The Grand Galleries are a great opportunity for area artists to gain more exposure as well as offer enrichment and enjoyment to patrons, performing artists, artistic partners and staff.
The Grand is actively seeking artists to exhibit their work during the coming year. Along with the opportunity to show for the month, artists will also take part in the City of Wilmington's Art on the Town, also known as the "Art Loop" on first Fridays.
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For artists interested in exhibiting their work at The Grand, download an application here.
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By Tony Sealey
The geographical scientific definition of this term is the following: “A way of identifying, explaining, and predicting the human and physical patterns in space and the interconnectedness of various spaces.” This is a little complex for my simple mind. The word Spatial simply relates to “space.” The word Perspective, “a point of view.” Space can relate to things both physical and emotional. We all are affected by and surrounded by space every minute of our lives. It affects the home we buy, how fast we drive and every relationship we have with others. Whether a space is physical or emotional, they are looked at with a unique point of view. Perspectives are limitless, since we all see things differently. My objective has always been to take photographs that evoke personal thoughts and emotions, rather than dictate my perspective on others. For this reason, my works remain “Untitled.” The goal is that we learn about each other through our differences by recognizing the beauty in our diverse views and being drawn closer because of them.
by Yakime Akela Brown
People often ask me what was I thinking of or what influenced me when I created a particular piece. My work is often influenced by fluidity and motion. In fact, there is usually some kinetic component present in my paintings no matter the medium. While I certainly do not limit myself to any one particular theme, recurring subjects are water-like swirls, vortexes, splashes, and even letters and/or symbols being seemingly poured out into space. In fact, I really love typography, letters, numbers, and typeface. I think this goes back to my graffiti writing days. Being a DJ for over 30 years and being exposed to many styles and genres of music growing up, it plays such a big role in my life and has a measure of influence on my work. As such, music is also incorporated into my creative process. Depending on my mood and what’s going on in my head at the time, I like to have in the background deep house, drum & bass and jazz. If I’m in a more contemplative mood, I will opt for no music at all. This allows for a more immersive approach. Either way, painting has such a cathartic effect on me. Whatever happiness, stress, frustration, disappointment, or any other emotion I may be feeling at the time or that may be weighing heavily on my mind, I re-direct that energy to the canvas. It is a very intimate and personal process that is deeply ingrained in my personality. Along with various brushes, I use a variety of palette knives and/or other implements when I create. Now that I have been using epoxy resins quite a bit, the reason why my pieces are so glossy, I have become quite proficient with a blow torch. The combination of vibrant color and texture has always been very appealing to me, and this is usually reflected in much of my work. It has been proven that color has the power to trigger both positive and negative emotions. Who can deny that touch is one of our most powerful senses? Now while I don’t intentionally set out to create a piece with the thought of making someone feel this way or that way, I do sometimes take these things into consideration at progressive stages of the creative process.
One of the most frustrating things for me as an artist is the inability to always be able to capture the truly textural elements of my pieces photographically. The raised strokes, bumps, ridges, etchings, jagged knife cuts, globs and mounds of paint and so forth are quite allusive and often absent in a photo image. This is why I rarely will make prints of my work. It turns into one of those situations where you really have to see my works in person in order to get the full impact, dimensionality, and nuances. I want people to not only see my work; I want them to be able to feel every brush stroke and every swipe of the knife. I want it to be for them a very tactile and emotional experience. When everything is said and done, if someone sees my work and it evokes a memory from their past or it makes them smile or it conjures up some other emotion, it is quite humbling and gives me an indescribable high. An art blogger/critic who attended one of my showings described my work as “a profusion of color and strong brush & palette strokes.” She further wrote, “More than once I sneaked over to touch a piece, so I could feel the energy he created.” When I read that I thought to myself, o.k. she gets it. Many people don't, but then again art is so subjective. Either way it's all good. Even if nobody got my art, I would still do it. It is a part of who I am.
It drives me absolutely insane when people over-analyze art. I know that for some that is quite a controversial statement. Nevertheless, we all are entitled to our own opinions, right? To me it’s really a simple matter. Art is subjective; you, as an individual, either love or can appreciate a painting, sculpture, photograph or whatever or you do not. That’s it, really. I believe it is a matter of personal preference/taste, similar to your liking vanilla and me liking chocolate. I know that when some hardcore art lovers and even artists themselves talk “shop,” it can really become a heated debate. Call me dense, but I personally never understood that. I am not here to debate with anyone. I’m not going to beat you over the head because you lean heavily towards the traditionalist style and approach to art yet I prefer a more contemporary style and approach. Style is defined as ‘an individual’s characteristic attitudes and taste as expressed or indicated in his/her way of life.’ Again, to each his own or, like my mother always says, "If you like it, I love it!