Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pop culture-inspired visual artist Fahamu Pecou returns to Charleston this June

(In) Visible Man

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Fahamu Pecou says that, for him, creating art is a natural reflex - BRYAN MELTZ
  • Bryan Meltz
  • Fahamu Pecou says that, for him, creating art is a natural reflex
In August, 2016, I wrote about Atlanta-based artist, Fahamu Pecou, and his exhibit, Do or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, which was held at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Pecou's pop culture-inspired works address society's representation of black males, while utilizing traditional themes of Yoruba and Ifa, West African religious practices. His paintings — raw and beautiful in their truth — felt necessary in 2016 Charleston, a year after a blood-stained Holy City saw the deaths of Walter Scott at the hands of a police officer, and of nine innocent Emanuel AME parishioners at the hands of a white supremacist.

The Halsey put together a catalogue after that exhibit (this is something they do often, in case you ever want to get your hands on a book full of art), titled Visible Man. On Sat. June 9 at 4 p.m., join Pecou and Dr. Anthony Greene for a discussion of the catalogue at CofC's School of Sciences and Mathematics (202 Calhoun St.), followed by a reception at the Halsey. The event is free to attend and catalogues can be purchased for $34.95.

  • Courtesy of Fahamu Pecou
  • "Old Gods New names"
Visible Man provides an in-depth look at Pecou's work created over the past two decades. There's the NEOPOP series, described as, "a host of visual responses to popular culture ... Using the conventions of Pop Art, NEOPOP examines the current authority of popular culture, and challenges the notion of fine art's position in its commodification." Most of the images in this series are evocative of magazine covers, with titles like 'Cream, The Arts Issue,' 'Flaunt,' 'metro.pop.' The titles of the pieces read like a how-to guide on satirizing stereotypes of black culture: "Shut Yo Mouth," "All This Without a Basketball," "Immaculate Percep'shun," "And I Ain't Been Shot a Whole Buncha Times."

In addition to looking comprehensively at his body of work, Visible Man also includes essays and commentary written by fellow artists and scholars. Assistant professor in the department of literature at Emory University (where Pecou earned his PhD), Sean Meighoo writes about "The Fahamenology of Performance." Meighoo investigates the shift in Pecou's work, from his early series, which featured an alter ego, Fahamu Pecou Is the Shit!, to his later works, which highlight "pointed criticism of consumer materialism within hip-hop culture."

If that all sounds a little heady — maybe even a little too academic — then you've successfully immersed yourself in Pecou's work, paintings and multimedia productions that force you to think, to unpack, to reflect on your pre-conceived notions, of how you see the world.

Event Details Fahama Pecou: Conversation and Catalogue Signing
@ Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
161 Calhoun St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., June 2, 4 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Visual Arts and Lectures + Seminars
  • Courtesy of Fahamu Pecou
  • "The Way"
Amanda H. Hellman, a curator of African Art, writes about Pecou's Do or DIE exhibit and its Yoruba influences in her essay, "Die and Do: Egungun as a form of resistance and recovery." She writes about Alagbada Egungun, a Yoruba masquerade from southwest Nigeria, produced by Egungun societies for dance ceremonies.

She says this of Pecou's piece, "New World Egungun Masquerade:" "'New World Egungun Masquerade' demonstrates the natural course of the culture by retaining the vital components that activate the mask and make it an effective weapon of resistance, healing, and unity, while also deviating from typical Yoruba artistic expressions of the mask and introducing it to a new space and audience."

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'Denmark Vesey's Garden' talk to be moderated by activist Tamika Gadsden

Food for thought

Posted by Christina Burnley on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM

  • Facebook event page

Good food and great conversation make for the ideal combination at Itinerate Literate's “Food for Thought: A Conversation and Book Signing.”

On Sat. June 16 arrive hungry at Harold’s Cabin to listen in as award-winning historians — and former Charleston residents — Blaine Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle discuss their new book, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy.

Local activist, Tamika Gadsden, who's also the host of the Mic’d Up podcast, will moderate a question-and-answer segment following an interview with both authors. Roberts and Kytle will both be available to sign copies of the book following the segment.

