“Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, a collection of art works by Terrance Hughes
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6 – 9pm
For Hughes, this upcoming show is a concoction of two inpirations: Flight to Canada, a novel by Ishmael Reed, and Coonskin, an animated film by Bakshi. Flight to Canada tells the story of Raven Quickskill, 40’s, and Leechfield slaves who run away from their master, Mr. Swille, in search of freedom. Coonskin tells the story of Brother Rabbit, Preacher Fox, and Brother Bear, who flee the American South during the 1970s in search of liberation. Using satire, sex, violence, identity, and history to tell the stories of their characters, both Reed and Bakshi make clear that transformation can only come from within—a theme that is the cornerstone of Hughes’ work and that resonates deeply in his life. Consequently, there is “Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, which is Hughes’ vision of a sequel that will never happen. The show serves as homage and “thank you” to the great works of Reed and Bakshi and is a representation of Hughes’ love of the lost art of animation. Terrance Hughes was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist, whose work deals with different periods of Black American history and issues surrounding cultural and social identities. Hughes’ works consist of two elements: graphite and charcoal on paper to create rendered portraits and landscapes from photo references, which are meant to mimic the photo itself, complete with imperfections; and animation Cel Vinyl on acetate, providing stark contrast through its vivid color and three-dimensional effect. It is his belief that the lost art of animation deserves a place in the art world.
Hughes has had recent exhibitions at Modern Eden, San Francisco, The Cheaper Show, Vancouver, and Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis. In March, Hughes participated in a group show to benefit Japan relief at graphite., Williamsburg.
About this project
We’re thrilled to announce that the Second Annual Kickstarter Film Festival will be held the evening of Saturday, July 9th in Brooklyn, New York, on the roof of the Old American Can Factory. We hope that you can join us!
The festival will feature 100 minutes of footage from 16 projects. The clips will range anywhere from two to ten minutes in length, and will include feature films, documentaries, shorts, project videos, animation, video art, and music videos.
There will be tasty snacks and other goodies from two amazing Kickstarter-funded eateries (Brooklyn’s Colonie and Soho’s What Happens When), beverages from City ‘Lasses, and ice cream from Phinizy & Phebe. There will also be activities from Kickstarter creators, including lucid dreaming lessons from Oneironautics, pics with the Magnolia Photo Booth, and animated GIFs turned into physical zoetropes.
Seating for the festival is divided into two sections: rooftop and courtyard. Both are great! The venue features two screens, one for each section. The rooftop section is located on top of the Old American Can Factory and the courtyard section is just beneath it. The afterparty will be held in the courtyard.
Doors will open at 7pm. Films will begin promptly at 9pm.
Jesse Treece is a collage artist living in Seattle, Wa. whose work screams of the simple, yet ever complex, interpretations of both the mundane and whimsical facets of life. He’s somehow managed to mix both the regular and absurd, beautiful and disturbing and put them into images that you find you could get lost in for hours. He is currently involved in a collaborative collage book project (www.icecreamkingdoms.tumblr.com) that is traveling from mailbox to mailbox around the globe.