Today we’d like to introduce you to Badir McCleary.
Badir, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am an independent Art Business Consultant based in South Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, a super artistic city, with just as many musicians as murals so I was immediately connected to the creative community. I was the Co-Owner and Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), an exhibition project space that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics.
I’m a recent masters graduate from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where I focused on creating art markets for arts organizations. I also started the art consulting and critique space ArtAboveReality.com to focus on the rising street art movement, artists of color in contemporary art, and essays on artistic culture from voices not usually promote for whatever reason. Through dialogue and research, I hope to educate artists and arts professionals on a growing cultural marketplace while simultaneously introducing underrepresented neighborhoods to fine art programming.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Merging my tech (worked as a developer for Department of Defense) and art backgrounds have been a focus of mine lately with the emergence of social tools and blockchain technology to the marketplace. Understanding the processes of the art world to deliver tech-based automated solutions to assist arts professionals with daily tasks. The message in my practice is extensibility. How can we extend what we currently have to help us reach a solution? My goal is to ask key questions and provide case studies show the impact of the product in the marketplace and its current and potential trends (Trend Analysis). The ultimate goal is to provide real-time data on the professional’s place in the market.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
What isn’t a challenge these days? Besides grant money, space to create and exhibit, the biggest challenge to artists these days are empty opportunities.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My profile of work is best visible on my website, www.ArtAboveReality.com, where you can find a series of artist profiles, short documentary-style films, and essays highlighting the lives and techniques of different artists from across the globe, I focus mostly on the social tools like Instagram (@artabovereality) these days to connect, debate and engage with the audience in real time. That engagement has opened up my practice to new audiences and has built healthy relationships to fuel new ideas and ways of operating in the field. Social media is powerful in what I do. It’s usually the introductory layer for collaboration.
- Website: www.artabovereality.com
- Phone: 2132901440
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @artabovereality
- Facebook: facebook.com/artabovereality
- Twitter: @artabovereality
Images by Badir McCleary