TALENT Q&A: DJ / Model Sharri Sutton

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By Carlos Aparicio

Our good friend (and Women’s Mafia favorite DJ) Sharri Sutton, aka DJ Sharrimodel has shared her story with us in this Talent Q&A, explaining her style, influences and the differences in the industry between LA and NYC.

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Women’s Mafia (WM): You alternate between being a model and a DJ. Which one are you doing more now? What projects are you most excited about working on?

Sharri Sutton (SS): Hey Women’s Mafia, thanks for this interview! Yes, I go back and forth and although I love both (but love modeling more), it seems as though I am doing more DJ gigs. Always ends up that way right?

The biggest project that I’m excited about working on actually is a series of short fashion/art videos I’m doing right now.

Basically, I made a short fashion/artsy video with my friend Ed who owns Ed Bennett Media Studios a few months ago. In the film I am jumping around wearing some hip artsy glasses and  a pink vinyl helmet (similar to my headphones) made by artist Kurt Bigenho from Unfinished. It came out great, I did the editing and was like, “I want to play this on projectors when I DJ!”.  I wanted to do more videos, but I don’t want them to all be of me, so now I’m shooting new videos showcasing different girls with the message “Black is beautiful”.

These new videos consist of gathering a lot of African American models that are of a middle brown tone.Today as black models trying to make it, from my experience and others I’ve met,  it seems to be really difficult for the middle tone brown skin girls. Either you have to be a really white pale European model or a really dark skinned model from Africa. So with these videos I’m showcasing that the middle is beautiful as well!  These girls will appear just being their beautiful selves and I’ll be playing them on projectors while I DJ.

WM: When DJ- ing, how would you describe your style when it comes to music selection?

SS: It’s funny because my boyfriend and I have been trying to define it in just 1 style. It’s definitely high energy and a lot of minimal techno, but then there’s also this electro mixed with electro – rock, baile – tech, dub- step sort of thing going on as well. If I were to define my style using examples of artists I enjoy playing I would have to say Buraka Som Sistema, Steve Bug, Rye Rye, MIA, Jack Beats, Crookers, Designer Drugs, balanced out with a little pop such as Rihanna.

WM: What was it like starting to model in LA before moving to NYC?

SS: LA was great because I made a lot of connections, not just for LA, but for New York. I mostly got my experience working at a series of fashion shows called Apartment-3, that was also where I got to model for Obey and if it wasn’t for working with photographer Dan Monick for the store Welcome Hunters, I wouldn’t have met Cody (Priestess NYC), which is how I met the Women’s Mafia!

WM: Is there any artist or person that has had a big influence in your life, as an artist or as a person?

SS: Besides my mom, my mentor Muhammida Eljihar, my hype girl Georgette and Kurt from Unfinished – I would have to mostly say Josephine Baker! I watched her documentary and couldn’t stop crying and I don’t cry at movies. I loved her energy and her spirit. She was an amazing entertainer, she kept searching for more and used her talents to be a humanitarian. She was free, she believed in herself, she succeeded through one of the toughest times in this country. She wouldn’t play for any crowds that were segregated. She had a long career and I admire her eclectic personality.

WM: Is the industry easier on models in NYC than it is in LA? Are they the same?

SS: It’s give and take with both, but I prefer modeling in New York because there is a since of overlap with fashion and art. I have worked with a lot of designers who are also artists which is amazing and just been exposed more to the art scene.

WM: What differentiates you as an artist?

SS: What? Besides the fact that I’m an alien? (just kidding). When I DJ I really feel like I’m on another planet and I want to take others to another planet, off this world with me.

WM: What can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?

SS: Besides everything that Women’s Mafia has done already… I would have to say everything you’re already doing :)

I get so much energy and motivation from Womens Mafia. Everytime Womens Mafia calls me for another event I get so much positive energy and when I DJ the event I get so much support. So Womens Mafia is doing what they should be doing. They are supporting a female such as myself and many others to create and sustain a hard core mafia of “hell yeah” girls.

To read more about DJ Sharrimodel and find her contact info, visit her website by clicking here.

DJ Sharrimodel DJing for the Women's Mafia's SPA WARS book launch at Patricia Field
DJ Sharri Model, Women's Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, Photographer Montana Vasquez
DJ Sharrimodel, Women's Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, Photographer Montana Vasquez

INVITE: Our Friend Enrico Featured In Film “Below New York”

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By Carlos Aparicio

Our friend and talented artist Enrico Miguel Thomas and his subway inspired artwork will be featured in the film “Below New York”, which will premiere at the Tribeca Cinemas on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 PM.

Enrico Miguel Thomas, also known as “The Subway Artist of New York City” has established his art throughout the years as a refreshing and beautiful representation of something New Yorkers experience every day without necessarily paying attention to it – the subway. Through his innovative techniques he manages to capture the essence of it, that captivating street-like vibe that characterizes the city we all love and never sleeps.

