Artist a Day Challenge 2016-6: Yashua Klos

  In his current exhibition, “How to Hide in the Wind”, Yashua Klos uses collage and printmaking to transform abstracted pieces of printed paper into figurative profiles.  His subjects take on a three dimensional quality as they physically emerge through wood blocks revealing one external image while concealing fragments of themselves left behind.  This visual representation of code switching demonstrates … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-6: Yashua Klos

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee was a prolific photographer documenting Harlem in the 1920’s and 1930’s with work that earned him the unofficial title of “Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance.”  With a mission to highlight middle class life, his work featured portraits of black New Yorkers, showing a side of life that was virtually invisible outside the African American community.  He was very … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-4: James Van Der Zee

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-3: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

“Ask the ‘Why’, it’s not enough to say ‘it’s beautiful.’ “~Njideka Akunyili Crosby “Beautiful” is exactly how I described Crosby’s show at the Hammer in November.  There are so many layers to her work it’s hard to focus on one aspect of it.  I now realize that in many ways that is the point.  On the surface … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-3: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-1: Frederic Douglass & the Power of Photography

In 2015 I embarked on a journey to highlight artists of color during Black History Month and I am happy to bring this important feature back to Culture Shock Art.  Instead of the longer theoretical essays,  I currently explore on TONDI, this February I will explore one artist, artistic medium or art movement each day during February.  Both 2015 … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-1: Frederic Douglass & the Power of Photography