin to forget about Summer you faggot" and this girl looks like she got punched in the chin! And her name is Autumn?
Definitely go see this movie. But it hurts to watch.-
Aaron is a designer, artist, and writer. Check out his bedding and clothing line Ducksworth at ducksworthny.com and his blog at the thedoverdorchester.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

Welcome to Crazytown

Hi Im Lexi Bella. Im an artist living in New York City and I have lots of adventures, participate in lots of events, and see a lot of shit. This blog is a type of art, life, and event review I had an idea about for a long time and now my friend Marthalicia finally pushed me over the edge and inspired me to write. I hope to fill it with images and writings about my experience as an artist in Crazytown, along with events, exhibitions, musical performances, movie and album reviews, and happeneings written by me and some friends. Images and happenings soon to come until then enjoy some images of my work and me and my friends!