YOUNITY “GODDESShood” recap

Posted in Exhibitions, Younity Artists, Younity Events on September 23, 2011 by theyounity

SO it’s taken me a week to recover from all my recent shows, but I’m back and ready to rock the next few gigs. Below are some pics from the YOUNITY exhibition in Yonkers. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the opening it’s a stellar show that showcases female urban artists in a sophisticated installation. The neighborhood is beautiful and you can chill by the water and eat lunch at Hudson Cafe after visiting the gallery!

The curators- Diana McClure and Alice Mizrachi

Thanks to Cristobal Diaz for filming the event- video coming soon!

Thanks to Susan Kart for bringing her Sarah Lawrence students and working hard to bring YOUNITY programming to Yonkers!

Thanks to Stephen Force from Yonkers Public Library for supporting our mission and bringing Younity to Yonkers Public Library! Thanks to Yvette for handling PR- love u sweets!

Bringing peoples together with similar life goals feels good- George, Leiann and Jess came thru to support:)

Ok its time to leave- thanks to the crew who really made it happen!

Enjoying the sun after the opening outside on the library steps. RiverFest (block party) was going on during our event so we had to check it out…

Then we went to the Hudson Cafe to get some celebratory drink and food. So nice to eat by the water- it felt like we took a vacation.

Eva, Diana and Clive… lol fun times!

Beautiful sunsets- an excellent way to end a great event!

Thanks to Diana McClure, Marthalicia Matarrita, LMNOP, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado, Krista Franklin, Lady Alezia, Lichiban, Faith 47, Yvette Devito, Samia Grand Pierre, Susan Kart, Stephen Force, Susan Thaler, Marko Jokic, Cristobal Diaz and Elise Herszkowicz  for contributing to the production of this exhibition.

Look out for the rest of YOUNITY’s “GODDESShood” programming this fall including a panel discussion at Sarah Lawrence College and a mural in a local Yonkers high school.

Make sure to sign our guest book when you come see the show!

YOUNITY presents “GODDESShood, our land is our jewel” 9.10.11 Yonkers Riverfront Public Library

Posted in Exhibitions, Younity Artists, Younity Events, Younity Workshops on August 30, 2011 by theyounity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Female Urban Art Collective YOUNITY Presents Exhibition Exploring the Themes

Mother Earth, The Hood, and Sustainable Agriculture in conjunction with

The Yonkers Riverfront Public Library and Sarah Lawrence College


lmnop, Ayiti (detail), mixed media, 2011, approx. 5ft x 2ft

Queens, NY (August 15, 2011)— All female urban art collective, YOUNITY, presents GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel, an art exhibition that will feature 10 artists in conversation with the themes mother earth, the hood and sustainable farming. Opening on Saturday, September 10, from 2pm – 5pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Public Library, during the annual Yonkers Riverfest event, the project utilizes urban art as a platform for visual discourse on sustainable agriculture, food systems, food justice, and mother earth, and closes on Sunday, December 4th, 2011. Additional programming in the City of Yonkers and at Sarah Lawrence College will take place throughout fall 2011, including youth workshops and a panel discussion.

All of the artists in the exhibition, Lichiban, Swoon, Sofia Maldonado, Krista Franklin, Marthalicia, Diana McClure, Faith 47, lmnop, Lady Alezia, and Alice Mizrachi, engage with the theme mother earth or nature, and related concepts, both directly and indirectly in their individual artistic practices. In the context of this exhibition the artists were asked to utilize the idea of the hood as a metaphor for not only local neighborhoods and urban culture, but also land, nature and the natural environment at large.  And, finally, the genesis and inspiration for the exhibition stems from the curators’ discovery of La Via Campesina (The International Peasant Movement) and an intense global movement for land and agricultural rights taking place below the radar.

