Sunday, October 11, 2009

Discover a Cool Blog - #5

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri and raised in Los Angeles, California, Ricky Day is an emerging artist who lives and works in Harlem, New York. His art practice includes painting, collage, photography and recorded music and releasing. He began incorporating video, installation and sculpture into his art practice.

I often appropriate iconic imagery from canonical art movements and artists. I sometimes merge these histories with distinctly African-American cultural content and perspective. My intent is to expose the blindness of traditional art history and pop culture, while reflecting on the complexity and malleability of the African-American experience. The work is also an examination of the effects of the fear of change on art history, the African-American experience and society at large. I use photography, painting, collage, graphic-art, and other current technology to create my work. I feel that it is important to incorporate the tools of the time into my art practice because they too are characters in the story.” says Day

In addition to brisk sales of his work to private collectors, Ricky exhibited in multiple group shows in NYC; the Obama: Art and Politics at H & F Fine Arts Gallery in Mt. Ranier, Maryland January 15, 2009 – January 31, 2009; White Lies: Black Noise at Rush Arts Gallery November 14, 2009 – January 24, 2009; Art Gotham’s Square Foot Show June 7t through July 12, 2008; Night of 1000 Drawings at the Artists Space (2006/2007) in SoHo as well as the 2006 Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour and Reality Gallery at NY Studio Gallery (January 2008) and at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington DC (Jan/February 2008) was his first solo show.

Currently, Ricky Day as a blog called Urban Pop Life and is working on a portrait series called This is The Life which is an examination of the African-American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. His photography series Beautiful Decay and American Photographer are set to be exhibited in late 2009.

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Urban Pop Life

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