“How you treat others is a reflection of who you are. Be Yourself. Be Persistent. Be Patient!” Inspiring words from photographer Kris Lou of the photography duo Kris + Erik, in a brief interview with children’s fashion outlet, petitePARADE. Kris Lou and Erik Rodgers, better known as Kris + Erik, are a married couple who’ve been working together on some very powerful projects.
Recently, I sat down with 26-year-old multidisciplinary artist Ellex Swavoni. A discussion ensued about the importance of fostering creativity and being honest in your art. She is an artist who is passionate about what she creates and is very careful about who she lets into her world.
Kevin “Wak” Williams’ artwork has been a staple in numerous Black homes and businesses throughout the country. My grandmother had a large ceiling to floor copy of his paintings “Power of Man” and “Power of Woman.”
As I sat on the bench alone, strangers waved and smiled as if we’d crossed paths a thousand times before. A little girl asked to pet my dog and told me all about the King of Pops popsicle her Mom finally let her have on a school night. I sat feeling as if I’d stepped off the city streets into a small town escape. Swirled around the busy city of Atlanta, Georgia the (soon-to-be) 22 mile pathway invites people to stroll along restaurants, parks, and an amazing display of community art.
Many great movements are said to be born out of oppression or frustration. Pick a time and you can guarantee that there is always some art form that provides the pulse for a particular movement. Look at the rise of German expressionism, protest songs of the 60s, or the use of documentary film making to promote reform and you’ll see that they all serve as artistic time capsules.
At first I found myself staring deeply into an image of an impressionist painting. The strokes of the water and flowers reminded me of the late French Painter Claude Monet. As I looked more closely into the texture of the strokes, I discovered a curious glossy top layer similar to photo paper. Unsure if it was just the reflection of my computer screen or something more, I could not help but feel that there was something unusual about this piece. Was I looking at a painting or not?
With his collection of charcoal pencils, acrylic supplies and oil paint, 26-year old Oliver Okolo is making his mark on the world. “I try to pass a message of self awareness and also bring our attention to all that is happening in our society today,” the self-taught artist tells The Spark, an art magazine.
For three weeks in October, beautiful paintings of ethereal lands and stoic women were accompanied by serene female sculptures at the Spoke Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. The exhibit, Lore, by artist Amy Sol combined traditional oil on canvas paintings with virtual reality 3D produced sculptures.
“Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sam DuBose, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Terence Crutcher are just some of the names on a long list of unarmed black boys and men who were killed by police officers in recent years.
Millennials are known for a lot of things such as their love for social media, their innovation, and their tendency to go against the grid. At the age of 26, Rupi Kaur has been crowned queen of the “Instagram Poets,” a term that she does not like and one she is here to dismantle.