Fashion designer & artist MC Kirton and mixed-media photographer Collette V. Fournier have collaborated to display their works at Catalyst Gallery from Thursday, Aug. 15 – Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Gallery hours are 12pm – 7pm. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, from 4pm – 7pm.
The artistic theme of © “Two From Brooklyn” reveals the NYC borough where both artists grew up. Both were reared by parents and family involved in the textile industry and the arts and experienced Brooklyn’s rich culture. In addition to the artist’s reception, © “Two From Brooklyn” will feature a Pop-Up store, MC Kirton’s fabric art of ties, bow ties, and various works on fabric.
Mark Charles Kirton, better known as “MC” was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and Bed/Stuy. MC Kirton studied at Pratt Institute’s Summer Program in the Brooklyn Museum in the 1970’s. Kirton is MBA Graduate of Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Kirton, a noted Civil Rights Activist with Henega Lake Project, Event Planner with Moto-Kids Charity, Miss Black New York and Musical talents Kadnar Trio, Aima and many others, MC takes his talents to a new level creating fashion for today’s inner-city male. MC took the essence of what his mother gave him of a Bajan experience: dedication, design and innovation, “Kente by Kirton Bowties” was born out of a Brooklyn brownstone sewing class in late 1970’s.
As a documentary and travel photographer and influenced by her designer Mother, Collette V. Fournier has been experimenting with fabric and mixed media with her photographic arts. The artist grew up in Harlem, Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy and St. Albans, Queens. Fournier is a graduate of RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fournier is the retired photographer from Campus Communications and teaches photography at Rockland Community College. Fournier, a 20-year member of Kamoinge Inc., an African American photography collective, has curated exhibitions and had fourteen one-woman exhibitions and forty-one group exhibitions. She is published in numerous table top publications and textbooks such as “Reflections in Black”, “Sweet Breath of Life” “Committed to the Image”, “The Blue Jean Book”, “Timeless” and Robert Hirsch’s “Light and Lens”, Photography in the Digital Age. Fournier is completing a personal narrative on her journey through the photographic arts and vigorously shares her “Retrospective Series: Spirit of a People” with the community.