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.
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.
There are no gallery exhibits at this time as we prepare for the expansion of a new Gallery C3 space for 2018!