4th Quarter South End Verses Collaboration
Congratulations to Marquis Love (writer) & Scott Patridge (artist) for being chosen as the latest collaborators of the South End Verses Art Placemaking Project.
The poem by Marquis - Natural Hair In The Work Place - was inspired by political activist Angela Davis. Ms. Davis is not only a revered activist and author, but her signature afro is considered iconic within the black community. I was inspired not simply because of Ms. Davis' hair, but more so the conﬁdence that she wore it with. Angela Davis' afro was not just an afro, it was a statement of, "I know who I am, and I'm proud of who I am". I've noticed more women of color have begun to mirror that same conﬁdence by wearing their natural hair. Sadly, not everyone agrees with this movement. Especially those in corporate America who don't consider Afros, dreadlocks, or braids to be "professional" hairstyles, but a woman's hair is very much a part of her identity, so to say that her hair isn't welcome is to say that she isn't welcome. I wanted to write a poem that would convey the frustration women of color feel when they are discriminated against because of how their hair grows out of their head, and to inform corporate America that there is a revolution taking place, and this revolution is motivated by identity.
Scott says: Marquis showed me several poems to consider for our South End Verses collaboration, and we decided to go with About Natural Hair in the Work Place because of its punchiness, and the opportunity to depict Angela Davis, the political activist whose signature hair is referenced in the poem. I felt this would be a dramatic subject for our collaborative piece.
To execute the design, I created a series of vinyl stencils from digital files, and painted the elements of the picture onto boards that ACSM custom cut for the project.
Many thanks to C3 Lab for the chance to engage the public with my art and to Marquis Love for providing the inspiration for this piece through his poetry.
Marquis Love is an aspiring writer originally from the greater Atlanta area but now reside in Rock Hill, SC. The content of his poetry extends broadly, going from pain and personal experiences to religion, politics, racism, current events, and social observation whose pieces show depth, and challenge conventional ways of thinking.
Scott Patridge , a local artist based in Charlotte, NC works in a variety of media, both digital and traditional, often combining techniques. His visual style is informed by 20th century modernism, nature, logo design, and many other influences. Seeking to engage the viewer by linking the universal and personal in his work, he offers images that connect with or expand upon the viewers' personal stories. The work is illustrative in this regard, in that it allows the viewers to craft their own narratives. He regularly distills subjects to their fundamental essence using simple shapes to suggest categories of experience upon with the viewer can project their specific memories.
He likes to find art outside of traditional museum and gallery settings, where it can engage with the public in an informal and natural manner, free of preconceptions because the presence of art in any setting contributes to a higher quality of life for everyone that wants to look at it.
Many Thanks to the South End Verses Committee:
- Meredith Dallas - Meredith Dallas is an emerging sculptor and printmaker from Rock Hill, SC. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture and printmaking from Winthrop University. Meredith’s work has been featured in multiple shows, including the 27th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, where her piece, Facture, was awarded the Dalton Second Place award; the 25th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Zenith: the 2015 Winthrop Department of Fine Art Senior Exhibition; and three Winthrop sculpture shows. Working in the realm of public art, her piece Microthreads went on display in downtown Rock Hill. She also completed three sculptural bike racks for Family Trust Credit Union’s new headquarters in downtown Rock Hill.
- Sharon Dowell - Sharon is a painter and public artist whose numerous works can be found in several private collections as well as public art installations throughout Charlotte and other cities in NC. She has had several solo shows throughout the country and been part of selected exhibitions including the past Architectonic Exhibit at Gallery C3 in April 2017.
- Megan Liddle-Gude - Megan is not only a community connector, but the Executive Director for Historic South End. She has experience in facilitation and community engagement, coalition building and urban planning. Prior to joining Center City Partners in 2012, she was an associate with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in Virginia. As a facilitator, she worked with community groups to build consensus around challenging issues, including local food systems, community health, racial equity, economic revitalization and Chesapeake Bay watershed management.
- Kia O Moore - Kia is a native Charlottean with a love for all things creative, cultural and communications. You can always find her with a communications gadget in hand, a Hip Hop song on her mind and a new idea to share. Her personal motto “Think Big. Think Differently. Live in an Alpha State of Mind.” Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of the social business music venture Hip Hop Orchestrated. She is also the Creative Director of the mentoring non-profit Hip Hop University.
- Katie Toussaint - Katie is writer and editor for Charlotte Five, a digital affiliate of the Charlotte Observer that is geared toward the young professional demographic and produces a daily newsletter and five hyper-local articles. She is a Charlotte native with a love for writing, editing, yoga, coffee and wine.
- Rick Thurmond - Rick, former sportswriter and longtime journalist, has worked for Charlotte Magazine for 21 years, the last four as publisher. He recently joined Charlotte City Partners as the new Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development. His new role includes community-building and economic development work, leading public advocacy, launching special projects and supporting business recruitment efforts for Charlotte.
- David Walters - David Walters is a British architect who has four decades of experience as an architect, urban designer and community planner. As former director of the Master of Urban Design Program at UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, he has won state and national awards for urban design master plans, form-based codes and community planning projects based in Carolina communities.
Artist Studios at C3Lab
Being a creative hub in South End, C3Lab supports the efforts of artists at all stages of their careers by offering affordable artist space. To sustain the local arts community, C3 provides common spaces where artists can meet, socialize and collaborate, learn together and have creative dialogue about art being created, exhibit their current works and/or WIP and thrive in their artistic practice. C3 hosts an art exhibit each year featuring all the artists in Gallery C3.
Artists at C3Lab
Gallery C3 is an alternative art space that hosts exhibits featuring local, regional, national and international artists. From emerging to established artists, Gallery C3 supports traditional, contemporary, and hybrid art forms that integrate social, interdisciplinary, experimental, imaginative and innovative collaborations that are intended to stimulate, boldly shape and connect through an intimate exchange to the artistic community.
INTERSECTION II: The Annual C3Lab Artists Exhibition
Diverging styles, methods and individuals intersect through place to frame this annual exhibit from the artists at C3Lab. Join us for this exhibit on Friday, October 6th, from 7 to 10pm.
Differing personal styles, careers, and life don't always function together in harmony, but when you intersect the common thread of the love of art throughout a creative space, with the true spirit of collaboration – an interesting collage emerges to tell a meaningful story.
They are all artists. Different faces in different stages. But all within the same space to passionately connect with what feeds their soul and drives their imagination to create artistic value to the community and beyond.
Exhibit runs through October 25th. GALLERY HOURS: Tues, Thurs & Fri 11am to 5pm, Wed 11am to 2pm, Weekends by appointment only. Closed Mondays (and for private events Oct 20-22 & 28).