Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone from Jail

The work of Mark Bradford has had a personal and professional impact on my life as an art lover and arts administrator. His work has been a pivotal reminder of the importance of art as a tool for social justice and societal reflection. I have often looked to his artwork for inspiration and reflection. Visiting Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail (2003) was a breathtaking experience, and I have tried to include photos with a variety of details so that you may view the skill, process and genius in his work. The work is a grid of thirty-eight paintings comprising posters that convey the challenges surrounding receiving collect calls from prison on one’s cell phone. For more information on the work you may click here.

Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with caribBEING

Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with caribBEING at The Studio Museum in Harlem!

Jun 24, 2016 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem has partnered with caribBEING to present Studio Screen, which will include 4 films inspired by the exhibition  Ebony G. Patterson: … when they grow up …, an immersive, site-specific installation that highlights the systemic issue of ephehiphobia, or fear and loathing of children. The selection of shorts focuses on Caribbean youth as they struggle with tough decisions, and confront their own innocence in the face of societal pressures that prescribe adult responses from them:

No Soca, No Life (Kevin Adams, 2012, 30 mins.)
Olivia is a teenage girl from an impoverished community with a fabulous singing voice, honed in the church choir. When she decides to use her talent to sing soca, however, Olivia must face many hurdles, not least of all stiff opposition from her mother.

Missing Melodie (Monique Campbell, 2008, 7 mins.)
A young woman emigrates from Jamaica, looking forward to the reunion with her mother, but is sadly disappointed by the bitter reality.

Making History (Karen D. McKinnon & Caecilia Tripp, 2008, 9 mins.)
Two friends, acclaimed Carribean writer Edouard Glissant and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, meet on a summer day and discuss issues of cultural identity. Analogously, a young woman traverses a metropolis alone.

Raft of Medusa (Alexis Peskine, 2016, 10 mins.)
Illustrating Theodore Gericault’s 200-year-old shipwreck painting The Raft of Medusa(1818–19), this poetic video depicts youthful migrants of African descent immigrating to the Western World from countries that were long colonized and exploited. The film explores the power and richness of these once colonized places, and speaks to the strength and vivacity of the youth uprising in these freshly independent nations, whilst also exposing the obstacles they face in the new world.

The screening will be followed by a public dialogue and Q&A with the featured filmmakers moderated by Shelley Worrell, co-founder of caribBeing, and Nico Wheadon, Director of Public Programs + Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Participants are then invited to a special Caribbean themed Uptown Fridays!, the Museum’s summer series that transforms the courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub, featuring the sounds of Libation’s DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack and Afro Mosaic Soul, and signature cocktails.

Greenville County Museum of Art

In Greenville, SC there is a hidden gem of a museum with great exhibitions and a stunning permanent collection. My visit was full of excitement as I saw some of my favorite artists on view: John Ahearn, Sam Gilliam, Beauford Delaney, Jacob Lawrence and William H, Johnson. Must-visit place! Greenville County Museum of Art

Curator on the Edge: Greg Colleton

A native of Charleston, Greg Colleton developed a passion for the arts at a young age as a student at the local School of the Arts. In 2004, he attended Winston-State Salem University, where he received a BA in studio arts with a concentration in sculpture. As a student, he was the regional student rep/curator for the 4D Gallery, Dada Center of the Arts, and the university gallery.

Upon graduating, Greg was involved with the Greater Greensboro Commission for the Civil Rights Museum, where his bronze sculpture is permanently displayed. Following college, he moved back to Charleston to pursue his career as an intern at Eye Level Art gallery. With a desire to highlight the gray area of art, Greg and local writer/friend, Elizabeth Bowers started curating with their pop up art concept, Gris Galerie. The two changes locations, artists, medium/entertainment, while trying to bring fresh talent to the city and highlight the local, underrepresented artists. Their goals are to bring about progression and help to change the contemporary art scene in Charleston for the better.


Landon Neil Phillips Photography

It was a pleasure to interview Greg and find out some more information about his role in the contemporary art scene in Charleston. Enjoy getting to know a little bit about him!

EH: What inspires you?

GC: My surroundings, our studio artist at Redux, young contemporaries, my interns, family history/legacy. Charleston.

EH: How do you hope to impact the world of contemporary art?

GC: First, I would like to start in Charleston! I would love to see Charleston develop into a more diverse multi-purposed/ working art city, that encourages artists and people to inhabit. With the contemporary-art world, continue to push limits, boundaries, and  to diversify the dialogue for all demographic.

EH: Any advice to creatives?

GC: Constantly create, evolve.  Utilize present day social media platforms as a way of marketing, but not as your obnoxious “mega phone” for your opinions. Let your ART to be your mega phone. Never look at another artist’s success as a threat. Create and channel your own success. Never imitate. Work for it, it may take awhile.

EH: Sum up your art in three words.

GC: Currently… “lacking. developing. geometric.”

In the past, “sculptural. assemblage. present.”

EH: What projects will debut in the next couple months?

GC: We have a ton of events and exhibition lined up for the next couple of months at Redux. Next month, I’ll be the juror and helping curate Piccolo Spoleto 2016 in Charleston. Currently, I’ll be going through all the applicants and selecting the artists who will be exhibited.  Also, we’ll be welcoming artist Melissa Stern at Redux. She will be installing her series “The Talking Cure,” presenting 12 sculptures that form the basis of the exhibition. Stern then tapped 12 writers to craft their own interpretation of her sculptures, effectively giving them their own life, separate from the artist. Twelve actors were then asked to record their interpretations of the written word, which viewers can access on their smartphone via the cloud.”

Personally, I’m starting a painting. We shall see where that will progress.

EH: How can people get in touch with you to collaborate or learn more about your work?

GC: email me. You can find my contact info via