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Ones To Watch: Rolling Stone “The Great 8” Unsigned Bands Photo Contest

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By Carlos Aparicio

New York photographer and director Jeff Kennedy (Kennedy Etc), popular for his imaginative use of fashion models, announced the launch of his acclaimed six-page photo spread for Rolling Stone magazine including “The Great 8” unsigned bands, competing to win the chance to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The photographs complement a series of films directed by Jeff Kennedy, documenting each band’s musical growth and development. Kennedy’s work on the Rolling Stone cover contest comes after the Garnier Fructis Style Flies campaign, which is a video series covering some of today’s most talented musicians and their style, inspiration and influences.

“I love to collaborate with the talent, and in this case the artists were so open and eager to be creative that the approach was very effective. We truly captured each band’s personality during the shoot because they were willing to try new things”, says the artist.

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Get Rogue’d Out: TALENT Q&A and Giveaway with Rogue Monk Co-Creator Steven Hoel

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By Saira Toppin

We have all seen the insurmountable success of the Ed Hardy t-shirts. This line hit the worldwide market and made a killing. Remember seeing moms, dads,  kids, celebs, and everyone else donning the tees? I do! Co- creator Steven Hoel and Miguel Garcia, former professional skateboarder & the brains behind Los Angeles-based counter-culture brand De La Barracuda, have launched another success, Rogue Monk,  Open Source Fashion. Rogue Monk is pushing Open Source Fashion through a workshop program on their site by giving artists an opportunity to showcase their work, sell merchandise, and turn a profit.

It is an exciting way to present clothing to the masses. “The global marketplace decides what T-shirt designs are the most commercially viable,” then those lucky designs are on their way to making the cut. Here, the consumer plays a large part in the decision making of the clothing they buy, by actually choosing what they like. Not only do consumers win, but new, emerging artists win also. This gives them a chance to present their work all over the world and have people wear it on their chests.

Read more for interview with Steven Hoel and code to get a FREE t-shirt from Rogue Monk!!

Women’s Mafia: The Ed Hardy brand t-shirts were undeniably a huge hit throughout the world. Did this inspire the launch of another t-shirt line??

Steven Hoel: Rogue Monk certainly evolved from the Ed Hardy project, although it was not our master plan, it organically grew out of it.  Ed would refer artist friends to me who needed advice or help with licensing deals. And then I started receiving emails from artists who wanted our help monetizing their art archive as well, like we did with Ed. One thing lead to another…and the Rogue Monk was born.

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SURFACE: an experimental film from underneath

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SURFACE is an experimental film, exploring the emotional journey from an underground urban perspective.

This ‘urban symphony’ transforms human actions and street objects into beats that harmoniously compose a grand audio and visual composition. The film emphasizes the ideas of ‘point of contact’, ‘human identity’ and notion of ‘live footprints’.

SURFACE is a part of UND-VIS, a thesis project for MFA Design and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design.

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TALENT: Q&A With Marcus Monroe, Kinetic Artist

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Marcus Monroe is one of those performers who does terrifying stunts while making you laugh. Some of his tricks are soo perilous looking that you feel guilty for laughing. but he’s telling quite clever jokes – so what can you do?!

What you can do is go see him live. He is performing next at Galapagos this Thursday February 4th at 9:30pm. If you miss that, you will have to settle watching him on Letterman on the 16th – so get you ticket today!

Also, did I mention he is a fair bit easy on the eye……

TRIFECTA: An evening of Mischief, Magic and Mystery
LIVE @ Galapagos Artspace – Thursday, Feb 4th. –  9:30pm
For reservations: SmartTix and more info: www.galapagosartspace.com

Women’s Mafia: What is your unique Talent? How did you get into your rare and strange field?

Marcus Monroe: I am a juggler, but lately I find myself telling people I am a kinetic artist.  But no, Im a juggler and I mix juggling with other circus skills.  Sometimes I can be funny, but I’d rather tell people I’m just a juggler then when they see that I’m funny it’s like a little freebee cause they weren’t expecting it.  I taught myself how to juggle from a book 15 years ago and never really looked back.  I like to look to the future.

WM: When did you realize you could make your passion a lucrative career?
MM: I realized it was a lucrative career right away. I have managed to live fairly comfortably. I am not directly concerned about bringing in tons and TONS of cash though.  I would rather spend my time thinking about the best show I can put on and enriching the lives of others with what I do.  Getting paid for it is just a bonus.

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Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky Presents “China-ism”

Art Events

We have the great privilege of co-hosting and spreading the word about the most exciting Chelsea Art Event of the season!

