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DADA NYC: A Digital Artist Playground by Randy Ortiz

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Art is life and amazing how it's always open to interpretation regardless of what thought or medium was used to create it. With soo many advances in the digital age we live in, visual expression was bound to hit the pixels hard and become something that many people participate in, converse and share. Now we have an amazing start in the art and collaborative space called DADA nyc, a visual social network where you can communicate, collaborate and occupy a space where expression is key. I absolutely love the idea of having daily topics where people create pieces from and also the ability to have someone else come in and draw in the same piece as you. 

Visual conversation by artists at dada.nyc

Art is an amazing tool to communicate with, share our lives and thoughts, especially when no barriers and labels. I believe this site has an amazing idea and drawing tools (desktop only for now) for an amazing collaborative movement in a public space without getting arrested, haha. Their interface is primitive yet beautifully stylized and I love it, from the illustrated site buttons to the way type is utilized in menu options. Want to start drawing right away? Below is what you'll see once you click the pencil on the site's bottom center. Nice clean canvas... have at it.

They have also released their first art gallery named "Creeps & Weirdos" (see below) where you can even buy a piece of digital art using Ethereum (ETH), I am completely on board with cryptocurrency and glad they have their foot in it. Yes you can own limited edition art on the blockchain, once purchased you will received the edition number and the right to resell the piece as well. They are currently working on the certificate of ownership which will even further solidify this projects contribution to the art space. You can literally collect art that's limited and most importantly support the artist for their work, how cool is that?

Easily said this is a highly ambitious project and one that has very cool achievements already in the art and crypto space. There seems to be a great community there with folks sharing their pieces and coming together as artists to create. I am also going to start using the drawing tools myself and hopefully I'll see you guys there as well.

For more information: DADA NYC | DADA NYC Blog

The WGM Art Gallery is now up! by Randy Ortiz

I've been slowly but surely gathering a few folks to start an online gallery where I can showcase artwork and photography from all sorts of mediums and places. Today is the day that I reveal the WGM gallery and extremely glad to have the trust of fellow artists to display their work properly. Thanks also goes to Google's Open Gallery folks, they've been a great help as I picked their brains, they have created such a wonderful concept and powerful zoom, you can really get in there and see the detail of the work.
I hope to have more artists join in and perhaps have a rotating exhibition per artist on a monthly or bi-monthly basis... let's see. A Giant thanks to the first participating artists which are Dewey Saunders , Eduardo Colon, Adam Lister, MtheNelson, Rasheed Chappell and Sean Conley. After each exhibit you can see information about them and their respective links. Hope everyone likes the gallery and remember to ZOOM in on the pieces, that's half the fun besides their amazing work!

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What's In A Name? by Randy Ortiz

WIAN_WGMI ask this every time I see an artists submission email so it comes up quite often, sometimes it peaks my interest and sometimes I forcefully try to not roll my eyes. More importantly what's your reaction to a name if it use symbols ($,▲, †, etc.) as a substitution to a letter for stylized purposes? Ma$e is probably the first one I noticed years ago, I've always disliked the blatant focus of money in an artists vision and this didn't help. Nowadays you see all sorts of symbols, Wingdings and such on profiles to spell out their names, it ends up looking like a kid got to a symbol spelling kit and went nuts. Probably the importance in a name isn't as important as it was before and Prince changed certain things when it comes to symbols as names. The dollar sign is overhyped and overused in certain subcategories of Hip-Hop but now with artists not even spelling letters out, does it diminish the importance of the artists name? I believe it narrows the consumers perspective of the artist and pigeonholes them into a certain type of attitude or look. Never-mind the 2-3 worded names for indie rock bands, that I can stand if the music is good enough and usually have nothing to do with what the music actually sounds like. Those with the '$' symbols in their name however have puffs of cash signs billowing out of their music as it plays. Now you can see my reaction to a submission that has those kinds of names in BOLD capped red/green/whatever crazy font downloaded off 1001 Free Fonts.

I believe in presentation and vision greatly and when I see these symbols in music I tend to think this is a makeshift issue to gain popularity with 'the kids' or you just can't/didn't see beyond that. I would say to those wanting to have wordplay, think a bit more about the overall picture than a cash sign to encompass who you are as an artist, it comes off very unprofessional or amateur if the first thing you think of substituting an 'S' with is the '$' sign. Amirite or amiwrong?

Goose Damns These 'Changes' Ft. TheMedley by Randy Ortiz

Oh word? Orlando bringing some more good music to WGM! New to us Goose sent his latest and first single off his incoming (summer) mixtape 'Inebriated' with a mesmerizing hook by TheMedley, this track got heart to it and the sounds crazy courtesy of TapeDeckEra. Check the video below and download the track above. Peace to the FL folks and keep em coming! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIyDgn_XL8k[/youtube]

Almost Always 'Failed Utopia: The Trailer' & Singles by Randy Ortiz

Almost Always is gearing up for 'Failed Utopia' to come out in July and have sent over their released singles package with trailer for the album. Loving the DIY attitude when it comes to this project, everything is done by them be it audio or video.  Download the singles if you haven't and check the trailer below.

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