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Listening To Artists – Rosalyn Myles

Listening To Artists – Los Angeles based artist Rosalyn Myles

Listening To Artists – Los-Angeles based artist Rosalyn Myles. Filmed by Badir McCleary of ArtAboveReality, 2022. Rosalyn Myles is a native of Los Angeles. Born and raised in an area of the city located just off the 110 Fwy, bordered by Gardena and Watts. She grew up swimming with her brothers, riding the bus to art classes at Barnsdall Art Park, and eating Japanese food. She attended Narbonne High School in Torrance California and won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland. When Ronald Reagan became president, he changed the existing policies on college grants and scholarships.

Many private schools raised their tuitions and adjusted their assistance programs. Higher fees made it harder for students on scholarships to complete their educations. Myles returned home and completed her BA at Cal State Dominguez Hills, graduating with honors. Rosalyn embarked on a career of performance, dancing, and acting professionally. After working in front of the camera for several years, she found herself working behind the camera. She started working in the art department, first as a set dresser, later becoming a decorator. A production designer took an interest in her drawings and encouraged her to practice art. Her focus became the visual arts and she decided to return to school and study fine art. Rosalyn did her graduate studies at the California College of Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. While living in San Francisco, she worked at SFMOMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, and various other art institutions.

Upon returning to her hometown, Rosalyn found herself trying to balance an art career and working in the demanding film industry. She had married and bore a son. A few years later, she divorced and became a single mother who wasn’t sure how to balance full-time employment and the now booming art scene in Los Angeles. Myles continued to grow as an artist, becoming an active member of Gallery 825 for 5 years She showed work at the California African American Museum, The Armory in Pasadena, Watts Towers, and various other venues. She has participated in and curated shows at Grant Stills Gallery and St. Elmo’s Village. Rosalyn has worked with other collaborating artists and institutions on major projects and installations at MOCA, CAFAM LAMAG, and LACMA. Rosalyn is currently working on installations that will debut in other cities in the US.

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Products of Empire

Products Of Empire

How do we look at the results of domination? How have the creation and destruction of empires throughout history affected the movements of governments, corporations, and local organizations? Empire, known primarily in its political form, is a construct of dominance between two states but it also represents an overarching master. The artists in the show look to deconstruct the thought of an empire through empirical research in their art-making.

Dates
January 22nd — February 19th

Location
Art Share L.A.

Artists In The Exhibition:

Abel Alejandre, Morgan Barajas, Sharon Louise Barnes, Lavialle Campbell, Chukes, Pam Douglas, Jonah Elijah, Elmer Guevara, Kiara Aileen Machado, Evan Mendel, Zeal Harris, Allison Honeycutt, Kat Oldershaw, and Sam Pace.

Curator:

Badir McCleary is an independent consultant. He holds an M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where he focused on emerging art markets. Having extensive contemporary art history knowledge and experience, Badir can tackle large projects with confidence, protecting and tracking deliverables and ensuring high-level success for clients. Badir was the Co-Owner and Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), a project that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics. (​@artabovereality​).

Products of Empire Installation Shot

Artist Talk – Kiara Aileen Machado
Artist Talk – Sharon Barnes
Artist Talk – Pam Douglas
Artist Talk – Abel Alejandre
Artist Talk – Zeal Harris

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AfroChella Boxing Project by Solomon Adufah

Pattern designed selected from the Ghana, West African Region, By Solomon Adufah

“Sports is a cornerstone of communities in Ghana. Many of the youth in Ghana are involved with boxing both for leisure and career opportunities. For many, it is about survival and representation for their community. Such communities like Bukom, located in the west of Accra, near Jamestown, is one known for nurturing skillful talent of the youth in its community. The boxing series conceptualizes nuances around innocence of the youth, courage and tenacity. The installation further investigates cultural practices combined with global influences with boxing as a sport. This unique training ring is designed and fabricated in Ghana. It is a one-of-a-kind structure freestanding and made of galvanized steel that is designed to be cantilevered against itself once the ropes are attached and tightened. The minimal connection construction allows for a fast build- up and dismantling without losing ring stiffness.” – Solomon Adufah

Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Render of Pattern on 3D Boxing Glove created by ArtAboveReality
Project Sketches by Solomon Adufah
Project Sketches by Solomon Adufah
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Curatorial

Portraits Of Yesteryear

Portraits Of Yesteryear

ArtAboveReality is pleased to present “​Portraits of Yesteryear​”, a group survey highlighting contemporary artists across multiple art practices. What do we remember about yesterday? How has it changed? What’s still as you remember it? Many people across the world have lost family members, jobs, and more which allows them to see through different eyes. These portraits are a reflection of a time we used to know – a show of humanity. Yesteryear, referring to a life-changing event is analyzed throughout these images allowing the artist a moment of reflection, and the viewer a chance to gain the artists’ perspective from their visual stories. Curated by Badir McCleary of ArtAboveReality.

Dates
December 5th — January 5th

Location
Online

Curators Statement

“Live the moment. Cherish the present. Anticipate the future. Frame the yesteryear” – Hlovate

Artists In The Exhibition:

Kwesi Abbensetts (@kwesiabbensetts), Amy McCormac (​@mccormacamy​), GreatJoy Ndlovu (@ngreatjoy1), Kemal Celnigir (@streetwiseLA), Elmer Guevara (@3lmski1), Nema Etebar (@nemaetebar), Jonah Jay (@jonah.elijah), Solomon Adufah (@solomonadufah), Erika Dickstein (@hagueNYC), J. Michael Walker (@jmichaelwalker1), Monica Seggos (@monicaseggos), Patrice Robinson (@patdowart), Neequaye Dreph (@dreph), and​ ​Andrew Navarro (@oogumvision).

Curator:

Badir McCleary is an independent consultant. He holds an M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where he focused on emerging art markets. Having extensive contemporary art history knowledge and experience, Badir can tackle large projects with confidence, protecting and tracking deliverables and ensuring high-level success for clients. Badir was the Co-Owner and Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), a project that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics. (​@artabovereality​).

The exhibit will be on view to the public on the KunstMatrix (@kunstmatrix) platform ​from December 5th through January 5th (​Live Exhibition: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2701775/portraits-of-yesteryear​). Stay updated with the exhibition on social media via the hashtags #ArtAboveReality, #PortraitsOfYesteryear. Please contact info@artabovereality.com​ for more information. Exhibit information available upon request. All images are subject to copyright. ArtAboveReality also partners with @artmoney for all of your art collecting needs.

“Live the moment. Cherish the present. Anticipate the future. Frame the yesteryear” – Hlovate


Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk – Amy McCormac 
Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk -Patrice Robinson and Monica Seggos 
Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk – Erika Dickstein and Nema Etebar
Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk – Elmer Guevara and Jonah Jackson
Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk -Andrew Navarro
Portraits Of Yesteryear: Artist Talk – Neequaye Dreph Diane and Greatjoy Ndlulovu

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The Art Influencer

The Art Influencer by ArtAboveReality

The art world is changing. Art has always been a driving force in community enrichment, creating social awareness and enhancing the juxtaposition of our society and the artists canvas. Today, the art works have grown in scale and complexity to intrigue new audiences and revive the collective appreciation of art in general. These folks don’t just create, they inspire.. We call these folks The Art Influencers…