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Mixed Media Blog

The Blank Canvas, May 24th, Tyrone Ferguson

Holly Bynoe

Joining Amanda in the studio tonight is one of The Bahamas’ foremost artists: Mr. Tyrone Ferguson. An expert in metalwork, Tyrone speaks to his discovery of his talent as a blacksmith and the young age of 14, his training and his calling. The NAGB is extremely proud to announce that the Board has sanctioned the commissioning of a monumental  set of gates for the poverty on West Hill Street; the Gates Commission is currently underway and will be unveiled at the end of June. 

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The Blank Canvas: May 24, 2017 talking Tilting Axis 3 with Heino Schmid and Tessa Whitehead

Holly Bynoe

This week’s “Blank Canvas” hosts part of the Bahamian contingent of delegates who attended the pan-Caribbean conference for art professionals, “Tilting Axis,” hosted this year at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. “Tilting Axis" is a roving conference, conceived by the NAGB’s own Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe (while she was still the publisher of ARC Magazine), and Annalee Davis, Director of the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados. 

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Lavar Munroe deconstructs “The Arrival”

NAGB

Lavar Munroe was born in 1982 in Nassau, The Bahamas, and currently lives and works in Maryland, USA. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Italy; Nasher Museum of Art, USA; and the SCAD Museum of Art, USA. He graduated with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 and then earned an MA at Washington University in St. Louis. Alongside 5 other Bahamian artists, Munroe represented The Bahamas in the country’s first appearance at the Liverpool Biennale and has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant, a Fountainhead Residency and most recently a Post Doc Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In other words, Munroe is on the up and up, his star now brighter than it has ever been.

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A Distant Bahamas: “Native Hut” (1915) by Hartwell Leon Woodcock

Natalie Willis

The American watercolour painter, Hartwell Leon Woodcock (1853-1929) is very much one of the typical representatives of British colonial-period painting where The Bahamas is concerned. His quaint depiction of a Bahamian home and landscape - complete with outdoor amenities associated with the time - fits in with the usual canon of charming images from the era. In “Native Hut” (1915) this portrayal of the Caribbean picturesque is precisely why the work was chosen as part of the 2017-18 Permanent Exhibition, “Revisiting An Eye For the Tropics,”, and why it is an important part of the National Collection.

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The NAGB’s Summer Camp Takes a Walk Through Time

NAGB

With less than two months left, the Education Department at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas has accelerated preparations for the Mixed Media Summer Art Camp (MMSAC). Now in its third year, the camp was started in response to the need for an arts-focused camp after the FINCO Summer Art Workshop was discontinued. MMSAC has been popular since its inception and has impacted the lives of 220 students since 2014. The camp is divided into two, three-week sessions that take place between June 19 and July 7 and July 11 and 28, 2017.

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Tilting Axis 3: Curating the Caribbean

Natalie Willis

Tilting Axis is a roving meeting, conceptualized by ARC Magazine and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., that moves in and out of the Caribbean region on an annual basis. It brings together arts professionals who are interested in, and committed to, expanding contemporary visual art practice across all linguistic areas of the region. Participants include those based in the Caribbean and its diasporas, professionals working in the coastal rim of the Caribbean, as well as global professionals whose research and practice is influenced by the region. The goal of Tilting Axis is to facilitate opportunities for those who are living and working in the Caribbean, to increase interest and understanding of this region’s contemporary visual practice while contributing to a healthy cultural eco-system and purposeful growth for the Caribbean creative sector.

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History in the Re-making: Williams’ Debut Exhibition Narrates Bahamian Patriotism

Natalie Willis

Just a few days from a clarifying moment in Bahamian history, a sense of liberation and optimism is still felt throughout our islands. Surpassing the rhetoric of politics and governance, the social impact of May 10th’s events has presented a lesson on the power of a nation through the people’s voice. In the weeks leading up to the 2017 general election, many Bahamians were concerned about the country’s future. With younger Bahamians leading the way as the largest group of registered voters and millennials like Travis Robinson and James Albury making history as the youngest candidates and future members of Parliament, much hope has been restored for future generations. Among the optimistic is thirty-year-old artist Durelle Williams, who recently returned to his canvas as a way to contribute to the ongoing dialogue of what its means to be Bahamian. As an Afro-Caribbean man and multi-disciplinary creative, Williams still struggles with defining and defending this evolving reality.

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The Blank Canvas: May 17 with Owen Bethel and Renaldo Geumm

Holly Bynoe

This week’s “Blank Canvas” takes a look at fashion in The Bahamas, with studio guests including cultural producer Owen Bethel (left) and Bahamian designer Renaldo Geumm (right). Both are in the studio to talk about the upcoming event, “Islands of the World Fashion Showcase,” (ITWS) which is now in its seventh edition and will take place in the lush tropical outdoor setting of Graycliff’s Humidor Piazza on Saturday, 20th May 2017.

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Cultural Heritage & Erasure: "Protecting our inheritance and patrimony"

Natalie Willis

How do we forget that when we lose our tangible culture, we actually also lose our intangible culture?  They usually go together.  Culture is not just a product that we package and sell.  It is actually a process, a way of life, a rhythm that is embodied in a place.  Exuma and Long Island, Acklins and Bimini have very different rhythms. They do not all practice Rake 'n' Scrape the same way, nor do they cook the same dishes in the same fashion.  Boat building on Abaco is different from boat building in Long Island; each community has its own identity and rhythm that does not conform to national structures.

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Ferguson’s Fantastic Dragon: Blending the imagination with the biblical

Natalie Willis

A fire-breathing hell-beast, a scaly winged thing of fantasy - sometimes good, sometimes dangerous and greedy: Dragons. Not a staple in the established subject matter for Amos Ferguson, but nonetheless a treasure in the National Collection, an entity worthy of having an epic flying reptilian guarding it for sure. Ferguson’s “The Dragon” (1991) is an outlier for a lot of reasons. While his usual practice includes references to biblical scenes, Bahamian folklore, and more often than not, Bahamian scenery - with the iconic titles painted in Bahamian vernacular that act as a mirror for our particular language traditions, this piece doesn’t quite typify his practice.

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Friday Artist Features: Margot Bethel.

Holly Bynoe

Every Friday we will be feeding you some goodness on our most beloved, most biggity, most Bahamian artists, to give the breadth and depth of our creative practitioners both here and in the diaspora. First up is one of our artists from the recent NE8 and all-around lovely soul, Margot.

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Beauty in Bain Town: How does Over-the-Hill fit into the Bahamian picturesque?

Holly Bynoe

Bain Town is a space of much notorietythese days, as a number of historically freed slave villages on the island have grown to be, but it wasn’t always so, and there is certainly a need to celebrate the history of these areas and the sense of community and pride amongst those who remember how different the place was merely a few decades ago. So many of our major artists in The Bahamas came from Over-the-Hill, perhaps most notably our beloved Maxwell Taylor, and embracing the greatness that comes out of these communities is important.

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May’s Artwork of the Month: Antonius Roberts “Procession of Females in White Uniforms"

Holly Bynoe

Antonius Roberts, one of The Bahamas’ leading artists, exploring themes of nature, humanity and spirituality through a diverse range of genres. This May, we focus on his piece, "Procession of Females in White Uniforms" as our Artwork of the Month. The painting is a part of the Gallery's National Collection and currently on view in the Permanent Exhibition "Revisiting An Eye For The Tropics".

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