Come out and support my curatorial debut with the artist Jonathan Joseph on Saturday, April 9th from 330-830pm. Be sure to visit: boyandsheep.com to learn more about the artist!
Sophia Dawson is a dynamic and innovative artist whose artwork and vision continues to inspire me. Below you will find snippets of a conversation with the artist and images from her repertoire:
- What inspires you?
- God the Creator
- I went from discovering my talent and not knowing I had it
- Some of my pieces come in visions
- In my studio late at night I pray over my pieces and work
- I am a co-creator with God.
- Why are you making work?
- To serve
- People in my paintings have gone through some sort of injustice, struggle, difficulty so I make the pieces known to everyday so that these individuals and their stories become known as well.
- Tell me about your process.
- Lots of playing
- I use documentaries and books as research to get to know who these people are and to learn how they have overcome and it moves me to action.
- Documentaries I remember distinctly inspiring me to act include “Central Park 5” and “Every Mother’s Son”
- Lots of work comes from stills from documentaries.
- For practice I draw and paint people from life.
- My work involves layers, which involves projection, a photograph, having people sit and painting
- In my practice I have the freedom to switch up what is or is not working so my style often varies and the viewer may or may not be able to tell that it is the same artist.
- Acrylic and oil paint used almost interchangeably on a canvas and a new technique I am using called canvas collage.
- Inspired by the work of AFRICOBRA in creating a space inspired by many creative art forms. My space, Wet Paint, will be a space where creative minds come together.
- I didn’t know I could paint until I was 16. I can do things really quickly, such as in 24 or 48 hours. Experimenting within my practice keeps it fun.
- I also include the individuals in each painting in the process. Whether that means sitting down with them, a phone call, a visit to a prison institution etc.
- Advice or wisdom for young people.
- If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work. You have to keep creating. Encourage yourself and be inspired. There is no perfect moment to create art. You have to keep moving and create 100%.
Intergalactic Soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. The artwork explores a cosmic sci-fi theme that’s driven by social, political and cultural undertones. Imagination meets consciousness to create a show with a message for all to ponder, discuss and enjoy.
Intergalactic Soul is the visual work of artist Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry. Quentin Tally is the performance artist and narrator.
On Sunday, August 16th from 2-4pm families are invited to a drop-in workshop inspired by Lauren Halsey’s artwork in the Everything, Everyday exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a 2014-15 Artist in Residence Lauren constructed one of her “kingdoms,” built environments that combine contemporary and ancient imagery with materials ranging from crystals and LEDs to lasers, iridescent light and more in the Mezzanine Gallery space. Families are invited to think on how might they build their own kingdom and create their own sculptural creations.
Below are some photographs I took of the installation at The Studio Museum in Harlem
Dance the Orange is the first solo Museum exhibition for Stanley Whitney in New York. His colorful abstractions gained attention in the mid-1990s and continue to amaze audiences with blocks of color amidst horizontal strips on a sharply square canvas. His work is influenced by inspirations he receives from the everyday, such as jazz, poetry and literature. The influence of jazz, poetry and literature can be seen within the title of the works in the main gallery space, such as My Name is Peaches from a line in a song by Nina Simone. His newest works, in the alcove space, show his continued mastery of color with a new fluidity in the placement of the blocks of color, with some not even touching each other in line. Through October 25th, Dance the Orange is a must see show during the Summer months at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.