Sub-Basement Artist Studios will present Frank Smith's "The Magical
Revolution" as the final exhibition to conclude it's successful 2006
run. The one-man show will deliver a series of artwork that involves
a blend of art mediums such as paint, fabric, domestic materials,
newspapers, magazines, to name a few.
The exhibition will display Smith's craftsmanship not only through
paintings, but also quilts and fabric-sewn objects that can actually
be taken off the wall and used for personal enjoyment. This "magic"
is what Smith will highlight as art becomes more of a personal
connection for many people. The "magic" Smith creates in his artwork
is deeply rooted to jazz influences such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. His artwork is considered visual interpretations
of jazz music and its rhythms.
Frank Smith produces powerful art that stems through the beliefs of
the AfriCobra manifesto. As a member of AfriCobra, the group's
objectives were "to develop a new African American aesthetic… and
promotion of pride in Black self-identity." Smith grew up in the
fight for civil rights and Black identity. He uses his artwork to
bridge the gap between the past and present by celebrating the beauty
of the African-American culture.
The Magical Revolution: "Frank Smith and the Rise of AfriCobra"
by Justin Gershwin
Premiere: Saturday, December 9, 2006
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Exhibition duration: December 9 - January 27th, 2007