March 23rd, 2010

 Columbia, S.C.  – April 1st (April Fools Day) may not be a major holiday, but this year Main St is going to add a lot of fun to the fool’s idea.  Frame of Mind, Think Columbia SC, White Mule, and Anastasia & Friends have teamed up to make this an April Fools Day to be remembered.

Frame of Mind will be featuring the art of Cedric Umoja, a mastermind of street inspired art.

                Born and partly raised in California but having spent most of his adult life in the South, Cedric Umoja when asked, will tell you that he’s from Columbia but California has a special place in his heart. He is a non-graduate of the Arts Institute of Atlanta due to a misunderstanding as to the definition of art, between him and the Institute, which turned out to be a good thing since he’s much happier practicing fine rather than commercial art. His medium of choice is paint- house, water, acrylic, and aerosol- and his canvases range from recycled material including cardboard, waste concrete backer board and the occasional door to traditional canvas and plywood.  If asked to pick the three artists that influenced him the most they would be: Dondi White, Sam Kieth, and Hans Hoffman.

               The influences of graffiti, modern European and American art, comic books, and even the R-rated movies his dad fed him started to come together in earnest when he studied under Tony Cacalano, a veteran fine artist whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the New York School.  Rigorous use of color theory and abstraction intensify the dreamy, sci-fi and even spiritually themed pieces that compose Cedric’s current body of work.  Umoja also achieves tension by purposeful overlay of figurative and abstract techniques within a work.

                His paintings can be found in the permanent collection of the Urban League of Columbia, the homes of local Columbians who have managed to catch him painting live at various events including the Crafty Feast, local hip hop shows including Handskillz and Culture Fest, and in an upcoming and concurrently scheduled group exhibit “Post-Graffiti” at the Columbia Museum of Art, beginning March 31, 2010.


Think Columbia SC will be conducting the outdoor art show duties with an interactive exhibit called “City of Fools”.  The display will incorporate music, dancing, photography, and a few surprises designed to show people the creativity of the city.

 Anastasia & FRIENDS is a new gallery space opening in the foyer of the Free Times building.  The show is designed as a “coming together” of 5 local artists & friends in order to blend their styles and humor.

 And last but not least, White Mule will be hosting a show between collaborators  Mike Krajewski and Justice Littlejohn.

Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

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