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Oct 20, 2014 / 2 notes

“These I think, are crucial times where we as locals have to be more patient and understand more about what we do and why we’re doing it. Art is dynamic, and street art alone has a lot of pretty swell stuff to offer.” - EXLD

Before traveling to Manila, the Method Makers we’re connecting with many of the artists in the Philippines that were taking part in the Filipino Street Art Project through Facebook. Through social media we began to see much of the tremendous work that was coming out of PH. One of the artists we were very eager to meet was JJ “EXLD Zamoranos.

EXLD is a graffiti artist & a fine artist from Metro Manila whose part of PSP (Pilipinas Street Plan) & Secret Studio, a collective of talented graffiti, street art, and contemporary artists from the Metro Manila area. We enjoyed the complexity of how diverse his graffiti and contemporary fine art style was.

The Method Makers GATS, Ernest Doty, & Basic Lee had the honor of taking part in our first international show in Makati, Metro Manila at Pocket Universe Art Gallery with EXLD & James Esguerra.

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JJ is also one of the central artist who is part of a special Kickstarter campaign that our family from the Fililipino Street Art Project is putting together to fund their documentary film project this month.

Below is our interview with EXLD:

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Where were you born and raised? Where are you currently living now?
I was born in the heart of Manila; Sampaloc Area. Until I was 12, my family lived somewhere around Caloocan City then we moved out to the province of Bulacan. Today, I’m sharing a studio/apartment with artist friends in San Juan, Metro Manila.

What do you love most about your city?

The people and the scene (both gallery and graffiti/street art). Also, its fairly easy to connect with lots of friends.


Can you discuss the Graffiti & Street art scene in the PI? What do you think is going to be the next big thing out there?

Its still growing. Like, there’s always a new wall and a new visitor from other parts of the globe wanting to get a piece up here in PH. We get to learn a lot from them and it kinda helped to get things going. These I think, are crucial times where we as locals have to be more patient and understand more about what we do and why we’re doing it. Art is dynamic, and street art alone has a lot of pretty swell stuff to offer.

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You’re part of PSP (Pilipinas Street Plan). Could you talk about how the crew came together and how you became part of the crew?

(Please send a group photo of you and the homies in PSP.)

We’re actually more of an art collective than a crew. Its like we’re a group of friends sharing the same passion. It was in my late college years when PSP came in. I had the privilege to join the first paint session sometime around 2007 and that I guess got me in. Like an audition. Hahaha!

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You’re also a part of Secret Studio. Can you talk about who is part of the space And the work that you and the homies do at Secret Studio?
(Please send a photo of the homies that are part of Secret Studio.)

Secret Studio is an artist space for friends and sometimes (well, most of the time haha) a place for friends to crash in. It’s more of a spot where we get to hang outwith people and learn from each other by sharing experiences about art. It’s our second home.


Where does the inspiration come from for the amazing characters in your paintings and your graffiti style? How did you come up with your style of art and the types of imagery you paint? 

Idk, maybe it came from all the things I experience and influenced by the artists I look up to. Images are brought upon from my imagination, and from all that I have learned. I think it comes from every kind of art I have tried doing, ever since I started getting into it. My subconscious plays a big part in the process. Style is too, I think, as it gets to be developed and should be progressive.

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Are there any inspirational artists that can name that have had an impact, and/or influence in the type of artwork that you create?


I can’t name them all but I can say that the ones I look up to are from old school graffiti to the gallery pop-surreal art movement. 

How has your artwork progressed since you began doing graffiti and street art? How has this work translated into the work you install in the gallery setting?

There’s still a lot to learn and a lot of experimentation to do. I am still trying to learn how to take the things from the street to the gallery walls. Although, I’ve been doing gallery stuff since 2005, the feel is still not the same when you put the work in a confined gallery wall space when it should be out in the streets. Ironically, I try not to mix them both. At the same time, I make use of what I learn from in the process when doing graffiti and onto canvas and vice versa. Its like the images I create pass through each others’ territory and stay in a certain spot for a while then move to canvas again, and vice versa.

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Is there any particular message that you are trying to convey with your art?

