Lost And Found Exhibit Opening

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George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center says
The George Washington Carver Museum would like to formally invite you to the opening and reception of Chesiel Johns latest collection, "Lost and Found."

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chesiel John (1977 present) is an American artist living and working in Austin, Texas. A native of Trinidad, she has lived and worked in the United States since age 14. Her art career started at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration.

Since graduation her fine art has been featured in exhibitions from New York to California, and her commercial illustrations have been commissioned by national print magazines such as Jazziz Magazine, as well as companies like Verve Records. Music is an integral part of John’s artistic program, providing inspiration in many different ways. Her drawings of the great jazz legends can be found in many private collections, including that of music producer Quincy Jones.

Technically proficient in all manner of drawing and painting, John is also an accomplished sculptor. Using found objects, reclaimed from the communities surrounding Austin, she creates dense assemblages which reflect a time long past. The nostalgia inherent in these lost objects loses power as John repurposes them into new and visually exciting compositions.

Inspired by the musicians of her home island, John saw how discarded industrial waste was reclaimed and turned into musical instruments. The sounds of steel drums are unique within the family of percussion instruments, and wholly associated with the islands of the Caribbean. This powerful example has steered John as she explores her artistic agenda. Even the most common of objects, discarded as no longer useful, can, in the hands of an artist, be given new purpose and offered as yet another way to examine and celebrate the joys of life.

*Reception will start at 7:00 pm*
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By: George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

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