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Contemporary Interpretations of History and Culture

Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery
2611 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Suite 2N, 212.694.1747
January 30 - February 23, 2008
Reception: Thursday, January 31, 6 - 9 PM
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William Mwazi William Mwazi is inspired and influenced by books and lectures from theorists and historians like Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. John Henry Clark, and Mr. Del Jones among others who discuss black consciousness, historical figures, and contributions to the world. Mwazi construes his art this way: “One’s capacity to be more than human is a thread that ties my work together… I feel that people and events from history are the stepping stones to the future, and I intend that my paintings spark interest in others to seek out the stories of these characters.”

Willy Kingler Bercy Born in 1968 in Haiti, Bercy and his family migrated to the US along with hundreds of thousands of other Haitians during the 1960 through 1971. Haitians were seeking refuge from a reign of terror and a collapsing social system. Bercy states that his recent work is intended to promote consciousness of the issues facing the Haitian people. Some of his current works depicts the emotional impact of a neglected nation in the faces of little Haitian girls. His Revolution series show the intensity of a nation, rich in rebellious political history.

Reconstruct Art was created to positively motivate disenfranchised youth and to cultivate artistic strengths, by replenishing their intellect with challenging actions, breeding confidence while giving individuals a well rounded understanding and knowledge of art in varying media. They nurture the creative abilities of youth, to develop social skills and work ethics for living effectively in a changing world.
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