If you saw the "Soul Souvenirs" project I worked on this spring in Durham (or if you listened to the excellent mix of Durham Soul compiled by Jason Perlmutter) you might have noticed a group called N.C.C.U. — New Central Connection Unlimited. They were one of the bands that came out of the jazz program at North Carolina Central during the years when Donald Byrd was a visiting professor there in the 70s. N.C.C.U.'s bass player was Aaron Mills — he'd go on to record and perform with Cameo and, more recently, Outkast. (The Independent did a great profile of Mills a few years ago, incidentally, and it's worth checking out.) One of the unexpected treats of working on "Soul Souvenirs" was getting to meet Aaron at the opening of the exhibit — I'm a bass player, too, and a fan of his.
So, with Cameo on the mind, it's proper that yesterday I delivered work to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a group show called "Word Up: The Intersection of Text and Image." It focuses on six NC artists who employ text in their work. It opens July 22 in the new North Carolina Gallery in the East Building, and runs through January 20, 2013. I hope you can come see it while it's up.
In other news, Friday evening is the last open studio of my time as Regional Emerging Artist in Residency at Artspace. I've had six months to move my work forward and I'm feeling pretty solid about what I've accomplished. I'm leaving with more confidence and more questions, both good things. I'll have a show and give a talk at Artspace in September, but I hope (if you're around) you'll be able to stop by Friday and say hey and get a sneak peek.