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| art |

                                           toyin odutola

tanekeya word [I]: fill in the blank:honesty is to _______________ as portraiture is to ______________ .
 
 
toyin odutola [to]: i should preface that i’m really bad at this sort of thing. here’s a go: “honesty is to love as portraiture is to art?” 
 
 
 
I: creating is an intimate act for the artist who works alone in their studio, so if you could collaborate with anyone from the past or present, who would it be and why, what project would you all work on together?
 
to: it’s funny you should mention this, because for the past few months i have been considering collaboration for the first time. right now, i am planning to work on a comic book project with a  friend of mine. it’s really exciting trading emails, writing the script and forging this new story together. it’s very different from what i’m used to, but it’s refreshing to have another person in the incubator with you, treading through the marshes together, to, hopefully, arrive at something we are both happy with and proud of. 
 
 
 
I: self portraiture is the original selfie. over the years, what have you discovered about yourself, by drawing yourself?
 

to: it’s so weird. i must be one of the few people who takes a selfie for reference and not simply for the sake of it alone. ha! i’m interested in using my image as a navigator for a story. i’m not so concerned about my image being misinterpreted, because that is almost inevitable, it’s all filters, as aforementioned. what i am interested in when working with my image is the idea of where that image can go. it’s boring limiting the self portrait to what i am in this reality, that needs no embellishment or enhancement. the reference should be the starting point into something else, something expansive. what i learn from each portrait is what and how a face, a body, an image can become, say, a landscape, a poem, a letter, a symposium, a musical composition… . all of these things and more are possible.  

keep up with the IV part interview here…

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV |neonV, llc  
+ © “the paradox of education” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc


I: tanekeya word
eic + creative director

| art |

                                           toyin odutola

tanekeya word [I]: fill in the blank:honesty is to _______________ as portraiture is to ______________ .

 

 

toyin odutola [to]: i should preface that i’m really bad at this sort of thing. here’s a go: “honesty is to love as portraiture is to art?”

 

 

 

I: creating is an intimate act for the artist who works alone in their studio, so if you could collaborate with anyone from the past or present, who would it be and why, what project would you all work on together?

 

to: it’s funny you should mention this, because for the past few months i have been considering collaboration for the first time. right now, i am planning to work on a comic book project with a  friend of mine. it’s really exciting trading emails, writing the script and forging this new story together. it’s very different from what i’m used to, but it’s refreshing to have another person in the incubator with you, treading through the marshes together, to, hopefully, arrive at something we are both happy with and proud of. 

 

 

 

I: self portraiture is the original selfie. over the years, what have you discovered about yourself, by drawing yourself?

 

to: it’s so weird. i must be one of the few people who takes a selfie for reference and not simply for the sake of it alone. ha! i’m interested in using my image as a navigator for a story. i’m not so concerned about my image being misinterpreted, because that is almost inevitable, it’s all filters, as aforementioned. what i am interested in when working with my image is the idea of where that image can go. it’s boring limiting the self portrait to what i am in this reality, that needs no embellishment or enhancement. the reference should be the starting point into something else, something expansive. what i learn from each portrait is what and how a face, a body, an image can become, say, a landscape, a poem, a letter, a symposium, a musical composition… . all of these things and more are possible.  

keep up with the IV part interview here

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV |neonVllc  

+ © “the paradox of education” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc

Itanekeya word

eic + creative director

| art |
                                             toyin odutola

tanekeya word [I]: it is oft stated, “to be vulnerable is to be naked,” when are you the most naked?
 
toyin odutola [to]: hmmm… i try to avoid that. ha! i’m vulnerable enough when i’m working, especially in the very beginning stages of a drawing. yeah… that’s when i am most vulnerable. everything outside the studio and the act of drawing is simply… avoided. 
 
 
 
I: although your work is seemingly assertive, you have a passion for comics, and laughter. how does the binaries of assertiveness/playfulness collaborate in your work?  
 
 
to:  i think i need that balance. because of the intensity of my drawing process, i often crave outlets and inspirations such as those found in comics and humor. i grew up in a house full of laughter and much passion. nigerian households are very boisterous spaces, full of storytelling. i suppose it was only inexorable for me to gravitate towards activities and books that revolve around that. i have a propensity towards invention, binaries… i find it comforting when these inextricable aspects of life are exposed. it reminds me that failure is always imminent and that conquering one’s insecurities in this regard are a personal triumph. furthermore, laughter is a kind of medicine in a way, it really is. 
 
