Interview: Infamous JeanClaude "Trinity of Oneness"

Infamous JeanClaude, "Frequencies in Fractions," digital collage



We are excited to see Infamous JeanClaude grinding on a new body of work for his upcoming collaborative show, "Trinity of Oneness," in Charlotte, NC with Cedric Umoja and Dogon Krigga. Thanks to the artist for spending time catching up with us. 


You've been on a hiatus from making work. How has your style or practice evolved since your last show?

Yeah. I was creating sporadically throughout last year, but this was the first year in a very long time that I didn't have a consistent flow with my art. I was dealing with some depression and was uninspired. These two issues had me in a choke hold for over a year. It felt so weird because I have thousands of ideas in my head but I was super unmotivated. It was a very awkward and tough period.

Once I climbed out of my depression and got my health issues under control it was like a windshield wiper cleared my brain and I was about to create more freely. My style has become a lot more loose, especially my graphic work, but I still have my elements of abstraction and clean lines in my pieces. I'm pretty excited to see how my style has unfolded/will unfold since last year.

I also haven't done a group or solo show in about two or three years because I have been doing more commissions for musicians and clothing lines.


How does your studio practice vary when you're painting versus when you are making digital work?
 

When I'm painting, it's usually just me with the canvas, paints and music blasting in my headphones. I probably got some incense going and my snacks near. I'm not really on my phone or anything when I'm working on paintings. I usually like to zone out and really take in the pieces that I'm working on. If you've ever seen that scene in the movie Basquiat where he plays the same song over and over but is working on like seven big pieces at once, the feeling is like that but a lot of smaller pieces and a smaller studio space.

Working digitally is similar but a little more free. I can be mobile with my work so I can work in a library or a coffee shop. When I need breaks I might surf the internet or check up on social media here and there. It's a little more sporadic but I have moments just like painting when I'll stare at the composition for a long time or maneuvering one piece 50 times until I find the right space for it to fit the composition. 


Infamous JeanClaude, "Float Like/Strong Like (Me, Myself and I)," digital collage


What is your connection to the other artists in Trinity of Oneness? 



Cedric Umoja is like a spiritual advisor and mentor to me. We're always diving deep in conversation on how to expand our craft and become better alchemists to speak to the masses. We've always talked about collabing over the years but we both have been busy, so this was perfect timing for both of us. I haven't formally met Dogon Krigga yet but I have been following his work for a few years now. It's interesting between us because we seem to fall in the same frequency a lot of times with our work, which is dope. That's why we all came together for this show. We all have similar themes and ideals but we show them in different ways. It was only right that we came together for a group show to get that good energy and vibes triple the source to the people.



Your work tends to be a narrative for your personal philosophy and spiritual experiences. Are there any specific themes present in this new body of work?

This new body of work is based around past life regressions, my ancestors, my heritage, life/death and the future. There's been a lot of important people passing in 2016 and I believe that is telling us there's going to be a big shift. I believe artists and musicians are going to be a part of the big shift of consciousness and I'm just trying to get people thinking like the artists that are in this show. This show is called "Trinity of Oneness." This is saying that we are all connected in some form and we are drawn to those who understand this idea. 

It is also balance: me, myself and I / Ego, Self, Understanding : Trinity


Infamous JeanClaude, "Golden Aura Angel," digital collage


What's your view on collective consciousness?

I believe are all connected. We just have to take ourselves outside of religion, tradition, school conditioning, loyalty ( by fear), etc. in order find our purpose, which will link you with like minds. It becomes a continuous cycle until it spreads into universal love. You just have to think, "What is my purpose? What is my gift?" and use that gift to help others unlock and understand their gifts.

We are also entering into a thought realm of manifesting and creating.  Feminine energy, I believe, will become prominent and will start balancing out the masculine energy that has been dominating our society for a long time. This is where the creatives will step in, bringing the half into a whole, helping push unity/oneness.


Favorite studio snack?

My go-to is anything gummy. Gummy, bears, gummy worms, etc. (Even though my brother showed me a video on how they are made and I probably should stop eating them.... but Ive been addicted since birth haha).My secondary choices that usually end up going with the gummy snacks are plain Lays, pretzels, water, and apple juice.




