Blockbusters Exhibition << that was then…

9 06 2012

Dick Frizzell, Otis Frizzell & Mike Weston had the BLOCKBUSTER event exhibition of 2012 at Saatchi & Saatchi, the Strand in Auckland… next?!?

/ watch that space/ Guilty of ART!//


Weston Frizzell

3 06 2012

After many years of working together, Otis Frizzell and Mike Weston’s creative partnership evolved from that of a celebrity artist (Otis Frizzell) and his art dealer, producer and manager, (Mike Weston) into a full blown art collaboration.


Their Warhol influenced production line approach and entertainment industry influenced promotion and management has taken them from the street art  and pop culture melting pot of Auckland’s K road into the fine art world. Their output draws heavily on appropriated imagery, style and content. Presented with satiric and often ironic subtext, it challenges notions of authorship and originality.

About Mike Weston 

Mike Weston (1963-) is the proprietor of The Area, an independent music studio and art gallery on Karangahape Road in Auckland. During his twenty-year career he has worked as a recording engineer, DJ, music producer, event promoter, clothing designer, visual artist and artist manager. He has created original music under the names Black Girls Machine, Theta State and Field. As a music producer he has worked with Anigma, The Warners, Reptiles@Dawn, the Dakoda’s, The Lils, Christine White, Mechanism, ICU, Field, OB1, Miss DJ, The Nairobi’s, Fruit, and Shima, among others. In 1994 he started the techno record label Pulse. Between 1994 and 2002 he coordinated New Zealand tours for international artists such as Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Stacey Pullen, Freddie Fresh, Dave Angel, Mark Dynamix, Sandra Collins, Chris Lee and Shaheen. From 1998 to 2002 he produced mix albums and managed dance club events and tours for club LOVELY and Renegade with DJ OB1. With graffiti artist Askew (Disruptiv), Weston produced a series of graffiti art events including Fresh Fresh Fresh, Disrupt the System 2000, Damage Control and Contents Under Pressure, seeding careers for Askew, Misery (Illicit), Otis Frizzell and the late Martin Emond (Illicit), among others.


About Otis Frizzell
Otis Frizzell (1971-) is a television celebrity, hip hop performer, radio personality, tattooist, graphic designer and chauffeur to the stars. If there are any barriers to where Otis Frizzell’s diverse, irrepressible talent and colourful personality will take him, he has yet to be stopped by them. Otis entered public life in his late teens as half of popular hip hop duo MC OJ and Rhythm Slave. He has performed as Joint Force and Stylee Crew. His partnership with Mark “Slave” Williams carried the duo into a long-running Wednesday drive-time radio slot on BFM called “Slave and Otis,” now the morning drive show on Base FM. The duo’s radio celebrity transferred to television with the award winning “The Mo’ Show.” Otis has more than 15 years of public graffiti art experience, and since 1998 has retained his position as New Zealand’s highest profile graffiti artist. His work is on walls in Saatchi and Saatchi, IE Music (Robbie Williams’ London management office), in celebrity collections, on KFC packaging, breast cancer T shirts, Playstation Ads, TV2 promos and the record sleeves of Che Fu and Concord Dawn.

Pablo Picasso > subject study

19 05 2012

Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; during the first decade of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. Picasso creativity manifested itself in numerous mediums, including oil paintings, sculpture, drawing, and architecture. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art.

To say that Pablo Picasso dominated Western art in the 20th century is, by now, the merest commonplace. Before his 50th birthday, the little Spaniard from Malaga had become the very prototype of the modern artist as public figure. No painter before him had had a mass audience in his own lifetime. The total public for Titian in the 16th century or Velazquez in the 17th was probably no more than a few thousand people–though that included most of the crowned heads, nobility and intelligentsia of Europe. Picasso’s audience–meaning people who had heard of him and seen his work, at least in reproduction–was in the tens, possibly hundreds, of millions. He and his work were the subjects of unending analysis, gossip, dislike, adoration and rumor.

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IntErupt | Fake Taupō Festerval | unofficial posters

26 03 2012

download, print, use & distribute as you like under creative commons license…

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IntErupt | The Fake Taupō Farts Festerval 2012

21 03 2012

well… a disappointment to say the least! Much like the TDC Arts Policy…

ARTIVIST : creative made criticism of the Erupt program with a simple question – “is there more?” which was quickly answered with a link to the complete program, an acknowledgement & personal reference & then a private message… the message below.  We suggest Taupo Arts Festival General Manager Kylie Hawker conveniently forgets she receives public funding & is open to public scrutiny.

Now our issue with these guys is they participate in a circle that will accept mediocrity & pat themselves on the back for a job… well… done… done so the boxes that need ticking have been ticked & their conservative non creative attempt at serving the public with public funds for public arts has been met – or not – what does it matter to them as long as they are not having to answer any tough questions or actually facilitate any art.  There must be some Council Art Policy for that surely?!?

ARTIVIST : creative has a couple of issues with the attitude from Council to public art & it starts with their own Public Art Policy 2006 (pdfs of the policy & guidelines posted).  The Policy clearly refers to a Arts Advisor who will administer & is available for consultation for both acquisition & proposal of public arts projects.  Now we’d assume this Advisor would be qualified to fulfill the requirements with capability for acquisition, valuation, assessment & appreciation of public art works including sculpture, installation, major works & pieces for public places & spaces in Taupō & that this role would be considered important with $100K of public funding for acquistion & several thousands dedicated to the Erupt attempt at a festival…

Well unfortunately not… there is no Arts Advisor & according to our sources Gareth Greene, the 2IC at Council won’t even consider the policy when he makes any decisions – in his words “I’ve never even read it”.  Aledgedly, when offered the policy paper he said “Council doesn’t need to consider policy…” & refused to even look at the paper.

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/ private message – morning Monday 19th 2012

  • Kylie Hawker


    Kylie Hawker

    • Hi Joff, not quite sure that it’s particularly professional or polite to challenge ‘Erupt’ via facebook?!?!? We don’t NEED to include a street art element in our Festival programme – as you know Graffiato was created as our urban art event… and we’ve got a few more things lined up that I’m not going to reveal until they happen. As we’ve discussed before I think it’s great that you (and others) are creating your own artwork and street art activity in town – I would never post a negative comment about your projects on your facebook page – so politely request that you offer the same level of professional respect.

  • ARTIVIST: creative by any means necessary!

    • pfft… I’m not a “professional” for a start… I do art because I believe in it… I love it… I love the challenge.

      I’m disappointed in the Erupt Festival… the program is soft in my opinion & I’ll share that opinion where I like…

      your Graffiato was a disappointment too… don’t attempt it if you don’t expect criticism – especially from me…

      but most of all… keep following your “professional” line… I’ll keep hating on it!




Inside Out Project < JR speaks to Al Jazeera

25 07 2011

Artist_JR_talks_to_Al_Jazeera360p.mp4 Watch on Posterous

GRAFITISMO – uma serie de videos sombre grafite

22 07 2011



film#01 – Booze Sktlixos


film#02 – HK, Kaur, Nois


film#03 – Finok, Coxas, HK,


film#04 – Pifo


film#05 – WEK(FBC)


film#06 – Pifo, Onio, Dédo


film#07- CMS(Smoke/Self/Tux)


film#08- R(HipHop) & VIOLENTOS


film#09- BG / WISE KID