Artist – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:29:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T155134.587.png Artist – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ 32 32 Behind Ralph Lauren’s Indigenous Artist Fellowship, New Green Lines – WWD https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/behind-ralph-laurens-indigenous-artist-fellowship-new-green-lines-wwd/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 04:02:20 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/behind-ralph-laurens-indigenous-artist-fellowship-new-green-lines-wwd/ Ralph Lauren’s corporate program is peppered with numerous social and environmental goals, as its latest report shows. And all of the encompassing elements are part of the larger corporate vision. “Integrating this philosophy across our entire value chain is a natural and essential extension of Ralph’s vision as we work to address our impacts beyond […]]]>

Ralph Lauren’s corporate program is peppered with numerous social and environmental goals, as its latest report shows. And all of the encompassing elements are part of the larger corporate vision.

“Integrating this philosophy across our entire value chain is a natural and essential extension of Ralph’s vision as we work to address our impacts beyond the beautiful products and experiences we create,” Ralph Lauren President and CEO Patrice Louvet said in an accompanying statement. Press statement.

Between the launch of an artist-in-residence program for Indigenous artists, the reveal of the first in a series of “iconic” Cradle to Cradle or C2C-certified products, as well as the allocation of a dedicated cotton fund regenerative, Ralph Lauren looked after.

The Artist-in-Residence program gives priority to artists who “preserve traditional and evolving Aboriginal craftsmanship.” The program aims to expand their platforms within the art, design, fashion and craft industries. Each artist’s tenure depends on their scope and availability, ranging from six to 18 months with potential for a permanent role with the company in the future. Participants will work remotely, but will visit Ralph Lauren’s New York headquarters with the possibility of on-site creative collaborations.

“Each performer’s program may look different as our goal is to tailor their experience based on their desires and goals,” a company spokesperson said. “As we launch the program, we are working with partners like Creative Futures Collective to identify applicants. Going forward, we aim to empower our newly formed External Advisory Board to help identify candidate Artists in Residence.

Regenerative agriculture is also getting the attention it deserves.

Last year, the company awarded an inaugural $5 million grant through the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation to create the US Regenerative Cotton Fund, or USRCF, supporting long-term sustainable cotton production in the States. -United. The program aims to remove 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere by 2026. Cotton accounts for more than 80% of Ralph Lauren Corp.’s total material use, and the USRCF initiative supports the company’s recent investments in materials and dyeing processes.

For its circular design initiative, consumers can expect to see the brand’s first C2C-certified cashmere sweater later this year. Specifically, the launch is for the men’s “Purple-label” and women’s “Luxury Collection” cashmere crewneck sweater. The drop ushers in the company’s sustainability goal of rolling out five signature C2C-certified styles over the next three years, or by 2025.

Two more C2C-certified product launches are planned for later this year.

Ralph Lauren said it will step up efforts to map its supply chain to enable visibility of the origins of materials at every stage of the textile and apparel supply chain. Since product traceability is another piece of the larger supply chain picture, the company also provided an update on its partnership with technology companies Evrythng and Avery Dennison. The partnership began in 2019 and was to involve the digital mapping of Ralph Lauren’s entire product catalog. At the time, the volume of products amounted to just under 200 million items, which is no small feat.

“To date, we have integrated more than 200 factories into the [Digital Product Identification system, or DPIDs] program, and as a result, the majority of our wearable products now have DPIDs, and we expect every product to have a digital ID by 2024,” a spokesperson said.

As with other industry heavyweights, Ralph Lauren took an early stance on the whistleblowing of PFAs or “forever chemicals,” which face regulatory crackdown because clothing is seen as a source of lingering toxins. . The company has pledged to rid its operations (those with water-repellent functionality) of PFAs and said it is on track to do so by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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5 things to know about international artist Diego Rivera https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/5-things-to-know-about-international-artist-diego-rivera/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:11:48 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/5-things-to-know-about-international-artist-diego-rivera/ “Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century,” says James Oles, guest curator for Diego Rivera’s America. Rivera’s vision of Mexico and the United States comes to life at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Diego Rivera’s America. In anticipation of the new exhibition, SFMOMA […]]]>

“Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century,” says James Oles, guest curator for Diego Rivera’s America.

