Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:00 PM to
The Concordia University Department of Art and Design presents "Two artists' journeys: an exploration of the influence of Islamic art on a comtemporary artist and a graffiti writer," Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Buenger Education Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.
In this presentation artist/printmaker James Boyd Brent and graffiti writer Joe Byod Brent will each discuss their artistic sensibilities in the light of the influence of Islamic Art in their lives.
James first encountered Islamic culutre as a 19-year-old visiting Turkey to attend the 700th anniversary of the death of Jalaluddin Rumi. It was a life-changing trip in which old ways of looking at the world were transformed by a profound sense of a door being opened into another world-another world of ideas about religion, about spirituality, and about visual art and ornamentation. James will talk about the effect of this on his worldview and on his creative production since then.
James' son Joe grew up surrounded by Islamic calligraphy, Turkish kilims, and Iznik tiles. In this presentation, Joe will discuss how his resonance with these art forms has informed his own creative process and production. He will also chart the connections he perceives between non-representational, calligraphic, and geomaetric approaches to image making and his own use of fluid letter-based forms in his own work as a graffiti writer.