February 17, 2008
Greetings from Hyperspace!
The big news this month is the completion of our first self-produced mini-documentary, HyperCoSMic Painting Jam. Video production is a medium Michele and Guy have been familiar with for a while, but this past January provided them with the opportunity to participate in a unique art event that was a perfect subject for a short documentary film project. The event was Net Of Being, a multimedia presentation by visionary artist Alex Grey, followed by a 4-hour live painting performance by Alex and his wife Allyson Grey, along with Guy, Michele and 3 California artists: Dark surrealist Chet Zar, tattoo portrait painter Shawn Barber and tattooist Corey Miller from the hit TLC series LA Ink. Through the night, DJ's mixed a variety of hard trance while video artists filled the background with kaleidescopic visuals. This took place at Club 740, an historic theater in downtown LA.
We've posted the video at several locations, including YouTube. Another site we have it posted at is called Current.com. For those not familiar with Current, it's worth checking out... kind of like YouTube but generally featuring complete short-format documentary pieces as opposed to the fragments and oddities that fill so much of the YouTube menu. Another interesting feature of Current.com is that it has its own cable TV channel (366 on the DirecTV dial). This channel features the most popular videos from their website, and is the only thing like it on the air as far as we know. Everything is 10 minutes or less; a progress bar moves along in the lower left of the screen as the videos play. It's a really unique, fun and mildly habit-forming TV channel.
Anyway, we encourage you to go to current.com and take a look at "HyperCoSMic Painting Jam". Then you can experience the event for yourselves. When you're done, be sure to leave a comment or rate the video- with enough feedback, maybe we can get the documentary played on their TV channel. If you like the video, be sure to forward it to your friends!
You can also see the documentary on YouTube, where we're debuting our own YouTube channel, Tattoo Television. Drop by every few months- we're planning on making many more of these videos.
Also in the news this month, we've created a Tattoo Photo Group at Flickr.com. Although we'll be posting our own work there occasionally, it's a place for all artists or collectors who are proud of their work to show their art and exchange information and stories with other artists and collectors. It's easy to become a member, so we hope you'll get involved! Go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/hyperspace/ to check it out.
In addition to this, we've now got an official Hyperspace Studios page up at Myspace, at myspace.com/hyperspacestudios. This is a great place for leaving feedback about our newsletters or events, and we plan on making it an interactive extension of our website. There we'll be posting up-to-date information about upcoming events, and more frequent bulletins than our Hyperspace Newsletter.
If you are in the New York area any time this month, we're participating in an exciting group show that's worth dropping by to see. The exhibition consists of unique fine art reproductions and digital works, presented as a high-end show but priced for availability. The exhibit includes work from both Michele and Guy along with artistic luminaries such as Alex and Allyson Grey, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffman, Mars-1, Jon Clue and others. It's at the MicroCoSM Gallery in New York; as a bonus, anyone who visits can also check out the amazing collection of Alex and Allyson Grey's work at the neighboring Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. For more information about this event, go to www.cosm.org.
Last but not least, be sure to drop by our eBay store to see the latest Hypersketches that Michele has up. These small one-of-a-kind pieces are priced for accessibility, and their vibrant hues are a perfect antidote to the February gloom.
Stay warm... and we'll keep you posted!
Guy Aitchison & Michele Wortman