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Before I Die__________

Posted in Arte, fotos by Lalita on 25 March 2011

I follow Wooster Collective on my Google Reader. It really is a nice to read/view the posts and see what is new in the world of street/urban art around the globe.

Today, this post popped up. (take a moment-go peep that ‘ish)

Partner and I are always talking about how to make art be in areas where all can see and interact. This hits it right on.
It also stirred something in me. I kinda want to paint a large wall in chalk paint and write out my own “Before I Die….”

Before I Die...by Candy Chang

Check out Ms.Chang’s website. She is all sorts of dope!!

 

this really has me thinking about what can be done in my ‘hood…….

 

soo ask yourself today “Before I Die……..”

 

Welcome to Brooklyn

Posted in Arte, Brooklyn Baby, Partner-in-crime, páginas de mi vida by Lalita on 23 September 2010

Where have I been??? not in front of my computer -that’s for sure!

weddings/work/road trips/Chi-town visit/familia from Mexico visiting/New Jersey/DMV (taking all my $)

but do not fret-fall is here-and I am now in a new place. officially. made a business merger with my partner-in-crime and will now be living together.(did I just kill the romance of it by phrasing it that way? maybe-but lets be honest moving in together in NYC means you are doing it to save on rent) the romance is still there-in our own special way.

(buy poster here!)

so stay tuned. I have to set up shop (house) and I will be back with more adventures!

big things for the both of us will be in the works. taking the rest of 2010 to go big in 2011.

Paz.

lali

Paper Girl NY

Posted in Arte, fotos, summer times by Lalita on 27 August 2010

A rare moment to myself with my laptop AND my phone syncing…..I will take this moment and spread the word of…
PAPERGIRL NY !!!

The Beau and I decided to head over to their opening night at DAC.  Since stumbling upon PaperGirl we have been hooked with the notion of bringing art to the random strangers-awesome. Art Karma,if we must. Ms. Sina, who is spearheading the NY chapter of Paper Girl was delightful and energetic. quite a delight to see dance around and host this wonderful event.

I sent an email blast to my list of creative friends. My love Mollie Little, Kelly Diaz and of course the better-half himself submitted pieces.

networks.contacts.spreading the message....

now of course you know my medium is food-so I get excited when I taste something yummy!
I am not a huge fan of cupcakes BUT-these were amazing! The beau got me one of their cupcakes in a jar….he is all sorts of awesome.

so links to visit

Paper Girl NY

Le Petit Cupcakery
LePetit Cupcakery Twitter

And if you missed seeing Paper Girl in DUMBO-no worries! You can catch them at The Armory with the Convergence show:

The Armory in Manhattan
68 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY

Saturday August 27 at 5:00pm – Sunday, August 29 at 10:00pm

sorry for the shitty pics but wine on a sorta-empty tummy (does a mini cupcake count as dinner?) and my iphone make for interesting fotos….

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.Art.Bike.Free.

Posted in Arte, summer times by Lalita on 24 July 2010

I like art.

I like bikes.

I like random acts of awesomeness.

I like PaperGirl

I come from the mentality that art should be affordable and for all. I think that is why I am so drawn to murals and colorful outdoor installments.

I follow a few street art blogs, and via Robots Will Kill blog I discovered PaperGirl-NY State.

PaperGirl is an organization which promotes art in a very unique way!
Rollable art is submitted-displayed and exhibited and then rolled up to go on a bicycle ride to be given out to people at random.
Nothing is expected from those who are chosen to get one of these rolled up masters.

Being a New(new)Yorker I have experienced the money side of the art world. I must admit, it makes me sad. Not only curators but also artist have fallen victim to the dollar.
I get it, I understand the hustle, I understand the price of living here. But at times I also wonder how things would be if expression could be made without having to put a price on it. What if an artist could share their message without muddying it with $.

Everyone should have access to art in some form. And who doesn’t like random acts of kindness? Random Free Art? BONUS!

It is still not too late to submit a piece! The deadline was extended to August 1st, 2010

Watch this and absorb the awesomeness that is PaperGirl!

Foto from here

Packages send to:

PaperGirl  at The MarketPlace Gallery
40 Broadway, Suite #23
Albany, NY 12202

Hand Delivery
To hand deliver your art to the Marketplace Gallery, contact Samson at:
The MarketplaceGalleryNY@gmail.com
or drop off your art during the open hours of the gallery.

July 21 and 28 from 4-6pm there will be chances to personally drop-off art
Location TBA. These drop-offs will be in NYC and in Albany. Locations are being set-up. If you have a suggestion, please send it along.


Contact Samson at the Marketplace Gallery at TheMarketplaceGalleryNY@gmail.com
or PaperGirl.Albany@gmail.com for more information.
Check out their website PaperGirl-NY State
questions or comments email them at PaperGirl.Albany@gmail.com
And YES, I plan on submitting. I am recruiting everyone to join this venture with me! SO bloglandia-get it in! If you are in the area and want to submit I can meet up with you and drop it off for you!!


pictures of my piece soon!


Stand by your man….

