Contemporary Primitive; those are two words that make you think when you see them. I tell you they are the words that express the truly gifted and genius of Cleaster Cotton. She is fast becoming known in the art world and is a true Renaissance Woman. She is mult-talented, able to do many things extremely well. That is a rare thing these days. I have to state in truthfulness that I have known Cleaster for many years and I am so very excited for her. She deserves all of the good things coming to her and more!! So proud of you Sista and much love to you!!!
Cleaster is from Brooklyn, New York. She has moved to Asheville, North Carolina and taken it by storm!! Her work has movement, soul, emotion, intensity and drama!! It has history, herstory and culture. It tells the story of our ancestors and they speak through her to tell us what we must do today to make ourselves whole again.
Cleaster uses collage, mixed media and other forms of art to bring out her message. She is the female Romare Bearden!! I look at Bearden and the work he has done. The movement in his work, the feeling, the textures and collages. I see so many similarities between he and Cleaster, even the Harlem and North Carolina thing. Cleaster lived in Harlem also. We are all definitely from the same seed.
Cleaster will be debuting her contemporary primitive art beginning this Friday at the Pink Dog Creative located at 342 Depot Street in Asheville, N.C. The Pink Dog is a part of the River Arts District in Asheville. It is a new area promoting and providing support for artists of all types. The Pink Dog is owned and operated by Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer. Randy Shull a world renown artist in his own right and what they are doing in Asheville is a model for all cities wishing to know how to support the arts and combine it with tourism. It’s a win-win situation for the city and for the artists. I thank them for supporting Cleaster and being able to see her gift and assisting her in getting her great work out into the marketplace and the world. The show will run until the end of the month so please tell your friends, family and associates to get to the Pink Dog this Friday or during the month of June.
You are just beginning to hear about this Sista Cleaster Cotton. She is very talented and on the move. You can check out additional info on her and ways to purchase her art in this article. I am telling you that you need to become a collector as she is fast becoming known all over the world, so do not go to sleep on this!!! I am a collector of her work and will continue to collect it. It helps me to remember who I am and where I come from which is The Divine Source!! More power to you Cle!!
Art Exhibit and Opening
Friday, June 10th @ 5PM
Curated and Hosted by
Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull
in the River Arts District*
at The Pink Dog Creative
Exhibition Hall Gallery
348 Depot Street
River Arts District’s
Saturday, June 11th and
Sunday, June 12th
10AM – 6PM
Cleaster Cotton in the
news (some current press)
Citizen-Times, May 13,
2011, “Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS)” ~
Verve Magazine, June
2011, Page 22 “100 Percent Cotton” ~
P.O. Box 7313
latest – mostly abstract artwork – curves, lines and intensely saturated colors
collide in explosive exuberance. Her joyful spirit shows throughout, almost as
if she is beckoning you to, “Come along on this thrilling ride with me!” A
collage (self-portrait?) made of different materials is sly, witty and also
infused with brilliant color. Her uncanny ability to be both primitive and
sophisticated shines through all her work.
New York City