Rivera’s vision of Mexico and the United States comes to life at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Diego Rivera’s America. In anticipation of the new exhibition, SFMOMA reveals five anecdotes to know about the artist and his work.


  1. Rivera’s America. Rivera’s idea of ​​”America” ​​transcended political boundaries. He believed that the United States and Mexico had a similar historical base with a rich indigenous past that had been removed by colonial violence. As a result, he believed the two countries shared a creative force and a revolutionary impulse.
  2. Bay Area influence. San Francisco was especially important to Rivera. It was the first place he painted murals in the United States, and his work had a profound influence on Bay Area artists and muralists.
  3. More than murals. SFMOMA houses more than 70 works by Rivera, one of the largest collections of works by the artist in the world. Diego Rivera’s America will present more than 150 paintings, frescoes and murals by the artist, and emblematic works such as flower holder (1935) will be shown alongside paintings that have not been seen publicly since leaving Rivera’s studio.
  4. Art for social change. Rivera saw art as an essential tool in the struggle for greater equality and social justice. His works depicting work, popular culture and family life underscore his desire to focus on ordinary people as protagonists of national narratives.
  5. Larger than life works. The last mural Rivera painted in the United States is a colossal work measuring 22 feet high by 74 feet wide, painted for the Golden Gate World’s Fair in San Francisco in 1940. The mural, commonly referred to as Pan American Unitis free to see at SFMOMA for all visitors

// DIego Rivera’s America opens at SFMOMA on July 16. Celebrate the opening of this highly anticipated experience with a free community day of merriment, activism and art at SFMOMA on Sunday, July 17. Buy your tickets in advance and save at sfmoma.org.

Diego Rivera, Dance at Tehuantepec, 1928 (detail); Eduardo F. Costantini collection, Buenos Aires; © 2022 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Juan Millas

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ONE PIECE IN FIVE BETTIES https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/one-piece-in-five-betties/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:12:24 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/one-piece-in-five-betties/ The Wayward Artist announces that Jen Silverman’s “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties” will open for eight performances beginning July 15, 2022 at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana. In this hilarious and absurd comedy, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and “thea-tah.” For mature audiences only, […]]]>

The Wayward Artist announces that Jen Silverman’s “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties” will open for eight performances beginning July 15, 2022 at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana.

In this hilarious and absurd comedy, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and “thea-tah.” For mature audiences only, “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties” is an evocative and explosive exploration of women, gender identity, relationships and love.

“When I read the play, it blew my mind,” said Brooke Aston Harper, director of programming for Wayward Voices, “I was thrilled to tell this story of women with as many women in it as possible. creative team. I know we are going to bring a theatrical experience that is both funny and touching.”

In a polarized world where tribal identity impedes conversation, this piece charmingly, hysterically, irreverently and self-consciously brings together five women to engage in powerful contemporary discourse.

Tickets are available for purchase now. Wayward Artist shows often sell out, so don’t delay.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Directed by Brooke Aston Harper

Directed by Mykaela Sterris

Assistant director by Maria Rodriguez

Stage design by Ashley Strain

Lighting design by Camille Roberts

Costume design/makeup by Heather Enriquez

Sound design by Brooke Aston Harper

CAST:

Betty One: Irina Gorovaya

Betty Two: Amanda Ju

Betty Three: Adriana Rodriguez-Burciaga

Betty Four: Gaelyn Wilkie

Betty Five: Rena Bobbs

GREAT CENTRAL ARTS CENTER

125 N. Broadway

Santa Ana, California 92701

July 15 – July 24

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

FOR A MATURE AUDIENCE: adult language and content

TICKETS:

