Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Queens Artist Jocelyn M. Goode Brings The Community Together In An Upcoming Art Exhibition Premiere Event


Saint Albans, NY (November 10, 2010)--On Saturday, November 20th, from 4-7pm, artist Jocelyn M. Goode will host the premiere exhibition event for her new painting series, “Concerning The Crack”. The eight piece collection was created in part from a grant awarded to Goode in January 2010 by the Queens Council on the Arts. “Concerning The Crack” explores the generational gap in the African-American community between people 21 years-old and younger and 40 years-old and older. Using photography, typography and painting, Goode fuses together the images and words of people in her community. Young and old participated in the project by agreeing to be photographed and interviewed about their opinions of problems facing the Black community and how the Crack Epidemic and the Technological Revolution have affected inter-generational relationships. Each painting is 36” x48”, completed in acrylic paint with printed page pieces of stylized type.

The free exhibition will also include an artist talk and an afterparty with guest performances by “The Rockout King” DJ Sylk, singer ArinMaya, emerging poet Poetic Flow and dancer Delicia Davis Burrell. “I want this to be more than a show where people just look at art. I want it to be a community gathering where we can break bread and enjoy the culture around us”, says Goode of her show, which she has designed to cater to an audience that may be unfamiliar with art openings. Food will be provided at the conclusion of the event and guests will have the opportunity to show their support by making a donation to the on-going fundraising Goode must do to continue to put on community art events. Local businesses such as By The Rock Pizza and Gyro and Positive Images by Joan along with individuals on Farmers Blvd. gave over $125 in one week to help off-set the exhibition’s expenses.

The African Center for Community Empowerment (ACCE) located at 111-20 Farmers Blvd has been one of Goode’s key parners and has donated their space for the event. “Concerning The Crack” will be second art show held at the Center, which provides an afterschool program to neighborhood youth diring the week. Last August, Ben Rowe advised by Goode, completed a mural on the side of the ACCE building. This event is just the beginning of other creative initiatives artist Jocelyn M. Goode has in store to revive St. Albans’ legacy of artistic greatness.

To explore the history and intention of “Concerning The Crack” futher, visit www.concerningthecrack.com