Justin Lamarr Jones is a self-taught multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, and journalist based in the city of Detroit, Michigan. In a word, Justin is fluid; an oscillating body whose work explores the timeless intricacies of fluidity within sexuality and gender. Beneath the swelling vibrancy of Justin’s work rests compassionate themes of introspection, liberation, and self-preservation amongst androgynous Black bodies. Juxtaposing that, Justin’s writings and usage of textures are known to address his personal exploration of both toxic masculinity and femininity, processing sexual and bodily traumas, internalized homophobia, and capitalism. Jones’ work rejects a monolithic view of what it means to be Black, queer, and artistic and instead exists outside the bounds in soulful improvisation.
@131.295 Instagram / website: fluid.pb.gallery
Jared McGriff is a Los Angeles born Miami-based artist. Jared received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design and his Masters from New York University. His paintings have been exhibited at the PRIZM Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach, the interdisciplinary MATATU festival in San Francisco, and can be found in the homes of private collectors around the world.
Jared’s abstract, figurative and portrait watercolor and acrylic paintings are inspired by visual distortions, memory fragments and ephemera. Capturing the expressions, cultural cues and transitory familiarity of his surroundings, his work depicts the lives of imagined subjects that reflect the Diaspora. Jared’s approach to this collective conscious is informed by a deep connection to history and global perspective - voyages distilled in paintings through simple line, color and composition.
@watercolorbrother Instagram / website: jaredmcgriff.com
Born in Australia and raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Okore has received international acclaim for her richly textured fiber art sculptures and installations. Known for their environmental ties her breathtaking works explore the fragility and ephemerality of terrestrial existence. Her highly tactile sculptures respond to the rhythms and contours of everyday life, combining reductive methods of shredding, fraying, twisting, teasing and washing with constructive processes of tying, weaving, stitching and dyeing. Also, informing her aesthetics are familiar sounds of sweeping, chopping, talking and washing, processes that reflect the transience of human labor and its inevitable mark on the material world.
Nnenna Okore is a Professor of Art at Chicago's North Park University, where she oversees the Sculpture area. She earned her B.A degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (First Class Honors) in 1999, and subsequently received her MA and MFA at the University of Iowa, in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Added to numerous national and international awards, Okore is a recipient of the 2012 Fulbright Award. Her participation in over a hundred solo and group exhibitions combined in the last decade has earned her much recognition. Her works have been featured at venues including Museum of Art and Design, New York; Peabody Essex Museum at Salem, Salem; Tang Museum of Art, Skidmore College, NY; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art, New York; Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta; Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; the Mattatuck Museum; N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit; and October Gallery, London.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / website: nnennaokore.com
Julia Yezbick is a filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist based in Detroit. She received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her audio and video works have shown at the Berlinale–Forum Expanded, MOMA PS1, the New York Library for Performing Arts, Pravo Lujdski Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico, Rio de Janeiro, the Montreal Ethnographic Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. She is a Kresge Artist Fellow for film, the founding Editor of Sensate, and co-directs Mothlight Microcinema in Detroit.
@juliayezbick Instagram / website: juliayezbick.com