Art Exhibition: “Art is Sweet”

The “Art is Sweet” exhibition, which opened on June 4, is on view until June 28, 2012, at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery on Frederick Street in Nassau, the Bahamas. The collective exhibition, which showcases the work of students of the After School Music and Art Classes, was also designed as a tribute to Bahamian artist Kendal Hanna.

Description: The colorful and creative works of art that were unveiled at “Art is Sweet”—an event also known as “Happy Birthday Kendal”—are the result of the hard work and imaginative efforts of the talented students of the After School Music and Art Classes (ASMAC) program in their 19th Annual Art Exhibition and Musical Showcase.

The showstopper of the exhibition is the large multi-part piece one encounters directly ahead on the main wall as you walk into the gallery space. The piece is the culmination of a group project where every student in the programme contributed their vision to the evolution of the artwork. It is entitled “24 Weeks” and is based on the work of Bahamian abstract expressionist artist Kendal Hanna and American artist Julie Mehretu, hence the alternate title of “Happy Birthday Kendal”.

“24 Weeks” was developed to encourage the students to explore abstract design in a way that allowed them to make marks, use color, pencil, paint, collage, etc. and to change it every week. Very often, young art students create something and are satisfied with the results after the first attempt…they like what they see and do not want to change what they made. This project forced them to look at it and re-evaluate what they were doing constantly.

The format used was a square of various sizes depending on the class. Every group of students from Monday to Thursday would work on their piece for five minutes and the Friday group worked on theirs for 10 min once a week for the entire two terms that made up the first 24 weeks of the annual programme. Using a different medium each week—sometimes adding and sometimes taking away—guided the project. The students were asked to cut, tear, draw or glue things onto their piece. The one constant was that the piece changed and evolved every week for 24 weeks.

[Many thanks to Dionne Benjamin-Smith’s Bahamian Art and Culture for bringing this item to our attention. Shown above: Julia Lamare’s “Three Bowls of Cherries;” below: Kendal Hanna with “24 Weeks.”]

For more information on ASMAC (and the few available spaces for the Fall 2012 semester), please email Sue Bennett-Williams at asmac@coralwave.com

Also see Bahamian Art and Culture (and the images above) at http://mim.io/0f7bc2?fe=1&pact=9717815741

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