Nothing in particular. All I want to say is that we exist. I want to share what I do especially when I see that some people care to experience what can come out from my head. It’s a fulfilling feeling when you get to be a part of someone else’s life and be a reason where they draw inspiration from.

What has been the most awesome thing that has happened to you in your career as an artist?

That I get to ride a plane out of the country, travel, meet new people to learn from both art and life. Art has been very generous to me and I try to give some back to the streets.

What advice can you give to any aspiring artists that follow your work? Any advice you can give to the next aspiring street and graffiti artists.

Don’t let frustrations get to you. Most of the time, when in the process of creation you will compare your work to others. Don’t be envious of it when you see that their work is a lot better than your shit. Learn from them. Take every opportunity to learn and progress. Don’t forget to enjoy what you do. No one gets to be a fulfilled artist overnight. Keep pushing.

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A special exhibit of EXLD’s work is available for purchase in the Method Makers web store:

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/exld

Oct 17, 2014 / 3 notes

Newest Interview with
Mr @BasicLee himself.

Shot & edited by @MethodMakers Cinematographer @edwardmichaeliii
in San Mateo.

Musical composition by @aloeight.

Catch the full interview and full original works by @BasicLee for sale on our webstore ⬇️

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/basic-lee

Link to his works in our profile as well.

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#CVTY #CavityCollective
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Patay Sa Eksena.
By @BasicLee

New print that will be available
via @StreetArtPH #Kickstarter
campaign. 

Click ⬇️
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 #CVTY #CavityCollective 
#NoseBleedKrew #StreetArtPH
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Oct 16, 2014

Patay Sa Eksena.
By @BasicLee

New print that will be available
via @StreetArtPH #Kickstarter
campaign.

Click ⬇️
bit.ly/fsapkick

#BasicLee #KillTV
#CVTY #CavityCollective
#NoseBleedKrew #StreetArtPH
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#TheMethodMakers

Oct 15, 2014 / 5 notes

The Method Makers Presents: Chill

On one of the many humid nights that we spent roaming the streets of Metro Manila with our homies from PSP (Pilipinas Street Plan) we connected with fellow artist Chill. Both a graffiti & fine artist, we got to know our low-key, creative brother-in-arts at the Secret Studio space in San Juan City.

Below are some words we exchanged for our current art exhibit with Chill:

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Where were you born and raised, and where do you reside now?
I was born and raised in Manila. Right now Im staying at San Juan city with Egg, Exld and other artists.


What do you love most about your city?

I love everything about Manila. There are a lot of beautiful and unbelievable stories.

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How did you get the name Chill? Is there any particular meaning behind the name and what it may stand for?

Some of my friends called me Chill in college. I think its because they always see me chillin, and Im the type of guy that takes things slowly, and sometimes does random things too.

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Can you talk about your involvement with PSP? How did you get involved with the crew?

PSP is a collective of artists, where all members are constantly contributing their work and creativity in the streets. Melancholy introduced me to PSP people and some of the PSP members are my seniors in college.

We admire both your fine art & graffiti painting style very much. At times the two can be very different, and at other times you can see elements of the work show up in your graffiti. Can you talk about how you developed your two styles of work?

I think I can’t stop those styles from mixing. I do a lot thinking before painting or drawing and sometimes I do it spontaneously.

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Is there any particular message that you are trying to convey with your art?

(Please send photos of the artwork that might have meaning with the messages you are trying to convey.)

My art is all about life and experience.

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  • The Storyteller - Oil on canvas

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Your part of PSP & Secret Studio. There are also other members in PSP who are also part of Secret Studio. Can you talk about your affiliation with both crews and how the work is different, or similar, and/or how they connect with each other?

PSP and Secret Studio are almost the same but secret studio is more of gallery shows. Members of secret studio are all my schoolmates from different batches and some of Secret Studio members are psp that’s why it’s not hard for me to work with them.

What’s the next big thing you’re working on artistically?

I’m working on my first solo show, and my first toy release for next year at Secret Fresh Gallery. Also I’m planning on doing bigger pieces on walls this coming year and some PSP projects.

