Okayplayer and Okay Space present Mind Power, an art exhibit featuring the work of Bad Brains founding member Darryl Jenifer . Featuring original works on canvas by Jenifer, the show also includes inspired works from Shepard Fairey, as well as Bad Brains photography from Lucian Perkins, John Mousheghian, and Craig Wetherby.
"Mind Power is the power of the mind; yes it was the first name of Bad Brains," Jenifer says. "The art show is called Mind Power because I feel it is a strong positive protector to banner a Bad Brains family event."
The exhibit opens on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm.
About Darryl Jenifer
Born in Southeast Washington, D.C., Darryl Jenifer is a visual artist, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist, most famously known for being a founding member of the seminal hardcore punk band Bad Brains. As the group's bass player Jenifer has appeared on every Bad Brains album to date. He is also a part of supergroup The White Mandingos, alongside rapper Murs and journalist Sacha Jenkins.
About Bad Brains
Initially a jazz fusion group under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains became an integral part of Washington, D.C.'s, hardcore punk scene in the late '70s. An anomaly at the time, Bad Brains developed an early reputation for being an all-black hardcore punk band, and for their energetic performances. The group has released nine albums throughout their career and are widely regarded as the pioneers of hardcore punk.
About Shepard Fairey
Born in Charleston, S.C., Shepard Fairey received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. While at R.I.S.D. he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that later evolved into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. In 2008, his portrait of then Democratic candidate Barack Obama became an internationally recognized emblem. Since then, Fairey became one of the most sought-after and controversial artists in the world, changing the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape.
Fairey first heard Bad Brains in 1984 and found their approach to punk radical yet systematic. He found their sound and cultural commentary synonymous with his own views and creative aspirations. In 2012, the artist designed the cover of their album “Into the Future” which featured the band’s original lineup. Since then, Fairey has created numerous graphics inspired by the band and continues to find ways to integrate their ethos and style into his designs.
About Lucian Perkins
Born in Fort Worth, TX, Lucian Perkins is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American photojournalist, best known for covering the war in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Perkins graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biology and discovered photography after attending a workshop lead by acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand. In 1979, Perkins interned at The Washington Post, where he eventually worked as a staff photographer for 27 years, covering major international news and documenting a variety of pivotal, human-interest stories. During his internship, Perkins found himself at the forefront of D.C.’s punk scene. Capturing the early days of bands such as Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, and Teen Idles, Perkins’ photographs document a climactic time in the scene’s history.
About John Mousheghian
John Mousheghian is known as a Bad Brains super-fan. He’s followed Bad Brains for more than 30 years, collecting a countless number of vintage posters, photographs, set lists, and rare memorabilia.
About Craig Wetherby
Craig Wetherby was born, raised and currently resides in New York City. A completely self-taught photographer, he began taking pictures in 1992 with a creative technique and style all his own. With his unique outlook and deep network of personal and professional relationships, he has been able to capture some of the world’s most respected artists, athletes, entertainers and musicians.
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