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Project Brownstone Showcases Noel Donaldson’s Art
The New York-based non-profit will exhibit the artist’s work as part of its efforts to use art in community engagement.
Earl Davis, the Executive Director of Project Brownstone, says art is an important part of the organization.
“Art is a big part of the American culture, and it has been shown that it also helps our kids to learn better,” says Davis. “As such, art is important to Project Brownstone because it’s something we can use to engage the community, regardless of age. Noel’s art truly engages the mind and the heart, it’s impossible to look at his art and not be affected by it.”
Davis says the artist fits with the organization’
“Although there is a sense of a moral undertone running through each of Noel's art pieces, the self-righteousness and indictment of an opposing opinion has been left out,” notes Davis, who had admired the artist’s work before he started the organization in 2013. “The driving force behind his art appears to be the need to represent or give a voice to those who may go voiceless in our society.”
Donaldson is a self-taught artist, who grew up in the Bronx with his Jamaican mother. He was influenced by diverse art, and uses diverse material to make his art. He is just as comfortable with a graphite pencil as he is with paintbrush or palette knife, and he’s always conscious of the audience.
“Most people do not want to be preached at or guilt tripped by art,” says Donaldson, whose work has recently been shown at the Pool Art Show in New York City. “The difficultly for an artist who is attempting to take a stance, lies in the ability to get your point across and elicit a provoking thought, while still maintaining an aesthetic style.”
The show, entitled Children of A Lesser God, will be held on September 27 (3pm-8pm) and 28 (3pm-6pm) at Project Brownstone, 133 W 131 St., New York, NY 10027 (in Harlem: Between Malcolm X Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd). Art will be available for sale, and part of the proceeds go to the organization.
For more information, contact Earl Davis at 212-694-3526 or visit the organization website at ProjectBrownstone.Org