Constant Culture Presents: Kristin Frenzel

Happy Monday, folks! It’s officially April, which means we are less than three weeks away from Block x Blog! Can you believe it? Listen, we know it’s April Fools’ Day. But we’re not here to mess with you. Today, we want to give you some more insight on what you can expect on April 20th by introducing you to one of our own: Kristin Frenzel.

If you’ve attended past Subculture events and scooped out the art there, you’re likely to be familiar with her work. Remember Great Scott, the Doc Brown, painting at Sincerely Yours Marty McFly? How about “Steve Zissou” at By Way of Wes Anderson? Both were featured piece done by Kristin.

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Though she was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Fla., Kristin moved to the Fort Lauderdale area around four years ago. She remembers always having been drawn to art, even at an early age. When she was younger, she found herself doodling and painting on practically everything that crossed her path.

“My tests in grade school would be covered in dragons, wizards and dinosaurs,” she recalls. “My teachers would scold me for doodling so much rather than filling in the answers. Later on, I found out most of them kept those tests and still have them to this day.”

Growing up, Kristin was fortunate enough to have parents who not only supported what she wanted to do in life but also encouraged it. Though she tried her hand at what others would call “traditional” job, she quickly realized they weren’t her calling and eventually decided to pursue art full-time.

 “I was always going to be an artist, one way or another,” she says.

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One year for Christmas, her mother bought her a circuit machine under the notion that Kristin could use it on future projects. Along with her boyfriend Jonathan, she began exploring the possibilities of what they could concoct with it.

“Sadly, the machine wouldn’t do anything we wanted,” Kristen remembers. “We couldn’t hack it, and the cartridges were terribly expensive. So, we looked into more substantial die-cutting machines. We were trying to figure out what we could do with it to justify the purchase of the equipment.”

Around that same time, Kristin had become interested in glassware and drinkingware. It from that curiosity that their company, Illuminated Lion, was born. “It started with us wanting to just etch dinosaurs and alchemical symbols on glasses for ourselves and our friends, and it evolved into a business,” she says.

In her artwork, Kristen primarily uses acrylics, thought she will sometimes also utilize watercolors. She also has some experience with graphic art and digital painting and hopes to one day expand her repertoire to include other mediums.

“I am desperately trying to get decent with graphite and colored pencils. Much work is needed on that front,” she says. “One day, I hope to graduate to oils as well.”

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As Subculture’s resident Art Lead, Kristen has worked and collaborated with other artists at our events to enhance the atmosphere and expose the community to unique creations using canvas and acrylics. While it is true that her works at these gatherings fit the theme, it’s no coincidence that they have all been pop culture-oriented in nature. Kristin considers herself a pop culture artist and as such, she finds that this title gives her the freedom to paint that which she appreciates.

“When I got back into painting, the very first piece I did was entitled Kapow. It was a mash-up of Adam West as Batman holding a Bob-omb. I did that and two other pieces for a show up in Orlando. I didn’t do them for any other reason than I really wanted to paint them,” she remembers.

“I loved the responses and the excitement the pieces generated. I loved that I loved what I painted. When I think of what I want to paint, for me, it is all these people and memories from when I was younger, from when I would watch cartoon shows, play with my toys and watch ridiculous movies. I really love capturing that nostalgic feeling on canvas.”

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Through her past experiences, Kristin has found that Subculture happenings not only allow here to paint the things she wants but also challenge her. “It pushes me to really think  about how I want to approach the event and how I want to represent myself artistically for the event goers,” she says.

For Block x Blog, Kristin is one of our curators. Along with Gina Bentivegna, who is curating the Vinyl Art Show section of the event, she has brought together a group of individuals that will certainly bring the world of 8-bit to life through their art. “We have spent months finding artists and really working towards making the visual art side of this event amazing,” she says. “The caliber of talent we have recruited is stupendous! I could gush for days.”

In addition her role as a curator, Kristen will also be in charge if the Cash and Carry gallery, which will showcase pieces by some of the event’s artists. All art there will be less than $50 and will be available for immediate purchase. In essence, people can literally buy the art and take it right off the wall. Aside from actual paintings, there will also be a variety of other merchandise like Illuminated Lion glassware, vinyl toys and mystery grab bags on sale under the same principle. Kristin will also be painting live on site in this area.

Now that you know a little about her and what she’s doing at Block x Blog, are you curious as to what Kristen herself is excited to see?

