Curatorial Fellow, Gengis Don, has always believed that art imitates life. However, after existing in multiple creative mediums, he’s learned that art also imitates art! As one of the musicians pushing the genre of jazz forward, Gengis has hand picked four visual artists whose careers and creations parallel his and his musical counterparts’. Hailing from New York and New Jersey, these visual artist’s work are some of the most thought provoking and pioneering pieces Gengis has come across. Their work invokes a freedom that is often only reached in the jazz genre, if to be compared to another artistic medium.
Zalika Foy (Urbaan Misfit):
Indigleaux’s art has garnered praise from the likes of Jersey City’s Mural Art Program (JCMAP) where she completed her first mural. She has participated in exhibitions at acclaimed institutions like St. Edward’s University (Austin, Tx), Big Medium Gallery (Austin, TX) , the Index Gallery (Newark, NJ), Van Der Plas Gallery (New York, NY) and Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, NJ)).
Overall, Indigleaux finds purpose in utilizing her art as a tool to connect with her community as everyone is living life: weaving through the ebb and flow of existence.
Jay Golding is a Jamaican born, American artist who is also a descendant of the Maroon tribe. Golding’s mixed-media practice explores themes related to ancient mythology, migration, as well as the relationship between his Caribbean heritage and African influence in his personal life. His work ranges from depictions of masked figures to friends and relatives, either placed in natural settings or against flat backgrounds–frequently using a vibrant palette, sometimes accompanied by emerging textures caused by recycled materials such as paper towels and other found elements. Golding’s practice typically references familiar surroundings that are reminiscent of his childhood and inspired by his distant travels as a way to reveal his personal connection to specific types of locations. Jay frequently signs his work using the pseudonym Kwame as a justification of the connection he feels to his tribal roots by way of Ghana, West Africa.
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