Featuring: Cey Adams, Janette Beckman, Mister Cartoon, Jules Muck, Maxx242, and Jeff Soto
The MASH UP series was conceived and curated by artist and former Def Jam Creative Director, Cey Adams. Adams selected the participating artists, and Janette Beckman allowed each artist to select a photo from her archive to recreate in their own distinct style. For the Annenberg Space for Photography presents PHOTOVILLE LA in April of this year, the United Photo Industries team asked the dynamic duo of Beckman and Adams to conceive once again a large scale Mash-Up, with 4 West Coast artists. UPI are excited to bring the awe-inspiring work of Mister Cartoon, Jules Muck, Jeff Soto and MAxx 242 to the East Coast for all New Yorkers to enjoy!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mister Cartoon’s expressive style of art is universally recognized and embodies the true soul of Los Angeles street culture. Beginning his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980’s, he gained notoriety for his album cover designs, logos, advertisements, custom lowrider car murals and his one of a kind tattoos.
Mister Cartoon’s richly detailed, hand-rendered designs are inspired by the style of tattoos that originated in the streets of 1970s’ Los Angeles – fine line Chicano black and grey custom tattoo art. Mister Cartoon took this style of tattooing and brought it into mainstream culture, he is known as a pioneer in the tattoo world as one of the first artists to get global notoriety by tattooing celebrities, athletes, musicians, and actors alike.
Jules Muck began writing graffiti as a teen in Europe and England in the 90s. Back in NYC she worked under Lady Pink for many years. Muck bombed with Spek and Since and was painting highways and rooftops with BTC throughout the late nineties. Her first interview in 1999 was by Zephyr for While you were Sleeping magazine. Smith took Muck into the nyc subway tunnels and the freight yards. Muck was christened into graffiti by some great early legends. She has been published in numerous books including Broken windows, Burning New York, ganz’s Graffiti Women and Cey Adam’s the Art and Design of Hip Hop. Muck has had work in numerous collaborative projects such as the wooster collectives 11 Spring St., Hanksy’s Surplus Candy, she was one of the first females to paint at 106th and Park Hall of fame in NYC and did and installation with the Guerrilla Girls for the lobby of the Bronx Museum of Art.
Jeff Soto is a painter, illustrator and muralist who has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. As a youth, he simultaneously discovered both traditional painting and illegal graffiti – and, ever since, both worlds have informed his work. The artist’s distinct color palette, subject matter and technique resonate with a growing audience and bridge the gap between pop surrealism and street art. Inspired by youthful nostalgia, nature, and popular culture, his bold, representational work is simultaneously accessible and stimulating.
He lives and works in California with his wife and two daughters.
Soto shows with Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.
He is represented by B&A Reps for illustration work.
Max Gramajo better known as “Maxx242” is an artist specializing in graphic illustration, design, typography as well as graffiti art. He is best known for his sharp precise line work and bold letter style. His ability to create bright sizable murals is remarkable. Maxx242 grew up skateboarding and painting graffiti, both of which befall into his art today. Maxx242 clients include Blink182, 311, Pearl Jam, The Used, Bad Religion, Box Car Racer, Transplants, Osiris, Famous Stars and Straps, Tribal, 3rd Rail, Orange County Choppers, ODM, FOX Racing, Hart and Huntington Tattoo Co. just to name a few. Additionally, he has always been inspired by comics, music, toys and movies. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, yet lives and works in Southern California.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
The MASH UP
Featuring: Various ArtistsView Location Details Number 1 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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This exhibition was originally produced and presented by United Photo Industries in partnership with the Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA in April 2019
Walking Tour with Vikki Tobak & Janette Beckman
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On-stage with Ricky Powell
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MashUp: A Family Workshop Hosted by Artist Cey Adams and Photographer Janette Beckman
Join us for an afternoon of learning how to draw and collage with artist Cey Adams using the iconic images of Hip-Hop legends made by photographer Janette Beckman!Learn More