PABLO DYLAN / a pre-legendary tribute to trap punk, presents the early sounds of a young artist and scion of the historical BOB DYLAN. With vast inroads in the music industry and a preternatural sense of cultural movements, PABLO DYLAN’s rebellious spirit echoes with the dissidence of radical youth and anthems for a post-internet age. Working in punk trap, he channels the anti- establishment rhetoric within both genres to create something entirely unheard. A type of music that’s as revolutionary as his grandfather’s sound was to folk.
Pablo Dylan, better known as Pablo, is an American artist and producer whose work is fueled with the teenage angst and dissidence of a nineteen year old growing up in LA. Pablo was born with an ear for music and an innate understanding of the industry. Most recently, Pablo has been collaborating and producing with the likes of A$AP Rocky, OG Maco, and Rome Fortune who share similar views on culture and creativity. His personal work is lined with rebellion, experimentation, and radical self expression. There’s a meticulous attention to detail in his production, which he says stems from intention and planning. I caught up with Pablo last week for a studio visit and interview at his home in Laurel Canyon. We spoke about the creative process and collaborations, alongside the art and fashion that inspires him. Although he’s been making music for years, Pablo is at the very beginning of his career and I am excited to see his creative evolution and the many shapes it will take.
Pablo is releasing his solo Darkwood EP this week and hosting a private listening party on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at On the Rox from 9pm-11pm. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me for password and guest list (email@example.com).
How was your day?
Legendary. They just get a little bit more legendary every day!
Tell me about your upcoming Darkwood EP release and the personal significance it has to you?
This whole project was about making something that took the feeling of being young in America. My generation is very misrepresented. Everybody says, “Oh, we’re so stupid - you’re on our phones all day!” Well what if I feel like that makes me smart; who are you to tell me it doesn’t?… The whole project kind of stemmed from a place of anger - turn on the news a person gets shot by a cop every day. Every time I try and speak my mind, people tell me I can’t because I’m nineteen. This is the way life is and I feel like it’s not being exposed. I felt so strongly about what I was trying to say, so I wanted to take time away and really make something that says exactly what I want to say.
Would you say this can be that be attributed to the final years of teenage angst and the sort of punk rock mentality many of us have grown up with?
Yeah, definitely. At nineteen, I’m lucky enough to know what I want to do for the rest of my life. I see all my friends struggling with this weird point in time where we aren’t kids anymore, and we’re expected to really do stuff.
How long have you been making music?
My whole life. Professionally? I’ll never feel like it’s “professional” even if I had a hundred hits; I’d just feel like some guy trying to represent the way I feel the world should be seen. But I’ve been playing music seriously since I was about fifteen or sixteen.
You’ve been working with some pretty major artists. What’s that process been like and what have been some of the most rewarding experiences with those collaborations?
Working with OG Maco has been the most rewarding experience as a producer. We have a really great relationship. We trust each other so much. He never really has to tell me what he wants and vice-versa. When Maco recorded Vanity, we got to the studio and he started recording the lines, “I got hate in me” - it was crazy. When he finished recording he like passed out on the couch; I literally thought he was going to die it was so crazy.
What is it about hip-hop that draws you to use it as your creative outlet?
I don’t really feel like I’m “hip-hop”. I’m definitely not a rapper, and would never claim to be a rapper, which is a huge misconception. But what is cool about hip-hop is how open it is to possibilities. All the kids coming up right now are making such amazing stuff, and I think it’s because we’re the first generation with the internet. We could listen to whatever we wanted to. We’re no longer just influenced by what’s happening regionally.
What name would you give the genre of music you produce?
What besides music inspires you?
Fashion. For sure. Margiela, Margiela, Margiela.
Growing up in a family where creativity and entrepreneurship seem to go hand in hand, Pablo is inspired by his dad's collection of fashion photography books and the complexities of being a kid. Like the deconstructed, raw designs of Martin Margiela, "I’m not a perfect person or who people consider me to be. I’m very flawed. I’m just trying to create and share my view of the world.” The Darkwood EP presents Pablo’s view of the world through the unexpected sounds that resonates with what Davie Bowie once described as “a voice like sand and glue.”
The self-given name Yozmit means to bring the big “I” as it relates to the myth of one’s self. Identity, spirituality, and entertainment connect as overlapping themes in her exploration of the unknown. Viewing performance art as a ritualistic practice, Yozmit describes herself as a performance scientists due to her exploratory approach to trial and error. Through her practice, Yozmit seeks to transform her environments into a place where artist and audience connect through immersive theatrics where we become one.
Inspired by her Korean roots and buddhist ideologies, Yozmit seeks to transcend gender to communicate the essence of being. Fashion, parties, and sexuality are also expressed in Yozmit’s work, seeing entertainment as pop-culture as the bridge to address societal topics. There is an art form in all we do and for Yozmit there is no separation. Yozmit is currently based between Los Angeles and New York City. She has performed at various cultural institutions, night clubs, and public spaces around the world. In 2010, Yozmit performed in Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present' at The Museum of Modern Art ( MoMA ).
