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Filmmaker Steve McQueen returns to his fine art beginnings with an exhibition and his first new film since “12 Years A Slave”.

Made using reworked Super-8 footage of a young boy in Grenada shot by Dutch cinematographer Robby Miller. The previously unused footage was made during a trip McQueen made to Grenada in 2001. There, McQueen came across the young man we briefly come to know in the film “Ashes”, the name the of film’s protagonist.

Recognizing a quality in him that translated beautifully onto the screen, McQueen had wanted to cast Ashes in the project he was working on there but was unable to do so. Instead, he asked Miller to take footage of the young man.When McQueen returned to the island in 2009, he learned of Ashes’ murder. Shaken by this, McQueen’s latest short film and exhibition are an intimate ode to the effervescence of youth and the tragic death of a young man that embodied this vivacity so well.

Steve McQueen: Ashes is currently on view at the Thomas Dane Gallery, London until 15th November.


Schools for the Colored by Wendel White 

     ”These photographs depict the buildings and landscapes that were associated with the system of racially segregated schools established at the southern boundaries of the northern United States. This area, sometimes referred to as “Up-South,” encompasses the northern “free” states that bordered the slave states. Schools for the Colored is the representation the duality of racial distinction within American culture.

The “veil” (the digital imaging technique of obscuring the landscape surrounding the schools) is a representation of DuBois’ concept, informing the visual narrative in these photographs. Some of the images depict sites where the original structure is no longer present. As a placeholder, I have inserted silhouettes of the original building or what I imagine of the appearance of the original building. The architecture and geography of America’s educational Apartied, in the form of a system of “colored schools,” within the landscape of southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois is the central concern of this project.”

(via lostinurbanism)

Happy 1017 Day everyone. Hope yall have been listening to your Burrrprints and your Writing On The Walls. This is gonna be the first winter of six that Saint Gucci will be taking his sit down. My bricksquad wish is for an early release.




COLORS: Brittany Williams is a 24 year old visual artist from Rochester, NY.

how did you begin drawing and painting?

I’ve been drawing since I was 10 years old but it was always the last thing on my mind to do. I would draw when there was nothing else to do. I was more into sports and playing outside. I didn’t realize I could really draw until the 7th grade. I took AP art courses in high school but basketball was the main priority.

do you prefer drawing based on pictures of people, or creating images from your imagination?

Both. Majority of the time I’m using a reference photo, but I try not to make the drawing too similar to the photo. I use to be very picky when it comes to capturing likeness in a portrait, but now, I just relax and go with the flow. Drawing from memory is something I’ve been working on for awhile. It’s not easy, but i’m improving.

what are your favorite materials to work with?

Anything I can get my hands on. I’m really into ink brushes and gouache lately. I’m cheap, so I try not to go overboard with materials.

what artists are you inspired by? how do they influence your work?

There too many. Kadir Nelson, Tim Okamura, James Blagden, Keith Haring, Norman Rockwell, Hebru Brantley, Justin Bua, James Jean, Piet Parra. Artists on instagram as well.

how do you nurture your creativity?

Music has a good deal of nurturing my creativity. I do things that have nothing to do with art like going to the gym, interacting with family, friends, or people I don’t know. Sometimes, I’ll just sit and observe someone’s behavior.

what are your goals as an artist?

To do an illustration for a major sports magazine like Sports Illustrated or ESPN is definitely a goal of mine. Or a series of illustrations for a short film. Other than that, I really don’t know. I think that’s the beauty of it. I do want art to make difference in the world and to constantly create things that make me happy.

are there any lessons you learned while playing basketball that can be applied to creating?

Good question! There’s so many lessons, but the main one for me is stepping out of your comfort zone. That was always something I’ve struggled with. It took me my junior year of college to step out of my shell and show my team, coaches, and fans what I was capable of. With art, I’m not afraid challenge myself and try new things because I know how it feels to take your potential for granted.

what do you hope your audience takes away from your work?

I just want people to be able to enjoy what I create. I want them to feel some kind of way about my work. If it made them laugh,  inspired them to draw, start drawing again, or buy art materials they’ve never used before.

follow Brittany’s work at bdubart