Artist Spotlight: Alise Eastgate

I am an Oakland based visual artist, focusing in watercolor and acrylic painting. I am also an aspiring digital photographer and ukulele player. I was born in Europe, raised in Louisiana, and shaped by the places I've called home since, including Alabama, Mississippi, New Zealand, California, and the Fiji Islands. I earned my Bachelor degree in Studio Art and Geography from the University of Alabama in 2010. My work is inspired by my activism and my belief that all living beings deserve the right to live, love and be free. I use color and organic shapes to explore these ideas and relationships within overlapping cultures.

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Spoken Art: Audacious IAM

Her art is exhibited through words on the page, performance and film in the attempt to transform, dissect and explore the intersection of blackness, queer identity, fragility and being a woman in America and beyond. As a queer black female artist, she has given and hopes to continue to provide her community with a platform for dialogue, social change and transformation through artistic creation.

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Artist Spotlight: Ajuan Mance

Mance created 1001 Black Men: An Online Sketchbook as a reaction against the controlling images that have limited and defined media representations of Black men. Mance will use a slideshow of images from her series as the basis of a wide ranging discussion of art, Black maleness and gender performance, and representation.

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Artist Spotlight: Yasmin Sayyed

Yasmin Sayyed studied art at a specialized art high school, and universities, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and art therapy and a doctorate in international and multicultural education. She has taught at the elementary, secondary, adult ed. and university levels, as well as, community based and public organizations.

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Prita Meier

Meier is the author of a forthcoming book about photography on the Swahili coast from the 1870s to the 1970s and is an assistant professor of art history at New York University.

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Nude Woman Red Background by Chris K. Howard

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.

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Photograph by Dalila Dynes

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.  

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Writing About Black Art – Comments on Taylor Renee Aldridge’s Article KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC AMIDST DATED THOUGHT

Taylor Renee reminds viewers to look deeper into the context of Kehinde Wiley's work. She explains her own observation of the art piece within the context of the black experience and uses statistical information to back her claims, not ones rooted in fear.

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Illustrator Ana Juan

Taken from a place deep within the mind. I'm reminded of Frida Kahlo. I believe the artist's inspiration of Khalo is a homage. Straight forward yet complicated. Ana Juan has authored and illustrated comic books and children's books. Her art is exhibited all over the world.

Art Artist Ana Juan

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Norman Rockwell

As a child, my family would go out to this popular local buffet. There was always at least a 45 minute wait. I didn't mind because in the waiting area there were framed prints of Norman Rockwell's art lining the walls.

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Buffer by Xavier Cha

"Buffer" is derived from "buffering" which is preloading data into a reserved area of memory.** It's the moment before an internet video or audio loads. Sometimes it can seem like forever if your connection is slow. Xavier Cha examines this moment in our relationships with each other via the internet.

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Lourve Abu Dhabi

The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi looks breath taking. I read an article on the ARTnews Magazine titled "First Look Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi" about the unique curation. A particular theme stood out to me that I wanted to share with you.

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