THE HAMPTON ARTS TRADITION
This year at Soul Basel/ArtBasel/Miami Art Week we feature three artists who are alumni of Hampton University and are continuing the tradition of Artistry.
Rodney “BUCK!” Herring is a multifaceted creative and malcontent, whose work explores the varied layers of the human experience. Delving deep into his own vices, praising his muses with reverence and questioning his own spirituality, BUCK! draws upon your very intimate emotions and exposes the nerve that connects you to your core humanity. Without a Doubt.
Based in Washington,DC, BUCK! finds kinship with anyone who harbors deep seeded resentment towards the current political regime and it's abhorrent policies towards people of color, women, the poor, the LGBT community, and anyone else who sees this miserable shit for what is.
BUCK! is a graduate of Hampton University, a product of Baltimore, MD and a 26 year veteran of the professional art/design world.
Phillip Shung highlights the beauty in everyday life through his portraiture and street photography. Whether in his hometown of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn or in Guedieuwayé, Dakar, Shung aims to show the beauty of The African Diaspora.
“One way to describe my photography is candid” he said. “In my work I aspire to highlight the humanity in my subjects.” When Shung travels he is in search of locations where locals dwell so he can provide a voyeuristic look into their world.
Phillip is a co-founder of the Brooklyn Combine and a Creative Director at Pixod.com. Phillip is a master magazine cover and page designer as well a master photo editor. At Hampton University he studied Graphic Design.
Musa Hixson was born in Cleveland, Ohio but has mostly lived in Brooklyn, NY. He earned an MFA in Sculpture at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1998 and a BA in Comprehensive Art from Hampton University, Hampton Virginia, in 1995. Most recently his public sculpture (Fairmount Nebula) was included in Newark’s Fairmount Art Wall project. Hixson is a recipient of the 2017 UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant to produce the “Conversation Sculpture” for Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY. He was selected as artist-in-residence at Wave Hill, Winter Workspace, Bronx, New York in 2015, at The 3-D foundation, Verbier Switzerland in 2011, Obama City Art Residency, Obama Japan in 2010, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont in 2006, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia in 2005. In 2010 he was selected for the Aichi Triennale in Achi, Japan. Musa is also the founder of the Not for Profit Brooklyn Art Incubator.