Monday, August 30, 2010

Carnival Trinidad | The Graphic Works of Bernard Barry

Carnival Trinidad | The Graphic Works of Bernard Barry

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Bernard Barry is a communication designer, illustrator, printer, programmer, and thinker for Facebook. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, but raised in Texas near Austin, Bernard Barry is now in Silicon Valley working as a designer for Facebook, where his focus is on developing Facebook's online presence, voice and brand. "It's an exciting opportunity to be able to focus on developing such a young brand that millions of people all over the world already interact with on a daily basis," says Barry. "I am immensely interested in the massive potential that we have to influence social change by encouraging an atmosphere of openness and sharing." Before taking on this challenge, Barry, a graduate of the University of North Texas, worked for the design firm and screen-printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin. There he honed his skills with a range of clients, doing packaging, merchandising and a lot of screen-printed posters. He's also an alumni of John Bielenberg's experimental design education program, Project M, where he explored the role graphic designers can play in encouraging social change.

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Trinidad's First Superhero Team

:: Grow Up Young - Animated TV Commercial Spot
by Ansar Sattar /Trinitoons

Presenting the first ever Trini Super Hero team - The Smalta Kids! Here's an animated 30 second TV commercial spot that was produced by Trinitoons for the Carib Brewery of Trinidad & Tobago, the creators of " Smalta" - a popular Caribbean malt beverage. Special creative credits to the expert team at Collier Morrison Belgrave Limited (CMB ) Trinidad & Tobago for the super script that has driven this TV spot into animated history. Special collaboration credit also goes out to Carlos Pita on the Smalta team character design and Willie Castro on background illustration design. I hope that you enjoy this Trinitoons produced TVC as much as we enjoyed creating it. Smalta Kids "Grow Up Young" : 30 second TVC is currently being aired on local Trinidad & Tobago television ~ August 2010.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

School of Latitudes: Artist Talk with Christopher Cozier | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

School of Latitudes: Artist Talk with Christopher Cozier | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Caribbean Intransit

The concept of Caribbean Intransit is to provide a creative ‘meeting place’ for Caribbean artists to share their thought provoking ideas and works within a community of cultural producers, students, scholars, activists, and entrepreneurs. The Caribbean Intransit movement will function as a point of access for these individuals and groups, who in turn will then be able to use these resources as socio-political tools for progressive change within the Caribbean and its multiple diasporas.

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The first issue deals with the complex issue of “Location and Caribbeanness”.
Muhammed Muwakil, Makeda Thomas and Christopher Cozier among others are featured.

Here's a link to Cozier's article below:

Indra Ramcharan on Chinese Workers

Indra Ramcharan is Artist Richard Rawlins' oldest adopted and impetulant child. She is currently studying in London to be a sound engineer. She wrote this about the recent Chinese Worker Show:

Didn't Fuck It up
This post was supposed to be a little if not a lot different from what is about to happen but I have decided to split it into two instead and put them up in the wrong order.

If you go and download Issue 10 of The Draconian Switch you will hear The Guest Editor talking about a project to be done by the Artzpub founder Richard Mark Rawlins. The project, as most if not all do, evolved and 'came out' on Thursday. The Chinese Worker was exhibited at Alice Yard for three nights and well.. it win. Like first prize by a mile WIN! The fact that Dave O Williams did a performance was just icing on the cake and for ME to admit that well yuh know that RMR is the proper proverbial... 'Shit'.

read it all here:

Thursday, August 26, 2010



Thursday 26th:
CHINESE WORKER @ ALICE YARD 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook 7pm

In his new body of work, Chinese Worker, visual artist, Richard Rawlins, explores the branding of
the Chinese Worker. Now, almost as globally ubiquitous as the “Made in China” stamp, Chinese
construction workers are changing the landscape, both internationally and here in Trinidad and
Tobago. Rawlins provides an elegant visual commentary on this phenomenon. In a recent
interview, Rawlins explained: “‘Chinese Worker’ is another one of my investigations into the things that
make us Trinidad. I actually admire what they have done. And, putting all the political footballs aside,
we are left with structures that they built almost overnight. Whether you like it or not, they are now on
our landscape, and I think that needs to be recorded.”

About “Chinese Worker”
Artist Richard Mark Rawlins pays an homage of sorts to the army of Chinese workers brought in to
Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the former PNM government’s urban development programme, and the
change in the society’s psyche, away from US and UK interests. Whereas the 80s and 90s would have
seen US and UK contractors brought into the country to build large scale government infrastructure,
now the Chinese are being brought in instead. They are faster, cheaper, and ready to do business.

Thursday 26th @ BOHEMIA:
LIBERTINE 2 for feamales only @ BOHEMIA 33 Murray Street, WoodBrook 8.30pm

Friday 27th ABOVEGROUP
Show & Tell 10, "Visual Swim"

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In the mood for something refreshing? Come take a dip into ABOVEGROUP's tenth Show & Tell. This month they are excited to host two presenters who followed their passions and turned their hobbies into amazing careers.