Collage by Dogon Krigga
Illustration by Cedric Umoja

Pops Slept, She Followed: Time's Remedy


Infamous JeanClaude opens his new solo show this Sunday in Charlotte, NC at Blacksheep, where they've been holding it down since the very beginning. JeanClaude's work created for the "Pops Slept, She Followed: Time's Remedy" show is a reflection and processing of some heart wrenching events the artist endured this year.
"This solo exhibition is based around one major tradgegy followed by multiple events that challenged my discipline, strength, will, and focus this year so far. This body of work is broken down into mini series. These series represent the major events, giving each part of the show's title a distinctive representation. Thoughts of life, coping with death, what is love?, lust, learning, living, forgiveness, self investing, reviving from darkness, hustle, 'keep going' mentality, strength, and understanding are all elements explored in this multiple mini series exhibition."
As we've watched Infamous JeanClaude build his aesthetic, we have seen his work become filled with heavy symbolism and imagery. His NeoGlyph style often conveys optimistic ideas that tie into positive energy, focus, consciousness, sacred geometry, hip-hop, love, and creativity.



We're anticipating this show opening along with many others. Jah Freedom (OM Records) created a special beat tape to coincide with the art work for "Pops Slept, She Followed" that is available for free download. It's a perfect compliment to the art and assists the audience in feeling the vibe of the paintings and digital pieces. Click here to download the eight tracks (plus bonus iPhone backgrounds!).

"POPS SLEPT, SHE FOLLOWED: TIME'S REMEDY" 
Sunday, September 9, 2012
6:00pm - 11:00pm
1504 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203

Works on display for the month of September.

"Tao of Savnac" TONIGHT


TONIGHT, there is a very special opening for the "Tao of Savnac" by Carlleena Person in Charlotte, NC. Carlleena is a well-respected painter, illustrator, designer, and muralist in the Charlotte community. Unfortunately, Carlleena passed away days before the opening for her solo show. We know there will be many people celebrating her life, art, and legacy tonight! Shine on, Carleena; Peace to your spirit and family!

TAO OF SAVNAC
Friday, June 1, 2012
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3206 North Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205




Pay Attention: Your Weekend Agenda!

Hey Southeastern folks and friends, there are some cool events going on that you should make a priority this Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAY - August 19, 2011


Lifted Lab will be hosting a pop-up gallery shop inside of the CiderHouse in Knoxville, TN during the DNAEBEATS show. We will have a booth with art work, prints, tee shirts, jewelry, and more.

Artists contributing to the gallery shop:
INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE
Lime
Daniel Maw with Jarred Elrod (Drugtown)
WTSNdesign
unityMetal

CiderHouse
112 Ramsey Street Knoxville, TN 37921
August 19, 2011 from 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM




In Charlotte, NC at Black Sheep, INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE will be debuting new works at the much anticipated "Two Eyes, Two Minds" solo show. Please peep our previous blog about this show to get more info.

"Two Eyes, Two Minds"
Opening: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC


SATURDAY, August 20th:

Fireproof Gallery in Knoxville, TN will be opening its third showing of "Black and White" with a warehouse-style dance party from musical guests TEAMS, Fine Peduncle, Persona La Ave, Walsh, and DOLPHYNRYDYR. Lifted Lab artist, ZACH WIDGREN has been working non-stop on this space, adding to and altering it each week. Check out pix from the previous show, and you'll see why you need to come by this weekend.

"D^NCE P^RTY"
Saturday, August 20th from 10:00 PM - LATE
Fireproof Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN 37917



HAPPY WEEKEND, Y'ALL! See ya around town...

TWO EYES//TWO MINDS

We are very excited to announce the latest show from Infamous JeanClaude will be opening this Friday, August 19, at Black Sheep in Charlotte, NC. The artist explains the title for this show, "Two Eyes, Two Minds:"
"My works in "Two Eyes ,Two Minds" deal with the relationship between man and consciousness. My aim with this series is to forward and develop my ideas visually on observation, self building (self investing) and manifesting goals."


Since the conception and development of Lifted Lab, Infamous JeanClaude has shown a growing interest and awareness of Consciousness.  His earlier works reflect his observations of how others' motivations, insecurities, adoration, and so forth are communicated through emotion. As he continues to develop his artistic style and study of the mind, we've started to see more introspection. Over the past two years, Infamous JeanClaude has witnessed his pursuit of understanding and creative dedication manifest an abundance of intended opportunity, which continues to unfold each day.

