contemporary black art

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Black balloons by Tadao Cern

Every single day I spend at my studio and my creative process resembles playing. And everything I create comes out of curiosity. The same happened with a project ‘Black Balloons’.

For an extensive amount of time I had an idea to connect two balloons. I found a free minute between the other currently run projects, bought two balloons, and got overwhelmed by the result.
It was so unpretentious and so magical at the same time! That opposition created by two very simple and playful objects once again brought a unique childlike sense of discovery.
This experience uncovers a lot and the more one looks at it, the more it becomes true: “simplicity is genius”.
For the first test I only used two balloons and two different gasses: helium and sulfur hexafluoride - the light and the heavy ones. Later on I worked out how to make the balloons float in the middle of a glass tank without connecting them to anything.

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Illustrations from José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal’s Handbook of Sacred Anatomy (José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal, 2012).


(via Liturgie Apocryphe: José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal)

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Hello Everyone! 

I hope this evening finds you all well.

An Update on what’s going on with my financial aid:

My mother and I have been speaking with Financial Aid constantly within the past two months as the semester started to see if I could receive more funding. I was able to get the majority of the rest that I owed covered, and I currently owe a remaining balance of $2500. I am also raising funds so that I can take TWO winter courses during my Christmas break at FIT (which is way cheaper than Parsons courses)  so that I can graduate on time in May 2015. Both courses are 3 credits and cost $1689 each.

I humbly appreciate all of the kind support and encouraging words with the donations that I have received! And I will continue to push through this semester hoping to raise the rest of the money that I need – to finish my senior year off strong! 

So far I have raised $1481 with all of your generous help!!!!!! Please continue to help me spread the word! :) 

I know it’s possible to reach my 5k goal!

Link Here: http://gofundme.com/jamillaokuboparsotuition

http://aadatart.com/interview-jamilla-okubo-on-her-cultural-background-creative-inspirations-and-favourite-things/

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Florine Demosthene, The Capture (Series), 2014
Ink, charcoal, graphite and oil bar on polypropylene

I’ve been intrigued by the black female body in contemporary visual culture and I’m piqued by how her physical size is suppose to dictate a certain set of ideals and behavior. Borrowing from Jonathan Swifts, Gulliver’s Travels, I chronicled my journey through the Caribbean and West Africa in a series of drawings entitled, The Capture…[depicting] voluptuous female figures amid a strange world of decay and destruction.

The Capture [constructs] a non-typical black female heroine persona…[and] attempts to structure a new mythology that explores black female sexuality and sensuality.