The Life Through Art Docuseries interweaves the work and life experiences of 2 Black Artists: connecting the old as reflected by the late Ezekiel Gibbs' work, to the new as in the work by Annette Lawrence. Each artist offers an interesting look at their particular discipline, Ezekiel Gibbs: Folk Art and Annette Lawrence: Installation Art.
Episode 1 defines FOLK ART: an especially unique art form heralded by the African-American community. It also chronicles the rise of African-American Folk Artist, Ezekiel Gibbs, who began his career at age 86. Gibbs, at the time, was the oldest working artist in Texas and quickly gained popularity in his community and across the country.
Episode 2 defines INSTALLATION ART and features Annette Lawrence: an African-American installation artist with a special interest in the passage of time and an environmentally conscious workflow that makes the most of commonplace material. From recycled string to brown paper to junk mail, Annette wastes nothing from everyday life.
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While Life Through Art is beneficial to everyone, Houston's libraries, higher education, and museums are the ideal audience! Both documentaries share the same academic lens: Definitions, historical context, accurate depictions of the art forms in question, and unseen footage of featured artists.
Ezekiel used oil pastels, watercolors, and crayons for his paintings, with a strong focus on agricultural, animal, and religious imagery from his 50-years of experience as a sharecropper and Church Deacon.
Photograph by William Steen
Annette's large-scale installations (made of postal string, brown paper, and packing tape) have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts: Houston, the Glassell School of Art, & the Dallas Museum of Art.
Photograph by Brad Flowers
The Denton Black Film Festival shares the traditions, ideas, and experiences of the Black community in a multitude of ways. Each festival (held annually in January) features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food, and fashion as their way of bringing the Black experience to life.
After 20 years of research, Gibbs Media Group had the honor of hosting its first episode of Life Through Art at the Glassell School of Art on August 15, 2019, in the Favrot Auditorium. Family and close friends were given private access to the first official viewing of "Folk Art." (Cover Photo by Richard Barnes)
Filming Annette Lawrence and her artful story of time was amazing! We had great developments in theme, and deep connections between Annette's art and her philosophy. We are honored to have had the chance to tell the story of this extraordinary woman of color.