November’s featured artists will be curating a show entitled “Flyover State”. Eliseo Angel Casiano is a Latinx painter currently based in Tuscon, Arizona. Justin Tyler Bryant is an artist based in Little Rock, Arkansas. His work explores the “fugitive notion of blackness”. Cholo Jackson is the moniker the duo go by when creating combined works. “Flyover State” as a concept works like this, “…With over 50 works created by artists from around the country, the 11x14 format becomes a metaphor that represents the airplane window that one looks through while flying.” Buzz by 2nd Friday Art Walk night and catch a glimpse for yourselves on Nov 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Resonator Institute, 325 E. Main St, Norman, OK.
Artist Statement & Project Statement
Cholo Jackson is a collaboration between Justin Tyler Bryant and Eliseo Angel Casiano which seeks to comprehend Blackness and Chicano culture as expansive terms. Cholo Jackson pulls imagery from personal and public simulacra to create a new context for understanding their existence.
“Flyover State” is a Cholo Jackson production. This exhibition seeks to think of the pejorative term Flyover State as a means for collaboration. With over 50 works created by artists from around the country, the 11x14 format becomes a metaphor that represents the airplane window that one looks through while flying. The works displayed redefine this notion in practice. The act of bringing these works together in one space speaks volumes as to artists’ willingness to collaborate and meet in-between. We are creating a context that makes “Flyover State” not just another place on the map.
Q: What is your relationship to the “Fly Over States?”
JTB: I was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and I currently live in Little Rock, Arkansas.
EAC: I spent my formative years in Oklahoma, and I still consider it home. I’m used to hearing people say “I’m sorry” when I say I’m from Oklahoma.
Q: Has that changed over the last few years?
Q: What kinds of art and artists did you seek to include in this show?
JTB & EAC: We are fortunate to have met so many talented artists through graduate school, residencies, workshops, and art collectives. We thought about artists from different states and regions who represent many facets of printmaking, photography, and drawing.
Q: What is your hope for the body of work assembled?
EAC: We organized an exhibition of artists we admire from across the country to celebrate the Resonator Institute community. All sales and proceeds from “Flyover State” will benefit Resonator for future programs in the coming year.
Eliseo Angel Casiano
Eliseo Angel Casiano is a Latinx painter and Oklahoma native. Through the creation of re-imagined portraiture he interprets biographical events that examine representations of race, family relationships and his own maneuverability through a space of otherness. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from East Central University in Ada, OK and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. His paintings have been shown widely across the United States, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Transformer Gallery in Washington D.C. He was a recent fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and his work is featured in the New American Paintings, No. 136. Casiano has recently created a scholarship fund at East Central University in his mother’s and sister’s name that provides an annual stipend for a women or non-binary person of color in the studio arts program. The scholarship is in remembrance of two pivotal women who have influenced his commitment to the advancement of marginalized communities in fine art and education. He is currently based in Tucson, AZ.
Justin Tyler Bryant
Born in Stuttgart AR., Justin Tyler Bryant received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012 and his MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University in 2018 and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’17). Justin’s recent work investigates the past and present imagery of African-Americans to reflect a multi-contextual narrative of poetry, personal narrative, and history. In his work, he uses found objects, painting, drawing, and video to suggest a fugitive notion of blackness. Justin is currently a full-time instructor at University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech and is a 2019 Interchange Artist Fellow for the Mid America Arts Alliance.
Catch Casiano at 2nd Friday Art Walk.
Justin Tyler Bryant at 2nd Friday Art Walk.
Justin Tyler Bryant
Lilia Berenice Hernandez Galusha
Geren Mckinnon Heurtin
Wesley Zakk Kramer
Jose de Jesus Rodriquez
M. Robyn Wall
Barbara Lane Tharas