Our final installment of this year’s Black History Month artist series features Kehinde Wiley, a New York-based visual artist and painter famously known for his approach to realism.
Wiley’s work portrays urban "black and brown" people in heroic, powerful, larger-than-life poses. The paintings often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary styles and the portrayal of masculinity and physicality as it relates to the perception of black and brown young men.
Wiley’s paintings were initially based on photographs found on the streets of Harlem. Over time, however, Wiley was led toward an international approach, featuring models found in other urban parts of the world such as Senegal, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro.
Kehinde’s models are asked to assume poses found in paintings or sculptures that represent the history of their surroundings. His heroic paintings exhibit a modern style in a unique and contemporary manner, subtly addressing complex issues that many would prefer remain undiscussed. Focusing on the socio-political history of the world, Wiley’s paintings and sculptures “quote historical sources and position young black men within the field of power.”
Kehinde Wiley’s work is found in many public collections throughout the world, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Detroit Institute of Arts; Kansas City Museum; The Jewish Museum (New York) in New York, New York; High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California; Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, California; and the Milwaukee Art Museum among many, many others.
Glenn Ligon, an American conceptual artist, explores race, language, identity, desire, and sexuality in his works, and is noted as one of the originators of the term Post-Blackness.
Ligon works in multiple media, including neon, painting, photography, video, and digital media. His work is influenced by his experiences as an African American and as a gay man living in the U.S.
Ligon fuses his complex personal history and formal art education to create emotionally-charged works that deliver challenging messages. Regardless of the mediums he employs, Ligon’s work varies between startling honesty and humor, reminding viewers that intolerance can’t be ignored.
What better way to kick off the new year than by celebrating the 16th anniversary of Cfx? This Sunday, January 8th, marks 16 years since Chris Frank and Megan Frank joined forces as a husband-and-wife-team to form Cfx, Inc., proving all along the way that you can in fact have your cake and eat it too.
It has been a sweet 16 years for Cfx. We’re excited about the future and all that it will bring; new projects and opportunities to expand the Cfx portfolio, growth with new and longstanding clients, company travels both professional and leisurely, and a tremendous dose of camaraderie and laughter along the way. Thank you to all our clients, friends, and families for your continued support.
Our favorite part of the holidays wrapping up (other than puns) is the fresh start that the new year brings – not only in theory, but in people’s lifestyles and daily habits. Nearly everyone sets new year’s resolutions with the goal of giving their lives a facelift. Whether the objective is to eat better, exercise more, spend more time with loved ones, eliminate caffeine from one’s diet, or literally get a facelift, the ringing in of the new year brings unanimous hope and optimism.
Cfx has had a phenomenal, fun, adventurous, and productive year, and it’s our sincerest wish that all of you did as well. Cheers to 2017, wishing you and yours blessings of health and happiness. Happy New Year!
“We don’t just live and breathe design from 9-5 every day, we bring it home with us.” - Megan Frank
The theme was inspired by a surprise trip to Europe. Chris and Megan transformed their living room from a mid-century modern sitting area to a hotbed of European landmarks and influences. Be sure to follow Recyclart for all your holiday crafting inspiration.