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Last month I was commissioned by Materials For The Arts to make these original trophies made of creatively reused materials. They were presented as awards to the former Commissioner at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs: Gonzalo Casals, Teaching Artist and co-founder of Jerry Joy Music: Joy Suarez and former MFTA Artist in Residence: Michael Kelly Williams at the 2022 Masked Marvelous Gala.
I presented this sculpture at Harvest Works's Conflict Resolution show as well as at BronxArtSpace on Governor's Island last month. This is a continuation of the above series that will be further fleshed out into the new year.
I don't normally highlight my caricatures gigs in this newsletter, but I had to include this major bucket list item: Caricaturing at Comic Con, 2022 at the HBO booth with Lupine Creative. I drew hundreds of people for 3 days straight days, including the cast of Titans
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"Solar Apex", was presented at Javits Center's Nest Summit event during Climate Week last month. Special thanks to Materials For The Arts (MFTA) for this opportunity!
In the spirit of Climate Week NYC, I was commissioned to create my work, Solar Apex, to illustrate the importance of sustainability efforts within the events industry. Using materials donated after recent events at the Javits Center, as well as solar panels from the venue’s green roof, I created a piece that underscores the need to repurpose, reuse and reimagine the world around us in order to build a better future for generations to come. This symbol of sustainability includes painted hand imagery, which serves as an icon for many of my works, as well as LED light used in a series I previously created during my 2021 Residency and Solo Show at Materials For the Arts (MFTA). The work also is crowned with ornamental plants and botanical objects as a celebration of plant life in urban environments as we proceed into the Autumn equinox. The construction of the assemblage was inspired by the Javits Center’s partnership with MFTA that facilitates the donation of event-related items to schools, theatre groups and houses of worship citywide. As a creative reuse artist, I have incorporated sustainability into works throughout my career, including paintings and mixed-media installations formed with found objects. For this work, I explore the smaller footprint of ancient civilizations and the latest green technology and practices that are being featured during The Nest Summit Campus, an official event partner of Climate Week NYC. I believe this work provides a space of reflection on our potential as a society to improve the well-being of our community, now and in the decades to come.
I'm excited to present small sculpture/ sound art work at this event at Harvest Works in collaboration with Flu Factory on Governor's Island this Sunday, October 16th from 2-4pm at Building 10a, Nolan Park.
This month, I deinstalled “Temple of Acacia”, my solo show at Old Stone House. Special thanks to Katherine Gressel for paying me a studio visit at Flux Factory last year, and later selecting my show proposal for this year’s calendar. Thanks to the Director of Old Stone House, Kimberly Maier for all of her hospitality and help throughout the installation, duration of the show, and deinstallation processes. Also, thanks to fellow artist and friend, Cody Umans for his contribution to the show as well as helping break it down last night. This exhibition was one of my favorites, as I was inspired by the history of this beautiful landmark and it’s surrounding grounds (Washington Park), as well as the architecture of the interior of the building. Over the past few years, I’d been inspired to sacred spaces in galleries as well as alternative spaces, and I do believe I leaned more into this than ever before with “Temple of Acacia”, inspired by the space. This series highlighted my spiritual journey traveling through four countries in West Africa (Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria) this past summer to highlight the belief systems of my ancestors, and I look forward to the additional material and inspiration from this trip that I will inspire shows to come!
Join us on Governor's Island on October 29th, and October 30th for the final presentation of our work at the BronxArtSpace Residency. I'll be presenting my first painting series (works in progress) since 2020.
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Climate Week at Javits Center as the Featured Creative Reuse Artist
