MUSEUM//OHIO//JUNK//PHILLY//TORONTO//MURALS

Holy Moly!! This month has been crazies. Yer girl just wrapped up gift guide styling for  People StyleWatch, Essence Magazine (I’m soooo antsy to spill the beans about this one, I’ll have to wait til it’s on the shelf). I even squeezed in some propping jobs for Travel and Leisure, Brides Mag and Nine West! wowswers. This lil maker is pooped….buuut not that pooped.

Crash: 20” x 20” Mixed Media 3D Analog Collage, Ink hand Cut Paper and Photography
Crash: 20” x 20” Mixed Media 3D Analog Collage, Ink hand Cut Paper and Photography

JUNKPRINTS + PYRAMID HILL MUSEUM

Next week my very first museum show opens in Ohio at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park Museum in Hamilton. Look ma, a freaking Museum! I’m thrilled, honored and humbled to be sharing Explorations In Nude with fine folks of Ohio. The show will be on display October 21st – November 12th, 2016

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Ohio. The show open October 21st 2016. 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road,State Route 128,Hamilton, Ohio 45013

Here’s a link to the deets.

 

 

ART PRINTS!

Since the Brooklyn exhibition of Explorations In Nude folks expressed interest in print from the series. I struggled with producing prints for this series because I wanted to make sure that I didn’t short change the originals. Most artwork is experiences in some form of reproduction and in some ways that is great because it makes it more accessible but in the case of 3D work it’s can be a bit problematic. This series plays a lot with shadow and I was concerned that the 3d element would get lost in reproductions. So I kind of  shelved the idea of prints until I had the amazing opportunity to partner with TWYLA. We meticulously worked together to ensure that the integrity of each piece is well represented in these limited edition prints. Six junkprints pieces including  Studded as well as The Goo Inside from the Explorations in Nude series are now available in certified numbered limited editions. These can be purchases directly through TWYLA

Studded 46″ X 20″ / Black Museum Frame Limited edition TWYLA print
Studded 46″ X 20″ / Black Museum Frame Limited edition TWYLA print

BK35 CANADA LOVE

Squad Love. My team over at Brooklyn35 collective and I will be heading to Canada to celebrate the release of the La la la video. I co-directed this video along with Tough Dumplin. Ya’ll know I love me some Canada, specifically Toronto. I’m especially feeling the love given that I currently reside in a nation that has a presidential candidate that is into ‘pussy grabbing’  and a police force that is hell bent on executing Black folks. Given all of that I’m excited to be supporting the collective, sharing work, getting up with my Kitchener and Toronto folks.  Mark your calendar 11/12 it’s going down. McCabe’s Irish Pub Kitchener 352 King St. West, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1B7. See the facebook page to rsvp and for more deets

SHOP IN PERSON

Shop Junkprints. I know this is the part that ya’ll been waiting for. I’m participating in a Holiday Pop Up shop along with the ladies Love project crew!   Just in time for the holidays. I’ll be releasing some new items in the athletic wear.  More on that later. For now please hold the date. The event will be taking place in the Lower East Side, NY, NY on Saturday Nov. 26th

PHILADELPHIA ARTS MURAL 

I was selected to participate in Philadelphia Arts Mural Training program.  Guess who will be sharpening up those skills and throwing color all over some walls? Me 🙂 Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Can’t wait to dive deep into this and get some community based larger scale projects under my belt.

 

 

 

 

 

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SO ALIVE VIDEO

Let me tell ya a little story about this video. So last Christmas Tough Dumplin, my sister and I set out to make a video for the Brooklyn35 song ‘So Alive’ We spent the whole day in the Philly loft playing with light, wardrobe, set ups, concepts and various cameras we rented for the project. Everything looks so forced and stupid and kaa kaa. We were just beat, having fun laughing at ourselves, but overall beat. I had purchased matching dinosaur jumpers for all of us and some how we ended up doing a spoof video of Drake’s Hotline bling with our goofy choreography..I honestly cannot find that video. Tough Dumplin swears I have it…I swear he has it…who knows. Then it hit us. Let’s just go outside. The day and evening were un-seasonally warm…like just a hoodie weather on Dec. 25th crazy huh?!  This is what we ended up with. I love it and I hope you do too.

