After a pilgrimage tracing a transatlantic slave trade route ended in South Africa, Artist Xaviera Simmons traveled throughout the African continent before she had to ask herself, ‘Who am I here in this country? Who are my people?’ Simmons recalled to Elysian magazine, “[African-Americans] don’t have a motherland. Africa is 54 different countries. There is no place in Africa that I could ever go that would be my home. I’ve been all over Africa. Where can I go, and it’s like home for me?”
Over the past several years, photography has taken place at the forefront of artistic vision. Whether due to the rise of Instagram, which glorifies effortless, gorgeous photos, the rise of a new generation of supermodels, who embody the ever-enviable wispiness and softness of ethereal beings, or the desire to tell stories in visual ways, photography has really taken hold and captivated the novel sensibilities and aesthetics of a modern era. Australian photographer Bec Parsons is the epitome of this contemporary conversion on still film.
We’re taught that the right and left sides of the brain are useful for processing information in two different ways. The left is the more practical of the two sides. This is where we deduct with reason and process information in a linear way.
Abstract work has been stereotypically hated by people who are not open minded with art. Mirek Jan Bialy, a contemporary writer and painter, on Art Slant writes, “Abstract paintings tend to elicit responses in viewers that fall toward one extreme side of the spectrum or the other.
Occasionally, there’s that one piece of art that just grabs you. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t forget it. It’s a static image that suddenly becomes dynamic. A picture is alive in your mind. Graffiti artist MTO brings those living images to the streets.
Tangled in a web of thick vines and bright leaves, a face stares back at me. I cannot quite tell who it is, but I feel the face is playful. It is pouting its lips as if asking for a kiss and beneath it, there is another one flipped upside down.
For a photographer, there are projects that they are hyper focused on in order to understand their own style of art. For some, it is composition or subjects. For others, it is lighting or settings. Photographers often brand themselves in the elements they use to create a photo. For young African photographer, Noma Osula, his attention to color theory in his art is what makes his pieces stand out among other.
When photographer Petra Collins’ Instagram account was suspended in 2017, it was for a fairly conventional image—a bikini line. In fact, as Collins stated in Huffington Post, over 5,000,000 images on instagram were tagged with the #bikini at the time of her suspension. What makes her photographs controversial is the way that Collins photographed her bikini line.
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It’s not everyday that we’re confronted with the idea of legacy. Sure, we’re taught that actions have consequences and that what we do matters, but when was the last time you thought long and hard about legacy? When was the last time you reflected on your role in the larger world? Have you taken the time to consider how the heritage of your ancestors determined so much of who you are today? These are the questions painter and artistic director Jarvares “J.Q.” Franklin encourages us to ask ourselves.