Behind The Shades | RiseAD

Behind The Shades

Departure by Richard Mayhew

When I walked into Swann Galleries I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia. This feeling was one of familiarity with the art from the Africa Diaspora, which filled every wall and space in the room; as well as a familiarity with the previous owners of this beautiful collection. The collection was formerly owned by the powerhouse family-owned Johnson Publishing Company that was founded in 1942 by husband and wife team John H. Johnson and Eunice W. Johnson.


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Whether you take pride in sharing dimples identical to your father's, or feel embarrassed by that familiar, oddly shaped mole; genetics play a definitive role in our lives. In a doctor's office, one of the first questions asked is family medical history. Why is this important to an eye exam? Did you not just come in for a quick update of your glasses & contact lenses prescriptions? Don't rush past the most important part of your exam: a dilation. Many eye diseases are genetically linked. Currently 520,000 African Americans have glaucoma in the United States. Glaucoma is a painless disease,...

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Glaucoma awareness month.

What is glaucoma? It is an irregularity of the optic nerve, that if gone untreated, and can lead to permanent blindness.


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Artist Danny Aron "DVNNY"

Although a young artist, when you meet Danny Aron and sit down to speak with him, he seems like an old soul that has experienced and been inspired by the world. Danny has been wading through the waters of the creative process his entire life through painting, DJing, producing music and even through his other creative art form of skateboarding.

RiseAD sat down with the artist known as DVNNY for a chat.


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For his first Boston exhibition, "Who Takes the Weight," Majeed doesn't disappoint in continuing his transformative work by creating two large-scale, site-specific installations in the Grossman and Anderson galleries at SMFA at Tufts University.


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In the 21st Century art world, Ghanaian-born painter Samuel Adoquei follows the historical tradition of creative minds who challenged themselves in unfamiliar territory. 

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RiseAD Graffiti Aviator Sunglasses by RAD Eyewear

Most people think they're only at risk from UV rays when they're outside on a sunny day, but UV light can go right through clouds, so it doesn't matter if the sky is overcast.


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As an artist, Faheem Majeed’s work plays an important role in highlighting the complexity of the lack of investment in the cultural capital present in minority communities by creating space for dialogue, and in bringing together a spectrum of stakeholders.
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If you want to know what a quirky, super talented illustrator, milliner and Asian streetwear designer balled up into a small petite package (85lbs and 5’1”), then look no further than Tracy Dizon.
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RiseAD began in Bushwick, Brooklyn just as it was transforming into (what some say is) the leader of the New York City Art Scene. Additionally, street art began to pop up all over the neighborhood, transforming Bushwick from an industrial wasteland to an open art gallery both inside and out of its warehouse spaces
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