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“The Americana Series.”

July 23rd, 2009

Husk Industries is proud to present the release of “American Revolutionaries,” the first print in new series of limited serigraphs by Los Angeles artist Retna. AW / MSK

“American Revolutionaries” is the first of four prints to be released as part of “The Americana Series.” The series embodies the recent evolution of the artist’s letter form, brilliantly executed through a rich array of traditional “Americana” colors. The series will consist of four large scale serigraphs, each distinctly unique in form, yet unified in a vibrant palette of blue, red, silver and cream. “The Americana Series” will be limited to four editions of fifty, with each print signed and numbered by the artist.

The first print “American Revolutionaries,” is to be released July 20th via Husk Industries at  www.huskwest.com/retna

For more info on Retna visit / www.digitalretna.com

Retna “American Revolutionaries”
4 Color Serigraph
Printed on Stonehenge 320gsm 100% Cotton
Archival Paper
Dimensions 28″ X 39″

Edition of 50
Signed, Numbered and Dated
by the Artist
$120 + S&H

Husk Industries

Taken From JUX.

Juxtapoz for the month of August in the year 2009 decided to split the covers: Newsstand featuring the Clayton Brothers, subscriber featuring Mac. Figuring both artists have distinct styles, it made for a nice juxtaposition, get it? Besides showing the newest work from the Clayton Brothers and Mac, August 2009 has features on Natalia Fabia, filmmaker Stacy Peralta, Lisbon-based, London-residing artist Vhils, and cultural and fashion icon, Shawn Stussy. We also have a fantastic feature on our hometown artist, Henry Lewis. Amanda Fairey, curator of Subliminal Projects, also makes an appearance.
We also have Greg Gossel, The New Yorkers, Basco Vazko, and Jonathan Yeo in here, as well as Michel Gondry’s toilet paper. Come, come get it.

From MAC:

Damn!….I saw the new issue of Juxtapoz (#103) and was blown away to see one of my paintings used as the cover of the subscriber edition!….and inside there’s a 14 page interview with me by David Choe, who tries to get me in trouble….along with a portrait photo at the beginning taken by Estevan Oriol…
Wow.
After years of reading Juxtapoz, and never actually being in Juxtapoz…here I am… on the cover of Juxtapoz. Not sure how that happened but I feel really honored! Aside from all that it looks like a great issue with some other great art in it…
I’m just posting the cover and the first spread of the interview here for now…maybe more later when I have time…. and you can also get a copy at Juxtapoz.com

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Taken From Revok:

My man from the CHI KC just went to Vietnam to shoot the fucking horrifying aftermath of the US’s use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war…

KC writes:

During the Vietnam War, the American military sprayed over 18 million gallons of the defoliant named “Agent Orange” on Vietnam. The military claimed it was harmless and was only used to clear the leaves off of trees to spot North Vietnamese soldiers. The harmless aspect of Agent Orange would later be challenged, and proved wrong. The dioxin in Agent Orange can lead to many health and enviromental issues. Health issues range from liver cancer to severe birth defects and miscariages. The dioxin in Agent Orange can actually change a person’s DNA, reacting in diferent people in diferent ways. One of the reasons why studying the effects of Agent Orange is such a monumental task. Not to mention the potential political ramnifications of a full scale study of its effects. Enviromentally, Vietnam and its landscape were forever altered once the herbicide rained from the skies onto the land. Animals disapeared, jungles died never to come back, livestock, fish, and some game became carriers of dioxin, passing it on the human population. People that were not yet born, or never came in to direct contact with Agent Orange, became victims of its effects through the land they lived in. Today, over 3o years later, the effects of Agent Orange are stronger then the day it was sprayed.
The following photos are part one of a larger series. These photos focus on the residents of 2 Friendship Villages, Vietnam Friendship Village outside of Hanoi and Tu Du Friendship Village in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). These Friendship Villages care for and house supposed victims of Agent Orange’s destructive dioxin.

-Check out more of his photos from this project plus many more at his site HERE

To See more photos from Revok’s recent trip visit :  REVOK1

I just got back from hanging with the RVCA fam.  I was invited to come paint the new training facility for the BJ PENN camp, as he is in the midst of training for his upcoming fight.  It was an honor to come hang and paint a Roll Call of all the fighters and people who are affilated whom make everything possible down there.  My VA motha LIZ ROC took care of me as always, and got to see George, KC, Kevin Ancell, Pm Tenore, and the rest of the RVCA players.  I think I can move down to Costa Mesa / Newport one day, seems like a nice way of life.

