Friday I was invited out by Lee Carrier to see Wards in Color (co-curated by Troy Gooden and Angel Quesada). It was the closing reception blowout with collaborative artists of the space: Wiley Robertson Lee Carrier Ignacio Sanchez Art by Angel Quesada Troy Julian Artist

 Angel Quesada

Angel Quesada

Lee Carrier

Lee Carrier

 

The scene was really chill and everyone there seemed to be there to appreciate what was going on. It was a collaboration of artists with musical performances to boot!
The lineup consisted of the awesome eclectic world music vinyl by DJ EPZ + DJ ALLAN from KTRU Rice Radio, a sensual acoustic set by Alycia Miles, the upbeat world musical stylings of Gio Chamba and electric musical dynamics by the SPACE VILLANS*.

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SPACE VILLANS

SPACE VILLANS

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(DJ) Flash Gordon Parks

(DJ) Flash Gordon Parks

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Gio Chamba

Gio Chamba

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DJ EPZ

DJ EPZ

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Alycia Miles

Alycia Miles

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Also, with little fanfare as the rousing party next door, I happened upon Lovie Olivia‘s exhibit. This exhibit was starkly different from the colorful graffiti/mural art display from next door. It was wholy paying homage to history with a display of old artifacts and a scratched out of the wall depiction of who I believe to be Harriet Tubman. This particular piece was amazing because the layers of paint that covered the walls throughout the years have found new life thanks to the skilled hands of Ms. Olivia.
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Lovie Olivia

Lovie Olivia

Its a wonderful thing what the contributors of this event have done. They have effectively open the eyes of an under-served community that needs more positive creative inspiration.

Thank you Lee for the invite and to all the folks I met at the event… Cheers.