CREATE FEST V with CMOP

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August 6. 4-10 pm

Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 436 E. 47th Street

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network # 205


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Come and relax with some of the freshest innovators in town..music, 
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Black Experimentalism a talk with Jelisa M. Davis- Part Two 07/19 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts Podcasts

Black Experimentalism a talk with Jelisa M. Davis- Part Two 07/19 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts Podcasts:

In this exhibit Phantom Gallery Chicago curators Alpha Bruton and Alan Emerson Hicks invited B. Rael Ali, and Jelisa M. Davis new graduates and emerging Chicago artists as a feature because each are presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work, they have thought critically about black Modernism and what that means. Jelisa M. Davis work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions, and behaviors prior to or during moments of social interaction. In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism. Areas of Investigation: Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Postmodernism. So, what use do we find in the terminology that supposes a distinction? We know, despite this slippage in terminology, however, that Modernism as an artistic movement—embraced by a range of practitioners in literature, music, and the visual arts—is often described as a? break? from, and a revolt against, Realism. I want to think about artists whose work we might not consider experimental and see how the innovations in that work begin to shift the ground beneath what we think of as? black experimental.?

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The Legendary Rakim is Takin' It to the Streets



"Art is Business" reposted for Lavon N. Pettis of Global Resources ID.


As many of you know in April of 2016 I joined my comrade's at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as the 2016 Lead Planner for Takin' It to the STreets
http://streets2016.com/
This year's headliner is the none other than Rakim.  Check out what he had to say about his appearance this year!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8COtM8qnr9Y
Other acts include international sensations: Yuna, Brother Alia, The Reminders, Mumu Fresh, Brzzvll, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Danay Suarez.

Our guest Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of late black nationalist leader Malcolm X


https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160524/marquette-park/takin-it-streets-fest-commemorate-50th-anniversary-of-mlk-march


I am asking my networks to contribute to the wonder organization we work towards meeting our fundraising goals for the 2016 Ramadan campaign.  Any amount you may offer is appreciated


I thank you in advance.

Please see the link to donate below
http://www.imancentral.org/ramadan-remembering-ali/

Black Experimentalism - “Let Us Examine the State of Our Environment.”

"Art is Business" Join us on BlogTalkRadio for a candid conversation scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2016, at 11am, 

The specific question I want to press is, what are some ways we define "Black Experimentalism" while examining the state of our environment? 

Call in to speak with the host (917) 889-7811

Jelisa M. Davis- Chicago State University Graduate BFA


In this exhibit, Phantom Gallery Chicago curators Alpha Bruton and Alan Emerson Hicks invited B.Rael Ali and Jelisa M. Davis, new graduates and emerging Chicago artists, as a feature because each is presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work, they have thought critically about black experimentalism and modernism and what that means in their practice.

Artist B.Rael Ali

B. Ra-El Ali is an exceptional emerging artist who has exhibited his artwork at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, South Side Community Art Center. He is currently a resident artist and curator at the Hunter International Gallery.




Jelisa M. Davis's work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions, and behaviors before or during moments of social interaction. In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University, where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism.

Areas of Investigation:
Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated in terms of actual dates nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Postmodernism. So, what use do we find in the terminology that supposes a distinction? Despite this slippage in language, we know that Modernism as an artistic movement—embraced by a range of practitioners in literature, music, and the visual arts—is often described as a “break” from, and a revolt against, Realism.




That we engage in a discussion not only about race and gender, but about societal attitudes about race and gender, and the relationship a Modernism that cannot be extracted from these attitudes and a black Modernism that emerged alongside and against them. 

The question I pose to B. Ra - El Ali because he is also a poet and spoken word artist: Who within the black literary tradition has (as well as particularly, the visual arts., which is an area of cross-pollination in need of significant investigation) made experimentalism more possible, and might we find some of those figures in the columns we call 'canonical" or "traditional"? I want to think about poets whose work we might not consider experimental and see how innovations in that work begin to shift the ground beneath what we think of as "black experimental.



Research: The Hopwood Lecture, presented April 20, 2011 
Michigan Quarterly Review

NEW IDEAS ABOUT BLACK EXPERIMENTAL POETRY 
ELIZABETH ALEXANDER


COLLECTED VOICES POP UP SCREENING Strange Fruit trailer

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The partnership between Collected Voices and the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will serve as Collected Voices' first fundraiser during the Bronzeville Summer Nights Art District Trolley Tour on Friday, July 15, 2016. The screening and fundraiser is a pre-launch to the CV Film Festival that begins in August and runs through October 2016.

