Black Weirdo of The Week 6: Kimberly Drew
Kimberly Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Kimberly first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media.
What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Full time I’m a marketing assistant for Hyperallergic/Nectar Ads. Even fuller time I founded the tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art.
How long have you been working at your craft?
I’ve been doing social media since Mark Zuckerburg let us high schoolers join the book in ’05.
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
As Zora Neale Hurston put it, “Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” I’m of the can’t hide it variety. My parents raised me to love every facet of my blackness and that kind of self love in our society is often seen as a pathology. I’m a black weirdo because I don’t let that stigma inhibit my existence.
Upcoming events/ projects?
March 16th- Black Contemporary Art, Cave To Canvas & Tumblr Present:
New York Art Walk
Why We Love Kimberly Drew:
Kim is one of our best friends. With style and grace (and a lil rachetness) she guides folks through a thorough Black experience in the visual arts. Not only is she well versed in the work of Black artists throughout time she is constantly researching and gathering more knowledge to spread about Black involvement in the art scene. She is a unique entity that is soon to
blow your mind (if she hasn’t already!)
Theft in Hillyer
There was a theft of a student’s purse in the photo area in Hillyer on Monday evening. Please safeguard valuables, do not prop area doors outside of class time, and keep a watchful eye for suspicious activity.
STILL IN PROCESS
I aim to create and recreate a body of images through the process of analogical photography in order to combat the technological gaze of the present and to stress the sustained significance of methodological processes. Mesmerized by the process of photography itself, I seek to repurpose my own photographic images in order to produce images which embody the processes they represent. Photography is a process. The camera itself employs its own process with the viewer’s selection through the viewfinder, the decisive release of the shutter, the intrinsic recording of the image by light traveling through its dark chamber to reach the surface of film. The analogical process continues when one develops film by hand, selecting an image to print, enlarging the image, emitting the proper amount of timed light to light-sensitive paper, and soaking the print through chemical baths. Though this process is systematic, it leaves room for innovation and invention, leaving space for the image to be manipulated at will.
Over time, my experience with photography and its history has deepened, informing my interest in utilizing my hands, archaic materials, and alternative processes. In this show I desire to illuminate the perpetual analogical importance through a manual process focusing on the literal, the hand-made. In an era where the digital has become increasingly pervasive, these aspects of photography permit the work to be dynamic, to be in flux, to maintain its relevance. I want to continue the exploration of the photographic process and its relation to the world around me. I, and my work, are still in process.
Samantha May Driscoll
Check out Samantha May Driscoll’s (Class of 2014) show in the Campus Center!
Meet the Artist: Smith Medalist Susan Hiller ‘61
Happy (kind of) snow day (???)!