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Jack Pierce Makes it POP!

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“Giraffes”

By Caitlyn Shea

Jack Pierce is a graphic artist that combines dynamic pattern and imagery with bold text elements. Currently, he is unveiling a new series entitled Maximum Pop, which captures the zeitgeist of Pop art while adding a fresh, contemporary twist through his use of digital media.  His designs are extremely engaging and bring together surprising subject matter; for example, in his recent design “Giraffes” the viewer is met by an exceptionally large barcode with giraffes marching in the foreground.  The giraffes exceed the edges of the print, and since we do not see their heads they work as both patterns and figures.

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“Voltage”

Originally, Pierce was a painter. He explains: “I still make paintings today. Painting is much more sensual than graphic design, it is a great balance. I love painting more, but I have been sketching some of these designs for quite a while and needed to make them real, to actually design them and get large prints made of them.”  His painting background is apparent in his digital work, as he juggles composition and color in a very cohesive manner.

Pierce’s work ethic is impressive, he continuously expresses a wealth of ideas as sketches and then the strongest concepts are created digitally. These developed vector images can then become fragments for new designs.  Pierce describes his outlook as an artist:

“My personal philosophy on art is to approach it as a student who is always learning. I operate on a yearly cycle. What can I learn this year and how can I demonstrate where I am as a creative entity? It is an attempt to learn a highly cultivated form of human communication and trying to continually progress.”

Having studied visual psychology, Pierce knows how to excite his viewers.  His designs are beyond smart color and composition choices. It is through developing a strong original concept and then rethinking, reworking, and redefining his ideas that he creates work that continuously delivers unexpected results.

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“50 Birds”

On April 18th you can see Jack Pierce’s new designs in person! On Saturday Night, April 18th, join us at LaunchPad Huntington from 6-10 PM for our special #artntech event – “ART BYTES”. Featuring: Visual Art, Animation, Illustration, Videography, live painting, and musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious food courtesy of Massa’s Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria, Tasty American Coo Coo, and Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill Drinks courtesy of Greenport Harbor Brewing co. and Hint Water.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Artist, Caitlyn Shea Embraces the Uncertainty

CShea_BlogPicBy Jenna Weis

The unknown and sense of uncertainty can make one anxious and even fearful. It is definitely something that is often avoided, but artist Caitlyn Shea desires the uncertainty when creating her powerful paintings, even manipulating various mediums to distance herself from intention. Painting and re-painting, configuring and re-configuring the composition in the midst of the creative process, Shea produces figurative artwork with the spirit of Abstract Expressionism. As a female delving into a style dubbed long ago as “masculine”, Shea summons a new, strong sense of femininity to abstract art.

The actual process of building up and breaking down the image are critical elements in Shea’s work. Her paintings consist of meditative yet lively colors applied in an action painting aesthetic with an animal, insect, or a human being as her muse for the visual complexity they can offer. For this artist, inspiration is often found in a photo of a natural being in a unique pose or from a unique perspective, giving Shea a compelling layout to explore the anatomy. Through a gestural array of colors the subject seems to be formed through the abstraction that gives the being life and energy.2_RavenHiRes

“I like to take risks and will sometimes bring a painting to a place where I completely dislike it. Then a spark will come back again and I will rework the painting.  Figuring out the balance between form and abstraction keeps me engaged and excited – and keeps me up all night very often!”

Utilizing charcoal, acrylics, spray paint, and even house paint helps Shea generate the out-of-the-box results that she strives for. She says “These mediums give me unpredictable results and bring an element of discovery that makes painting more exciting…In many ways I allow the mediums to dictate the work, and I pull the form out of the materials.” This method allows the viewer to witness the process of change as it unfolds throughout the painting, creating a state of sublime.

