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Artwalk, Studios & World Domination

07.08.2014

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Hey guys… I have some news!  I’m ridiculously excited to say that after two long years of having my studio packed up in boxes and stored in a spare room in my attic apartment….

I have finally found my new studio!!!!!!!!

I never saw this one coming, but I have decided to buy a place with a dedicated loft, which will be the new permanent home for the Danger studio!! Gasp! Crazy right?! As a stereotypical sagittarian who is bad with finances and permanence, this is certainly the largest purchase of my life. (The next will be my dream of owning a VJ van… more on that later!)

I have been super busy packing up my beloved multi-colored apartment that I’ve lived in for over 10 years and am getting ready to kick into the next journey. I’ll be moving at the end of July and really could not be happier. This also means that I will not be taking on any additional freelance projects until August/September, once I am settled into the new studio. Lately all I’ve been doing is nothing but juggling the day job, mortgage paperwork and ArtWalk preparations – but now that the Artwalk is over I can really focus on packing up and moving out.

Speaking of which, thanks so much to everyone who dropped by to see me and support my video and print work at the Stamford Artwalk.  If you missed it, the next time you find yourself on Bedford Street, you can still catch my art exhibit on display at Lorca until the end of August.

Lorca Artwalk

The very last of my Danger t-shirts are on sale there as well. There are only 8 left and will probably not be made again after they are gone. I plan on creating a whole new line this year to replace them.

If you are interested in checking out or purchasing any of the prints that I was selling outside during Artwalk, please check out my etsy shop. For an extra 10% off, use coupon code SUMMER until August 1st. All proceeds will be supporting the new studio!!

We had a blast, setting up multiple video projectors downtown Stamford at the Palace Theater on Friday and on the side of the library on Bedford Street on Saturday night!  Check out a few photos that were captured in action below. It all worked out so well that conversations have already begun spinning ideas on how we can continue bringing this type of work to downtown throughout the summer. Stay tuned!

Here is a shot of my animation “Soul Seasons” on the Palace Theater.

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Here is a shot of our projection on the library on Bedford Street. Photo by Michael Lupinacci.

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Below is a snapshot from the Stamford Artwalk during our first year of projections in 2013. Photo by Distilled Minds.

Downtown Stamford Artwalk

Next up, I’ll be heading to one of my favorite cities, for my yearly respite to Portland, Oregon. I’ll be a first time attendee at the World Domination Summit. It’s a conference for creative entrepreneurs of all kinds and showcases a ton of my inspirational heros. I’m desperately in need of a recharge and there is no better place, in my opinion, than Portland, my creative haven soulmate city! Feel free to connect with me out there if you are in the area or at the event!   I’ll be out there from July 10th-July 15th and I can’t wait to have Mt Hood in the visible distance again!!!

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Holly Danger’s VJ Drive-In at the LAMP Festival

10.04.2013

To Portland and Beyond

04.09.2013

One of my life long mantras is to travel as much as possible.

I think of traveling as my “ikigai”. The Japanese concept that describes your reason for being. In other words, “the reason you get up in the morning”, the kind of passion that drives you day in and day out.

Whenever I get on the road I feel that same light inside of me spark into a million fireworks of inspiration. This was no different for my recent trip back to Portland, Oregon. A place I fell in love with over 10 years ago. How could I not? There is a very tangible electricity in there air out there.

Portland is the one seemingly magical place I’ve visited in all my years of traveling that encompasses everything that I’ve ever wanted all in one city.

If you’re the type of person who needs to be by the water, you can visit Portland’s beautiful coastline. If you crave snowy mountain ranges, you could venture beside the volcanic mountain range of Mt. Hood. Then there is also stretches of lakes, forrest, desert and even a wide cityscape.

While my most recent trip was just shy of a weeks time, I fell in love with the city all over again.

During my stay, I made my home at the Ace Hotel downtown in the Pearl District. I had never stayed at an Ace before (they have other locations in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Palm Springs) so I had no idea how awesome this was or how perfect this place would be for me. It was definitely an artist’s home away from home. The lobby was complete with a lounge area and black and white vintage photo booth sandwiched between Portland’s famous Stumptown coffee bar, and european style tavern Clyde Commons. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time going back and forth to these places.

The Ace’s event space called, The Cleaners, which was destination to the Blogcademy workshop that I attended on March 30-31st. The Blogcademy is a two-day workshop for bloggers who want to push their online presence to the next level, and is hosted by stylish super-bloggers, Gala Darling, Nubby Twiglet and Kat Williams. I joined a group of 30 women who all came together to discuss presence and voice in the blogosphere and all things related to writing, design, photography, promotion and strategy. In other words, it was a workshop full of cute nerdy girl stuff! I loved it. The class was a breath of fresh air. It was the first creative event that I’ve attended that provided an intimate workshop experience which made it was very easy to meet and talk to everyone who attended.

Leading up to this event I knew I wanted to make some changes on my website and now after attending I have a bit more of a concrete plan of attack for this year. As a spontaneous sagittarian, I’m not much of a planner, but it is so important to set goals and think about where you want to see yourself in a months time, 3 months time, 6 months time, next year, etc. If you can envision it, you are one step closer to getting there.

One of the biggest takeaways I got from the weekend was to treat my blog as more of a magazine. As someone who began blog writing in 2001 on Livejournal, I’ve always written for pleasure and mostly as a document of my life to remind myself of where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Twelve years later, I realize that while writing to document your life is a bonus, this space can be used for so much more.

