Written by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photos: Courtesy of Jordan! Baker-Caldwell, Justin West, Dawn Okoro
Promotional Graphic: Courtesy of Renaissance Fine Art Gallery
4 out of 5 stars
RENAISSANCE FINE ART GALLERY PRESENTS URBAN PULSE
NEW YORK, NY (January 30, 2010) This month, the Renaissance Fine Art Gallery is featuring the works of three twenty-somethings; Jordan! Baker-Caldwell, Dawn Okoro, and Justin West, in a show called Urban Pulse, curated by Baker-Caldwell.
All the works are highly influenced by today’s pop culture and The Artists Forum got a chance to see them at last night’s opening reception. Baker-Caldwell’s metal sculptures include nod’s to Astro Boy, Wutang Clan, and even Humpty Dumpty, while West’s work focuses on both startling LA gang violence references of the recent past mixed with future worlds, were robots, Popeye, and Brutus battle it out to save a Mad-Max like Earth.
Most impressive: West’s Vandalism of David (Acrylic on Canvas) and Black on Black Big Bad Wolf (Acrylic on Canvas). Baker-Caldwell’s Most impressive: John Henry (Steel) and In Transit (Steel).
Okoro’s vibrantly colored work deals with how pop culture imposes its weight on the female persona were self-identity is measured by the have’s and have-not’s of status symbols, raising many questions about where today’s youth is headed. Most impressive: Okoro’s series of dating site portraits: Point and Shoot, Private in Public, and Instamatic – all three vibrant works are acrylic on canvas.
I would definitely recommend seeing this show before its March 5th conclusion.
For more information about Jordan! Baker-Caldwell, visit: jordancanfly.com
For more information about Justin West, visit: jaywestone.wordpress.com
For more information about Dawn Okoro, visit: okorostudio.com
For more information about Renaissance Fine Art Gallery, visit: therfagallery (212-866-1660)