Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"The February Show" @ Ogilvy&Mather

Beyond just a month

The February show,
curated by Jun Lee
&Heather Hart, in partnership
with Black Diaspora, 
is a multi-level 
sprawling concept 
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".
Mike Cloud(www.meulensteen.com)
"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".
Simone Leigh(www.simoneleigh.com)
"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"
.Shinique Smith(www.yvon-lambert.com
"is inspired by the vast nature of 'things' we consume 
and discard that resonate on a personal and social scale".
Paula Wilson's(www.saatchi-gallery.com) 
"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". 
Jeffery Sims(www.jeff-sims.com) 
"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".
Saya Woolfalk's(www.sayawoolfalk.com)
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".

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