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- DETROIT'S AMBASSADORS OF PSYCHEDELIA -
Armageddon Beachparty is an Art Duo & Creative Umbrella - Conceptualized by MOTU & KOZMA - a married, Detroit native Artist pair that work fully collaboratively merging their strong collection of artistic abilities to create a seamless & organic powerhouse between them. Working as Contemporary Fine Artists they create with acrylics, ink & various salvaged materials utilizing a strong basis of experimentation while exploring a variety of cultural & tribal influences from around the globe rooted in Detroit culture.
Professionally creating together since 2013, they've established themselves as a well-known Detroit Art Brand & presence with strong ties to the cities culture & dedicated to its revitalization.
Successfully self employed for nearly 5 years now - They've created over 400 original works together, had 3 large scale solo exhibits, live painted at numerous major national festivals across the United States, in addition to various group shows & pop-ups. They recently completed their 2nd Artist Residency for multi Grammy awardee Zac Brown & are soon to be opening their brick and mortar flagship in Woodbridge near Midtown, Detroit.
Artists | Owners & Founders
Elena & Aubrey Smith - A.K.A. KOZMA & MOTU
Our entire lives have always revolved around creation in any form we could muster, both having been Artists since we were kids, we've always seen the world a bit differently. Growing up in Detroit was a hard life but always provided bountiful inspiration for our young minds. Seeing this city go through it's many ups & downs over the years has shaped us along with our craft. Having a fully realized appreciation of the beauty in decay that is Detroit has allowed us to understand the soul of the city in a variety of ways.
Drawing upon our backgrounds daily, we work with a variety of influences. Concepts of life, the universe & existence at its core are a common theme for us with scientific & historical easter eggs hidden among our special blend of chaotic order. Within our work we often explore surreal dreamscapes, abstract thought and the overall world around us while striving to capture & represent the duality of existence. In addition to enjoying creating organically, we work in around 8 styles ranging from minimal abstraction to hyper detailed epics through a multitude of mediums. We're also heavily influenced by traditional tribal & shamanistic ways of life including beliefs from various cultures around the world.
We prefer to work fully collaboratively, something that is extremely rare in any field. It's become so natural to our creative flow, after almost a decade together we wouldn't have it any other way! Our greatest source of inspiration is each other & together we're a powerhouse of passionate ideas.
Armageddon Beachparty is our fantastic creative umbrella that we came up with about 5 years ago, it's evolved into a way of life for us & has positively impacted many. We've developed over the years into an art brand that has infinite potential for both us as Artists & for others to engage in the presence we create. Perpetuating intellectual thought, awe inspiring wonderment & unique experiences is what we do for a living. Altering perceptions of the possible is our greatest joy & life's work!
RESUME / CV
RECOGNITION / RESIDENCY: 2017 - "Zac Brown Artist Residency" - 1.5 Month Duration - Commissioned by 3 Time Grammy Award winning Musician Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band to do a 2nd Artist Residency at which we worked on a large scale proprietary project that has yet to be released - Fayetteville, GA.
2016 - "Zac Brown Artist Residency" - 2.5 Month Duration - We were personally invited by 3 Time Grammy Award winning Musician Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band to do an Artist Residency in Early 2016, during which we completed a large installation of various murals / paintings & sculptures for his personal collection. Zac Brown now owns an impressive 30 of our original works - Southern Ground Nashville Studio, TN & Fayetteville, GA.
