Kevlen Douglas “The Illest-strator” Goodner and I meet in Nulu at an art opening at Peach Soul boutique. We had an instant connection over art and blackness. We immediately clicked. And began working on a number of collaborations. Kevlen was a featured artist in my Arte Mixer 2018 show and we have shown our work together in a few other galleries. We began the Illest collab with the intention of hosting an art show we planned to call ’36 Chambers’ themed around the Wu-Tang clan.
On March 27 2019, we all received the sad news that Kevlen had passed away. It was devastating news. Before Kevlen passed we started on a series of drawings that would be turned into woodcuts.
In traditional moku hanga or Japanese woodcuts, an illustrator would design a block and then send it to a carver who would carve the image into the block and then send it to a printer who would then print the carved block onto paper. Kevlen and I began our collaboration using this technique, he as the illustrator and myself as the carver. Kevlen was able to complete the illustration before his passing and now I am completing the carving.
The illustration is on a 34×42 inch birch plywood block which I am in the process of carving. The edition size will be no more than 500 pieces. I am opening up pre-sale for prints of this block, one of the only known woodcuts of Kevlen’s work. Pre-sale purchase of the block will guarantee that you get an original print and a certificate of authentication of this collaboration between Kelvin and I. 50% of all proceeds from this print will go to the family of Kevlen Goodner along with the block once the edition is completed.
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