Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Erik Rashad Clark "FRESH" Afro-futursism

"Art is Business" curated Alan Emerson Hicks

E-Rashad or Erik Rashad Clark is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in afrofutursism and fashion.  Erik was born 5/14/90 in Peoria IL and raised in Chicago IL. Being a Chicago native instilled a strong sense of culture and art with in his soul. Living in a city with such rich artistic culture created a route that was inescapable. From drawing dogs for the letter D in Kindergarten to Gallery 37, Erik has always generated a fierce loyalty to the arts.

Later on he received free training (brown scholarship) from the Maryland Institute College of art. From there Erik began teaching and involving his practice in LA, CHICAGO and NYC, as professional artist and fashion designer.

Artist Statement
      Erik combines several different mediums often yielding interesting compelling results. Overall his art aesthetic is geared around creating and defining worlds and the people that may inhabit those worlds.  From there, he translates his messages into ready to wear garments and fashion inspired pieces. These pieces often are represented through various mediums like painting, drawing, sculpting, sewing, crafting and more. One thing that should be noted is that no matter what the piece or idea: a heavy dose of fashion can be found in the overall product.

Like life my art is very chaotic but purposeful. My art is not limited by just one idea, notion, or principle. In every piece of art I create try to use a heavy use of symbolism to visually depict a deeper message or story to the audience. Some times the message is direct or sometimes hidden. Overall no matter what my hand touches I try to bring a level of drama, excitement and mystery to the world around me.

Erik has sense focused mainly in arts education with and emphasis in various types of art to express a range of ideas.
 Ideas set us free
The mind lets us wander
And our hearts feel as
Reality tries to settle around us
Saying what we see isn’t so
I still choose to dream….
Black Alice in White Wonderland series
A series of mixed media portraits that mix the world of current Rnb/Hip Hop Culture with the world of Alice and wonderland…. Falling down the rabbit hole can have many misdirected connotations; from having a drug trip, to diving in to the next chapter of your life to be exact. However, in this case the adage refers to entering a conceived world. In this world I chose to represent key characters in the form of afro musical royalty. 

DEAR WHITE PPL series –more to come

Student Series
     Erik Clark is a teacher on the south side of Chicago. In teaching under privileged youth. The artist began to interpret the unique stories of his students. It wasn’t enough to just draw them; the artist wanted the viewer to feel emotion behind the face as well.  (I you to see and feel my the people I draw) By mixing different material together Erik is able to convey complex story lines through loaded symbolism in the art and subjects eyes.  In order to convey an abstract narrative the use of real and fabricated material adds a sense of touch and 3 dimensional appeals.

The addition of hair is crucial in my work along with the other tactile and mixed media techniques.  In the African American community hair is key and is your crown. With out hair one lacks the ability to define ones self and personality.    I created this series as a way to connect and relate to my students. Soon, I realized that I was creating these portraits to honor and remember youth that may be forgotten due to the ignorance and violence around them. I want them to see the color. This series is not to exploit them but instead to pay reverence to them. 

They inspire the artists everyday. Join us for the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour
Opening VIP pre-boarding starts at 5pm - 6pm, Friday, August 18th, 2017, Phantom Gallery Chicago, 436 E. 47th Street. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Chicago Made Event Recap-Repost

Art is Business- Reposted for Lavon N. Pettis of Global Resources ID.

Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Donda's House partnered together for ChicagoMade: Leveraging the Local to Go Global hosted in the Chatham Community on the Southside of Chicago. Panelists included Chevonne Nash, Naledge and Lavon Nicole Pettis.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishburne Talk 'Bronzeville'

"Art is Business"

Upcoming events in Bronzeville for August include the installation and dedication of the sculpture garden.
August 18, Trolley Tour 6pm
August 19, Mayor's Ball


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chicago South Side Host Passport: Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017

Chicago South Side Host Passport: Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017

 "Art is Business"
June 16th Trolley Tour was so cool, it was hosted by the Chicago South Side Airbnb leadership team, as a social experience that can be offered to their guest while visiting Chicago. We hosted an after trolley Sor'ree as well, a gathering with DJ Marcel, to the theme of Purple Fusion Experience: Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. 

Join us again for a family fun filled event, on this Friday July 21st. Meet and greet the featured artists, Michelle Stone, and Peter N. Gray, as they share their recent artwork, and collaborative approach to exhibition. This exhibit is curated by Alan Emerson Hicks, all three are members of 3D Sculpture. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bronzeville Art District July Trolley Tour

"Art is Business" Join us on Friday July 21, 2017  VIP Pre-Boarding of the Bronzeville Art District- Trolley Tour, 5pm-6pm. Boarding begins at 6pm - 9pm. 

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network presents the works of Peter Gray and Michelle Stone. HAPPENSTANCE- meet and greet the artists during the Trolley Tour, curator Alan Emerson Hicks.

IN-KIND DONOR SUPPORT- wine Jacqueline Moses, food Members of Holy Angels Parish.
Value Varies (Cost Share)Your company may wish to donate specific items: Space, Wine for Reception, Searchlight, Flowers, Printing, etc. as part of our gallery openings. Recognition will be commensurate with values of other sponsorship levels based on value of in-kind support.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Featured Artists- Featured Projects for July 2017

"Art is Business" by Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator, Lauren Pilot, Alan Emerson Hicks
The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will be hosting a series of events this July, starting this weekend with a closing reception for......

The Purple Fusion Experience 

Saturday July 8th, 4pm-6pm, meet the artists, during this afternoon Salon Series listen to artists  talking about their art practice. A live podcast recording on BlogTalkRadio-"Creative Conversation"
Exhibit ends on the 12th of July.

Potluck Dinner Party- Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport
Chicago South Side host leaders will gather at the home of one our Southside hosts and discuss upcoming events, initiatives and activities on the Southside of the city. Hosts will bring a dish and eat dinner together!

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HAPPENSTANCE July 21,2017  5pm - 6pm pre-boarding VIP