It starts out ;

RVCA . VA . AWR. MSK. RVCA. VA. CLUB. CA

BJ PENN.JD PENN.REGAN PENN.PARILLO.UNCLE RUDY. TRACTOR. VITOR BELFORT. DR. G. SUGAR SHANE NELSON. IRON CHEF EVAN. KJ THE POET. PM TENORE. RICHIE RICH. VA . DIAZ BROS. LUCAS. MAKUA. LEO VIERO. RV. JOHNSTONE. FRANCO. ANTONI. HENRY. APPLE. KRON. YVES. GORMAN. PETE ROCK. PUNKER. BRADLER. EMERSON. MC CULLY, YOUNG SEF.

Then I painted a wall behind the ring that reads:

RVCA. WE ARE A BROTHERHOOD OF AN ANCIENT TRADITION OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO FIGHT WITH HONOR AND RESPECT FOR OUR ADVESARIES ALTHOUGH WE HAVE COME TO HUMBLE YOU. DONT TRIP. VA

BRIMSTONE.

BEHIND ME STAND A HUNDRED MEN, WARRIORS OF THE AGES, THROUGH OUT THE STAGES OF OUR LIVES, WE HAVE SPARRED AND BRAWLED OUR WAY TO VICTORY, WE STAND AS ONE TIMELESS MOVEMENT, NOW LETS BEGIN THE RITUAL OF OUR FATHERS AND BROS. MANO A MANO.

Then My friend Young Sonia, came to visit me and took me to chill on the beach and relax the mind.

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Continuing with the Ovation Tv American Revolutionaries campaign, I recently went to MCA in Chicago for the screening and Q & A in regards to my involvement with the project. Met up with Pose and Diana, good looking Nekst.   Here are a few Snaps.

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My good freind Oscar Magallanes and I recently did this project for Land Rover as they were debuting their new 2010 Range Rover Sport at the Standard in DT in conjunction with the ESPYS Awards. Here are some snaps.

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I recently partnered with Design Agency, Oishii Creative to promote the launch of Ovation’s TV American Revolutionaries.  here is a quick excerpt i took from NeuBlack.com.

Ovation TV’s recent campaign for the documentary series American Revolutionaries paired African American musical icons with the work of LA graff art muralist RETNA. While we immediately recognized the symbolism the campaign represented, we were surprised and delighted to see RETNA’s work getting this kind of national recognition. There are a number of parallels one could draw, RETNA being an African American/Salvadorian artist working to further the legitimacy of graffiti art and striving to establish his own legacy. When we asked for his impressions on the project , RETNA offered up the following, “These artists really broke new ground and gave voice to so many people. They struggled with many of the issues of their day breaking down barriers making it possible for my generation to have so many opportunities. Everywhere you look, their art has made such important contributions to our culture reshaping America’s past, present and future.”

The sheer reach of the American Revolutionaries ad campaign, with larger than life billboards in Houston, Chicago, and New York’s TIme Square brings his work to new audiences. We can only cross our fingers that these locals will embrace his cultural influence as we have here in LA.

To read the whole post visit…. http://www.neublack.com/featured-project-retnas-american-revolutionaries/

As you may know, Oishii Creative designed the current EA SPORTS logo, developed No Good TV’s website, and shot music videos for bands like Incubus and Rage Against the Machine. We pride ourselves on connecting clients with the right creative partners to create memorable brand identities. But, this time, we’re taking our involvement one step further.

Ismael Obregon, Oishii Creative’s Founder and Creative Director explains it best, “Our goal was to connect Ovation TV with the next generation of artists, while finding creative ways to use the outdoor medium. Our relationship with Retna is longstanding and we are thrilled to bring his art back to the streets in a whole new way.”

To learn more about Oishiicreative.com

To visit my profile on OvationTV.com

To learn more about the American Revolutionaries.

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Nino Perdido
3 Color Full Bleed Screenprint,
Metallic Black, Metallic silver,
and Metallic Red
Printed on Arches 310 gsm 100% cotton archival paper.
Dimensions: 22 x 30 Inches.

Available HERE

UPTOWN Magazine

July 6th, 2009

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