10659022_879263097663_2796195771679992064_oOver the summer Shea experienced her greatest achievement as an artist when she completed a massive humming bird mural on a vacant building in Riverhead thanks to the East End Arts Council’s program “JumpstART”. After an enormous amount of work, proving her capability, and fundraising, Shea created her own opportunity to display her work to the public. She says “In the end it is my greatest achievement because it will continue to stand in Riverhead permanently and offer hope to a community that is eager to revitalize.”

Shea will be making her art a public affair in Huntington as well 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. She has decorated a window display of whimsical animals in chaotic holiday environment consisted of 2D and 3D elements. Along with great artwork to see 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, and live music and poetry. RSVP here via Facebook.

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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Puneeta Mittal – From the Microscope to the Canvas

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“Dendrites I”

By Jenna Weis

Abstracted art has for centuries allowed artists to break boundaries of the norm and encounter new discoveries in the art-making process as well as provide a more discrete means of spreading ideas. At first glance it seems the only concern is with color, form, and texture, but upon more careful observation and research, sometimes an abstracted work goes beyond its formal qualities. You just have to peel back the layers. Duality, depth, and beauty are just the cusp of what can be experienced when confronted with a piece by artist Puneeta Mittal, who has managed to effortlessly incorporate a fascination of science into her powerfully appealing works of art.

What we see in her art today can be traced back to the spring of 2004 when Mittal came across a high-resolution image of a mouse brain. A scientist would take this image at face value and focus on the subjective –the facts, but Mittal saw a landscape. An organic arrangement of artistic elements that inspired this artist to, “visualize beauty in the repulsive, find knowledge in the unknown, and to observe the unseen to more clearly see our world.”

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“Internal Space IV”

Mittal is highly influenced by the technique of glaze painting for its textural multi-layered quality, and was a suitable approach to produce works of substance and depth, the same substance and depth she sees in a single microscopic view; how she sees the world.

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“Internal Space III”

“While I utilize scientific content as the basic substrate of my works”, she says “as an artist I exercise my freedom to break the confines pertaining to accuracy of data and reality.”

Her signature touch is how the structure and the subjective are undercut by the spontaneity in composition of Mittal’s oil paintings. She fuses the rigidness of modern science with the freedom of expression in her use of both passionate and subtle colors rhythmically composed as a nod to the natural world that also greatly inspires Mittal. This constant juxtaposition of real and metaphorical, science and spiritual, abstract and literal add a sense of complexity and intrigue for the viewer that is also seen in her ceramic pieces. Simplistic shapes of painted multi-layered surfaces which she refers to as “landscape and terrain” acknowledges a quote by Robert Morris; “The simplicity of shape does not necessarily mean simplicity of idea.”

Mittal’s work is on display from October 1st to November 1st at the Islip Art Museum. SPARKBOOMTM will be co-curated the show along with Beth Giacummo, including the closing reception on November 1st, “Things Are Getting Hairy”, featuring a Hair Sculpture Show, food, music, Mythological Costume Contest, and of course, all of the amazing artists on display.  Visit islipartmuseum.org for more info!

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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KB Jones and The Kontraband – The Expedition Through One Note at a Time

KB Jones & the kontrabandBy Erin Corrigan

KB Jones, also known as Daniel Munoz, takes a multifaceted form when engaging in what he loves most. With flares of pop, hip hop and classic rock, Mr. Jones and his group “The Kontraband” string together to create a funky-fresh approach to music that coats the idea of realism and authenticity.

Daniel Munoz himself takes responsibility for the vocals and production. In regards to the rest of the young musicians, the guitar is handled by Steve Gornic, the bass guitar by Andrew DeMatteo and the percussion section by Mike DeConzo.

When asked the question behind what keeps Daniel inspired, he responded with the influence of his overall surroundings, as well as the day-to-day individuals that enter his life. Something that may seem commonplace to some is merely a palate of creation to others.

10561800_10152281492086984_6205384801003013157_nMunoz’s music does not exactly fit into a precise genre like a square hole to a square peg. His beats play on the realm of funky, yet pragmatic; adding hints of emotional satisfaction -actually telling a story to the person wearing the headphones.

