Saturday, August 1, 2020

SECRET WALLS ACADEMY x SILVERSTREETZ

Secret Walls Academy is an art program for the youth aimed at inspiring the next generation of visual artists.  The program is just one of many facets encompassed by Secret Walls.  Headquartered in Venice, Ca., Secret Walls Academy provides hands-on workshops lead by professional Secret Walls certified artists from its extensive creative network.

During the summer months, Secret Walls Academy hosts a week long visual arts camp for children ages 10-17.  The kids are split into groups and assigned a Secret Walls certified artist as the lead instructor. These artists are accomplished, working professionals and influential in their own right with regard to their specific fields of focus.  Among the instructors this time around were lillipore, geoffgouveia, goopmassta, paperfrank, and ninapalomba.

In addition to the talented instructors, the students are also treated to guest artists throughout the week.  Effectively broadening out the young students' perspective on what it means to be an artist.  Throughout the week young artists cover basic illustration, character building, visual story telling, and how to think like a muralist.  The week culminates with an art battle involving all of the students from each different team going head to head for 20 minutes a round.  This year's art battle would be the first ever to be held virtually and live streamed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Led by Geoff Gouveia, SilverStreetz was able to advance to the final 20 minute round where he managed to reign supreme and bask in the glow of the coveted Secret Walls belt.




Let's Hear It For The Women.

The nascent journey of SilverStreetz into the art world has already been shaped by multiple adults and and kids alike.  However, there are four key individuals who have been instrumental in providing what would become milestones for the young visual artist.  It is important to note -- they are all women.

Around the middle of April 2019, on a whim, SilverStreetz reached out to Steel Craft Long Beach with a wall mural proposal.  He had never spoken with anyone prior.  A day later he was contacted by a women named Julia, and the rest is history.  A month later SilverStreetz began and completed his first commercially spaced wall mural at age 13.  He had a blast live painting the piece and it was well received by all of the Steel Craft patrons.  So well received that one of the guests approached SilverStreetz with an offer to get involved with an art group.  The guest was a woman named Brandie, and her group was called Art Realm Collective.

Brandie would introduce SilverStreetz to the founder of Art Realm - you guessed it - another woman also named Brandie (Lil Brandie).  The rest is history.  About a month after the introduction SilverStreetz was live painting and displaying his art during the Long Beach Art Walk alongside a group of talented, mainly all women, artists.

Come October of the same year, Lil Brandie would reach out to SilverStreetz with an opportunity larger than the last.  This time he got the chance to spray paint a 20' x 12' wall mural and participate in a show next to other talented artists of Art Realm at the Icehouse Arts Complex in Long Beach.  The show was a massive success and brought out hundreds and hundreds of people.  SilverStreetz had been elevated to another level in terms of eyeballs on his work.

Nine months later SilverStreetz would be contacted by someone who became a fan of his art after experiencing it first hand at the Icehouse show.  You guessed it.  This time the person was a woman named, Serena.

Serena was looking for young talent to enter a summer camp and art competition put on by Secret Walls, called Secret Walls Academy.  The week long program culminated with a 20 minute art battle among all of the students in a virtual space during the Covid-19 pandemic.  SilverStreetz took the win and the coveted trophy belt.  As the battle was live streamed and then posted by Secret Walls on various social platforms, the number of people now able to experience his art had been elevated by tens of thousands.

Overstating the significance these women have had on providing milestone moments for SilverStreetz is impossible.  Despite countless men also being present at every one of these events, it was a woman each and every time, who actually took a moment, spoke up, and provided an opportunity of long lasting effect.

Thanks to all the women.





Saturday, April 25, 2020

GANESH: God of New Beginnings, Success and Wisdom. The Remover of Obstacles.

SilverStreetz unleashes another large, painted panel tapping into Hindu religion. 


