Thursday, January 26 from 5-8PM

SLADE: A Family Affair

On Display January 26-March 5
Opening Reception Thursday, January 26 from 5-8PM

A Father-Daughter Exhibition That Celebrates Black Art in Various Mediums

It is often said that art inspires more art.  That is certainly true for Kelvin and Corrine Slade, the father-and-daughter artists featured in SLADE: A Family Affair.  Kelvin, who takes photographs of Jazz performers, has an underlying love for the musical genre, and Corrine taps into her admiration for Jazz when creating comforting abstract environments in her oil paintings.  In celebration of Black History Month, this exhibition portrays the influence that Black music, particularly Jazz, has had on the artists.

While the Gallery has previously presented an exhibition from sister artists, this is the first time the works of a father and daughter will be displayed side by side.  “The exhibit will be unique, thought-provoking, and a wonderful juxtaposition of the mediums of paint and photography,” says Jeremy Moss, curator for The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery.  While Kelvin’s photographs are often black-and-white, Corrine’s paintings incorporate the entire color wheel.  While Jazz has been a springboard for Corrine’s art, the genre is the backbone of Kelvin’s work.

Through his camera lens, Kelvin seeks to “capture just a smidgen” of the meaning behind the music by “humbly preserving a moment of it,” he says.  “My response to this refined art is art in and of itself: photography.” 

Kelvin’s passion for Jazz rubbed off on Corrine over time.

As a child, Corrine thought Jazz was a “cacophonous racket.”  In retrospect, the genre molded her artistic practice.  “It was roaring, piercing, crooning, sweltering, jutting, and consoling,” she says.  “Vibrations of catharsis and spirit.  It was all the things that make an ideal painting.  Jazz encompasses everything through sound that I seek to do visually.”

Their shared affection for Jazz is a key aspect of Kelvin and Corrine’s relationship.

“With each year that passes, I feel more of a kinship with the music,” says Corrine.  “I wouldn’t be the artist or person I am if my dad didn’t know the wonders of Jazz.”

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