Anywhere from SoundCloud, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter and Tumblr, you can find KB and his crew mixing up styles and putting forth new music one song at a time. Daniel says that their ultimate goal behind their musical career is to have as many listeners and supporters as possible; making it their dream to pursue such as passion that also doubles as a permanent career. Here is just a little taste of what him and his group work diligently to create: “Journey Man”  – STREAM HERE!

Come see KB Jones and The Kontraband this Saturday, September 20th at SPARKBOOM’s second annual “OFF THE WALLS” event at 1520 New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY. This occasion will feature a handful of Long Island’s newest musicians, a BMX bike stunt show, salsa dancing, and over thirty art and business vendors.  So don’t miss out and RSVP here via Facebook.

For more on KB Jones and The Kontraband, visit their Facebook, Instagram or their Website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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Get On Board with Nonstop to Cairo

nonstopBy Patrick Peterson

LI-based band, Nonstop to Cairo are composed of Andrew Hagerty (Trombone), Agustus Harris (Vocals), David Bartlett (Bass), Matt Ezzo (Drums) and Nick Diamond (Guitar, Vocals). Though they weren’t always in the same band, they were practically always in each other’s lives. Nick and Ezzo, two of the three original founders of the band grew up together and have been friends since grade school. “We met somewhere during first grade or probably even before that. We just knew each other for a long time. My dad (Nick’s father) even gave Ezzo his bass guitar.”

The other members of the crew all went to the same high school. Though some are older than others, and were in different grades, they grew up around the same years. Little did they know, these casual coincidences and meetups would lead to an epic sounding rock band, with sounds like Funk and Ska. An incorporation of sounds that’s leading a continuous journey from their instruments to their fans’ ear drums. Casual fans might question where the name comes from but to the crew, it’s a weird but irreplaceable name.

“The reason we chose our name was actually from an airplane ad(vertisement) on the LIRR. We were nonstop4locked up in the band-room with the trombone player, with a giant list of names that we had to choose from. It was one of the few that we actually didn’t hate,  so it just stuck with us. Yet, even though our name has Cairo in it, we just eventually drew away from it as a place and used it more as a destination.”

Like their name suggests, they have tons of drive and inspiration. They put all their heart into their music, on stage and off. For instance, one of their favorite memories is winning the the 2009 Long Island Music Festival. “We were only together three months at the time”, they said with smiles on their faces. “Yeah, and Nick’s hand was bandaged from a fight with a saw-blade.”, Ezzo recalled. “Yeah, they were sliced off. But we still managed to win the Festival. It was a real underdog story to us. It started the snowball of success that we’re rolling on now. This success has made us lucky enough to play with bands like Fishbone and Gwar. We kind of want to share that same feeling to the fans.”

nonstop3Unfortunately, they feel like they don’t have an avenue to promote their music like a major label band would. Their income as a band is small so they don’t have a large budget for CDs, music videos, and marketing tools. Yet, that’s one of the things that makes them smile the most. What you would think was a weakness is an actually uplifting strength. “We don’t really have the means to sell CDs. We have digital stuff but that’s about it.” And as they do think online streaming helps, it’s the live shows where they confidently stake their claim. They, particularly Augustus, who is the only one without an instrument and has a second hand perspective, and feel that their live performances are out of this world.

“The whole unavailable music thing is why it’s really awesome when we see fans come back to sing along with us. It means that they’ve been to our shows more than once, it means they love seeing us play. It’s one of the things that motivates us to keep playing.”

Playing music, they do. Having performed at least shows in the last three weeks (40 shows total this summer). So what’s next for them? After this huge wave of live concerts end, they plan to go into hibernation. “We want to take a step back and focus on recording. We plan to put out the best thing that we can, together, in a reasonable amount of time. Hopefully, it will not only be life-changing but scene-changing as well. A thing, that will not only bring our band closer together, but also other bands as well”.

