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Politically Incorrect

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Politically Incorrect
New Work by Leon Rainbow

Speaking truth to power, being out of line, off color, expressing what we really think, letting it all hang out — these are often discouraged in our society, labeled politically incorrect. For graffiti artists, these qualities are a way of life. They embrace politically incorrect. It is who they are.

Of late, urban artist Leon Rainbow has moved in a fresh direction, creating new murals on city walls full of vibrant color, playful lines, yet teeming with deeper meaning. Lately, Rainbow has set about creating similar expressions on canvas, as well as found objects. The result is Politically Incorrect, on view at Trenton Social from May 2 to 30.

Rainbow, a Trenton resident, didn’t intend for his show to arrive at a time of political turbulence in his home city, where the mayor was recently convicted of corruption and removed, and an unruly campaign to replace him is heating up. “I am an artist first, but what’s been going on in city politics adds a new dimension to the work,” Rainbow says. “You look at City Hall, then at us painting the truth out in the streets and you wonder, who’s really politically incorrect here?” he says.

The work in Politically Incorrect incorporates a style that had its genesis in a watercolor mixed media series Rainbow did in 2010 called Freestyle Fridays. In Freestyle Fridays he released a new freeform piece on his website each week for a year. These freeform pieces helped him to develop a style that incorporates complex patterns and designs with imagery and symbolism.

This style further evolved in murals Rainbow subsequently created, one in Trenton (on Clinton and Hudson Street), and another, sponsored by Miller Brewing, in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia (on Frankford Street). In Politically Incorrect, Rainbow is using the movement, style and color of his street work to influence his paintings on canvas, then working the canvases back into the street art. This back and forth cross-fertilization builds new styles and concepts with each piece. Politically Incorrect is an ongoing project.

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Vicious Styles Art Class 2014

This Graffiti Art Class (originally developed by Pose Two) was created to teach and explore the history styles and techniques of the art form called graffiti. This class will follow a similar format and be taught by members of the Vicious Styles Crew.

Instructors: Leon Rainbow, Will Kasso, Joe Base, Demer, Mek, Snow, Ras, Delve, and Surprise Guests!

Where: Terracycle, 121 New York Ave, Trenton, NJ 08608

When: Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:30am

Cost: $180 3 sessions (pre-registered)/ $75 1 session (pre-registered) / $20 each class (day of)

(DOES NOT INCLUDE COST OF PAINT AND OTHER ART SUPPLIES)
Some Supplies may be donated, we will have blackbooks markers., etc for sale on site.

TO ORDER AND MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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Art All Night 2013

Yeah its that time again..Art All Night! June 15th 3pm until June 16th 3pm

Graffiti College with Leon Rainbow
Time: Saturday 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Demo Area
Description: West Coast born but Trenton-bred artist Leon Rainbow is as known for his signature style as he is for his teachings in the traditional styles and techniques of the urban art form known as of graffiti. Follow Leon as he performs a live graffiti demo and offers techniques and tips on traditional styles and methods as well as using graffiti as a positive method of urban beautification. – See more at: http://www.artworkstrenton.org/artallnight/activities.htm#sthash.te8xkmTP.dpuf

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Shut The F**k Up & Paint

About the Exhibit

Leon Rainbow is definitely one of the most prolific artists in the central Jersey fine art and graffiti scenes. His work is widespread – from street art to murals to commercial pieces, you gotta admire Leon for his hustle as much as his art. His art is great too – fresh, original, ambitious, and infused with that strange sense of humor that Rainbow always brings around. This exhibit will be a retrospective of his works from 1999-2013, a rare chance to see a large collection of his work in one place.

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Hello My Name is

The Fridge Presents HELLO my name is
80 Artist International Graffiti Show Curated by ULTRA and CHE KGB
March 2 – 31, 2013

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This is my finished hello piece for the show.

Opening Reception: March 2, 7 – 11pm
Film Screening: March 10, 1 – 3pm
Exhibit Book Launch and Panel Discussion: March 23, 1 – 3pm

HELLO my name is will showcase the foundation of modern graffiti: the name.

To create HELLO my name is, a list of eighty artists from across the Americas and UK was compiled by DC graffiti legends ULTRA and CHE KGB. Each of these artists has received a canvas with an illustration of a “HELLO my name is” sticker that they will paint and return to the gallery. The resulting collection of works is the chance to see the breadth and depth of graffiti artists working across the US and abroad today.

