Check out the Black Market Arts II live artists

The idea of the Black Market Arts show is really simple : let’s get a ton of amazing artists from our amazing city and have them all showcase their talent on one night, in one room.

The best and brightest up-and-comers of the Sioux Falls hip-hop scene will all be at The District celebrating each other’s talent on Saturday night. But this is more than just another show – it also features artists creating pieces of work LIVE. And here’s your chance to meet them before the event.

The Black Market Arts II Showcase is Saturday, March 1st, at The District.

The all-ages show is hosted by FreeWryte, with performances by Nikko McFadden, Phantom Balance, Dino Babic, D G T, Stones, Prophet, Saint, Mickey Oneil, Royal, Jason Spars, and Silent Obliteration, with DJ 8Eproof playing music all night.

Tickets in advance are $7.00 and day of show are $10.00. All tickets are standing general admission. Doors are at 8:00pm.

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Ccarly4arly Zebell, 26
How would you describe your art?
The best way I describe my art is abstract realism. I can’t say if that’s 100% accurate as far as actual terminology goes, but it relates to how I like to take some realistic objects and people, and then add a weird abstract twist to it. I use a lot of bright colors that tend to make darker things and ideas more whimsical. I like bright colors … it helps my dark thoughts not be so scary and more welcoming in a way. Helps me embrace them at times, at least.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?

A lot of my inspiration comes from music. Music will trigger emotions, day dreams, feelings, thoughts, etc. There’s some really beautiful poetry and embodiment that is found in good music. I love the escape that music brings to me and just lets me float in my head for a while.

Have you always been creative or was there a certain time where you felt you started doing art?

I think I’ve always had a passion for creativity. I remember at a very young age that I loved doing art-type things. My first painting I ever did was in 6th grade, though. It’s ugly, but my mom keeps it, which is nice. It’s interesting to look at it and then compare it to my recent art.

carly5If you could sit down with any three artists / creators (dead or alive), who would they be?

Good question. One would probably be van Gogh. He was crazy. I bet you could have some interesting conversations with that fella. And, did you know … he actually pre planned every color on his canvas? That had to of taken forever. Do musicians count? I’m going to say so, they’re artists too! I would like to hang out with Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes. They’re music is so full of joy and what an interesting group of people. I would greatly love to listen to an acoustic show of them. That would be pretty neat. One more … probably Leonardo DaVinci, that guy was SMART. You could learn so much from him in so many different aspects I bet.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?

There are a lot of goals with my art. One of them is finding a way to make money from it which is a common challenge for many artists. How do you find that balance of creating what you want and still finding that niche that will want to have that art in their home? It’s an ongoing challenge, but it can be a fun one. Some times it’s best to just say ‘screw it, I’ma paint what I wanna paint’. Worst case scenario, no one buys it and you can give it away, donate it, or paint over it! No sense in wasting time and energy and throwing it away. As far as what I want viewers to get out of my art, I would say my greatest excitement is when people develop their own story of a piece. Especially with the portrait pieces I’ve made. Everyone has a different view on how that person looks, what they’re feeling … which is really exciting because that means I’ve made a connection to someone that I’ve never met and know nothing about. It’s interesting.

What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in Sioux Falls? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?

I think that there is a good support system for artists in Sioux Falls. I feel like it’s continuously growing, too. However, I don’t think there are many buyers for the upcoming art scene in Sioux Falls. A lot of the artists that are coming out of the woodwork are not pheasant or deer painters… so there’s a transition going on that hasn’t quite caught up between buyers and painters. From my observation anyway, I could be completely off base. As an artist, especially for those that chose to make it a living, it’s probably very difficult in this area. I think you’re probably pretty limited as to what will sell, which is a lot of landscape pieces and wildlife pieces, unless you branch out to other regions. I will say that I feel like the artists in this community definitely support one another and network like crazy to help each other stay involved with things, though. There’s a competitive attitude in the art community, but a not cut throat competition. In my opinion anyway.

Do you know what you’ll be creating at the Black Market Arts show? What can people expect?
I have a couple ideas in mind. I guess they’ll just have to come to the show and see! 🙂
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Koda1Koda Blue, 20

How would you describe your art?
I think my art would be described as something a little different. When I see a media that’s interesting I do it but with my own style.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?
Anything and everything can inspire me. Stuff like movies, other talents, advertising, etc. I try and look at everything with more than one perspective to try and get the real image behind it.

Is art something you see yourself doing long-term? What would YOU like to get out of it?
Hands-on art is something I consider myself to be really talented at so someday I’d love to make it into a career. Perhaps putting my work on vehicles and having people wowed by it.

What artists or creators (dead or alive) have influenced you, and how?
There are a lot of artist/creators I like but there’s no way to make a list of them. An old time favorite would be Michelangelo but in today’s time it’s anyone who creates beautiful concept cars, anyone who doesn’t do “normal” pieces, someone who really has their own image and loves doing it.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?
Currently I don’t have much of a goal for my art. I only want people to be wowed by it.

Koda3What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in the Sioux Falls area? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?
For the size of Sioux Falls I would say the art scene here has really blown up. I can see a lot of people getting into art here and supporting it. Whether it be music, sculpting, painting, tattooing, drawing, or anything in between, and they end up making it big in the world.

Do you know what you’ll be creating at the Black Market Arts show? What can people expect?
My project for my the Black Market Arts show is something kind of different that I don’t think the average person would expect.
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Dan Richards, 23
Note : Dan will not be doing live art, but will be selling several prints and designed sweatshirts.

How would you describe your art?

My art is a mixture of realism and surrealism.  Most of what I do is Lithography printmaking, which is essentially drawing on to a master stone and then printing the drawing onto sheets of paper.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?
I would say that being a student plays a huge role in creating new pieces, but also I seem to do a lot of commission art.  Friends and random people will pay me to draw something for them.

As a USD student – do you think college has helped your art? What would you say to someone looking to go to school for art?
Being a student at USD has Largely improved my art, and work ethic.  USD has a great fine arts school with great teachers!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given about being an artist?
Always try to create something that has meaning to you.  People do not tend to make great art when they themselves do not care about what they are making.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?
I would say that my goal is simply to make art that people will like and appreciate.

What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in the Sioux Falls area? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?
Sioux Falls is not a big city, but we have a growing appreciation for art.  Which is nice to see in the mid-west.
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