Carpazine Art Magazine Issue Number 38 Featuring Doug Firmino! More: Sherry Karver, Valerie Patterson, Randi Matushevitz, Dominick Conde, Fernando Carpaneda, Melinda R. Smith, Collin J.Rae, Milwaukee Graffiti, Somos/We Are: Latinx Artists of Long Island, The Hive Gallery: Line 12, The Sisters of Mercy!
Randi Matushevitz is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles best known for her large-scale mixed media drawings. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Miami (UM). Her drawings, paintings, and installations have been exhibited in galleries, art fairs, cultural centers, and museums in the US and Abroad. More:
Sherry Karver is not a traditional photographer. She is constantly looking for new and innovative approaches to the medium, and pushes the parameters of both photography and painting by combining them with narrative text, and most recently with jigsaw puzzle pieces made from her own photos. More:
Melinda R. Smith is an artist whose work explores the liminal regions between reality and fantasy, using tropes strongly reminiscent of childhood play. With her lifelong love of storytelling, she conceives of her pictures as staged theatrical scenes that tell archetypal stories whose roots reach for the dark core of memory and truth. More:
I create my Pop Art by taking a photo and creating digital art on it and then I will transfer the art on canvas, fabric or glass with mod podge. I love to work with acrylic paint and makers to bring out the subject matter. I also do 3-D art on my art work. More:
Patterson’s award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in both group and solo exhibitions including at The Bond St. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, The Arts & Literature Laboratory in New Haven CT and The Crary Art Center Gallery in Warren, PA. More:
Fernando Carpaneda has been creating sculptures and paintings within the punk and homoerotic genres since the 1980s. His voracious involvement in the cause of diversity and punk culture led him to exhibit at the CBGB art gallery, The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Tom of Finland Foundation, The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art among others. More:
My work is heavily influenced by medicine, forensic science, and other subjects that relate to the finitude of bodily matter. As a child, I was greatly influenced by video rental horror movies, then my curiosity for true crime cases, serial killers and other bizarre personalities.
CARPAZINE WAS THERE for The Sisters of Mercy show at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. The industrial groove machine swirled thousands of Goths into the same energy as their last show here 15 years ago. Vocalist and remaining original member Andrew Eldritch, along with guitarist Ben Christo proved themselves intellectual love gods by walking around the stage and posing for photos for the fans.
Although the Sisters of Mercy have not released any new music in 33 years, the performance seemed dominated by new material, 10 new songs in total, which were well received by the audience. Their presence certainly proved that there is still a lot of life in the New York Goth scene and Sisters of Mercy remains the leading band in Goth Music. More:
"I was a latch key kid by 8 years-old (meaning that I had my own keys to our apartment and went to and from school by myself as a child). It was the crazy violent and heroin filled Lower East Side of New York City of the late 1970s. It looks nothing like it does today. Just search for Lower East Side 1970s on Google and you'll see what I mean. It was nuts, but a lot of us kids then traveled from school to home by ourselves. This wouldn't happen today but then it was just different". More
" Working on Sex & Violence was interesting because it was my first time doing anything at all more mainstream. The show has been nominated 17 times for CSA and ACTRA awards (Canada’s equivalent to The Oscars and SAG Awards) including wins. While some deserved those accolades, some of the people nominated shouldn’t have been because they just weren’t great actors. And some who should have been, were not. The guy who played my husband on the show was brilliant and deserved a nomination and never got one". More
"We formally started doing our own indie rock shows in 2013 under The 53rd & 3rd Shows name in Barrie, Ontario at the Foxx Lounge. Our start in the city though, was with larger rock and rap events doing poster street team / guerrilla work for Liquid Chrome and Impact Live. The first event promotion experience we had however-was in Toronto for the rave and club scene in the mid and late 90s with Dose, Next Junction and Industry Nit Club. Our first show we helped promote was in August 1996 (Dose: Summer of Love) now all these years later we’re still doing and helping events-just punk and rock and roll". More:
"I find the thing that is most upsetting is the world’s total absorption into social media. We are no longer free thinking and living. We have allowed ourselves to compare our relationships to memes on Facebook and are too worried with building an Internet life instead of a real one. We have become too obsessed with how many "likes" we get on a repost of an article we didn't even truly read; instead of living our lives". More
"I started White Trash Debutantes as a fun party band.. My pal Joey Ramone became an instant supporter of the band and he put us on some shows that he was promoting along with touring with The Ramones. I will always be grateful for the support he sowed us. Billy Gould produced our first record that we released on Alternative Tentacles.. Jello Biafra also supported the band and Faith No More has also been very kind to us". More
"Just do it, but first and foremost educate yourself for the sake of your music and your bandmates. Also very important!! Don’t be a douche, be nice to everybody. I believe tha’s the first stage of anarchism! Be an excellent fella to everybody except a fucking nazi!! Fuck those guys!! Big time!!" More
The Truth About Aliens. Collector's edition. Interview with the paranormal Alexandre William. "My body is human but my essence or spirit is extraterrestrial. Everything I experience here on earth will be added to the essence of the Being. The Being often acts more than Alexandre William."
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Carpazine Art Magazine Issue Number 38 Featuring Doug Firmino! More: Sherry Karver, Valerie Patterson, Randi Matushevitz, Dominick Conde, Fernando Carpaneda, Melinda R. Smith, Collin J.Rae, Milwaukee Graffiti, Somos/We Are: Latinx Artists of Long Island at The Long Island Museum, The Hive Gallery: Line 12, The Sisters and many more!