01 YEAR CELEBRATION
20.06.19 - 27.06.19
FREEDOM EXHIBITION AT BOLD SHOWROOM
EuGene V Byrd III
B.S. : Where are you from?
EuGene: I was born in Wichita, Kansas. I moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) and after receiving my BFA I made Atlanta my home.
B.S. : Can you describe your work to someone who may not be familiar with it?
EuGene: It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than all of us. As an artist I have a responsible to my community, which begins with me being honest with myself. A few years ago, I stepped back really looked at my body of work and I realized that I wasn’t telling my own story. I was addressing things that were important to me, but it wasn’t MY story. I realized that I was being guarded within my art. I wasn’t letting anyone in. Lately my work has organically become more personal. And I realized a lot of my concerns are shared concerns among other men. We just aren’t talking about it. We keep trying to appear strong. With my work I address things like misplaced masculinity, and give an alternative to what’s really strong and weak. It’s time not to change the narratives of what a man is, but add to it, enhance the definition. I want my art to provoke emotion. I want the viewer to sit within my art; I want it to stick with you. I want you to walk away impacted. Art has power and I tend to use it.
What is “ Future Dead Artists”? Can you tell us more about it?
EuGene: Future Dead Artists is an Atlanta-based arts organization that works to educate the community on the importance and value of investing in original local art.
Future Dead Artists (FDA) emerged from the fundamental need to connect young entrepreneurial artists with art patrons. FDA focuses on expanding people’s cultural repertoire by creating a platform that highlights local living artists.Future Dead Artists prides itself on supporting living artists and that includes but is not limited to monetary support; this also includes social, spiritual and mental support. We believe that we must support each other the same way that we expect our admirers and art patrons to support us. Art can be an isolating thing but FDA is that support system of artists that can be depended and leaned upon. We build on the following to create a blueprint for the younger generation.
The name came from the fact the if your ask a person who there favorite is, 8 out of 10 times they’ll name a dead artists, So we carry the name Future Dead Artists. It also speaks to our style, which is traditional learned from the artists that have come before us, while creating something new for future generations.
B.S. : Would you consider yourself as a “free” person?
EuGene: My life revolves around being free. Not only being physically free, but freedom of thought as well. Being free isn’t easy, it takes a lot of work. Although I’m physically free, and I’ve begun to free my mind. I’m still not free until I reach financially freedom. Until then I’m still a slave to debt, obligation and time. I’m currently working and focusing on my finances to get closer to obtaining true freedom.