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.

IntErupt | Fake Taupō Festerval | unofficial posters

26 03 2012

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25 07 2011



from wikipedia

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals[1] and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.[2]

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys,[3][4] including three of the “Big Four“: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me“, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab“, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game“, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.[5]

Winehouse was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. Winehouse’s distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.[6][7]

Winehouse died at the age of 27 on 23 July 2011, at her home in London;[8][9] police have said that the cause of her death was “as yet unexplained”.[10][11][12]

promo van gets tagged

15 07 2011


Drawing The Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

30 04 2011

Drawing The Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

This 1989 documentary by Elisabeth Aubert contains some great footage including Jeffrey Deitch with a hair helmet.

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BiG D dubstep drop

2 03 2011

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Kotahitanga – Unity Concert

29 01 2011

ARTIVIST : creative provided a low key high tech production for this event in January.

A 12 hour music concert held in Paeroa… It is a collaborated effort and vision by four Paeroa Marae (Tirohia, Te Pai o Hauraki, Taharua and Kerepehi Marae) – to celebrate the concept of kotahitanga ‘unity’ in marae, whanau, communities, Hauraki and Aotearoa-wide. The concert will feature an impressive line up of New Zealand musicians and artists.

The infamous Aunty Mabel was the humorous MC along with Lana Garland. Entertainment by; Ardijah, 1814, Pitch Black, Whirimako, Dam Native, Moana, Chantdown, Mihirangi, NativeSons, Phaze, Ni-n-jah, Local Vocal, Crew kapa haka & more.

Maori arts, crafts and fashion, exhibits by local service providers and taonga Maori – TaMoko, Waka and Raranga demonstrations. Complimented with an array of local kai delicacies.

Join Facebook’s ‘Kotahitanga Unity concert 2011’ page for more concert information.

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