While documenting my life and events, I realize I haven’t contributed here in a way that helps YOU, my readers, to join me in the exciting paths of art, design and adventure.  So from here on out my plan is to make a transformation here and feature regularly scheduled weekly columns about graphic design, VJing, travel adventures, finding inspiration and balancing creative wellness in our crazy busy lives. Keep an eye out for the next few posts – I’m brewing with ideas and can’t wait to share them with you!

What types of features might you be interested in seeing on this blog?  I’d love to hear from YOU!

Thanks for being here and inspiring me!

All the love,

Holly Danger

A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots

09.17.2012

Hey Everybody!  

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be VJing two very unique shows this week.

My good friend Kent Evans, who happens to be a super talented author, musician and poet has just launched his second book (and soundtrack for the book) called, “A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots”.

This unique performance includes the author reading in addition to live music & visual performances. Kent Evans will play guitar, Laura Wilson will be on violin, Andrew Trudeau will join in with multiple instruments and I will be mixing live visuals.

Please join us for a reading at Bluestockings book store in NY on Tuesday, September 18th, from 7-9pm, and then at White Rabbit for the after party for the music & visuals.

If you’re a Stamford local, you’ll have a chance to check out the performance on Thursday, September 20th, from 5:30-7pm.

Click here for more details.

Kent Evans’ A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots is a gripping action-adventure novel inspired by personal events in the author’s life. Evans’ explains, “The books is sort of a love song to being an artist, travel, the death of my parents, and disastrous relationships.” The main character, Damien Wood, is a young man whose lived his life as a mere robot, hurling himself with abandon from place to place and from one hollow commitment to another. It is only after a series of tragedies that Damien’s full spectrum of emotions start to emerge, which sends him to Asia on a dark odyssey of self-revelation. The book has been widely praised, including Inés Ferrero Cándenas observation, “Crash Course travels on the wings of poetry, autobiography, relationships and humor to cross-examine modern reality and cultural rebellion.” Kent Evans also collaborated with musicians for an original soundtrack accompanying the book, available now on iTunes. 

Here is a music sampling of what to expect!  Hope to see you there!

Coming soon! Soul Seasons to be projected on the outside of a building at the LAMP Festival in New Haven + a special VJ performance at the A Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Soul Seasons Closing Party – Tuesday, August 7th

08.06.2012

 

Pictured above: Aaron Garovoy, Holly Danger, Veronica Vixen

Thanks so much for everyone who came out to see Soul Seasons!! This piece means a lot to me for many reasons and I am very happy to have been able to share it with so many people.

The good news is, if you missed the launch, you can still catch the video. I’m planning on having a closing party for anyone who wants to come out and join me on the last night of it’s installation. A few folks asked me if I would VJ so I have decided to add that into the festivities.

Please join us Tuesday August 7th from 9-11pm at 1330 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

 

“Danger’s Zone” article in The Beat Magazine

04.18.2012

Hey guys! Please be on the look out for The Beat magazine, who have just released their spring issue with a dangerously wonderful article featuring my graphic & performance art. I was first approached by editor and chief Wendy Logan and creative director Andy Liverant when Kodomo and I had performed an audio/visual show together at the Factory Underground last year.

The magazine is dedicated to the food, arts, culture & color of Fairfield County and provides a wide range of articles that profile chefs, restaurants, artists, cultural institutions as well as columns dedicated to wine, dining reviews and music.

I’m very excited to be a featured artist this spring, so please check out the latest issue if you can find it around town, or view it here digitally. Please take the time to “friend” them on Facebook and check out all the great work that they’re doing to bring some flavor into our local area.

Also, please check back here soon for the latest projects that I have in store for spring. This includes a new line of graphic work, some installation video projects, launch of a new hollydanger website and more performances with The Moon. To be continued!

Hope everyone is happy, healthy & enjoying the warm weather.

 

March 2012

03.05.2012

Hey Guys! Happy almost-spring!!! I hope you are all doing well! Before the week gets too crazy for all of us, I wanted to say hello and to tell you about two fun events going on this week that you might be interested in. The Moon at Goodbye Blue Monday & Danger at the Bridgeport Art Bazaar.

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Debut of The Moon

11.15.2011

Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our performance at Franklin Street Works last Thursday. We had so much fun performing and sharing our music and visuals with you. Special thanks to Franklin Street Works for hosting us and our friends! Please friend us on The Moon’s facebook page to learn about upcoming events.

For those of you who couldn’t make it out, check out this video taken by Franklin Street Works. This was one of our instrumentals called “Olive”. The photo above was taken by Jackie Alcayaga.

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The Moon

11.03.2011

Hi Folks!  I have a new show announcement that I’m excited to tell you about…

On Thursday November 10th, a new collaborative performance project that I’m working on, The Moon, will be debuted locally at Franklin Street Works. FSW is a not-for-profit art space and cafe that recently opened in downtown Stamford, CT.

I’m performing with musician Jeff Schram who will be filling the atmosphere with his original acoustic songs, heightened by electronic elements, vocals & digital manipulation. I will be cooking up a visual cocktail of projections and real time camera effects live, and together we aim to transform the space into a colorful dreamworld of visionary motion, art & sound.

If you are local, please join us!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Here are the details:

Franklin Street Works
Thursday Nov. 10th, 6PM-7PM
Franklin Street
Stamford, CT

VIDEOS FROM KODOMO+DANGER FACTORY UNDERGROUND PERFORMANCE

04.18.2011

Here are two video clips from the APRIL 2011 KODOMO+DANGER performance at the Factory Underground “Tweet Music & Words” Gallery Show. DRIFT will be a new release on Kodomo’s upcoming album “Frozen in Motion” and “Spira Miribilis” is a track on his full length album “Still Life”. Thanks again to all of you who came to our performance, I had such an amazing night with you all.