Curated by Che Baraka
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 3 PM-8 PM
July 6, 2013 - August 23, 2013
From the repurposing of materials mined from popular culture; to the employment of visual catalysts that act as consciousness shifting perspectives; to those art based explorations of the mysteries that inform the sacred feminine; Jasmine Murrell and Linda Hiwot's art practices effectively investigate the conceptual metaphors that underpin the installations, sculptures, paintings, and collages that comprise the exhibition: Essentially Earth.
In presenting the works of Hiwot and Murrell, we bring a lens to bear on the extraordinary works of these two visual artists.
Linda Hiwot's canvas paintings and hand drawn prints are frequently collaged and constructed. She is noted for her use of color, shape and composition, and she has developed a courageous, personal idiom. A key component of Linda's work is her use of color and how this manifests in unusual relationships. While her palette emphasizes primary colors and strong hues, the actual color harmony is sometimes startling. Her subject is autobiographical, mystical and mythical. She operates in the world of imaginary tropical foliage. Her work applies itself to the realm of lush, natural, unspoiled worlds of nature.
Linda is a graduate of Pratt Institute and New York University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Her work is in local, national, international and public collections.
Jasmine Murrell frequently works in a thematic series that primarily examines ideologies found in American culture. Her aesthetic is drawn to a Grotesque but beautiful sensibility where she finds brilliance and energy in objects that invoke story or memory. Her work engages the viewer in such a manner that one must bear witness and contemplate another perspective in the way they view themselves and their connections to each other. In doing so, she strives to have her audience discover new forms of expression, to heal old wounds, to question institutions and traditions, and to invoke new concepts from her work.
Jasmine, a graduate of Hunter College, is presently a Master's candidate at Parsons School of Design.
The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Center for Art and Culture, Skylight Gallery and our cultural partners invite you to join us in celebrating the art of two powerful and visionary artists.
To RSVP, please visit the facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/131285467075630/
or call: (718) 636-6949
Artists Talk & Slide Presentation: Moderator: Che Baraka, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 6-8 PM
Artist Workshop: Jasmine Murrell - Saturday, July 27, 2013, 2-4 PM
Artist Workshop: Linda Hiwot - Saturday, August 10, 2013, 2-4 PM
For additional information, please call: (347) 965-6771