Opening Reception: June 30, 2016 at 6 PM
Public Panel: July 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM facilitated by Art Mecca
They Still Live is a journey into the ancestral roots of identity. Photography by Detour (Thomas Evans) and African Art provided by The Paul Hamilton Collection combine to inspire the examination of one's roots and cultural history. What is the African in African American? How can personal definition evolve from the exploration of one's ancestral fabric?
The photographs and sculptures featured in this exhibition are meant to be liberating, eye opening and informative in nature. They Still Live seeks to motivate individuals to discover their heritage and perhaps be surprised, educated or affirmed about those discoveries. Through the power of DNA testing (provided by ancestry.com), an individuals lineage emerges. This lineage alongside the many beautiful and historic works of African Art connect us with the ancestors of the past and thus we can truly say -- They Still Live.
My current art focus is all about connecting music and fine arts through traditional methods and technology. Accenting my focus, the sights, sounds, and issues surrounding urban culture shapes the way I approach the creation of concepts, use of tools, and overall execution of my work.
Much of my work consists of channeling concepts and issues about the urban arts culture through portraits of minority and urban subjects. The portraits tackle issues ranging from the serious, to the bastardization of a culture, to the light-hearted, to breakdancing. Some portraits open a window into the inner workings of a certain community, while other paintings simply try to enhance the audience’s experience.