 

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‘PUKE’ Featured as PUBLIC ART in Downtown Brooklyn

Thanks to The fam over at Fokus. My Piece “Puke” is featured on the cover of Insight Magazine

Here’s a bit about the publication:INSIGHT magazine is based on the concept that we often look to art to define past civilizations. In turn, we provide insight into the artists who are shaping our culture through their work today. We provide insight into the worlds of actors, musicians, designers, fine artists, emerging artists and those who do not immediately come to mind when thinking about the arts/artists, such as culinary artists and industrial designers. INSIGHT magazine is published quarterly.

Also I’m super excited to announce that Puke is being featured on trash cans through out downtown Brooklyn

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You can catch one on Fulton Street in from of the Macy’s and the other on  Court St. and Schermerhorn

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WE MADE IT IN A FILM FESTIVAL!

Did I tell ya’ll? I’M HAVING A GOOD OL FASHION HOUSE PARTY!
Tristan Tough Dumplin, Paul Liatsis, Dana Athens and I are throwing a party? It’s a house party and I would absolutely love if you came by.

So what’s the celebration about you ask? Well,

Ahhh it’s the end of summer….Let’s dance

I worked on a video that got into a film festival and we will show you at the party…so you can dance

My sister is gonna make waffles all night long and we will have a katrillion toppings…in case you get hungry while you are dancing

It’s this Saturday. Please come through… and let me know if you can make it and how deep you are rollin’
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DEETS:
BROOKLYN35 HOUSE PARTY/ VIDEO RELEASE

Come & Party/Celebrate the BROOKLYN35 New Music
“Just In Love For the Summer”
Release in the “Coney Island Film Festival” & on “BROOKLYN35.COM

Saturday September 17 2016
@VESPA-LOUNGE
999 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
8pm

DJ SCRATCHY D & TOUGH DUMPLIN on the ONES & TWOS

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Why an Athletic wear line?

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Why an athletic line? The primary thematic focus of Explorations in nude is perspective. I think that the main reason for societal disconnect be it in the form or racism, sexism, classism, ageism and or homophobia is due to very warped perspectives and lack or connectivity through empathy. I’m committed to self awareness. Rules, boundaries, lines and groups are all constructs. I’m interested in deconstructing the constructs that don’t work. I know that’s super broad, here’s an example. I’ve been a vegetarian for about 16 years. I initially took a break from meat because I was kinda grossed out. I found my self in the supermarket in my late teens staring at the ground beef thinking this could be anything…it could be human flesh for all I know. That lead me on a super journey into food, health, origins, cultural relevance and symbolism. One of the wonderful things about agency is the ability to make choices. I value that, My ancestors have worked so hard to ensure that for me.  If i know I have to eat and I have a choice of what to put into my own body and how to move my own body,  I’m going to exercise that privilege…for myself, for the ancestors and for health of the future. I’m going to celebrate that privilege by eating clean, being mindful, practicing yoga and getting sleep. Don’t get me wrong there is a wonderful beauty in perseverance. You know making lemonade, chitlins eating parts, ie cows foot, goats tail etc. Perseverance is the co-founder of hip-hop, jazz, soul food…black in America.  wonderful things come out of perseverance. I’m interested in what’s in beyond perseverance. What’s beyond surviving? perhaps thriving, connectedness, understanding, fearlessness. Let’s do away with validation. Let’s unapologetically be the very strongest individuals, making up the strongest community. No more asking permission. If being fly inspires you to work out, be bold, live your truth, love yourself, be healthy, be active, and eat well etc, I’d like to support that journey. I’ve created textile patterns inspired from the art series. Pictured is ‘Between The Lines’ reversible sports bra and shorts
Enjoy this latest manifestation of creativity…and get moving.

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Junkprints + Sacred June 24th

Sacred Brooklyn has been holding me down over last few years. This dynamic yoga/dance studio is a pillar of community. I’m super thrilled to announce that they will be carrying the new collection along with some other Junkprints goodies. This new collection features original textile prints from my art Series Explorations In Nude.  Roll through take a class or two or three and shop the new collection.

