POP: Perceptions of Poverty Art Exhibit
Opening – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, during Art Walk
5 – 8:30 p.m.
The Gallery at Main, Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.
Exhibit Runs through Jan. 19, 2020, and can be viewed during regular Main Library hours.
Schedule of Oct. 2 Events
- 5 – 7 p.m. – Opening of Popping Perceptions with Jax by Jax Writing Exhibit – Second Floor Gallery
- 5 – 8 p.m. – DJ Energi
- 5 – 8:30 p.m - Exhibit Opening POP: Perceptions of Poverty
- 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Bully Prevention Kickoff (303 Lounge)
- 6:30 – 6:45 – Opening Remarks: Artist Meet and Greet/Partner Acknowledgment
Check out the Jax Makerspace Facebook for more details.
Social Saturday - Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October’s theme focuses on education around the bullying of black hair care. The challenges and curiosity about black people's hair have led to policies being enforced around antidiscrimination laws concerning hiring. Don’t miss a Dress for Success runway presentation sponsored by Goodwill Industries of North Florida. Hear panelists, including a natural hair care specialist, learn about cultural handmade accessories, and see hair/product demonstrations and videos. Share your own hair journey with us, and make a vision board for your hair's future while listening to tunes from local musicians.
This one is for the culture! Each Social Saturday will feature artists and organizations that work in the fields of education, housing, food, transportation and health. They will be on hand to provide you with information on how you can affect the welfare of human beings as members of our society. Let’s come together to educate our ourselves around the inequities of poverty.
- Featuring Panelist/Hair Artist: Melanie Lawson-Minor - Journalist
- The Adventures of Moxie McGriff - Author/Natural Hair Enthusiast
- Tan Mayhew - Natural Hair Enthusiast
- Christopher White- Beard Enthusiast/Musician
- Cyntoria Thomas - Educator
- MK Hollowell - Barber/Hair Specialist
- JeRee Solomon - Esthetician
POP Art Exhibit
Through multiple modes of art, POP: Perceptions of Poverty explores the inequities in education, health, food, housing and transportation associated with poverty. This collaboration of artists and solution-seeking organizations challenges stereotypes, increases understanding, and brings communities together to co-create solutions
About the Artists
Keith Doles is a Jacksonville native who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2001. In 2005, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Business from Webster University where he learned how to finance painting commissions and graphic design projects. It didn’t help him land a job in the corporate world, but it was useful when Doles began painting portraits for professional athletes, friends and family members. His influences include the fractured spaces of Cubism and the expressive color of Expressionism.
Doles’ work has been featured in regional galleries including the Ritz Theatre & Museum, MOCA Jacksonville’s Lab Gallery, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, The Haskell Gallery at The Jacksonville International Airport and the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg FL. He continues to design for clients across the country and displays his artwork in galleries in Northeast Florida. His work can be found in private collections and public institutions.
Kelly Crabtree is a Jacksonville-based artist and art educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College and a Master of Fine Arts from Jacksonville University. Currently teaching visual art in Orange Park, Florida, she plans to teach college level studio art courses in the near future. Crabtree’s work consists of oil painting, illustrations and ink drawings, with a focus on architecture and the personification of buildings and objects.
James Fahye is a Florida-based visual artist who seeks to explore the underlying meanings of the environments he inhabits. Born in England, he moved to Florida at a young age and grew up in Orlando in the backyard of Disney World, spending his formative years in the glow of unleashed imagination. Through this lens of youthful curiosity, James has spent the past several years exploring the Florida landscape, specifically its various highway systems, in pursuit of self-discovery and to uncover deeper meanings about the place he calls home.
James is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and Emerging Media Management at the University of Central Florida. He has shown his work at Gallery Eola and the Henao Contemporary Center. More recently he has assisted efforts at Jacksonville’s Phoenix Arts District as the Jacksonville Kids Mural Project. James has also worked on a variety of public murals in the Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville areas.
