Last Sundays, May 29, 2016 – feat. Digital, Stephanie, and Children’s Authors

May 29 2016 Last Sundays

The National Gallery of Jamaica celebrates Child’s Month with special programming for its Last Sundays programme for the month of May.  The programme will feature a musical performance by Stephanie, which will appeal to all audiences, and, for the younger patrons, special readings by three children’s book authors: Tanya Batson-Savage, A-dZiko Simba Gegele and Kellie Magnus. The current exhibition Digital will also be featured.

Stephanie Wallace-Maxwell, known professionally as Stephanie, is a singer and songwriter, whose sound is a fusion of R&B, Reggae, Soul, Dancehall, and Pop; having grown up on a rich variety of music. Stephanie has toured internationally as both lead and backing vocalist with the band Groundation and has also worked with the legendary producers Sly and Robbie for Sony Music Japan, as a member of the group UNITZz, which has had two tremendously successful albums, J Paradise and J Lovers. Stephanie’s musical journey continues to blossom into the realization of a dream that has stuck with her since conception: to make an indelible mark on the world.

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Digital: Ronald Williams

Williams, Ronald - Swagga

Ronald Williams – Swagga, 2013, digital illustration

This is the last of our features on the artists in Digital. Look out for other posts on this groundbreaking exhibition.

Bio

Ronald Williams was born in Barbados, in 1990. He attended the Barbados Community College where he attained a BFA degree in 2013. Williams has had a number exhibitions, both in Barbados and internationally. His most recent include Finite Project Altered When Open (2015) at the David Dale Gallery in Glasgow Scotland, and 300 dpi (2015) at the ArtSplash Gallery in Barbados.

 

Williams, Ronald - party shot

Ronald Williams – Party Shot, 2013, digital illustration

About the Work

This series explores the role that sports and the black athlete/figure play in society; placing an emphasis on the perceptions and stereotypes about the black image. Using the technique of digital collage, a wide variety of popular based images is manipulated and compiled together to make the artwork, which takes the form of a sportsperson.

 

Williams, Ronald - The Savage

Ronald Williams – The Savage, 2013, digital illustration

 

Digital: Rodell Warner, Arnaldo James, and Darron Clarke

Rodell Warner, Arnaldo James, and Darron Clarke - darron.gif, 2015 - still from GIF

Rodell Warner, Arnaldo James, and Darron Clarke – darron.gif, 2015 – still from GIF

The Digital exhibition includes several collective projects. The GIF “darron.gif” by Rodell Warner, Arnaldo James and Darron Clarke is one of them.

Bios

Rodell Warner is a Trinidadian graphic designer and photographer, born in 1986. He has exhibited in Kingston, Johannesburg, London, New York, Washington and Maracaibo. Rodell was a recipient of the 2011 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency and he was an artist in residence at New Local Space (NLS) in Kingston, Jamaica in 2014.

As a photographer, teacher and designer (graphic and product), Arnaldo James interrogates gender, race, privilege and exploitation. These interrogations often develop into spaces that encourage safe interactions challenging marginalization based on gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, class and mental/physical ability. James engages his photographic portraits as collaborations, acknowledging subject as co-creator. This collaboration with Warner and Clarke is an act of intentional support among Black men.

Darron Clarke was born in Trinidad in 1991 and is represented by Major Model Management. Clarke lives and works in New York.

About the Work

The image darron.gif is the negative of a photograph of Darron Clarke, covered in Rodell Warner projections, shot by Arnaldo James. The photograph was animated by Warner and is presented including additional animated GIFs.

Digital: Dionne C. Walker

Dionne Walker - 00.15.16 (2016), still from GIF

Dionne Walker – 00.15.16 (2016), still from GIF

Here is another feature on an artist in the Digital exhibition:

Bio

Dionne C. Walker is a film producer and curator with years of experience in television media production including the making of films such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Spooks and the Harry Potter series. She has developed unique programmes for both wide and niche audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Dionne’s first prominent artistic effort was as the festival director of the inaugural Camden Film Festival: Made in Camden CNJ feature, for which she designed and programmed locally shot films including The Lady killers and cult indie Withnail and I. She has worked in partnership with Roundhouse, ICO, Odeon and MTV Europe. Walker has curated as well as participated in Waves of Protest, British Museum (2011) and Caribbean Cities: Kingston and Havana (2009). She lives and works in the United Kingdom.

Dionne Walker - 00.15.16 (2016), still from GIF

Dionne Walker – 00.15.16 (2016), still from GIF

About the Work

“00:15:16 is a set of hashtag GIFs representing a sense of place, examining race, class, religion and environment. They review last year’s overwhelming issue of police violence and the killing of unarmed black men in the diaspora. 00.15:16 wants to oppose the binary of #blacklivesmatter and #alllivesmatter and juxtapose the condition inside an emergency room – that is plastered with imagery of bloodiness, not white or black.”