The Hobby Horse was the first African American book store in the United States, established in Harlem in 1930 during the Harlem Renaissance. This rich intellectual and cultural period in African American history occurred in the Harlem borough of New York City during The Great Migration. From 1915 to 1970 six million African Americans migrated from the rural south to cities in West, Midwest and the Northeast. This imagined Hobby Horse Literary Guild is my tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.
On view through November 2, 2014 309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle WA in Pioneer Square
Please visit Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery to see my photo collage, encaustic and mixed media portraits before the exhibition closes on November 2nd. You can also see the work online at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery.
On the evening of October 2, 2014, Seattle gave me the most warm, wonderful and very lively opening reception for my exhibition A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery. Here a few photos of the opening night and a video I made of the installation of the exhibition.
Thank you Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery!
Artists live a rather solitary life. Eventually we leave the security of our studios and venture into the world to show our work feeling both joyful and vulnerable. This Yin and Yang model of the artist’s life has worked for me so far, until I was recently asked to make a video for for my upcoming exhibition, A Curious Collection of Strangers. My Seattle gallery, Frederick Holmes & Co. asked me to make a video speaking in front of and about my work. This on camera experience attached to the uncontrollable world-wide-web has brought me to a galactic level of feeling vulnerable. I will share it here with you. Please be gentle.
Twenty paintings shipped out tonight from my studio enroute to Frederick Holmes & Co. Gallery Seattle, WA for my exhibition next month, A Curious Collection of Strangers. Exhaling… Now backed to my regularly scheduled program…….painting bliss.
I am so happy to share with you my upcoming exhibition —
A Curious Collection of Strangers Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art 309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA–In Occidental Square October 2 – November 2, 2014 Opening reception: First Thursday, October 2, 2014 6 -9 pm I will be at the reception.
I finally had the chance to see Eve Sussman’s 2010 film, 89 Seconds at Alcazar at the National Museum of Women in the Arts while I was in DC last week. Sussman’s compelling recreation of the Velazquez painting, Las Meninas was mesmerizing. The film depicts a seemingly one take view of the moments before all of the characters in the painting settle into place. I had to watch the film a few times before I was able to continue through the museum. This was one one of those unexpected sublime museum moments.