Exhibition - A Dialogue in Styles, Jahmane and Adger Cowans

Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm

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The Norwalk Art Space is delighted to open its newest exhibition on Thursday, July 22, 2021, "A Dialogue in Styles, Jahmane and Adger Cowans" This exhibit encompasses multiple decades of evolutionary work from two premier Connecticut artists, Adger Cowans and The Norwalk Art Space's Korry Fellow Jahmane. Deeply rooted in social commentary, abstraction, bold experimentation, and the ability to explore concepts beyond traditional "Black Art," this exhibition presents an intimate view into the creative worlds of two accomplished artists. 

Although generationally separated, Jahmane's and Cowan's work share common threads that complement each other as if created on simultaneous timelines. The range of subject matter, medium, and technique demonstrate each artist's ability to translate diverse concepts into newfound works of art ranging from graffiti, fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography, and murals in Jahmane's case and photography, textiles, and painting for Adger. Each has their unique voice for the era in which they come from, but both have an endless sense of exploration that pushes boundaries in our civic discourse but also as curious artistic minds. 

"We were very excited that Jahmane joined us as a Korry Fellow and mentor in our inaugural year, and after speaking to him about our mission, it was apparent that getting Adger Cowans to exhibit with him would make perfect sense. By doing so, we introduce the public and our students to another layer of expertise in the arts. This exhibit sets the tone for our upcoming multigenerational Korry Fellow exhibitions and will help inform our programming and student outreach" said Artistic and Educational Director, Duvian Montoya

Jahmane's career as an artist began in the form of "Graffiti" and has evolved into a wide spectrum of mediums including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, screen printing, graphic design, large scale murals and interior design. With years of formal training and living through his art, Jahmane has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology and abstract language in a way that intrigues all who view his work.

Adger Cowans, a fine arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter, has experimented with a myriad of mediums over his artistic career. Renowned in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institute, James E. Lewis Museum, The Whitney Museum and numerous other art institutions. 

Cowans was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a Distinguished Career at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art. He is the recipient of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholars Award, Wayne State University.

Regular exhibition hours Wednesdays to Sundays 11am to 6pm The Norwalk Art Space, 455 West Ave., Norwalk; www.thenorwalkartspace.org, 203-252-2840.

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