I wanted to share with you Antwaun Sargent's first curatorial project. Opens June 27th.
A nude woman stands in profile against a warm red background. At first it seemed like all the brush strokes were expressive and quickly applied as some of the red background is brushed against the head, arm and legs of the woman. However, the artist mentions that a palette knife is used, as he notes in the hashtags of the post. Using a palette knife on “its edge creates effects like reflections… that add texture and detail.”* You can see this effect where the light is applied to areas along the figures body that makes my eyes move from the figures mouth and neck area to her breast to her gluteal and thigh then I am drawn back to the figures mouth again. The light on the figure’s body is not dramatic I would describe it as more of an impressionistic style perhaps this is the artist way of working out the balance of colors within the entire composition. This type of sgraffito application help to blend the red background with the brown skin of the woman.
Looking through Cindy Nzeakor's drawings you will see pop culture references, anime styled figures and fashion illustrations.
The conceptual images attached are by photographer Nye Lyn Tho. She is a photographer for commercial, portrait, editorial, food and product in the Bay Area of California. There is a spirit captured in each of these images that directs viewers to the African American soul and history of our hair.
This photograph is one of the few images that the artist created in this way which makes this art work even more interesting to me. The photograph was exhibited last year, 2017, at the SOMArts in San Francisco in The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution exhibition curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green.