In August, I began working on a piece in my designated studio in the Javits Center's Pavilion space overlooking the garden and green house on their greenroof. This view of nature with a city backdrop helped inspire the work "Solar Apex", which I'm looking forward to presenting  in the Atrium of the Javits Center's new building as the featured Creative Reuse artist during Climate Week with The Nest Summit. This will be in place beginning 9/19 for the UN Conference and taken down after the Nest Summit ends on 9/23 with the materials used to create this being donated to Materials For the Arts (MFTA).
Check out my Solo Show "Temple of Acacia" at Old Stone House, on display until October 5th!
In July, I embarked on a journey where I visited the lands of my ancestors from Ghana, to Togo, Benin and Nigeria. This journey lead to many discoveries and many more questions.  It also resulted in multidisciplinary explorations in assemblage, paint and digital media that I will present at my solo show, "Temple of Acacia"  at Old Stone House
Join us for our open studios at my residency with BronxArtSpace September 25th on Governor's Island!
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Check out my Solo Show "Temple of Acacia" Opening this Sunday, August 21st from 2-4pm at Old Stone House!
Last month, I embarked on a journey where I visited the lands of my ancestors from Ghana, to Togo, Benin and Nigeria. This journey lead to many discoveries and many more questions.  It also resulted in multidisciplinary explorations in assemblage, paint and digital media that I will present at my solo show, "Temple of Acacia"  at Old Stone House. The Opening will take place Sunday, August 21st from 2-4pm, and will include a participatory performance starting at 2:30. This exhibit will be on view until October 5th. Read the full show description below.
My work :"Hands of Time" was on display last month at The Clemente Center for ArtBridge's "Present Power / Future Hopes" exhibit, curated by Rebecca Pristoop. You can see the painting as well as the mural I created "Sow the Seeds" featured. The primary icon of Sow the Seeds is the painting that will be exhibited for the first time at "Temple of Acacia" this Sunday at Old Stone House. 
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Earlier this month, I embarked on a journey where I visited the stomping grounds of my ancestors from Ghana, to Togo, Benin and Nigeria through a private tour with Ucomeafrik. This was one of the most profoundly impactful experiences of my life. I learned so much about the food, music and culture of my ancestors, as well as the slave trade and how it operated in each country. This experience planted the seed for many explorations for years to come, but for now, I will be sharing footage and photography highlighting the traditional spiritual practices that were present during and prior to African's arrival to the Americas. I am excited to share these findings at my upcoming solo show "Temple of Acacia" at Old Stone House, opening Sunday, August 21st.
My piece, "Hands of Time" was exhibited at Present Power / Future Hopes, presented by ArtBridge and curated by Rebecca Pristoop. This piece and exhibition coincides with my ArtBridge Mural "Sow The Seeds" currently on display at the Mitchel Housing district on Alexander Ave, Bronx, NY.
I am grateful to have served as Set Designer for Christine Sloan Stoddard's show "Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares" at Gene Frankel Theatre. Check out some pictured of the set:
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Artist Talk with LLHM for “Blood is Thicker than the Water that Separated U.S." 
The Lewis Latimer House Museum is located in Flushing, Queens (34-41 137th St, Queens, NY 11354).You can check out my virtual artist talk with Lewis Latimer House Museum on the work currently on view at there and the work that lead up to it.
Join me for the Juneteenth event at Lewis Latimer House Museum where I will present a workshop: "Happy Planting Day" that will include greeting card dedications to deceased ancestors.  The greeting cards will be stored and planted the following year on the grounds of Old Stone House.  Register HERE
My piece, "Keep Ya Head Up" was auctioned off at the MFTA Sustainable Art Show curated by John Kaiser.  
After a decade, MFTA’s Artist-in-Residence program continues to inspire the public to envision how sustainably reclaimed materials can come together in the spirit of “creative reuse” to form innovative and imaginative works of art. I'm very grateful to have served as a 2020-21 Artist in Residence with MFTA. Here is a short video including each AIR share our experiences.
Check out my new piece "The Teacher" at West Harlem Art Fund's Governor's Island space, along with an encore of 2 painting that were part of the "Don't Let it Slip Through Your Fingers" solo show from my residency at Flux Factory.
I am serving as set designer for my friend Christine Sloan Stoddard's play, "Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares" opening at the Gene Frankel Theatre. You can purchase a tickets HERE

