Updated on June 26th, 2018
Exhibition Date: Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Exhibition Location: Holyrad Studio, 20 Grand Ave. Suite 706, BK NY 11206
Time: 3 PM – 10 PM
HOLYRAD PRESENTS THE FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION OF ED MAXIMUS’ PROJECT “FOR COLORED GIRLS”
Conceived in 2015, For Colored Girls is Ed Maximus’ ongoing project countering the incomplete narrative that accompanies the black female form. Often fraught with censorship, politicization and policing, black women find their bodies as a source of shame in the real world and completely absent in the art world. With this series, Maximus continues to collaborate with black women from different walks and experiences to highlight the beauty, glory and celebration that can be found in their nude form. His ultimate objective is to create a body of work in which every black woman can see a piece of themselves.
“For Colored Girls” will be on view at Holyrad studio on March 17th as a one-day solo exhibition and is organized by Daryl Oh and Lanee Bird. It will feature at least one piece for every woman who has been part of the project so far. Door for the exhibition will be open at 3 PM for the public. At 7:50 PM, there will be a brief artist talk and opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the work on display. The event will then transition into a conversation about the representation of the black women’s bodies in the art world. This discussion will be led by three of the women who have contributed to this series: Joi Broughton, Lorelei Black and Madelynn Poulson.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ed Maximus is a fine art and fashion photographer based in New York City.
Born and raised in Haiti, as a young boy he dreamed of being an astronaut; traveling through space. In 2000, he moved to the United States where he found himself not in space, but definitely in a new world. Once in college at The University of Florida, he channeled his profound interest in science and problem solving into a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics.
In 2009 during his final year of formal education, he picked up a camera as a relief from the rigorous course load. And what started as a simple break from academia turned into a form of therapy that have helped him stay grounded in this chaotic world. Post-graduation, he spent his time balancing his engineering career and his new-found love for photography.
In 2014 he made the move to New York City to further pursue his career in photography and visual art. Combining his technical and precise eye with his bold point of view, Ed Maximus creates both fashion and fine art work that focuses on the essence of his subjects. His most recent works include Black Museum, which was published as an online photo series for Italian Vogue, and his first solo exhibition For Colored Girls.
2016 Exit Light, Group Exhibition, Picture Farm Pro, New York USA
2017 Monochrome, Group Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece
2017 Fine Art, Group Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece
2018 For Colored Girls, Solo Exhibition, Holyrad Studio, New York USA
SELECTED PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
Maximus, Ed; Anatomy of Emotions, Self-published 2016
Keil, Raoul; Schon! At The Forefront of Fashion, Prestel 2016, p. 128
Maximus, Ed; For Colored Girls, Self-published 2016
Straub, Matthias; The Opera Vol. VII, Kerber 2017, Cover and p.86-93
Vogue Italia Photostory; Black Museum, Vogue.it, 2018
Howl Magazine; Ed Maximus: Restructuring The Black Woman Narrative, 2018