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Rock Fever
A Celebration of Caribbean Culture
Added: 06/05/2006 - Alison Konicki

Thursday June 8th - Wednesday June 28th at Tribes Gallery
Art Exhibition - ROCK FEVER (Opening Reception June 8th at 6PM)
In celebration of Caribbean Month, Tribes Gallery presents ROCK FEVER an art exhibit featuring the work of VIDHO LORVILLE, a Haitian painter, and RHYS JOSEPH, a sculptor from St. Thomas. Featured works will explore the political affects and personal bonds with each artist's respective island. Exhibition curated by Charnan Lewis.

Opening Reception: Thursday June 8th 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition hours: 10am to 6pm Monday though Saturday
Tribes Gallery | 285 E. 3rd St. - 2nd Floor NYC, NY 10009 | Aves. C & D
212.674.8262/3778 | [email protected] | http://www.tribes.or

Originally from Carrefour, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, well known for its vibrant artist's community, Haitian Painter VIDHO LORVILLE, 35, lived in New Orleans for four years where he taught art to schoolchildren, until uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. He now lives in the Bronx and shares a TriBeCa loft provided for free by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with 14 other Gulf Coast artists.

Vidho received his BFA from the National School of Art in Haiti and attended Skowhegan in 2002. His paintings have been exhibited in solo at Wyndy Morehead Fine Art Gallery and Porche West Gallery, both in New Orleans, LA and Vote, Le Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with group shows in such venues as The Hewitt Gallery, The Bronx River Art Center, Atelier Gallery, and Harlem USA Complex in New York City, and Grand Contemporary Gallery in Lafayette, LA and the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History in New Orleans, LA.

While in still living in Haiti, Vidho entered a national labor union, organizing artists and tourist workers, and began travelling throughout Latin America to participate in international labor conferences. Orphaned by the age of 21, Vidho was forced to support himself entirely through his painting, and moved into a dilapidated hotel room in a noisy (but lively) section of downtown Port-au-Prince. Here his work took on the color and texture of his new surroundings; the green and verdant disappear and were replaced by cracked walls and other signs of urban decay. His work moved farther away from the naturalism of his early impressionist influences and closer to a surreal aesthetic, infused with symbols drawn from the mystical Haitian imagination. Visit Lorvill online at

RHYS JOSEPH, born and raised on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Thomas VI, is a 26-year old sculptor, using wood and ceramic as well as other materials. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University in December 2003, originally starting as a systems and computer science major until he decided in his sophomore year to change his major and pursue his passion for art. He went on to receive a scholarship to study glass casting at Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington, and recently graduated with his Master of Fine Arts from Mount Royal School of Art.

Rhys's work earned him early recognition, when named him Artist of the Month by, describing him as "a young artist on the rise" in July of 2003. His pieces have has been included in group exhibitions at the McLean Project for the Arts in Virginia (2003), the Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. (2004), and the MFA Thesis III Exhibition at Maryland Institute College of Art, earlier this year, showcasing works by 10 artists graduating with M.F.A. degrees.

Interested in sculpture ever since he was in high school, when he used to build his own furniture, Rhys strives to make his pieces "aesthetically pleasing from a design perspective." He says that his goal when creating his pieces is to make forms that complement, not mimic, nature. Rhys is actively working on expanding his skills as an artist and looks forward to future opportunities as an artist, aspiring to become a commissioned artist one day. He work been reviewed in such publications as The Washington Post, Sun Gazette (Virginia), and The Baltimore Sun. "As an artist, I use many media from sticks, chain, cast glass, and welded steel. My work, often representational, is based largely on structure and form," says Rhys. Visit Rhys online at

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New York NY 10009

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