Fan Art Fridays: LIGHTS

LIGHTS released a new song today called “Giants,” and now I’m excited about her upcoming album Skin&Earth.

I didn’t even know she was putting out a new album, much less that she had dyed her hair red! Where have I been?!

Anyway, let’s celebrate the release of “Giants” with this awesome fan art I found of LIGHTS by @kellymusler over in Instagram. Her hair looks super fiery in the color pencil sketch, which I absolutely love!

See more of Kelly Musler’s fan art here and be sure to check out “Giants”.

Gallery Mondays: Frank Leslie’s ‘Illustrated Newspaper’

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As a journalist, looking at old newspapers excites me. I love looking at the typeface used and the old photographs placed on the paper’s yellowing pages. But perhaps most of all, I love learning about the history of the publication.

While I was sipping on some white wine at Cooper Union during Ada Calhoun’s book party, I saw this page from the April 14, 1883 edition of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper on the wall. It caught my eye because of all the intricate drawings featured on the page, ironically of students working in several art-related classes.

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper was a pictorial publication started by illustrator and publisher Frank Leslie. It ran from 1852 to 1922.

The paper featured articles by figures such as Louisa May Alcott, Ellis Parker, and Helen R. Martin. Well known illustrators for the paper included Norman Rockwell and Albert Berghaus.

Many of the pages from this publication are collectors items that sell for about $500 a page. The paper is a very interesting way to convey powerful news stories.

Learn more about the illustrated newspaper here.

Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Kind” at 104 Street Station

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Happy Columbus Day! The 104 Street station on the A line was completely renovated a few months ago, which brought some lovely artwork by Béatrice Coron to the platform.

Coron specializes in cut-out art. 104th Street station features her collection On the Right Track, which is a beautiful installation of human-like figures representing different characteristics such as “happy,” or, in this case, “kind.”

I love the fact that you can look at this piece of art and literally see through it. Looking at “Kind” and seeing the landscape through the carvings reminds makes the artwork seem as though it has a much more deeper meaning. Mother Nature is kind, as she gives us natural resources such as oxygen and water. We can see kindness in the woman represented in this piece of art, and literally through her we can see the gifts that Mother Nature gives us.

I also love the way the woman’s robe blends in with the rest if the carvings, making her seem like she’s floating in place.

Watch Béatrice Coron’s TED Talk about her creative process here.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Belated Birthday, Selena Gomez!

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Selena Gomez turned turned 23 this week! Woohoo!

Apparently, on her birthday (July 22nd), Justin Bieber supposedly sang her a “Happy Birthday” song over FaceTime, complete with a rose and all (not sure which version of the birthday song, but I hope it was PG).

Some stars have a habit of giving the fans a gift around their birthday as well, and Selena is no exception. She announced that her upcoming album Revival will be released on October 9th!

Are you excited or what?!

In celebration of these events, I’ve dedicated this weeks Fan Art Fridays to her. This piece of fan art was found on Instagram, and it was done by self-taught artist @aldohatta.

Happy belated birthday, Selena Gomez!

Cue the music.

Fan Art Fridays: Visionary Music Group’s Jon Bellion

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In honor of the premiere of the music video for “Beautiful Now” by Zedd ft. Jon Bellion, I present to you none other than Visionary Music Group’s most prized possession.

Jon Bellion has a very distinctive face. I like his face. I also like his voice.

See the original on Tumblr, and watch “Beautiful Now” below!

Gallery Mondays: Xavier Veilhan’s Daft Punk @ Galerie Perrotin

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I’ve decided that every Monday here on The Whisper Box, I’d share a photo of a work of art I found interesting at a gallery. It could be a painting, sculpture, object, etc.—anything from the art world I find worthy of being noticed. I might even post a photo of something from an upcoming exhibit that peaks my interest.

We shall call this series “Gallery Mondays.” Perhaps it’ll make Mondays a bit less sucky. Also, a lot of art galleries in NYC are closed on Mondays, so this will be something to look forward to.

