In conjunction with the Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Sep 23-24, 2017) and Logan Center Bluesfest (Oct 13-14, 2017) the Logan Center stages a juries exhibition celebrating Chicago's vibrant jazz and blues scene and showcasing the talents of 33 Chicago area photographers whose works includes original images of some of Chicago's most loved musicians. Winner of Best Color Image.
To coincide with the release of "The Black Yuppie" zine, Quest organized and curated an event at Zhou B Art Center that featured vendors, live music, an exhibition of his own work, and an figure/still life drawing session.
In part of 2016 Chicago's Artist month, I was part of a juried group exhibition at the Dank Hause. For this show, I wanted to demonstrate my versatility by showcasing my abstract piece I created earlier in the year.
Regional artist came together in Batavia, IL to show work in an art fair setting surrounded by donors, collectors, and jazz enthusiasts.
In my last ArtBeat for the year, I've painted in front of a crowd of 400+ following the theme of reliving childhood while teaming up with Silent Chicago. I created custom light boxes out of old televisions which showed stills from a fictional cartoon I've also created called "Trey and the Devil". The piece I painted live was a parody of the classic Ghost busters and Hi-Ci juice boxes which I added the same character from the TV's into the piece.
I was commissioned to create original paintings for the The Domino Effect stage play. Each piece was inspired by the actual script. I wanted the pieces to be standout contribution for the production instead of being a more direct interpretation.
The Social art event made its way to Detroit and they brought the best Chicago on-the-rise artist with them. Here, I debuted a new 4 part collection titled " Only in your Dreams, Juan". A short story about a kid name Juan and his infatuation with Rhianna. I wanted to highlight Rhianna's talent of creating captivating magazine spread by juxtaposing Juan into her photo shoots. He play off of her energy, color tones, and style, as if he was really there with her.
Artbeat Chicago was a first of many soon to be bi-monthly social art experience that combine the most talented creative, put them under one roof, and let them draw inspiration from a particularartist which in this case was The Weeknd.
For five days in the week of November, I was given the opportunity to paint live in front of hundreds of restaurant diners and art enthusiasts. Fun Fact: On the last day of the residency, I was finishing up a piece that was inspired by my soon to be daughter while my girlfriend was watching but having serious contraction pains. She delivered the very next day!
I had a pleasure of being a part of a group exhibition in Dubuque Iowa. The contributed skate deck was a tribute to the soon-to-be mother of my child that actually gave birth a couple of weeks after the show, and other mothers out there.
July 17th, 2015 at the great Zhou B art Center was the day of my first solo exhibition titled "The Money for Pampers Show". The titled stemmed from a play on joke of being a starving artist and finding out that I'm expecting to have a daughter this winter. I've put my heart, soul, and inner dark feelings in those paintings and I was glad to see that the hard work wasn't for nothing. I've met a lot of great people and future connects. Now, we patiently wait for the Fall.
The Money for Pampers show will be showing until August 14th, 2015 at Zhou B Art Center. 1029 W 35th St.
"The Paper Dolls and Action Figures" traveling tour continues tomorrow at Zhou B Art Center (1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609) and to commemorate this special occasion, and to bribe my coworkers to come, I've made six 11'' X 17" invitations disguised as custom prints that only they own. The inspiration came from one of them saying that I should wear a stereotypical artist turtle neck and beret to the show. I also wanted to give it that "french" feel by way of font placement and contemporary clean design. The black spirit spewing out of the ears comes from the mythological meaning behind the word "genius". It was to believe that the people, place, and objects, that gave off this unexplained divine talent and aurora was attributed to an actual spirit that would come down and anoint them with these powers. Praises of any talent or creativity was given to the "genius" and not the person, or vessel, that is utilizing the skills. I poked fun at this concept because at times, when I'm at a creative block or when I lose motivation, there's always that random moment where I feel like fate and circumstances all came together to give me the inspiration I need to complete the project. Like I would feel like I would have no control over the whole process . So what I'm basically saying is, I don't deserve credit for anything I create. Thank that mythical black mist in the sky.
Come out to Zhou B Art Center open studios tomorrow and experience the stories and the artwork from talented local artists like myself. There will also be booze so get drunk, swirl your glass till it spills, and let your new favorite artist know that they can be the new Basquiat or Picasso if they wanted to.
My "Demons, Inventions, and other Wonderful Things" painting has been chosen to be part of the Chicago Artists Month at ACME hotel Company. I loved how art oriented their hotel is so I put my bid in hoping and praying that I'll get the opportunity, not really thinking I had a shot. Stay tuned for more information.