i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin explores fashion, film and painting through the eyes of three dynamic artists: multihyphenate performer André 3000 Benjamin, filmmaker Greg Brunkalla (B.F.A., film and television, 2001) and painter Jimmy O’Neal (B.F.A., illustration, 1989).
"i feel ya" is curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD’s executive director of exhibitions, who oversees the SCAD Museum of Art and SCAD galleries in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong. Farrell also directs SCAD’s annual deFINE ART program, a three-day contemporary art showcase taking place Feb. 17-19 in Savannah and Atlanta and featuring special exhibitions, commissions, student showcases, performances and lectures by prominent figures in the art world. From 1999 to 2007, Farrell was curator at the Museum for African Art in New York City. In 2006, she organized the American participation at the inaugural Trienal de Luanda in Angola, and in 2010, was co-recipient of an Abraaj Capital Art Prize with artist Kader Attia. Widely published in art journals, Farrell has lectured throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Africa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Custom jumpsuits, designed by Benjamin for a worldwide tour celebrating 20 years of Outkast history, are exhibited alongside an experimental film directed by Brunkalla and large-scale abstract paintings by O’Neal.
i feel ya provokes a socially dynamic conversation about language and context
This event is free and open to the public. Email for more information.
As a versatile artist in music, performance, fashion design, and film, André 3000 Benjamin has his finger on the pulse of contemporary culture. Benjamin’s identity as an artist took flight in the pages of a sketchbook he kept as a teenager, and he later rose to international fame as a member of the six-time Grammy-Award-winning musical group Outkast—the first hip-hop act to earn the coveted Album of the Year Grammy for 2004’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which sold more than 11 million copies. Benjamin has been a longtime supporter of SCAD, particularly through the university’s Collaborative Learning Center, an interdisciplinary learning community that facilitates sponsored projects between SCAD students and external partners.
Greg Brunkalla’s recent work includes interactive installations and advertisements for Nike, HP, and Lincoln; music videos for Vampire Weekend; and a series of intimate celebrity interviews for The New York Times and W titled Screen Tests, which earned him three Emmy nominations and a Webby Award. Brunkalla earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television from SCAD in 2001. He is represented by Skunk, the Los Angeles-based production company.
Jimmy O’Neal is an Atlanta-born painter whose work focuses on the sciences of physics and biology. O’Neal has been featured prominently in international galleries including exhibitions in Holland, Zurich, France and Atlanta. He was listed in the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s largest painting (80,000 square feet), which sparked his interest in large interactive installations. In 2003, his "brain machine," a device that paints from EEG connections, was included in "Painting 4," a large-scale exhibition at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Massachusetts that included his work alongside paintings by Ingrid Calame, Katharina Grosse and Michael Lin. His many public artwork commissions include a 2007 large-scale mirrored work "The Nine Muses,” now permanently installed at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. O’Neal earned his bachelor's degree in illustration from SCAD in 1989.
O’Neal was nominated for a 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, was named as one of the
50 best public art projects in the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts.
He lives and works in the mountains near Asheville, N.C.