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Atiba T. Edwards

Founder & Chief Curator Atiba is an engineer focused on making and connecting creative people, nodes, networks and moments.

Allison Maritza Lasky Curator

Allison believes that children are the best artists—they are individual universes of infinite creativity.

JoLillian ”Jozi"Zwerdling Curator

Jozi finds inspiration in those who understand timelessness and travel in alternate dimensions.

INSIGHT Magazine showcases and archives emerging contemporary artists from all art disciplines. FOKUS produces this magazine to provide insight into people who are creating art, traditional and non-traditional, in their own way.

Contributors to the Crossroads Issue

Haley Bauske • Beryl Benbow • Henry Burgos • callilou • Charlotte Corini • Scotty Cottrelll • Joel L. Daniels • Jesus Gonzalez Flores • Jay GlowSociety • Habib Idris • Mark Lawrence • David Neufield • Emma Raynor • s.e.a. • Hanna Satterlee • Larry Spencer • The Earth Warrior • Yvette

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Questions, comments and contributions can be sent to insightsubmit@gmail.com. To view older issues of INSIGHT, visit www.fokus.org/insight. Copyright © 2015. INSIGHT (ISSN 2164-7771) is a publication of FOKUS, Inc. All rights reserved on entire contents. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.


INSIGHT magazine Crossroads: Contents 4 Mark Lawrence Gaia 5 Beryl Benbow Movement In Dance 6 Emma Raynor Porch Rising 11 Joel L. Daniels Move.mint 12 Charlotte Corini Orange 10 13 Charlotte Corini Orange 11 13 Charlotte Corini Orange 19 14 s.e.a. Bound #2 16 Scotty Cottrell Movement (series) 22 Habib Idris World & Gods 24 callilou Beards 25 callilou Respect The Night Owl 26 callilou Boys Town 28 callilou Oh! How Punk 30 Henry Burgos Galatic Goddess 32 Larry Spencer King.. Keep The Dream Alive 32 Haley Bauske An Old Letter from a New Woman 34 Mark Lawrence Gaia 35 Mark Lawrence untitled 36 Jesus Gonzalez Flores DC-0116926028 37 Jesus Gonzalez Flores DC-0118382038 38 Jesus Gonzalez Flores DC-0118534580 39 Jay GlowSociety Courage Under Fire 40 Jay GlowSociety Coffy 41 Jay GlowSociety Floating Petals 42 Jay GlowSociety Knock On 43 Jay GlowSociety Meet Mister Cool 45 Hanna Satterlee ANIMAL (series) 52 The Earth Warrior Untitled 54 The Earth Warrior 1 Sec Nai 55 The Earth Warrior 1 Sec Shower 56 The Earth Warrior Untitled 58 Yvette America 59 Yvette Footprints

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Movement In Dance

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by Beryl Benbow

Beryl Benbow is a native of Brooklyn, and she has been an artist for more then 30 years. Eclectic & experimental describes her work. She employs her knowledge & experience in creating art with her digital camera & digital software. beezebest.wordpress.com www.fokus.org |

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These photos were taken in the 7th and 8th wards. When I came upon The Porch, I was struck by the power and size of such a mural on a residential street, and just the sight of it gives me strength and energy. www.fokus.org |

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Emma Raynor lives and teaches in New Orleans. She likes to hop on her bike with her camera and roll around to see what she can see. 10 | www.fokus.org


Move.mint

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By Joel L. Daniels

I thought maybe I needed to do drugs, New drugs that would Lift the edge off/of my shoulders Brain like compost Sifting through the rubbish in My cells, making the most out of Empty refrigerators and cabinets With the cockroaches still in them I was looking for an opening A place to jettison the thoughts Weighted with the cracks growing In my playground. I played on a swing once And saw what was left of a vile someone Removed the contents from and placed in a glass pipe And smoked until their lungs felt like Helium filled red balloons We moved after we found the condom, unwrapped and used, In front of our door in the 4th grade, following The falling of my father down stairs, started by a single mother Who saw enough and but wanted more. I would move, too. To settings with sun scratching my back to death, on roofs where Shingles dropped; to a duplex near a golf course With a view of a gas station and a defunct Diddy restaurant, And back to the backdrop of next door building Gang violence bleeding the walls This is a good time to leave, they will Tell you, because White people are coming back In canoes and biker shorts and hipster chino Fatigue army pants and denim leggings With the holes in the pant legs they made on an Ivy league campus somewhere, with those brochures Filled with 3/4 black persons hired by Backstage To fill quotas, real and imagined, for the benefit Of affirmative tractions, because it is attractive to Move where the Black people used to be. Funny.

