Portfolio

Art and Creative Direction by Mark Sabb

I am an art director using technology as my medium. My work spans experimental art and interactive conceptualization for projects with my art collective FELT Zine which I founded in 2011. Through FELT I have been able to collaborate with companies such as Vice, Epic Records, and more via our unique visual aesthetic. My work spans graphic design, digital art, content curation, coding and programming, creative and art direction for fashion campaigns, music visual direction, film-making, feature writing, and more.

I approach every client and project on an individual basis with an excitement to tackle unanswered questions, and a thirst to lead companies of the future through creative technology. By using a mastery of adobe's creative suites, and staying on top of the newest developments in visual arts technology I am able to find solutions to complex problems by utilizing a variety of mediums ranging from but not limited to: 3d rendering and modeling, front-end development, graphic design, video production, virtual and augmented reality, creative writing, and more.

Feel free to email or connect with me socially with any questions. I am currently available to discuss projects.

Scroll down below for links to my work along with a few notes about my process, or use the Quick Index Menu (at the top of the screen) to skip to any sections that may interest you.

VR, AR, + Interactive Design

Through teaching myself adobe creative suite and javascript, I became an artist. In all of these projects I led the artistic design while contributing between 50-100% of the visual art on every website and wrote much of the code as a sole author. By incorporating aspects of UI / UX design and visual art ideologies such as color theory and composition, I am able to create experiences that balance my strengths in coding and visual art. Most of these projects are internet art pieces that are meant to be shared, played, and experienced via social media, oculus rift, and/or projection mapping.

I'm active on community spaces like github which keep me on the cutting edge of website design and allow me to share my knowledge of three.js, parallax scrolling, responsive design, and more.

Web Experiments

East Atlanta Santa (for Gucci Mane)
King's Dream (for Martin Luther King Jr.)
Unchanted Forest (Collaboration with artist Person 918)
The Harlem Diplomats
m0n0-Exp
Fantasy Mountain
YCUC (w/ Vegeta)
An Ode to Ghostfacekillah
Holy Trinity
The Queen
"The Life" (Urban music concept for women's athletic wear)
CS13 (Futuristic cyborg concept for Street-wear clothing brand Supreme)
CSFC (An American Remix of Nike's FCRB collaboration with Soph.Net)
Conrizzle - Eastern Wayne Alumni (Interactive Album Credits)

Art Direction + Branding

Perhaps the best use of my skills: curatorial eye, writing, creative suite proficiency, and music knowledge; is when I can operate as an Art or Creative director. My ability to be a team leader and passionate collaborator has led to some of the most exciting and successful project outcomes in my career. I have served as an art director for over a dozen independent hip hop and electronic music releases and directed campaigns featuring artwork and video which was distributed and featured on MTV2, iTunes, Complex, Spotify, and every other major digital service provider.

Art Director,

Video Producer,

Creative Director.


Companies + Consulting

Museum of the African Diaspora (Contemporary Art)
Anatomy Magazine (Fashion)
G5 Music Group (Independent Hip Hop Label)
New Vintage (Video Production)
FELT (Art Collective)
EU Kicks (Sportswear / News)

Notable Art, Fashion,

+ Music Campaigns

Azizi Gibson | Live Tour Visuals
Divine Council | Commercial Album Release + European Tour
Denmark Vessey | Video Direction for Buy Muy Drugs
Skyzoo | Theo vs. JJ (w/ art by LeSean Thomas, animator of The Boondocks + Black Dynamite)
Dreamers Clothing + Matlin Jenkins collaborative T-shirt (sold through Karmaloop)
Nickelus F. | Various digital single releases through The New Music Cartel
ConRizzle | Various digital album and single releases
Joop Software Deluxe! | Cassette Release
Sloww Lyfe | Digital Album Release
Tommy Toussaint | Digital Single Release
EU Kicks | Launched, directed, edited, and produced several webseries including: "Sneaker Shops" which took me to China, NYC, ATL, and more.

Features +

Other Writing

Writing about writing just feels very… metaphysical; however, I went to a University for four years to be a… writer? To the right are some of my feature articles published on the web and in print… because, you know, we’re lucky enough to be a part of the last generation of humans that are going to waste trees.

Web

Nate Hooper on What’s Next After Rebel8 (MashKulture)
The Great Ball in China: Why Wade’s Jump to Li-Ning Might Not Have Been The Right Move (EU Kicks)
Ronnie Fieg | The Spirit of a New York Hustler (EU Kicks)
The Southern USA’s Sneaker Scene: As Told By Its Biggest Players (EU Kicks)
Wale: The Collection Means Nothing (EU Kicks)
The Clipse Interview (Anatomy)
Daniel Johnston Interview (Anatomy)
Joshy D., Creator of Rebel8, Interview (Anatomy)
Datalife – Verbatim, Album Review (FELT)
M1 Platoon – Rippin They Sh*t Pt. 2, Album Review (FELT)
Cairo Liberation Front, Interview with Devon Moore (FELT)
Kreyola Kidd Interview for HypeBeast China (Mandarin)
Daily Posts for Kicks On Fire
Daily Posts for The Daily Tar Heel
Daily Posts for SlamxHype
Daily Posts for EU Kicks

Print

Carolina Collects (Ackland Art Museum) | Features on Harry Callahan + Roxy Paine
The Daily Tar Heel | Several Page 1 & 3 Articles
Institute for The Arts and Humanities | Mayron Tsong Feature

Experimental Art Concepts

Naturally being an experimental thinker, I find it hard to follow conventional thinking and believe in utilizing my creativity and emerging technology to solve problems.

FELT is the manifestation of my belief in experimental thinking and projects which has expanded to include: SuperHD, a monthly event series with New York Art Gallery Superchief New York, FELT|SuperHD, a series of interactive 3D websites that blend internet art and primitive video gaming; and Cloud Sports, a collaboration with EU Kicks, Europe’s largest independent urban fashion site, which manifests itself with an surreal, futuristic clothing line and faux sports league, FELT Zine, an interactive digital magazine presented in conjunction with VICE's The Creators Project.

Community Project

In Tracing Poetic Memory in Bayview Hunters Point I capture aspects of everyday life and experience, past and present, in Michael Warr's childhood neighborhood of the Bay View Hunter's Point in San Francisco to create an online poetry book incorporating spoken word, text, video, digital images, and animation on an interactive website. In revisiting his old neighborhood we will observe what has survived, what has changed, and how the community is changing again. Tracing Poetic Memory is being developed in collaboration with the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA with support from the Creative Work Fund.

Exhibitions + Press

Through FELT Zine and my solo art career I've been able to exhibit art throughout the world, along with curating and producing premiere digital art from the world's most progressive visual artists in San Francisco, New York City, London, Berlin, Paris, Rice University in Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Oakland, Mexico City, Sydney, and more.

Thanks

Thank you for reading through my Porfolio if you've made it this far. Feel free to send me an email or follow me on twitter. I look forward to hearing from you. Since you've made it this far you deserve to hear one of my favorite songs.

This site and all of the graphics were designed using Daz3d, Photoshop, and more, and was coded by Mark Sabb using open source scripts.