LaMar Barber is good soul. I really mean that. I developed an affinity for LaMar during our Ignite class last spring. He has a really great smile that makes you smile right back. LaMar’s Ignite classmates bonded with one another quickly. They even held a reunion weeks after the class had ended. LaMar started a FB page for that group of artists because LaMar values connection with fellow human beings. It is C4 Atlanta’s honor to feature LaMar Barber as September’s C4 Atlanta Artist. Here is a little about LaMar in his own words…
JH: Are you an Atlanta native?
LB: I left Detroit Michigan to attend Atlanta College of Art just months after graduating high school. The best part of residing in Atlanta is the city’s ability to be in tempo with the resident vs. the resident being in tempo with the city.
JH: Describe your artwork.
LB: My work creatively interacts with the viewer to develop communal culture.
JH: What are you current projects?
LB: Continuing the dialogue from “American Nude”, a summer solo exhibit at GA Tech, examining social vulnerabilities of the American culture, I turned my attention to the American woman.This series, Perspective of Women (P.O.W.), is a discussion of perspectives; inspired by the youtube series ‘in(HER)view’. Each work, five in all, will articulate my perspective of the woman’s perspective of her life in America.
JH: How can people learn more about your work?
LB: I favor artist’s talks and panel discussions because I tend to believe all sensory processors are necessary to comprehend the opaque perspective of the artist. However, to simply become aesthetically aware of the work, the World Wide Web is the most convenient method.
JH: How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?
LB: Acting as substituents for topics too taboo to discuss, the Arts assist Atlanta in becoming the most progressive city southern of the United States.(Additionally the Arts create opportunities, via murals and public works of art, for residents to measure and address their communal sense of beauty.)
JH: Describe an Ah-Ha! moments you may have experienced during Ignite.
LB: Understanding how the Arts appear “on paper” and how it exist in the economic atmosphere laid the foundation for my “Ah-Ha” moment; which is that the latter aren’t always same. The epiphany came when the instructor simplified, through comparison of other professional disciplines, the Arts’ financial contribution to America’s economic structure.This insight enhanced my ability to qualify events and properly forecast the impact of potential projects.
JH: Any take-aways from Ignite?
LB: The opportunity to attend the Ignite professional practice course came with the help of friends and a scholarship from C4, all of which I am forever grateful. Having been equipped to wear different managerial caps I comfortably managed social outings, my art exhibitions, completed a public art commission and more.The successes from these attempts have encouraged me to begin strategizing my micro business Contributing Culture. Contributing Culture is a business resource serving communities through philanthropic efforts.
JH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LB: As an “artrenpreneur” having maintained a successful micro business my hope in ten years is to be organizing a new set of decennial goals.
LaMar was recently chosen to be a part of the Atlanta Beltline’s fall season of public art. To learn more about Atlanta artist LaMar Barber, visit lamarbarber.com.