On March 28th, Rashid Johnson hosted a workshop at his studio for Free Arts NYC teens from 8 community partner agencies including group homes, permanent housing facilities, charter schools and community centers.
Each teen produced their own piece inspired by Rashid’s “Cosmic Slop” works, currently being exhibited in the Forever Now exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
After pouring melted soap and wax into their individual wooden frames, each teen had less than five minutes to create their artwork before the wax hardened. Rashid has said, “We all have our own line. This is how I author my line.” Making a Cosmic Slop of their own was a chance for each kid to author theirs.
Rashid also collaborated on a 4x6 foot branded wooden work with the teens, to be sold at tonight’s auction. Each teen directed Rashid where they wanted to conceptually “leave their mark” on the piece.
At the end of the workshop, Rashid surprised each teen with a Beats by Dre speaker. Music is an integral part of the artist’s studio environment, and it is his hope that they can use the speaker to help inspire their own creativity.
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VIDEOGRAPHER / EDITOR / MOTION DESIGNER Jeffrey Hellman
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