Students $15, adults $30

For information and reservations: http://www.thewaywardartist.org/

Phone: 657-205-6273

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An artist from Dangriga punta was allegedly killed by a minor https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/an-artist-from-dangriga-punta-was-allegedly-killed-by-a-minor/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:19:10 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/an-artist-from-dangriga-punta-was-allegedly-killed-by-a-minor/ Famous rock artist Dangriga punta, Robert “Culu” Coote, was reportedly killed by a 17-year-old man. By Charles Gladen DANGRIGA, Stann Creek District, Wed 15th Jun 2022 Robert Michael Coote, a well-known punta rock artist and fisherman from the town of Dangriga in the Stann Creek District, was shot dead Monday night on St. Vincent Street […]]]>

Famous rock artist Dangriga punta, Robert “Culu” Coote, was reportedly killed by a 17-year-old man.

By Charles Gladen

DANGRIGA, Stann Creek District, Wed 15th Jun 2022

Robert Michael Coote, a well-known punta rock artist and fisherman from the town of Dangriga in the Stann Creek District, was shot dead Monday night on St. Vincent Street in Dangriga, and there are reports that the person who was detained for the shooting is a 17-year-old minor.

According to initial police reports, Coote, also known as ‘Culu’ or ‘Kunku Man’, was standing outside a Chinese gambling establishment around 7.45am on Monday evening when he was approached by a man who fired several shots. bullets in his direction. No less than 9 of these bullets wounded Coote (who would have been known as a “mediator” in his family) in the chest, arm, pelvic region and legs.

Coote was taken to Southern Regional Hospital for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

At the scene, investigators found seven spent 9mm shells and four fragments.

Shortly after the shooting, police apprehended a 17-year-old minor who they believe was the alleged trigger and who, at the time he was arrested by police, was carrying a 9mm pistol which police say is the murder weapon.

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German Artist Creates ‘World’s Tallest Mural’ in Calgary – Calgary https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/german-artist-creates-worlds-tallest-mural-in-calgary-calgary/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 00:53:48 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/german-artist-creates-worlds-tallest-mural-in-calgary-calgary/ An international artist is in Calgary for much of June to create a colorful new addition to downtown. If you want to check it, you’ll have to look up – way up. Mirko Reisser, who creates his work under the name DAIM, came from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany to paint a large mural on […]]]>

An international artist is in Calgary for much of June to create a colorful new addition to downtown.

If you want to check it, you’ll have to look up – way up.

Mirko Reisser, who creates his work under the name DAIM, came from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany to paint a large mural on the side of a 31-story building.

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“It’s the tallest mural in the world,” Reisser said.

“I hope people will feel the energy of the painting, a kind of explosion coming out of the wall – hopefully positive energy of course.”

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Reisser came to Calgary to create art for the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP), which has brought about 100 murals to the city since 2017.

BUMP organizer Peter Oliver said the building Reisser is painting on is perfect for such a large project.

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“We’re lucky to have that here,” Oliver said. “They don’t make buildings like this anymore, with such a flat, high wall without windows.

“The wall was there to paint and it was taunting us the whole time, so we decided to do it.”

Since beginning his graffiti career in 1989, Reisser has continued to create murals on several continents.

“I have painted almost all over the world – in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand – in many places in the United States”

This latest project is one of the highlights of Reisser’s career and he is excited to have the chance to create his new mural in Calgary.

“It’s a great city – I really like it,” Reisser said. “I hope my contribution will bring more positive energy.”

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Local artist paints 41st annual state duck stamp https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/local-artist-paints-41st-annual-state-duck-stamp/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:20:38 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/local-artist-paints-41st-annual-state-duck-stamp/ Hot Springs artist Clay Connor unveiled his artwork for Arkansas’ 41st annual state duck stamp during a ceremony attended by Governor Asa Hutchinson in Stuttgart on June 4. The piece titled “Sunlit Mallards at Slick’s” depicts the moment ducks descend through holes in the woods and hunters must make a decision about what action they […]]]>

Hot Springs artist Clay Connor unveiled his artwork for Arkansas’ 41st annual state duck stamp during a ceremony attended by Governor Asa Hutchinson in Stuttgart on June 4.