The Fridge
516 8th Street SE
Rear alley,
Washington, DC 20003
c/o Asad Walker

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This is the wall we painted in Ivy City (left to right) HKS 181, Demer, Rain, Kasso…Very Smooth Wall 2013

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This is my piece had fun with this especially the character style “A”

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Vicious Styles Crew Graffiti Class 2013

This Graffiti Art Class (originally developed by Pose Two) was created to teach and explore the history styles and techniques of the art form called graffiti. This class will follow a similar format and be taught by members of the Vicious Styles Crew.

Instuctors: Leon Rainbow, Will Kasso, Joe Base, Demer, Mek, Snow, Ras, Delve, and Surprise Guests!

Where: United Methodist Turning Point, 15 South Broad Street Trenton, NJ 08608-February 16-March 30 2013
Terracycle, 121 New York Ave, Trenton, NJ 08608-April 6-May 25 2013

When: Saturdays, 9:30am – 11am

Cost: $180 3 sessions (pre-registered)/ $75 1 session(pre-registered) / $20 each class (day of)

(DOES NOT INCLUDE COST OF PAINT AND OTHER ART SUPPLIES)
Some Supplies may be donated, we will have blackbooks markers., etc for sale on site.

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TO ORDER AND MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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VISCERAL STIMULUS

new and raw works by DEMER,RAIN,KASSO AND DELVE of the VICIOUS STYLES crew.
.presenting works on canvas and other mediums designed to stimulate you to the core thus the title of the exposition….VISCERAL STIMULUS!

Saturday, November 18, 2012
2pm-6:30pm
PVC Gallery
49 Harrison St
Hoboken, New Jersey
07030

more info:
609-635-1411
www.leonrainbow.com
leon@leonrainbow.com

OUTSIDE/IN curated by Leon Rainbow

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OUTSIDE/IN curated by Leon Rainbow

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 North High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

June 15th to July 14th, 2012

Reception:
Friday, June 15th, 2012 6-9pm
free and open to the public

Video Projections by Andrew Wilkinson

Dave Orantes
Karey Maurice
Demer
Carmelo “Snow” Sigona
Will ” Kasso” Condry
Maxx Moses
Isaias Crow
Delve
Jon “LANK” Conner
Chris RWK
Michael Ciccotello
Luv 1
Decoy
Peter Krsko
Leon Rainbow
Nose Goodwin
Mek
Dez Flykickz
Ricardo Barros
Andrew Wilkinson

Fore more info:
T: 856-327-4500
F:856-327-9280
www.rrcarts.com

Jersey Fresh Jam 2012

Flyer Design by Elan

The Jersey Fresh Jam is New Jersey’s premiere Hip Hop festival. Since 2005, it has grown from a small, humble event into one the most respected celebrations of Hip Hop culture on the east coast. At the twilight of every summer, aerosol artists from far and wide converge to adorn the walls of Terracycle INC with their signature masterpieces, while local and regionally known emcees, bands, and DJs provide the soundtrack for the days festivities.This event is free and open to the public. Come and share the excitement!

Jersey Fresh Jam presented by Vicious Styles Crew

Terracycle Complex, 121 New York Ave, Trenton, NJ 08638

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 10am-8pm

50+ Graffiti Artists Painting Live

video by: Gentrified

Featured Performers:

Biz Mighty

Black Collar Biz

Venemous 2000

Mortal Shellz

Yasin

King Don

Surg & Hellfire

Rich Quick

Mr Fickle

Feed

Skrewtape

Phace

Physical Graffiti

Tone Liv

Emcee Jermaine

KV

Rhymageddon

DJ AHMAD on the 1s and 2s

Hosted by: OUTBRST

sponsors:

terracycle

content trenton

molotow

bombing science

borden pearlman

copper river

metro pcs

vicious styles crew

rock the dub

sage collective

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for more info contact: Leon Rainbow leon@leonrainbow.com 609-635-1411

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2012

Albus Cavus Presents an CITIFIED: Interactive Experience with East of the Anacostia River Muralists at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2012

Murals at Folklife Festival 2012:
- present folk art and artists from East of the River DC on national stage.
- discuss artistic trends sprouting from spontaneous creation of individual artists and entire communities east of the Anacostia river.
- examine contemporary visual public art, graffiti and street art in context of folk art.
- connect all DC residents and visiting tourists to East of the River DC through interactive and participatory art.

for more info:http://www.albuscav.us/folklife

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