InLiquid makes it easier for Philadelphians to decorate their homes with affordable artwork. In collaboration with NextFAB and Clay Studio’s Clayfest, InLiquid is hosting Art For The Cash Poor this Saturday, a craft fair several blocks away on American Street in Kensington. The exhibition grounds will run the length of N. American Street from Master Street to Berks Street.
Each year, artists participating in the Art For the Cash Poor fair can sell their creations to potential buyers, but the price of each piece cannot exceed $ 200. All proceeds from sales will go directly to the respective creators.
One of the artists featured this year is Philadelphia-based illustrator, sculptor and painter, G. Farrel Kellum. He has been a part of Philadelphia’s contemporary art scene for almost 50 years now. After obtaining his BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 1974, Kellum has been in many galleries such as ArtJaz Gallery, Urban Art Gallery, Sande Webster Gallery and many more. He also owns works of art in the collection of the late great African-American art collector Lewis Tanner-Moore.
Kellum will sell parts that are fundamentally different from what they usually do. The artist is known for his extravagant sculptures and paintings that embody jazz music, hip-hop culture and the black experience from his own perspective. Instead of selling his sculptures or paintings, he will sell limited edition t-shirts that feature works of art he has created. He “shifts his energy in another direction”, but his passion for creation is the common denominator. He claims his t-shirts will convey the same passion and creativity that he puts into all of his sculptures, even if it’s on a “trivial” medium.
“A (Jean-Michel) Basqiuat is on a canvas. That wooden surface isn’t worth much … it’s what’s painted on it that makes it precious,” Kellum says.
The title of his t-shirt collection will be titled “Slashed From a Disfigured Heritage”. It was inspired by the voyage of ships carrying slaves from West Africa, also known as the Middle Passage.
“The average African American does not know his true history and his ancestors. We are like a broken mirror. When you look at it, we see all these different images of ourselves, but it’s not really ourselves. ” he said.
“The images I have are very psychological and intelligent to the mind. I think a lot of people will be drawn to them,” he continues, saying that the images are “twisters” that will challenge the way that black people think of their presence on this planet and that will attract questions.
“I hope people can wear it and discuss it and that will trigger something in their brain.”
Kellum says the shirts will be cheap to go with the affordable art theme at Art For The Cash Poor. Customers can purchase G. Kellum’s “Slashed From A Disfigured Heritage” t-shirts for $ 25.
Find work by Kellum and other artists at the Art For The Cash Poor event this Saturday. For more information, visit inliquid.org/aftcp.