The piece titled “Sunlit Mallards at Slick’s” depicts the moment ducks descend through holes in the woods and hunters must make a decision about what action they are going to take.

The painting depicts four ducks above water in the foreground with clear detail with a larger group of ducks above the tree line. Proceeds from the stamp support conservation in Arkansas, and in recent years, duck stamps have raised over $1 million in The Natural State.

“Being chosen for the Arkansas stamp is something vitally important,” Connor said. “As a priority, I put the Arkansas stamp before the real federal one. To be chosen to do the Arkansas duck stamp is a lifelong dream.”

Connor worked with a group of people to decide on a scene that would truly depict a moment in Arkansas duck hunting.

“That scene would be green wood for me,” Connor said. “What makes you think more of green wood is the mallards. The stage we used was a very intimate little hole in the woods. The birds fall right into it, so that’s where the inspiration came from. “

Connor filmed the source material once he picked a scene and started laying out the lighting while planning the position of the birds. He moved the ducks around and put the finishing touches on his sketches before going to work on the actual painting.

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“That wood hole was very small, so the birds aren’t going to get in there,” Connor said. “They will come in and fall straight down. So, as you see in the painting itself, the birds will regain their wings in what they call the angel position and fall straight down.”

Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation President Deke Whitbeck said the goal of stamp art is to create a scene that every hunter can relate to when it comes to duck hunting.

“Just the beautiful backdrop of bluebird skies,” Whitebeck said, “ducks falling down that hole, it really captured the essence of what it’s like when we’re out in the woods hunting and watching. these beautiful birds come in and work the woods.”

Connor works full-time as VP of Marketing at Xpress Boats, so the only time he spent working on the duck stamp art was on the weekends.

“Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays were pretty busy,” he said. “I would probably paint between 12 and 15 hours a day. I had a deadline. What was the total number of hours? Man, I couldn’t tell you, but that’s a lot. I paint slowly.”

Connor created the artwork for the state’s 2020 quail conservation stamp, but creating the Arkansas duck stamp was even more of a special project for the artist.

“It was one of those things in terms of aspiration, it was just a dream,” Connor said. “It was a dream of mine to do this and be part of a great list of phenomenal artists who were my heroes growing up.”

Connor presented his art at Callapalooza 2022 in Stuttgart in front of a crowd and with Hutchinson on stage on the morning of June 4.

Connor also unveiled the piece to his friends the night before at a closed event at the location where the scene on the stamp was shot, Slick’s Hunting Club.

Jim Ronquest of Drake Waterfowl, a good friend of Connor’s, was present along with Justin Martin of Duck Commander.

“I told my wife on Sunday night that I said, ‘I really hate that this is ending,'” Connor said. “It was such an amazing weekend. It was filled with so many friends of mine who traveled from South Carolina, northern Missouri and southern Louisiana. Just longtime friends that we brought together by ducks.”

Connor exemplifies his love and appreciation for wildlife through his art, and he wants to make sure the subjects of his photographs and paintings aren’t going away anytime soon.

“Join a conservation organization today, so the images we create won’t be a memory or a reference for tomorrow,” Connor said. “What I mean by that is that I really believe that the ecosystem – all of our wildlife heritage – is fragile at best.”

Although not from a family involved in waterfowl hunting, Connor developed an interest in wildlife art and photography around the age of 8 or 9.

“When I should have been studying, I was drawing ducks,” he said. “I should have paid more attention to my upbringing. It was something that appealed to me.”

Connor is not originally from Arkansas and would commute to work at The Natural State from Memphis. However, the artist expanded his history of waterfowl hunting throughout the region by hunting all around Arkansas.

“When I think of waterfowl, my heart is in Arkansas,” he said. “Six years ago my wife and I moved to Hot Springs full time, and we love it.”

Connor’s grandfather had a home on Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County, and although he asked to go duck hunting while he was growing up, it never happened.

Connor isn’t entirely sure how he developed his love of ducks and the sport after coming from a family with little involvement in waterfowl hunting.