The pop up will take place at SacredYoga Studio, 197 Clifton Pl Brooklyn, New York, 11205

Visit Sacredbrooklyn.com for class schedule and hours

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Dear Uncle Sam

Dear Uncle Sam,
You are like a very creepy family member and behave more like a member if the mob then a member of the family, so from here on out I’m just gonna call you Sam and drop the uncle shit. I’m wondering if it would be possible to get an itemized break down of where my tax dollars go. Just send it to my address. You know where to find me…after all you find me every year at the same time. I read some where that 40% goes to fund our expansive military complex. I don’t want to pay that much for that. Can I opt out? Let’s do away with annual property  taxes. A home isn’t a slot machine, let’s just have a sales tax and drop that fluctuating every year tax thing. Put it all into sales taxes. Also would it be possible to have taxes distributed to schools based on the numerical student population of the region verses dwelling location. I just think schools should get funding based on the amount of students they have not how rich their parents are. If rich people get really bugged out about that, they they can send their children to private school (most do that any way) and opt out of paying for public schools out of their taxes. Hey, if the education system gets better broader and more inclusive, I suspect that gentrification would be a thing if the past. Here’s how it breaks down. In our current system annual property taxes fund schools in that area and the annual property tax increases and decreases based off of some complicated, secretive schematic that factors income, census records, what color morning poo, horoscope etc. Lets trash that and just do income and sales tax. Then distribute the funds evenly per student. The child grows up, with a head full of relevant knowledge and tools to work in the environment they live in. They will have the tools to foster more beneficial contracts particularly  when it comes to real estate and development. Also what’s up with this tax bracket stuff? Let’s just tax 15% across the board…keep it simple. Oh yeah, and while I have your attention Sam, can civil servants get paid minimum wage? and minimum wage be a livable wage? Folks should want to serve their community with the intention of making it better, not getting rich. Speaking of civil servants let’s touch on police and the judicial system. They get paid out of our taxes right? So they work for the people right? OK if that is so, they are doing a bad job (I know the intentions are good, but let’s face it this isn’t really working out) and maybe they should be let got and just start over. If we know that black people are not biologically  prone to being criminals then why is that reflected in our prison, and all this brutality? Perhaps those departments have gotten lazy it’s time to get some fancy consultants in and redo this system. I’m not saying everyone is a bad apple but the whole system needs a complete new thought process behind it. I’d opt in for tax fund allocation for that. Well Sam, that’s all I have for now. It was a pleasure chatting with you. We should do this more often.

The most American,
Chanel

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EXPLORATION IN NUDE OPENS IN MAY!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                            

BROOKLYN35 & JUNKPRINTS PRESENTS

EXPLORATIONS IN NUDE

Curated by Jen Joyce Davis & Hana Elkhazin


Friday May 13th – Sunday May 15th: Pop-up festivities and artist talk for Explorations In Nude, will be held at 5 Central Ave, Brooklyn NY 11206. The concept behind these events is a performance driven display of the artist’s work using emotions, inspirations and community connections. Events include live performances, a video screening, community yoga class, and a fundraising evening with chef prepared vegan dinner – proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

Explorations in Nude is Chanel Kennebrew’s first solo exhibit. In this new work, she attempts to shake off assigned categories and invites us to explore the different definitions and associations of the term nude. In Kennebrew’s opinion, society hides behind -isms (racism, colorism, normalism, conformism, westernism etc) and uses them to neatly organize and categorize practices, ideologies, and movements. Explorations in Nude is the articulation of Kennebrew’s deep dive into that world of isms. Using mixed-media, illustrations, photography, hand-cut paper, wood, paint, ink and installations, Kennebrew dissects, defaces, layers and crassly tacks on foreign elements to chisel away at society’s history, power, trends and language. By exposing the layers, she clears a path to imagine, design and build a better futuristic representation of a transparent new world socially aware.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • Conjunction (Friday May 13th, 2016) – A screening of a video project by Chanel Kennebrew and Brooklyn35. Followed by live performances. RSVP required. Please note – limited display of Explorations in Nude at this event. To see the full exhibit visit the Brooklyn35 and Junkprints pop-up space on Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 6pm
 
  • Concordance (Saturday May 14th, 2016) – Find your at-oneness in a free community yoga class held in the environment of Explorations in Nude. Led by Tara Sponsored by WTRMLN WTR – RSVP for Class at 10am. Exhibit open to yogis at 9:45am and to public 11am – 7pm
  • Communion (Sunday May 15th, 2016) – An intimate dinner party and artist talk hosted by curators Jen Joyce Davis and Hana Elkhazin.  Plant-based fare prepared by Chef Joanna Jeros. RSVP and donation required. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter. Exhibit open to public 11am – 5pm

