Charlotte artist Dammit Wesley recently issued a great “WAKE N MAKE” activity on Instagram: “Find 5 new artists of color that inspire you, repost their work AND CREDIT THEM.” I took the opportunity to post a few artists I’m digging lately (and for a couple, have covered): Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lavar Munroe, Haroshi, Tschabalala Self, and Alejandra Laviada. Check out the work below:
I’m often asked about my favorite albums to play while writing, which is a very nice question since I’m just some goober. Here are a few of my faves in rotation lately:
Toe – “the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety”
This one just narrowly edges out 2015’s “Hear You.” Toe is a fantastic post-rock band from Tokyo, with Kashikura Takashi’s drumming itself something to obsess over.
Thelonious Monk – “Thelonious Alone in San Francisco”
A best bet for Saturday morning, as it’s far more sparse than these other choices. Monk recorded this live at Fugazi Hall without an audience in 1959, making it something special for a quiet session alone.
The Perfect Sports – “Demo Songs”
Another Japanese mathrock group, but the energy is youthful and less polished here. I’m particularly infatuated with their “Demo Songs” collection from a few years back:
News: I’m a co-writer for this upcoming book from Hi-Fructose, released through Simon & Schuster early next year. I’m quite excited about it.
As the current writer behind the Hi-Fructose Magazine blog, I’m lucky to see and cover some of the most interesting visual art from across the world. A few recent folks I’ve been following:
Philly’s Luke O’Sullivan combines printmaking and sculpture to create fictional environments. Read more.
Toni Hamel’s recent oil paintings explore our relationship with the natural world. Read more.
Zimbabwe native Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s engrossing work explores gender, spirituality, and differing cultures. Read more.
Spanish artist Liqen somehow moves between the paper and the public wall without compromising his intricate, absorbing linework. Read more.
The first installment in a series that focuses on accountability and transparency in Charlotte’s cultural sector has gone live. In this story, a local museum president’s outside roles inspires different reactions from current and former staff and board members. Read the entire story here.
File photo by Chris Edwards.
Recently took a look at two shows in Charlotte: Chris Clamp’s “Stories in Stillness” at Jerald Melberg Gallery in Cotswold and Elliott Puckette’s “Recent Works” at Myers Park’s SOCO Gallery.
Read them both here.