Houston Beauty Queen And Speed Artist Uses Michael Jackson’s Music To Inspire Others

Sources: Chron.com – By Don Maines | All Things Michael

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Chyna Wheatley dashes out a painting in just 90 seconds as a crowd watches with bated breath.

Rhythms from a “Fast and Furious” movie intensify each sweeping motion of brush strokes. Time ticks away as the music shifts to a Michael Jackson song, then Wheatley steps back to reveal her creation.

What seemed like random flourishes now appears as a portrait of the King of Pop.

Drawing was a leisurely pastime for Wheatley, 23, from the time she could hold a crayon, but she picked up the pace when she took up speed painting.

The West Oaks resident recently graduated with a degree in interior design from The Art Institute of Houston at 4140 Southwest Freeway.

But that’s not where she “stumbled upon” speed painting.

She decided to enter the Miss Texas pageant, which picks the Lone Star State’s representative to the annual Miss America scholarship pageant.

“One of the main things that separates Miss America from other pageants is the talent competition, and I saw another contestant create a charcoal drawing for her talent,” Wheatley said.

That gave her an idea to paint art in a 90-second exhibition.

Wheatley was crowned Miss Houston 2015 at a pageant Nov. 2 at the University of Houston’s University Center.

Wheatley often speed paints in her appearances as a Miss Houston titleholder, such as her performance for an audience of youngsters at Miller Outdoor Theatre that launched Domestic Violence Awareness Month last fall. For that presentation, she chose the Michael Jackson song “Beat It” for musical accompaniment.

“I was inspired in that Michael was all about peace and more specifically, peace through his music,” Wheatley said.

“In the actual video (of ‘Beat It’), he stopped a gang fight and everyone danced with him. This is what I want to encourage our youth to do.

“Bullying and gang violence plague our school systems and our community,” Wheatley said.

“Using an illustration of an iconic figure such as Michael Jackson allows me to reach the hearts of students and engage them in rethinking their actions before they commit acts of violence.”

For more information about Wheatley, visit chynawheatley.wix.com/htoh.

 

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King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) 2005 At Wellington’s City Gallery Is A Thriller

Sources: Stuff.nz.com – By Tom Cardy| All Things Michael

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This year marks 33 years since Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released and went on to be one of the biggest-selling albums in history.

Such is the popularity of the album and Jackson, it has even permeated the art world. At Wellington’s City Gallery you can view the multi-screen King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) by South African artist Candice Breitz.

In the work 16 Jackson fans perform the album in its entirety, from Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ to The Lady in My Life and everything in between, including Beat It, Billie Jean and the title track. At no point are there any images of Jackson himself.

Breitz, who over the past decade has become one of South Africa’s top artists, says her interest in Thriller started when the album was released. She was 10 years old at the time. “I was fascinated by the frenzy around the Thrilleralbum . . . Even back then, the album was of particular interest to me because of the response that it produced, the millions of listeners that it reached, the cult audience that it generated, the way in which it made it possible to observe and track the dynamics of a star and his fans in very stark terms.”

King, created in 2005, is actually part of a series of works of big name music stars made around that time. The first was Legend (A Portrait of Bob Marley), which Breitz shot in Jamaica. “It was the one that percolated in my mind for the longest period of time. Being the first work in what I knew I wanted to turn into a series, Legend prompted me to reflect very specifically on what I was aiming for both formally and in terms of the broader set of questions that I hoped the series would evoke.”

But how did Breitz find her 16 Jackson fans? “I advertised in newspapers, online forums and fanzines,” she says.

“Once fans responded, the first step was to explain to them exactly what I was doing, in other words that I was seeking performers to participate in a work of art, rather than being somebody who could advance a musical career or career in showbiz.

“Some respondents dropped out at that stage. Those who did not were sent a long questionnaire made up of questions about why they were interested in Michael Jackson and his music. The final participants were those who, upon reading their answers to these questions, seemed most invested in Michael Jackson as an icon and as a musician. They were selected on this basis, rather than on the basis of their appearance or musical ability.”

