Art Gallery

Najee Strickland | Black Fist Series

The black fist series is a series of black fist that represents unity, love, pain, recognition, and encouragement. It also gives certain visions and visuals of growing up being black in America. One day I was sitting in our tiny one bedroom apartment, stuff everywhere. Canvas was compiled in corners & my paint and brushes were in boxes. Consider me a artistic hoarder, so I really wanted to do something meaningful, inspirational, unifying, and powerful. With all of the things going on in society and the world today and in the past, I decided to do a series of black fist. I really wanted to encourage, uplift and let people know a little about my childhood and what I seen as a child. I used fabric and other realistic material for a in depth view of my visuals. The first piece I brought to life was the black panther fist, this is also my favorite piece. It shows pain and strength. Growing up as a kid my parents didn't tell me a lot about history. In school they always teach the norm starting off with slavery.Now, I read more than ever. A few things sparked, and now I want to share.



Lawrence Matthews | "Either They Don't Know or Don't Show"

"Either They Don't Know or Don't Show" is a series of prints by Lawrence Matthews inspired by two pervious bodies of work exploring violence in 1990s Black American films and the Rodney King riots. Each piece uses images from various 1990s films set in South Central Los Angeles juxtaposed with photography from the riots. Many of these films were created to address the gang culture and violence plaguing Los Angeles at the time but in doing so created personas and characters which when popularized, for better or worse inspire younger generations of Black Americans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eso Tolson | Spectacular Vernacular On view September 24th- December 10th 2016

 

Spectacular Vernacular is a collection of hand-lettered pieces by Eso Tolson, influenced by the culture of Memphis. These inspired works celebrate the everyday colloquialisms that are distinctive to the Memphis community.

 

Eso is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in content creation, music, and design. He's developed developed design and provided creative direction for a wide range of brands, musical events, high profile galas, and community projects. His love for music, illustration, pop culture and urban life heavily influences the work he creates. 

 

 

 

 

 

Siphne A. Sylve Session 88.1 | She Love

Session 88 is a series of exhibitions that explores the highest emotional frequency — infinite love. We are living, energy filled beings tuned to various frequencies. I believe everyone has something to contribute to humanity, this planet, and the universe. This series explores concepts of vibration, frequency, energy and ancient teachings of the planet. Session 88.1 | She Love is one of several exhibitions exploring infinite love. It is an assembly of illustrations expressing my love for women. I define “she love” as an exploration of the many ways women love. “She" is a creator, a sustainer of life, a warrior, a nurturer, a counterpart. The collection includes uplifting imagery and text depicting inspirational female, entrepreneurs, writers, designers etc.. Several illustrations pay tribute to ancient Egyptian goddesses such as Amnuket, goddess of the Nile and Ma’at, a goddess who regulates the stars, a concept of truth, balance and harmony. This exhibition also includes collaborations with four outstanding Memphis female writers. Each woman graciously shares her creations and perspective on “she love”. The exhibition is designed to encourage the viewer to think primarily about a woman's infinite love and her value to humanity. Special thanks to: Victoria, TamE, Mariama, & Allyson Z. Truly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leni Stoeva and Tobacco Brown "Burning Bridges as I Light the Way Forward"

A social practice exhibition to organize, impact, and facilitate critical thinking and experimentation in communities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Joey Miller "The 5 Fifths Project"


In the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin and the many who have died since him, and with the rise of the #blacklivesmatter campaign, I felt a need to bring the discussion home to Memphis. The old Clayborn Temple downtown was the site of the sanitation workers strike in 1968, but in recent years the church has fallen into extreme disrepair. It seemed to me to be an apt metaphor for the state of race relations in the US right now. The iconic "I AM A MAN" posters were printed in that church. My idea was to photograph black men inside the church holding those same signs. I wanted to include women as well, so I had a similar sign made that says, "AIN'T I A WOMAN". My only goal is to contribute to the discussion and get people talking more. Come out and see these photos, and if you want to be a part of the series, I'll be shooting more for the rest of the year.

Included in the first round of photos: Ziggy / Drea / Adrienne / Ryan / Drew / Shahidah / Victor / Irene / Shaka / Elle / Eso / Stephanie /

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Darius B. Williams "Remote" 

           

 


 

Louis Tucker "VATA: A Prelude"

 

   

 

 

  

 

 


 


 



In the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin and the many who have died since him, and with the rise of the #blacklivesmatter campaign, I felt a need to bring the discussion home to Memphis. The old Clayborn Temple downtown was the site of the sanitation workers strike in 1968, but in recent years the church has fallen into extreme disrepair. It seemed to me to be an apt metaphor for the state of race relations in the US right now. The iconic "I AM A MAN" posters were printed in that church. My idea was to photograph black men inside the church holding those same signs. I wanted to include women as well, so I had a similar sign made that says, "AIN'T I A WOMAN". My only goal is to contribute to the discussion and get people talking more. Come out and see these photos, and if you want to be a part of the series, I'll be shooting more for the rest of the year.