BAM BAM DILLA:
Art Whino’s newest exhibition, BAM BAM DILLA: TRAVELING RIDDIMS will feature multi-media portraits on Vintage Samsonite Luggage by Rhode Island artist Ben Floeter. The work includes several portraits inspired by the 1970’s Reggae movement from Jamaica, and exhibits Be sure to join us for the preview event and the opening reception!
Join us for both events!
Ben Floeter, co-founder of Suddenly, It's Real, is excited to share with you his series of 1970's reggae inspired portraits on his collection of vintage luggage. When he isn't creating new things for Suddenly, It's Real, he is either in his studio painting, or working on expanding his tree house. Having grown up surrounded by a family of musicians, his artwork has always been inspired by music. Floeter started collecting Reggae music over ten years ago. He is inspired not only by the music of Jamaica, but also by the using and reusing of everyday objects out of necessity, which is most evident of Floeter's larger paintings that are assembled from a variety of discarded objects. He uses almost all found materials to create his artwork, whether it is scrap wood found on the curb, or vintage objects found in thrift stores. The use of luggage is symbolic in that Jamaican Reggae came from such a small island and traveled so far, having an enormous impact on the rest of the world . Floeter has a BFA in Drawing from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and has shown nationally. This is his first Solo-Show.
Chicago-born Jeremy Sole has been a deejay and record collector for over 15 years. As a teenager, his education was throwing underground loft parties at the birth of Hip Hop and House music. He matured as a turntablist in Jazz, Dub and experimental hybrid bands. The rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk were all part of his upbringing, and as a true music lover Jeremy has always found a way to blend them all together. "If I'm playing a Dub tune, it has a similar rhythm to Cumbia so it forms a bridge from Jamaica to Colombia. Then maybe mix into a salsa track, followed by a salsa remix with a dancehall pattern that translates into certain Afrobeat rhythms. It's about finding similarities and using songs to connect cultures and build momentum."