About Chanel Kennebrew and Junkprints

CHANEL KENNEBREW (b.1982, Inglewood, CA) is a Brooklyn/Philadelphia based mixed media artist and prop stylist. Kennebrew holds a B.F.A. from Ryerson University and has also studied at New York School of Visual Arts and Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her work at The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Westwood Gallery, i-20 Gallery, WNYC Radio’s Green Space, Rush Gallery, Andeken Gallery, SXSW and the Manifest Hope Art for Obama Democratic Convention Gallery Exhibition. She has done site-specific installation work at Etsy’s HQ, Publicis and branded art projects for Nickelodeon, Birkenstock, Pepsi, and Macy’s. In 2013 she won first place entry in Curate NYC. Her art has been featured and written about in the New York Times, The New York Post, Gawker and The Wall Street Journal. She has spoken on panels for The Asian Art’s Alliance, Corridor Gallery, The Black Future Project (Toronto), NYFA, and Craft Magazine. Kennebrew is a contributing prop stylist for InStyle Magazine, People StyleWatch Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Real Simple Magazine, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine.

About Brooklyn35

BROOKLYN35 is a progressive collective of musicians, singers, emcees, Dj’s, producers and visual artists who, instead of being pigeon-holed by the hip-hop genre, hang their hat on versatility. Brooklyn35 has a diverse collective of various styles, including Jazz, Reggae, RnB, Soul, and Dance. The collective’s process is in the vein of classic Motown. All aspects are collaborative from the song writing to the production. Most of our songs are created in a jam session environment. This process ensures that the music is clever spontaneous and unique.

Tara Purnell is a Washington, DC-native, brought to Brooklyn by magic and good fortune. She took her first yoga class as a student of media and marketing at University of Pennsylvania and fell in love. Yoga and transcendental mediation practices continued to ground her work as a multimedia producer and grant writer for youth, arts, education and wellness. With a compassionate spirit and a zest for life, Tara has dedicated her life to celebrating wellness and mindfully meditative arts –empowering people to feel better in their bodies and express their humanity.

About WTRMLN WTR

WTRMLN WTR™ is a great tasting, all natural cold-pressed watermelon water that hydrates and rejuvenates.  Every bottle is packed with electrolytes (6x the leading artificial sports drink) and L Citrulline for workout recovery, plus nutrients and antioxidants from vitamin c and lycopene. With no added sugar or water and only watermelon flesh, watermelon rind + organic lemon, WTRMLN WTR is a pure and delicious way to stay hydrated.

About Joanna Jeros

Joanna Jeros is a New York City-based vegan chef and activist working at the ACLU. Having worked in the non-profit sector fighting for social justice for the last ten years, Joanna believes that working to support health through plant-based cooking is a natural extension of her passion for positively contributing to the world. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Ann Wigmore’s Living Foods Lifestyle course.

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ALL THAT FAME

I kinda snuck and did a group show in Brooklyn. It’s currently up at Welancora Gallery. This group show is entitled ‘HerStory’. It’s a partnership with the Center for Arts and Culture Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. I’m super excited to announce that my wwork not only sold out on opening night but was also featured in Monday’s AM NEW YORK. The show will be up until June 18th
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BROOKLYN < PHILADELPHIA

My very slow breakup with NYC. Well I’m happy to report that contrary to the beliefs of many, NYC is not the center of the universe. For a solid decade I have been wonderfully embraced by the big dirty apple, but in the realm of growth I’ve decided that I need more space both figuratively and literally. So I made the big huge little leap and have moved Junkprints to Philadelphia! Yep, Yep, sorry NY, sometimes you just have to ditch a bitch. Living in New York has become somewhat like dating a celebrity, it’s fun exciting, glamorous and kinda makes you seem ‘big time’ On the flip side you are constantly questioning your relation to the relationship.

That being said…it is a slow breakup and I still spend about half of my time in NYC (maybe even more than that), on sets styling for all your fave mags and brands.

So now let’s talk about all the great stuff that Philly has to offer. SPACE! The home of junkprints is in a lovely loft space smack dab in the Philly proper. Folks are generally not complaining as much about rents, you’d be surprised how much head space talking about and dealing with gentrification takes up in NYC. Yo! there is some incredible art coming out of this city, it’s amazing what folks come up with when they have room to take risks and experiment.

Speaking of incredible art. I’m thrilled to announce that I am working on a new Series of Art Called Explorations in Nude. Yep ART!!!!!

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