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“I love seeing what Jordan from The Fine Print Shoppe comes up with for events, so I am looking forward to that,” she says. “I am BEYOND excited to see what 8bitLexicon has planned. I have heard he is going to transform a stage into something unbelievable. Also, SUEDE DUDES!”

To learn more about Subculture’s Block x Blog Music and Arts Festival, check out our home page. Tickets are on sale to the public here.

Support Flagler Village Community Garden at the Night Owl Market

flagler village, flagler garden, fat village, night owl marketThis Saturday (3/30), get ready to experience a treat Fort Lauderdale gets every so often.

Hosted by Block x Blog sponsor Flagler Garden and the FAT Village Artwalk, the Night Owl Market is back with over 60 crafters, artists and vendors selling art, jewelry, handmade goods, vintage finds, food, records and more. Also making an appearance are food trucks, art exhibits, a photo booth, and free alcohol in the form of craft beers, wine, and cocktails.

The Night Owl Market isn’t your typical craft fair – it’s a grassroots effort for positive change in Fort Lauderdale says Flagler Garden president Chad Scott. “The true charity is engaging the community while promoting Fort Lauderdale’s cultural revitalization and giving exposure to local businesses,” says Scott.

Although attending the event is free, the charitable aspect lies in all proceeds going straight to funding the construction of  the Flagler Village Community Garden, which will be the first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale.

Head out to the Night Owl Market from 5 to 10 pm this Saturday (3/30) at 517 NW 1 Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301. Street parking and admission is free. Event includes all ages.

 

Catch Flagler Village Community Garden at Block x Blog on April 2oth in Fort Lauderdale! Visit our homepage for full info and purchase tickets here today!

 

Jerry’s Artarama

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By: Aysia Marotta   

As you all may have heard, Subculture’s Block x Blog music festival is officially less than a month away! Our team is working extremely hard to make sure that this is the best festival to hit South Florida yet. However, we wouldn’t be able to do it without our amazing sponsors. We are proud to have over fifteen sponsors that are helping us pave the way to Block x Blog.

This week, we wanted spotlight the folks Jerry’s Artarama who are helping us bring our vision of Block x Blog to life. With three locations all over South Florida (West Palm, Deerfield Beach and Miami), Jerry’s has made it easy for the artists here to grow and thrive in the community with their wide array of art supplies, workshops and in-store and local events. We were thrilled to be able to speak to the art enthusiasts at Jerry’s about their presence in the South Florida art community and more!

CC: Having three different locations and being known as the greatest art supplier in South Florida, I’m sure you’ve come across some incredible talent. Who are some of your favorite artists from around the area?

JA: Some of our favorite artists are Kazilla, Evocia1, Chnk, Danny Brito, Gina Bentivegna, and Alex Yanes. We could go on and on, but that’s just a few that are very active in our community that we’ve seen and LOVE. Honestly, every artist that comes into our store brings in a fresh wave of creativity that never ceases to inspire us in a new way.

CC: There are a few different art suppliers within South Florida, yet Jerry’s seems to be the headquarters for aspiring artists. How does Jerry’s stand out in ways different than competitors?

JA: Jerry’s Artarama in Deerfield makes it a point to provide quality art supplies at discounted prices, offer free educational events to local artists, have knowledgeable and enthusiastic employees, and provide assistance to local artists looking to bring something new to our community. Our goal is to be the focal point of our artistic community and be the support that our artists need. By providing the supplies they need at fair prices we’re giving them a head start economically so that they can afford to keep doing what they love. Not to mention, if you need anything, just ask! We’re ALWAYS willing to make a donation or work out a fair partnership to help a show or event get started!

CC: Not only does Jerry’s supply artists with the tools for their craft, but they supply artists with support. What are some of your favorite causes/events that Jerry’s has worked with?

JA: Our Deerfield store is always involved in something. We are a huge supporter of Ft. Lauderdale’s ArtServe which annually hosts their graffiti Red Eye event. We also LOVE Stitch Rock, Lynn Travis Stender Scholarship Fund through Women in the Visual Arts, the Jaffe Center for book arts, and the FAU Fine Arts Festival. We’re honored to be able to support so many causes and especially love one that aids young, rising artists and students!

CC: Our event Block x Blog is a showcase of some incredible music and artwork. How do you feel music influences art?

JA: They are both forms of personal expression that allow the viewer/listener to impose their own narrative to the work. They set the tone and mood for each other whine in development and ultimately daily life while educating and connecting a community. The type of music you are listening to during your creative process directly influences the final piece that comes out!