“I thought about it a lot,” he said. “I have no idea. … The passion was still there. The interest was there. I don’t know if it was because of the bird, the beauty of the bird, the flight of the ‘bird, the location of the bird — I don’t know.’

Connor recalls vivid memories of his early sketches of geese, ducks, and other waterfowl. Those early sketches may not have been of the highest quality, but Conner put the work in over time and now finds himself the artist of the 41st Annual Arkansas State Duck Stamp.

“Man, I’m still learning at 60 and hopefully getting better every day,” he said. “I wasn’t gifted as a phenomenal artist like so many other people. I worked really hard on it. It’s been a long journey, but it’s been fun.”

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Brooklyn artist makes a splash with ‘Really Bad Portraits’ https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/brooklyn-artist-makes-a-splash-with-really-bad-portraits/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:32:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/brooklyn-artist-makes-a-splash-with-really-bad-portraits/ These are the worst portraits money can buy – he guarantees it. Big Apple street artist Ricky Brown spends as little time as possible creating “terrible” portraits with a Sharpie that, while he admits, are “minimal doodles.” And his work ethic — or lack thereof — is paying off. “On a good day, I can […]]]>

These are the worst portraits money can buy – he guarantees it.

Big Apple street artist Ricky Brown spends as little time as possible creating “terrible” portraits with a Sharpie that, while he admits, are “minimal doodles.”

And his work ethic — or lack thereof — is paying off.

“On a good day, I can walk away with like $1,000, which is crazy considering they’re really bad. I’ve probably shot 10,000 at this point,” Brown, 24, told The Post. “I just accumulate a lot of money during the summer and then just go through the winter.”

His “Really Bad Portraits” are done on printer paper, take him just 60 seconds to draw, and sell for $5 each.

In addition to unique portraits, the Bed-Stuy resident offers a $100 lifetime membership.

“It’s the best bang for the buck – but only one person ever bought it, and I never saw it again,” Brown said. “I was hoping he would constantly follow me day and night, hounding me for portraits, but I guess he just wanted to support a local artist.”

Maddy G. exhibits her “very bad portrait” in Washington Square Park.
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Unlike cartoonists, who aim to deliver hyperbolic but somewhat elaborate cartoons that can take as long as listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” Brown admits his work is more akin to an art class of school with curvy lines and poorly formed strokes.

“It’s like a child’s drawing,” he says. “Super fast and crappy – it’s the gold standard for me.”

When Brown moved to Washington Square Park on Wednesday, his first client was Lee Klein, a poet, essayist and curator. Lee said Brown’s rendition made him look much younger and didn’t include his “amblyopic (lazy) crazy eye”.

The very bad portrait painter Ricky Brown
Brown offers his designs for $5.
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“I feel like it kinda got the goofy spirit out of me,” Lee, 56, said of the performance. “His truncation is pretty good. By making the worst portraits, by being erased, a gallery will end up coming here and renaming it.

Ricky Brown draws Post reporter Griffin Kelly in Washington Square Park,
Brown lures Post reporter Griffin Kelly to Washington Square Park.
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Bad portraitist Ricky Brown (left) sketched Lee Klein in Washington Square Park
Lee Klein was pleased with the portrait he purchased from Brown.
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As The Post left the park that day, Brown continued to sell her art to tourists and NYU grads in black caps and purple gowns.

“They’re terrible, I promise,” he shouted.

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A local artist presents her creative studio https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/a-local-artist-presents-her-creative-studio/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 23:22:44 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/a-local-artist-presents-her-creative-studio/ DULUTH, Minn. — A local artist welcomed the community to her creative studio in Park Point. McKenzie Kapsner is the owner of Superior Currents, a Lake Superior-inspired craftsmanship brand. She grew up in Park Point collecting driftwood, agates and beach glass, which she now inventories. Two years ago, she started selling at pop-up shops and […]]]>

DULUTH, Minn. — A local artist welcomed the community to her creative studio in Park Point.

McKenzie Kapsner is the owner of Superior Currents, a Lake Superior-inspired craftsmanship brand. She grew up in Park Point collecting driftwood, agates and beach glass, which she now inventories.

