Art workshops on October 29 as part of the UNBOUND exhibition on November 4 and 5 at HoCo

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HOWARD COUNTY, MD — The UNBOUND exhibit featuring four artists showcasing new technologies includes projection mapping, 3D models, virtual reality environments, holographic projects and soundscape immersions. The AIR UNBOUND 2022 exhibition will take place on November 4 and 5 at Color Burst Park.

Hosted by the Howard Hughes Corporation, in partnership with the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, this year’s AIR UNBOUND program kicks off with the UNBOUND Interactive Community Event on October 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. with four rounds of workshops, demonstrations and performances around the themes of heritage, community and expression. The event takes place at Color Burst Park, 6100 Merriweather Drive, Columbia.

  • Graffiti creation workshop
    • Acclaimed local artist “DEZ” will lead a fashion and self-expression workshop working with attendees to personalize a personal item live. Participants also have the opportunity to design and create their own personalized hats or shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Unrelated mural workshop
    • Participants are invited to join local Columbia artist Justin Victoria in a collaborative graffiti and mural workshop featuring repurposed materials from last year’s AIR exhibit to create a community artwork with coroplast panels arranged along the Color Burst park. The completed work will be exhibited in the UNBOUND exhibition space and activated by colorful projection mapping during the November 4-5 events.
  • Rhythm and resonance dance workshop
    • Themes of rhythm, West African heritage and contemporary hip hop beats relevant to multimedia figurative artist Sonia’s upcoming installation will be explored in rhythm and movement workshops led by percussionists and dancers. The day’s lineup will conclude with a dance party featuring a DJ and drumming overlay at Color Burst Park.
  • Workshop on the durability of hemp concrete
    • Guests will participate in a hempcrete tile making workshop led by local artist DMW Kyla. Participants will be invited to collect a wooden mold and write their individual commitment to sustainable development on it. Subsequently, their portraits, taken with their personalized molds, will be transformed into finished hemp tiles. These tiles will then be presented as a pledge wall during the final exhibition, serving as a dynamic projection surface.

The participating artists are:

David “DEZ” Zambrano
David “DEZ” Zambrano is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who has won acclaim for his custom designs on shoes designed for stars such as Cam Newton, Steph Curry and Tom Brady. DEZ creates a 3D painting in a VR space that would enable and advance the three-dimensionality and dynamism inherent in graffiti. His 3D digital graffiti will become sculptural elements to be discovered from all angles, realizing previously unattainable goals in the graffiti art form.

Sonia Jones
Sonia Jones is a multimedia figurative artist, painter and muralist who grew up in the Oakland Bay Area. His next installation will be an immersive audiovisual experience inspired by the connections between West African and African American cultures. West African elements such as Talking Drums and Dogon funeral masks will meet beats from the Bay Area’s Hyphy rap/hip-hop movement and Oakland Turf dancers. Her goal is to send a message to her community about the importance of experiencing the black/African point of view both physically and spiritually.

justin-victoria
Justin Victoria is a visual artist working in acrylic on canvas, digital painting, photography, graphic design and music production. He embraces new mediums in the development of an installation titled Beyond the Veil, which will employ visual programming and projection mapping to blend sound, sculpture, light and abstract graphic animation. The exhibition space will be transformed into an ethereal and transcendent landscape. It is meant to provide a release from the stresses of this moment, evoking a sense of tranquility and calm.

Kyla L Hill
Kyla L Hill is a local DMW artist with a passion for sustainability and a background in technical drawing. Kyla’s new work seeks to visualize a sustainable future through the conscious use of materials. She spent months mixing, molding and laying hempcrete tiles by hand. These organic elements will be fused with digital media, sculpture, animation and video mapping to reimagine the childhood fable of The Three Little Pigs in the context of the climate challenges of the 21st century.

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