Let me start today’s read by protesting how much the creatives of Jax have been showing OUT, giving the people what we need to satisfy our cultural fixes. Wick’d Out Pop-Up Art Gallery was yet another event that gets it. Aside from giving us a beautiful night out of music, gathering, and art. Wick’d Out displayed Florida culture and the significance it’s had in today’s fashion, music, and language.
This was the first of three shows that are scheduled to be hosted and I’m thankful I got to experience this one. Keep reading to find out all about it, and why you can’t miss the next.
What Is Wick’d Out?
Wick’d Out is a pop-up art show and celebration paying homage to the iconic elements that define Florida through visual art, everything Florida culture was represented here. It was curated by the Lovely Kandice Knecole Clark owner of The Petite, a pop-up art gallery. I just want to note Kandice and her husband Chris are pillars in the Jacksonville art scene. In fact, Chris alone is responsible for several murals that have popped up around town. So it’s safe to say she would be the one to pull this event off.
Located Downtown at 424 N Hogan Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. The event was held in a once dilapidated Federal Reserve building/ alley next to Sweet Pete’s candy factory. The space had recently been completely renovated to include a modernized outdoor patio space for the public. Kandice was able to utilize this area for the entrance to the gallery. Something Downtown Jax has never seen.
As far as the actual gallery is concerned; several local artist contributed their art to be displayed giving our community a look at what being a Flawda (Florida) baby is all about, shamelessly and effortlessly.
POV: Inside Wick’d Out
Walking up, I was serenaded with jams on the one and two by none other than DJ Al Pete. People were posted up mingling, vibing, and happy to be out doing something different on a Friday night. In the back corner, there was a wicker chair prop with plants surrounding, creating the perfect social media photo op.
The real magic was just past this courtyard and a few steps down into a basement like setting.
Inside you feel like you’ve stepped out of Jacksonville and into a New York or Los Angeles underground art gallery. It was dark with pigments of red, lime green, and blue transforming the air and walls into a mystical arrangement of colors. The perfect set up to highlight the artwork on display.
There were dozens of original prints from local artists including Janaya Bradley, Marcus Blackmon, and my personal favorite Malcom Jackson. You saw massive prints of melanin, wicks (Locs), and gold teeth. I got the chance to meet some of the artists and hear their stories. Even just looking around at the attendees they too showed up in true ‘Flawda’ form golds, wicks, and the freshest apparel.
Wrapping Things Up: Wick’d Out Pop Up Art Gallery
Quite frankly the love, effort, and execution of this pop-up was far beyond dope. It soothed my artsy soul and I left feeling inspired and touched.
It’s one of those scenarios you have to be there to get it. The good thing is, if you missed this one the next one will be Friday September 1st, 2023. Keep up with this progressive event and many more to come by following @ThePetiteJax on Instagram. Here you will get updates on Wick’d out and to see footage of what went down.
Wick’d out owes me nothing. If you’re into art, this is an event I highly recommend you slide past. Should you happen to go, let me know what you think.
If you’re looking for other dope pop-up events around town, you’ve got to check out the After Hours Dinner at Brew Five Points featuring FeedTheVille.
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