Photos by G. Art by Ari Lankin.
Inside Ari Lankin's New York Studio
Ari Lankin is not just an artist. He’s a fountain of creativity. I recently discovered his work and it was love at first sight. After a visit to his New York studio, it’s very clear that Ari Lankin is a name you’ll be hearing about for years to come. If you don’t know his work, it’s nearly impossible to categorize as he does everything from sketches to collage to abstract and realist paintings to sneaker design! It’s often intimidating to be around someone as creative as Ari Lankin, but from the moment I walked into his studio, he was down to earth and extremely interesting to talk to. Over the course of a couple of hours we talked about everything from spirituality to street art to our shared love of Picasso and our personal experiences meeting the singer Bjork. Lankin is extremely well read, well experienced and he has new ideas flowing constantly.
Partial view of Ari Lankin's studio
A walk through Ari Lankin’s studio is the equivalent to going into a cleverly arranged art exhibit as there are paintings from ceiling to floor varying in size from small to extremely large with abstract paintings hanging side by side with collages. While eclectic, it all fits perfectly because Ari wants the viewer to escape into another world, even if just for moments at a time. Your mind will not only take the trip into Ari’s world, but if it’s anything like the experience I had, it won’t want to come back.
Madison Square Park and Plensa's Echo by Ari Lankin
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Photos by G. Art by Jaume Plensa.
Echo by Jaume Plensa
In case you are in New York and don’t get to make it to Jaume Plensa’s really cool exhibit, “A N O N Y M O U S” at Galerie Lelong (which closes on June 16, 2011), it will really be a pity. However, there is good news. Jaume Plensa’s out door sculpture “Echo” is on display at Madison Square Park through August 14, 2011. It’s really cool, so don’t miss it!
Update: click here to see a really cool painting of “Echo” by Ari Lankin.
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Hanni El Khatib and G
I love singer Hanni El Khatib! His music is a perfect blend of garage rock, punk, doo-wop, soul and blues. In addition to making great music and putting on a hell of a live show, he’s a really cool guy! I met him prior to his show at the Echo in Los Angeles on December 9, 2010 and I got the chance to tell him how much I enjoyed seeing him in New York and how excited I was to catch him live on his home turf. He also told me how cool it was to get the opportunity to tour with Florence and the Machine and talked about his excitement for playing in one of my favorite Los Angeles venues, the historic Wiltern Theater. I think Hanni El Khatib is going to be a big star because his music is infectious. I’ve seen him in concert twice now and I cannot wait until the next show! You can get Hanni El Khatib’s single “Dead Wrong” / “You Rascal You” at this link and it’s highly recommended! Thanks again for being such a cool guy Hanni and I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing many more great things to come!
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Hanni El Khatib
A few months ago, I was exposed to the music of Hanni El Khatib when he opened for Florence and the Machine at Terminal 5 in New York. I fell in love instantly with his music. His music is part blues, part garage rock, part soul, part folk and part doo-wop and according2g, it rarely gets better! One of my reflections from that night was that I enjoyed the show so much, I will see him live whenever he comes around. As my good fortune would have it, Hanni El Khatib played the Echo in Los Angeles on December 9, 2010 and I was there to catch all the action. Once again, he was fantastic in concert! He plays guitar like a rock god and his lyrics are spiked with a shot of gin. To make the night even better, he played the most rockin’ cover of Kelis’ “Millionaire” that you will ever hear. He said to the crowd that “no set is complete without a little Kelis.” Love it! You can see a video of his soon to be classic “Build. Destroy. Rebuild.” on my Top 13 Bands to Watch in 2011 post. You can purchase mp3s from his double A-side single “You Rascal You” and “Dead Wrong” from this link for the bargain price of $2. Highly recommended. Hanni El Khatib is playing in San Francisco tonight, December 10, 2010 at the Hemlock Tavern, so if you are in the area, I suggest that you check him out. You won’t be sorry!
See the setlist, after the jump.
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