Culture Made: Official Kid Maestro

a passionate man with extreme dedication to whatever he wants to accomplish. Right now, those things are being the best artist he can possibly be, Dragon Ball, and being 'The Tajin God'. 

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What inspires you to be a creator?

First of all, it's just apart of who I am. I've loved making music and sounds since as long as I can remember. However, the two factors that put a battery on my back the most are other elite creatives and artists, and the idea of the artist I can become. From people like Kanye West, Bruce Lee, and Flying Lotus to people around me like IMAKEMADBEATS and Cameron Bethany, these high-level artists do what they do so well that it drives me to become just as great in my own lane. People like the ones I mentioned are known for pushing boundaries and I would like my name to be apart of that conversation. I've always had this vision of what that level of mastery of my craft looks like for me and I'm excited to reach that level and I look forward to the daily grind it takes to accomplish that. I hope that someone sees me one day accomplish those things and is inspired to become the best version of themselves as well.

What is your vision for the Memphis arts community?

I envision a community where most artists have to elevate themselves to a point where they attract people to Memphis internationally. I see a place where all artists are so much themselves that they inspire everyone else to do what they do just as good. I envision a place where healthy competition pushes the boundaries of what is expected from this place and I see the community constantly collaborating to make stellar works of art at an extremely high level. Overall, my vision for the Memphis arts community is that it is a community recognized nationally and internationally as a hotbed of diverse and extremely creative artists.

Recap: 30 Americans Road Trip

Young Arts Patrons led a 50-person bus trip from Memphis to The Arkansas Art Center to view the exhibition 30 Americans on May 31, 2015.

Author Dr. Earnestine Lovelle Jenkins is an associate professor of art history at the University of Memphis., and led a conversation the next week with attendees of the bus tour. The road trip was organized in partnership with Crosstown Arts.

30 Americans is the first comprehensive survey of contemporary African American ever presented by the Arkansas Arts Center. Previous institutions that have hosted variations of the exhibition include: the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina (March 19, 2011 – September 4, 2011); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2011 – February 12, 2012); the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia (March 16, 2012 – July 15, 2012); the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 14, 2013 – September 8, 2013); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee (October 11, 2013 – January 12, 2014); and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 8, 2014 – June 15, 2014).”

Recap: Jonathan Robert Payne's Meet Me Where I'm At

Recent Rhodes graduate and rising performance artists, Jonathan RObert Payne featured a live performance at 6:21 pm on Saturday, May 9.

Artist Statement
Intense preoccupations with self-concept, desire, and tribalism are the points of departure for my recent installation and performance work. I tackle these complex personal landscapes in the studio similar to my approach outside of that space: through endurance, perspective, minor successes, immediate pleasures, Pho Binh lunch buffets, constant longing, and inevitable failure. This is all a journey. Utilizing pre-existing cultural objects, movement, body fluid, space, and meditative processes, I continue to simultaneously grapple with and reprieve my poly-consciousness. Ultimately, this show serves as a temporal sanctuary where these performative self-journeys and self-reconciliations shall unfold.

Artist Bio
Johnathan Payne is an emerging artist whose creative practice encompasses drawing, painting, collage, performance, and installation art. He has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions, including Voice of the Turtle at Tops Gallery most recently, New Drawings at Beige in 2014, and Pyramid Scheme! at Gallery 363 in 2013. He earned his BA in Art from Rhodes College in 2012, and received the Sally Becker Grinspan Award for Artistic Achievement. Last November, Johnathan was awarded an ArtsAccelerator grant from ArtsMemphis. He currently lives and maintains a studio practice in Memphis, TN.