SilverStreetz mentions, "In this piece 'GANESH', I really wanted the viewers to get a true sense of energy and flow. Everything in this piece is moving with vibrant colors along with it.  Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and with that mythology you can create any story you want out of it which is why I love it so much".


While waiting out the Covid quarantine, SilverStreetz took to the streets of the LA Arts District.  Using the back drop of Hauser & Wirth he was able to capture some incredible shots of his latest piece.



After creating a fully rendered Photoshop version of his piece 'GANESH', he was compelled to bring it to life with acrylics on a 4' x 8' hard board.  The same size and framing as his last piece, BALI.  When asked if there was any significance to the colorful background he employed, SilverStreetz says, "For me, the colorful streams surrounding him are his energy and consciousness as he battles the obstacles with his golden crown and dagger".

About SilverStreetz

Born in 2005, SilverStreetz is a freshman at LACHSA who likes to focus on large mural and installation pieces.  Spray paint, oils, and acrylics are his medium of choice and highly imaginative creative is what guides his pieces.  He has displayed work around multiple locations in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA.  At age 12 not only did SilverStreetz complete his first wall mural inside a private residence, but his graphic design creative saw the beginning of his own apparel line.  For more information, visit www.sterlingmolldrem.com


To access SilverStreetz apparel, go to www.slvrstrtz.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Exploration Of Indonesian Roots And Culture X SilverStreetz

Los Angeles -- SilverStreetz unleashes his most vibrant and color saturated 4' x 8' to date.  "BALI", is a mural depicting three Barong Fish which drip in bright acrylic blues, screaming yellows, and loud purples, reds, and greens.  The piece is painted on 1/4" hardboard and framed by black stained redwood.



This piece marks SilverStreetz's first exploration into his Indonesian roots and culture.  As he puts it, "Bali", "is supposed to give viewers a little insight into Indonesian culture as well as Hindu faith.  Bali, which is a province of Indonesia, is like a 'Hindu hub'. This is where I found inspiration for one of their Gods, the Barong Fish -- which is the prominent figure in this piece."




SilverStreetz has become synonymous with bright and playful hues.  "Bali" is undeniable proof of his attention to bold and vivid color.  "The Barong Fish is king of the spirits and leader of the hosts of good.  This is why I put the most traditional and most vibrant Barong Fish at the top, as he's leading the good," says SilverStreeetz.  "Although the top Barong Fish is the most vibrant, I wanted this piece to be vibrant as a whole and I wanted all the characters to have one similar skin color; blue. I thought blue would be a great color because it symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence and intelligence, which in essence, are all traits the 'good' must have."




About SilverStreetz

Born in 2005, SilverStreetz is a freshman at LACHSA who likes to focus on large mural and installation pieces.  Spray paint, oils, and acrylics are his medium of choice and highly imaginative creative is what guides his pieces.  He has displayed work around multiple locations in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA.  At age 12 not only did SilverStreetz complete his first wall mural inside a private residence, but his graphic design creative saw the beginning of his own apparel line.  For more information, visit www.sterlingmolldrem.com


To access SilverStreetz apparel, go to www.slvrstrtz.com

Thursday, January 30, 2020

BRRR : LACHSA WINTER SHOW

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Winter Visual Arts Show
Friday January 24, 2020


Sterling Molldrem had his first high school art show in Chinatown, Los Angeles on Chinese Lunar New Year.  The Visual Arts department of LACHSA exhibited various pieces for 3 days at Lisa Derrick Fine Arts Gallery and Mutmuz Gallery.  The show was curated by the co-chair of LACHSA's Visual Art department, Barry Markowitz

SilverStreetz presented a super imaginative self portrait size 30" x 40".  The oil painting on canvas highlighted his signature vibrant color palette and was classic SilverStreetz.




Los Angeles County High School for the Arts is a visual and performing arts high school located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ART REALM: THE WORLD IS YOURS

On October 5, 2019, the Art Realm Collective hosted an art show with about 15 artists from the local area. There were wall murals, live music shows, multimedia installations, popup shops, kid activities, book swaps, and even yoga play sessions.

