Show: Specswizard & Keef Cross (Dayblack - Atlanta, GA)
Venue: Push/Pull / 5484 Shilshole Ave NW
Event: August 15th 6pm - 9pm
Showing thru: September 18th
Push/Pull is proud to present the work of local artist Michael Hall (aka Specswizard) and Keef Cross (Georgia).
Showing through September 18th.
Michael D Hall aka Specswizard has been writing and producing hip hop music since 1979--but comics are his first love. He started creating characters and stories when he was just seven years old and he is still at it today. Specs has become a staple in the Seattle hip hop community, and has started to also show his visual art around town, most notably at Steve Gilbert's Studio. He is currently focusing on character designs and pen and ink work for a new comic called the Gibson Comic Anthology that will be published and distributed throughout Seattle and hopefully beyond this summer.
Push/Pull is celebrating the culmination of his long awaited book with a show this August along with another notable comic artist and tattooer Keef Cross.
When I make art, it's truly an escape. An escape from stereotypes and expectations put on "black art" and it's creators. It seems like most people are comfortable seeing black people portrayed walking to church, playing a jazz horn, braiding hair on the porch and things of that nature. There isn't anything wrong with that, but that's not all we are, and that's not all we do. Similar to black cinema and radio, audiences have gotten used to and even anticipate these redundant one sided offerings of black life.
Growing up being influenced by Ralph Bakshi, Vaugn Bode', Wendy Pini, and Robert Crumb to name a few, really shaped my visual aesthetic, and tone of my paintings, but even more so, my approach to creating my comic book, "DayBlack". I found that those underground comics of the 70's always had one foot in sexual raunchiness and drugs, and another foot in social commentary, a combination that fascinated me as a kid. Who knew that in those adult comics I hid from my mother, I would find my individual voice and style.
I'm all about pushing progressive images and ideas about my people to the forefront whenever I get the chance. TV, radio, and film won't do it, but I feel like art is the last medium that has been corrupted the least, and with the help of other like minded artists who aren't afraid to challenge these notions of what black art is and can be , we can help change the way the world sees us, and the way we see ourselves, one gallery, screen, and book at a time.
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