The work required to do an art exhibit, is long and tedious. So with that thought in mind multiply that by three art exhibits, within three months. On August 9, 2013 there will be a group art exhibit that I’m exhibiting in, that’s curated by Rodney Ladson and Lamine Hamdad. The title of the exhibit is, “I Hear Music The Universal Language”. The exhibit will be at MOCA DC Gallery in Georgetown at 1054 31st. Street NW, Wash. D.C. 20007. During the reception on August 16, 2013, 6:00 pm to 10:00pm, there will be audio presentation by Mykl Music Productions and live photo shoot by Photographer Rodney L. Ladson.
I will be presenting two works of art for the exhibit, at MOCA DC. The works I’m presenting are the limited edition print of “Monk”, and the original ink drawing, of “HR”. Thelonious Sphere Monk, was known in the world of jazz as, “Monk”. Monk was a professional audio artist, and a very complex, and enigmatic individual. He made it known, by the why he performed his music, that he was shaping a new approach to playing the piano. He is honored by many, and has influenced musicians, and artist, with his creative presentations on piano.
HR, aka Joseph I, Paul Hudson is a cult of personality. HR, vocalist front man for the premier, hardcore, punk, reggae band, Bad Brains, was a person I met during the 1980’s. During the 1980’s I was working a full time job, and doing freelance graphics and illustrations, for newspapers, and local bands in the D.C. Metro area . I had heard of Bad Brains from other musicians, and folks who were into the club scene. I met HR, while carrying mail in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights neighborhood. HR never had a fixed address, and moved about quite a bit. Most of the musicians worked, or hung out around 18th & Columbia Rd. There were health food stores, clubs and art galleries in the area, and the neighborhood, was a palette of many cultures from around the world. HR and I would talk about, life and world issue, and as he would say, “His little projects.” I was fortunate to have worked with him on one of those little projects. He wanted me to illustrate an album cover, titled “Ras Michael & Zion Train”. I was to do two more album covers, but our schedules were in conflict, and we both moved on. Twenty- five years later, we meet at a small club in Charleston, SC where his band, Human Rights is performing. I bought in the album, that I illustrated 25 years earlier, and graciously asked him to sign it for me, which he did. And so we have come full circle.