May 8 to June 26, 2013 Monday thru Friday Noon to 3pm or by appointment
@ Scratch DJ Academy, 32 Cooper Square, 2nd floor, NY, NY 10003
Opening Reception: May 8, 6-9pm, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibiting Artists: Tyson Hall, Ibou Ndoye, Makebe Rainey, Anya Roz
Ibou Ndoy was born in West Africa's most progressive capital city, Dakar, Senegal. Regularly surrounded by colorful African textiles and fabrics at home (his mother was a dressmaker and his grandmother a tie-dye artist), Ibou says he "socialized with art and cohabited with colors" from a very young age. He began his career as a painter in the late 1980s during a period in Senegal called the "Set Setal," or cleanup movement. In the 90’s Ibou entered and renovated the world of glass painting a tradition brought from the Middle East to Senegal. Instead of painting traditional African or religious scenes on clean sheets of regularly shaped glass, Ibou started breaking and layering the glass to create new textures and effects and pushing the boundaries on subject matter. It is not unusual to find Ibou stapling scraps of soda cans and detergent boxes onto vibrantly painted CD cases portraying images of African women carrying jugs of water above their heads. At Scratch DJ Academy Ibou is showing a four-piece tribute to Nina Simone surrounded by painted cd’s and an electric guitar painted in his style of imaginative figures and bright colors.
Anya Roz was born in Moscow and currently resides in East Harlem. Her parents exposed her to various forms of visual expression from an early age and she adapted this as her first form of language. As an artist, she draws inspiration from the history of portraiture, early studio photography, African tribal traditions and contemporary street art. Anya works in various mediums, including photography, painting and mixed media giving her photography an ethereal feeling. The photography collection by Anya at Scratch DJ Academy presents musicians and movement.
Makeba Rainey known as Keebs is a Harlem native and is presenting “The Hit List” a series of digital portraits of extraordinary young creatives she meets as founder of Black Capital Coalition, an organization she founded that promotes visual and performance artists from Harlem. The artists in Makeba’s portraits are under 30 and living their dream of pursuing an artistic career; like rappers Crim Della and Tyquan Sounds, photographer Ivan Forde, and music producer Instrumental Starks. Art and music had a big influence on Makeba’s life and she also shares this inspiration with the next generation of young Harlem creatives through her work on the Executive Board of Speaking in Rhythms, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth and promotes the appreciation and creation of music with contemporary and traditional percussion instruments.
Tyson Hall chose graffiti as his art form because he could always find a medium to express himself. In 1992 while enrolled in an art class at John Jay College and after watching a film on the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, he purchased his first canvas and began to unify his graffiti and painting. Painting became a vehicle for Tyson to communicate and express his spirituality, culture and values. His art conveys cutting edge themes and addresses social forces and their influence on the community. Hall’s passion is speaking to and inspiring children by exposing them to art. He states, “Being an artist is a responsibility. Its something you do not solely for yourself but for the greater good of others.”