Click links below to see artists by month.
For more information about the artists, please click on the images below.
Amanda Chestnut’s work focuses on the representation of history – and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. Her art has been exhibited in Rochester at Firehouse Gallery, Joe Brown Gallery, University of Rochester, and High Falls Art Gallery at the Center at High Falls. She was formerly a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY and at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in Rochester, NY. She has held graduate assistantships at Visual Studies Workshop and the Criminal Justice Department, both at the College at Brockport in Rochester. Chestnut holds an MFA graduate of Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. As an artist interested in both upending and interpreting traditional definitions of the archive, she pairs archival images and text with contemporary imagery and her own perspective to convey the history, emotion, and lasting socio-economic impact of the past. Her previous works incorporate photographic poems that draw from archival imagery, text-based poems, and Chestnut’s hair.
Prince Shakur has written on queer culture, youth activism, prison systems/police, black representation in film, and conscious travel for Teen Vogue, AfroPunk, Daily Dot, Electric Literature, and more. He has organized around Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, anti-gentrification, struggles at the US/Mexico border, and is a lead organizer with Black Queer and Intersectional Collective. He co-founded Two Woke Minds, a documentary and travel series, with Eli Hiller and earned the 2017 Rising Star Grant from GLAAD. He is writing his debut memoir and novel, and is represented by Elle McKenzie of Ladderbird Literary Agency. He is also a featured artist in the AFTER STONEWALL Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, which Art News called one of “The Best Shows of The Most Important Art Exhibitions of the 2010’s”.
To read Shakur’s article for LEVEL “The Deadly Side of Activism” please click here or on the image above.
Duke Riley (b. 1972, Boston) Duke Riley’s work addresses the tension between individual and collective behavior, independent spaces within all-encompassing societies, and the conflict with institutional power. He examines transgression zones and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, infiltrations, and video structured as complex multimedia installations. Riley combines populist myths and historical obscurities with contemporary social and environmental dilemmas, connecting past and present, drawing attention to unsolved issues. Throughout his projects he profiles the space where water meets the land, traditionally marking the periphery of urban society, what lies beyond rigid moral constructs, a sense of danger and possibility. Riley has had solo exhibitions at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; and the Havana Biennial, among many others. He has received numerous awards and commissions, including a Percent for Art commission, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and the MTA Arts For Transit commission for the Beach 98th Street Station renovation. Born in Boston, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, before moving to New York, settling in Brooklyn, and earning his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. In the spring of 2016, Riley partnered with Creative Time and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to produce the public art sensation, ‘Fly By Night’, which was completely reimagined in 2018 as a tribute to the role of pigeons in WWI, produced by 1418Now and the London International Festival of Theater in the historic community of Thamesmead.