I can now officially announce my first international solo show in the country I grew up and amongst the culture that raised me and influenced who I am today. This show will be the conclusion of my work on The Millennial Natural Hair Movement leading into my new work on ghetto-trash new media culture. I have a couple of friends flying in to see the show and I’m deeply grateful for all the support and encouragement from my mentors, friends and family. If you can make it I would love to see you there (also could show you hidden island gems) Bahamian friends and family I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on, see you soon!
Time Lapse (Dark and Lovely Installation)
April Bey (MFA Painting) and Logan Bell (MFA Graphic Design)
We tried to capture all of the installation but as the time kept slipping away from us we stopped eating and stopped filming at the end and in between. The most stressful and largest installation either of us has ever done; stress more on our bodies than anything else but it was fun too. The guides took an entire day. We nailed over 1500 pieces of wood into the wall then painted them with pigmented hair relaxer. Official images will be posted later.
Hardcore thanks goes out to our significant others for throwing food into our mouths and helping during crunch time. Also allowing us to pull long days all weekend instead of quality time ;)
Old Finnish people with things on their heads. That is all.
(OK, I lied, that is not all. These are part of a funny, gorgeous photo series by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen called Eyes As Big As Plates, and you should look at as much of it as you possibly can.)
(Also: hat tip, so to speak, to Mr. Benjamin Birdsall.)
Opening after the holiday. Please join us!
nikkimae2003 (She’s The Face Of)
Epoxy Resin on Wood
*I haven’t posted process shots or new work lately. I’ve been busy compiling and editing thousands of submissions for a large installation I’m doing abroad.
Some of you might be familiar with nikkimae2003 on youtube. She’s one of the first vloggers in the natural hair movement that inspired me but has recently been corrupted with sponsored reviews of expensive products to an audience incapable of buying these products.
TODAY is the 50th Anniversary of the beloved classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. First published in 1963, it has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.
The New York Times obituary for Maurice Sendak calls Where the Wild Things Are “simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making,” describing Sendak as being “…widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.”
One of the most talked about interviews we’ve ever done was with Maurice Sendak in 2011 shortly before he died. Sendak reflects on love, loss, and celebrating life:
I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.