A special exhibit of Chill’s work is available for purchase in the Method Makers web store:

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/chill/products/isolation-by-chill

ISOLATION.
BY CHILL

Medium: Mixed media on 16” x 12” canvas sheet
Dimensions: H 24” x W 20” x D .75” (including frame size)

Backing/Hanger: Triangle D-ring

$160 USD
(Price includes shipping & handling to anywhere in the domestic US.)

"This piece was created as a dedication to those who are unable to express their feelings, that are waiting for something to happen, or come around."

-Chill

Skull & Crossbones.
By @ExldManila

Ink on 14.5” x 10” textured paper within a shadowbox frame.

$225 USD

Domestic USA Shipping 
& Handling included in price. 

Dimensions: H 17” x W 12” x D 1.25”
Backing/Hanger: Two D-rings with rope

Skull & Crossbones is exclusively being sold in the Method Makers Online Web Store.

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/exld/products/skull-crossbones-by-exld


Message us for direct for questions:
shop (at) themethodmakers.com


#ExldManila #PilipinasStreetPlan 
#MetroManila #MethodMakers
#TheMethodMakers #PSP 
#StreetartPH #FSAP
Oct 14, 2014 / 2 notes

Skull & Crossbones.
By @ExldManila

Ink on 14.5” x 10” textured paper within a shadowbox frame.

$225 USD

Domestic USA Shipping
& Handling included in price.

Dimensions: H 17” x W 12” x D 1.25”
Backing/Hanger: Two D-rings with rope

Skull & Crossbones is exclusively being sold in the Method Makers Online Web Store.

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/exld/products/skull-crossbones-by-exld


Message us for direct for questions:
shop (at) themethodmakers.com


#ExldManila #PilipinasStreetPlan
#MetroManila #MethodMakers
#TheMethodMakers #PSP
#StreetartPH #FSAP

​Isolation.
By @ChillsProject


$160 USD
Shipping & Handling 
included in price.


Mixed Media On Canvas, Framed.
Dimensions: H 24” x W 20” x D .75” (including frame size)
Backing/Hanger: Triangle D-ring
Medium: Mixed media on 16” x 12” canvas sheet


“This piece was created as a dedication to those who are unable to express their feelings, that are waiting for something to happen, or come around.”

-Chill

Isolation is exclusively being sold here in the Method Makers Online Web Store.


http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/chill/products/isolation-by-chill


#Chill #PilipinasStreetPlan
SecretStudios #SSProject
#SanJuan #MetroManila
#TheMethodMakers
#MethodMakers
#StreetArtPH
#FSAP #PSP
Oct 13, 2014

​Isolation.
By @ChillsProject


$160 USD
Shipping & Handling
included in price.


Mixed Media On Canvas, Framed.
Dimensions: H 24” x W 20” x D .75” (including frame size)
Backing/Hanger: Triangle D-ring
Medium: Mixed media on 16” x 12” canvas sheet


“This piece was created as a dedication to those who are unable to express their feelings, that are waiting for something to happen, or come around.”

-Chill

Isolation is exclusively being sold here in the Method Makers Online Web Store.


http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/chill/products/isolation-by-chill


#Chill #PilipinasStreetPlan
SecretStudios #SSProject
#SanJuan #MetroManila
#TheMethodMakers
#MethodMakers
#StreetArtPH
#FSAP #PSP

Clergy.
By @JamesDarrylEsguerra
Mixed media on textured paper, Framed.

"In this piece I talk about clergy people, and how some of those who serve god, actually act as "Gods", which we also call "Demigods". The uneven colors represent the chaos the so called demigods created to manipulate people for their own self righteous reasons."
- James

Dimensions: H 23” x W 17” x D .75” (including frame size)
Backing/Hanger: Triangle D-ring
Medium: Mixed media on textured paper.

$290 USD
Shipping & Handling included in price. 