Joel L. Daniels is a poet, emcee and actor, born and raised in the Bronx. His work has been featured in the Columbia Journal, BBC Radio, RCRD LBL, URB, He’s spoken and performed at The Apollo, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Columbia University. mrmag.bandcamp.com www.fokus.org |

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This series of watercolors are about reinvestigate color. I am intrigued by the difference of Newtons scientific approach to color analysis and Goethe’s concept of color is the minds perception. For me these all culminated in Joseph Albers color theories of the fifties were color was not a standalone object but was a reflection of its surroundings. I recently decide to follow Joseph Albers’ workbook. As I started I reacted to the structure of the exercise. Instead I decided to investigation each color and capture the energy and movement of the color. I started with yellow, moved on to orange. and will continue through red, green, blue, indigo and violet. These pieces capture the energy and movement. Charlotte Corini is a working artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art Rinehart School of Sculpture. Corini has been and Artist-In-Residence at the Ragdale Foundation, and the Poach Cove Foundation. www.charlottecorini.com 12 | www.fokus.org


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Bound #2 by s.e.a.

The movement of the human body, and dancers in particular, have always facinated me. Power, strength, flexibility, grace, fragility and emotion all in one vessal. This piece from the evolving Bound series is primarily about pushing self-inflicted boundaries and exploring the idea of restraint, but in a more literal sense, is also about restraining movement. A duality which creates a physical tension with the body and the restraint(in this case the dancer’s own hair). 14 | www.fokus.org


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s.e.a. is a photographer whose work explores love, fetishism, sex and sexuality, intimacy and vulnerability, identity and movement within the confines of our human bodies, while pushing boundaries, that we place on ourselves and others. www.fokus.org |

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Life in Hawaii moves a little different than anywhere else in the country. Most who seek these beautiful islands on vacation are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to drink Mai Tais on the beach and slow down life for a week. Well, when wave season hits for locals the tranquility of summertime quickly transforms into a high pace environment where everyone is scrambling to find the best waves at the best breaks and sometimes even a minutes hesitation can mean the difference between catching the wave of a lifetime versus hearing about someone else catching it. The grace, power, beauty and danger in the movements of these giant waves and those who catch them still represent one of the most beautiful and inspiring things I’ve ever seen and experienced. 16 | www.fokus.org


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Scotty is a freelance surf and travel photographer based out of San Diego. He is an adventurer of the world that specializes in fine art photography of beach culture and the natural environment. www.facebook.com/scotty.cottrellphotography www.fokus.org |

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World & Gods by Habib Idris

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Habib Idris a.k.a Sir Idris is a modern day painter whose work is intellectual, high energy, and tells a story. The art speaks to what’s happening in today’s society whether controversial or mainstream. www.fokus.org |

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Beards

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Respect the Night Owl by caillou

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Beryl Benbow is a native of Brooklyn, and she has been an artist for more then 30 years. Eclectic & experimental describes Caillou (American, b.1985) is a mixed media artist, inspired by the Pop Art Movement. Born in Boston she moved to Brooklyn in 2008 where she found good friends, better beer, great music and namely inspiration. www.fokus.org |

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Galactic Goddess by Henry Burgos

The elements of the painting consist of a woman in outer space turning into statue. She is laying on blue and green drapery representing the earth. Her right foot is reaching out and stepping on grey drapery that is suppose to represent the moon. In the distance there is another planet covered in red drapery representing Mars, also where her right arm has detached but partially reached mars. As a whole, it represents how man has spent endless amounts of money and resources on voyages such as landing on the moon and reaching Mars, but have not used nor is concerned in using those resources to help the issues we face here on earth such as hunger, poverty, and preserving nature. That is why she is turning to stone, she views herself as godly taking these voyages but it’s only so long before it gets the best of her and begins to destroy her. 30 | www.fokus.org


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Henry Burgos once a Queens, NY native and now a Yonkers, NY resident draws most of his inspiration from his experience growing up in these neighborhoods. He spent the majority of his time at Pace University channeling his creative energy into works of art that embody the essence of revolution both in the past and present. www.fokus.org |

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King..Keeping the Dream Alive by Larry Spencer

Larry Spencer loves to paint the abstract realm of colors and shapes in relations to visual balance. He uses a computer mouse to create works of art like the greats but using today’s technology. www.mousepaintings.8m.com 32 | www.fokus.org


An Old letter from a New Woman written in her own brain

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By Hayley Bauske

What are you gonna do? Existential milieu will change you over time What was once understood eats it’s way into the bellies of your women friend’s fertile souls Your pain won’t fit in their bodies soon You feel your own ovaries swollen with held breath like a momma that wants grandchildren on her only son’s behalf Their mid-sections are begging them to forget their connection with you At 22 and 11 months there’s no dissatisfaction you should even feel You’re buying black and milds with 2-dollar bills, holding on to the change with fight or flight instincts I bet if you eve did dropped that quarter, it wouldn’t make it past your waist I sure the fuck hope those episodes of Naruto you watched this morning thawed out Lay down, restless darkness with imaginative qualities: bloated from the lentils you ate for dinner because you ain’t go to work for a week and you got 200% of nothing with some change still stuck in your knuckles ..........here are the 10 periods that shoulda been had in this squandering hiatus frm: a new Woman

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Gaia

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Wood. Fire. Earth. Metal. Water. These five elements were the only foundations of our planet Earth. Until evolution gave birth to the human race adding that final element we call mankind. As nature and man became one under the life giving rays of the sun and lunar glow of the moon. The two grew to embrace each other, and the way their interactions continue to grow will forever leave an impression on our Mother Earth. My vision explores the living and their inorganic surroundings greatly affect the chemistry and conditions of the Earth’s surface.