2015 - Armageddon Beachparty's "Business of Fun" (Hour Long Presentation) as part of Red Bull Creation for the Detroit Design Festival - Recycle Here - Detroit, MI
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS / OUTPUTS:
2018 - (Upcoming) Opening our brick & Mortar Armageddon Beachparty Store & Lounge - Woodbridge Neighborhood, Detroit, MI
2018 - Group Exhibition - "Art & Amble" - The Whiskey Factory - Detroit, MI
2017 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "World Space Party" - Michigan Science Center - Detroit, MI
2017 - Group Exhibition - "Dirty Show" - Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
2016 - Concert we Conceptualized & Organized creating an Art & Music Experience - "The Armageddon Beachparty Grand Gathering" - Detroit Pickle Factory, Detroit, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "DIY Street Fair" Festival - Ferndale, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Dally in the Alley" Festival - Detroit, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "AfroPunk" Festival - Brooklyn, NY
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Heidelberg Block Party" - Heidelberg Project in partnership with 1XRun, Detroit, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Electric Forest" Festival - Rothbury, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Mystery Land" Festival - Bethel Woods, NY
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Movement Detroit" Festival - Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI
2016 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Southern Ground" Festival - Charleston, SC
2015 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Voodoo Experience" Festival - New Orleans, LA
2015 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Dally in the Alley" Festival - Detroit, MI
2015 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Hamtramck Labor Day" Festival - Hamtramck, MI
2015 - Mural - "Gidget the Cyclops Cat" - 20ft Tall - Lincoln Street Art Park - Detroit, MI
2015 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Electric Forest" Festival - Rothbury, MI
2015 - Pop Up Solo Exhibit - 3 Week Duration - InkAddict Flagship - Ferndale, MI
2015 - Opened our Armageddon Beachparty Mini Shop - 1.5 Year Duration - Rust Belt Market - Ferndale, MI
2015 - Pop Up Solo Exhibit - 3 Week Duration - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, MI
2015 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "World Space Party" as part of Art X Detroit - Michigan Science Center - Detroit, MI
2015 - 3rd Large Scale Solo Exhibition - "Tropic Colossus" - 5 Week Duration - The Carr Center, Detroit, MI
2015 - Solo Pop Up Exhibit - "Momentarily Retrospective" Artist Showcase - 1 Night Duration - The Scarab Club, Detroit MI
2014 - 2nd Large Scale Solo Exhibition - "Splendid Atrocities" - 3 Week Duration - Gallery 17 - Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
2014 - Group Exhibition - "Damned" - Tangent Gallery - Detroit, MI
2014 - Group Exhibition - "Detroit KISS City" - Start Gallery - Detroit MI
2014 - Group Exhibition - "Surreality 1-5" (Underground Art Exhibit Series) -Eastern Market - Detroit, MI
2014 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "DIY Street Fair" Festival - Ferndale, MI
2014 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Dally In The Ally" Festival - Detroit, MI
2014 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Jam + Art Jubilee" Festival - Russell Industrial Center - Detroit, MI
2014 - Festival We Organized the Art Installations for / Live Painted & Exhibited - "Hegelian Monolith - Experimental Music & Arts Festival" - Thrown in collaboration with Botanical Fortress - Lincoln Street Art Park, Detroit, MI
2014 - Live Painting & Exhibiting - "Motor City Pride" Festival - Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI
2014 - Group Exhibition - "Beyond The Machine" - Start Gallery - Detroit, MI
2014 - 1st Large Scale Solo Exhibition - "Armageddon Beachparty" (Self Titled) 3 Week Duration - Start Gallery - Detroit, MI
2013 - Group Exhibition - "DASH" - Start Gallery - Detroit, MI
2016 - Jason Reed - "The Psychedelic Pop of Armageddon Beachparty" - ZIPR Magazine Issue #10 - Publication Date: May 2016
The article isn't online so we've attached a scan of via Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b93zhtevaa95sgy/ZIPRArticle_CoverFeature_2016_ArmageddonBeachparty_Issue10.pdf?dl=0
2016 - Randal Jacobs - "A Living History" - The Metropolitan - Publication Date: February 1 2016 - http://themetdet.com/a-living-history/
2015 - Lee DeVito - "Meet Armageddon Beachparty, Detroit's Ambassadors of Psychedelia" - Metro Times - Publication Date: February 18, 2015
2014 - RSharp - "Armageddon Beachparty & Co. an explosion of influences at START Gallery" - Knight Arts - Publication Date: March 14, 2014
2012 - Elena - BFA in Illustration - College for Creative Studies - Detroit, MI
2012 - Aubrey - Talented & Self Taught - Detroit, MI
2008 - Elena - Diploma - Detroit School of Art (Detroit School of Fine & Performing Arts) - Detroit, MI
2007 - Aubrey - Graduated - Michigan Youth Challenge Academy
2008 - Elena - College for Creative Studies Scholarship - $40,000 - Detroit, MI
2008 - Elena - Regional NAACP Gold Medalist - Painting - Detroit, MI