Detroit, Michigan (August 25, 2013). Heidelberg Project (HP) Emerging Artist Alum Flaco Shalom makes his return to the HP as POST-HAB Co-Chair, bringing the talented James “Jimbo” Braddock along with him. As the HP’s second POST-HAB artist, Jimbo’s body of work, “Forgotten Galaxy”, will premiere on September 5th with an opening reception from 5:30-8:30PM outside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg Street).
Braddock, born and raised in Detroit, first began his artistic ventures with graphic design and T-shirt production. In 2012, things changed when Braddock met Flaco Shalom and began an apprenticeship with Shalom in August of the following year. February of 2013 saw the exhibition of Braddock's first show entitled, “Kids”; a mix of pop art and abstraction. Fast forward to 2014 and Jimbo has his sights set on showcasing his work in the world’s top galleries. For now, though, Braddock is happy to exhibit at POST-HAB, at the Heidelberg Project in itself, really. Afterall, the “Forgotten Galaxy” is in many ways Braddock’s interpretation of the art environment and its impact.
“That is Heidelberg: another galaxy, one that gives the artist a chance to create. Your art will take you where you want it to, even into outer space,” said Braddock, after discussing art’s ability to physically change circumstances with Heidelberg Project Founder Tyree Guyton.
One could wager that “Forgotten Galaxy” is a also fantastical representation of a child’s experience growing up in Detroit. Through bright color, the show expresses hope, despite the often harsh circumstances that exist in forgotten communities. A common thread between Braddock and Guyton, it is the potential possessed by children living in Detroit that inspired the direction of “Forgotten Galaxy.”
This memorable event will feature a live DJ and free beer from Blue Moon Brewery, as well as a raw hip-hop performance by Khary WAE Frazier, as part of his 43 in 67 campaign. Additionally, the first 10 guests to arrive to the opening will receive a guided evening tour of the HP! The Instagram generated #SnapHP exhibition will be on display as well. Join us in celebrating Art and community in Detroit!
“Forgotten Galaxy” will open in the POST-HAB Gallery in the Number House on September 5th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and will run through September 26th, 2014. The Number House is located on 3632 Heidelberg Street in Detroit. Donations are greatly appreciated.
The Heidelberg Project is a 501 © 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community.