Most recently, Yozmit presented her latest walk YOZMIT WALK N°17 : DIONYSUS KISSES APOLLO at the MOCA Pacific Design Center for One City One Pride LGBTQ art festival. This piece explores the relationship between form and formless. In reference to this piece Yozmit says “Ultimate Balance, we already have it, we just have to see it and bring it out ourselves. That is the only way we can transform the world.' DO GOOD* DO YOU* RETURN HOME* Her next performance will take place at the Queens Museum Gala in NYC on June 24, 2016. In addition to his work as an artist, Yozmit is a zen practioner and an activist for HIV/AIDS prevention and transgender civil rights.
A very special thank you to our new friends Cyrill Durigon and Hervé Marmillot for documenting their visit to Los Angeles, Natology HQ, and the creation of Make that Money Honey by Carlitos. Cyrill and Hervé are French multi-disciplinary artist and designers who focus and collaborate on visual communication and interactive design.
The art world made its first $1B auction week yesterday at Christies while Sotheby's sold $380M, raised 22.5M for MOCA and set seven artists’ world records. Trophy art and victories for the buyers, sellers, and dealers. But what about the artists? Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (Into and Behind the Green Eyes of the Tiger Monkey, Face 43.8), sold at auction for $6.5M, meaning his work has increased in price by 100% in 5 years. Amazing.
And, the best part about it is his Instagram @MarkGrotjahn. His IG has become the topic of many conversations from his avid art world followers to the cast of Zoolander, I also hear Justin Bieber is a fan. There's something about a paid painter playing beach ball soccer...
Mark Grotjahn’s Fifteen Paintings, an exhibition of new Face paintings to be on view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles through June 20, 2015. Below are images from the opening reception earlier this month.
HERstory, a performance-based experience by Marcel Alcalá, was born May 8, 2015 at SPiN Standard, the Standard Hotel, Downtown LA. Based on the entertainment industry and social media’s fetish of celebrity culture, Alcalá performs as the clown. The history of the clown as an archetype plays an important role on talking about class and McDonalization of society. This piece speaks directly to concept of entrance and paparazzi flashes on the red carpet.
Alongside works by Christopher Argodale (GURT) and David Tamargo (Alligator Jesus) with sounds by DJs Phyllis Navidad (Rhonda Int'l). Photos by Miriam Brummel, courtesy of SPiN Standard. Hair by Leon Yeshua. Curated by Nathaly Charria.
Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson tells the story of Millie Brown's Rainbow Body and her supporting cast in this short video. Eric focuses on documenting the LA art scene through film, photography, and writing. Within the last three years, he's produced nearly 400 films on the art world and is always a familiar face amongst the crowds.
Welcome to HER. You are HER. I am HER. We are within HER
HER is a procession and introduction to the idea of celebrity of Marcel Alcalá as Clown. Based on the entertainment industry and social media’s fetish of celebrity culture, Alcalá performs as the clown. The history of the clown as an archetype plays an important role on talking about class and McDonalization of society. This piece speaks directly to concept of entrance and paparazzi flashes on the red carpet. Alongside works by Christopher Argodale (GURT), Natacha Stolz, Jos McKain, David Tamargo (Alligator Jesus) and DJs Phyllis Navidad (Rhonda Int'l) and Ambrosia Salad. This piece will be documented via Snapchat and Instagram with live broadcast.
Marcel Alcalá (b.1990) creates encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work. Venturing outside of institutional structures, Alcalá contextualizes his work in public space. Often addressing gender, social media, celebrity, and society’s McDonalization, Alcalá’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. Based on identity politics and the future/status of the "brown" body, he creates improve in real time CNX2 (Creating New Content Now). He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Recent projects and exhibitions include McPoems at McDonalds Silverlake, Trains at Night Gallery, and commissions by LAXart and Night Club in Chicago. Like the socially necessary figure of the clown that fascinates him, Alcalá uses humor, play, and the absurd to level essential critiques at the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power.
Jim Drain’s SEEM / SEAMS opened at VSF in Los Angeles on Saturday May 2, 2015. After spending the past decade in Miami, Jim recently moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where it all began. SEEM / SEAMS presents a series of collage-based paintings derived from the psychedelic and punk rock approach at the foundation of his practice. Jim attended RISD and was a founding member of the art collective Forcefield, a experimental noise band that combined sound, performance, and wearable works.
Silkscreen, magazine, acrylic, color pencil, paper, cotton, linen, burlap, and the Fort Thunder phone list are mixed together with a colorful consciousness that gives thanks to the process. I’d like to live within Jim Drain’s paintings and play within each psychedelic intricacy.