Make sure to visit one of the three Jerry’s Artarama locations in South Florida for all of your art needs:

242 South Federal Hwy.
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441

2505 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL

1140 SW 67th Ave
Miami, FL

To learn more about Subculture’s Block x Blog Music and Arts Festival, check out our home page. Tickets are on sale to the public here.

Millionyoung

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Mike Diaz, aka “Millionyoung”, is one of Block x Blog’s most anticipated acts. A South Florida export, his electric pop creations have spanned across three separate studio albums, and his latest LP, Variable, is a lighter, dancier take on his natural, free-flowing sound.

Millionyoung leads the music scene in Florida, crafting a diverse blend of melodies and hooks that remind you of early Flaming Lips, DJ Shadow, and Chromeo. Of Variable, Mike says, “On this new record, it was important to stay true to my sound, but I wanted to make sure the vocals came through true, and the level of production was elevated. I was digging through tons of Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergras records and tried on channeling their simplicity and emotion while still using my pallet of sounds.”

 

 

One of the most fascinating things about Millionyoung is indeed his “pallet of sounds” which features a range between true-born electronica (On-On) and a complete jump into shoegaze memories (Chlorophyll). “I grew up listening to all the greats, Michael Jackson and Prince, especially,” Diaz says. “I always had a passion for soul and funk-infused pop music.”

He’s also collaborated with some other local Florida acts. “I’ve worked a lot with ANR from Miami, as well as with my good friend Judson of Sumsun,” Diaz says. When it comes to South Florida, perhaps we need to give credit where credit is due; it’s a true hodgepodge. The emerging music and arts scene here makes this more and more apparent.

Diaz agrees. “The community here is unlike anywhere else really,” he says. “We’ve been all over the country now, but South Florida, especially Fort Lauderdale crowds, always show up ready to dance. Fort Lauderdale has so much potential, I’ve been going to shows there for over a decade and it’s gone through so many phases. It’d be great to see more events like Block x Blog pop up.”

 

 

At Block x Blog, happening April 20th, 2013 at America’s Backyard, Green Room, and Revolution in Fort Lauderdale, Millionyoung tours in support of his latest release, Variable. Almost a vacation from the denser compositions on his sophomore LP, Amanecer, this newest album strips down to the basics, creating streamlined dance tracks that are accessible but remain inherently unique. Diaz looks forward to this year’s Record Store Day, which falls on the same day as Block x Blog and will be incorporated into the event. “It’s going to be a lot of fun celebrating Record Store Day with all our friends in bands here,” he says. “I’m excited to catch Jacuzzi Boys again, as well as our friends in Suede Dudes and Lavola.”

Millionyoung is joined on the Block x Blog lineup by Holy Ghost!, Krisp, Lil Daggers, Jacuzzi Boys, Deaf Poets, plus many more. Subculture is excited to have Mike Diaz as part of our community, and we look forward to Block x Blog on April 20th, 2013.

To learn more about Subculture’s Block x Blog Music and Arts Festival, check out our home page. Tickets are on sale to the public here.

Body Art By Keegan

Here at Subculture, we’ve got many things in the works for our upcoming Block x Block Festival in Fort Lauderdale. On April 20th, we’re transforming Revolution, Green Room and America’s Backyard into a celebration of all things 8-bit and the nostalgia of days spent at the arcade and record store. To do that and provide you with the best experience possible, we’ve recruited a number of talented folks. Today, we’re excited to introduce you guys to one of our artists.

If you attended our last event, By Way of Wes Anderson, you’re already familiar with Keegan Hitchcock of Body Art By Keegan. She was the one responsible for creating  those fantastic foxes and fluttering faerie you saw running around all night. She’s a Subculture veteran, and we’re incredibly stoked to be working with her again.

Keegan’s artistry began at an early age. Born and raised in Miami, she was exposed to what would become her craft when she was 9-years-old. At that time, her mother had started working at children’s parties, doing basic face painting. When she started taking classes for it, Keegan tagged along and as a result, her fascination with make-up and paint continued to grow.

In addition to experimenting with it at home, Keegan began taking theater make-up classes in school and volunteered at haunted houses around town. “I stared in this line of work with children’s face painting and stage make-up,” she says. “Once I hit driving age, I was officially making money face painting, either with the companies my mother had already worked with or the people I had made connections with.”

