Ibadan. New York. Washington, D.C.
This trio of artists might seem on the surface to have little in common — besides having been friends for more than 30 years — and having influenced each other’s work in subtle ways.
Yet all have been printmakers. Each brings the sensibility of the diaspora to their work – African, Native American, Spanish. Each has resisted external pressures to stick to the styles they became known for and has consistently and determinedly branched out into vast experiments with media and technique and style.
They are otherwise quite distinct from one another, their personal stories as different as chalk and cheese.
They will exhibit together for the first time.
Please join us Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, for the opening reception for a month-long exhibition featuring the work of longtime friends Tunde Odunlade , Carlos Uribe , and Caryl Henry Alexander. Please R.S.V.P. here!
The group show will run from September 6 – 30, 2014.
Tunde Odunlade is a print and textile artist who has exhibited, taught, lectured, studied and traveled extensively within Nigeria and throughout Africa, North America, and Europe. In the early 1970’s he studied with Yinka Adeyemi, a member of the Oshogbo school of art that was largely responsible for the explosion of contemporary art emanating from Nigeria, and later at the Oguntimehin Art Workshop under the auspices of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife.
Tunde’s unique fabric technique, relief batik, is his own contribution to the tradition of batik around the world. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MacArthur Foundation Collection in Chicago, and the State House in Lagos, Nigeria. He lives in Ibadan, in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
Carlos Uribe is a silkscreen artist and teacher and a native of New York. His career has included exhibitions around the U.S. and in Brazil: solo shows at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY; Harlem Textile Works in New York City; Kenkeleba Gallery in New York City; Falcon Art and Music Center in Marlboro, NY; and at Casa 8 Galeria and Barcelona Galeria in Salvador, Brazil; among many others. His group exhibitions include Hong Kong-IK University’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition in Seoul, Korea; Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, NY; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Palz, NY; Carl Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY; Central Wyoming Arts Center in Riverton, WY; Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM; and Studio One Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He has taught printmaking at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Garrison Art Center, Harlem Textile Works, the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, and La Clinica Del Pueblo in Tierra Amarilla, NM, among others, and loves life in the classroom.
Carlos’ career has included long stints in the theatre arts. He was the assistant technical director for the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco in the mid-1980s, and from 1979 to 1996 did scene/stage art and technical production for the California Eureka Theatre Co., the Berkeley Shakespeare Co., The Black Repertory Group, Theatre Artaud, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Make A Circus, Actors Ark Theatre, and the Midland Film Co. in California; the Jean Cocteau Repertory Co. in New York; and the Theatre of Urgency, Reinhardt Productions, in New Mexico.
Caryl Henry Alexander is a prolific painter, printmaker, and craftswoman and as an art consultant she facilitates innovative adult and youth program development, project management, and evaluation. Her career includes 25 years offering visual arts projects in communities with a focus on creative literacy, community collaboration, and arts-integrated curriculum.
She is the principal at Big Bang Banners, and a pioneer in conceiving and creating public and community art projects that develop and produce community-made boulevard banners – for schools, neighborhoods, cities, and many private sites. She has led or collaborated in public art projects in Newark, NJ (New Community Corporation); Prince Georges County, MD (Get-to-Know Art and Nature); Chicago, Sacramento, Arlington, and Prince George’s County, MD (Creative Currency: Words to Live By); La Casa de Don Pedro, Newark, NJ (Building Bridges Community Banner Project); San Francisco Art Commission, Market Street Art in Transit Program (Market Street: After Nigeria); the Oakland Public Art Program in Oakland, CA (Laurel District Banner Project); and the City of Oakland Broadway Building Mural (Healing Ourselves After the Quake); among many others.
Caryl exhibited most recently as part of “Homage to Harriet,” a 2013 group exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, commemorating the life of Harriett Tubman on the centennial of her passing. She has curated exhibitions at the San Francisco African & African American Historical/Cultural Society in San Francisco; New Community Corporation in Newark, NJ; and the Fort Mason Center for the Arts in San Francisco; among many others. She has been an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA and a visiting artist at The Polytechnic Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria. She was recently (2014) a presenter at the Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Third Annual Arts Integration Conference, “Arts Integration: A 21st Century Renaissance.”
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Plan to join the artists for two additional events at Pyramid Atlantic during the month of September:
- An Artists’ Talk on September 12 from 7-9 p.m. in the gallery with Tunde Odunlade and Caryl Henry will give participants an in-depth look at the techniques used in the works on display, and the tremendous stories, Yoruba proverbs, and African-American folk wisdom behind Tunde’s relief batik and Caryl’s paintings. All are welcome.
- A roll-up-your-sleeves, creative fun-fest of a Charms-making Workshop with Caryl Henry Alexander on September 19, from 7-10 p.m. Please send an email to register in advance: $25 includes all art materials.
See you in September!