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First Friday | Jaimon Caceres
Take a break from that springtime stress + come kick off your weekend with us and our new artist of the month: JAIMON CARCES showcasing his Paris Series.
Born on a small farm in the mountains of rural North Carolina, I was drawn to natural beauty from the start of my life. Living without television and internet, I turned to the fields and forests of our farm for inspiration. It was in pondering sunsets and wading through creeks that I discovered my need for adventure and creation. And when winter would set in shutting me inside, I would pick up a pencil and draw.
Drawing began with animals and portraits of friends and family. Then, in my teens, I discovered the world of ballet and pursued it as a career. After six years of dancing, I left the stage and returned to my first love, visual art.
In all the work that I create, I am interested in recreating moments in life that are so beautiful and intriguing they force me to stop and take them in. Observation is an essential part of human existence, and frequently gets lost in industrialized cultures. I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with colored pencil, and to promote the importance of taking time to disconnect and appreciate beauty.
Jaimon on the Paris Series:
On a recent trip to Paris, I discovered the French concept of "flânerie". This word means taking a step back to marvel at one’s surroundings such as a city’s architecture and history, or the uniqueness of fellow pedestrians. A flâneur disconnects with the world in order to better engage with it. Capturing the essence of flânerie is an essential part of my Paris series. These images recreate my memories of experiencing Paris, of walking onto the Esplanade du Trocadero and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, looking over my shoulder to see the sun setting on the Left Bank, or observing a quirky Parisian sipping an afternoon coffee at a cafe.
“For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.” -Charles Baudelaire
Join us on May 3 FROM 6 - 9 PM for a good times + good people. We will have our usual drinks and refreshments + 20% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE - including brand new arrivals.
See you all there...