Inspired by the majestic palm trees, reggae rhythms, and island motifs while visiting Jamaica, Rick Valicenti/3st created as series of automatic Picasso-esque drawings that took the form of beauties and beasts.
Thursday 6 December
One night only!
Post Family Studio
1821 W Hubbard St #202
The Beauty and Beast series of masks speak in many voices: Picasso, Jamaican, comic and whimsy, and pure Valicenti. Each was rendered by hand and then digitally translated and collaged with assistance from Baozhen Li. The mashup celebrates unique identities and creates a cast of characters or avatars one might assume. The faces blend the lines of race, age, and even species, while maintaining a keen awareness of gender identity associations. ?The resulting portrait masks illustrate sheer otherworldliness.
Beauty and Beast will showcase two European-sized screen prints, a packaged set of the Beauty and Beast books, and a coloring book. All items will be available for purchase in limited quantities at prices that all collectors can afford.
The packaged set will be published by 5×7, a project of the Post Family’s Alex Fuller. The books contain the complete set of digital illustrations. Signed and numbered. $35.