Black to the Future: Afro-Futurist Art & Free Drinks | Oakland
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Blackball Universe | 230 Madison St, Oakland, CA
Join the artists for the reception of “Black to the Future” at Blackball Universe Gallery, re-introducing their inaugural artist Norman Maxwell along with Deadeyes and Nelson Enriquez on August 16, 2013.
This collaboration comments on Afro-Futurism and diverse cultural influences. Come join them for free drinks, snacks, and music.
Norman Maxwell, the first featured artist, began his career as a graffiti artist in 1979. After an art school education and decades of dedication, Maxwell developed a unique and expressive style that reaches a wide audience of admirers. Blending street art and classical aesthetics in a deep exploration of urban symbolism, Maxwell reaches for a self-declared “visual soul” style that explores themes consistent with Afro-Futurism.
Deadeyes first started as an artist by lifting ideas from his zine writings and incorporating them through street art, murals, and installations. Inspired by the street art characters in the San Francisco Mission in the late ’90s, he began creating visuals similar to tribal masks.
Nelson Enriquez is a multidisciplinary artist primarily focused in painting, photography, video, and mixed media. Born in Havana, Cuba, Nelson’s work is both social and sometimes biographical, exploring themes of immigration, travel, frontiers, consumerism, and material scarcity.
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