SilverStreetz spray painted a hefty sized 20' x 12' wall mural at the Icehouse Arts Complex in Long Beach, Ca. as part of Art Realm LB's Fall art show.  The piece was classic SilverStreetz with all its vibrant, color-melting, trippy-imaginative, in-your-face, eye candy, detail.  Simply put, it was 3 dudes blowing shit up and breaking down walls.

Art Realm: The World Is Yours, was the brainchild of Brandie Davison.  As the show's curator, Brandie could not have been more supportive and generous. She successfully secured an incredible venue, in the Icehouse Arts Complex, providing under represented creatives with a truly unique space to showcase and bridge art with community.

The event was sponsored by the Arts Council for Long Beach and Hops and Vines Long Beach.

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ART REALM Artist Collective is a group of young creatives based in Long Beach, Ca. ART REALM the event serves the longstanding need for ongoing art experiences that highlight the work of under represented artists in the local art community.

SilverStreetz began burning walls when he was just 12 years old.  His work is highly imaginative, saturated with color, and undeniably impressive for an artist of any age, let alone 14 years old.  Keep the youngster firmly on your radar.



Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sam Darring and Red Gate Recorders


So grateful for Sam Darring and Red Gate Recorders.  SilverStreetz and Sam met during a birthday party for SilverStreetz’s sister.  He is the studio manager and handles all aspects of studio operation from marketing, to bookings, to client engagement, and everything in between.  Sam had heaps of hand selected art all around the studio. It was during that encounter when SilverStreetz showed Sam some of his work and the two began talking about art interests.  Four days later, Sam sent SilverStreetz a DM and offered him some wall space in the studio.  SilverStreetz was 12 at the time.

Nearly 2 years later, just before turning 14, SilverStreetz completed his first art piece install for Red Gate Recorders.  Painted with Golden Acrylics and measuring 5’ x 4’, the piece is a mildly creepy, highly imaginative interpretation of an alien creature encounter of the 420 kind.  Prominently hung in the hallway it can’t be missed and you may even be able to smell the clouds of smoke coming off the painting.

The piece will remain displayed for an indefinite period of time and will be swapped out with a new piece later on.  The offer to rotate SilverStreetz’s art is testament to Sam Darring’s generosity and kindness.  It speaks volumes to the kind of spirit which lives at Red GateRecorders.

As taken from the website, “Red Gate Recorders is an independently owned Los Angeles recording studio. It is located in the heart of Eagle Rock, CA conveniently set on the northern side of York Blvd, a popular passageway between the cities of Glendale and Historic Pasadena. The studio’s background in the neighborhood dates back to the early 1940s. This artful Los Angeles recording space is home to recording artists and videographers alike. It has since been called Eagle Rock’s best-kept secret nestled under a large sidewalk tree hidden from the main street”.

SilverStreetz art for Reg Gate Recorders

Saturday, June 29, 2019

ART REALM X LONG BEACH ART WALK X SILVERSTREETZ

June 8, 2019 saw the collective gathering of multiple artists at East Village Arts Park @ 150 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.  As part of the Long Beach Art Walk, and in conjunction with the Arts Council for Long Beach, a clique of emerging artists of color who identify with underground culture descended upon the space.  SilverStreetz had the good fortune to be a part of this good company.

With an easel setup and a few bright Golden Acrylic Paints, SilverStreetz live painted a piece he dubbed, "$eeker".  He also said goodbye to his one of a kind Bikini Bompton Spongebob Skateboard.  He's happy to know that it will find a happy home with its rightful new owner, and couldn't be more grateful for her support.  A bunch of people came through to support the artists and a bunch of love and respect was shared by all.

As taken from the ArtsLB website, "ART REALM was founded in 2017.  With a running list of 30+ visual artist associated with our collective. Art Realm produces events, collaborate on projects and provide support for the artist."