Anton S. Kandinsky New York Exhibit

“China-ism” is the new solo exhibition by Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky, the great-grandson of Wassily Kandinsky, whose collections feature themes of inter-nationalism, greed and political ideology and are selling very well nationally and internationally. His new show opens Oct. 1st from 6-8pm at Art Next Gallery in New York (530 West 25th St. 3rd Floor) and specially invited guests include: Marc Ecko (Curated previous show of his work), Axel Rose (Kandinsky’s work featured in “Chinese Democracy” album art), Beth Rudin DeWoody (Collector), Ai Wei Wei (Featured in portrait), Tobi Rubinstein-Schneier (Collector), Howard Stern (featured in a military portrait) and Woody Allen (Featured in a military portrait)

Please enjoy a press release about the show and images of Kandinsky’s work below!

Would you like to RSVP for the Opening on Oct. 1st?
RSVP to Marcy@womensmafia.com

Press Contact: Yellow Sky Agency
212.729.9619, Marcy@yellowskyagency.com

“China-ism” by Anton S. Kandinsky – An Art Interpretation of Contemporary China

New York, NY. September 18, 2009 — Art Next Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky entitled “China-ism”. The exhibition will be held from October 1 to October 31 at Art Next Gallery, located at 530 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor.

The China-ism exhibition presents a series of paintings and two installations on the subject of Contemporary Chinese Art including Culture, Politics and Economy that inspired a non-Chinese artist, Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky, who lives and works in New York.

If contemporary China had become a locomotive that drives the World economy, then Contemporary Chinese art became “the new Hermes” for today’s art world. Anton S. Kandinsky asserts that the world was introduced to “China-ism” by Andy Warhol, who in 1972 created a large size pop-art portrait of Mao Zedong. This was the entry point for Chinese symbols and iconic figures to establish a strong presence at the contemporary art scene. Today one can find presence of these symbols at a growing number in art galleries, art museums and art auctions, where Chinese Contemporary art remains firmly attractive to art collectors.

“China-ism” has become a ubiquitous landscape. But how should the Western viewer interpret it? Is the rise of Chinese art establishing itself as a “savior” of the world’s creativeness or is it just a hopeful “myth” for contemporary art? To answer these questions we just need to wait and see.

Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky is known for his “Gemism” paintings, works inspired by and decorated with gem stones. A movement founded by the artist in New York in 2004, Gemism, consists of realistic images of gemstones that are intermingled with flags, ideograms, political figures and celebrities mixed with symbolism from China, the former Soviet Union and American pop culture.
Art Next Gallery is dedicated to creating an East-West discourse by spotlighting the greatest artistic talents ascending across Asia and emerging here in New York. By featuring both emerging and established artists from Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, and New York, Art Next offers the Chelsea gallery community a unique confluence of cross-cultural vitality, shifting perspectives, and the newest voices of artistic identity. Art Next Gallery, located in the heart of Chelsea, functions as a gallery and event venue for artists, auctions, and various private events.

China-ism exhibition is curated by David Rong and Alex Demko.

For additional information, please contact Gallery Director, David Rong at 212-206-1668 for up to date information please visit www.artnextgallery.com.

Work by Anton S. Kandinsky featuring depiction of artist Chuck Close and artist Ai Wei Wei as the President of China
Work by Anton S. Kandinsky featuring depiction of artist Chuck Close and artist Ai Wei Wei as the President of China


TALENT: Gallerist & Curator Rene Melchor

Art Talent

My dear friend Rene is the next star of the coveted Talent feature. He works in the art and gallery industry and is quickly becoming a go-to consultant for celebs and collectors who want a hands-on art consultant with the eye of an interior designer. He works at Mimi Ferzt gallery in Soho as well and has an ear on the pulse of what is the most collectible and the best art for investing.

What is your unique talent?
I enjoy art installation and design. My inspiration comes from the whole process of interacting with the artwork and its environment. The creative ability to envision an artist’s dialogue within different settings is my talent. Fusing art, design and environment becomes my artistic goal.

What is a secret talent that not too many people know about?

I love boxing and I am developing a mean right hook.

What advice would you give to a first time art collector?
Acquire a piece that you will really enjoy looking at every day. This is an investment that you want to have a long term relationship with.

What do you see as trends in the art world right now?
The Russian art market is hot right now. There is also an increasing focus by collectors to acquire pieces by well established artists. High quality art is a solid acquisition in times of economic instability.

Which artists are you watching right now?

My favorite artist right now is a photographer from Russia named Slava Mogutin. He documents the under culture of New York and Berlin’s gay scene. He has great potential to become a star in the art market.

What can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?
I love Women’s Mafia events because they are great to network and share ideas. The group is made up of so many people in different industries. I would be honored to have referrals and talk to members who have an interest in the arts.

Lastly, what is the funniest/strangest thing you ever witnessed at an art opening?
I’ve seen soo much weird Sh*t! We used to have a woman come to the gallery with her squirming, obnoxious dog and present her press pass and proceed to commandeer the bar, drinking all night. Years ago I saw an exhibition by Mauricio Cattelan where he hung a donkey from the ceiling. People’s reactions to a stuffed, donkey were priceless.

If you want to talk to Rene call him at: (212) 343-9377or visit MimiFerzt.com. He is an irreplaceable friend.