Artist Statement

  J ohn Alleyne

John Alleyne

As part of my visual lexicon, my current is an exploration, examination, and embracement of the power and presence of Black masculinity, in a country that alternatively marginalizes, fetishes and vilifies countless lives. Distortion of image and surface is an act of de-stressing stereotypes of the Black male, while simultaneously elevating the image to a state of transcendence. 

 The images depicted in my work are derived from Black barbershop hairstyle guide posters; consisting of young boys, teenagers and men. The persons depicted in these hairstyle guide posters tend to be anonymous, and are merely recognized and referred to as numbers. I am compelled to use them in my work, and view them as being more than just a number and a representation of a specific hairstyle. 

The acts of silk screening, tearing, cutting, pasting, scribbling, and “tagging” are meant to enact a sense of complexity, resulting in an uncanny familiarity that at best feels appropriate in the process of creating. In addition, themes such as the Caribbean, African diaspora, Christianity, Hip-Hop, and urban street culture reflect my creative process, and by proxy, reflect my lived experience. My aim is to create a space for experiences often ignored by the art-historical canon.

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b. Barbados, West Indies

Lives and works in Baton Rouge, LA

 

Education

2018  Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2017   Art in Ireland, Summer Art Fellowship, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle,           

           Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

2014   Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 

 

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2018    Solo Exhibition, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA

            Convenient Camouflage, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2017    Art In Ireland, Performance, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

2016    Autonomous Collective: John Alleyne/Eliseo Casiano, Firehouse Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

 

Group Exhibitions

2018      Encounters, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

              55th Annual Juried Competition, The Masur Museum, Monroe, LA

              Art Lives Forever, KAWD Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

             12th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University,

             Hammond, LA

             PARSE NOLA Presents: facts!, The Engine Room, New Orleans, LA

2017     Art In Ireland Showcase, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan,              

            Co. Clare, Ireland

            Grad Showcase, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

            Forum 35’s Art Melt, Baton Rouge, LA

            Passion Fruit, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

            Pop-Up Showcase, Studio 101, Baton Rouge, LA

2016   Graduate Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

            Praxis, Firehouse Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

            Motion in Art & Art in Motion, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY

2015    La Vie en Rouge, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2014    BFA Showcase, Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY

            Works on Paper, Creative Spirit Art Gallery, Potsdam, NY

2013    Art Attack, Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY

2012    Art Attack, Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY

 

Public Projects

2017    Mural, NHS Shelley Hendrix Autism Center, Baton Rouge, LA

 

Work Experience

2016-    Instructor of Record, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2015-16 Gallery Assistant, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

              Gallery Assistant, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

              Teaching Assistant, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2014-15 Membership Sales Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2013      Gallery Assistant, Art Museum and Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY

 

Residencies & Fellowships

2018    Ox-Bow 2018 Fall Residency Program, Saugatuck, MI

2017    Art in Ireland, Summer Art Fellowship, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle,           

            Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

2015    Teaching and Assistant Fellowship (2015-2018) Louisiana State University,

            Baton Rouge, LA

Permanent Collections

Southern University and A&M College

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, NY

NHS Shelley Hendrix Autism Center

Firehouse Gallery

Louisiana State University

State University of New York at Potsdam

Publications

 2018    12th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Bibliography

Shaw Center for the Arts, Inspired by Reflections, online http://www.lsumoa.org/inside-lsu-moa/2017/9/27/instagram-takeover, September 27, 2017