Harlem has long been a cultural capital of America. The expressive diversity of our featured artists confirms that this is still true; from traditionally-done portraiture to abstract expressionism, from photographic storytelling to painted furniture. As James Baldwin pointed out, “All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up.” As these artists share their stories, you are encouraged to bring your experience, intellect and attention to create your own lore.
Bryan Collier: Once you form a sensibility about connection, how different elements relate to each other, you deepen your understanding of yourself and others. Ray Llanos: Photo Griot, finding and telling stories through the lens of his camera. Hope Maddox: “I find inspiration in everyday life. My art reflects how I feel at that moment in time.” Helina Metaferia: “Finding Womban,” a series portraying women who seek soul liberation through womb healing are explored in her mixed media paintings.
Keith “Vivian” Morris: Capturing the humanity in his subjects with passion and grace. Mark Reynolds: Don’t ask what I was thinking, or what I see, but what does the painting Inspire in you.
David Shrobe: Combines organic forms with aspects of urban street life to create a visual dialogue that takes the viewer on a journey through the unexpected. We think you will agree upon viewing this show that the renaissance is still underway, that Harlem is indeed where the art is.