Boxes Collate

On October 24, 2012

    [WA] emergence gallery

Boxes Collate | Work by J Oscar

November 16 – December 15, 2012

Reception:  Friday, November 16, 7-10 pm

Whitdel Arts is proud to present past and current work of Detroit painter J Oscar in the [WA] emergence gallery.  Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, November 16, 7-10pm.

Artist statement from J Oscar:

“I’ve always had an interest in the arts.  When looking for a place to station my work out of, I didn’t think twice to choose Detroit. My mother was born and raised here; in the 1950’s, my father moved to Detroit and worked his way to owning a tire and furniture store.   Growing up I would assemble furniture and help at the tire store almost everyday.  From a small age, I began to fall in love with the city and its magnetic nature for ingenuity.

“Creating starts as a matter of color and form. First, I find colors that catch my eye, then I approach a canvas without an idea of how the piece will turn out. Starting with lines I create objects that I compose with color to create direction, depth, and texture.  From there I begin to create subjects, emotions, and meaning.

“Most of my materials are those that can be layered in the shortest amount of time so I can paint without waiting. This includes inks, acrylics, aerosol, and oil pastel. I began painting in a collective that would perform a live freestyle vocals and instrumental.  Sometimes I like to produce songs using multiple instrument loops, but I never excelled at violin or saxophone. Everything I do can be inspired by sound, though.  Music has stuck with me as a source of meditation and inspiration.

“As I look back at what I create, my goal has always been the same: to spill out work and advance.  My work is constantly changing, taking techniques and learning new ways to work.”


For a schedule of exhibitions and events at Whitdel Arts, please

The exhibition will run from November 16 – December 15.  This event is free and open to the public.  All ages welcome.  Open gallery hours are Saturdays during exhibitions, noon-3pm.  For more information, e-mail JenClare Gawaran at

A division of CAID, Whitdel Arts is an 1800 sq. ft. professional exhibition space that showcases the work of local and international established and emerging artists.  Whitdel Arts is located at 1250 Hubbard Street, Suite B1, Detroit MI 48209. Whitdel Arts is also located on the web at

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