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Next week, a painting I completed in 2017 (around the time I decided I would pursue a path in visual arts), will be on view at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in "Let's Face the Music...a dance inspired exhibition."

The painting is an homage portrait of distinguished independent performing artist Loretta Abbott who passed in 2016 at 83 yrs old. It was inspired by a still from a Dance/NYC 2015 support video, “Loretta Abbott: New Yorkers for Dance (Upper Manhattan),” in which Abbott shares her conviction in the importance of dance to “the mind, body and soul.”

Loretta Abbott was beloved in NYC and in particular by her friends/family/community at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts where she was a founding member. "Let's Face the Music...a dance inspired exhibition" is presented by a group of dancers, musicians, choreographers and dance lovers dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the Clark Center NYC.

Come to the opening if you're free and able!

El Barrio Artspace PS109

215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 18 at 6PM

On view: June 18 - June 30

Gallery Hours: M-F, 12PM to 8PM | S-S 12PM to 6PM

Art-making Workshop: Saturday, June 22 | 12PM - 2PM

Artist Talk: Sunday, June 23 | 2PM

All ages, Free

'Fly Paper' Kahlil Joseph - Soundscape Score

i'm in New York for the holidays. seeing family, friends, and art. i caught another excerpt from Kahlil Joseph's Shadow Play at the New Museum. per usual, i was blown away. 

having watched Black Mary throughout last month, i am so full off this iteration. i can honestly admit that I have a reverence that borders on jealousy for film artists/makers. where and when the visual and the sonic meet is everything. Kahlil has certainly mastered that space while leaving room for the viewer to float, bounce, rock, melt, soak...and BE in that in between.

i could've watched this short film all day. i might go back, before i leave for cali, and take it all in again.

here are the sounds for Fly Paper. read up on the exhibition and more here.