Lady Day: Ode to Billie (Holliday) by Vernon Clarke. *Photo supplied
Lady Day: Ode to Billie (Holliday) by Vernon Clarke. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Life’s rhythmic moments are the theme of a new show opening at Common Ground café tomorrow evening.

From the tragic life of jazz legend Billie Holliday to the everyday movements that can be seen as almost musical in their rhythm, eight local artists will be presenting their own interpretation of what Rythmic Moments means to them.

The show, curated by Susan A. Pearson of Select Palette Art, opens at Common Ground , 11 Chancery Lane from 5:30pm to 7pm. There will be silk screens and mixed media by Ami Zanders; photography by Charles Anderson; charcoals and acrylics on masonite boards and canvas by Edwin M.E. Smith; acrylic on wood by Graham Foster; cedar sculpture by Milton Hill; urban pen prints by Sara Simons; papier scherenscnit by Susan A. Pearson and oils on canvas by Vernon Clarke. 

Vernon Clarke explained much of the inspiration for his work already comes from rhythms: “I have been using the inspiration of music and dance for many years as it was such a huge influence on my younger social life. The sounds of Salsa is old and infectious and find new interpretations in our island home. The Latin beat induces the listeners to move, to give one’s self over to its syncopated Afro-Caribbean poli-rhythms.

“The life of Billie Holiday reads like a Greek tragedy which finds itself on a very modern stage. Her dark days are given light here with her hot lyrics spelling out the tragic-drama of betrayal, marginalisation and the social poverty of racial violence.”

Edwin Smith said of his work: “I have linked the theme rhythmic moments with my interest in sociological matters. I truly see the things that we do repeatedly in one’s daily life that may be overlooked and seemingly insignificant, as awesome rhythmic moments. I have captured some of these moments and I believe that they will be seen for their rhythmic qualities.

“Incidentally, my favourite jazz musician is Ramsey Lewis and I have entitled these works after some of his most popular jazz compositions.”

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