Samuel Levi Jones recieved the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem a few weeks ago. This is a big deal, as the award has never been given to an emerging artist before. Congratualations to Sam!
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Lakwena did a mural in Las Vegas last month during the Life is Beautiful festival. The "EVER AFTER" mural is a continuation of her "I REMEMBER PARADISE" series we will be debuting in January 2015!
Kenturah has an installation in the Yokohama Trienniale in Tokyo, Japan.
"This piece is on view at Midtokyo Gallery's Draft Punk show, in the Yokohama Triennale in Japan. The theme for this year's exhibition is Fahrenheit 451, referencing Bradbury's 1953 novel centered around book burning. I have been thinking about memory and the idea transferring knowledge from one form to another. I found a way to respond to the theme of the show through the meaning behind my name......
"Kenturah" is derived from a Hebrew word for incense, which is a metaphor for prayer. The idea is that converting an aromatic material into smoke allows it to dissipate and enter another dimension where God resides: "So is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." This scripture makes a lyrical assertion about language and represents the greatest potential of our use of words. It is also the text I used for this first drawing in the “Namesake” series. It is a self-portrait made by writing this text on shavings of palo santo (“holy wood”), a type of tree bark from South America that is traditionally used as ritual incense. I burned them, converting the inscribed wood into plumes of smoke. A residue of soot was left behind, to which I added liquid, turning it into black ink. I applied the ink to rice paper using rubber stamp letters. In essence, this drawing is a byproduct of burned, dissipated, text. It represents the idea that our current state of being is a result of words that have been released into the atmosphere. Of note, the drawing is derived from a photo that I distorted and was drawn on thin rice paper to create an ethereal quality to the piece."
Kenturah is on episode 3 of Ovation TV Touching the Art series. They get into some good topics on this ep, one of which is about racism in the art world. Watch it to see what Kenturah has to say.
Also on the topic of race; I was interviewed last week by Diversity Executive and gave my honest, optimistic and diplomatic answers to the question about racism and sexism in the art world. You can read it HERE
Super stoked to be listed on LA WEEKLY's Best of LA 2014 list!!!! Check us out as the Best Art Gallery Off The Beaten Path :-) the write up sums up very accuartely what we are all about!
Here is the live recorded video of Kenturah's art talk that took place during Leimert Park Artwalk on Sunday. Shawanna Davis is the moderator.
This month you can view one of Kenturah's installation hand written drawings in China at the Ucity Art Museum in Guangzhou. The group exhibition An American Water Margin is on view now until October 10.
Thank you Women's Wear Daily for profiling us! And for writing about the arts revolution we are hoping to spark in Leimert Park. It has been an incredible 6 months being open in our new neighborhood and we couldn't be more happy to be adding to Leimert's rich legacy and creating new history.
Kenturah's next solo exhibit opens this upcoming Saturday August 30th at 6pm...looking forward to seeing you all there!
Happy to be included in the LA issue of Town & Country Magazine. We're in great company as one of the "34 genuises turning it into America's capital of cool!" Its on newsstands now but you can read the online interview HERE
No)one. Art House, the artist collective featured during Week 4 of our Video Art Residency, is offering Summer Dance Workshops next week! Wanna know more about No)one. Art House? Check out their website here
Our new art world boo is Casey Jane Ellison! We are happy to be a part of Touching the Art - Episode 2 - Postmodernism, post-Net & The Art Market on Ovation!
We're happy to be in the fall ART issue of Salon Magazine and included in their Art Radar 2014. If you're in Europe pick up a copy!!
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