“NEO NOW — A New Art Period” Premieres at the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival
For Immediate Release:
“NEO NOW: A New Art Period”
A short film about Rah Crawford’s new creative period and the emerging future
Screening at the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival
October 13, 2018 12:00p @ Chemistry Creative
305 Ten Eyck St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK —The creative periods of an artist are pivotal because they communicate where their mind and focus reside—a useful frame for experiencing a new perspective through their lens. Visual artist and creative pioneer Rah Crawford has teamed up with award-winning videographer’s Jordan Hollender (from HollenderX2) and Jason Tanaka Blaney to capture the conceptual essence of his new creative period NEO NOW as a short documentary.
”NEO NOW: A New Art Period” includes interviews with John Crain (Co-Founder and CEO of SuperRare) and Christian Bailey (Founding Principal of ODA Architecture), who weigh in on how blockchain and technology affect their industry and the future.
The film will premiere at the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival on October 13th at 12:00pm. Immediately following the film, a one hour panel made up of industry pros within entertainment, tech and the creative arts will discuss new blockchain technologies and its impact on the future of creators.
Rah Crawford, Visual Artist + Creative Pioneer
Matthew Nacier (Moderator) Portfolio Director at Iconiq Lab
Manuela Seve CEO and Co-Founder at Alpha'a inc
Kana Hatakeyama Actress (Orange is the New Black) Japan Content Manager at SingularDTV
G. Thomas Esmay Director of Business Development at SingularDTV
Rah Crawford’s NEO NOW creative period will focus on the immediacy of the emerging world, hyper-emotional states, blockchain technology, celebrity-ism and branded popular culture. These concepts will serve as the catalyst for his future works.
Crawford’s distinct visual artistic style will also evolve during his NEO NOW period and will expand his reach into sonic paintings as well as performance art. Crawford’s previous period Welcome to Earth (2004-2016), spanned over a decade as he introduced a new approach to art called NPIC-Art (Neoteric Pop-Iconic Clairvoyance). This approach to art uses the definition of words to add a new contextual layer to the image.
ABOUT RAH CRAWFORD
Rah Crawford is a self-taught visual artist, who has shown his work in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Philadelphia and New York. Creator of NPIC-Art (Neoteric Pop-Iconic Clairvoyance), the artist uses words to share visible and non-visible information within his artwork. This approach to art encourages the viewer to look deeper at the artwork, as the viewer researches the meaning of the words, they discover a layer of contextual information that informs the artwork. Arthistoryarchive.com includes Rah Crawford on a short list of 17 Neo-Pop artists whose work defines the genre, alongside Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons. The New York Times describes Rah's work as "Buoyant" "Exuberant" and "Optimistic".
ABOUT BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL
Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love. BFF provides spaces for audiences from all backgrounds to connect and discover new independent movies and experience unique cultural events.
ABOUT JORDAN HOLLENDER / HOLLENDERX2
Jordan and Diane are HollenderX2, a NYC based duo specializing in photography, cinemagraphs, video and production. They joined forces and began their career shortly after meeting at School of Visual Arts. HollenderX2 creates imagery for ad agencies, editorial publications, and collaborates with celebrities, CEO's, and personalities from all walks of life. They especially love to work on conceptual and narrative driven imagery.
ABOUT JASON TANAKA BLANEY
Jason Tanaka Blaney is an award winning photographer/videographer specializing in portraiture, documentary, commercial and environmental work. Jason is based in New York, but travels extensively for assignments both in the US and overseas. His parents were in the world renowned Living Theatre group based in New York City. Jason was exposed to all sorts of people and environments which he feels gave him his talent to connect with his subjects and environment. Jason has photographed real people for Time and Newsweek and his celebrity portraits include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeremy Irons, Susan Sarandon, Nas, and many more. Jason has developed an exceptional talent for capturing fascinating personalities, characteristics and quirks of people in every corner of the world.
ABOUT JOHN CRAIN / SUPERRARE
SuperRare was founded by John Crain, Chief Executive of Pixura and Jonathan Perkins, Chief Product Officer of Pixura. SuperRare makes it easy to create, sell, and collect rare digital art. Their smart contract platform allows artists to release limited-edition digital artwork tracked on the blockchain, making the art rare, verified and collectible. SuperRare is being developed by Pixura, a crypto art loving Ethereum studio based in Brooklyn, NY
ABOUT CHRISTIAN BAILEY / ODA ARCHITECTURE
Christian is a founding principal of the architecture and design practice, ODA. ODA is a New York-based architecture and design firm. They believe that quality of life need not be compromised for the privilege of residing in NYC and strive to keep people first in their design process. They focus on finding the best practices for developing a new paradigm: a model that can translate the desirable qualities of small-scale housing formulas - which encourages social participation and maintains a sense of community - into the framework of vertical living. By exploding the traditional concepts of a city block, they look to create voids, gaps, and open spaces that can be shared by the community.