Brief Synopsis: 
Maya, a young Salvadoran-American, navigates trauma and family mythology through magic and folklore as she comes of age in Phoenix, Arizona. 
June 27th, I embark on a journey where I will visit the old stomping grounds of my ancestors from Ghana, to Togo, Benin and Nigeria! Very excited to share footage, photography and stories from this journey in my upcoming solo show at Old Stone House, opening Sunday, August 21st.
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“Blood is Thicker than the Water that Separated U.S." is on View!
This solo show is on view at the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens (34-41 137th St, Queens, NY 11354).  This will be on view between April 1st and July 3rd. 
Join me for a virtual artist talk regarding the work currently on view at Lewis Latimer House Museum, followed by a Q & A session with the audience.  You can RSVP HERE
Thank you to everyone who came to the opening! 
I'll have a couple pieces auctioned off at the MFTA Sustainable At Show, June 2nd, alongside other MFTA Artists in Residence. I'm proud to be a part of MFTA history among these great artists whose practice includes creative reuse!
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“Blood is Thicker than the Water that Separated U.S." opens tomorrow!
Tomorrow, April 2nd (6pm-7:30pm) will be the opening for my solo show “Blood is Thicker than the Water that Separated U.S." at the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens (34-41 137th St, Queens, NY 11354).  This will be on view between April 1st and July 3rd.  You can RSVP HERE
You can check out a little promo on the show HERE
Sow The Seeds ArtBridge Mural:

