Black LOVE Matters exhibition

When curator and featured artist Dionne Victoria went searching for art that represented people like her at the local museums, she was left with a reminder of slavery and hardship. After years of being told that those are the only stories that would be regarded as “Great”, she decided to take control of the narrative by creating bi-annual Black Love Matters! exhibition through the Butterfly community. A collection of artists from different race and backgrounds came together last Friday to show their perspective of what love in the black community looks like.

Natural & Organic juice company EENI can be found at all of the dopest pop-ups around the city.

Through spoken word and intimate conversation, Natalie B showed us the three levels of love.

B’ Rael gave us the pain of police brutality while keeping the art of Footworking alive.

Kwnology reminding us that we all did use to Love H.E.R. by speaking on her love of Chicago.

As with any piece of art you see online, it will never do it justice so make sure you check out the full exhibit at the lower level of 1029 W 35th St.

Sheena Rose solo exhibition at Connect Gallery

We stopped at Sheena Rose solo exhibition opening reception last Friday at Connect Gallery as our first fall exhibition for the year. Sheena Rose is a contemporary Caribbean artist from Barbados. In 2008, Sheena graduated with a BFA degree with Honors at Barbados Community College, and in 2016, she received her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship. Sheena works with multimedias such as hand drawn animations, drawings, paintings, performance art, mixed media and new media. Shout out to Rob McKay and Connect Gallery for allowing us to come in there and take pics. Arguably one of the dopest galleries on the southside of Chicago. You can check out the work until October 26th.

How an art exhibition in an abandoned school taught us about repurposing

In 2013, Anthony Overton Elementary school closed down and was later purchased by the Washington Park Development Group. Since this beautiful architecture wonder use to be a modern and progressive approach towards education reform, it is now added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. As we’re slowly understanding that in order to fix Chicago, we need to fix the education, local artists have decided to create work that explore the past, present, and future of Overtons that will hopefully bring solutions to our problem. Black Yuppie creator Quest the Legend was invited to show his work for the event but because of the late notice, he wasn’t able to join. He did however felt that he needed to help bring awareness to what Creative Grounds is trying to do for our neighborhoods so he decided to attend as a guest and document the whole experience.

 

 

After exploring each room, I couldn’t help but to feel this cryptic feeling of emptiness and sadness. Even though each installation gave me a sense of hope for the future of education and how much aware our young students are about what’s happening to their surroundings, you still can’t help but to think about the displaced children that once vacated this location. I leave the images below for your own interpretation but make sure you follow creative grounds to stay up to date on their next projects.