The February show,
curated by Jun Lee
&Heather Hart, in partnership
with Black Diaspora,
is a multi-level
of Black history month,
or rather what it could be.
The artists passionately project their
view's and critique(s) through stunning
works of art in various media's and styles.
Bricks, clothes, paper, paint, video/audio,
ink, photography, etc. It is all, in part,
a look at Black history months
effectiveness to make us think about
"Black American culture", and to
inspire us to reach beyond what we know as
"Black American culture".
And it is food for thought.
From a historical standpoint
"Black American culture"/African American
culture only began to gain wide-spread attention
after the civil war. Artist like
Henry O. Tanner(1859-1937),
who studied with Thomas Eakins,
were instrumental in turning the tide
in this. The issue has come full circle,
though still there is opposition,
and now is a matter of changing
the way people in all levels see,
think, and feel about "Black American culture",
which is American, after all.
These Artist are in their way
@ the forefront of this great issue,
pushing to inspire people to look
beyond the casual mainstream of thought.
Theirs is mix of tangible symbolism,
post abstract expression, with an edge
of deconstructivism, melded to critical thought.
Visual enigmas created with the delight
of a mad, gifted child. Derrick Adams'
work "combines a variety of media to highlight
the performative and often dupilcitous identities
of urban objects, iconography, and architecture".
Julia Brown's(www.juilabrown.net) work
"unpacks the histories and conflict of western culture,
re-presenting emblematic images with critical
humor in an art context". Ernest A. Bryant III
(wwwernestbryant.com) "is propelled by his passion
to create new ways of navigating and exploding
traditional social structures and cultural forms".
"uses systematic painting to reexamine traditions
of painting, resulting in works that are both beautiful
and ugly, playful and academic, self-referential and narrative"
.Yashua Klos' (www.yashuaklos.net)
"Large-scale print collages employ the graphic poignancy
and reference the political history of
woodblock printing to present a mural-sized
combination of imagery".
"creates sculpture, video, and installations informed
by her interest in African art, ethnographic research,
feminism and performance art".
Kambui Olujimi(www.kambuiolujimi.com) was born in
Bedford Stuyvesant, Bklyn.His photography has been presented
in various publications, including The New York Times,
The Village Voice, Sports Illustrated and Trace magazine".
Jessica Ann Peavy(www.jessicaannpeavy.com) "is intresteted
in the natural art of storytelling, especially where the lines between
fact and fiction are blurred"
"is inspired by the vast nature of 'things' we consume
and discard that resonate on a personal and social scale".
"large-scale works are vibrant, layered, multimedia references
to still life and landscape painting, print, graffiti,
and video art that examine beauty and the complexity
of contemporary identity".
Devin Troy Strother's(www.devintroystrother.com)
"mix-media works create narratives with paper cutting carefully
composed and bursting with vibrant color and movement".
William Ransom(www.artslant.com) "creates sculptures
from scavenged wood that are characterized by their portrayal
of regeneration, flux, and balance".
"creates genre paintings in the vein of still life.
The collection and juxtaposition of objects in his work
is a means to present similarities and transitions
between cultures and classes and to provoke viewers
to examine their perceptions of self and the other".
Hank Willis Thomas(www.hankwillisthomas.com)
"is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes
related to identity, history, advertising and popular culture".
works "considers the idea that symbolic and ideological systems
can be activated and reimagined through collaboration,
imaginative play, and masquerade".
Loul Samater's(www.loulsamater.com) work
"mixes materials, from balloons to vinyl, into vivid,
tactile installations". Xaviera Simmons(www.ps1.org)
"produces photographic, audio,
performative, sculptural. and video works".
Jina Valentine (www.jinavalentine.com)
"creates sculptures using cut paper, and found objects
read at once as intricate and dense, yet also
visibly fragile and delicate".
Heather Hart's work(www.heather-hart.com)
"seeks to spark conversation and examination
of our individual perceptions".