Breadfruit & Bakes – Why so short? Errol Barrow Centre should be shepherd, not sheep to carry by UWI!
When Dustin Harewood and Graham Gill had a show at Cave Hill four years ago, there was a similar brevity however not as crisp… They ran long enough to have a “Meet The Artists” segment, they exhibited with Christobel Ishmael and it was very popular.
This time around they stepped up their game and persuaded Ras Akyem to join in on the fun in a Crop Over showing dubbed “Breadfruit & Bakes” which apart from sounding very Bajan also sounds very vegan but in a tropical way!
Dustin spent time at Marvel Comics and it can be seen in his larger than life 2D charcoal busts of various Crop Over personalities like Gabby who’s competing for the Crown again like he’s done since 1968, yes – that long!
Dustin also has a very intriguing Social Commentary with a Bajan version of what is a typical hunting trophy in US or European climes, a mounted head but his twist is to use faux fur representation of a Black Belly sheep with a RIM smartphone firmly clasped in its molars… Changing it onto a Black Berry Sheep, which is his two cents on how so many Barbadians (Guilty? Moi aussi, LOL) slavishly follow trends.
The last time I saw Graham Gill’s works he was carefully defining why his work differed from his one-time teacher, Stanley Greaves, but this time around he proved by diversifying his styles – you’ll recall his Rihanna posed like a Maja or an Odalisque? He also has many cryptic references to Freemon and a harbinger…
Akyem-i Ramsay is proud to show all & sundry his recently acquired Lithographic skills, and there are his usual huge phallic canvasses which seek funds which may be steep for most Bajans. What I enjoyed was how each artist took a Munny Doll and personalised it into various aspects of Barbadian or Caribbean mythos…
Munny Dolls, I learned from Graham, are all the rage in Japan and USA where on both sides of the Pacific artists grab the anonymous smurf-like creatures and personalise them into completely different beings which tickle the Bimshire fancy!
Graham’s choice was camouflage and making his little plastic figure a “Wuk-Up Bandit” while Dustin had a “Gold Bussa” which looked more like Obama to me – perhaps signifying his frustration with U.S. Speaker Boehner & the Tea Party?
Ras Akyem chose to examine the racial nightmares and melanin significance of why Vybz Kartel would seek to lighten his skin to make it “Pretty Like A Coloring Book” and thus the “Tar Baby: Anti-Bleach” complete with mini boombox blaring Kartel and his infamous ‘Colouring Book‘ tune…
There’s much more to see at the show, how artists use what material is there to push their images and how even while trying to be politically correct in dining habits can lead to the genocide of fish! Get there and pressure Dr Gladstone Yearwood or DeCarla Applewhaite to make the show run longer!