Fresh Black Paint (2002)
DiverseArts Little Gallery
DiverseArts Production Group
Presents 2nd Annual Fresh Black Paint at DiverseArts Little Gallery
Who: DiverseArts Production Group
Run of exhibit: February 6th - 28th
Where: DiverseArts little Gallery
1705 Guadalupe, Suite 234
(Open from 12 PM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Friday.
Saturday by appointment only)
Last February, DiverseArts' first Fresh Black Paint exhibit presented gallery-goers with a provocative look at the changing century--from an African-American perspective. One of Austin's most unique observances of African-American Heritage Month, the show returns in 2003 with an eye-opening reception on Thursday, February 6 from 7-9pm.
As African-American Heritage Month becomes a more established national recognition of past cultural contrubitions, Fresh Black Paint celebrates the heritage that is being created at our present point in history. The vision of these young artists communicates broad range of thought and emotion regarding past and present relationships of African-Americans within the whole of what is considered to be "American" culture. Fresh Black Paint is an unconventional yet inspiring way for audiences of all backgrounds to experience the voice of contemporary African-American visual artists.
For more information contact Harold McMillan or Rachelle Rouse at 477-9438 or
Like some other contemporary painters, I do not make clear distinctions between abstract and realist art. Art for me is emotion; it is intuitive and spontaneous. Distinctions lie with how one communicated imagery, for a painting must go beyond what the artist visually sees before her and delve deeply within her soul to communicate a powerful image on canvas that reveals more than what is immediately apparent.
Concepts for my work stem from diverse sources such as the history of art, pop culture, personal photographs, landscapes, and still life objects. I take simple visual moments frozen in time and open up new possibilities. My working methodology allows my paintings to remain fresh, and unpredictable. There are no limitations, no boundaries, only infinity and freedom to express without words.
The content of my work is not meant to relay a personal philosophy nor is it an narrative or a depiction. I do not desire to make a political, social, or cultural commentary of the world. My object is to create paintings that contain ambiguities of space, color, and form. My paintings are personal and are reflections of a range of internal emotions and complexities of life, that visually are most often not seen as tangible, recognizable images.
It is my goal as an artist for my work to be expressive enough to communicate on its own, without any explanation, and that my paintings have an emotional impact on the viewer. I hope to engage the viewer into a physical, gestural, and psychological relationship with my work.