Laura Ferreira
Self taught graphic artist, photographer, web designer, and painter Laura Ferreira, has been playing around with graphics since she was twelve years old. It was when she began experimenting with a self portrait, w...hile eight months pregnant in 2006, everything changed. She received a lot of positive feedback from the self portrait and decided to invest in a DSLR camera.

By 2007 she had her first commissioned job and has been in high demand ever since. Her imagery has been featured in magazines around the world, fashion houses, movies and music albums.

"I use my digital art to show what ideas i cannot achieve through photography. I am constantly working on bettering my skill and finding new techniques to create a carbon copy of what's in my head."
............ Laura Ferreira

Alan Davis
Alan Davis has been able to turn his hobby into a thriving business. He is one of Trinidad's only surfboard producers operating locally. Davis started in the surdboard business at the age of sixteen, repairing boards for surfers that flock to Trinidad's north-eastern beaches.

In 1992 he traveled to Venezuela where he apprenticed in a local surf shop. There he learnt first hand how to make surf boards. He returned to Trinidad in 1993 and began making his first surfboards. He resigned from his job in a Port-Of-Spain travel agency to devote himself completely to producing surfboards. His boards are in high demand locally, regionally and internationally.

"It's a lot of long, hard, dirty work, but i love it"............ Alan Davis

Spread the word, admission is free.
As usual the donation bar is open (for drinks and donations! )
DJ Shy Guy will be on the ones and twos blasting out the tunes so don't forget to bring your dancing shoes.

Please note the start time. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Animae Caribe's PACO trys for a maxi.


Artist Richard Mark Rawlins interviewed on Paolo Kernahan's Early Morning Talk Show, Wed Aug 25, 2010, about the CHINESE WORKER SHOW at Alice Yard. Clip courtesy CNC3.

Monday, August 23, 2010


There will be old and new works on sale by Alicia Milne, Kimi See Tai and Lisa See Tai.

The Insatiable Season, Screening in London

The Insatiable Season, will be screened during the Portobello Film Festival's Caribbean Film Corner events, September 16th from 6pm-11pm.

There are also lots of other great films from the Caribbean being shown. So if you're in London, go to the Tabernacle in Notting Hill to check out the film.

Check out the Film Corner's programme:

And read more about The Insatiable Season:

The Insatiable Season
Making Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago
Winner Best Documentary, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, 2007

For four months of every year, a camp of people converges for the ritual of making carnival. Their time together is intense, vivid and exhausting. When the insatiable season comes to an end, art will have been made, worn and discarded… until the season comes again.


It’s January 2006, and at the Mac Farlane camp, there’s a sense of lull, of time on hold; anticipating… as the days pass by, people who have caught the carnival jumbie wander, one by one, into the Mac Farlane camp. It’s likely that it’s been a year since last they were all together. Of course, the last time they would have met would have been carnival 2005.

Work on Mac Farlane’s band, Threads of Joy, begins slowly and late. There is a slight feeling of arrogance and of people having “arrived”, since Mac Farlane’s first venture into carnival bands, 2005s “The Washing”, won him top honours: band of the year in the medium band category. But people begin to realise the scope and complexity of “Threads of Joy”, there’s a dawning sense of the size of the project they’re undertaking. But these are carnival stalwarts, and all creative people in their own rights, so there’s a kind of joy and elation with which they embrace the challenge of making the band.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Christopher Cozier featured in the current MACO MAGAZINE

Visual enterprises - Portrait Sean Drakes

Contemporary Caribbean art longs for respect.
Sean Drakes asks Christopher Cozier to weigh in on the discourse

“I have been orbiting the art world in this country since 1966, but I was seven years old,” muses Christopher Cozier. Port of Spain is hastily prepping for delegates of the Fifth Summit as we chat in the organized chaos of the studio Cozier and his wife Irénée Shaw built amidst the hills of St Ann’s.

The son of Bajans who were civil servants in Trinidad, Cozier recalls his parents’ trepidations: They were “worried, I’m a male, it’s a Caribbean society after independence”. In his teen years, he notes, “there was a sense that if you’re interested in art something is wrong with you. And all that implied, in terms of sexuality and macho culture, and that bullshit that society deals with. I kind of went through a period where I didn’t do any art at all because I was afraid of the associations and the peer pressures, and I stopped going to M.P. Alladin’s classes.” He wasn’t derailed for long. Today, Cozier is among the most widely exhibited,recorded and revered contemporary artists working in the Caribbean.

MACO Volume.12 Issue 2

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Monday, August 9, 2010


The First Art Newspaper
on the Net Established in 1996


from: TeL Magazine Vol II no. 3
Model: Kiwan Landreth-Smith
Wardrobe - Ecliff Elie
Photographer - Sancho Francisco
Styling: Jamilia Alexander
Location: Carton Savannah Hotel Trinidad

This quarterly, high gloss publication features high fashion hair portfolios from celebrity hair designers, a trendy footwear section, the hottest social meeting spots and events as well as popular international events and products to keep the magazine fresh and appealing to its various demographics. There is no cost attached to obtaining a copy of The Exclusive Look magazine and it can be found at numerous specially selected locations throughout Trinidad & Tobago, London, Toronto, Miami and New York.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010


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