Two years ago, she started selling at pop-up shops and art shows throughout the Minnesota, Wisconsin area, and she also uses Instagram and Facebook as her selling sites. Now, she has opened her lakeside studio to the public so people can view her work, walk through the gardens, and experience the story behind the upper currents here.

“So how did I come up with my design which is…well, it kind of came to mind. Lake Superior has so much movement, I mean it’s constantly moving and there’s a lot of currents and when I started painting it was kind of the flow that happened, that kind of freaked me out. kind of crossed over,” she went on to say, “and I think in this area there is such an appreciation for Lake Superior.

Kapsner donates 2% of its sales to Alliance for the Greater Lakes, a non-profit organization that supports healthy lakes.

She plans to pursue higher currents in her home studio and work with people in the community.

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Inspired by sacred music, an artist’s ‘Black Chapel’ opens in London https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/inspired-by-sacred-music-an-artists-black-chapel-opens-in-london/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 08:51:59 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/inspired-by-sacred-music-an-artists-black-chapel-opens-in-london/ Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN A striking black-painted wooden meditative temple has been built in London’s Hyde Park as part of a prestigious annual architectural commission. Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, the “Black Chapel” is the Serpentine Pavilion’s 21st commission and is intended to provide a space for reflection and healing. It includes a […]]]>

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

A striking black-painted wooden meditative temple has been built in London’s Hyde Park as part of a prestigious annual architectural commission.

Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, the “Black Chapel” is the Serpentine Pavilion’s 21st commission and is intended to provide a space for reflection and healing. It includes a meaningful tribute to the artist’s late father and will also be a venue for experimental performances this summer and fall, including a sweeping tribute to the history of sacred music.

“(‘Black Chapel’) suggests that at this time there may be a space where one can rest from the pressures of the day and spend time in quietude,” Gates said in a press release on design. “I have always wanted to build spaces that consider the power of sound and music as a healing mechanism and an emotional force that allows people to enter a space of deep reflection and deep participation.”

“Black Chapel” photographed just before its opening. Credit: Iwan Baan/Serpentine

Each year, Serpentine invites an architect, artist or collective to build a temporary structure from scratch, giving free rein to experimentation with form and concept. Past commissions have included the late Zaha Hadid in 2000, Frank Gehry in 2008, and Ai WeiWei and Herzog & De Meuron in 2012.

Last year, Sumayya Vally became the youngest architect to design the commission – with a pink and brown curvilinear structure inspired by London architecture, her firm Counterspace paid homage to the city’s spaces that were once vibrant cultural pillars but which no longer exist.

A transcendental experience

“Black Chapel” reflects Gates’ larger practice, which revolves around common spaces and how they can provide shelter, comfort and community.

According to the press release, Gates was inspired by the “transcendental environment” of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, which houses 14 dark-hued works by Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Inside the ‘Black Chapel’, Gates has created a new series of seven tar paintings that reference his own deceased father’s trade as a roofer, using layered roofing material that has been torched – a technique called “torch down”. Gates’ father died in May, the artist confirmed in an Instagram post.

Gates' paintings inside the minimal space are a tribute to his recently deceased father.

Gates’ paintings inside the minimal space are a tribute to his recently deceased father. Credit: Iwan Baan/Serpentine

The chapel’s round, minimal shape with simple entrances references sites as varied as the beehive kilns of the American West, which are relics of ancient mining operations, to the traditional African shapes of the Musgum mud huts of the Cameroon and Kasubi tombs in Uganda.

Outside the chapel, Gates placed a bronze bell salvaged from St. Laurence, a Catholic church that once served as a landmark in Chicago’s South End but was torn down in 2014, 10 years after it was built. closed due to disrepair. The artist, who has led initiatives in the neighborhood to revitalize abandoned buildings as artistic and cultural spaces, has often used materials and objects from Saint-Laurent in his work. Among the items it collected following its demolition was a statue of the titular patron saint.