This Monday, we have a wooden sculpture of Daft Punk by Xavier Veilhan. I saw this back in March at Galerie Perrotin.

I’m still amazed that Daft Punk let Veilhan capture them in this piece for his series sans helmet! They’re so strict about not having anyone take photos of them without their headgear, so I find it fascinating that they were open about having this done at all.

The series is called Producers and you can read more about it over on The Creators Project.

2014’s Best in Music

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2014 was another amazing year for music. So many new artists came onto the scene and killed it! This year’s list includes not only albums, but EPs and official motion picture soundtracks as well. And, of course, Taylor Swift’s 1989 would be on this list under the song “Wildest Dreams,” but she pulled her music from Spotify and I don’t want any holes in the playlist.

In no particular order, here are my 25 picks for the best songs, albums, and artists of 2014:

1. “I Should’ve Guessed” ft. Speak, RAC, Strangers Part II: There’s just something about that light pizzicato in the chorus. It gets me every time.


2. “Speeding,” LIGHTS, Little Machines: LIGHTS, we don’t want you to stay still. Keep speeding, girl.


3. “Mind Over Matter,” Young the Giant, Mind Over Matter: Don’t shake the world too hard now, Sameer Gadhia.


4. “Are You What You Wanna Be?,” Foster the People, Supermodel: Questions to ask yourself in the new year…

5. “I Want It All,” Karmin, Pulses: Amy and Nick need to go elope already.

6. “I Need You,” M83, Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: So many amazing songs on this soundtrack, and M83 did fantastic job with this ballad.

 

7. “Freakin’ Me Out,” The Ready Set, The Bad & The Better: The song itself won’t freak you out. I promise.


8. “Feelings,” Maroon 5, V: I’ve got some feelings about Adam Levine’s falsetto…


9. “Dust Clears” ft. Noonie Bao, Clean Bandit, New Eyes: This song was my alarm tone all summer. Noonie Bao adds some serious sass to this tune, and I just can’t get enough!


10. “Runaway,” Ed Sheeran, x: Just don’t run away without releasing and ÷, Teddy.

11. “Happy Little Pill,” Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill: Mr. Sivan, you’ve done your fans proud, YouTube and beyond.

12. “Stay With Us,” Seoul, Magestic Casual 2: As long as Majestic Casual releases another mix album, I’ll stay. Keeping a close eye on Seoul as well!


13. “Run-Time,” Imogen Heap, Sparks: Imogen Heap can do no wrong.


14. “Together” ft. Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Motion: Honesty time. Every time the bridge comes around I fall into a state of utter bliss and whisper, One day…”.


15. “Simple and Sweet,” Jon Bellion, The Definition: Jon Bellion was a very pleasant surprise this year. He’s got a very nice balance between philosophical and impulsive creativity on this album.


16. “Roses,” Angus & Julia Stone, Angus & Julia Stone: Hearing “Roses” for the first time made my heart skip a beat. Indietronica! YES, PLEASE.


17. “This is Not a Game,” The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I OST: It most definitely is not a game, guys. Lorde, this soundtrack is sheer brilliance.


18. “Little Bit More” – Bodhi Remix, Bo Saris, Bondax & Friends – The Mix Album: Can I just take a moment to thank Bondax and their friends for this stellar mix album?


19. “Young Love,” Jesse McCartney, In Technicolor: Jesse McCartney brought some lovely color to the music scene this year.

20. “Teacher,” Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas: My Jonas fever will never die for this one…

21. “Espoir,” Darius, Romance: “Espoir” is French for “hopeless.” Darius might be hopelessly in love, but I have high hopes for his music.

22. “Why” ft. Nate Salman, Le Sins, Michael: “Wanna go there?” Chaz Bundick and Nate Salman take you there on this track. Still trying to figure out who Michael is though…


23. “Vanilla Chocolat” ft. Connect-R, Alexandra Stan, Unlocked: This Romanian beauty took all the romance languages she could find and used them to connect with her fans on this album. All the vanilla chocolates for you, my darling…


24. “Shot Me Down” ft. Skylar Grey, David Guetta, Listen: David Guetta demanded that we listen, and listen we did. And Skylar Grey, don’t let ’em shoot you down.

