The idea to do this logo braid series originated when The New Republic Magazine contacted me in March 2014 to paint an ampersand braid for their Ampersand Series, which was Dirk Barnett’s creative idea of getting various Visual Artists to present the ampersand in their own creative way. They originally wanted me to paint a free-form isolated hair braided ampersand for their May 2014 magazine issue. I thought it might be more interesting to to get my hair cornrow braided in the shape of an ampersand and told them of my plan to get this done and painted by the deadline date.

The opportunity to build this series came when Laurent Philippon, the Global Creative Director of Bumble and bumble. contacted me in early July 2015 and asked me if I would be interested in exhibiting my cornrow braided painting series at their Bumble and bumble. downtown flagship store for September-November 2015. I had proposed getting a series of Bumble and bumble. logos braided onto my hair which I then told them that I had plans of painting when I first met with them in early July 2015. They sent me a spreadsheet of 64 different Bb. logos, from which I chose 3 particular logos to get cornrow braided.

With only 2 months to prepare for this exhibition, I only had time to do one painting. I decided to do a project similar to the “Harlem Postcard Project”, which I was part of for The Studio Museum of Harlem: Fall/Winter 2014-2015 exhibitions as an opportunity to show the other cornrow braids that I wasn’t able to paint because of time restrictions. I had the 3 digital photographic images of my 3 different cornrow Bb. logo braids printed on wood panels for this solo exhibition as well as printed on postcards which were left at the exhibit site for patrons and visitors to take.

Ampersand

Acrylic on paper
14 x 17 inches
2014

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Bb. Logo #21

Acrylic on paper
14 x 17 inches
2015

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Bb. #21: Brooklyn, NY

Digital Photograph
18 x 24 inches
2015

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Bb. #29: Istanbul, Turkey

Digital Photograph
18 x 24 inches
2015

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Bb. #36: Queens, NY

Digital Photograph
18 x 24 inches
2015

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