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Perspectives on Alternative Creative Practice
Start Date: 2/5/2021Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 2/5/2021End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description

Join DART (Drexel Art Organization) for "Perspectives on Alternative Creative Practice” centering on the work of three dynamic contemporary artists –Maria Dumlao, Makeeba Rainey and Raul Romero– and their unique approaches to the creative process. The artists will speak in conversation with DART leaders about their divergent studio practices including alternative approaches to print, photography, sound, digital imagery, and installation – giving insight into their working methods.


About the Participating Artists:

Maria Dumlao

“Harvesting images and materials online and in nature, I manipulate, reframe and construct new narratives. Alongside this interrogation and re-imagination of media narratives, I am interested in the materiality of the media itself, especially digital modes that are not typically considered as physical realms. My work is focused on bringing the audience into an immersive environment, where sound, light, color and image become powerful experiential occurrences that convey critical insights on contemporary life. Often the work is exhibited as objects, photographs, video, sound, animation, and projected light and slides.”

Makeba KEEBS Rainey

Building community through art; that’s Harlem based artist Makeba’s key focus. Her bright and inspired work explores social justice elements of Black Liberation movements, merging the old with the new by re-envisioning ancestors through new media. In a unique process of cutting, layering and building new forms from original photographs, Makeba asks us to look at contemporary and historical icons from a different angle; to recognize their inherent potential and contribution to Black culture.

Raúl Romero

“I play among industrial, pastoral and recreational spaces, as they overlap, reference, and replace one another. Drums become anthropomorphic plant creatures, producing unintelligible sound to human hearing. Makeshift animations on found footage of Tito Puente performances echo 8mm footage my grandfather recorded during a 1960s Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan.

Technological elements also intersect, reference, and replace one another. Resourcing and combining different mediums and materials, from analog to digital, is a primary aspect of my work. This reflects my concerns about fostering conversations through time, the power of objects, images, language and the possibility of hidden worlds within and beyond our assumed realities."

Contact Information:
Name: DART
Email: dsodart@drexel.edu
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