URBAN CANVAS: ARTiculate Art Event ATLANTA
Written and Photographed by C.B. Fletcher
When we walked into the Inventor’s Loft nothing could’ve prepared us for the warm welcome into the imaginations of jewelers, graphic artists/cartoonist, painters, photographers, and visual artists at ARTiculate ATL. This event had waves of different types of energy from art gurus, novice art critics, and people looking to party with specialty drinks in hand. Music from DJ Atlanta DJs Speakerfoxxx, Sala Ananse, Scenick Style, and Sed added gave a variety of ambiance that matched the numerous types of artwork. First we took a walk through photographer, videographer, and installation artist Rori Tai’s Installation Piece, Rebuild Me.
Rori Tai literally walked us through the ruins of decaying urban neighborhoods, with a documentary video and installation complete with broken glass, doors, photographs, and lyrics from famous Hip-Hop Artists. Her goal is to tell the story of disenfranchised Atlanta neighborhoods and encourage others to rebuild them again.
“My goal is to bring awareness to not only the dilapidated properties, but to the dilapidated mentality and restore our communities and self-awareness.”- Rori Tai on the Rebuild Me project/Installation.
We moved on from our walk with reality to the creations of Akil Mansa Richards who’s art provoked thought, amazed, or flat out scared the sh** out of us. His work told the stories of the plights of an urban man through symbolic street shootings, gambling, record deals, and romantic quarrels. To add a unique flare he painted and drew copies of his art work as background pictures in other paintings.
As touched as we were we needed to have a little fun. So after grabbing our second complimentary cocktail we headed over to photographer Kaya Faery’s Pin Up Project. The Pin Up Project featured African-American thick madams in pin-up-girl outfits in powerful sexy poses; our favorite including a woman holding a gun. Photographer Kaya Faery wanted to promote the beauty of the pin up look rarely seen on Black women of all shapes and sizes.
Live art demonstrations were also a part of the event which artists Doriane Sewell and Smith Creativ stunned us with. Artist Doriane painted emotionally deep pictures and some that were just simply stunning art pieces. Her friendly smile made us wonder what creative genius was hiding behind her eyes and we would see on a canvas. SmithCreativ is the ultimate urban artist with his graffiti style work that depicts B.A.V. (Busted Ass Vehicles) and smooth jazz artists. His laid back demeanor made him easy to watch during his live demonstrations. While Araaman Alvin Fudge did not have a live demonstration, his descriptive speeches about his pieces representing our spiritual connection to the world made his art come alive.
After the ‘spiritual awakening’ we headed over to do a little shopping and get in some laughs with Toya and Angel of Papparzzi Jewelry and henna artists Heed Art. Heed Art kept us laughing while he showed off his henna skills by lighting an Ankh on fire and his collection of hilarious political cartoons. Paparazzi Jewelry would’ve made us go broke with their astounding collection of unique jewelry that we racked up on. We highly recommend contacting them both for your next party.
If our minds weren’t blown enough we came across Marcia Dietz who paints in a traditional form and covers it with the artistic styling of the robots she created! While she explained her artwork the robots were running a muck drawing, painting and smearing all over a circular canvas.
On our way we got the chance to do some artwork ourselves on the community art piece. Event attendees expressed themselves on the open canvas with paintings of uplifting, troubling, topical, and interesting images for others to analyze and enjoy. This was an remarkable event of expression by Urban Art Expression and Ball-n-Co. proved to us that the world is our canvas.