Kimani Gray at Viral: 25 Years from Rodney King 

Kimani Gray
Prints from four of my #ArttoEndViolence pieces are included in Viral: RK25. The show, opening Saturday, April 9, 2016, features artwork that documents police brutality in the 25 years since Rodney King. 

The Durón Gallery Space, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA. 

  
On March 9, 2013, Kimani Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes police officers. Kimani, affectionately called Kiki, was struck by seven bullets, three of which entered through his back. He was heard to cry the words, “don’t let me die.”

Controversy surrounding the event led to mini riots in New York neighborhoods and highlighted the growing tension between African American communities and law enforcement in the US.

There is no database for crimes committed by law enforcement against the people. This lack of data echoes Jim Crow, for it is the very function of government to ensure the safety of all its citizens. There is no oversight. The very agencies that may have committed crimes against American communities are solely responsible for the investigation and reporting of such crimes.

No indictment was made after the shooting of Kimani Gray.

He was 16 years old. This occurred in Brooklyn, New York.

Hands up. Don’t shoot.

June is BIG!

Hey everybody! June is a big month!

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It starts off with an opening on Thursday, June 4 at Orange County Creatives, 6-9pm. #BlueHolocaust was selected as part of the “In The Neighboorhood” show, an international juried exhibition which benefits a local non-profit in Laguna Beach. I’ll also have new work up for June as a gallery artist.

The very next evening, Friday, June 5 at The HUD in Ventura, 6-9pm is an opening for the June Group Show. A selection of my “grid” or “slide-puzzle” pieces will be brightening up the gallery space for summer.IMG_5987

The following week, on Friday, June 12, (6-9pm) in celebration of LA Pride, the Los Angeles Art Association is hosting an opening reception for Out There. #Sticks&Stones was selected as one of the pieces celebrating LGBT culture. I’m especially excited about this show because it happens to be in my neighborhood!

Finally, the following Saturday, June 20, from 1-7pm in Long Beach, my artwork will be on display for Los Angeles’s first Augmented Reality Art Walk. This special event will project art pieces, through the magic of the interwebs, onto the walls of Downtown Long Beach – but the kicker is that they will only be visible through your smart phone (iPhone and Android). Hello awesome!

I hope to see you at one or more of the events!

Artist at Orange County Creatives

Street Lamps and other watercolor works will be available in the gallery starting January 15.
Street Lamps and other watercolor works will be available in the gallery starting January 15.

I’m super excited to announce that I will be a partnering artist for Orange County Creatives Gallery in Laguna Beach from January 15- March 15! Works in watercolor will be showcased on a wall dedicated to my art.

Upcoming events include the February and March art walks on the first Thursday of each month. I’ll keep you all posted with future dates for artist talks or demonstrations as well.

New work will be up January 15!

fresh – The Event and Other Art Openings Featuring Art from K. Ryan Henisey

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Featuring an art exhibition of new work juried by LA Art Critic, Mat Gleason;
“The goal was to make a WILD show not a safe, straight art exhibit. The opening will be epic”
Saturday, December 6 from 6 – 9 pm
South Bay Contemporary!
‘Los Angeles’ was selected as part of the show!

American Dream, Lost or Found, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach. “Changing Directions” and “The Reds, Whites and Blues” were selected as part of the show. (A portion of all profits from this exhibit will be donated to a local homeless charity organization that helps those encountering struggles recover and rebuild their lives when the American Dream seems to have passed them by.)

Takeover continues through November. Be sure to stop in at Salon On Main to see illustrations from 100 Monsters, Sleepy Safari and other tales.

Juried Art Shows

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American Dream, Lost or Found, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach. Nov 6, 6-9pm “Changing Directions” and “The Reds, Whites and Blues” were selected as part of the show. (A portion of all profits from this exhibit will be donated to a local homeless charity organization that helps those encountering struggles recover and rebuild their lives when the American Dream seems to have passed them by.)

“Fresh,” 2014 Juried Exhibition, Juror: Mat Gleason. South Bay Contemporary / Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, Nov 8, 6-9pm. ‘Los Angeles’ was selected as part of the show!

Takeover continues through November 10. Be sure to stop in at Salon On Main to see illustrations from 100 Monsters, Sleepy Safari and other tales.