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Life and Beauty – Spoken Words of Steven T. Licardi

stevenbooks2By Jenna Weis

Finding beauty and self-acceptance in our ever-changing modern society can be found with the help of many creative outlets if one allows it. When faced with a struggle early in life, poet, author, and visual artist Steven T. Licardi found his calling in the written word. The West Islip native exudes positivity and brings forth social issues in his poetry to connect with and inspire his audience. Taking the stage from South Hampton to the Upper East Side, Licardi’s greatest personal achievements as a poet are opening for award-winning poet Buddy Wakefield at the Velvet Lounge in East Setauket, and performing throughout California.

Before all of the numerous honorable mentions, awards, and truly making a name for himself in the world of poetry, his journey began with writing as an apparatus for Licardi to express and understand his emotional states. As a child he was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder, which made it difficult to connect with his emotions. Creativity allows Licardi to fully connect his mind and spirit.stevenspeaking1

“I think writing and specifically poetry provided the best way for me to make sense of my emotions. My manifestation of a PDD was a developmental disconnect between my cognitions and my emotions, and the ability to express myself helped to bridge that gap.”

The road of self-remedy has also paved the path of self-discovery for Licardi who has built his confidence and stamina to use his talents to be heard, understood, and cause emotional reaction. This seems to be a driving force for Licardi, as it would for anyone who is immersed in the creative world. To do something of passion that attracts attention as Licardi has accomplished is a true success. Not only his words but his delivery resonates a powerful punch of hope, even when addressing serious issues.

“My writing and my art are inspired by a desire to get people thinking, to explore a facet of culture, of society, of life, or of humanity. That is why a lot of my work deals with social issues (mental health, death, pop culture, etc.) I want people to understand, to think, to feel. To experience something new”10700317_831358190231647_2061123366574394804_o

Once an obstacle, now Licardi praises the mere experience of feeling an emotion, any emotion. What can bring more of an emotional force than the thought of death? Specifically, your own death. The ultimate inevitable end-game we all face has fascinated Licardi for quite some time. He is in the final stages of finishing a novel he began 10 years ago which explores death from the point of view of the main character “Anaximander”. Working on this project has guided Licardi to an unexpected new outlook on life.

MVI_7096.MOV.Still001“If you embrace death, invite it into your home, sit and have a cup of tea with it, take it by the hand and say, “Come with me. Guide me” (because a good guide always knows what your final destination will be), it will show you how precious everything is. A glass of water becomes a delicacy. The fact that nothing will last makes everything beautiful and perfect.”

Licardi’s poetry strengthens our perceptions and challenges us to believe in something, stand up for it, experience new things, and embrace life and all its beauty. He will be performing at SPARKBOOM’S JINGLE BOOM: HOLIDAY BASH event on Saturday, December 20th at Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery located at 213 Main Street from 6-10PM along with James Kim, Frankie A. Soto, Meredith Nussbaum, and Bri Onishea. There will be craft beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery, treats from Stella Blue Bistro, Hint water, prize giveaways courtesy of Sip Tea Lounge, Lotus Vintage, Kilwins Huntington, and Escape Pod Comics, live music and windows tinsled out by Reme and Caitlyn Shea.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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See and Be Seen: Street Art of Reme 821

By Jenna Weis

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In the more recent years, street art has become a widely appreciated style thanks to the artists who create it. What was once mostly seen as an act of vandalism, street art has been transformed into exceptionally crafted visual artwork that is easily accessible to anyone of any background. Artists like Reme Rowland (aka Reme 821) uses this tactic of displaying their work as a way to expose their art to the public, making the connection between artist and viewer a more stream lined transaction.

IMG_8934Rowland is a fellow Long Islander from Suffolk County who has been leaving his creative mark throughout the island at music studios, art studios, tattoo shops, and various other businesses as well as around the Bronx and Brooklyn area. A self-taught artist creating dynamically bold designs since the 80s, Rowland possesses immense confidence in his work and wanted to share what he can offer as a visual artist to the people.

“After many years of writing my name over & over I got bored with that” he says “and thought it was just getting selfish like it was just for me. So after painting in Brooklyn a few times & seeing people’s reactions to my art I wanted to paint for the streets, the people, the daily commuters that walk past art daily. They really appreciate it. It’s a great feeling to see them react to your art on a big scale”

Immensely energetic yet approachable artwork constructed with explosive shapes and loud colors, is described as “Geometric Funk” by Rowland who spent years developing his signature style. His fun and fresh abstract approach adds a new dimension to the already multi-faceted world of street art. An element of his work that can easily be traced back to Rowland is the frequent appearance of an animated hooded eye design. Its significance speaks to how Rowland sees art as something alive that also looks back to the viewer.IMG_0762

“The EYE design is basically a representation of how you are able to see Art & the world, through the Eye. So it’s called EYEF** … It’s the Art itself staring back at you.”

A formal introduction to the EYE and the Geometric Funk style of Reme Rowland will be taken place at SPARKBOOM’s “JINGLE BOOM: HOLIDAY BASH” on Saturday, December 20th at Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery located at 213 Main Street from 6-10PM. Rowland will be showcasing his work on a window display customized for the event to “introduce the Eye to new ‘Eyes’”. Enjoy amazing artwork, craft beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery, sweet treats from Stella Blue Bistro, Hint water, prize giveaways courtesy of Sip Tea Lounge, Lotus Vintage, Kilwins Huntington, and Escape Pod Comics, and live music and poetry.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

 

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