 
 
I: what are you actively delving into this spring/summer? 
 
to: charcoal and pastel drawing on a larger scale. i’m trying this new thing: tackling activities and works that terrify me. so far, i’m getting more and more terrified. but what i am learning from the process so far is immeasurable.

keep up with the IV part interview here…

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV |neonV, llc  
+ © “rather than look back, she chose to look at you” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc
 

I: tanekeya word
eic + creative director

| art |

                                             toyin odutola

tanekeya word [I]: it is oft stated, “to be vulnerable is to be naked,” when are you the most naked?

 

toyin odutola [to]: hmmm… i try to avoid that. ha! i’m vulnerable enough when i’m working, especially in the very beginning stages of a drawing. yeah… that’s when i am most vulnerable. everything outside the studio and the act of drawing is simply… avoided. 

 

 

 

I: although your work is seemingly assertive, you have a passion for comics, and laughter. how does the binaries of assertiveness/playfulness collaborate in your work?  

 

 

to:  i think i need that balance. because of the intensity of my drawing process, i often crave outlets and inspirations such as those found in comics and humor. i grew up in a house full of laughter and much passion. nigerian households are very boisterous spaces, full of storytelling. i suppose it was only inexorable for me to gravitate towards activities and books that revolve around that. i have a propensity towards invention, binaries… i find it comforting when these inextricable aspects of life are exposed. it reminds me that failure is always imminent and that conquering one’s insecurities in this regard are a personal triumph. furthermore, laughter is a kind of medicine in a way, it really is. 

 

 

 

I: what are you actively delving into this spring/summer?

 

to: charcoal and pastel drawing on a larger scale. i’m trying this new thing: tackling activities and works that terrify me. so far, i’m getting more and more terrified. but what i am learning from the process so far is immeasurable.

keep up with the IV part interview here

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV |neonVllc  

+ © “rather than look back, she chose to look at you” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc

 

Itanekeya word

eic + creative director

| art |

                                              toyin odutola
 
there isn’t much people do alone anymore, simple acts are photographed, collaged, posted, commented on + sent into the cloud on a daily. we are all documentarians + archivists seeking to explore our journeys + the fleeting moments that trigger our emotions for better or for worse. toyinodutola is no stranger to this contemporary cultural performance, she greets the process with great respect as she understands the magic in reciprocity. odutola sees the act of documenting self, as a creative process of collaboration. 
 
 
tanekeya word [I]: as agents of process, you are known to document your artistic process via instagram, @obia_thethird, while james baldwin advocated for the creative process, in his 1962 book. baldwin bequeathed creatives with these words of wisdom: “the artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.”
 
as an artist, what questions are you exposing via documenting your studio process, that were often hidden in the art industry’s answers to becoming a successful artist? 
 
what is one thing that you do not take for granted?
 
toyin odutola [to]: 
 
that’s a really great question. i love that quote by baldwin. love it so much, i got it tattooed on my right arm, my art making arm. ha! i relate to that quote because it drives at the heart of what artmaking, regardless of field, is all about: perception. sure, one could look at it from a very romantic notion, that of culture creation and production; but it’s more than that. art is meant to highlight and bring attention to social, political, economic, sexual, religious, and ethical, questions. filters that we often deem are tacit knowledge, but are really invention. every tradition, every standard, convention and rule, we have been socialized into believing are universal truths were once invented by a person or a group of people. art often reminds us of this, because it is the basis of what it is, it’s very foundation. 
 

other professions may feel more dogmatic in this sense, but it’s all the same, the only difference in this regard, between…say, a painter, a politician, a space engineer, a priest, a chemist, a writer, and an architect, is perception: what we each think of these different professions/vocations in any given context. with art the context doesn’t matter, the vacuum is always present. the reason i am so interested in exposing the process of making is because i want people to understand how mercurial the act of making is. it’s nothing glamorous. it’s a solitary act. it involves many doubts and quandaries. in the end, the act of making is… more meaningful, more precious, in many cases, than the eventual product of the making. there’s a narrative beneath the official narrative. the layers pile on and you are often left with the final execution. i want to unveil that; to show the richness and depth that is often hidden when you approach a piece in a gallery or museum. that is what i fell in love with when i first came upon art and later decided to get involved with artmaking when i was younger. the process is everything. i want to share this beautiful experience. to be truthful, the primary audience i am thinking of when i share my process on instagram and/or my tumblr blog is me. to remind myself what this is really about. the glamorous aspect of this life, the gifts and joys it brings are incredible yet fleeting; the reality is very stark, and that’s ok. 

keep up with the IV part interview here…

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV |neonV, llc  
+ © “hold it in your mouth a little longer” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc

I: tanekeya word
eic + creative director

| art |

                                              toyin odutola

 

there isn’t much people do alone anymore, simple acts are photographed, collaged, posted, commented on + sent into the cloud on a daily. we are all documentarians + archivists seeking to explore our journeys + the fleeting moments that trigger our emotions for better or for worse. toyinodutola is no stranger to this contemporary cultural performance, she greets the process with great respect as she understands the magic in reciprocity. odutola sees the act of documenting self, as a creative process of collaboration.

