There are very few places where art and commerce coexist harmoniously. Striking a balance has always been a struggle between the concept of producing art to create commerce vs allowing commerce to support the production of art. I, for one, believe in the latter; the purpose and end result should be producing great art. Yet we live in a world of consumerism and capitalism. And this is why (in my humble opinion) something like HYCIDE Magazine is such a flash of brilliance.
HYCIDE is the brainchild of photojournalist and filmmaker Akintola Hanif. His photography and film projects have been featured in such venues as Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, Columbia University, Princeton University, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and the Newark Museum. His corporate commissions include projects for Prudential, The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Red Bull. He currently works as the resident documentarian for YouthBuild Newark. January 26th, HYCIDE will celebrate the release of the fifth issue, The Art Issue, at the Rush Arts Gallery.
The Arts Issue shines the spotlight on artists who subvert conventional ideas about race, class, identity and popular culture. “Our vision…is to highlight those contemporary artists that are going hard in the paint but who aren’t necessarily the darlings of the art world, at least not yet,’’ says curator and Guest Editor Shantrelle P. Lewis of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).
The magazine features multi-media artist and actress Numa Perrier’s unsettling depictions of female sexuality, biracial adoption and motherhood; Fletcher Williams III, whose work celebrates and critiques hip-hop culture, and Hebru Brantley, who recently sold his expressionist, graffiti-inspired painting “Everyone’s Scared’’ to Jay-Z for $20,000. Acclaimed journalist Greg Tate’s essay on Afro-Futurism examines an artistic legacy that dismantled the Futurism movement of Nazi Germany and recast it as cosmic revolution. Contributing Editor Michael A. Gonzales writes about the life and art of Romare Bearden and Asha Saint-Hilaire explicates Andy Warhol’s silent commentary on mass media and the Birmingham riots. “HYCIDE’s art issue is a continuum of all that we stand for: representing the ones who aren’t represented, telling their stories in an objective way and creating understanding,’’ says Editor-in-Chief Akintola Hanif.
And just when you thought it was safe, the night will continue with an afterparty at The Chelsea Market from 9pm-1am.
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