Local Color: A Baltimore Podcast is a podcast about Baltimore’s local color; the artists, entrepreneurs, business owners, community leaders…anyone that’s doing something to tell the story of our great city.
Join us for this live taping of Local Color as host, Jason Van Slyke sits down with our Principal Artist Pierre Bennu. The two of them will discuss topics including Pierre's artistic practice, ExittheApple's history and upcoming events and programming.
After the conversation stick around for a DJ set by Pierre!
Pierre Bennu is a multimedia artist working in paint, film, digital video, sculpture, sound art, puppetry and performance. Pierre grew up in the 80s in NYC and graffiti artists were his first superheroes. They showed him the creative potential in everyday objects. Even today, Pierre finds himself inspired by the surprising material, the under appreciated subject, the alternative perspective, the unlikely surface. His work centers around nontraditional representations and nature themes; on blurring the lines between culture and self-concept. Pierre relishes in working with found materials and is enamored with the story implied in the object. Why was it discarded? What was its former life? Once he has created a painting, portrait, collage, or film using this material, does its previous life speak to its new context in a compelling way? This conversation/tension/relationship between an object and a subsequent creative use harkens back to graffiti and hip hop, the original inspiration for the work.
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