Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reynolds hosting Sukenya Best Art Exhibit: Dancing Ink

Richmond, Va. (September 22, 2017) –  The Conference Center Gallery in the Workforce Development and Conference Center on Reynolds Community College Parham Road Campus will open its doors Friday, September 22 to showcase Sukenya Best’s art exhibit, “Dancing Ink.” The exhibit will be on display through Friday, October 6.

Sukenya’s work involves the human figure, human contact, and audience participation. It is propelled by an appreciation for color, music, and dance. These elements are an autobiographical link to her family's history in the Caribbean Islands, New York City, and Central Virginia. Her process of creating artwork not only involves the mixing of cultures, but also the mixing of mediums. This includes printmaking, painting, and drawing. The combination of dance and print becomes a tool for communicating social issues regarding cultural interaction and division. 

In her innovative monotypes, Sukenya seeks to capture human rhythm, paths and patterns.  To create her works, she collaborates with dancers who perform on an inked plate placed on the studio floor that captures the shift and weight of movement.  From the plate, she creates large monotype prints that record the dancer’s movements. The multiple colors of these prints are inspired by the dancer’s style or music choice.  Her work, drawing from diverse cultures including the African diaspora, the Caribbean, and Spain, reflects the overlapping struggling and emerging cultures.

The public is invited to the open reception Friday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about this event or to schedule a tour of the collection, contact Karen Steele at ksteele@reynolds.edu