Artist’s multi-faceted labyrinth transforms gallery's entire topography
St. Petersburg, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/09/2015 -- The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum is pleased to premier "Quantum: Inhabited Space," featuring artist Ya La'ford's highly anticipated site specific painting applied directly onto the gallery walls. The unique and highly anticipated exhibition will open with a reception on March 14th starting at 5:00pm-9:00pm and be on view until April 30th.
La'ford's signature luminescent melodic geometric patterns transform the gallery into a space of acute sensory intensity, including her highly regarded infusion of hypnotizing lights. La'ford's work finds serenity through interconnecting lines, which to her represents a metaphorical journey to communicate humanity's unseen experiences echoed through diverse but shared accounts. In addition, La'ford's work will include a community time capsule. It is designed to encourage the neighborhood youth to write a letter of their hopes, goals dreams for the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum and the city of St. Petersburg. The time capsule will be reopened at the museum on March 14th, 2019.
The Museum's Chair, Terri Lipsey-Scott, comments, "The Woodson is honored to host this powerful and profound exhibition of one of the most complex and important American artists working today. This installation speaks volumes to La'ford's quests to address human interconnectivity as her work allures the painterly abstract of the spirit in a way that is monumental and revealing."
Ya La'Ford is a first generation Jamaican, Bronx-born visual artist, and the granddaughter of John Dunkley, who according to Guggenheim Fellow, Eldzier Cortor, was "Jamaica's first and finest intuitive painter." She earned a bachelor from Florida State University, a Juris Doctor from University of Florida, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Boston. La'ford is currently a professor at University of Tampa and Saint Petersburg College, and lives and works between Florida and New York. In her practice she explores human interconnectivity, evidence, negative/positive space and time, metaphysics, obsession and manipulation. Her paintings are included in corporate, private and public collections, and she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
The Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum houses local, regional and national history from the St. Petersburg community. The museum hosts exhibits ranging from the History of African Americans to the Harlem Renaissance using art as a common thread. Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum's mission is to engage everyone in African American history through the arts while promoting respectful and valuable diversity that makes up the St. Petersburg community.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit http://www.woodsonmuseum.org
About Ya La'ford
Ya La'ford, J.D., M.F.A., earned a Bachelor from Florida State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Boston. La'ford is currently a professor at the University of Tampa and Saint Petersburg College, and lives and works between Florida and New York.
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