LAB presents a workshop hosted by QCA grant-winner Shervone Neckles, providing a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for solo exhibitions: from negotiating, grant writing, balancing work commitments, studio time, refining an editing work all while using the current project to leverage other opportunities. Shervone will also screen the first iteration of the "Give and Take" animation and request audience feedback in preparation of the final stage. 

The concept and title of the "Give and Take Project" derives from a rare tree species native to Central America. The tree contains both a powerful toxin and its own antidote. The works in the exhibition takes viewers on a creative expedition on the complex cycles of nature and the ineffable spirit of the black woman's body. 

"The Give and Take Tree" represents the Great Mother, whose roots heal, nurtures, brings forth wealth, fertility, and prosperity. The series is part of Neckles' personal ethnographic study on the implications of language and image to negotiate the social meaning of beauty, identity, and cultural authenticity.

Friday, April 8th, 6:30pm

 Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

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Shervone Neckles is a Caribbean-American raised in Brooklyn, New York to Grenadian parents. As an interdisciplinary artist, Neckles’ work embraces collage, alternative printmaking techniques, book arts, installation and sculpture. She has held residencies in areas as diverse as the Youlou Arts Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies, The Center for Book Arts in New York, The Fabric Workshop & Museum in Pennsylvania, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Elizabeth Foundation, SHIFT Program in New York. Previous awards include grants from The Queens Arts Fund, The Puffin Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Fellowships from Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Manhattan Graphic Center. Her award-winning work has been shown worldwide in both group and solo exhibitions. Her practice also includes curatorial projects; Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts with Pratt Center for Community Development and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn, NY and From Taboo to Icon: Africanist Turnabout at the Ice Box Galley in Philadelphia, PA. Neckles’ has earned an MA from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, MFA from CUNY, Queens College and BFA from The College of New Rochelle. She is currently a member of the Castle Gallery’s Advisory Board for The College of New Rochelle. Neckles’ lives with her husband, artist José M. Ortiz and three year old son in Queens, New York.

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