Soul Salon 10, a fusion of visual artists from the Bay Area and Southern California, present a new exhibit titled Trouble Man in homage to rhythm and blues legend Marvin Gaye. Trouble Man opens with a public reception from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2nd at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), located at 659 14th Street. The exhibit runs to May 28 and will include a multimedia component, with slide shows, music, spoken word and more, highlighting the life and music of Marvin Gaye.
The Trouble Man exhibit gets its name from a song by Gaye, the Motown artist whose life ended tragically in 1984. Each of the 14 established artists of Soul Salon 10 explore the depth and complexities of Gaye in the art of Trouble Man, including visual interpretations of his music and life.
“We all grew up on Marvin Gaye’s music and can remember the songs that shaped our parents’ generation as well as ours,” said Keith Williams, painter, co-founder of Soul Salon 10, and co-director of the award-winning Visual Art Academy at Oakland High School. “Marvin’s music gives us many themes to create works of art: sociopolitical, love, romance, spirituality and war.”
Joining original Soul Salon 10 members Williams, Kaya Fortune (painter, installation), Michael Coles (photographer), Githinji wa Mbire (painter, installation),
Keba Konte (mixed media), Eesuu (sculptor), Rosalind McGary (painter), and Woody Johnson (sculptor) in the Trouble Man exhibit are Brian Walker (painter), Brian Keith Thomas (painter, installation), Amanda Williams (painter, photographer), Andrea Ali (ceramic sculptor), Bridget Goodman (mixed-media painter, photographer) and April Banks (installation).
AAMLO, a division of the Oakland Public Library, is open from noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please call AAMLO at (510) 637-0200, or visit the Library's Web site at http://www.oaklandlibrary.org
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