Clergy is exclusively being sold here in the Method Makers Online Web Stor​​e​:

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/tmm-x-fsap-x-manilenos/products/clergy-by-james-darryl-esguerra

#JamesDarrylEsguerra
#SecretStudios #SSProject
#SanJuan #MetroManila
#TheMethodMakers
#MethodMakers
#StreetArtPH
#FSAP

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Oct 12, 2014

Clergy.
By @JamesDarrylEsguerra
Mixed media on textured paper, Framed.

"In this piece I talk about clergy people, and how some of those who serve god, actually act as "Gods", which we also call "Demigods". The uneven colors represent the chaos the so called demigods created to manipulate people for their own self righteous reasons."
- James

Dimensions: H 23” x W 17” x D .75” (including frame size)
Backing/Hanger: Triangle D-ring
Medium: Mixed media on textured paper.

$290 USD
Shipping & Handling included in price.

Clergy is exclusively being sold here in the Method Makers Online Web Stor​​e​:

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/tmm-x-fsap-x-manilenos/products/clergy-by-james-darryl-esguerra

#JamesDarrylEsguerra
#SecretStudios #SSProject
#SanJuan #MetroManila
#TheMethodMakers
#MethodMakers
#StreetArtPH
#FSAP

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Oct 12, 2014 / 3 notes

During our Journey to the Philippines we got to know many of the artists from the low-brow, street art and graffiti communities of Metro Manila.

One of the most talented, fun, & entertaining (aka Mr. “It’s Loco Loco time!”) artists we met in the PH, was Mr. James Esguerra. We first connected with James at The Method Makers Home Coming Show at Pocket Universe Art Gallery in Makati. We also had the privilege of hanging out with him and the other members of the Secret Studio in San Juan, Metro Manila. We were most fascinated with his thought provoking, anti-establishment style of art.

Below is an interview we did with James for our current exhibit of artists from the Philippines.

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Where were you born and raised? Where do you reside now?

I was born and raised in Manila. I studied in my province, Bulacan during High School because I got into trouble as a child. Haha!


I currently reside at Greenhills, San Juan City. I paint and live there with fellow artists as well. Egg, Chill, Exld etc.


What do you love most about your city?
Our place is very accessible, lots of artist that also live in the area. We have galleries nearby to our house (Secret Fresh, & Art Informal).

You’re part of Secret Studio right? Can you talk about the work that you guys do at Secret Studio? Are you affiliated with any other art collectives or groups you’d like to share more information about? 

I am a very proud member of Secret Studio or SS PROJECT. Our group is very diverse, we have very different styles, which also compliment
each others’ work. We just usually hangout at our studio, watch movies, share ideas, collaboratively work on tips regarding art, play video games, etc. We’re basically a big family of different kinds of artists from different backgrounds.
image From our last conversation when the Method Makers were in the PI, you mentioned that your artwork has this sort of shock value to it. Where do you think the influence and inspiration comes from in your style of artwork?

Up to now, I still dont know what genre my art falls in. My influences are old horror and cult movies, I’m also a big fan of Heavy Metal music (I’m a self proclaimed metalhead haha) old cartoons I’ve watched as a child (Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network), comics too! I’m a very big fan of comics!
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When is it “Loco loco time!” and what does that mean? 

Hahaha!!! It’s a term coined by my good friend Jimmuel, its like saying all hell breaks loose or its time to be crazy at a maximum level haha. It’s sorta the same meaning with “Release the Kraken!” but what you’re supposed to release is the inner child in you.
What kind of music, and activities do you do while you are creating your art - are there certain things that help you get inspired to create? (Please send photos of your art, links to youtube videos that help inspire your work, and photos of any artists, musicians, or images that relate to your work itself. 

I have a very diverse taste in music. While I maybe our group’s biggest Heavy Metal fan, I am also our group’s biggest K-Pop fan. I just love everything about K-Pop too, their visuals, steps and songs are so catchy haha. But I don’t listen to male kpop groups. The male K-Pop artist I listen to is PSY.
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You’re affiliated with a lot of the guys in PSP. Because of that do you also participate in any outdoor, steet art and/or graffiti?
(If yes, please include photos of your work in the street if possible.)
A lot of people mistaken me as a street artist or a graffiti artist cause I’m friends with most street artists especially guys from PSP. I know guys from CVTY, VOID, GSM to name a few. Yes, I’ve tried doing street art, its fun and not as easy as it looks. I’ve done few pieces at Bulacan, Cavite and QC. I would love to be active at the streets, thing is I still can’t think of an alter ego for myself! haha!
(Below is work on walls that James has done alongside some of his fellow graffiti and street artist friends)
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Can you talk about what your artwork means to you? Is there some sort of message you are trying to convey in the work that you do?

