About Last Night: Jonathan Mannion Took Over The New Compound Gallery
The Bronx is reclaiming its rightful title as the birthplace of hip-hop culture and haven for minority artists. The Compound—a marketing agency and creative space that encourages collaboration for visionaries ranging from graphic designers to photographers—together with other artists extended their efforts for the underrepresented and opened Compound Gallery in the South Bronx Piano District. Last night, we attended the official opening “I Got A Gallery. I Got A Show.”, a title that embodies founder Set Free Richardson’s motto of collaborating with fellow creatives. The exhibit featured 40-50 artworks from noted celebrity lensman Jonathan Mannion, who photographed music industry connoisseurs such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., Yasiin Bey, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Lil Wayne, Aalyiah, 50 Cent, and Missy Elliott alongside newcomers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj.
Located walking distance from the 6 train, the head turning gallery was full of VIPs such as Compound Gallery partner Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def, Slick Rick, in addition to NY socialites and industry press. The artwork was reminiscent of early-mid 2000s album covers, photoshoots, and new superstar iconography images.
Couldn’t check out last night’s pioneering exhibition? Don’t trip; view the photos above to see what and who you missed.
Images courtesy of Yasmina Safi
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