Photo by Ian Witlen

Photo: Ian Witlen (www.theCameraClicks.com)

As she got older, Keegan continued to study face paint and makeup, but she went about it in a unique way that allowed her to hone a new set of skills. “At that time, most face painters were expected to also be clowns, so I’ve attended many clown-related workshops, seminars and conventions,” she says. There was no funny business at these events. Rather than focus on the silly factor that most people associate with clowns, the classes focused on a variety of trades that could be used to entertain. As Keegan recalls, “At clown conventions, they offer lectures on performing different skits, costuming, applying ‘correct’ clown makeup to yourself, balloon twisting and simple magic tricks, in addition to face painting.”

A few years later, she went to her first live body painting event. The convention, which was specifically designed for non-clown-related face and body painting, ignited a passion. “After that, I talked friends into letting me use their body as canvas to take photos and start promoting that type of art,” she says. From there, her interest and skills kept expanding, and she soon began incorporating accessories like gems, horns, ears, prosthetic pieces and costuming to her work.

“I love art in general,” Keegan says. “By that, I mean I’m drawn to things I find visually stimulating. Body art, in particular, I find interesting because you have not only the ‘art’ that somebody has painted or created on a body but the body itself as artwork in its form and in its movements.”

The idea behind Block x Blog was something that immediately appealed to Keegan. She strongly believes that the pop culture we were exposed to in our childhood years played a big role in shaping the people we are now. Her interest in the festival also stems from that Peter Pan complex a lot of us entertain. “Maybe I’m just getting old, but I feel like things had a lot more of a fun and playful vibe in the days that Block x Blog is highlighting,” she says. “I miss that. I love that. I don’t feel like I’ll ever fully ‘grow up’ if I retain a connection to all that fun stuff.”

Photo by Ian Witlen

Photo: Ian Witlen (www.theCameraClicks.com)

At Block x Blog, Keegan won’t be painting; in fact, she’ll be exercising one of the other skills she “picked up from the clowns.” She’ll be creating a small balloon garden in of the walkways of Green Room. The idea came to her a few months ago when the festival was still being conceptualized. “It hit me like one of those light bulb moments: balloon flowers look just like video game flowers,” she says. “My goal is to give attendees that feeling of wonderment. I want them to feel like they’re stepping into another place and time as they walk through my little garden. I hope they feel like they’re in a game, so to speak. Kind of a cross between ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ and ‘Super Mario’. I want to do whatever I can to encourage people to feel childlike, or at the very least, amused and smiling as they walk through it.”

What else is Keegan looking forward to at Block x Blog? We asked her, and here’s what she had to say:

Music: Millionyoung, Suede Dudes and Jacuzzi Boys
Beat Enthusiasts: Tonx and Andie Sweetswirl
Vendor: Black Locust Society’s shop
Art: Prints. (“Yay! More art to buy and bring home!”)
Other: “Most of all, I’m looking forward to just experiencing the event as an attendee. I worked with Subculture for By Way of Wes Anderson and had a blast, but I was only able to see my small corner of the venue as I was busy painting people all night! This time, I get to experience it all, and THAT is super exciting to me.”

Black Locust Society Pop Up Shop

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By: Aysia Marotta   

Last weekend, South Florida experienced an infestation like no other. Fort Lauderdale opened its doors to Black Locust Society’s pop up shop, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s something you definitely don’t want to miss. Constant Culture was lucky enough to catch up Brett Wilkin of Black Locust Society and talk about the launch of the pop up shop, the company’s origin and their plans for the future of BLS!

SC: All of us here at Subculture are very excited for the opening of Black Locust Society’s Pop Up Shop this Friday. South Florida isn’t really known for having many events like this, Can you see yourselves organizing more of these? And what is the public to expect at the pop up shop?

BLS: Thanks! We’re excited about the shop as well! We certainly hope to bring more projects in the future to South Florida that may have not been seen before. We have to give a big thanks to the folks at Laser Wolf for giving us the opportunity for this one.

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At the shop, the public can expect to find what happens when a slice of Fort Lauderdale’s creative community, in and outside of BLS, comes together with a common goal. Well that, and some shirts too. In addition to BLS merchandise, we’ve brought in a few our favorite Florida based brands, including Jinx Remover, The Mongrels, Oleander & Mint, Cats Are The Illest, Croon Audio and more. We know the individuals behind these brands on a personal basis and are proud to have their creativity on display in the shop.

SC: When did Black Locust Society originate? How do you continue to attract your ‘swarm’?

BLS: Black Locust Society was founded in 2010 with the first SWARM event. There were three of us at that time. Membership grew with each subsequent event (through an initiation process), and things were organized a bit better a little over a year ago.

