Culture Clash

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The past couple of weeks/months have been a roller coaster for me.  Culture Clash, my fourth major curated show at 1310 Gallery in the Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts of which I have had the pleasure of being one of the original members.  Finally getting certified as a working artists within my county. Ton of great information from the Broward Cultural Division.  This year, i've teemed up with new member Asanyah Davidson of Circa24, and over 10 talented artists, and tons of local collaborations and sponsorships.  As well as a first piece in a new series for me which is a big step from being locked away in my sketch book for ever 3 years.  
I really tried to have fun and be more intentional with my art, directions, and creations.  One of the artist from the show and I had a phone interview and write up with the Sun-Sentinel.  So just a ton of great energy surrounding the show.
Asanyah Davidson & Niki Lopez
Each week has a different theme and focus so its been an interesting ride.  Opening night we had a 2 designer fashion show by Circa24 and Adjanie, my super talented cousin Profound Breadth out of Atlanta joined us, as well as special performance by life mother alien singer, host DellaCamera of Nakedown , and over 200 art patrons, artists, and friends.  The following week we had a day tour with some young adults who was talking about creativity in school.  They were able to tour the gallery, walk through some open studios, participate in a demo by resident photographer Tabatha Mudra, as well as get some critique of their work by working artists.  Sunday there was a Tea & Fashion panel discussion and clothing swap.

If you are local and reading this, we have two more events Saturday, August 4th at 7-10pm we have Dr. Sketchy South Florida with Betty Pickle with Charlotte Sundquist of South Florida Artist Association.  The closing will be August 11th at 7-11pm.  We will have a open with along with some performance and spoke word by a youth dance group, Alana DeCosta, Mr. Rigz, DellaCamera, Vibez, and  Mori.

Below is some of the info from the show:






Video clip from opening night of Culture Clash: Art, Fashion, Aliens - Niki Art Studio + Circa24


Profound Breadth



Circa24



Niki Art Studio & Circa24 presents: Culture ClashArtists transform cultural expectations with unexpected artat 1310 Gallery: 1310 SW 2nd Court, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312 - map

Visual Artists Include:
  • Niki Lopez
  • Greg Gibbs
  • Greg Dubois
  • Kareem Piper
  • Yudelka Tavera
  • Courtney Mason
  • Detourbutterfly
  • Andrew Ackermen
  • Tatiana Castaneda
  • Simone De Bernard Mas
  • Micheal Anthony Clark
Sun-Sentinel reviews Culture Clash and Niki Lopez   
Dates:
  • Sat 7/21 - 7pm-11pm Opening
  • Sun. 7/29 3PM- 6pm - Tea & Fashion Panel and Clothing Swap
  • Sat. 8/4 - 7pm-11pm - *Dr. Sketchy South Florida*
  • Sat. 8/11- 7pm-11pm -Closing
Betty Pickle at Dr. Sketchy -
1310 Gallery/Sailboat Bend
Thank You Sponsors & Contributors
 
Culture Clash explores how modern influences affect our perspective of unexplored truths and ancient tradition. Art, fashion and aliens. What else do you need?  

 “Culture Clash gives us a platform to bring diverse groups together and cultivate positive energy,” says Lopez. “I have a different way of approaching art shows and pick art that reflects the vibrancy and energetic aesthetics not always seen in galleries.” 

Lopez (Artist & Designer) is also known for exploring the concept of “alien” in her work. To her, alien isn’t just about the cosmos. “We’re all aliens in some way, not just feeling out of place in this new economy, but being transplanted in new surroundings and having new frames of mind. At our root, our ancient knowledge is alien to us, and it’s my job to help people rediscover it.” 

 Her co-curator, Asanyah Davidson, creative director of the apparel company Circa24 LLC, found a synergy with Lopez’s mission. Her fashion line is described as fierce sophistication, and she’ll reveal her new Grace Jones-inspired evening line on opening night. 

Opening night performances include Live Art by: Atde Crossroadz Edible delights sponsored by Raw Fusion Catering, Divine Cupcakery and Meatless Lasagna




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  • Ask anyone who knows Niki Lopez and the first word they use to describe her is “community”. A founding member of the 1310 Gallery in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, her studio is a meeting place for church pastors, youth workers, LGBT activists, artists, entrepreneurs, singers, poets, and folks just looking to have a good time. Saturday, July 21, she brings all those interests together in “Culture Clash”, the 4th show she has curated at 1310 Gallery. Lopez (Artist & Designer) is also known for exploring the concept of “alien” in her work. To her, alien isn’t just about the cosmos. “We’re all aliens in some way, not just feeling out of place in this new economy, but being transplanted in new surroundings and having new frames of mind. At our root, our ancient knowledge is alien to us, and it’s my job to help people rediscover it.” Davidson also teaches fashion design, and encourages her students to be leaders in the field. “Fashion is a vehicle to communicate culture and change a person’s perspective about themselves,” says Davidson. “Sometimes expressing culture leaves people feeling alien from the collective, but being apart also means standing out.” 

    About the curators: Niki Lopez is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, graphic designer, and art teacher. Her often 'other-worldly' art has been featured in local and national publications, as well as exhibited across South Florida. She is an Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Alumni, member of the Broward Arts Guild, and Artspace’s Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts. Asanyah Davidson is a Fashion Designer born in Clarendon, Jamaica, is owner of Circa24 LLC. as well as Adjunct professor at Ai Miami (Fashion Dept) and Broward College (Continuing Education Dept). Circa24 promises the convergence of simplicity, lush-sophistication and feminine lines that deliver distinction and command attention. 

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