#11 ORNG INK ART SHOWS: CLAY FROM THE RIVER, TATAMAE ALIVE!, THREADBONE: FASHION & ART EXHIBIT, IMAGERY X|PRESS, INKALICIOUS GROUP SHOW, & LAST BUT NOT LEAST…. TAR, AN INSTALLATION!
Anj Ferrara wowed us with her second art show in Ironworks Gallery. I was unable to make the full opening but I always appreciate her work. When you first look at her paintings, especially the pastels of the Clay from the River, you do not notice all of the colors and details. After looking more closely you can see that Anj is a very gifted painter, and has a unique connection to nature and the what inspires her about the world around her.
Khari Ricks debuted his first solo show at Ironworks with Tatamae Alive! His work was featured in the Spring 2013 issue, and the Valley came in full force. The show was the ORNG Ink attraction during the Hat City Streets Festival this summer. It was great to see how hard Khari worked. He is truly the hardest working artist I came across in a long time. He paints a new painting almost everyday. Khari also curated the group show that was exhibited during ORNG Ink’s annual Inkalicious Art Block Party.
Laura Campbell and fashion designer, Robyn Modest threw the first fashion and art exhibit at Ironworks Gallery with the much anticipated, Threadbone. Laura showed her unique paintings and sculptures for the first time, and Robyn repurposed denim jackets, shorts, and more. I even bought one with floral sleeves. It was great to see Robyn’s fashions in a new way. It was like walking in Urban Outfitters or something. Overal, great event and hope there is another.
Briana Heart, Marco Dorce, and Naeema Campbell, some of the resident photographers here at ORNG Ink presented a group photography exhibit, Imagery X|Press, This was an interesting event because this was the first time they have showcased their work. All three worked well together and learned a lot in the progress. They have all grown as photographers, artists and hope to see many more.
& last but not least Tar, an installation. 8 ORNG Ink artists (Shamika Williams, Stephen Batiz, Laura Campbell, Khari Ricks, Vladimir Jean, Krystle Lemonias, Gamal Jones, and more) came together and transformed Ironworks Gallery into Tar. They attacked the walls with nothing but black acrylic markers, and paint. It took about a week, but the finished result was nothing like anyone could have ever expected. I stayed out of the gallery because I did not want to see it in progress, I wanted the room to attack me, and that it did. See more exclusive photos in The Music Issue.