This weekend, Be Electric Studios hosted a collaborative exhibition and reception titled Begin Transmission. The show was curated by art critic Lori Zimmer and featured work by Tim Okamura and Chris Marshall. Okamura is a contemporary Canadian painter known for his depiction of African-American and minority subjects in urban settings and his unique combination of graffiti and realism. Chris Marshall, an artist based here in Bushwick, creates elaborate abstract sculptures and installations.
The night was not only a celebration of local art and creativity, but an opportunity to explore diversity and social justice, how they relate to each other and current issues. A portion of the proceeds from the event went to Beauty for Freedom, a non-profit organization utilizing the extensive outreach and power of the beauty/fashion industries to raise awareness about fighting human trafficking.
The opening was a huge success with live music, drinks, a great crowd. Check out some of the shots below from the event; Chris and Tim's work filled up our space beautifully! Please follow the links below to view more of the artists' work and to learn more about Beauty for Freedom.