“Irregular Regularity” Exhibition

Clover's Fine Art Gallery

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Clover’s Fine Art Gallery presents Irregular Regularity, a visual art exhibition highlighting three emerging black contemporary visual artists expanding on themes in Sun Ra’s 1974 film Space is the Place. The exhibition opens on the mark of Sun Ra’s centennial, as well as the films 40th year anniversary.

Irregular Regularity interrogates notions of black alien identity, black nationalism, spiritual inter-dimensional teleportation, vibration and the end of time. The exhibition walks viewers into the space that exists after the end of the world with art that imagines and maps out visions for the future where time has officially ended. Sun Ra, a pioneer of the Afrofuturism movement, opened up an artistic space that broke disciplinary bounds with what music historian Graham Lock calls his ‘Astro Black Cosmology.’ Irregular Regularity utilizes imaginative concepts and practices addressed in Space is the Place by exhibiting figurative painting, mixed media installation, as well as select evenings of live performance to revisit the film and illuminate Sun Ra’s impact on a new generation of artists. Visual Artists in the exhibition include Lorna Williams, Charmaine Bee, and Lehna Huie. Live performances to be announced. The exhibition Irregular Regularity was curated by guest curator, Katrina De Wees.

Featured Artists:

Charmaine Bee, Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Through conceptual and documentary photography, film, video, and textile art, Charmaine explores the rich layers of African Diasporic spirituality and personal histories. Charmaine’s work places an emphasis on memory and ritual; she explores this through examining her personal family narrative within Gullah culture. Charmaine has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Foundation grant for two consecutive years for The Stoop Gallery, a pop up gallery project which installs fine art exhibitions onto stoops throughout Brooklyn during the summer months. She has been in residence at Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL. She currently resides in New York.

Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary fine artist, arts educator and cultural worker. With a continued practice in studio arts, Huie is also committed to the fusion of arts and social change. Her practice in arts education, curatorial arts and cultural organizing has inspired her to focus on meaningful, collaborative projects throughout the years. Through being a teaching artist to students of all ages, as well as curating socially conscious art exhibitions through methods of grassroots organizing, Huie has maintained an interest in recording life and memory through expression. Her belief in the power of “multi-vocal” art gives voice to the embodiment of culture: critique, celebration, and transformation. Huie’s sources are drawn from the rhythms and movements of higher realms of consciousness, the African Diaspora, New York City life, and the essence of life in her ancestral homelands of the Caribbean and Africa. As a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (BFA’10) with a specialization in Painting and Studio Arts, Huie continues to expand her practice as a curator, cultural organizer, and educator dedicated to collaborative work and collective sharing.

Lorna Williams was born in 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 2009, she attended the Norfolk Program at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY; Monsterrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; The Fine Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Williams’ work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, FLATT, Boston Magazine, Concierge Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. She was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalist, ARTS Recognition Finalist, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Finalist, Daniel Price Memorial Scholarship, and Annual Black History Art Contest Winner. Her work is included in the collection of 21C Museum, The Pizzuti Collection and Wellington Management. Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[Image: Lehna Huie “Mothership” (2011)]



from May 22, 2014 to June 13, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-05-22 from 18:00 to 20:00

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