“Sow the Seeds” is on view at 175 Alexander Avenue in the South Bronx!⁠ This mural is the product of a Fellowship I had with ArtBridge. It intertwines the photographic imagery of residents’ hands with painted hands that form the African Acacia tree. Seed pods and a double helix strand symbolize the potential for the transplanted community of African descent to continue to thrive in this neighborhood.⁠ This work also includes imagery alluding to redlining and heat island effect, inspired through conversations with environmental health expert, Jalisa Gilmore.

This project was produced by ArtBridge, in partnership with the Mitchel Resident Association and Mitchel Community Cornerstone. The program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps and the City Canvas pilot program — initiatives of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office. 
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Check out an interview I did with The School of Visual Arts (SVA) following my Residency with SVA last fall. It also features images from my 2021 series "Black Church," and includes a bit about my work as Founder and Director of AnkhLave Arts Alliance. You can read the article HERE:
I received a grant from Cultural Solidarity Fund.
Join me and other artists next Saturday for the launch of the Shared Dialogue, Shared Space publication launch featuring the public art works we presented earlier this year for Korea Art Forum (KAF)
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On September 15th, I presented an Altar building workshop at the Mitchel Houses Senior Center in honor of my deceased grandmother for The City Artist Corps Program.

This was created to close out the end of the "Don't Let it Slip Through Your Fingers" participatory engagement series that began with the Funerary Performance "Closed Casket" during my solo show at Flux Factory on Mother's Day weekend.  This was then followed by a collaborative work with Angela Miskis and Akemi Takeda during Art in Odd Places festival where audience members shared their experiences with loss.  This closing work was a final public performance in honor of my grandmother's legacy, which served as an example of altar building as a therapeutic art form to process grief. 
On Saturday, October 9th, I moderated a talk with curator Cameron Granger at the Chocolate Factory Gallery in Long Island City. This event was covered by the Queens Chronicle. Full Article HERE.
I contributed to an artist panel over zoom for Maryland Institute College of Art, alongside Alex Paik (Founder of Tiger Strikes Asteroid) and Teri Henderson (Art Writer).
This month I wrapped up my artist fellowship with the Human Impacts Institute.
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Check out my solo show, "Don't Let It Slip Through Your Fingers"  at Flux Factory
"CLOSED CASKET"
"Closed Casket" was a performance done during my solo show, "Don't Let It Slip Through Your Fingers" opening at Flux Factory. This included a eulogy, and commemorative poetry given at each of the three pieces featured in the show. 
Last month on Mother's Day weekend, I presented my solo show "Don't Let it Slip Through Your Fingers" as Artist in Residence at Flux Factory:  “Don’t Let It…” “...Slip Through…” and “...Your Fingers” includes three acrylic painted and assembled works that are inspired by the loss of a cherished object. These three works were presented as a solo show at Flux Factory at the end of Mohr's Artist Residency.  In addition to these three works which were presented indoors, four additional public works were presented in parks throughout the spring and summer 2021. Objects are endowed with the power of reference by the signifier. This can include memories, philosophies and in some cases, a spiritual connection. Very often when an object is lost, so too are the memories that they inspire. This can leave us spiraling into despair and grief.This work was created in an attempt to fill this void by memorializing what was lost, and serve as an example of the power objects have over us: how we process their loss, create something new to continue their legacy and deepen the emotional power that the original object stood in for. 
I am grateful to have been selected  for the Bridging The Divide Artist Fellowship at Mitchell Houses with Art Bridge!  More on this next month.
You can read the full article at Bronx Times, and can check out the "We Are in Reach" exhibit including my work "Descension", as well as work by Kraig Blue and Jwahir Hawkins on Governor's Island at the Visual Muze space.  Your can read additional press at Artfix Daily and TimeOut NY.
You can check out a mini audio talk on my piece on Otocast for the "We Are In Reach" show on Governor's Island. This show was curated by Savona Bailey-McClain of West Harlem Art Fund.
A Look at More Things That Happened Last Month:
Last month I presented "Flourish" at the LUMINA show at The Local Project Gallery.  This show is a follow up to the iLLUSIONAL show that was presented at Chashama in February, and includes artists joshuagabriel, Jonathan Sims, and Valeria Divinorum, and is curated by Tristen Demmett.  Thanks to the success of the iLLUSIONAL show, we not only had the opportunity to present an additional show, but we each received an NEA grant on behalf of Chashama.
Had a great time presenting this collaborative piece, “In Memory Of...” over the weekend with Angela Miskis (middle banner) and Akemi Takeda (bookend banners) during @artinoddplaces festival (my contribution is the assemblage on the ground.) My contribution included remnants of the “Don’t Let It Slip Through Your Fingers” solo show I presented @flux_factory last week, and included the Grief Journal as shown in the "Closed Casket" video for audience members to reflect and share their experiences with loss over the last year.
I spoke at the Queens Council on the Arts Creative Conversation on 5/27.  The video will be available on their YouTube page later this month.
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I am excited to be a 2021 New Work Grant recipient from Queens Art Fund, for a solo show that I will present next year titled "Blood is Thicker than the Water that Separated U.S.".  This will involve travel research to Grenada, and a shrine installation series honoring my immediate maternal ancestors. 
I wrapped up my residency at Flux Factory last month.  It was a very creative time that I'm really grateful for!  Here is an Artist talk that I did regarding my show "Don't Let it Slip Through Your Fingers", interviewed by Graciela Cassel, TV Producer and Director of TransBorder Art.
I was included in the Italianità publication, featuring my "Bloodline" series.
As an ArtBridge: Bridging The Divide Artist Fellow, I'll be producing a mural that will be hung on this scaffolding in the Mitchell Houses in the South Bronx!  More on this next month.
Join me for Virtual Visit with Paradice Palase Gallery on IG Live (@ParadicePalase), July 27th at 7pm
A Look at More Things that Happened Last Month:
July 1st was the last day of the "We Are In Reach" show, curated by Savona Bailey-McClain of the West Harlem Art Fund. This was the culminating show from my residency at Visual Muze on Governor's Island last year.  Thanks so much to everyone who came to see it in person.
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I am very excited to present my culminating solo show as Artist in Residence at Flux Factory, Thursday May 6th between 5-7pm.  You can RSVP HERE!
Opening Reception
May 6th, 5pm EST
In person reception at the Windmill Community Garden 5-7 pm. Audience members are invited to participate in a letting go ritual using a grief journal that will sit on a podium during the reception.

