February 2018 Art Shows
Ongoing: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N Howard St
Ongoing: Towson Arts Collective, 40 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson
Ongoing: BTST Cares, Simon Wellness Center, 1900 N Howard St, Suite 300
Ongoing: Sunlight & Yoga Holistic Wellness Center, 4639 Falls Rd
Ongoing: Baltimore Academy of Illustration, 5710 Bellona Ave
Ongoing: Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E North Ave
Ongoing: Knot You Vtg, 716 York Rd, Suite B, Towson
Ongoing: Van Gough Cafe, 300 S Ann St
Ongoing: El Cielito Cafe, 8015 Long Beach Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280
A couple years ago, I was asked to design a timeline the gave an account of America’s history with slavery. I’m sure you’ve heard people (white people) say things like, “slavery was so long ago” or “I wish they’d just get over it!” Well, the commissioned graphic was design to show just how recently slavery ended and its continued and lasting affects.
Well, that commissioned piece has been turned into a t-shirt! For more information on the design and the t-shirt, check out the Zerflin site. Also, sign up to the Zerflin mailing list to stay up to date on what we are doing in the world of graphic design.
Kathy Guillaume Delemar is an amazing human being. Delemar is of Haitian descent and after 45’s terrible comments about immigrants from Haiti and African Nations, she decided to protest those comments. To celebrate her, her coworkers at Miriam’s Kitchen commissioned me to draw a piece for her.
Done 1 year after the original Who Said What Art Show began, this piece is part of a quartet in which a new style of illustration was explored, making use of a more intricate background. Frederick Douglass originally wrote this quote as part of an essay called “Reconstruction”, which he originally wrote in December of 1866. The quote rings true to today.
To those that have donated so far, thank you! Your donations will go a long way to help me get some of these ideas out to the public. I want to take a moment to recognize those patrons who are at the $25 level.
William Edro Cook Jr
This year, I am approaching this section differently. For the past 3 years, we have had the pleasure of working with Daniel Harris. Daniel is an amazing writer, copywriter and friend. This year, I want you all to hear from him so the final thought section will be an avenue for him to speak his mind.
Thank you, Benjamin for this opportunity and for sharing your platform.
This month, I want to send you all (particularly, the white people reading this) a friendly reminder. As you are all aware, February is Black History Month and with us already a few days into this celebration and recognition of black struggle, culture, and excellence, my friendly reminder (particularly to the white people reading this) is to be quiet, step aside and uplift the voices of black people, especially black women.
Now, I know some of you read that and got offended. (Sorry, not sorry.) I know this may sound harsh, especially to those that consider themselves allies in this struggle for justice and equality. I don’t want to speak for all black people but if you are doing the work of an ally, it is appreciated. However, the job of an ally is not to speak for us or to do our work for us. The job of an ally is to first recognize your privilege and use the spaces and opportunities that your privilege has afforded you to uplift marginalized voices.
So let this month, Black History Month, be the beginning of something different, something new in your allyship. Stop going into black spaces and talking about our issues. Do that in your own spaces. Talk to your Trump supporting uncle or your closet racist grandmother.
Let this month be the start of you recognizing and calling out your privilege and the disadvantages that that system of privilege brings to marginalized communities. Finally, let this month be the start of you listening more than you speak. Let this be the start of you uplifting the voices of those who do not share your privilege, especially the voices of black women.