The Mash-Up

Supported by United Photo Industries

Curated by Janette Beckman

Featuring: Cey Adams & Queen Andrea

The Mash Up: In celebration of the Photoville opening night show, Down & Dirty, the UPI team are double-stacking two containers where photographer and curator Janette Beckman has invited celebrated street artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea to “mash-up” two of her iconic music images larger than life.


A New York City native who emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. He exhibits, lectures and teaches art workshops at institutions including: MoMA, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, Pratt Institute, Stamford University, Howard University, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, High Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Mount Royal University and The University of Winnipeg in Canada. He recently co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, published by Harper-Collins; and designed Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, published by Rizzoli. Cey’s work explores the relationship between transformation and discovery. His practice involves dismantling various imagery and paper elements to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. Cey draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.


(aka graffiti surname “Queen Andrea”) is a New York City-based graphic designer, illustrator and graffiti artist. A native New Yorker raised in the vibrant Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, Andrea has been deeply inspired by the urban landscape from an early age.
As a teenager, she befriended some of the most prolific old-school graffiti writers and actively taught herself the complicated artform of graffiti. This early love of letters eventually developed into a comprehensive expertise and versatility in many typographic styles.
Andrea earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design and began a successful career, working for worldwide brands and design studios who appreciate both the urban creative flavor of her work and her versatile and passionate knowledge of typography, branding and visual communication.
Andrea has spent 15 years perfecting her typography and design skillset. With over 10 years of personal client and agency experience on widely varied brands and campaigns in branding, editorial, advertising, entertainment and fashion, Andrea continues to passionately build her knowledge and expertise.
As a diehard design enthusiast, she is constantly staying abreast of new trends, technology, art, fashion and design history alike.

Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George, as well as 3 Police album covers. Her powerful portraits celebrating this music and style are collected in Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982 (powerHouse Books, 2005). Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, Big Daddy Kane and 1980’s style are collected in The Breaks, Stylin and Profilin 1982-1990 (powerHouse Books, 2007). Dashwood Books recently published El Hoyo Maravilla, a collection of Janette’s photographs of an East LA gang.

Her photographs have recently been exhibited at: The Museum of the City Of New York, HVW8 Gallery LA, L’Institute du Monde Arabe Paris, Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC, Paul Smith London, Tower Records Tokyo, and Blender Gallery Sydney. Janette’s photographs of Hip Hop in the 1980’s are currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York in the Hip Hop Revolution exhibition until the end of September.

Janette lives and works in New York City. She is the New York editor for the British style magazine ‘Jocks&Nerds’.