Exhibit by Various Artists
About the artists:
Jennifer “Yvette” Crute is a Brooklyn based Artist, Illustrator, and writer. Jennifer Cruté has been writing comics in 2003. Her alternative persona “Yvette” explores the erotic side of her characters speaking about women’s sexuality, idealizations, and fantasy. Crute has studied at the Art Students League of New York. She has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) museum in Brooklyn; The Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; And the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer activist and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” (…OBEY…) sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. He became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists.
Michael Mut is a mixed media installation artist. His recent venture has been the Founder and President of the Love Yourself Project, and running the Michael Mut Gallery on the lower east side. Michael Mut is a mixed media artist whose work often uses found and recycled objects to create 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional works. He has been working in a large scale installation that has a found art street art element Still Counting which explores the history of murder in America.
Marie Roberts is a painter and native New Yorker, still living and working in Southern Brooklyn. She is a Professor of Art at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Artist in Residence at the not for profit arts center Coney Island USA. Since 1997 she has been painting the banners for their programs, among them the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Mermaid Parade. Growing up steeped in family lore from the Dreamland Circus Sideshow in the 1920′s; Roberts now shares the history of Coney Island with 21st century visitors to her studio and the Coney Island Museum.
Sophia Dawson, born February 25, 1988, is a talented and self-motivated African American woman. She is a Brooklyn based artist who discovered her gift while painting a portrait of her father as she studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts. At that very young age of sixteen, she witnessed that her work moved and touched people from all walks of life. Sophia received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2010. Her art has been featured in the Brooklyn Museum as well as published in Say it Loud magazine. Performers such as Lil’Mama and Tisha Campbell have commissioned her.
Los Angeles native and New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists–including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, and others–Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, wealth, prestige, and history to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, Wiley makes his subjects and their stylistic references juxtaposed inversions of each other, forcing ambiguity and provocative perplexity to pervade his imagery.
Trevor Brown has exhibited his work at Rush Arts Gallery, the Soho House,Classon Walls, The Rising Art Gallery, 440 Gallery, Myrtle Windows Gallery, Brooklyn Artist Gym, Z Space Gallery, Prak-sis Gallery, Monya Rowe Gallery, Zion Gallery, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum. His work has also been featured in publications including Studio Visit, The New York Times, My Little India, Brooklyn Rises, Our Time Press, WOOF Magazine and Inciativa Colectiva. WNYC Culture featured him in a New York Moment.
Stan Squirewell was born and raised in Washington, DC and currently lives and works in NewYork, NY. His artistic training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1993. Since graduating (1996) he has continued his tutelage under many of DC’s legends including artists Michael Platt and Lou Stovall. Mr. Squirewell, is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. His work is multilayered and his subject matter, in gist, tackles themes such as: race and memory through mythology, sacred geometry and science. He draws his inspiration from theory books, science fiction movies and novels, avant-garde jazz and indigenous storytelling.
Alexandria Smith (1981, Bronx, NY) earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, MA in Art Education from New York University, and MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons The New School for Design in 2010. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Golden Foundation Residency, Rush Arts Summer Residency, the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. Most recently she was awarded the Fountainhead Residency 2015, Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and AIR Gallery Fellowship for 2014/15. Recent exhibitions in New York include The Schomburg Center, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Culturefix Gallery and Rush Arts Gallery. Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Ovalle, aka Dizmology, is known for his street art styles of three-dimensional graffiti, print making, jewelry, and fashion design. He was the 2011 National Winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, and has shown extensively in the NYC area since 2005. “My work is a constant evolution of the unlikely aesthetic intersection of typography, architecture and technology; integrating these influences to create a hybrid of written communication and 3-‐dimensional structures and environments.”
Nina Chanel Abney was born in Chicago, IL in 1982. She lives and works in New York. She received her BFA at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 2004 and her MFA at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2007. Her public collections can be seen at many galleries including the Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Alyssa Dennis is currently represented by Kesting/Ray, NYC, Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston and Johanssen Gallery, Berlin. She has exhibited in Pulse LA and Pulse, Miami Art Fairs as well as Fountain Art Fair. ”I’m interested in the modularity of spaces that advocate a kind of ‘lowbrow’ architecture; one which speaks more about habitual places and the integration of living systems that demonstrate a bricolage approach to material usage within the construction process.”
Dee and Ricky are not only leading influencers in the fashion realm but they also are powerful examples of the power of the arts and creativity. From design collaborations with Marc Jacobs, Converse, and Joyrich to working with brands ranging from Casio, Nike, and Pony they have used their creative forces and drive to stay ahead of the game.
HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others.
Born in London and raised in Ohio, Gerlan Marcel graduated from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 2005, and spent six seasons designing memorable prints and graphics for designer Jeremy Scott. Gerlan relocated to New York City in 2006 to launch PRINTS PLEASE, a surface design studio creating textiles and graphics for designers and megabrands including Coach, Patricia Field, Barbie, Keith Haring, and Calvin Klein. In 2009, Gerlan continued her mission to bring color and print to the forefront of fashion with the debut of her signature sportswear collection GERLAN JEANS.