Posted in Arte, Partner-in-crime by Lalita on 18 June 2010

Johann Mittnacht

WARNING! THIS POST IS MAD GIRLIE!!! CONTINUE ONLY IF YOU WANT TO READ SOME “AWWW-MUSHY”  ‘ISH (more…)

correspondence courtship

Posted in Arte by Lalita on 8 June 2010

I am rediscovering Griffin and Sabine. I forgot I had the first book in the series-and decided it could not be packed. I sat back and read it in a sitting in Brooklyn. Since I did not own the  entire series I decided to order them- and today the 2nd book came in just in time for lunch.

my recent explosion of emotions has me in a tizzy….since I have read Alice way too much….this is proving a nice escape.

modern-day correspondence is via text messaging/im’s/emails.  we learn more about people this way and at an instant. I am tempted to write out a few smitten letters to the beau just  to have that paper in hand experience. I am sad that our courtship texts were wiped out on my phone by my stupidity. But lucky me, he does cute lil things on the regular so……..;)

the whole layout and concept is beautifully done in the books.  the words written are honest, turbulent and raw.  It truly has me inspired to write more (and not in the blogging sense)

looking forward to the next few books to come in!! escape in pictures and words is needed.

zZzzZzNYCZzzZzz

Posted in Arte, Partner-in-crime by Lalita on 3 June 2010

It is rare to see New York half asleep.
It may seem like a pain, but I enjoyed today’s  early morning with Partner-in-crime.
(and by early I mean like the Sun-still-yawing-hitting-snooze-early)

Fog covered the buildings like a warm blanket
Birds chirping, gently reminding us that nature does co-exist with us in  the concrete jungle.
Chilled air nipping lightly infusing us with life.

We also get to see those faces that make NYC run. The faces that serve NYC.
We see the debris that is left behind from the hustle and bustle from the previous day.

As we stood at the light waiting to cross, both our noses buried in our phones, a gentleman turned to me and said “Good morning”

I smiled and said good morning. A nice gentle reminder that NYC is indeed friendly.

I am falling back in love with  this city more and more. I think FACA’s enthusiasm is becoming infectious-in a good way.

I spotted this next image and it warmed my heart. It reminded me of a friend back in Jersey who I miss dearly. Funny,I have yet to meet her lil person but to me it totally made me think of the two of them!!!

yup, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

shades of Brown

Posted in Arte, fotos by Lalita on 25 May 2010

…ok…I have not blogged about this because this subject hits close to casa for me.  I have familia in this country who are here with papers, and I have familia who are undocumented. (which by the way the term is not “illegal aliens” it is “undocumented persons”-something that was engraved in my head at uni)

They work hard.
They have and are working jobs that most (like a huge percentage) of us would not want to do.
They pay taxes-and see no returns.
They do not ask for government assistance.
They respect their neighbors and they respect  the law.
Now of course I can not speak on behalf of ALL undocumented persons in Arizona,
but I can speak on behalf of my familia.

I am scared for them.  I am scared that my Tias y Tios will be harassed when they go visit, even though they always take out proper visas when visiting. I am scared that my cousins will now hide in their own homes, and their kids will not understand what is going on.

All that these kiddos know is this land.  Many have never set foot in their parent’s hometown.

What if I was there? would I be questioned? We all know that I am pale pale pale. But guess what? I am 100% Mexican. I am first generation born here. I have no accent when I speak English-AND? I have no accent when I speak Spanish. What if  I changed out of my all Black NYC wear and wore exactly what my cousins wear, and spoke only in Spanish-would they ask “Are you Brown?”

I have no clue.

If I decide to have a child, I most likely will stay in the States.  As more of my friends reproduce and begin to raise minis,I can only hope that they raise them to respect everyone.  Kids do not see color….we force them to see it.We force our judgments on them. When we use racial slurs, they hear it.

Dora the Undocumented

for YEARS I have heard Mexican jokes. You want to stereotype my people as dishwashers and maids? Well I invite you to meet my Mother who has her Masters, lives & works in Manhattan. I invite you to meet my sister, who is a Lawyer living and practicing in Chicago. I invite you to meet my father who works in Satellite communications (read:I have no clue really what he does) living overseas. and if tomorrow they would have to start cleaning toilets or work in a kitchen-well they (and I) would do it.

Because it is work…and no human is better than the next.

Awhile back Moo and I sat down to watch the film “A Day Without a Mexican” I highly recommend it. It makes you think. It makes you look around and notice those “Brown Faces” that work everywhere and do so much.

AND guess what bloglandia….WE ARE ALL NOT MEXICAN. Yup…take a moment and let that sink in. The brown faces you see are not just Mexican. And some white faces you see (*ahem moi) are Mexican.

This has been on my mind since news spread of the law about to pass.Today this article HERE is what prompted me to write….and what has prompted me to not keep quiet and do more research. And of course in the span of blog hopping and opening new articles I found Undocumented NYC which are stories that I wish I could say I have not heard before…

Bouncing around from  blog to blog I found the above flyer on Cha Gutirrez’ blog

Poking around on her blog I found this awesome piece she has been working on.

I leave you for now  (umm just for now this is a topic that I will be revisiting often) with a lil Talib Kweli

Papers Please by Talib Kweli

Welling Court Mural Project

Posted in Arte, fotos by Lalita on 25 May 2010

Every area I have ever lived in I would get lost in it so I could understand it. I have never seen any reason to stay in a 4 block radius. Who cares if all you need to survive is on your block. Don’t you want more? Don’t you want to know what is behind the curtain Dorothy?

So I walk/ride/jog around. and earlier today while putting off purging/packing yet again (nothing like last-minute moves for me) I came across some new pieces that just went up this past week in Long Island City. Thank goodness I was armed with miniBackPack which held my camera.

enjoy the visions:I sure took it all in……Looking at each piece I only wish I could have seen all these artist working together to get this up. There seems to be a nice unity in this community-right across from one of the walls lives a community garden….time to apartment hunt down there 🙂

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EDIT:Gracias World Wide Web: Read here for the Scoop on the Welling Court Mural Project