During our launch party we had the honor to meet our Online Contest winner Ruddy Mejia. He participated via Instagram and shared almost all of the pictures with the correct name of location and with hash tag #bxartsfactory. We presented the winner with an original painting by artist and co-founder of BxArts Factory, Alexis Mendoza. He also received an exclusive BxArts Factory T-shirt! The t-shirt was printed live during the event by artists Alex Guerrero! It was indeed a magical night and we were able to reveal the names of all the locations around the Bronx, used for the contest! All the locations can be seen in the photos below.
The painting titled Oshun (1 (18), 2014, mixed media on canvas, 22"X20") is one in the series of paintings "Organic Consequence", orientation, directions are all placed in abeyance, but not so we can ogle paint drippings, color fields, or textual screams. Placing the basic, familiar attributes of things to one side, Mendoza discovers the essence of color presence. However, what defines presence is no longer explainable. He let color, hard dark lines, distance, desire the locus of the image and volume do the explanation, all these characteristics come together simultaneously, equally, and in terms of each other. The color, as it turned out, is the matrix of memory, and within it, the images surface, utopias and its denials.
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Natalie N. Caro is an editor, writer, and professor. She graduated from Lehman College, Magna Cum Laude, with double major in English Literature and Philosophy. She earned a fellowship and an MFA from City College. In 2013, she was awarded the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship by the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Poetry. She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored literary projects in America, in 2015. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate in CIAS- Center for Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld, University, where she will pursue a degree in Philology. She keeps forties in her fridge, because it still ain't nothing but a G thing, baby.