In regards to attracting people to the events, I think it’s mainly been word of mouth. We do very little promotion for the events, yet they have grown exponentially since SWARM #1. I think Fort Lauderdale had been craving something like this for some time, and we just happened to be the first ones to pull it together.

SC: Black Locust Society’s home base is in the 954, but are there any possible plans to organize something out of South Florida?

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BLS: We embarked on a four city Florida Tour in 2012, culminating in SWARM JAX in Jacksonville, which went very well. Our main focus will always be the 954, but we definitely aren’t against the idea of taking things on the road and showing other cities that FTL is more than a Spring Break destination.

SC: What’s the meaning behind the ‘Secret Society’? Why do you want it kept a secret?

BLS: I don’t think we’ve ever officially called ourselves a “Secret Society,” but we’d definitely prefer that the focus remain more on the events than the people behind them. In that sense, although many do know who we are, those who don’t can take in the full experience without anything else attached to it. Being anonymous allows our projects to speak for themselves.

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SC: Last but not least, how does the BLS measure success?

BLS: The success of BLS is based solely on creating a positive experience for those attending our events and other projects. If the attendees are happy, it makes us happy. So, I guess we measure success in happiness.

Cheers to a very successful opening to our friends in Black Locust Society! Their pop up shop, located at 901 Progresso Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, will be open every Thursday through Saturday until March 23rd. Keep an eye out for one of our flyers, and join both BLS and Subculture at Block x Blog  on April 20th. Tickets on sale here.

Photos by: Phillip Roffman

Playlist: Mister Lies

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Subvert Media asked Chicago-based producer Nick Zanca, or “Mister Lies”, to put together a playlist for our audience. Bubbly pop weaves through dense, ambient drawls; clear stylistic influences appear on tracks like “Send the Pain On” and “Electric Counterpoint: I – Fast”. His playlist is available below through Spotify, with YouTube videos filling in the gaps.

Here’s what Nick had to say about his mix:

“January 2013 Tour – Travel Log:

Here is a collection of music I listened to while traveling to the different cities I paid a visit to on this particular tour. All non-ironic loner music, considering how much time I spent in the airport terminal or the train station by myself.”

Playlist:

grouper – disengaged
langley schools music project – space oddity
baths – turian courtship
steve reich – electric counterpoint movement one
j dilla – nothing like this
ricky eat acid – ambien music
andy stott – hatch the plan
chrome sparks – send the pain on
dmx krew – get with you
taylor swift – fifteen
danny brown – party all the time
final fantasy X soundtrack – besaid island
the streets – it’s too late
ghibli – vespers
bjork – hyperballad
air tycoon – tessellate me
keith jarrett – paint my heart red (live at carnegie hall)
mykki blanco – join my militia
vanessa carlton – ordinary day
jack magma – cat gotcha tongue

Be sure to check out Mister Lies’ debut album, Mowgli, from Lefse Records, as well as his video interview with Subvert Media.

Constant Culture Presents: Killmama – Lost It

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock this week, you’ve probably seen that some big things are happening here at Subculture. If you check out our homepage, you’ll find all the details about our upcoming Block x Blog festival, taking place in Fort Lauderdale on April 20. Here at Constant Culture, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one of the artists you’ll be jamming out to if you join us for this momentous, radical event.

Killmama is a band from our neck of the woods, and they’ll be taking part in our 8-bit themed celebration. Below, you’ll find the video for their song “Lost It” and a little bit of info about them. Keep an eye out for more to come on Killmama and our other Block x Blog artists. Enjoy, kiddos!

Sounds like: A dash of Grace Potter, a smidgen of Lana Del Rey, a hint of Nina Persson, and a sprinkle of South Florida flare

Best listened to: when you’re in the mood to feel like a badass or when feeling slightly scorned

About Killmama: Fort Lauderdale’s Killmama is the unplanned child of Sophie Sputnik and Rob Kingsley. After teaching herself to play the drums over a 72 hour period, Sophie and Rob began forging a sound far removed from their backgrounds as a singer-songwriter and punk guitarist. Killmama’s sound, grimy as a barroom floor, shimmering like an Everglades back road in the dead of summer, has overflowed taverns and dives from South Beach to the Deep South. Killmama is South Florida’s raw nerve.

Writer’s notes: I’ve had this song on repeat for the last half hour. It’s that catchy, and it makes me wish I had some red lipstick and a leather jacket on me right now. Sophie Sputnik’s voice (like her name) is ace.