Krista Franklin, Naomi in the Okra Patch, collage and inclusions in handmade paper 17 1/5″ x 11 1/2″

In the YOUNITY tradition, GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel will include painting, murals, photography, and stencils, as well as video and sculptural objects. The exhibition picks up where YOUNITY’s last exhibition FRESHER!, which addressed consumerism, environmentalism, health, and renewable energy, left off in the fall of 2009. Co-curator Diana McClure says, “With the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition we wanted to use the YOUNITY platform as a tool for social change and disseminator of information by bringing visibility to a battle being fought by peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.  A battle that seems to get lost in mainstream media’s disregard for the economic politics of green living.” With the success of YOUNITY’s premiere exhibit in 2007, The C R O S S O V E R, the second annual Heart and Soul show and book publication in 2008, and FRESHER! in 2009, YOUNITY has become one of the most sought after all-female collectives to date. Co-curator and YOUNITY co-founder Alice Mizrachi says, “After 3 years of annual exhibitions, wall productions, youth workshops, etc. The core YOUNITY production team decided to take a year off in 2010 to explore new ideas and individual creative pursuits.  During that time we’ve all developed and hope to use our growing cultural capital to continue to support female urban artists and address social issues as individuals and a collective.”

For more information on  public programming in conjunction with the GODDESShood: Our land is our jewel exhibition,  including youth workshops led by Co-Curator/Arts Educator Alice Mizrachi for Yonkers youth, and a panel discussion moderated by Co-Curator Diana McClure at Sarah Lawrence College, visit www.theyounity.com.

About YOUNITY: artists Alice Mizrachi and TOOFLY founded YOUNITY in New York City in 2007.  After spending many years involved in the art world, it became evident that urban contemporary women artists did not have a properly organized forum through which to disseminate ideas and showcase work to their contemporaries and the public at large.  The confines of galleries were too rigid and staid and the ‘white cube’ did not lend much room for personal expression and individual style.  So, Alice and TOOFLY decided to: 1) create a place where females could tell their stories in more universal, down-to-earth voices; 2) build a stable community in which they could teach the next generation of women the process of curating exhibitions and successfully spreading artistic ideas; and, 3) allow members to explore their own flavor while retaining their identity within the context of a collective body. YOUNITY is also committed to the documentation and archiving of itself as a community of unique, autonomous participants through exhibitions, new media and publishing.

VIK GETTIN IT IN

Posted in Younity Artists on June 15, 2011 by theyounity

CHECK OUT VIK and the project she did with Reebok. DO UR THING GIRL:)

http://www.werclassic.com/en-US/articles/11-06-14/Wonder_Woman.aspx

WE’RE READY TO ROCK!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2011 by theyounity

((( Please join us tomorrow for this wonderful art & designer market )))

:::Gotta Love New York:::


LADIES LOVE PROJECT PRESENTS: SPRING POP-UP SHOP!

Shopping Event Showcases Brazen Art, Avant-Garde Fashion & Hand-Crafted Designs at Gallery 151!

NEW YORK, NY April 8, 2011 — On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP at Gallery 151 from 12pm – 8pm. The PROJECT, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY and sound sensation PattyDukes of the Circa95 duo, highlights some of NYC’s most creative underground artists and designers.  The one-day-only event boasts an intimate, yet brilliantly colorful shopping experience – designed to familiarize consumers, media and tastemakers with artists currently celebrating prominence.

Featured participants Good Wood NYC, Junkprints, The Peralta Project, Cookies -N- Cream (and a host of others), will be exhibiting one of a kind, limited edition, handcrafted pieces just in time for spring! Indie music across all genres will be handled by RephStar (also of Circa95), Miz Metro, Sweetcheeba, and RockSmithTokyo’s Mary $. A live broadcast of the event will be streamed at www.Circa95.com. Complimentary treats will be served by Jenny Kinns Cupcakes, while BFresh Photography & Media will be on deck with event photography.

Gallery 151, a celebrated art space located at 351 Bowery Street, plays host to the eclectic mix of both burgeoning and established talent. Art pieces on canvas, tote bags, jewelry, t-shirts, graffiti, live music—you name it— the LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING POP-UP SHOP doesn’t get any more New York than this! A handy fact sheet is included below to showcase a list of participants and their websites.