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I am not interested in black or white. Nor brown. More rather in the Real, the everyday, light, silence, values, layers, narrative, lines, surface, song, fabrics, and real people. Criminals some would say. Or freedom riders. Maybe all of the above.

Jesus Gonzalez Flores is an interdisciplinary artist. He enjoys making mixtapes, portraiture and dancing in his spare time. www.jesusjavier.com 36 | www.fokus.org


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Courage Under Fire

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Abstract self portrait inspired by change and water, particularly how it moves. Our body is mainly water yet we are afraid of change. Our tears lay the groundwork for change. Look into the mirror of past reflections, pain and misery to press forward to open doors of the unknown with COURAGE! Inspired by mirror, movement, pain, strength, shine, courage, and self-reflection.

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Coffy

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This is 2 of 3 in a series of Powerful Women: Pam Grier as Coffy in the time of blaxploitation. She let justice of the people be her strength and courage to make change. There is no justice, there is JUST US. Autographed on back with Pam Grier’s signature, this is 2 of 3 in a series of Powerful Women: Pam Grier as Coffy in the time of blaxploitation. She let justice of the people be her strength and courage to make change. There is no justice, there is JUST US. Inspired by the movie Coffy, Pam Grier and “No Justice, Just Us”

After graduating the University of Southern California in 2003, Jenná Wallace began working as a freelance wardrobe stylist. In 2006, Jenná created Glow Society, LLC to represent herself and inspire creativity to the world. “I don’t create art, I AM art. And so are you!” www.glowvolution.com 40 | www.fokus.org


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Floating Petals

by Jay GlowSociety Take time to stop and look at the flowers and you will see the beauty of destruction and rebirth. Accept all, judge none. Nature is the best teacher for this lesson. www.fokus.org |

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Knock On

by Jay GlowSociety The bible says “Knock and it shall be opened to you”. Inspirational piece to keep knocking even when doors seem locked shut. KNOCK ON! 42 | www.fokus.org


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Meet Mister Kool by Jay GlowSociety

Meet Mister Kool. He may have all the ladies hanging on a string, but he doesn’t truly hold their heart. As the float away they zap him into the abyss due to resentment from their unrequited love. A reminder to open your heart. Don’t let the fear of being hurt cause you to play it so cool that you miss out on true love and end up left alone with your pride. www.fokus.org |

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ANIMAL

by Hanna Satterlee. Photos by David Neufield

Animal is a choreographic exploration of instinctual response, spatial awareness, pack behavior, and the pre-verbal creature that inhabits the human body. The choreography has been developed over two years through a series of “draft” performances in varied indoor and outdoor environments, followed by public dialog, Authentic Movement exercises, and research into the physiology of non-human bodies. The work has been presented outdoors in the snow, the summer rain, and on leaf-filled ground in the woods. The work has also been shared on stages and in studios, with varying casts and guest performers. The creative process has experimented with adjusting sound, temperature, image and place to vary the feeling of the movement from the inside experience of both performer as well as audience member. These photos show one of our first outdoor rehearsal experiments in the falling snow, February 2014, Plainfield Vermont. This creative process will soon culminate in an interdisciplinary performance that places Hanna Satterlee’s choreography within a series of immersive sound compositions, digitally reconstituted from the raw utterances of field recordings and handmade instruments by sound artists Sean Clute and Otto Muller, and in dialog with the environmental video work of Lukas Huffman.

Hanna Satterlee holds a BA from Goucher College and is currently in the MFA-IA program at Goddard College. She is the director of ANIMAL, an interdisciplinary performance project. hannasatt.wordpress.com 44 | www.fokus.org


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The Earth Warrior is an Afro-Dominican New Yorker obsessed with all things magic, sunlight, power and futurism. My art is a reflection of the love & light within & around me. Come over. www..theearthwarrior.com www.fokus.org |

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America by Yvette

It is through this painting proudly titled, “AMERICA” one will see what they will about America. For me, I see, not only America’s harsh and regrettable past, but I too see growth, HOPE and “THE AMERICAN DREAM.” coming to life! This particular piece tells the story of moving forward towards a better America and despite some setbacks throughout history; we learn from our mistakes and we are taking steps to not take just as many backwards! One can see where we started and where we are now. It just goes to show that we are capable of being better when and if we want to!

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by Yvette

This particular piece shows how “WE” take steps everyday to be a better America! Yes, we will at times have setbacks, but what country doesn’t? Yet, despite it all, we are making a “MOVEMENT” to live up to the standards we are capable of achieving as a people!” www.fokus.org |

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