They are friends, they are a band, and they are Nonstop to Cairo. Their next flight? Nonstop to Success. Rock on.

See Nonstop to Cairo on Saturday, September 20th as SPARKBOOM hosts “OFF THE WALLS II” at 1520 New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY. The event features a handful of up-and-coming LI music, a BMX bike stunt show, salsa dancing, and 30+ art/business vendors.  RSVP here via Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

IMG_0882Patrick Peterson Growing up, Patrick was nicknamed The Mayor. He had and still had an outgoing personality with a sincere, charming, dedicated personality to those he meets. He’s a writing, photography, and video game enthusiast who likes helping out the little guy.

 

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Jarred “AllStar” Haynes Bares His World with Words

By Jenna Weis

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Expression with words was inevitable for Wyandanch-native Jarred Haynes, whose humble upbringing exposed him to his creative outlet of music and poetry. Jarred, aka “AllStar” has portrayed his multi faceted talent since the age of 3 when he began singing for his church, next a published poet at 9, then a freestyle rapper at 16. These early self discoveries would pave the way to greater attention to Jarred as an artist, and eventually as the founder of his own independent label.

Jarred’s fast paced evolution continued straight to his musical calling in 2009 when college friend Mike Rogge introduced him to the free-ski community. Jarred explains his first experience with the free-ski culture

IMG_4097“One day he called and said he was in a room full of skiers and I freestyled mentioning all of their names.  Next thing I know I start getting phone calls from skiers and companies for music, eventually landing me at the one and one International Freeski Film Festival (IF3).”

Jarred performs in Montreal annually for the festival. This unique opportunity revved up his name in the sports industry as well where his mix tapes were featured in ESPN and Powder Magazine according to his bio and the journey does not stop here. With music as his true passion he started his own label “White Light Music Group LLC” where he develops and assists other artists. “As a label I hope we become an army” he says “an army where everyone feels they can be themselves to the fullest extent while seeking knowledge growing and learning from mistakes.”

Jarred “AllStar” Haynes is an artist who wishes to connect with his audience on many levels through his craft. He expresses his confidence in the greatness that lies ahead for him.

“I just thank God for my gift.  This gift to create has opened doors for me to do many things musically and while grateful I feel as if the ‘biggest’ is yet to come.”

When asked if his music holds any specific message, it is Realism. Personal experiences have shaped this artist to see the world differently to produce music with depth, soul, and beautiful words.

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“My entire life I have bore witness to the duality which is life.  The struggle between good and bad, ying and yang, heaven or hell however you choose to word it; it exists. My music is relatable to everyone.”

Come see Jarred perform at SPARKBOOM’s “Off The Walls II” event Saturday Sept. 20 1520 New York Ave. Huntington Station from 1-6 PM. RSVP here via Facebook.

For more on Jarred visit his Facebook page. And check out his Twitter and his Instagram.

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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Drift Away with the Sound of Motion Ocean

By Jenna Weismo2

There is nothing like summertime sunshine and laid back music like Motion Ocean to enhance your lazy days. A band that brings a positive attitude with their up-beat songs, and it all began when a Ukulele was given to lead singer Andrew Pinzon.

“It’s so happy and it just feels good to play” he says “The more I played it, the more ideas I would come up with, so I wrote a few songs for fun. I thought it would be so cool to form a band around this cute little instrument and that’s how the idea for Motion Ocean was born. “

Summer of 2012 to be exact, Andrew recruits his younger brother Nick as the drummer and expresses the great confidence he felt for his sibling. He says “he was only 17 years old, but he could out drum anyone I knew.” Bass player, Anthony Arma lived was only steps away from Andrew and Nick’s home and there was instant connection as a band member and friend for Andrew who says “he’s a crazy skilled bass player, and he’s a huge nerd so we instantly became best friends.”