“Having the LADIES LOVE PROJECT POP-UP SHOP in our space is a perfect fit,” says Laura O’Reilly, Director of Gallery 151. “All of the vendors have styles that honor old New York, yet each demonstrates a unique progression with great, must-have niche items.”

About A Ladies Love Project:

The Ladies Love Project is a collaboration between artists Toofly (www.tooflynyc.com/PattyDukes & Rephstar (www.circa95.com) and A.Mari of (www.onefokus.org). Aiming to create inspiring environments for women artists where they can celebrate their creative styles in Art, Fashion and Music. Ladies Love Project introduces a model for all women who pay homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community building, and entreprenuership. Ladies Love Project thrives on spreading a positive and empowering message to the community, reaching young women who are inspired by them.

About TOOFLY:

Maria Castillo a.k.a. TOOFLY is an NYC artist, community builder, and entrepreneur. Recognized in the early 90’s for her hard and fluid character style, she gained popularity as one of the few females excelling beyond her peers in the male-dominated graffiti scene. In 2007 she co-founded the international female arts collective, YOUNITY. TOOFLY now runs her successful independent design company, STAY TRU, as she consults, designs, and develops a variety of projects and workshops. Her work has exhibited at many venues such as the Bronx Museum of Art, and can be found on public walls internationally. TOOFLY is featured across media outlets like Graffiti Women, Juxtapoz, Latination TV and Latina Magazine.

About Patty Dukes & Rephstar (Circa95):

Patty Dukes and Rephstar are Co-Founders of Circa ’95,a Hip-Hop music and media group that curates a daily blog, hosts an original web series and features ground-breaking international urban artists. Rhyming seamlessly through English and Spanish, PattyDukes & Rephstar perform all over the U.S. and have graced the stage with artists like Krs-One, Pitbull, Nina Sky and Mala Rodriguez. HBO Latino is currently featuring them in a show called “RoadTrip: NYC” and “Habla Ya”. They are currently hard at work on their untitled debut EP.

About A.Mari:

Allison Maritza is Co-President of F.O.K.U.S. – a non-profit arts organization based in NYC and Ann Arbor, MI. ” I believe there is passion in all that we do, who we are, and where we are coming from and going. For me, art is life; art is a global sanctuary for all of us to learn, share and grow with one another.”

Press Contact:
Shana Louallen
E: ShanaLovesPR@gmail.com
P: 646.359.8448

2011 Events & Exhibitions
April 2nd. Pantheon Exhibition. 20 West 53rd Street, NYC
April 9th – Ladies Love Project Spring Pop-Up Shop- Gallery 151. 350 Bowery, NYC
June 4th – Female Graffiti Jam. Oakland, CA Location TBD


LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING POP UP SHOP 4.9.11

Posted in Collaborations, Community, Good Times, Hip Hop Culture, NYC Events on March 23, 2011 by theyounity

Ladies Love Project Spring Pop up Shop!
April 4, 2011//12pm-8pm
(( FREE, EVERYONE IS WELCOME ))
Gallery 151. 350 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

PRESS RELEASE BELOW…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Shana Louallen
E: ShanaLovesPR@gmail.com
P: 646.359.8448

LADIES LOVE PROJECT PRESENTS: SPRING POP-UP SHOP!
Shopping Event Showcases Brazen Art, Avant-Garde Fashion & Hand-Crafted Designs at Gallery 151!

NEW YORK, NY March 10, 2011 — On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP at Gallery 151 from 12pm – 8pm. The PROJECT, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY and sound sensation PattyDukes of the Circa95 duo, highlights some of NYC’s most creative underground artists and designers. The one-day-only event boasts an intimate, yet brilliantly colorful shopping experience – designed to familiarize consumers, media and tastemakers with artists currently celebrating prominence.

Featured participants Good Wood NYC, Junkprints, The Peralta Project, Cookies -N- Cream (and a host of others), will be exhibiting one of a kind, limited edition, handcrafted pieces just in time for spring! Indie music across all genres will be handled by RephStar (also of Circa95), Miz Metro, Sweetcheeba, and RockSmithTokyo’s Mary $. A live broadcast of the event will be streamed at www.Circa95.com. Complimentary treats will be served by Jenny Kinns Cupcakes, while BFresh Photography & Media will be on deck with event photography.

