Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries and Level Ground present

SKEW
Artworks from the Level Ground Magazine

SKEW is an experimental art and dialogue magazine produced every year by the award-winning artist collective and production incubator Level Ground. Issue 02 is curated around the theme Black Dreams, Futures, and Mutual Support and includes work from more than 50 Black artists. The magazine is 100 full-color pages of Beautiful, Radical, Queer, Visionary Black Art.

The art featured in this gallery is from the pages of SKEW Magazine. Here is how you can support Black artists today:

  1. Purchase SKEW Magazine. The magazine is co-owned by the contributors so all sales will be shared among the 50+ Black artists whose work is in the magazine. Visit levelground.co/skew to purchase.
  2. Contact any of the artists featured in this gallery to purchase their work. Each page includes the best way for you follow and contact the artist.
  3. Purchase and/or commission work from Black artists. In conjunction with SKEW Magazine, Level Ground has released a Black Artist Directory and we highly encourage you to browse it, reach out, and support Black artists. Visit levelground.co/black-artist-directory for details.

EVERYBLACKONEOFUS by Loren Adeyinka

Photograph/Collage: Everyblackoneofus is in pursuit of peace at this time. Although our pursuits may differ, they create a common bond through our need for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/l.adeyinka_art

DUST II ONYX: Strength by Courtney Alexander

Illustration/Collage: Dust II Onyx merges divination with my multi-media artist practice to explore the archetypes within tarot while imagining an ancient civilization that carries all of our histories within it. A world beyond this dimension, yet intrinsically connected to our own.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: https://dust2onyx.com

Grey Light by Anthony Bartlett

An intuitive reflection on the muted impressions of light lost beneath the extremes of our environments. Employing still life, landscape and architectural mediums as abstract pedestals for the projection of black attitudes, agency, and refinement.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/twittytony

Rochelle by Gemynii Black

12” x 12” acrylic Not for sale: This piece is a tribute to size inclusive photographer Rochelle Brock as well to other dark skin fat black femmes out here that deserve to be seen as art too.

If you are interested in purchasing other work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/gemynii

She’s been waiting by Chidebe Chinedu

29 x 36 inches graphite and charcoal pencils on paper: Every work I create is a reflection of my thoughts and experiences. I commence my drawing from a formalized position and go on to construct narratives causing my viewers to achieve a greater introspection.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/chidebe.chinedu.art

Thicket by Nicky Chue

Thicket – a manifestation with labradorite, 4960 x 7016p, Poetry & digital art (digital & film photography): Thicket – a manifestation with labradorite is an exploration of survival and rebirth in the wake of individual and collective upheaval and an ode to community, pieced together from uprooted memories, tree branches and a labradorite crystal.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/glitterygerman

WE ARE SPORES by Kyle Cornish

Collage: Kyle is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores Black identity and queer community. In “We Are Spores” they imagine a novel human ecosystem where death and decay give way to growth and liberation.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/kyle.cornish

Untitled by Craig Cutright

8” x 12”, Acrylic on thermal bubble mailer: Much of my work explores the Black experience in some capacity, often through portraiture. This piece continues that discovery as it relates to futurism, making use of materials that lend to this theme in both purpose and aesthetics.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/craigcutright

ISOLATED SELF LOVE #1 by DANNYWOLFCHILD

Photographs: As an artist I am essentially interested in creating art that calls out to the participation of the audience to the same extent as my involvement in it. Different mediums allow me to express different ideas.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/_wolf.child_

EGO DEATH by Natasha Eziquiel-Shriro

Illustration: Transformation of reality and a higher consciousness are possible when we let go of fearing what is shrouded in mystery, darkness, or shadow.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/OkTasha

WALK AS THOUGH YOU HAVE WINGS #1 by FOREMOST

Illustration: FOREMOST is interested in exploring themes of limitless Black imagination and Black resilience. He hopes to create a new world not solely as an escape from racial disparity but to build a future rooted in freedom and love.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/4oremost

PROM by ggggrimes

Illustration: ggggrimes is a Black Queer digital artist from the Bronx, now based in Philly. Their work portrays QTPoC living happy, beautiful, and sexy lives.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/ggggrimes

BLACK TRANS LOVE by GWS

Digital illustration: “Black Trans Love” is a self-portrait of BEYONDEEP (me and my love Kei X. Griot) and represents my dream of living in peace, thriving and safe. All the media, I create is for empowerment and love.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/BEYONDEEP

NO REST IN THE WEST by Shontel Horne

Photography: No Rest in the West is a reflection on the relationship we have with autonomy and perceived freedoms during a time civil and social unrest.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/shontelhorne

LEVEL-HEADED by Khadija Jahmila

Collage: Cutting and splicing salvaged paper sources, I create surrealist collages; each, a self-preservation. The creation asserts place and space for Black, immigrant, queer, women to live in and journey towards self and communal wholeness.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/khadija.jahmila

