The NYC Art League has become one of our staple events, hosted every third Thursday at Sour Mouse in the Lower East Side of New York. For more details on the League’s origin, you can check out this article from last year (and keep an eye out for an upcoming story on the history of Sour Mouse.) As we’ve gotten in to the rhythm of things, we’ve picked up a few regular partners – all matches are co-produced between UP Mag & Bree Chapin, and our resident MC is Prolific One. For 2022, we decided to mix things up with some team battles, scroll for more below!
Art League – Spring Team Match 1
Artists Teams : @artbydaph_ & @paolo_tolentino vs. @phillip.haines26 & @leviyev.art vs. @josiewoodss & @sameerbhatiastudio
Judges: @moderndayvixen @_pesoneto @hailtheart of @app_aha and @jamiealexandragalvis of @hustlenflo.co
Theme: 90’s Video Games
Winning Team: @phillip.haines26 & @leviyev.art
Art League – Spring Match 2 (SOLO)*
Artists: @deadheartsstudios & @yeahsurehoney vs. @mighty_math & @eyeantic
Judges: @stainednapkins @sharonvolpeartwork @miki__mu
Theme: 90’s Music
*Eyeantic Had to drop out last minute, so the match instead became a solo battle
Art League – Spring Team Match 2 – Produced with AHA!
Artist Teams: @russian.dollnyc @winslowworld @itsthemorning @marcushizzle @technodrome1
Judges: @hadji_art @ketrin_jones_ @iraira.me
Winning Team: @kenforbesart & @dearmrmelon
Art League – Spring Team Match 3
Artist Teams: @amandareillyart @0h10m1ke vs @true_2020 @rendawriter vs @santiofalltrades @anwellvassell
Judges: @ijonesnewyork @sfgrajales @dajuicegallery
Theme: Jersey Devil
Winning Team: @santiofalltrades @anwellvassell
Art League – Spring Team Finals
*Artist Teams: 1) @leviyev.art & @phillip.haines26
2) @kenforbesart & @deadheartsstudios
3) @santiofalltrades & @anwellvassell
Judges: @icaptureyou2 @beercanvas @larryosan
*For the finals, there were a line-ups shifts. Ken’s partner couldn’t make it, so DeadHeartStudios filled as the winner of the solo match. And then Dream was arrested minutes before the match started, for catching a tag outside Sour Mouse. Sameer Bhatia, who had been in the first team match with Josie, showed up as a spectator and volunteered on the spot to hop in!
Theme: Good Vibes Summer – Margaritaville
Winning Team: @santiofalltrades & @anwellvassell
Art League – Divine Feminine – SOLO // Produced with PYNK NYC*
Artists: 1) @mschainkerfineart @mr.johnwright @eternalpossessions @isabel__vz @puffygator
Judges: @timeartsgallery @ricardoandrephoto @fracturedrealitystudio @caribememag
Theme: Divine Feminine
*During the summer, we did a one-off solo match with PYNK NYC, which also featured out first Digital artists involved. Ironically, despite the feminine theme, the winner of the match was the one male artists.