Gallery 151, a celebrated art space located at 351 Bowery Street, plays host to the eclectic mix of both burgeoning and established talent. Art pieces on canvas, tote bags, jewelry, t-shirts, graffiti, live music—you name it— the LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING POP-UP SHOP doesn’t get any more New York than this! A handy fact sheet is included below to showcase a list of participants and their websites.

“Having the LADIES LOVE PROJECT POP-UP SHOP in our space is a perfect fit,” says Miz Metro, Manager of Gallery 151. “All of the vendors have styles that honor old New York, yet each demonstrates a unique progression with great, must-have niche items.”

About A Ladies Love Project:

The Ladies Love Project is a collaboration between artists Toofly (www.tooflynyc.com/) PattyDukes & Rephstar (www.circa95.com) and A.Mari of (www.onefokus.org). Aiming to create inspiring environments for women artists where they can celebrate their creative styles in Art, Fashion and Music. Ladies Love Project introduces a model for all women who pay homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community building, and entreprenuership. Ladies Love Project thrives on spreading a positive and empowering message to the community, reaching young women who are inspired by them.

About TOOFLY:
Maria Castillo a.k.a. TOOFLY is an NYC artist, community builder, and entrepreneur. Recognized in the early 90’s for her hard and fluid character style, she gained popularity as one of the few females excelling beyond her peers in the male-dominated graffiti scene. In 2007 she co-founded the international female arts collective, YOUNITY. TOOFLY now runs her successful independent design company, STAY TRU, as she consults, designs, and develops a variety of projects and workshops. Her work has exhibited at many venues such as the Bronx Museum of Art, and can be found on public walls internationally. TOOFLY is featured across media outlets like Graffiti Women, Juxtapoz, Latination TV and Latina Magazine.

About Patty Dukes & Rephstar (Circa95):
Patty Dukes and Rephstar are Co-Founders of Circa ’95,a Hip-Hop music and media group that curates a daily blog, hosts an original web series and features ground-breaking international urban artists. Rhyming seamlessly through English and Spanish, PattyDukes & Rephstar perform all over the U.S. and have graced the stage with artists like Krs-One, Pitbull, Nina Sky and Mala Rodriguez. HBO Latino is currently featuring them in a show called “RoadTrip: NYC” and “Habla Ya”. They are currently hard at work on their untitled debut EP.

About A.Mari:
Allison Maritza is Co-President of F.O.K.U.S. – a non-profit arts organization based in NYC and Ann Arbor, MI. ” I believe there is passion in all that we do, who we are, and where we are coming from and going. For me, art is life; art is a global sanctuary for all of us to learn, share and grow with one another.”

SNOW DATE- MFTA MURAL PROJECT 2.3.11 from 6-9pm

Posted in Collaborations, NYC Events, Younity Artists on February 2, 2011 by theyounity

Hey all,

Due to last weeks snow storm the MFTA mural project unveiling was postponed to this week. Please come thru and check it out!!!

Please join us for an opening reception at:

Materials for the Arts on February 3, 2011 from 6-9 to check out the Mural Project.

Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Bisy, Cece Carpio, Cern, Clark, Crystal Clarity, Erotica, Free5, Marthalicia Matarrita, Noxer, Rimx

Materials for the Arts/ 33-00 Northern Blvd, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101

YOUNITY presents- MFTA MURAL PROJECT 1.27.11 from 6-9pm

Posted in Exhibitions, Walls, Younity Artists, Younity Events on January 5, 2011 by theyounity

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Please join us for an opening reception at Materials for the Arts on January 27, 2011 from 6-9 to check out the MFTA Mural Project. Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Bisy, Cece Carpio, Cern, Clark, Crystal Clarity, Erotica, Free5, Marthalicia Matarrita, Noxer, Rimx & Zipos

Materials for the Arts/ 33-00 Northern Blvd, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101