‘Tis the season for pop-up shopping, especially in Harlem where venues such as Raw Space, Red Rooster and La Maison d’Art have already begun hosting artisan and high-end shopping events. Even better for us, renowned visual artist, Leroy Campbell, has recently blown in from Atlanta to present a pop-up experience, like no other, at Harlem’s SOL Studio through December 20th!
Originally from South Carolina, the former New York resident earned his start as a professional artist in Brooklyn, and has strong creative and cultural ties to Harlem. He had a short, but powerful, exhibit at SOL Studio earlier this year and, based on the success of that event, made plans to return to the gallery space this holiday season to introduce his freshly released book, My Authentic Self.
Campbell’s pop-up also includes an exhibition of his original artwork, limited edition giclees and gift items, as well as the art of several of his southern colleagues – Najee Dorsey, Charlie Palmer, April Harrison and Stacey Browne. New Jersey artist, Sarah Bunn, has even contributed an actual garment inspired by the historical newspaper dresses worn by many soulful little girls in Campbell’s paintings. (Campbell painting featured below left with real Sarah Bunn dress on the right.) All works considered, the exhibition tells a jubilant and triumphant story of family, heritage and history.
My Authentic Self, Campbell’s coffee table publication, includes nearly one-hundred colorful pages of selected artworks along with his thoughtful and personal writings about family life and the Gullah Geechee culture – from which the artist proudly reigns and credits for much of his rich, expressive imagery. Long-awaited, and actually designed with Harlem local talent, the book has rapidly become a popular collector’s item among Campbell’s loyal supporters and new audiences alike. It sells for $85 with a specialty option that includes a sleek custom gift box and tote, along with an autographed, limited edition print insert.
Through December 20, 2015, you can catch Campbell daily from 11am-7pm, signing and discussing the book, and by appointment only on Mondays. As part of the pop-up, the artist also debuted a short film about his life that compliments the book. Upcoming screenings TBA. The Sol Studio, 2073 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. (between 123rd & 124th Streets) New York, NY | http://thesolstudio.com