Mobile bookstore Itinerant Literate will provide a book with each event ticket. For those who already have a copy on their shelf, an event-only ticket can be obtained through Eventbrite. The discussion will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and a specialty cocktail crafted by Harold's Cabin will be available for purchase.

Event Details Food For Thought: Book Discussion
@ Harold's Cabin
247 Congress St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., June 16, 5 p.m.
Price: $35/includes book
Books + Poetry

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AccessAbility presents second annual Art in the Dark

Shining a light

Posted by Christina Burnley on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 12:11 PM

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Join Access Ability this Thurs. May 24 for their second annual Art in the Dark event in North Charleston, an experience for inspiration and human connection. Inspired by the world of Willy Wonka, this all-inclusive event will feature art across all mediums from hands-on art projects to live music and everything in between.

Art in the Dark emphasizes community inclusion as expressed through passionate artists and amateurs of all ages. This exhibition and friendly competition embodies an all sensory experience that everyone can enjoy.

AccessAbility Executive Director Julia Martinelli created this event to be open to everyone, with or without disabilities. Bring your family and friends as you enjoy local art with a purpose.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Rebekah Jacob releases personal narratives in online series

The embattled gallery owner owes tens of thousands to artists and galleries for mismanaged work

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 3:16 PM

  • Jonathan Bonceck file photo
  • Jacobs
Embattled gallery owner Rebekah Jacob has been quietly publishing what appear to be chapters from a memoir on her blog since May 1.

The romantic and wind-swept first-person passages start with her humble Mississippi Delta beginnings. The latest entry, posted on Friday, follows her journey to New York City to become an art dealer shortly after the September 11 attacks.

"Perhaps my work has been a combination of fragments driven by my love of the South and the Caribbean, imagination, social justice, politics, and the burning determination to succeed, no matter what," she writes in the introductory post.

In an August 2017 cover story, CP reported on eight artists who either spoke out about Jacob or took legal action against her for allegations that mostly centered on her selling their work and not paying them.

Jacob, 42, owns the Rebekah Jacob Gallery on John Street. She has been involved in a series of litigations for the past few years, and the latest judgement against her, issued in March, ordered her to pay $47,000 to Georgia-based oil painter Ed Rice.

In a hearing for a different case late last month, a county judge said that he would find her in contempt of court if she refused to turn in her financial documents and sit for a deposition with an attorney representing an artist and a D.C.-based gallery. Jacob was ordered to pay them both a total of close to $68,000 in 2016.

Charleston attorney Patrick Chisum, who represents Hemphill Fine Arts and artist Cynthia Knapp, says that he expects the action to be dismissed due to Jacob's lack of assets.

In an interview with CP, Rice couldn't believe that Jacob's gallery was still open.

"A gallery, in a perfect world, should not be allowed to abuse its artists with impunity," he said at the time.

The excerpts are scheduled to go up every day until May 31, according to a Facebook "event" page hosted by the gallery.

With a dramatic flair and not a hint of irony, the event page for "Art Hunt: A Memoir" describes the posts as follows:

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Rebekah Jacob investigates the drama and thrill of the Art World as a dealer and curator. Her writings cover the workings of a gallery, the elite art fairs, the eccentric artists and colleagues, the competition behind prized inventory, and the wonderland of it all.

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Heart of Gold Gallery presents Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers images

Pure gold

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 1:14 PM

The Grateful Dead on Haight and Ashbury St.  1966 - © HERB GREENE / HEART OF GOLD GALLERY
  • © Herb Greene / Heart of Gold Gallery
  • The Grateful Dead on Haight and Ashbury St. 1966

Heart of Gold Gallery — Mt. P's go-to fine art gallery for music photos — presents a pretty cool exhibit, tomorrow, Tues. May 22, from 5:30-8 p.m. Check out photos of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, from photogs Herb Greene and Amalie R. Rothschild, respectively.

Gallery owner Aaron Zych invites guests to swing by for a drink and an eyeful of cool photos — and, for most Mt. Pleasant-ites, a welcome reprieve from traffic.
The Allman Brothers- Backstage at the Fillmore East 1971 - © AMALIE R. ROTHSCHILD
  • © Amalie R. Rothschild
  • The Allman Brothers- Backstage at the Fillmore East 1971

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