Live Paint by SilverStreetz

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pasadena Art Studio | Pasadena Art Classes | Vahan Yervandyan

If you happened upon 1068 N. Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104, you'd find a small, sliver of an art studio tucked in between a couple other shops.  It's easily missed if you're not looking carefully.  This is the exact spot where SilverStreetz built his foundation and technique twice a week, for 90 minutes a session, from the beginning of 2017 to mid 2019.

Vahan Yervandyan is the instructor and owner of Pasadena Art Studio.  He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Web Design degree, has nearly two decades of art instruction, participated in numerous art exhibitions including a personal art exhibition in Portland, Oregon; 2005, and another in Nova Art Gallery; 2007, and is a current art teacher at AGBU VATCHE & TAMAR MANOUKIAN HIGH SCHOOL.

Vahan's ability to work with all ages is impressive, his patience with younger students is incredible, and his technique and knowledge with multiple mediums is comprehensive.  Perhaps the most amazing quality Vahan exudes is the uncanny ability to instruct without any ego.  He does not impress upon his student any particular style or format.  Vahan is liberatingly open and has the ability to provide a student with a very wide channel in which to explore.  He trusts and allows the student ample room to find his or her creative path with the most minimal amount of outside influence.  This ability, combined with a profound and extremely strong technique is what truly make Vahan Yervandyan not only an amazing instructor, but human being.

As Sterling Molldrem continues his journey, it will be one that was firmly grounded by Vahan Yervandyan and his Pasadena Art Studio.  So, if you're thinking of exploring art in any capacity - if you're looking to tighten up your technique or strengthen your foundation or explore a totally different medium - this is the place to do it.  Vahan is the soul you should seek.



Sunday, May 19, 2019

SteelCraft X SilverStreetz

SteelCraft is an outdoor food venue constructed with shipping containers and housing 7 delicious drink-and-meal-churning vendors.  Foodies and other hungry citizens can choose from Smog City Brewing Company, Tajima Ramen, Waffle Love, DeSano Pizza, Pig Pen Delicacy, Steelhead Coffee, and Rainbow Juices.

The property is not only doggo friendly but also artist friendly and features a seasonal-rotating wall mural.  In early May, SilverStreetz was kindly invited by the SteelCraft team to throw up a wall mural to ring in Summer 2019.

Working in the evenings, Sterling Molldrem would get home from middle school, finish his homework, jump in the van and roll out to SteelCraft.  Working a few hours a night, he live painted the mural and completed the piece on 5/18/2019 with a signing get together slated around summer solstice.  The work measures 7' wide x 6' high and utilizes Golden Acrylics.  It provides the backdrop for all of SteelCraft's live music and other interactive events throughout the year.

To say SilverStreetz enjoyed himself painting on the property would be an understatement.  The SteelCraft team is comprised of a super friendly and generous bunch.  Super big thanks to DeSano Pizza for hooking up the pies.  While live painting, the patrons coming through were positive, friendly, and showed nothing but love and respect.  Thank you so, so much for providing the opportunity, space, and trust in a 13 year old, up and coming visual artist based out of LA.


Both SilverStreetz and SteelCraft are making waves.  Do not fall asleep on these two brands and keep them firmly on your radar.






Sunday, May 5, 2019

Burning walls at 13

Marking the second wall mural thrown up by @SilverStreetz this one measures 13' wide x 6.5' tall.  The large piece of mural art was completed over the course of about 3 days mid way through 2019.  This creation sets another milestone in Sterling Molldrem's young and rapidly evolving creative form.

This burner also managed to catch the eye and praise of Montana 94's sole distributor, Spray Planet.  The crew at Spray Planet was even kind enough to feature SilverStreetz in one of their Instagram stories.

Undoubtedly there will be many big things to come for the youngster Sterling Molldrem SilverStreetz as his voice, humor, and intelligence continue to take shape.  Do not sleep on this dude.