Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Solo Show, Three Peas, Chicago

I have a solo show coming up on August 7, 2009 at Three Peas Art Lounge in Chicago. The show will run through the month of August. More information as we get closer to that date.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Regina Agu

Regina Agu is a Houston based artist that I met at a Project Row Houses event. We chatted it up for a bit and discovered that we have many similarities. For example, we both have one Nigerian parent. We both shared some of our experiences as emerging artists.

Regina paints and draws; her work is a mixture of figurative and abstract. The work contains warm, rich colors and her figures are bold-- yet translucent.

I appreciate Regina's resourcefulness, and positive energy. When I need a boost for the day, I sometimes look to her inspirational Twitter posts. She and Lovie Olivia actually have a two woman show coming up in a few days. Its called "Sorting Her Beans," May 8, 2009; at Catalina, 2201 Washington, Houston, TX.

Regina Agu's work can be found at:

www.reginaagu.com
and
Follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/supernova_star

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Robert Pruitt

The year is 2005, I am living in Austin; I decide to stop by Arthouse to view the "Texas Prize" finalists exhibit. Some of the works that burned a hole in my mind were a tennis shoe covered in colorful bubble gum and a table in a dimly lit room displaying pieces of tightly coiled hair and incense ( a shrine to dead rappers).

Fast forward three years later -- and I am in the company of the Texas Prize winner for the exhibit mentioned above. I was introduced to Robert by William (see this blog post). I first chatted with Robert at a sculpture unveiling for Project Row Houses.

I expressed concerns about getting my work "out there." He said what worked for him was to show in institutions that are welcoming of emerging artists in the community. He said that those shows set up the momentum, and other opportunities came pouring in for him, one after another from that point.

From time to time, I bug Robert with my with art career related questions. He is always kind and patient and responds no matter how silly the question. He also made me aware of several programs in Houston, including the Museum of Fine Arts Five-A Program. His advice and positive attitude are much appreciated by me and the countless other artists that he has inspired.

Robert Pruitt's work can be viewed at:

www.clementine-gallery.com

www.marygoldman.com
www.whitney.org

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - William Cordova

I am down to my final days living Houston. After graduation, I will be in Austin for a few weeks, tying up some loose ends. . . then off to Brooklyn.

I have lived in Houston for almost 3 years now. Its a shame that I didn't become aware of what the local art scene had to offer until a year ago. However, the people I have met and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me wherever I go.

My chain of epiphany started when I met an artist named William Cordova. He is doing the things that I'd like to do when I grow up.

Up until that point, I was showing my art work as much as I thought I could, but I felt that I was impeded from participating in certain programs because -- quite frankly, I didn't think I had the credentials. William took the time to share some advice with me. He made me aware of so many programs and people that it would be helpful to know.

Then I interrupted him, "but William I don't think they would consider someone like me because I don't have x, y, and z. . ."

He said, "x, y, and z credentials do open doors, but they do not guarantee an artist's success." He added, "friends of mine that have become successful got there because they worked their asses off."

That conversation is one of the keys that unlocked my mind to a world of possibilities.

William Cordova's work can be viewed at:

www.arndt-partner.de look under "artists"
or you can go to
www.icaboston.org
and lastly
http://whitney.org

I will share more people who have influenced me in Houston later this week.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

So Live! Arts - Brooklyn, NY

Come see some of my work at this show!



MAKE ART YOUR BUSINESS WITHOUT SELLING OUT

Keep it professional and positive. Network. Learn best practices from professionals in the arts.

When: Sunday, April 26 2009
Time: 6:00 PM

Where Pratt Brooklyn

Where: NoName Cafe in Willoughby Hall

Add: 215 Willoughby Ave. b/w Classon Ave. and Hall St.

How: G train or B38 bus to Clinton-Washington

Absolutely No Charge

Combination of video screening, art show, and musical performance and more.

Please come out and support the show, Art Students, Greater Art Community, and So Live! Arts.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Photo of my studio today. . .

Currently, I am working on a larger project intended for a museum in Los Angeles. I will share more information on that show when details are confirmed. What you are seeing in the picture below is two paintings in progress. They are both almost finished. I am going to layer over the paintings a few more times, focusing on the details and and solid, clean backgrounds.


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These are two paintings in a series of nine; both are oil on canvas. Each piece is 2ft x 2ft. The paintings are related, however, the narrative will become more clear to the viewer when the other seven pieces are completed and all of them are viewed together.


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