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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Richards, 23
Note : Dan will not be doing live art, but will be selling several prints and designed sweatshirts.
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.
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.
Being a student at USD has Largely improved my art, and work ethic. USD has a great fine arts school with great teachers!
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.
I would say that my goal is simply to make art that people will like and appreciate.
Sioux Falls is not a big city, but we have a growing appreciation for art. Which is nice to see in the mid-west.