 

 

tanekeya word [I]: as agents of process, you are known to document your artistic process via instagram, @obia_thethird, while james baldwin advocated for the creative process, in his 1962 book. baldwin bequeathed creatives with these words of wisdom: “the artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.”

 

as an artist, what questions are you exposing via documenting your studio process, that were often hidden in the art industry’s answers to becoming a successful artist?

 

what is one thing that you do not take for granted?

 

toyin odutola [to]:

 

that’s a really great question. i love that quote by baldwin. love it so much, i got it tattooed on my right arm, my art making arm. ha! i relate to that quote because it drives at the heart of what artmaking, regardless of field, is all about: perception. sure, one could look at it from a very romantic notion, that of culture creation and production; but it’s more than that. art is meant to highlight and bring attention to social, political, economic, sexual, religious, and ethical, questions. filters that we often deem are tacit knowledge, but are really invention. every tradition, every standard, convention and rule, we have been socialized into believing are universal truths were once invented by a person or a group of people. art often reminds us of this, because it is the basis of what it is, it’s very foundation.

 

other professions may feel more dogmatic in this sense, but it’s all the same, the only difference in this regard, between…say, a painter, a politician, a space engineer, a priest, a chemist, a writer, and an architect, is perception: what we each think of these different professions/vocations in any given context. with art the context doesn’t matter, the vacuum is always present. the reason i am so interested in exposing the process of making is because i want people to understand how mercurial the act of making is. it’s nothing glamorous. it’s a solitary act. it involves many doubts and quandaries. in the end, the act of making is… more meaningful, more precious, in many cases, than the eventual product of the making. there’s a narrative beneath the official narrative. the layers pile on and you are often left with the final execution. i want to unveil that; to show the richness and depth that is often hidden when you approach a piece in a gallery or museum. that is what i fell in love with when i first came upon art and later decided to get involved with artmaking when i was younger. the process is everything. i want to share this beautiful experience. to be truthful, the primary audience i am thinking of when i share my process on instagram and/or my tumblr blog is me. to remind myself what this is really about. the glamorous aspect of this life, the gifts and joys it brings are incredible yet fleeting; the reality is very stark, and that’s ok

keep up with the IV part interview here

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV |neonVllc  

+ © “hold it in your mouth a little longer” courtesy of jack shainman gallery, nyc

Itanekeya word

eic + creative director

| beauty |
                                         in the midst of #darkness

                                              “dear diary”                                     
in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits
photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: brittany athey

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 
2408 t street ne 
washington, dc 20002 

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| beauty |

                                         in the midst of #darkness

                                              “dear diary”                                     

in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits


photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: brittany athey

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinardsandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 

2408 t street ne 

washingtondc 20002 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| beauty |
                                …but bitch don’t try me #shade

                                              “dear diary”                                     
in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits
photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatison, brittany athey 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 
2408 t street ne 
washington, dc 20002 

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV |neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| beauty |

                                …but bitch don’t try me #shade

                                              “dear diary”                                     

in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits


photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatisonbrittany athey 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinardsandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 

2408 t street ne 

washingtondc 20002 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV |neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| beauty |
                             bad bitches link up #wecute #knowus

                                              “dear diary”                                     
in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits
photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatison, brittany athey 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 
2408 t street ne 
washington, dc 20002 

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| beauty |

                             bad bitches link up #wecute #knowus

                                              “dear diary”                                     

in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits


photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatisonbrittany athey 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinardsandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 

2408 t street ne 

washingtondc 20002 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| beauty |
                             we don’t take #selfies we take #usies 

                                              “dear diary”                                     
in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits
photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatison, karmin battle 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 
2408 t street ne 
washington, dc 20002 

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare | MMXIV |neonV, llc                                           
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| beauty |

                             we don’t take #selfies we take #usies 

                                              “dear diary”                                     

in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits


photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatisonkarmin battle 

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinardsandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 

2408 t street ne 

washingtondc 20002 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare MMXIV |neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| beauty |

                                         g4l #friendsforever

                                              “dear diary”                                     
in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits
photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatison, karmin battle

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 
2408 t street ne 
washington, dc 20002 

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonV, llc                                           

IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

| beauty |

                                         g4l #friendsforever

                                              “dear diary”                                     

in a world full of selfies, who are we really? social media stands as a platform for you to be whomever you want, but does that really just exploit our vulnerability?

