The Essence of A Dopamine Clinic Art Class

   My feelings about Delé Akerejah and my experience with the Dopamine Clinic Studio can be reflected in the following thoughts...

   All Human beings are Art...both of and within themselves. Art is not a gift or skill; It is the natural part of each and every individual human being, the Spirit that is ingrained in the beliefs of free thinking societies globally.

 

   We are all Artists and Dele, the guiding Shepherd, shows us how naturally human it is to be so. There is not stress or rigid "have to's" or "do nots". You choose, you sense, you feel your way along the steps of taking bits and pieces,snippets and strokes of pen, paint, magic marker, oil, watercolor, acrylic in order to share your self on canvas, card board, paper or any chosen medium and; collage a piece of yourself into a master piece. He is so Good at it, that every Student at the Street Sense Media organization has had their works Sold and Collected (2016 Capitol Hill Arts Workshop).

  

     Simply Take a look at Dele's Masterpieces, and follow the reflection of his thoughts, pathways, journeys and memories; All built from the recycled abstraction of the discarded into a work of Beauty.

     A workshop with Dele, will be one of the most memorable, moving learning experiences one can have, not just for the approach and skill, but for being shown through ones' own point of view the self reflection of one' s beauty reflected on paper or canvas as Art. 

       It just simply, fun, inspiring and lovely! 

 

                                 Angie Whitehurst

                (Dopamine Clinic Art Student & Contributing Writer)

Street Sense Media Outdoor "Pop-UP"

Street Sense Media Outdoor "Pop-UP"

Once Again…the Dopamine Clinic is teaming up with one it’s top supporting organizations…Street Sense Media. We will be featuring a series of Dele Akerejahs’ Mixed-Media Paintings In a one off experimental outdoor pop up at the Church of Epiphany. Please visit www.streetsensemedia.org for more information on the event.

Read More

Hybrid Theory Manifesto In The Art World

 

 

 

    The World of Art... has always been compartmentalized into two core Kingdoms...Fine Art and Commercial Art. This is an inherently hierarchical dynamic which has virtually no merit in the 21st century with various artistic traditions and artistic persuasions. It is the declarative position of the Dopamine Clinic that this delineation in the Visual Culture industry has to be phased out irrevocably. It has in "fact” but not in "form", due to many reasons. One is the staunch resistance of the forces at the top, comprised of a small elite, who ultimately use this old paradigm to further enrich themselves at the expense of the freedom and free manifestation of artistic expression and appreciation. The Dopamine Clinic, a Bohemian Art Studio, posits through its work and ethos that Visual Culture must never be exclusive to a few Oligarchs and Billionaires. Art must be Democratic in a "free society". It also submits that collage art is life, and its expression and appreciation must be Democratic.

 

    When an Artist has high end original works for sale and makes inexpensively available, utilitarian reproductions...He or She has done so out of a compassionate consideration for the average "Joe" or "Jane", who is not likely to have a disposable $15,000 or $7,000,000 to purchase a single item with!  Technology and Consumer Culture make the Worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art seamlessly interchangeable.  Should a curator or gallery decide that an Artist is not worth dealing with because they are marketing their works through multiple distribution methods?  it is not a valid indictment on the quality of the images produced by that Artist, but rather an exposition of the static norms that safeguard the all too often Classist, and Static architecture that insulates the interests of a few self-selected Gate Keepers at the expense of the larger world.

     

   The Dopamine Clinic is deliberate in its resistance to this pervasive and subtle oppression in the Art Industry. After all...the studios' roots stem from the gritty city streets of Washington, DC. The Dopamine Clinic is deliberately flouting the dated notion that a Fine Art Painter cannot use their skills of observation to decide how and where to take a position in a Global Market...in a world that is now Flat due to the continuing innovations in transport and communication in what is now Marshal McLuhan’s Global Village.

     

   The Dopamine Clinic refuses to isolate itself from the Masses of the underprivileged Black, Brown, Red, and Yellow People whose daily existence in the world is littered with doors closed to them.  Although it will hurt the studios reputation in elite circles, it is unimportant in the 21st Century and the larger course of Human History. Access to Art is a Human Right! Franz Fanons’ “Wretched Of The Earth” must have access to art in all its’ manifestation.   Staunch opposition is expected, but this is so anytime we witness alternative artistic persuasion and appreciation, especially by people of Colour asserting themselves. They are inevitably due to assume their Place of Power...in the World... of Colours.

A Round On The Eyes of Michael Auger

 

 

                            

   I first became exposed to the works of fine artist and illustrator Michael Auger in the April of 2011 when I was a cashier at the flagship Amsterdam Falafel Shop in Washington D.C. His cards were everywhere and he was really an early inspiration to become a professional artist as well.

    His childlike images reminded me of the cartoons "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and "Hey Arnold" in the 1990's. On his website (arty4ever.com) you can find sculptured dolls as well. They are quite reminiscent of Rahmelzees works from the 1980's.

   Spherical eyes are most notably Mr.Augers' chief motiff. My favourite piece is entitled "What's Your Poison?". It whimsically depicts a cheerful crimson octopus, donning a bowtie, getting prepaired to serve patrons with his tentacle arms. This piece reminds me of the simultaneous need for excellent customer service and speed in mixology. That was my interpretation. But portfolio aside it is clear that Mr.Auger means business.

   Michaels' shop is quite expansive...like a full on Toys R Us Bonanza for adults with innumerable ways to purchase his work. Surprisingly, his prices are super affordable for a seasoned artist.His style and content is definetly appropriate for all ages. I hope to one day work with him on a series.

I first became exposed to the works of fine artist and illustrator Michael Auger in the April of 2011 when I was a cashier at the flagship Amsterdam Falafel Shop in Washington D.C. His cards were everywhere and he was really an early inspiration to become a professional artist as well.

    His childlike images reminded me of the cartoons "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and "Hey Arnold" in the 1990's. On his website (arty4ever.com) you can find sculptured dolls as well. They are quite reminiscent of Rahmelzees works from the 1980's.

   Spherical eyes are most notably Mr.Augers' chief motiff. My favourite piece is entitled "What's Your Poison?". It whimsically depicts a cheerful crimson octopus, donning a bowtie, getting prepaired to serve patrons with his tentacle arms. This piece reminds me of the simultaneous need for excellent customer service and speed in mixology. That was my interpretation. But portfolio aside it is clear that Mr.Auger means business.

   Michaels' shop is quite expansive...like a full on Toys R Us Bonanza for adults with innumerable ways to purchase his work. Surprisingly, his prices are super affordable for a seasoned artist.His style and content is definetly appropriate for all ages. I hope to one day work with him on a series.

 

                                                               Delé Akerejah