Community Folk Arts Central Presents "NeoAfro / Afroneo"
A Contemporary Online Exhibit of "DIASPORA" / African American Artist and Crafts Men
For more info e-mal me @ : [email protected]
As a son of Mother Africa, my primary influences are African shapes, patterns, colors, and Face / Mask images.
Abstract African masks and refined, realistic human images carved in Wood ... White Sculpture of Ivory, Alabaster
or those cast in metals were influential models for my early work.
...and former student who was instrumental in working on "Foundations of Form"
my first large scale sculpture and Studio exhibit @
"The Down Town Underground" ( Village Square Artist's and Craftsmen's Guild )
So. Salina St. & Washington Ave, Syracuse, N.Y. 1979
Dean Story Master - "... if I had to speak for Labeeb this is what I would say..."
I don't title my works but I do work in consistent Motifs that reflect my African American Heritage.
As African Americans we express our relationship to Africa as Diaspora Africans do. That is ... in our Family relationships, and the Greater Community Culture that we participate in and represent as individuals. Three things you might expect to see in my work are African oriented MOTIF ... The MASK ... The Black Woman / Man...
OUR ANCESTORS LOST THE TRIBAL "FAMILY OF FAMILIES" BUT OUR IMMEDIATE AND EXTENDED FAMILIES AS WELL AS OUR FAMILY CULTURE IS OUR PRIMARY BASE OF EDUCATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
AS WE ENGAGE AND ASSIMILATE AMERICANA CULTURE AS CITIZEN / NATIONALS ...WE STILL EXPRESS AS AFRICAN PEOPLE
Labeeb Hameed ...
...For me, "Art" is a spiritual journey that explores inner thoughts and emotions
and evolving to a higher consciousness.
Artistic expression represents an attempt to reconcile competing emotions ...
... philosophies, political ideologies, and social morays...
Dean Story Master ...
... ART IS LIKE A CHANNEL TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS...A CONTAINER THAT WE KEEP FILLING ...
Digital /Double Image
My primary mediums are oils, acrylic, pencil, pen & ink and pastels on canvas and paper.
Concept - "La tierra" / The Earth
My signatures are "style" that identifies my imagery
but they do not "necessarily define me as a person, aside from my Artistic Persona.
I incorporate Mask like or Sculptural images and abstract forms in my Imagery. There is no conflict in creating African Imagery and Honoring Islamic Cannons of not glorifying the human image. WE are 155 years of Navigating a dual culture...one centered in our African Ancestry and the other the Americana Culture that we are assimilated to. Diaspora cultures always have that duality of maintaining tradition while working for a living in a culture that shades most things Aesthetically African...so it seems~!
Islamic Art is Scriptural / Textural Calligraphy
I incorporate Mask like or Sculptural images and abstract forms. Spiritual Art is a different focus. It is a form of prayer
We Reflect on the Almighty with REVERENCE ...
Islamic architectural motifs are a constant source of SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.
I have also explored the THEORIES of FRACTAL GEOMETRY
...can provide a way to understand complexity in "systems" as well as just in shapes.
The timing and sizes of earthquakes and the variation in a person's heartbeat and the prevalence of diseases are just three cases in which fractal geometry can describe the unpredictable.
... comment by Barry R Irving aka Dean Story Master ( Admin ) ...
"...I see that narrative in this color drawing by Labeeb. The single Image is mirrored to form a digital double image. The "Doubling" is an attribute of Shango's Nature and it also reflects his signature "OSHE" - Neolithic ( 2 sided ) Celt Axe..."
The King is NOT DEAD! ...
...is there NOT the call of Thunder?
Dean Story Master - The ways that the face can be portrayed is endless...
LABEEB HAMEED - Intellectually, Culturally, Artistically ...ABSTRACTION makes sense and fits.
IYA ... THE MOTHER
ABSTRACTIONS FROM NATURE
DIGITAL MIRROR IMAGES
of a Pen and Ink Drawing
- ~_~flow !~_~ -
Labeeb's Splatter Technique reflects the linear Motifs that run through his work. He freely moves between Pure Abstraction, African Motif and Figurative Abstraction centered in Masks and Flowing African Motif. The Flow and shades form a Tree Like Shape reminiscent of the Trees in Spring when Trees are in full bloom...
On the subject of
public response to my ART ?
Art “like” or “dislike” is subjective,
so my aim is to attract, captivate, and spark discussion.
My art makes a statement that is bold, whether in monotone or colorful, & decorative
Labeeb Hameed - Artist
(C) Afro Neo
" The Art of FOLK "
"The Artist" is a "CARRIER" of Tradition