I find my art funny, what I do is put this sensitive things, serious stuff and scary subject then turn them to something laughable and funny. I wanna break people’s standards and practices. I wanna show people that these things can be funny too. No need to take this things so seriously. I alter their figures, juxtapose things, change their colors into candy or pastel colors to look less serious.
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James’s current exhibited work from "Everything Is A Remix" at Secret Fresh Gallery, in Greenhills, Metro Manila.

What’s the next big thing you’re working on artistically?
My show at Secret Fresh entitled “Everything is a remix” is still exhibited up until the 1st week of October. It opened in early September.
What I’ll work on next is for my solo show next year. Also, Ill be doing more research (art for art’s sake haha), might change up my style  of art a bit, formidably similar, but add a few new influences and additions or whatever. I still don’t know at this point, can’t say much as of now. But one thing’s for sure my works will still look crazy and funny! Haha!

A special exhibit of James’s work is available for purchase in the Method Makers web store:

http://themethodmakers.myshopify.com/collections/james-darryl-esguerra

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"Clergy" 2013 by James Darryl Esguerra
In this piece I talk about clergy people, and how some of those who serve god, actually act as “Gods”, which we can also call “Demigods”. The uneven colors represent the chaos the so called demigods created to manipulate people for their own self righteous reasons.
Oct 12, 2014 / 16 notes

I’m trying to sell you a t-shirt.

Our view in the purpose of graffiti & street art is to allow for a public exhibition of art for artists who don’t have immediate access to the galleries & museums only a small % of very talented artists do.
Public art, street art, and/or graffiti (legal or not) gives its creator the freedom of expression to write their name on walls (I am here), or to send a message out (ACAB), to create beauty, to take that inspiration which was given to us which resonates deeply in the creative subconscious of the mind; which can be a combination of some or all of the above.
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(Photo courtesy mtncolors on IG.)

Including vandalism (unauthorized street art & graffiti) we admire all forms of art - from sign painting, illustration, graphic design, & fine art. 
We feel that the root of what inspires us to create comes from the artists’ subconscious voice that needs to have the freedom to express itself. 
My point here is not to be an advocate for the destruction of public and/or private property. It is simply to express my understanding of each artists struggle for acceptance in this beautiful, chaotic, & often times judgmental world. It is also to express my love for all of the artists I have had the opportunity to connect & work with over the past 12 years through (Dopeness Monster, &THEM, & The Method Makers). 
 
For people that I meet for the first time they often ask, “So what’s a Method Maker?.” My answer is often a long winded, abstract explanation that goes much longer than the elevator pitches I was taught to have ready in business school. 
 
The truth is we are constantly shaping, and forming our vision of what the Method Makers is, are, and will be. Currently we are focused on connecting with humble, talented, low-brow, contemporary artists, to collaborate on various projects, creating a name for the artist through the Method Makers. We’re kind of like the Charles Xavier’s school for the up & coming artist-mutants.
 
We run a web-store online where we sell artwork by the artists we work with:
 
This, however like much of the world around us, this can also change. The Method Makers prefer not to be pigeon holed into a “Those are these guys kind of mentality.” One day we may might be collaborating on an amazing furniture design project, or traveling across the Pacific to take part in a documentary film (the Filipino Street Art Project). 
 
The truth is we look forward to adapting to change. I believe we all prefer to have it easy and say “This is what we do.”But if it changes then what? We make new methods. Are you Method Maker?
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Thanks for listening. Oh yeah and buy a t-shirt too.


Thanks for your continued support!
Sincerely,
Neal
Co-Founder
The Method Makers LLC
Oct 12, 2014 / 2,378 notes

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