For many, 2016 marked an introduction to Shani Crowe, the hair extraordinaire that gifted us with her breathtaking photography project "BRAIDS." Fast forward a few months and the artist also extended her magic touch to Solange's coif for the Saturday Night Live stage. Shani’s work has also be included on various shows like Empire.
Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago's south side. She received her BFA in film production from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications in 2011. Her work is centered on cultural coiffure and beauty ritual, as they relate to the diasporic African, and how these practices function as tools to foster connectivity.
Is a Visual Artist form Chicago, he breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art. Inspired by his upbringing, his work touches on tough subjects in a way that is often not easily digestible to the viewer. Giles’s work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, Picasso and Jeff Koons.
Artist Statement: I stopped checking the dates. I guess you could presume , I'm fully indulged in the "now" as of late. Me and inspiration have had our disagreements. Or more or so my mind and my body. Aging perhaps? Too self aware maybe? The trials and tribulations of a human caught in the crossfire of being at war with oneself, but also finding peace within it. Comfort in the white noise. I've built this world around me to escape the harsh reality that is the now and tomorrow, but here I find myself at halt. Do I shatter that glass piggy bank , pick up the pencil within and continue the chapter that is the next page to my life? Or do I just lie here? Eyes open, carried by the noise. Maybe I'll flip a coin.
Is a visual artist living and working in Chicago. He received his B.F.A in painting with a secondary in print-making from Millikin University in 2002. He has shown in Chicago and Paris and created public works in the U.S.,UK, Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain. E.LEE's love of art history is apparent as he applies a minimalist esthetic and trompe I'oeil techniques to our popular culture images. His current Superhero Series captures our childhood hero's during their most vulnerable moments. Stripping the context from iconic comic book scenes, each superhero's story is reduced down to a single raw emotion. Seeing ourselves in their struggle allows us not only to identify with their pain but also with their power and ability to overcome.
Tubsz is a Chicago-based Calligraffiti artist working in various mediums such as spray-paint, acrylic and ink. His work creates an amazing hybrid of traditional of calligraphy, graffiti hand styling and Latino Culture. Tubsz, born into a family of artist was introduced to art by his parents at an early, age, this is where his obsession with letter forms began.
This obsession grew to blending photography with painted graffiti lettering and combining elements of the past, present and future. Tubsz's work appears complex, beautiful and captivating. Each piece carries meaning, conveying an event or dialogue that pushes a mix of traditonal calligraphy and Latin heritage.