COLLECTED VOICES POP UP SCREENING AT BRONZEVILLE ARTIST LOFTS, SECOND FLOOR EXHIBITION SPACE.



Dark Exodus: Subject to Jim Crow laws and an overtly racist white population that still sees Blacks as property, an African American family in the South sends their sons away to a better life. Visualizing the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban, industrial North in sepia tones, director Iverson White's period film captures the atmosphere of early 20th century America. 28 min Fiction; directed by Iverson White

Sounds of Exodus: An Ode to the Great Migration: A short film from the critically acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Lonnie Edwards paying homage to the evolution of music birthed through the Great Migration. 3:17 min Doc; directed by Lonnie Edwards

The Talk: A father, a son, and a life or death conversation. 7:22 min Fiction; directed by Justin Vaughan

Does Police Have More Rights Than Juveniles? One South Side Family's Rare Victory Against Misconduct: In 2007, Donna Moore's 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter were assaulted by an off-duty Chicago cop. The city settled with the South Side mother in 2011, awarding her family $100,000. Real Chi Youth spoke with Moore and others to understand the impact of police misconduct against juveniles. 4:45min Doc; produced by Free Spirit Media, Directed by Chelsea Berry

Strange Fruit: A reinterpretation of the poem by Abel Meeropol in modern times, October travels down Middle American Main Street and finds himself trapped in a fatal cycle. At the end of the day,

Who is to Blame? The Fruit of the Root? 10 min Fiction; directed by Shay Riddick

Watch the trailer here: Strange Fruit trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOFCVDxkldE

WHEN
Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM (CDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network- Room 205
 436 East 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60653

Space is limited.- Mixologist Alan Emerson Hicks 
Sponsors


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Emerging Artist: Jelisa M. Davis Featured in Black Experimentalism Exhibit

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Jelisa Davis is an emerging Chicago-born artist who specializes in surrealistic painting. 


Black Experimentalism Exhibit

Phantom Gallery Chicago, 440 E. 47th Street, Room 205-  July 15th - August 13th, 2016.



Jelisa Davis’s Artist Statement

My work captures social phobic thoughts, emotions, and behaviors prior to or during moments of social interaction. My work expresses how mundane activities that require human encounters can be daunting tasks that produce extreme anxiety created by irrational fears of receiving negative judgment by others. I’m interested in depicting particular social insecurities such as fear of social rejection, public humiliation and being closely observed and negatively evaluated on performance.

My work often illustrates these anxieties as nightmarish landscapes from first

person perspective or it captures particular moments that provoke uncomfortable responses from my audience.  My work is visually characterized by crowded compositions and dull and intense color schemes to illustrate the overwhelming experiences of social anxiety and to intensify delusional perceptions.


She discovered her interest in art through the adoration of calligraphy and cursive writing. She enjoyed the curvilinear design and flow of the letters and how they were cleverly connected to one another. She would often trace her mother’s beautiful cursive writing and eventually accompanied the words with small doodles of imaginative imageries. 

In 2016, Davis graduated from Chicago State University where she studied studio art and developed her enthusiasm for surrealism. She was often influenced by the styles, philosophies, and concepts of classic surrealists, especially René Magritte. She appreciated the abandonment of reality and academic teachings and was intrigued by the acknowledgment and emphasis and of the unconscious world.
She was also influenced by psychological literature, specifically
Sigmund Freud’s theories of dreams and uncanny.  Davis’s philosophy of painting derived from the famous Picasso quote which she discovered her second year of college- “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”. This led her to focus on psychological themes relating to social phobia due to her own experiences of social anxiety disorder.

Her work has been exhibited in CSU’s President’s Gallery where she had won first place and other honorable acknowledgments in the annual student art competition.

Phil Cohran Solstice Concert Millennium Park Chicago 6/20/16

"Art is Business" posted for Lavon N. Pettis GRID Project Manager 2016
Phil Cohran's Summer Solstice Ensemble  Bro Phil will be honored on July 8th by Master Yiser Ra Hotep and the Soul Yoga Society: http://soulyogafest.com/



On June 20th, 2016  Bro Kelan Phil Cohran debuted his Summer Solstice at the Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Chicago.   Below is a copy of the bio for the octogenarian, a musician list & plot, and video for you to review. 



He will take the rest of the summer to produce new music, rehearse, and tend to some of health needs.   He is looking forward to public performances again in October of 2016. 

Thanking you in advance for taking a look at these materials and all of your support! 

Musically and artistically yours,

Lavon Pettis