Sulfur Studios invites the public to enjoy art, food and more on Friday, April 1 in conjunction with First Fridays at Starland. This first Friday will also see a new solo exhibition open at Sulfur as a residency closes.
“There is always so much going on, and this first Friday in April in particular is made special by the return of Sulfur Street Fair, the opening of this exhibition by John Alleyne and the final finale of a fantastic residency project by Monica Jane Frisell and Adam Scher,” said Samantha Mack, Sulfur Studios gallery assistant and public relations director.
In the main gallery, a presentation of new works by John Alleyne will be presented. In his personal exhibition, …in a perfect world, I would be perfect, world., which will be presented from March 31 to April 23, 2022.
“I’m inspired by black men, women, and youth sitting in barbershop chairs; as they reveal moments of vulnerability, anxiety and introspection that speak to their whole experience. Accordingly, my current work is a meditation on the black experience,” Alleyne said in her artist statement.
Alleyne said he aimed to find common ground in the black experience of the barbershop and the barbershop as a refuge or place of refuge. In this work, he challenges ideas of beauty and stereotypes of virility and masculinity by presenting symbolic stories in the aesthetics of hairdressing guide posters, common in black hair salons and barbershops.
“Using spray paint and screen-printed collages, I explore ways to create hybrid practices. The works feature an aesthetic of complex textures reminiscent of urban walls and public surfaces. Additionally, themes such as the Caribbean, African Diaspora, Christianity, hip-hop, and urban street culture reflect my creative process and vicariously reflect my lived experience,” Alleyne said.
Alleyne will be in town from Baton Rouge for the event, and will give a brief artist talk and sign copies of the catalog created to celebrate the exhibition.
(Catalogs can be pre-ordered at sulfurstudios.org)
The ON::View Residency space in Sulfur will host the finale of “Portrait of US,” a Nomadic Photo Ark project by Monica Jane Frisell and Adam Scher. Using their mobile darkroom and office space called The Ark, Frisell and Scher collected stories and portraits of members of the Savannah community through large format black and white photography.
“Frisell and Scher will be there to celebrate the end of their residency. They will have a pop-up exhibit in the residency studio featuring black and white gelatin silver prints made in their portable darkroom. They will also showcase some of the photos taken by attendees at their pinhole camera workshops held while here,” Mack said.
On 39th Street, between Bull St. and Desoto Ave., the Sulfur Street Fair will be held, with local art and food vendors, as well as children’s art activities and live painting with the food truck Latin Chicks.
One such supplier is the Savannah Stage Company which is entering its 10th season this year. People will be able to meet the cast of their upcoming production of “The Jungle Book.”
“Savannah Stage Company is thrilled to be joining Sulfur Studios for the first Friday in April. Come meet the cast and we’ll have jungle-themed face painting, coloring pages, plus Savannah Stage Company information and tickets. presents Family Fun Day featuring The Jungle Book”, Jayme Tinti, artistic director and co-founder of the Savannah Stage Company.
Another provider is The Culturist Union (TCU). TCU is the first black-owned cafe and craft market opening soon in this region at 3129 Bull St.
“We will have our coffee cart at the event serving coffee and more importantly we will be there to let our community know we are here. We get to know the people in the neighborhood where we will be and they get to know us. We are delighted to be here and to serve,” said Elbi Elm, the founder of The Culturist Union.
Other vendors include Maxx Feist, C. Austin Woodworking, Moon Child Studio, Lovelane Designs, Meaningful Boutique, Rhoot Man Beverage Company, Phil Musen, Fidler Supply, Peanut Butter Shrimp Newspaper, DeCeption Theater “Cycle-Rama of Magic” and OAK Magazine .
“Our mission is to make Savannah a destination for art and culture in the Southeast by supporting established and emerging artists and engaging a diverse community with creative programming by building awareness and appreciation for the arts. It really comes to life on first Fridays when people show up for the arts in a very real way,” Mack said.
More information can be found at sulphurstudios.org