By Eryka Clayton
Anyone who knows Paix, knows his vibrant spirit, intelligent poetic voice, and signature style. His latest works are launching him to a larger audience and we couldn't be prouder. As a contributor to Collective over the past year we have had the pleasure of working side by side with him as he runs teams and art directs in his signature, envy-worthy 70's vintage and not-yet-out designer pieces with ease and sparks of brilliance. So when we couldn't imagine being anymore charmed by him he comes out with another reason to pay attention. His Painting. Rather poetry in paint. So, New Yorkers, you are in luck. He has a residency coming up for four Months beginning this August and it's one you'll want to visit time and time again.
"Out of all the colors that nature and man could give, Blue is the only one that has the ability to express the myriad of emotions enjoyed and plagued within the human condition" -Paix Robinson
On August 5th 2017, painter, poet and art director Paix Robinson will have his new York city solo gallery show debut hosted by the Gallery Space at The Chinatown Soup.
Robinson is one of 5 artists chosen from the New York City area to take part in the four month residency at the Gallery Space. Each artist will share a 800sq foot space to incubate, create, share and inspire.
August 5th will mark his first official gallery showing, however Paix is no stranger to the scene. His artwork has been featured at Pisticci Restaurant and The Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, NY with select pieces on display at the Glint Gallery in San Francisco, CA. He has also been known to set up his materials and blue hues on the corner of Ave. A and Saint Mark outside of Tompkins Square Park, painting the day from dusk til dawn like the post card memories of Manhattan's east village artists only zone.
Remnant of Piet Mondrians minimalistic colorblocking, Jackson Pollocks caos and candor of substance and gravity with a playful use of negative space Robinson's work truly speaks and breathes for itself. This is not a blue phase, but a blue statement. Inspired largely by jazz, blues, funk and soul many of his works deconstruct the musical score a particular song and recreate the story with nothing but truth to emotion behind the helm.
Expanding from his original series " The (Re)Birth of Cool which featured pieces titled after the Miles Davis album, The Birth Of Cool, his second series "Strange Bleu" is a retelling of the Black American narrative from the middle passage to Civil rights. Taking vignettes, fables and images that have been ingrained into the Black physche and washing them in his blue waves.
The upcomong show at The Chinatown Soup Gallery will feature select pieces from both series with additional works of his more playful and cartoonish style portraits of Black women in classic renaissance regalia.
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