Alexis Haggerty has lived in Norfolk, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida, and said the link between those two places are tied to their coasts. Haggerty said, “My father is retired Navy so I’ve moved around the majority of my life right along the coasts. The people you encounter when you’re involved with the military give you a chance to imagine the lives of people beyond the borders of the United States, and how that compares to life here. I’ve made documenting our lives a big part of my life, and the healing this work provides.”
Allan Pimenta is a freelance photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he moved to Jacksonville when he was 10 years old. Allan picked up his first camera in 2012 and has been shooting ever since. Pimenta’s love for photography has grown tremendously throughout the years as he’s learned more about it. “What I love about photography,” he says, “is putting smiles on peoples’ faces and also being able to document life.”
Street Series was inspired by the works of Paul Cezanne, Ernst Kirchner, and the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century. Kirchner’s street paintings of Berlin featured jagged figures against distorted city scenes in harsh colors symbolizing the despair that preceded World War I. My city scenes are adapted from this concept, but I choose to convey more harmonious hues with contrasting images of urban life. Early subjects feature childhood memories and compositions based on photographs of my ancestors. Certain paintings feature collage elements of supporting themes anchored within the backgrounds. Concepts range from illustrating the effects of the digital age, and the growing economic inequality in America. Some pieces reflect the Jacksonville art community’s influence on downtown living while others reflect my own journey as an artist.
The Perspective (Alexis Haggerty, Arjun Luke and Allan Pimenta)
The Perspective is an art collective dedicated to documenting the life experience of people from a variety of backgrounds. By illuminating their perspectives, we narrate their stories, and heal the damage caused by economic inequality, prejudice, and ambivalence. We hail from the city of Jacksonville, Florida, the city of Norfolk, Virginia, the state of New Jersey, and Kerala, India. Looking beyond your own boot soles is what provides the empathy that will mend what’s been hurting.
Ainsling Millar McDonald
These cardboard cutouts are presented to bring attention to the diversity of people within our community that is affected by poverty. This portion of our community often goes unnoticed by the larger society. Through this work, the class hopes to both visually and emotionally connect the viewers to those less fortunate and to provide information on the subject. These works were created by Aisling Millar McDonalds 2-D Design students at the University of North Florida.
The photos I contribute to this exhibition were all taken in Jacksonville, Florida and reveal the circumstances of the most impoverished people in our city and the efforts of those offering them basic needs and support. With my work, I intend to help viewers understand that poverty is not just a matter of lacking physical needs; an impoverishment of the spirit lies at the heart of the matter. Currently there are close to 2000 chronically homeless individuals in Jacksonville. Through my photography, I seek to motivate viewers to donate their time and serve this community through one of its many homeless shelters.
I explore secret meanings of time and memory through my work. I use oil paint to depict changes in our memories over time. I focus specifically on how traumatic events can cause disruptions in our memory including blurred images, skewed perception, and blank spaces. To capture the nature of these disruptions, I use blocks of color to represent the objects I depict. Items of greater importance are more clearly defined with detail and vibrancy. Other details fall away into abstraction. The shattered buildings and structures I paint represent the human trauma caused by natural disasters. The lack of human figures in my work testifies to the human cost endured by the structures. The titles of my paintings also make evident the human characteristics of the destroyed buildings. My color palette consists of muted hues, spots of vibrant color, and most notably an intense use of pink. The muted hues are used to express the fading of memories. Vibrant colors draw attention to points of interest in the scene. The pink color found in the sky and hinted at throughout the composition engenders a tension between the hopeful and the threatening.
In my work I seek to reveal the unique elements of Jacksonville’s highway infrastructure in their purest form, separated from their various social and economic connotations. Through painting, I seek to draw attention to the objects themselves instead of just contemplating their functional purpose. This allows the viewer to appreciate the purely aesthetic qualities of these structures, which we see every day but perhaps don’t contemplate. Highways, overpasses and earthworks may not represent anything to the casual observer, but I see them as awe-inspiring sculptures rising and falling throughout the landscape. Using the highway system to travel throughout the state has become a physical representation of self-discovery about myself and the world in which I dwell.
Exhibit partners include Ability Housing, Changing Homelessness, City Rescue Mission, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Women Giving Alliance, United Way of Northeast Florida and University of Florida Health of Jacksonville.