Andre Woolery - Bio and Artist Statement
I want to create a wide prism of Blackness that beams light in all directions. Too often Black is oversimplified into a racialized cube or windowpane that absorbs its multidimensional nature. I want to challenge this flat representation through emboldened imagery, injecting blackness into “white” space, generating discourse, and pushing boundaries of mediums as a tool to push the boundaries of Blackness.
My subject matter is the exploration of Black identity, culture and history. Too often the narratives surrounding Black experience and existence are undocumented, altered or one-dimensional. What it means to be Black is not static or a monolithic term that has to succumb to historical context. Blackness links the experiences of the African diaspora so it remains a dynamic and moving target. I want to create visual language that defines who we are through identity, captures our power through culture, and defines our paths through history.
My art practice will strive to spark dynamic discourse that takes into account a collective perspective rather than a singular one. We’ve moved away from singular representatives into a digital world with connected voices. Now is the perfect time to engage what it means to be Black through a cross pollination of Black perspectives. Art is for everyone and, this way, we all play a role. As an artist I can be a conductor that leads an orchestra to create a composition that elicits truer sound.
To achieve this I use technology to keep up with the evolving notion of Blackness. Technology allows for an exchange of communication that creates data to inform. As a result the work will generate byproducts of our connectivity as another medium in my artwork alongside the paint, pushpins, and images. Artwork will incorporate digital behaviors and principles such being more open-source, real time, social, and media driven.
I want each artwork to be collaboration towards an understanding of the Black experience.
Andre Woolery, Visual Artist + Co-founder of Blck Prism
Andre Woolery is a contemporary black artist with a digital aesthetic. Andre began his career in advertising, helping companies use digital technology to reach a wider audience for their brands. His past positions include, Digital Media Supervisor at Neo@Ogilvy, Digital Synthesis Director for Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners, Digital Synthesis Director for The Media Kitchen and Media & Marketing Consultant for Bond Collective. In 2009, realizing that his “tech side” had dominated his “creative side” for the better part of a decade, Andre made the decision to take a month-long sabbatical from his job to explore his artistic pursuits – and within days, he had rediscovered his passion for oil painting. Two years later, having simultaneously maintained a full-time and award-winning advertising career, he had created a small but cohesive collection of work he felt might be worthy of presentation.
Andre has since made a name for himself as an emerging talent, and his work has been exhibited in New York and elsewhere, including: the “eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp” and “Art in Flux” shows in Harlem, NY; a solo exhibition at the FrontRunner Gallery in Manhattan, NY; and the BIT Conference at SXSW in Austin, TX. Most recently, his paintings were featured at the 2014 Jamaica Biennial in Kingston, Jamaica. His latest endeavor, Blck Prism, combines culture and visual art to deliver content that makes art feel inclusive and accessible. Andre has a degree in Computer Science from Duke University.