0H10M1ke Bio (long):
0H10M1ke wanders the streets of Brooklyn and NYC, passing out serially numbered matchbook portraits drawn on the spot in 1 minute. In 2007, he completed The Year of 1000 Drawings. Additionally in 2007, work commenced on the mobile street art project, 100K Matchbooks, a series of 100,000 matchbook illustrations and portraits with 13,000 completed. His 2008 work, 10K PPL, consists of 10,000 contour drawings of people's faces. In 2009, 0H10M1ke focused on the development of 0H10M1ke LIVEDRAW, a collaboration between live bands, DJs, dancers and performers in which the artist projects his wacom tablet drawings created in realtime to the beat of the music as the visual backdrop of a live performance. 0H10M1ke performs live with his electro/funk band, Comandante Zero, in Brooklyn, NY and around the world.
The Year of 1000 began in December 2006 and ended in December 2007. This first 1-year project is a retrospective of 0H10M1ke's return to illustration after a two-year hiatus that charts his growth from poorly drawn circles to the highly stylized, multi-genre approach of an emerging artist. Abstract, surreal, comic, and conceptual methods are explored and developed over the span of 1000 illustrations during the course of a transitional year in the artist's life.
10K PPL (Ten Thousand People) is an illustration study completed by 0H10M1ke between January 2008 and March 2009 in Williamsburg , Brooklyn . Over 10,000 contour drawings of faces were created to develop and refine his current single-line style and adhere to a rigorous schedule of hyper-productive 1-year projects. 10K PPL represents the 10,000 people the artist has known and worked with in New York City.
100K Matchbook Portraits is a mobile street art project in which strangers become subjects and turn into collectors within 1 minute of engagement. In its inception, 0H10M1ke convinced Brooklyn bodega owners to part with full boxes of blank matchbooks that he would then graffiti and return for them to be given out to customers. Portraiture naturally evolved as the focus of the project after matchbook number 5,000. Each portrait, penned on the inside of a matchbook, is serially numbered, signed and dated and given away to the subject upon completion. Currently reached the 13,000 series, this project will culminate at matchbook number 100,000. 10K additional portraits on various found material are also out there among the collectors.
0H10M1ke LIVEDRAW w/ Comandante Zero/ C0m1x
0H10M1ke is a visual artist focusing on hyper-productive 1-year illustration projects such as The Year of 1000 Drawings, 100K PPL, and 100K Matchbook Portraits. His emergence as a digital artist began in 2008 after a solo show of his contour drawings in Brooklyn caught the eye of friend and Comandante Zero drummer, Ken White. Encouraged by Ken and C0 bassist/keyboardist/singer Dan Freeman, 0H10M1ke began drawing lines and forms to the rhythm and beat of their music using a Wacom tablet and projector. The three partnered to produce the first LIVEDRAW on April 12, 2008 at Uniondocs in Williamsburg and have continued to realize their vision of performing each live show as a cutting-edge multimedia spectacle now with Drummer, Jibrail Nor. The trio has played Brooklyn Museum, The Rubin Museum, various galleries and festivals and has traveled to Colombia, Chile, and Costa Rica. 0H10M1ke performs with live musical acts, DJs, dance companies, and other performers in anticipation of touring to promote Comandante Zero's new live set.