 

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Andy Warhol Collection On Display At Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts

Sources: The Concordian – By Kelsey Litwin | All Things Michael

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A private collection of Andy Warhol prints on display at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts has succeeded in attracting a new demographic.

The exhibit strays from what has been presented at the museum in the last year. In the 2014 season, museum-goers were treated to retrospectives and views of distant lands. From Van Gogh to Kandinsky looked at impressionism, expressionism and everything in between, while Peter Doig’s collection of paintings transported viewers to his adopted home of Trinidad.

Warhol Mania is a shift that has brought a new generation to the typically classic museum. The collection of graphic design work was curated by art collector Paul Maréchal.

If ever anyone could be called a Warhol aficionado, it would be Maréchal, without a doubt. He has penned three books about Warhol’s work and donated 51 pieces to the Museum of Fine Arts for this exhibit. His passion for the graphic designer’s work might be surpassed only by his passion for sharing it.

Maréchal, who confessed that he could speak endlessly about Warhol, is not new to dealing with museums. Pleased with the reception that the exhibit has had to date, he remarked how great it has been to work with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. “Having only one lender makes it easier to coordinate,” he said.

As a result, two halls on the third floor of the museum are decorated with some of Warhol’s most recognizable pieces, from a hot pink Perrier bottle, to an illustration of Michael Jackson’s TIME cover, to a bright red poster for the 20th Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

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MJ Featured In Light Catchers Photo Exhibit At The California African American Museum

Source: NBC News – By Charise Frazier |California African American Musuem | All Things Michael

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“Light Catchers,” is a new exhibit at the California African American Museum (CAAM) curated by longtime photographer Irene Fertik. The exhibit explores the work of seven prominent African-American photographers, Howard Bingham, Don Cropper, Jack Davis, Bob Douglas, Cliff Hall, Lamonte McLemore, and Murphy Ruffins.

The gallery chronicles several decades of black celebrity life in Los Angeles — actors, civil rights leaders and musicians. The photographers captured well-known faces including a heartbroken Natalie Cole during her father Nat King Cole’s funeral; an enthusiastic Michael Jackson, with his siblings Janet and Randy Jackson; in a rare display, the legendary Muhammad Ali flaunting money as he sits on $1 million in a bank’s cash vault; and Ali in a sports car with a very young Bill Cosby.

“Photographers have to be assertive to get the picture, so they were assertive even though society was holding them down, ” Fertik said.

“Light Catchers” also includes seven portraits of the photographers taken by Fertik. Fertik, who is white said, “My whole life was documenting the black community. I had to be sensitive and engender trust.”

Fertik said the title,”Light Catchers,” was taken from the concept of the dream catcher in Native American folklore. She was also inspired by the book, “Shadow Catchers,” which documents the work of prominent black female photographers. The book was written by Arthur Ashe’s wife, Jeanne Moutoussamy.

‘Light Catchers’ runs from March 20-June 5 at CAAM.

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This Artist Brings Breakfast To Life

Sources: Pri.org | All Things Michael

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Cereal isn’t nearly as buzzy as Serial, but Sarah Rosado is trying to change that — one corn flake at a time. The Manhattan-based artist makes portraits by shaping breakfast cereal (minus the milk) into portraits of pop music’s most recognizable faces: Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and many more.

Rosado’s medium might seem gimmicky, but the intricacy of assembly is what makes these images stand out. If Georges Seurat had Fruity Pebbles (and a camera) lying around, he might have ended up with something like this portrait of Pharrell.

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Rosado’s other work also plays with unusual materials. In a series called “Dirty Little Secrets,” she shapes dirt and mulch into whimsical, stencil-like images of animals and recognizable skylines.

As far as her breakfast cereal portraits go, her personal favorite is a likeness of Alicia Keys. “I think I nailed that one,” she says.

Her love of cereal is more than an artistic choice. “I eat corn flakes almost every day,” she says. “And I always add sliced bananas.” But Rosado keeps her breakfast and art separate: She always buys one box for playing, and one for human consumption.

