Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known professionally as Deadmau5 (stylized as deadmau5; pronounced “dead-mouse”), is a Canadian electronic music producer and DJ. He mainly produces progressive house music, though he also produces and DJs other genres of electronic music, including techno under the alias Testpilot. Zimmerman has received six Grammy Award nominations for his work.
Gregory Siff modern streetartiat was born in Brooklyn, New York. He creates images that blend Pop Art and Abstract-expressionism. His distinct handmade style merges elements of abstraction, street, and fine art while his work embodies emotionalism normally absent in urban art.
Siff’s first exhibition, “the heartfirebreathemanifesto” was hosted at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood on February 13, 2006 with all proceeds from this exhibit donated to J.U.i.C.E. (Justice By Uniting in Creative Energy). Since 2006 Siff has exhibited all over the world including Los Angeles, New York, London, Italy, Dublin, and Vancouver.
Siff has done commissions and installations for Deitch Projects,The Standard Hotel, Mercedes Benz, Tumblr, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Vans, Red Bull, The Art of Elysium, Siren Studios, Wexlers Deli, and Warner Bros. Records among others. In addition, Siff has collaborated with artists RISK, James Georgopoulos, 2wenty[ and Beau Dunn. His work has been seen in publications such as Interview, Treats Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Complex, and LA Weekly.
In Spring 2013, Siff was selected by Vans Custom Culture to be one of their “Art Ambassadors”, inspiring students across the United States to embrace their creativity. His hand-painted custom Vans sneakers were on view at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Siff’s work can be seen at ACE Museum in Los Angeles where he painted a mural for a charity art auction held by renowned auction house, Christie’s and non-profit, The Art of Elysium.
October 2013 Siff collaborated with Helmut Lang and Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based charity whose mission is to help those affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. In this collaboration he hand painted limited edition, one of a kind Helmut Lang tees. “The line work, characters, and poetry aimed to nourish the body and spirit, just as Project Angel Food does with their mission,” said Siff. The private event was held on October 17 at Helmut Lang’s flagship store on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, CA. All 21 tees were sold out and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original works benefited Project Angel Food.
In April 2014, the Santa Monica Museum of Art showcased a recreation of Siff’s downtown Los Angeles art studio where he painted 50 portraits of the homeless youth he encountered while spending a day at the Safe Place For Youth for the Face 2 Face Fundraising Gala. non-primary source needed.
Also in April 2014, Siff exhibited in the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Precognito/Incognito 10 alongside work from Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Sage Vaughn and Oscar Murillo.
In June 2014, Siff’s work was included in The Museum of Modern Art PS1 exhibition Rockaway! to celebrate the ongoing post-Superstorm Sandy Recovery. Curated by MoMA PS1’s director Klaus Biesenbach, in close collaboration with Patti Smith, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, the Honolulu Biennal, and the Rockaway Artist Alliance, this group show included the “Experience Rooms,” Siff painted in the Rockaway Beach Surf Club bathrooms. Other artists in the exhibition included, Marina Abramovic, Patti Smith, Janet Cardiff, Brandon D’Leo, James Franco, Michael Stipe, Tom Sachs, and Adrián Villar Rojas.
In 2017, Siff collaborated with luxury fashion house Saint Laurent, bringing his imagery to the new Winter YSL 2017 Women’s and Men’s Ready to Wear Line.