Vocalist Stephanie Tolino was first under the impression that she would only contribute as a bacmosantakup but Andrew had a different plan in mind. He confesses that he ‘tricked’ Stephanie in to being a part of Motion Ocean by having her perform at shows and attend practices, then giving her more substantial parts in new songs. So one thing just leads to another and Stephanie became an official member.

“I knew from the beginning I wanted to have a female vocalist singing along with me to harmonize and bring a nice balance to the songs.”

With all members on board, the feel good music came naturally for Motion Ocean. The effortless singing and sweet easy going sounds can take you away from the everyday grind. Ukulele covers of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and ‘Legend of Zelda’ are just so fun and definitely something to see. Their song “Drift Away” is a favorite for the band to perform, and is hot off their new EP. Listen below:

“It’s a fun, upbeat tune that feels so good to play. It’s about drifting away towards something better. It has a positive message and it’s so upbeat that we can’t help but dance like lunatics when we play it.”

Motion Ocean seems like a band that emits a care-free approach to the world that is infectious to their audience and just wants to have a good time. They will be performing of SPARKBOOM’s “OFF THE WALLS II” event for the second time on Saturday, September 20 from 1-6PM at 1520 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. For more information about this event visit the official facebook event.

For more on Motion Ocean visit their bandcamp or their website.

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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Christine Sweeney – Life is Music, Music is Life

sycamore 0113By Darryl Maraj

I first met Christine Sweeney two years ago when we both worked in a music store. I was behind the counter, and she taught lessons. During our breaks, Sweeney (which is what I solely knew her as) and I would talk mostly about crazy store patrons and Breaking Bad. But, whether it was the shortness of our breaks or because Breaking Bad was just that awesome, we never really talked about ourselves or our music. So, everything you’re about to read, I only learned a few hours before you.

Christine is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, where she majored in music theory and composition. According to Christine, one of her major accomplishments right now is being a full time musician- without having to work in retail anymore. “It’s a lot of work, but I can say that I’m doing what a love for a living,” said Christine, who now lives in Lindenhurst. She teaches lessons in voice, guitar and piano in studios as well as in homes. One of the bands she’s a part of is reggae band, Free Noise Brigade, where she sings backup vocals. However, Christine’s crown jewel and the focus of most of her time, effort and heart is her band – Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts. This is the project that allows Christine to show off the completeness her vocal prowess as well as her sycamore 9996astounding songwriting.

Christine’s music is a combination of acoustic rock’s rawness and power, with the sweet and memorable melodies of pop music. She draws many of her influences from artists such as Grace Potter, John Mayer, Regina Spektor and KT Tunstall. Songwriting for Christine usually starts in her car. While driving to her various jobs, or to gigs, Christine will hear a melody and immediately start creating lyrics to go along with them. I asked her was her lyrics were typically about. She said, “I draw from my own experience when writing… I have a lot of relationship songs, but also have ones about addiction, hope, wanting, wondering. I work out my inner demons through songs.” Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts’ newest album is going to be released towards the very end of August, so keep your ears to the ground on that one.

When Christine isn’t making music, she’s usually hanging out with friends, or relaxing at home. She also enjoys crafty things like drawing, knitting and photoshopping (mostly for gig posters and such).

For more on Christine Sweeney, you can visit her website or her Facebook page. And if the internet just isn’t enough, you can catch her performing live at SPARKBOOM’s ArtSpace Unplugged, at 20 Terry St, Patchogue, NY 11772, from 6-10 PM. She goes on at 6:30 PM.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

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Good Vibes + Talent + Hard Work = Jake Furia

1236096_597393723652471_1178144013_nBy Moe Tompkins

I first heard Jake Furia at a showcase back in February. For those of you that don’t know, I run a horn band and we were testing the waters out in Patchogue. Jake was the first real corner I turned in my ‘maybe singer-songwriters don’t suck as much as I thought’ revelation. I’ll never forget it. The first half of his show was just him on acoustic guitar, singing thoughtful lyrics and meaningful melodies. But then, some guys just started walking around behind him. They weren’t sound guys…I thought they might have been some really rude members of another band. One picked up a bass while the other sat behind the kit, and out of nowhere, halfway through his song they start playing! Jake picked up his electric and seamlessly blended soft acoustic pop into jammin’ rock. It was awesome. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to learn more about this guy.