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MJ Featured In Revolutions 2 Music Art Exhibit At Forest Lawn – Glendale

Sources: SBSun – By Michelle Mills | All Things Michael

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Since Alex Steinweiss created the first record cover for Columbia Records in 1938, music and art have had a love affair.

The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale celebrated this union 10 years ago with the exhibition “Revolutions,” toasting the artists behind seminal work linked to the music of the 1960s-’80s. And now it’s revisiting the concept with a new exhibit.

On Saturday, the venue will unveil “Revolutions 2,” a show commemorating its predecessor with more than 175 artworks, ranging from album covers and posters to paintings, photographs and sculpture by more than 35 artists.

“The art itself is fabulous and beautiful. People are familiar maybe with the album cover or the poster — seeing the art and how it was created is interesting,” said Joan Adan, director of the Forest Lawn Museum and curator of “Revolutions 2.”

Musicians from a range of genres are represented, from Black Sabbath to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson, who was buried in the grounds of the Great Mausoleum in 2009.

Exhibiting Glendale artist Hugh Brown started out photographing bands but now works in a range of media. While in England, he shot musicians like the Talking Heads and Patti Smith before they were famous, and later they asked him to design their album covers. Brown went on to become the creative director of IRS Records and Rhino Records.

“I have tons of records in my collection that I bought; I had no idea who the band was, but thought ‘Wow, what a great cover, this must be good,’ and rarely was I ever disappointed,” Brown said.

Music art is a form of advertising, so it’s fitting that Steinweiss came from an advertising background and told Columbia Records that it should put pictures on its record covers — at the time, covers were plain paperboard and sometimes had only the music genre or artist’s name written on them. Adding images boosted record sales.

“So it’s advertising art, but totally creative, and because it was the music business you could get away with a lot and do crazier stuff,” Brown said. “You wanted to push the edge a lot and it was really fun. It was a way to do something that you’d want to do for yourself but get paid for it.”

Photographer Mike Salisbury of Venice sold greeting cards door to door at age 6 to raise money to buy a camera. He has since worked for major magazines in the United States and Europe and photographed celebrities like Truman Capote, Ricki Lee Jones and George Harrison. Salisbury also has been an art director and designer and is noted for creating Michael Jackson’s black-and-white look and Levi’s 501 brand name.

“The thing about the music business is it always was a cooperative effort with many artists and somebody like me taking the picture and doing the design,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t do anything but present it to them, they didn’t dictate and say it’s got to work like this. It was always very much a partnership with the artist and the producer and myself.”

In many ways, “Revolutions 2” will offer a touch of nostalgia.

Artis Lane — a Los Angeles-based sculptor and painter who has captured the likeness of Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — said that wandering through “Revolutions 2” provides an opportunity to remember a favorite concert.

“If they went to that performance, this is a way to hold on to it. The painting is the artist’s thought objectified,” said Lane. “It comes alive again for you.”

When: Opens Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 2.

Where: Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Information: 800-204-3131,www.forestlawn.com.

 

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Support MJ Photographer Christophe Boulmé For The 2015 LensCulture Portrait Awards

Sources: LensCulture | Thanks to Elke Hassell for sending | All Things Michael

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The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

To celebrate the wonderful range of portraits which have been coming in to the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015 competition, we’re offering real-time exposure right here on Facebook. Check back for regular installments of our Editors’ favorite new entries — before the judging begins.

Want to see your photo here? Submit your work NOW to be considered for early exposure plus a shot at many more exciting awards.

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Michael Jackson Mural Made Out Of Post-Its

Sources: Paste Magazine | U-T San Diego |All Things Michael

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When Modern Times launched in 2013, it was fairly evident that they wouldn’t be doing things the same way as everyone else. For starters, a Post-it note mural of Michael Jackson and Bubbles takes up an entire wall of the tasting room at their Lomaland Fermentorium.

The mural took about 8,500 Post-It notes, but founder Jacob McKean said that number is low.

How many Post-Its does it take to make the best Michael Jackson mural ever?

“We realized that the 8,000 number doesn’t include the windows, so the actual number is 10,900,” McKean said. “We decided to cover those for the mosaic rather than be able to look out of them from our offices.”

 

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