As of 2017, the statue of St. Lawrence is part of the permanent collection at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Gates tarred the saint and housed him in a black brick temple in the museum’s sculpture garden – a precursor to the Serpentine Commission.
“The Walker project was the first time I could envision a meditative zone that would be permanent architecture,” he said in an interview with the museum in 2017.
"I have always wanted to build spaces that consider the power of sound and music as a healing mechanism," Gates said in the press release.

“I’ve always wanted to build spaces that embrace the power of sound and music as a healing mechanism,” Gates said in the press release. Credit: Rankin’s photograph

Because music is fundamental to the Gates Pavilion, “Black Chapel” will host a number of performances by acclaimed church choirs; experimental lo-fi piano composers and progressive jazz players, according to Serpentine. In October, the final performances will come from Grammy-winning singer Corinne Bailey Rae and Gates’ own ensemble, The Black Monks, who combine the contemplative sounds of Eastern monastic traditions with the soulful music of the American South.

Bettina Korek and Hans Ulrich Obrist of Serpentine called the work “astonishing” in the press release. They said, “‘Black Chapel’ brings spirituality around Gates’ extraordinary vision.”

black chapelwill be on view at the Serpentine Pavilion from June 10 to October 16.

Top image: A rendering of the new pavilion.

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Mowsse and Puerto Rican National Day Parade Announce NFTS Artist Scholarship Fund https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/mowsse-and-puerto-rican-national-day-parade-announce-nfts-artist-scholarship-fund/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 01:18:26 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/mowsse-and-puerto-rican-national-day-parade-announce-nfts-artist-scholarship-fund/ HOUSTON, TX – Artists from around the world, 18 years of age or older and of Puerto Rican descent, have been invited to submit 2D or 3D video art as part of a fundraising effort for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) Scholarship Fund. Mowsse, one of the first independent digital marketplaces for crypto […]]]>

HOUSTON, TX – Artists from around the world, 18 years of age or older and of Puerto Rican descent, have been invited to submit 2D or 3D video art as part of a fundraising effort for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) Scholarship Fund. Mowsse, one of the first independent digital marketplaces for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), has selected the NPRDP Scholarship Fund as its first philanthropic investment.

This creative collaboration will result in an NFT collection featuring 35 works of art inspired by iconic symbols of Puerto Rican culture, amplification of Puerto Rican artists, and fundraising assistance for the Fund. Twenty (20) artist submissions – some of whom have submitted works in multiple categories – are being made on the Mowsse platform. Three of the 20 artists will be chosen for special recognition by Mowsse, and one of the three will be featured as a featured artist on the platform.

“We initially extended our call for artists with plans to select work from just 10 people to benefit this very worthy cause. therefore doubled the number from 10 to 20. We look forward to offering these 35 works of art for sale to the public on parade day, June 12,” said Mowsse Creative Director Susie Cortez.

The artists whose work has been selected are: Eduardo Acevedo; Joseph Alvarez; Albert Areizaga; Romie Art; Alexander Aviles; Fabiola Baez; Matthew Bergmann; Omar Cruz; Adriana Gonzalez; Hektopas; Kristal Marie Hernández; Alexis Irizarry; Lena del Sol Langaigne; A Rad Latina; Joel Matos; Raúl Olmo; Karina Mercado; Angela Rosado; Jan Tomasini; and Nessie Yara.

According to artist Nessie Yara, “My daughter was an NPRDP scholar. I am very grateful for all the support they have given my daughter. That’s why I’d like to participate in the fundraiser – as a way to say thank you for what the NPRDP does to fulfill dreams.

Sales of NFTs from this unique collection will go live to the public at the start of the show on June 12. Proceeds will benefit both the NPRDP and the respective artists, in line with Mowsse’s artist-centric philosophy.

Members of the media can contact Jen Evans or Jasmin Espada via pr@mowsse.com to secure access to the interview and request additional information.

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Check out NPDPR’s recent post, which references the Mowsse NFT Art Contest here: https://www.nprdpinc.org/parade_press/national-puerto-rican-day-parade-board-of-directors-announces-plans-for -a- big-return-on-fifth-avenue/

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