Please also join us for these other events:
Artist Talk & Conversation
May 7th, 5pm - Via Zoom
Interview and conversation with the artist


“Don’t Let It…” “Slip Through…” and “Your Fingers” includes three acrylic painted and assembled works that are inspired by the loss of a cherished object. Objects are endowed with the power of reference by the signifier. This can include memories, philosophies and in some cases, a spiritual connection. Very often when an object is lost, so too are the memories that they inspire. This can leave us spiraling into despair and grief.

This work was created in an attempt to fill this void by memorializing what was lost, and serve as an example of the power objects have over us: how we process their loss, create something new to continue their legacy and deepen the emotional power that the original object stood in for.

LUMINA is a dark room exhibition opening May 1st that will feature the new work: "Glimmer" at The Local Project Gallery.  This show is a follow up to the iLLUSIONAL show that was presented at Chashama in February, and includes artists joshuagabriel, Jonathan Sims, and Valeria Divinorum, and is curated by Tristen Demmett.

I will be presenting a collaborative public artwork with Angela Miskis and Akemi Takeda for the Art in Odd Places festival, taking place at the vacant lot on 14th st between 6th and 7th next to Art of Our Century Gallery (137 W 14th st, New York, NY, 10011) . This installation is reflecting how different cultures process ideas of loss through veneration by creating memorials. This work is inspired by Miskis' new painting series "Converting Fear Into Energy," Akemi's reflections on the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and the AAIP experience regarding equity.  Dario's contribution will be inspired in part by his 2021 solo show at MFTA titled “Archetypes: A Visual Soundtrack”. With each artist representing a different marginalized group in the US, they present "In Memory Of..." as a collective acknowledgement of a human experience that unites us all. This is an AnkhLave Arts Alliance submission.

Our allyship in creating this work will coincide with an exhibit curated by Katerina Levantis and Ali Haselbeck at the Art of Our Century Gallery, highlighting AAPI artists for AAPI heritage month.  This exhibit is also in response to the political climate effecting AAPI communities today, and will feature AnkhLave Artists Kayo Shido and Akemi Takeda.

I will be speaking at the Queens Council on the Arts Creative Conversation on 5/27.  You can join HERE
My work will be featured in the "We Are in Reach" Exhibit at Governor's Island beginning May 1st.
A Look at Some of What Happened Last Month:
“Reach For It” was featured in “Shared Dialogue, Shared Space” event on Sunday, presented by Korea Art Forum as a public alternative art space in Weeping Beach Park in Flushing. This piece is a part of a larger series that will be presented at my solo show 𝐃𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐈𝐭 𝐒𝐥𝐢𝐩 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬 at Flux Factory.
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I'm excited to be an Impact Artist Fellows with the Human Impacts Institute. The fellowship teams scientists, ecologists, and health and policy professionals to collaborate on a project that will be presented in September.  I will be collaborating with environmental health activist, Jalisa Gilmore of NYC Environmental Justice Alliance.
I was featured in "Shared Dialogue, Shared Space," a video by Korea Art Forum. This documents a public exhibit that took place in April, 2021. It includes a short interview about my piece (Timestamp: 13:00 - 18:45).
Shared Dialogue: Shared Space talk over zoom.
As an ArtBridge: Bridging The Divide Artist Fellow, I'll be producing a mural that will be hung on scaffolding in the Mitchel Houses in the South Bronx!  More on this next month.
A Look at More Things that Happened Last Month:
I was a guest speaker along with musician Chris Sahar for the Queens Council on the Arts Creative conversation on May 27. 2021.