Rotation. Pretty much the only albums I have been listening to as of late:
- SZA- Z
- Little Dragon- Nabuma Rubberband
- Banks- Goddess
- FKA Twigs- LP1
I’ve featured the amazing work of Kehinde Wiley for Contemporary Art Week here previously. PBS has created a documentary about some of his works and creative process, and although it premiered on Sept. 5th, I’m sure you can check your local listings to see if it will be re-aired.
Known for his vibrant, larger-than-life reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring young African American men, New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head—and in the process, has taken the art world by storm.
Wiley recently embarked on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African-American women—something he’s never done before. The film, KEHINDE WILEY: AN ECONOMY OF GRACE, documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, and coming to know the women whom he selects to paint.
I need to watch this.
I love this pic of my friend Keisha rocking the Mother Nature is Timeless tee. www.arielbrands.com
Virgo piece I did for #naturallycurly
Title: “Don’t Shoot” Medium: Acrylic on Wood. 3hrs, quick painting. 2014.
I felt compelled to paint this on Thursday morning after walking into a grocery store and hearing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” being played on the loudspeaker. It echoed the sentiment and uneasiness I was already feeling due to the situation occurring in Ferguson, Missouri right now as we speak. It’s my belief that everyone has a voice and it’s really our duty to use it productively to make this world better. There are injustices going on that we may feel are out of our control, but there’s always something you can do.
It’s extremely disheartening that this image is basically a compilation of images I’ve seen this past week. Like real life craziness that is difficult for me to fathom. It’s rare that I use my work in a way that shows the harsh reality of things, but I’m realizing more and more that it’s imagery people need to see. I want to encourage and inspire with my paintings, but I also want to evoke change.
I want to bring awareness to an issue that more of us should be concerned about. I thought of all my little cousins and how this could’ve easily happened to one of them just because they’re black boys and that absolutely breaks my heart. This is the harsh reality that many of us are living in, and we NEED to do something to change it.
As always…Make Art, Not war. keturahAriel
"Some of us take for granted, the place that we call home.."
Lorine Chia-Wondering Where
Lorine is so dope. I seen her live for the first time like a week ago and it fully reaffirmed that she is my favorite type of artist/musician …just pure raw talent, no gimmick. And she’s mad cool too <3!!!
I make smoothies just about everyday, but only a few are worth posting. Just because it taste good doesn’t mean it LOOKS good.
Not all smoothies are created equal. #artistsagainstuglyfoodpics ❤
Keturahariel x NaturallyCurly.com
Zodiac series: Leo♌
Beautiful boys wear keturahariel.
An artist and her work.