Blank Canvas @ Miami Art Week 2017

by Beatrice Hazlehurst

Teaming up for Miami Art Week 2017, 1800 Tequila and seminal streaming platform SoundCloud, presented “BLANK CANVAS” — a performance and installation amalgam, featuring the hottest talent across music and art.

 

 

 

To tell the story of an artist’s creative journey, 1800 recruited artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen of SNARKITECTURE to build an Art Crate stage for opening performer, Atlanta rapper and XXL Freshman MadeinTYO, who had the crowd in high spirits with renditions of his chart-topping hits, including “Uber Everywhere.”

 

 

Australian artist Nick Thomm was also tapped for the collaboration to build one of his trademark double-screen projections, featuring original animations of his now-famous figures and flowers designed to encircle a stage for New York hip hop artist Dave East’s headlining set. The performance interspersed his biggest tracks with his expert freestyling — something which quickly elevated his status as a young rapper in East Harlem, and reinforced the event’s “Blank Canvas” atmosphere of organic creativity.

 

 

Each artist, as well as the location in the up-and-coming Miami neighborhood of Wynwood, perfectly embodied 1800 Tequila’s mantra of “just refined enough,” that is, sophistication with an edge. A range of tropico-inspired cocktails were crafted to correspond with Miami’s beachy reputation, which, coupled with the compelling offerings from the creatives, made for a truly memorable event.

 

Click through to PAPER for the full re-cap, as well as interviews with 1800 Tequila x SoundCloud’s “Blank Canvas” performers and hip hop favourites, Dave East and MadeinTYO.

 

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