+ credits


photographer: aki akiwumi 

project manager: karmin battle

models: eden girmatisonkarmin battle

hair: charlay jones 

makeup artists: anthony kinard, sandra ayala 

studio: the move studio 

2408 t street ne 

washington, dc 20002 

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonVllc                                           

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

| founders |

                                     V: kimee brown
                       managing editor + fashion director 




i am the most transparent when _____.
i’m with him.
 

what is one thing, that you’ve learned about yourself after curating neonV vol.III: bare, that has propelled you to explore something new or to change something about yourself?
one thing that i’ve learned is balancing family (my papi + his eight year old son), graduate school, social life and neonV is quite difficult. prior to graduate school, all of my free time was devoted to neonV + social life but all of a sudden i’m living with papi playing susie homemaker + writing a few papers per week, not including four discussion questions, whew. it’s like life changed in an instant and i was not prepared. 
i found that writing papers about the sustainability of company “x” or creating a hiring package for company “y” drained all of my creativity needed to curate the fashion section. i decided to take a break from school during the summer session, regroup, and redirect my energies towards my baby, neonV. the very moment i decided this, things began to fall back into place with neonV, the commander is back ladies ;) 


+ kimee brown is a rebel without a cause.

follow kimee on her journey here: 
@fashionevryweek
check out her spring/summer MMXIV obsessions here

source:
+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonV, llc 

founders |

                                     V: kimee brown

                       managing editor + fashion director 

i am the most transparent when _____.

i’m with him.

 

what is one thing, that you’ve learned about yourself after curating neonV vol.III: bare, that has propelled you to explore something new or to change something about yourself?

one thing that i’ve learned is balancing family (my papi + his eight year old son), graduate school, social life and neonV is quite difficult. prior to graduate school, all of my free time was devoted to neonV + social life but all of a sudden i’m living with papi playing susie homemaker + writing a few papers per week, not including four discussion questions, whew. it’s like life changed in an instant and i was not prepared.

i found that writing papers about the sustainability of company “x” or creating a hiring package for company “y” drained all of my creativity needed to curate the fashion section. i decided to take a break from school during the summer session, regroup, and redirect my energies towards my baby, neonV. the very moment i decided this, things began to fall back into place with neonV, the commander is back ladies ;) 

+ kimee brown is a rebel without a cause.

follow kimee on her journey here: 

@fashionevryweek

check out her spring/summer MMXIV obsessions here

source:

+ © neonV volume III: bare |MMXIV |neonVllc 

| founders |

                                     IV: michelle german
                                   health + beauty director 

what cause or injustice would you publicly protest naked for?

no cause or injustice needed…we were all born naked weren’t we?
 

what is one thing, that you’ve learned about yourself after curating neonV vol.III: bare, that has propelled you to explore something new or to change something about yourself?
ironically enough, when curating the story lines for bare, i was in a transitional state that forced me out of my comfort zone and into unwanted vulnerability. my vulnerability, juxtaposed with the rawness i tapped into for the story lines, made me strip down to mere essentials, let go and feel—it is simple, but so neglected.
+ michelle german is an urban nudist.

follow michelle on her journey here: 
@chicmakeupgeek
check out her spring/summer MMXIV obsessions here

source:
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founders |

                                     IV: michelle german

                                   health + beauty director 

what cause or injustice would you publicly protest naked for?

no cause or injustice needed…we were all born naked weren’t we?

 

what is one thing, that you’ve learned about yourself after curating neonV vol.III: bare, that has propelled you to explore something new or to change something about yourself?


ironically enough, when curating the story lines for bare, i was in a transitional state that forced me out of my comfort zone and into unwanted vulnerability. my vulnerability, juxtaposed with the rawness i tapped into for the story lines, made me strip down to mere essentials, let go and feel—it is simple, but so neglected.

+ michelle german is an urban nudist.

follow michelle on her journey here: 

@chicmakeupgeek

check out her spring/summer MMXIV obsessions here

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