Directed by Natalie Morales
Starring Brit Morgan, Chris Chalk, and Sean Mennie
Shot by Scott Witter

(Killmama – Lost it from Natalie Morales on Vimeo)

Subculture Presents: Block x Blog

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Written By Hassel Velasco

In the early to mid 70′s, the world was introduced to a revolution that was on the way to cause a multimedia tidal wave.

In just a few short years, the lives of millions would be forever changed. This revolution didn’t make us sing. It didn’t make us dance. It didn’t make us do anything but see the world in a different way: a square.

With the 8-bit video game “PONG,” a new generation of people found a form of entertainment, a lifestyle. These squared graphics on an old tube television became as popular as a football.

The word “8-bit” is a description of the computing, graphing power early computers had. The ability to display squared graphics.

Today, “8-bit” is a technology long gone but certainly not forgotten.

Block x Blog is a celebration, a nostalgic trip back to the brick-layed mushroom kingdom of old. It’s a celebration of all things analog, of a culture, the “8-bit” culture, and a world that helped us celebrate the birth of characters like Bowser, Solid Snake, and the Rubix Cube. That’s right, the Rubix Cube. It’s a celebration for anyone that struggled to save Princess Peach, anyone who despised the smirking dog who chased after the ducks you shot in Duck Hunt, the barrel jumpers, the Excitebike riders, the cartridge blowersm, and the Konami coders. More than a celebration, Block x Blog is a collection of artists, musicians, and people: people who remember how pure the sound off an old record is and people who secretly wished to be one of the kids in “Weird Science.” It’s a collection of people who thought it was hip to be square.

So, as I write this on a nice 256 pixel per square inch display, let’s re-live these moments. Let’s beat King Hippo. Let’s listen to Dr. Mario beat the bacteria in our medicine bottles. Let’s listen to this world that still lives in all of us through the sound of a needle and wax coming together. Let’s remember the memories they brought us. Let’s continue to live through them, and let’s remember that up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, SELECT, START, will get you anywhere in life.

A Little Bit on 8bitLexicon [Interview]

 

Pixel mustaches, Mario & Luigi, and Megaman.

These are just a few subjects that Miami Beach artist Alexis Frias, also known as 8bitLexicon, crafts into portraits or sculptures placed around south Florida  His muse?  The not-too-distant past – when graphics were blocky, and video games were played in arcades or with bulky consoles. It’s a slice of nostalgia that 8bitLexicon masters with every project.

We interviewed the pixel artist to find out a little bit about his work, inspiration, and what he’s doing for Block x Blog:

 

 

Your art fits a very specific niche. What drew you into creating works around pixel animations, video games, and ’80s nostalgia?

The year was 1988, I was the prime age of six when my dad brought home the Nintendo Entertainment System. I watched as my brothers unwrapped their present, fumbled with cables and sat down in front of the TV. I watched with amazement as they crushed goombas and shot ducks out of the sky. The youngest of five, I wasn’t even close to being player 2… I was player 5. I would stay awake in my bed late into the evening just to sneak out of my room and have some personal Nintendo time. I’d put the volume on MUTE not to wake my older brothers. That was the moment. The moment I knew THIS WAS THE COOLEST THING I’D EVER SEEN! The Years would pass, one by one my brothers left the house but I still remember the epic game battles; stomping repeatedly on the Power Pad (Track n Field), Finger numbing button mashing of Tecmo World Wrestling, the haunting boss laugh of Kung Fu, overheating in Excite bike and of course Super Mario 3. As I got older, game graphics improved but I always went back to the Nintendo Entertainment System. My art is my childhood. It captures iconic figures of gaming and transports them into our world

 

Why did you choose the moniker “8bitLexicon”?

I Love everything 8bit . The ultimate goal is to create a lexicon of the 8bit universe. Plus my nickname is Lex.

 

Pixel-related images were originally made and presented in 2D, but you make 3D sculptures of pixel images. Why?

It creates something tangible from that which normally exists in the digital. I enjoy working with various materials to create a physical representations of these beloved characters.

 

You’re an official artist for Block x Blog and we’ve seen a few pieces that spotlight Subculture in Fort Lauderdale and in Wynwood. What projects can we expect to see at Block x Blog on April 20th? What aspect of the event are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about the music. Looking forward to some amazing chip tunes.

For Block x Blog, expect to see something that will connect you to the golden era of gaming. I’ve got a couple surprises in store for our visitors.

 

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