Winston Contemporary Art announces a group exhibition featuring new works by six influential artists from around the country including Al Diaz, Robert Hodge, Tierney Malone, Patrick Melon, Brandan "BMike" Odums and Ayo Scott. Winston Contemporary Art will be hosting the opening reception on November 3rd in conjuction with "Confessions of a Subcutluralist" featuring renowned influener Micheal Holman from 7-9 at 2426 Bartlett Street, Ste D, Houston, TX 77098. Tickets to that event are $10 and can be purchased at the following link:
An artist talk will with the featured artists be held December 1st from 1-2.
Al Diaz is best know for his collaboration with Jean Michel Basquiat on SAMO©, graffiti that appeared in lower Manhattan from 1977 to 1979. SAMO© initially became known because of its wit and sarcastic humor; but became a globally recognized graffito after Basquiat's rise to fame.
A prolific and influential first-generation NYC subway graffiti artist, who later became a text-oriented street artist, Al Diaz's career spans 5 decades. He currently works with WET PAINT signs used throughout the New York City subway system. After cutting out individual letters to create clever, surreal and sometimes poignant anagrams, he hangs the finished works in subways stations throughout New York City. His WET PAINT work was featured in the 21st Precinct Street Art Event ( July,2014) , a solo show at "Outlaw Arts" (March, 2015) and will appear in the upcoming book, "Street Messages" by Nicholas Ganz.
He has been a featured speaker on a variety of panel discussions, including at The New School, The Museum of the City of New York, and NOLA Arts Festival in New Orleans.
Tierney Malone was born in Los Angeles, but has long called Houston his home. Malone is a modern-day storyteller who creates works on paper and mixed media constructions. He uses the canon of African-American history and pop culture to help him create contemporary tales about life. By invoking colorful and emotionally charged figures from jazz, sports and literature, Malone makes powerful and sensitive works that are both visually beautiful and politically provocative.
Malone has exhibited his art widely throughout Texas and the U.S., including numerous solo exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Kansas City Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; Goldman Sachs, New York, New York; and the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston, Texas. He is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a CACHH Visual Artist Grant, and a Kimbrough Visual Artist Grant.
Born and raised in the city of New Orleans, Patrick Melon is a photographer and documentarian whose work focuses on capturing the vibrant street scenes and cultural expressions of his hometown. From the brass band and second-lines that pour over the city's streets on any given Sunday to recording artists such as Lil Wayne, PJ Morton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more, Melon's work is a diverse cataloge of portraiture of many recognizable faces to people simply living out their truths on a dialy basis.
Melon aims to blend artfulness with historicity in his photographs and hopes to someday provide a crucial catalog of imagery that speaks to the zeitgeist of this cultural epoch.
Brandan "Bmike" Odums
Brandan"Bmike" Odums is a highly sought visual artist and filmaker who uses these chosen mediums to tell stories and make statements that transform the minds of viewers as well as the spaces in which his work appears. As a filmmaker his directed music videos have appreaer on MTV, VH1 and BET. Odums has been honored as one of "20 Artist You Should Know" by Complex Magazine, awarded a Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Most recently, Odums has been featured in a variety of publicaitons including The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Root.
Odums works are featured in many prominent personal collections including the collection of comedian Dave Chappelle.
Ayo Scott is a native of New Orleans, and the tensions that pulse thorugh his hometown are at the foreground of his asthetic practice. Using the traditions of ambitions, and the contradictions of New Orleans, Scott creates visual allegories that expore ways of being, consumerism and technology's interaction with the transcendent.
Scotts recent work forucses on leveraging technology to create a symbioseis between the analog and digital.