Artists featured in above image (L to R): Stacey Vest, Alison Braun, Sonya Clark, James Russell May, and Steve Spencer.
Permanent and Natural is a group show featuring hair as a form of personal expression, as cultural relic, and as artistic medium. Permanent and Natural explores the diverse contexts in which artists have incorporated the natural, malleable material that is deeply connected to individual and community identity.
Members-Only Curator’s Talk
Friday, February 21 | 5:30 PM
Public Opening Reception
Friday, February 21 | 6:00-8:00 PM
The exhibition continues through August 1, 2020.
Featured artists in Permanent and Natural include:
Alison Braun: Seattle based photographer who captured many of the top punk rock and grunge bands while living in Los Angeles and Seattle in the 1980s and ’90s.
Sonya Clark: Multimedia artist based in Amherst, Massachusetts who integrates hair and textile design to create work dealing with themes of race and identity.
CreativeSoul Photography: Atlanta duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt’s photography focuses primarily on children featuring elaborate costuming and hairstyles to celebrate the beauty and versatility of black hair.
Y. Malik Jalal: Atlanta based painting and collage artist whose work focuses on the lives American decedents of slavery and their artistic traditions.
James Russell May: Louisville based artist who creates contemporary paintings based on ancient Greek and Christian mythologies.
Gabrielle Mayer: New Albany artist who creates Victorian hair wreaths and art installations.
Fahamu Pecou: Atlanta based artist whose Of Crowns and Kings series explores the ritual, majesty, and sanctity of Black men and their hair.
Steve Spencer: Little Rock, Arkansas based painter creates work that crosses folk art with pop culture.
Alexis Eke: Toronto, Ontario based illustrator influenced by traditional Japanese and Renaissance portraiture to create contemporary representations of black women.
Stacey Vest: Cincinnati based costume and wig engineer that creates wigs to wear and display. She draws inspiration from past, present, and future cultures from around the world and has developed a considerable following among the drag community.