June 24, 2021 - 5-7pm
Joshua Paige’s artistic practice is heavily influenced by being a Brooklyn native and growing up on the streets of New York City. The textured surfaces, paint spills, graffiti, and ripped wheat-pasted advertising are elements that influence his works. Collage is an especially important aspect of the artist’s oeuvre, as it helps to recreate the city’s textures and enables him to use these textures as the foundation of his pieces.
Nailah Fumilayo Davis is a Moroccan/Afro-American, gender nonconforming, multi-disciplinary artist. Originally born in Chicago, Illinois, they are currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Davis received their BFA in photography from Parsons, The New School, and is now a grad student at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts in the Interactive Telecommunications program. Through multiple disciplines such as photography, performance, mixed media collages, video, and instrumental music, Nailah’s work explores expressions in Africana life, in regard to race, gender, and identity politics.
Will Porter is a portraitist & agitprop artist from Flint, MI. Agitprop stands for agitation & propaganda. Will is a huge advocate for personifying colonial-isms on canvas then attacking/dehumanizing them in order to restore confidence in the oppressed and to open the floor for tough dialogue. His portraiture often combines unnatural accent colors atop natural hues in order to stretch the limits as to what a beautiful face looks like regardless of the color(s) used.
Joshua Paige, Nailah Fumilavo Davis, and Will Porter are visual artists displaying their work as part of the Reconnect Series. Hudson Square has partnered with IAH Studio to curate a “pop-up” gallery in June, featuring young artists of color. The Reconnect series features music and an outdoor art gallery/studio on Tuesdays from 12:30pm-2pm and Thursdays from 6pm-7pm, on Little 6th Avenue and Dominick Street.