Definitely make some time to drop in Black Sheep and explore the latest works from Infamous JeanClaude. He will be present for the opening night, and the art will remain up through September. 


"Two Eyes, Two Minds"
Opening: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC


Charlotte Event This Weekend!



This Saturday evening, Infamous JeanClaude will be showing work at an art and music event hosted by Mo' Betta Soul and Black Sheep. Mo' Betta Soul is headed by Southeast hip-hop voice and promoter, Preach Jacobs, and will be stopping in Charlotte on their Guerilla Tactics Tour with live music from Preach,  Fayth Hope, and Ced Hughes. At this show, there will be art work from Infamous JeanClaude, Chalkboard, Irene Nguyen, OJ Farrar, Drew Adams, Tim Swink, Kyle Black, Jenny Hanson, and Piensa Art Company, AND live painting from local Charlotte artist, John Hairston Jr.

If that ain't enough to get you excited, VA based clothing brand, Hamilton Perkins, will also be in house with limited edition tees designed by Infamous JeanClaude.




Some great people from all around the region will be here, so don't miss out!

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, November 13, 2010
6:00 'til ....
Black Sheep
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28203

After party next door at Common Market.

Tomorrow Night: Infamous JeanClaude ft. in Arts & Music Showcase in Charlotte


Culture Initiative will host Extraordinary & The Something Extra Sideshow Extravaganza tomorrow evening at the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC with multiple exhibits from artists and musicians of all sorts. The "Skate or Paint" exhibit, sponsored by Black Sheep skate shop, will display a project with 15 individual artists whom were given blank skate decks to design. Infamous JeanClaude has been working a sick paint & illustration deck for this show- make sure you swing in for this event if you're in the Charlotte area, should be a fun night!

The Neighborhood Theater is located at 511 East 36th St. in Charlotte in NODA 
Showtime: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 door


http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/Default.asp
http://www.blacksheepnc.com

Duplicate of a Duplicate Recap

Infamous JeanClaude's first curated show, Duplicate of a Duplicate, had it's opening on the 15th of January. The show features work from 12 different visual artists and was received well by the steady flow of people at the debut. For most of February, the show will be on display at Black Sheep in Charlotte, NC- swing by and check it out.

 
  
  
 

TOMORROW: "Duplicate of a Duplicate" Group Show in Charlotte



Lifted Lab, Black Sheep, and Culture Initiative present: "Duplicate of a Duplicate" in Charlotte, NC this Friday, January 15. This is a group show curated by Infamous JeanClaude and will be held at Black Sheep skate shop.



Duplicate of a Duplicate is a group show loosely based around the quote from Salvador Dali that says “What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.”

For artists, there are many things that inspire them to create. From music to conversations, one little moment can spark an idea or image forcing an artist to quickly jot down that idea before they forget. Author David Bayles explains.” Imagination is in control (when creating)… the artworks potential is never higher than in the magic moment when the first brushstroke is applied.” Artists live in a world of spontaneity and inspired moments. Our ability to capture these moments gives us the unnatural ability to freeze time, something like a lens.

Our minds run as a fast pace that requires use to use them as cameras, duplicating these thoughts onto sketchbooks, computers, canvas, and print.

COME CHILL< GRAB A BREW, AND CHECK SOME ILL ARTWORK

BlackSheep :1504 Camden Road, Suite 200|Charlotte, North Carolina 28203|704.333.1423

Infamous Jeanclaude Solo Show in Charlotte this Friday























Lifted Lab, Dumskeme, Black Sheep, and Culture Initiative present STRANGERS WELCOMED: Selected works by Infamous Jeanclaude, 7-10p.m., Friday, December 4 @ Black Sheep Skate Shop in Charlotte, NC. Come out and support, peep the new works, share a brew, and kick it! 

Black Sheep is located at:

1504 Camden Road, Suite 200|Charlotte, North Carolina 28203


http://www.blacksheepnc.com

Sneak Peak: Infamous Jeanclaude x Dumskeme x Black Sheep

Infamous JeanClaude's latest collaboration is with Dumskeme clothing, whom he is teaming up with to produce an exclusive t-shirt series that will be available at Black Sheep skate shop in Charlotte, NC. The "You Should Know Better" tees will be available in December- here's a sneak peak look at the illustration design: