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Live Painting Updates

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by threeerincadigan

Hot Breath Magazine Party, Atlantic City, Oct 11, 2011

This was an event I helped put together at the Connoisseur Kulture Glass Blowing Trade Show in Atlantic City, NJ this past Oct. Hot Breath Magazine was releasing their upcoming first issue and was sponsoring an after part on the second day of the trade show. I helped my good friend Melissa Baer put together and art battle between myself and two other artists. The theme was Hot Breath.

live painting by erin cadigan done at Hot Breath Mag party Oct 11, 2011

Hot Breath Magazine Party

hot breath vol. 1 artbattle article

Hot Breath Mag Vol. 1 “Live Paint Off”

Artbattle NYC, Jan 27, 2012

In January, I participated in my second Artbattles event. Thanks to all my fans, family and friends who voted me into the top four of the online competition. That night I battled long time NYC live art scene veterans Danielle Mastrion and Pesu as well as artist Kevin Raggot for a chance to compete in Poland.

Good luck in Poland, Danielle! I know you will kill it!

erin cadigan, kevin raggot, pesu art, danielle mastrion

Battling It Out

visionary art erin cadigan

Words of the Prophets

Words of the Prophets
Erin Cadigan ©artbattle 1/28/12

Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence
—Paul Simon 1964

Love Save Japan, Times Square, NYC, May 5, 2012

Recently I participated in a charity event live in the middle of Times Square NYC! Put together by my friends and fellow artists, Pesu and Mariko Osanai to benefit Love Save Japan . All moneys made during the day from donations while we painted to sold paintings were sent to a childrens rescue in Japan through the Japanese American Lions Club. I only was able to be there half the day. I will be finishing my painting this Saturday June 2 at the Bushwick Five Points Festival. Money will be donated!

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan Artists in Time Square (photo by Power Quevedo)

If interested in purchasing any of the above art or a custom piece please contact Erin

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Galatic Skyhole

Posted in Design Meanings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by threeerincadigan
jesus, krishna, quetzacoatl, buddha, jesus, hopi, kachina, aquarius

Harbingers of Peace

The galactic sky hole is also known as the galactic center. This is the spot that the Milky Way galaxy rotates around. It is believed by scientists that there is a supermassive black hole located there. Visually it is near the brightest area of the Milky Way when viewed in the night sky. Along this bright trail of stars a dark rift may also be seen with the naked eye. Many meso-American cultures saw the “dark rift” as the birth place of the universe. Myth told of deities riding serpent ropes out of the sky center into this plane of existence.

It is predicted by the ancient Mayans, Tolmecs and Aztecs that their lord of peace, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, would return through the galactic sky hole ushering in a new reign of peace at the end of the present age.

The present Mayan calendar ends in the Gregorian year 2012..

This does not mean the world is going to end, just as it doesn’t end on December 31 each year.

Calendars’ end.

However, the prediction of a coming age of consciousness and peace has been predicted again and again all over the world. This design shows the Milky Way forming a human heart. From the spiraling center descend celestial messengers of peace. Each rides their own deity rope based on the predictions inherent in their individual stories of peace. First is Aquarius, the water bearer, symbol of human advancement andconsciousness since time immemorial spilling behind her healing waters. Next is the Buddha, the enlightened one. There are many incarnations of Buddha who teaches the release of suffering and attainment of enlightenment, pure love. He is riding a flame in reference to the first Buddha’s Fire Sermon. Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina predicted by the Hopis to signal the emergence into the Fifth World. This world will unfortunately start with WWIII but for those that survive, we will become as one race, speaking one tongue, living in peace. He rides a rope of maize considered to be a sustaining life gift from the Great Spirit. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent,  in his mouth is the face of Pakal thought to be the last human embodiment of the peaceful deity. Jesus is the Christian god sent to earth to teach humanity about understanding, love and kindness. He is predicted to return from the sky on a trail of clouds. The supreme Hindu god, Krisna, as Balaji, the newborn cosmic child, returns in the universal deluge ending the present Kali Yuga.

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Bicycle

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan 1943 roadster bicycle day bike

Get on Your Bikes and Ride!

Dr. Hofmann is a Swiss scientist who in the 1940′s synthesized the compound lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). After a strange reaction to some of this compound getting on his skin, Dr. Hofmann decided to self experiment with what would be the recommended dosage for reaction to a typical compound (though as it turned out quite a large amount for LSD).

In his own words :

Exercising extreme caution, I began the planned series of experiments with the smallest quantity that could be expected to produce some effect, considering the activity of the ergot alkaloids known at the time: namely, 0.25 mg (mg = milligram = one thousandth of a gram) of lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate.

Quoted below is the entry for this experiment in my laboratory journal of April 19, 1943. The first section contains notes on the production of the tartrate (tartaric acid salt) of LSD.

4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of Vi promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate.

Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless.

17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh.

Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00-ca. 20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.)

“Home by bicycle”.

And then what followed was undoubtedly an extraordinary experience, one that would have terrified most, but Dr. Hofmann saw the intrinsic value in LSD-25.

This shirt, a 1943 Roadster kicking out a swirling fractal of LSD molecules, pays homage to the spirit of Dr. Hofmann. A man who had an idea about something, a hunch and instead of letting it go, moved forward with it, and in doing so brought the ancient tribal concept of the substance assisted spiritual and psychological “trip” into the modern age and made this experience accessible to all.

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COMMUNITY: Art Battles

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by threeerincadigan

© Artbattles.com

On this upcoming August 18 designer Erin Cadigan will be competing against 3 other NYC artists in a live painting, Art Battle. Art Battles was started by  Sean Bono and Max Bode in the fall of 2000 as a way to bring the seemingly opposing styles of academic and street painting together. By creating live events where artists of different methodology could compete and show their skill, all forms of art could then be viewed as equally relevant. Focusing on emerging talent, Art Battles, has become a world wide platform showcasing some of the hottest cities on the planet’s hottest young artists.

The battle on August 18 is showcasing four artists that have never battled before: Erin Cadigan, Don RiMX, Nina Paints, and Skylerbreed. Each of these NY artists were hand picked by veteran Art Battle artists from the US team. The winning artist from this battle will be flown to Spain at the end of September to compete on the US team in a European battle.

How do i feel about all this? Honestly, nervous as hell and super excited. I have tried to get into a battle a couple  times over the past years since moving to Brooklyn in 2004. I think it’s pretty awesome to be accepted at a point where this has grown to become so well known and global. The judges had a few questions about my ability to translate my art from so design based to live panting but I assured them that everything I do is hand drawn. My main form of art for 15 years was painting but over time I have focused more and more on pen and ink, digital coloring and/or screen printing. So yes it has been a minute since I’ve painted on the regular but I think I’m up to the challenge. Just like riding a bike….plus I’m pretty good in front of a crowd, I did live custom sneaker painting on the streets of New york as part of Adidas’ Adi-Color campaign and last year I did live screenprinting at Webster Hall during a CMJ music event. Still nervous though, my competition seems to have painting on lock down and are damn talented.

MATH (skylerbreed)– Hails from East New York, Brooklyn. They do not mess around in East New York. Math is a self taught graffiti artist focusing on letter form and color. He tags under the acronym FR5 (Fresh5) and been doing it life long pretty much. Recently he quit his 9-5 to pursue his art career. For more on Math (skylerbreed) and to check his work click HERE.

NINA PAINTS–Lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her painting style fluctuates between figurative and abstract. Obviously influenced by the sights, sounds and colors of the large transplanted islands culture of her neighborhood, Nina combines slice of life imagery with bright colors, angled perspective and loud patterning to create vibrantly alive art. Check out Nina’s work HERE.

Don RIMX–Lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His work is largely portraiture, in which he uses scale, color and proportion to engage the viewer in a narrative about the subject. RIMX aims ” to create a collectable line of art that function’s as part of global art history”. For more on Don RIMX and his work click HERE.

You can click HERE to see my bio and work on the Art Battles site.

So that’s it. That’s the competition right there. Pretty solid. I think it’s going to be an amazing and challenging event. There’s a great mix of styles and talents. I’d like to thank artist, designer and Art Battles veteran, Andre Trenier, for personally hand picking me. I won’t let you down.

I’d also like to thank the other three Art Battle veterans, Marthalicia Mattarita, Max Bode, and Pesuart, for choosing my competitors. Let the games begin!

Erin Cadigan, Don RIMX, SKYLERBREED, nina paints, nyc art battles, nyc artists, emering artists brooklyn

Come on Out Aug 18!!

The NEW artists will all compete in their first Battle for a chance to be sent out to Spain in the Fall to compete on our NY Team!

The Veteran Sponsor who picked the Winning Artist gets a prize as well!

Please come out and vote for your new favorite Art Battler!

TICKETS $15.

Thursday August 18
Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleeker St. NY NY
Doors at 9 Battle at 9:30

You Carry Your Weight Well

Posted in random thoughts with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by threeerincadigan

A few days ago following a link my friend Meghan posted on facebook, I took part in an online art project. It was simple to take part. The process was as easy as adding an image and text to the live journal being created by participants all over the world. Below I let the artists explain what the project is about in their own words. For me it was a way to connect to other people through art and expression in a way unfamiliar to myself. My art tends to be so old school in a way, pen and ink, illustrative, figurative, tangible. My brain just doesn’t do media based, conceptual, intangible. I really appreciated the opportunity to to be able to take part in something so foreign to my way of creating art. I’d like to thank the artists behind this project but they haven’t even added their names to the site…..so mysterious! An anonymous world wide media based socio-scientific art piece! Fantastic

And now what the project is about in the artists own words lifted from “You carry your weight well.”  

“You carry your weight well.” A phrase that many of us, especially women, hear as a supposed compliment about the manner in which flesh and skin are distributed over bone structure.

“You carry your weight well.”  This project responds to that statement with questions.  What weight?  Which weight?  What of my substance is invisible to you, and how or why does that make me more attractive, acceptable, comfortable, or aesthetically congruent with societal and cultural expectations?

We ask — “What is the weight that you carry?”  What do you carry with you, always, that your body hides and your face conceals?

We created this space to give anyone who desires to do so an opportunity to share a weight carried within.  In so doing, we aim to complicate the popular conception of weight as negative.  Even our most difficult experiences, coded into our bodies, can be a source of strength, wisdom, growth, and vitality.  We may carry the weight of specific incident or trauma, of oppression, of patriarchy, of expectation, of guilt.  Or, perhaps we carry the weight of responsibility, of joy, of belonging, of hope, of love.  Perhaps we are lost in our own weighty words and thoughts. Maybe we each carry all of these weights, balancing them on one hip or the other, switching arms when the first can no longer bear the weight, adjusting and monitoring so that we can move through the world with power and grace.

Our weight, substance, mass, the stuff of our being.  We carry it well.

To see my contribution to the project go here ERIN

To contribute yourself go HERE