BEAU●TY: Works by
Amber N Ford, Rachael Tweed, and Justin Woody
PopEye/Survival Kit, Suite 303
78th Street Studios
1305 W. 80th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Opening Reception, 5 – 9 pm Jan 19th
Closing Reception, 5-9 pm Feb 16th
PopEye Gallery proudly presents our first exhibition of 2018 “Beau•ty” an exploration of gender, race, and identity by challenging the representation of beauty within our society amidst the stereotypes of gendered racism through portrayals of men and women of color through advertising, fashion, film, TV, and other forms of pop-culture
This exhibit is inspired by the political movement of the 1960’s “Black is Beautiful” that expressed beauty within the black community and empowered generations with powerful icons that celebrated natural hair and dark skin. This exhibit invites three African American artists who are creating awe-inspiring work about men and women of color, hair, makeup, as well as beauty standards amongst the masculine and feminine.
Amber N. Ford is an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Primarily working in photography while occasionally exploring other mediums such as printmaking. She is interested in topics such as race, and identity.
She is best known for her work in portraiture, which she refers to as a “collaborative engagement between photographer and sitter”. While always questioning “the truth”, Ford aims to establish a platform in which her sitter may present themselves as they please.
Ford received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art ’16. Upon leaving CIA she was granted the Mary C. Page Memorial Scholarship for travel and took her talents to New Orleans, Louisiana (for two weeks) where she attended a National Geographic Workshop and photographed the diverse culture and people of NOLA.
Her work has been shown in galleries such as The Cleveland Print Room, Waterloo Arts, Heights Arts & Zaina Gallery located in Cleveland, OH. Selected as a 2016 Creative Fusion Local Artist, you may find some of Ford’s work on the front of the Ohio Pasta Building at the corner of Detroit and West 32nd. Ford was recently awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017.
Rachael Tweed is a 25-year-old self-taught artist, whose primary medium is cut paper, ink, and acrylic. Through collage, she designs portraiture of women of color, robust female figures, and plant life. She utilizes techniques from the color-field genre and sites the body positive movement and the artist Miss Van as inspiration.
Her work has been shown at galleries such as Canopy Collective, ROY G BIV gallery in Columbus, Waterloo Arts, with a solo show “Foliage” in the Gordon Square Arts District, and has participated in the Monster Drawing Rally at Spaces, and in our PopEye House at Rooms to Let in Slavic Village. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Cleveland National Arts Project juried show.
Justin Woody graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art ‘15 with a BFA in painting yet works with fiber arts, photography, and printmaking, all while being a theatre performer. Justin’s affinity for hair was unavoidable as a child of both a hairdresser and barber so naturally, most of woody’s works revolve around hair and identity. Justin recently completed a Six-month residency with Praxis Fiber studio where he chose to learn how to weave. “Weaving is an art that takes time, dedication, persistence, and a lot of repetition. In many ways, it can be closely related to doing hair, especially the moments where I get stuck, places that need more time and more care to work through the rough patches. The materials I use are familiar objects in my life: grandma’s jewelry, blunt wraps, and weave. Incorporating these materials within the weavings is what took the most time, combing through and stopping constantly (Courtesy of Praxis exhibit NAP)”
In another body of work, Woody creates photographic portraits that reference African masks, using a collage of materials inspired by the elder women in his family. Justin has also shown at Waterloo Arts, The Reinberger Gallery, and The Galleries at CSU, Praxis Fiber Workshop, and Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts.
An opening reception for Beau●ty takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 19 during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The exhibition remains on view for Third Friday in February ( Feb 16th). Immediately following both receptions, local musician and co-founder of Survival Kit Brian Straw presents free performances by local bands and musicians in the gallery.
PopEye Gallery is located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 78th Street Studios. As always, all Third Friday events are free and open to the public. For more information about PopEye Gallery or these artists, visit PopEyeGallery.com, AmberNFord.com, RachaelTweed.com, JustinWoodyart.com