DEEP ROOTS, THICK STEM by T.C. Lightsy

Painting: Deep Roots Thick Stem is one of several works from my Dandelion Series (2020). Using oil paint and a little bit of gold leaf, my intention was to illustrate the power and strength of the Black woman.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: https://tclightsy.com/

THE GREEN WIDOW Untitled #1 by Charlene Modeste

The Green Widow is a defiant and loving reminder that we, as co-creators of our existence, are empowered to sprout new ideas and blaze a trail to our collective healing by reconnecting to the earth and each other.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/the_green_widow

WE MATTER by Michael Riley

Illustration: Since I was young, I’ve had a passion for art, which is influenced by black culture. As I continue to develop my skills, I hope to share more of my talent with the world.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/mikey_goldie

LEVE by Laiza Graciela Fuhrmann Silva

Oil on canvas, 24”x36”: Through my art, I primarily aim to display a glorification of unconventional female forms — typically, using oil paints and clay. During the start of the pandemic, I experimented a bit with watercolor and line work to study life, form, and meditation.

I created Leve (Portuguese for weightless or light) after reading “at the dark end of the street…” by Danielle L. McGuire. In this past year, I have done a lot of thinking and research on the exploitation, and weight that black womxn have carried and continue to carry through their bodies. Generally, womxn are taught to take the least amount of space and are often shamed for how they navigate their bodies in this world. Additionally, this piece was directly inspired by a photograph of Lizzo taken by Erik Tanner. In her career, Lizzo has faced massive criticism for her confidence and expression of self and body, compared to the praise given to whiter and thinner womxn in the mainstream media. Ultimately, Leve explores the idea of weightlessness in regards to the societal conventions placed upon womxn- especially those with bigger and/or black bodies.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/laizafuhrmann

FIELD FLOWERS by Sori Sims

Illustration: Shori Sims is an artist and maker currently living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. In her work, Shori investigates Black girlhood, the power of the look, and the feminine body as a sight of racialization.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/shorisms

BREATHE EASE/STEPHON by Whitney Stanley

Photography: I like to document black contact zones and how our expressions of emotions are affected by the context.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/deannastnly

THE BALTIMORE GAS EXPLOSION by Shelby Swann (Blackkswann)

Photography: This piece, similar to my overall body of work, speaks to Black communities and our ability to come together during times of tragedy and celebration. The little girl in this image is taking window scraps that were blown out of her home to a dumpster as a result of the Baltimore gas explosion that occurred in August of this year.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/ayoswann

Opulence: Fetsayy 007 at the “We Are the Future and the Future is Fluid” Ball 2018 by Dustin Thierry

Photography: Dustin was born in Willemstad, Curaçao in 1985, and at age 14 he moved on his own to the Netherlands. His first project, Dreaming Above the Atlantic (2015-ongoing), is an intimate portrait series of people of Caribbean descent living in the Netherlands. Stemming from a personal craving to reconcile and reconnect with his own identity, the project grew into a much-needed exploration of the multiplicity of Caribbean experiences in Europe

His second project, Opulence (2013-ongoing), followed the suicide of his brother, a young polysexual man who dreamed of escaping Curaçao’s strictures and homophobia to follow Dustin to Europe. In his grief, Dustin began documenting the LGBTQ Ballroom scene across Europe. Through this, Dustin was imagining and experiencing the community his brother would have found if he had made it there, while finding a community for himself in the process.

Healing is at the heart of Dustin Thierry’s work. His projects stem from probing the internal questions he is asking of himself, as well as the external questions he asks of the world. In his approach, Dustin embodies the fact that portraiture itself is a relationship: his gaze is loving, and the result is restorative and generative for himself, his community, and society at large.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: austin.cma@gmail.com

BOUSCULANT #1 by Mia Vasquez

Photography: Mia is a Dominican, New York-based queer artist, pronouns are she/her. Her recent work BOUSCULANT is a photo documentary on emotional labor, capitalism & the Black body in the African hair braiding community. In her social documentary work, themes of immigration, identity, and liberation are often explored. She exerts intention in her body of work, using photography as a medium to raise consciousness through visual storytelling.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: miavasq.com

UNTITLED (PORTAL 17) by Matt Weathers

35mm silver gelatin print: Matt is an artist, farmer, and organizer lookin’ for portals. They encourage you to pursue portals into different realities and open some yourself.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/mataazii

Preservation of a Portrait by Adrian White

Grappling with its false allure of truth, I document the African diaspora in an effort to connect with my ancestors. Photography is a malleable medium, shaping the world through lenses and biases. History is manipulated, reconfigured to fit agendas. Their systematic extermination has been erased from history and silenced in classrooms. I remember them, I connect with them – so that we can begin to heal. I document the present. I remember the past. I imagine a utopian future. By connecting with my ancestors, I learn about myself.

If you are interested in purchasing work from this artist, follow and reach out to them here: instagram.com/adrianwhitephoto