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An architect, three artists and a professor: the Freelon family by Maryam Mohamed

11 Oct

The Freelon family has roots in the Triangle, but their talents have taken them to everywhere from an art installation in Madagascar to a mayoral campaign in Durham.

Philip Freelon is an architect responsible for designing historical centers across the country, such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga.

Philip has received countless awards for his work, and was appointed by former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. He is currently working on the expansion of the Motown Museum in Detroit, Mich.

He said he went into architecture because it combined elements of mathematics and physics with craft and design.

Philip is married to jazz vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee, Nnenna Freelon. Their son, Pierce Freelon, is a Durham native who ran for mayor.

Pierce said his passion for Durham is what compelled him to run for office.

He said while Durham is quickly changing, he wants to make sure this change reflects equity and sustainability.

“I felt a strong sense of urgency and obligation, almost like a calling, to step up for my city and community to be that change,” Pierce said.

Like his mother, Pierce has a background in music. He specializes in hip-hop and rap music production. His family has always been supportive of his decision to pursue music.

“My parents always said do what you love and success will come, because success has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with being happy,” he said.

Pierce co-founded Beat Making Lab and taught a class at UNC where he showed students how to create beats and write songs. He traveled to countries such as Congo, Fiji, Senegal, Panama and Ethiopia to teach kids how to write beats and shoot music videos.

“I’ve always been very connected to community and Beat Making Lab is no different,” he said. “I wanted to make sure this resource was not only available to Carolina students but to kids in East Durham and around the world.”

He said he was inspired by the opportunities he was provided with in college and wanted to use his privilege to give back to those less fortunate.

“A lot of the countries we visited didn’t have access to these types of resources and privileged spaces,” Pierce said. “I was honored to be a cultural ambassador and teacher.”

Deen Freelon, Pierce’s brother, is an associate professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

“I wanted a chance to work with some of the excellent students here at the Media and Journalism school,” Deen said. “It feels great to be able to teach in such an excellent academic unit.”

Deen’s professional work primarily focuses on political expression online. In 2011, he worked on a study that dealt with the influence of social media on the Arab Spring.

Deen said he admires Pierce for his relentlessly positive attitude and ability to immediately connect with others.

“We’re very different in our personalities but we always have fun when we get together,” he said. “He’s one of the most positive people I know.”

Deen said a standout memory he has of him and his family is them arguing over a plate.

“We had this yellow plastic plate that had everyone in the family’s name on it,” he said. “It was called the family plate, and every night we used to fight over who gets to eat on the family plate.”

Maya Freelon Asante — Pierce and Deen’s sister — is an award-winning artist who has showcased work in places like Paris, Jamaica, Italy and the US Embassy in Madagascar.

Asante uses a special kind of tissue called bleeding tissue paper that blends with other colors around it when it comes in contact with water. She developed a technique called tissue ink monoprint and utilizes this process to create artwork.

“I blend the improvisational side from my mom and the creative design side from my dad,” Asante said.

Asante said her artistic inspiration comes from her grandmother, who passed away in 2011. She said her artwork is about building community, and she feels a tremendous sense of joy when she sees her artistry on display.

“I also feel like I’m honoring my grandmother and all of our ancestors that came before us,” she said. “Because of their sacrifices, I’m able to be an artist.”

Philip and Nnenna said they are proud of the work their children are doing individually.

“I love my kids and am so proud that we’ve helped to raise good people,” Nnenna said. “It’s the gift you give to yourself and the world.”

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MAYA FREELON ASANTE and The Art of Daring

16 Mar

We are very excited to announce that artist MAYA FREELON ASANTE and her brilliant tissue paper and ink artwork has been featured in Cadillac’s new ad campaign “The Art of Daring”!

You can watch the video featuring Maya and her work below:

For Maya’s available works, please visit her page on our website or contact the gallery.

ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY’s artwork joins permanent collection at Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins

2 Sep

A huge congratulations to South African born artist, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY for the acquisition of her wood engravings,  “David”, “Astrocytes” and “David with Astrocytes” for the permanent collection of the Evergreen Museum and Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Images of her wood engravings can be found below as well as select images of her mixed media on panel columns which are also on view at the museum (by appointment).

Please contact Morton Fine Art for available artwork by ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY.

 

 

Rosemary Feit Covey, "David", wood engraving

Rosemary Feit Covey, “David”, wood engraving

 

Rosemary Feit Covey, "Astrocytes", wood engraving

Rosemary Feit Covey, “Astrocytes”, wood engraving

 

Rosemary Feit Covey, "David with Astrocytes", wood engraving

Rosemary Feit Covey, “David with Astrocytes”, wood engraving

 

Rosemary Feit Covey at the Evergreen Museum, photo credit: Graham Scott

Rosemary Feit Covey at the Evergreen Museum, photo credit: Graham Scott

 

Crossing the Line : Rosemary Feit Covey Evergreen Museum catalog

Crossing the Line : Rosemary Feit Covey Evergreen Museum catalog

VICTOR EKPUK’s “State of Beings (Totem)” at Dak’Art 2014

29 Apr

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State of Beings (Totem) : installation, 220 x510x452x4 cm, acrylic vinyl and metal on wood panel and vinyl mat, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Jean-Paul Blachère, Apt, France.

