Damon Dash gallery had their opening reception this past Thursday, for Kyle Goen’s “The Voice that Arms itself to be Heard” large-scale paintings and photographs.
Hosted and curated by Erykah Badu–R&B hip-hop singer and recording artist—and rap mogul Damon Dash—Roca-A-Fella co-CEO, the Rashad “Ringo” Smith Dj’ed with much fondly admired Gabriel Fourtol in attendance.
Tight on money, Dash opened the gallery space in trendy Tribeca this past February and has since had two successful exhibitions. The first featured contemporary works by Bobby Castaneda, Jeremy Wagner, and Hector Ruiz. This second one being the one we also attended this past Thursday featuring the works of social issues and rights activist Kyle Goen.
With a disposition towards edgy- Warhol-like screen print painting and halftone photograph depictions of African-American liberation party movements, Iraqi nationalism and Palestinian Liberation figures, Goen aims for the jugular as he confronts important issues regarding race, occupation and militancy.
Drawing attention to the corrupt nature of the American government and civil law, the ‘seal of the president’ was located near the entrance. It brought into question, democratic legitimacy—as did the juxtaposition of a “repurposed” flag of Iraq 2010 and the interim flag, 2008.