25. “Two Bodies” ft. Emma Louise, Flight Facilities, Down to Earth: Emma Louise, your voice is precious. Flight Facilities, your rhythms capture the essence of life’s absurd conundrums. And Rod Sterling, thank you for inspiring the glorious intro portion of “Two Bodies.”

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

"Oh Miley"

“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!

This Week in Music: Justin Bieber’s Music Monday Track “Bad Day”

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Justin Bieber’s new Music Monday track, “Bad Day,” dropped early this morning at 12:01 am.

Music Monday is Bieber’s new way of releasing his album. Every Monday from October 7th until mid-December, fans get a song from the singer, totaling ten brand new tracks.

As his manager, Scooter Braun stated in an interview with Billboard:

“Justin had this complete body of work that was very different from the stuff he had done in the past — very R&B-driven, personal songs, not necessarily songs that he was thinking of as radio records. That’s why he called them ‘journals.’ They’re very, very personal to what he’s been feeling over the last six months, going through a tough time. If you listen to the lyrics in these songs — “Heartbreaker,” “All That Matters” — he’s pouring his heart out. When I looked at that, I looked at it as, “He didn’t write one journal.” He wrote them in different days, [with] different emotions at different points, and I wanted people to experience what he was feeling, week to week… As each week comes, people will have a different type of song, and understand the different experience he’s going through week to week.”

Said “journals” sound like a mating call to his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, as he sings songs such as “Heartbreaker” and “Recovery” to beg her forgiveness.

Bieber’s now mature voice might drive the ladies absolutely insane. His voice coach has worked miracles to bring his boyish charm to manhood.

Monday, November 4th’s song released for the series is called “Bad Day,” echoing the infamous David Powter tune.

Bieber’s “Bad Day” begins with a sweet, romantic guitar melody. The song is more of a ballad with its slow tempo and legato vocals.

Justin Bieber goes the extra mile to show off his voice with a nice falsetto in the hook as he sings, “Didn’t waste any time /  Like you had already made up your mind,” and later, “And I didn’t think it was over / Until you walked away.”

This song is the shortest of the series so far, coming in just under 2:30. The other Music Monday tracks are over three minutes long.

The R&B feel of “Recovery” and “Heartbreaker” fit Bieber’s style better. “Bad Day” didn’t really strike a chord with me this week.

Enjoy “Bad Day” and the other Music Monday tracks on Spotify.

Miley Cyrus Announces MTV Documentary ‘Miley: The Movement’

It doesn’t look like Miley Cyrus’ name is going to come off of our tongues any time soon.

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Between her crazy music video for “We Can’t Stop,” her VMA performance, and the new “Wrecking Ball” video that people are beginning to consider a mild porno, this girl is getting the attention of literally anyone who’s got enough time on their hands to watch/listen to her insanity.

I will admit that the “Wrecking Ball” music video was a very well thought out artistic interpretation of vulnerability. The song is quite amazing itself as well.

With the release of her new album Bangerz, coming out on October 8th, I honestly cannot wait to hear the criticism.

Because, I mean, look what just two songs has gotten her…

You have to understand that since she took a break from music for a bit, she has to make a big comeback so that she’ll still appear relevant.

“Big comeback” is an understatement at this point though, Miley.

A few days before Bangerz is released, MTV will air a documentary titled “Miley: The Movement” at 10pm ET/PT.

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Well, now we all know what most of us will be tuning into on the evening of Wednesday, October 2nd!

“There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, and it’s going to be completely insane. You’ve gotta be a part of the movement with me,” Miley says in the promo for the documentary.

Maybe we’ll finally find out where all the madness that is now Miley Cyrus is coming from.

I wonder if we’ll see any of Liam in the documentary…

Watch the promo here.