State of Beings is a mixed media installation that combines painting and sculpture in equal measure. The sculptural portion of the work stands upright against the wall whereas the painting is primarily on the floor. The two connect through the continuous lines of Nsibidi, an ancient graphic system that is autochthonous to south-eastern Nigeria and the Ejagham area of northern Cameroon. The swirling script-like patterns of State of Beings are also based on Ekpuk’s own invented signs. The fluidity of the symbols creates continuity in the installation, merging the wall into the ground seamlessly. Conceptually, the installation is a totemic portrayal of the male-female binary as composite of the human condition. The two figures physically face each other. Their emotional and psychic connection is evident in the thick red line that runs across the work, from the head of the male figure to the head of the female.

Victor Ekpuk was born in Nigeria in 1964. In 1989 Victor received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree (BFA), Obafemi Awowolo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he first explored the aesthetic philosophies in indigenous African art forms like Nsibidi, and Uli. Their economy of lines and encoded meanings led him to further explore drawing as writing, and to the invention of his own glyphs. In addition to operating a painting studio in Lagos, he was also a prominent editorial illustrator/political cartoonist for Nigerian newspapers before moving to the United States in 1999. He currently lives and works in Washington DC. His artworks are in private and public collections such as Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, Newark Museum, The World Bank, University of Maryland University College, Hood Museum, United States Art in Embassies Art Collection, Fidelity Investment Art Collection. Victor’s work have been featured in such venues as Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, USA, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York City, USA. Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA. The World Bank, Washington DC, USA. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA. New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, USA. Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa.

View available artwork by visiting http://www.mortonfineart.com

A sneak peek preview of JASON SHO GREEN’s robotic installation!

20 Feb

Don’t miss the OPENING RECEPTION of “Reveries” this Friday, February 21st from 6-8pm!

The exhibit will feature robotic installations & drawings by JASON SHO GREEN and ceramic installations & wall mounted sculptures by VICTORIA SHAHEEN

February 21st, 2014 – March 18th, 2014

“Reveries” opens Fri, Feb 21st 2014 – Installations by JASON SHO GREEN and VICTORIA SHAHEEN

6 Feb

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REVERIES

Robotic installations & drawings by

JASON SHO GREEN and ceramic installations & wall mounted sculptures by VICTORIA SHAHEEN

February 21st, 2014 – March 18th, 2014

 

OPENING RECEPTION 

Friday, February 21st, 6pm-8pm

 

EXHIBITION LOCATION

Morton Fine Art (MFA)

1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)

Washington, DC 20009

 

HOURS

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

 

About JASON SHO GREEN (New York, b. Japan): 

Seamlessly blending a hybrid education which includes undergraduate studies in autonomous robotics and digital embedded systems at the University of Washington and a MFA degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, JASON SHO GREEN’s work in Reveries evolved from drawings of a glorious city after ruin. He delves into a new world from the leftovers of human behavior, imagining what can be done with what is left behind. His robotic, electricity-powered installation explores an ecosystem built from found objects, spare motors, and wires that are constantly in flux.

Please click HERE to view video footage of robotic installations by JASON SHO GREEN.

 

 

About VICTORIA SHAHEEN (Detroit, b. USA):

A graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, VICTORIA SHAHEEN integrates iconic architecture, pop culture icons, outdated kitsch, and historical decorative arts in her memorable ceramic works.  Reveries marks VICTORIA SHAHEEN’s third DC exhibition including her successful debut of “St. Rosie Needs Arms” at NEXT at the Corcoran in 2011 and 2D/3D at Morton Fine Art in 2012.  This body of work will include stacked slip cast ceramics created from selected found objects from thrift stores, gifts and street debris.

About Morton Fine Art:

Founded as an innovative solution to the changing contemporary art market, Morton Fine Art (MFA) is a fine art gallery and curatorial group that collaborates with art collectors and visual artists to inspire fresh ways of acquiring contemporary art. Firmly committed to the belief that anyone can become an art collector, MFA’s mission is to provide accessibility to museum-quality contemporary art through a combination of innovative exhibitions and a new generation of art services.

JASON SHO GREEN – Video of 3 Robotic Art Installations in Germany

28 Mar
Jason Sho Green's "Wanderlust" by night

Jason Sho Green’s “Wanderlust” by night

"Wanderlust" detail

“Wanderlust” detail

Jason Sho Green's "Wanderlust" by day

Jason Sho Green’s “Wanderlust” by day

Don’t miss this video of JASON SHO GREEN’s innovative and interactive robotic art installation! Three minutes of video cover three installations he produced during his recent artist residency in Germany. Incredible!