Artist statement for Domino Kool (Hood Classic I)

Beau McCall, Domino Kool (Hood Classic I), 2013. Buttons, plexiglass, embroidery thread, plastic jar, wood shelf, doilies, 25 x 25 in. Pour: 51 in.

Kool-Aid, growing up in the hood you was everybody’s friends. You represented youth, innocence and celebrating good times. You were the affordable drink that tasted so damn good. I remember children running to the store just to buy a pack, mothers mixing you in with water and sugar and you came to life at cookouts, birthday parties and school dances.

But Kool-Aid I’m older now and I see beyond that smile of yours. You ain’t so good for the system. You don’t have any nutritional value and most folks load you up with excess sugar.

Now that I think about it, Kool-Aid you’re starting to taste bitter but the memories will always be sweet.

Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra! I’m getting lots of love from various media outlets for my visual arts debut. Check out the features on EBONY.com, the NY Amsterdam News, Rolling Out and more via my press page here.

Gallery Talk Sunday August 12th, 3-5pm

Come join me and my fellow artists for the eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp gallery talk. There will be great conversation, networking, a panel on collecting art, live music and of course, ME! All the details on what to expect are below.

Groundbreaking Art Exhibition, Anchored by Danny Simmons’ Artwork Announces Gallery Talk with Art World Experts  Presented by Strivers Gardens Gallery & Souleo Enterprises, LLC

“eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp” gallery talk includes a panel featuring some of the art world’s foremost leaders, a meet and greet with exhibiting artists, live music and the unveiling of the time capsule project

WHAT: After breaking attendance records for opening night and receiving media support from NBC, the NY Times, NY Daily News, Ebony.com, rollingOut and more, eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp will hold a special gallery talk on Sunday August 12, 3-5PM. The free exhibition is anchored by the works of visual artist Danny Simmons, co-founder of Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center, a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Danny, brother of Russell Simmons, is also the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series Def Poetry Jam and a published author. Co-curated by Lisa D. Hayes, Esq., manager of Strivers Gardens Gallery, and event/media content producer Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, the exhibition will run through September 7, 2012.

The gallery talk will include the panel, On the Cusp: Collecting Art by eMerging Artists with some of the art world’s most accomplished advisors, gallery owners and curators including former head of Sotheby’s worldwide VIP program, Sotheby’s Preferred, and the current founder/CEO of AKArt—an art advisory agency, Amy Kisch; owner and director of Causey Contemporary gallery, Tracy Causey-Jeffery; curator, art historian and arts management specialist Debra Vanderburg-Spencer whose clients include The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Exhibitions Manager), the Harlem Arts Alliance, William J. Clinton Foundation and the Galleries at The Interchurch/Rockefeller Center. Guests will have the opportunity to view the works of and interact with the exhibition’s artists–many of whom repurpose everyday materials like teabags, thumbtacks and buttons into fine art. The Harlem Arts Alliance and Souleo Enterprises, LLC youth members, CULTURE CRASHERS–along with the debut of the time capsule project (created by Jeremiah Drake)–will provide live music in the garden.

WHO: Exhibiting artists (subject to change): Danny Simmons, JaSon E. Auguste, Greg Frederick, Laura Gadson, David Hollier, House of Spoof, Al Johnson, Beau McCall, Shirley Nette Williams, Andre Woolery; co-curators Lisa D. Hayes, Esq. and Souleo; Panelists: Amy Kisch, Tracy Causey-Jeffery and Debra Vanderburg-Spencer; the CULTURE CRASHERS and more.

WHERE: Strivers Gardens Gallery (Ground Level), 300 West 135th Street (between St. Nicholas & 8th Ave.), Harlem

WHEN: Sunday, August 12.

3PM-Artist meet and greet, live music and unveiling of the youth time capsule project.

4PM-On the Cusp: Collecting Art by eMerging Artists Panel & Networking (2nd Floor).

A Night to Remember

Me and my mom in front of my debut piece, Until We’re Free

 

It’s 15 minutes to 6 and I am supposed to walk through the door of Strivers Gardens Gallery at 6 for my debut as a visual artist. But my nerves are shot. Dressed in my button best, I run to the corner to catch a taxi and I am sweating like a pig. By the time I get to 135th Street I am nearly drenched and visibly shaking like I am losing my mind. By mere coincidence my mother, sister and niece from Philly were 2 blocks behind me in a taxi. We enter together and see all this amazing art from my peers and I am truly overwhelmed. I am astonished and speechless to be part of something that I waited for nearly half my life. I turn around and see more familiar faces and then my nerves start to relax. I say to myself it’s time to get into action and entertain your guests. I am working the room, smiling and conversing about my art. My mom is overwhelmed and shocks me by not crying. My sister and niece are ecstatic and can’t believe that their older brother and uncle is finally having his debut. As I am mingling, I am constantly getting pulled for interviews. I think I had about 10-12 interviews. I got great responses and the door is now open for a bigger and brighter future. It’s time to get my game plan in motion. I am emerging…

 

Beau McCall in Button Chains Photo Credit Stephen Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co curator Souleo in Beau McCall wearable art Gold Clouds set Photo Credit Stephen Knight

Viewers absorbing Until We’re Free Photo Credit Stephen Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewer of Until We’re Free

Harlem Arts Alliance Visual Artist of the Month: Guess Who…

Beau McCall Photo by Greg Frederick

Yup, me! I’m proud to announce that the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) has made me their visual artist of the month for July. I am thrilled to have this honor because I am still a rookie at HAA and haven’t even been a member for a full year.

This is part of my growth as an artist and it couldn’t have come at a better time becuase I make my art debut this Thursday July 12 at 6PM at Strivers Gardens Gallery, click here for details.

If you’re around come to the HAA Monthly Meeting Monday July 9th at 10AM at The Interchurch Center where I will accept my honor and have a work placed on display at Riverside Church. Click here for details on the meeting.

Special thanks to fellow artist and HAA visual artists leader, Aleathia Brown!