Jake was born in Smithtown, but associates himself more with Shirley where he was raised and continues to live. If you can believe it, this guy983746_760667280658447_5005358146003787898_n started out on keyboard and alto sax. He started writing music while learning to play the guitar. His Mom got him some guitar lessons for Christmas when he was 14. He learned to play pretty well, was writing tunes and even learned to play ‘Wish You Were Here’ within about 2 months.

What I really like about Jake is his versatility. I was always taught that to adapt is to survive. The more things you can do, the better. That’s the main reason why I keep my cello chops up (didn’t know I played cello did you!?). Jake captures a plethora of sounds in is music. He plugs himself as ‘alternative rock/pop-punk-reggae with hints of hardcore and electro. For the ArtSpace show, he’ll be doing an unplugged set, with his backing band. ‘The Be Yourselves’ which features some of the best talent around, including Russel Benjamin, Derek McMahon, and Tameem Shaker.

So what else can you expect from Jake Furia? He has an LP slated to release this winter, ‘Where the Ends Fall Off.’ He also has a music video coming soon for his song ‘Meet me in LA’ that will feature Meghan Mass. Listen to the audio from his “The Acoustic EP” below:

You can also catch Mr. Furia at the Revolution Bar & Music Hall on the 23rd, and East Islip lanes on the 29th. If I haven’t sold you by now, just come to the Artspace Unplugged show on Saturday night. Jake will be there, and food, and art, but mostly JAKE. RSVP here via Facebook!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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Yukito Yoneyama – Emphasis on the Now

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“Time Code Table”

By Jenna Weis

Being immersed into the highly diversity of cultures and sights around the US presented artist Yukito Yoneyama the exposure to contemplate a given moment. As a native of Yokohama, Japan, traveling the US has given Yoneyama the resilience to be open to his new surroundings. Living in the moment is what encompasses the mind of this artist. When asked about his fascination with the present moment, he explained “I had spent [a] significant amount of time focusing all my energy and time into ‘living’ for the future. At one point in my life, I found myself realizing that tomorrow never comes. When tomorrow comes, it becomes ‘today’.” With the future an illusion, all we have is the moment we are in to savor.

Yoneyama approaches his art from a spiritual perspective, which visually is highly abstracted with ethereal use of color in his oil paintings or mesmerizing textures in his charcoal and pen and ink pieces. The concept of time and pre-destined plans are irrelevant for Yoneyama who says “What I try to focus on is to stay spontaneous throughout the entire creative process, from the moment when the light bulb goes on while brushing my teeth, listening to my son snore, to the moment the piece leaves my studio.” Thoughts are abandoned and judgments are made in the midst of the creation.

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“Five Elements of Fire”

Without the substance of a recognizable image in his work, there is a heavy dependence on the metaphysical. There is no connection to the physical world, just with the mind. Yoneyama explains “you are dealing with something different, such as intuitions, abstract thoughts, and metaphysical questions.” This idea is reflected in the lightness in his work. Free of being judged or compared and just being what it is. In his compressed charcoal piece entitled Time Code Table, we are presented with an image unfolded during the art making process, based off an idea in the moment that abandons time and space. It is as though as a viewer you are forced to savor what is before you and focus on what is here.

Come experience the metaphysical art of Yukito Yoneyama at SPARKBOOMTM‘s Artspace Unplugged event at 20 Terry Street, Patchogue August 9th from 6-10PM. For details, visit our official Facebook event for the show.

To see more of the artists’ work, visit: studioraiyu.com.

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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