Artist Laolu Senbanjo in a jacket of his own design. Come see his live body painting at a public pop-up.



Get Painted like Beyonce in This Dreamy Brooklyn Art Pop-Up

If you’re anything like us, you still haven’t recovered from Beyoncé‘s epic masterpiece, Lemonade. The film slash visual album, on top of being a resonant emotional experience, lifted up so much talent, introducing us to a legion of new musicians, directors, dancers, and of course, artists. Of those, one of Milk’s favorites is Laolu Senbanjo, the Nigerian-born artist, musician, human rights lawyer, and activist who practices beautiful body painting in an artistic practice that he refers to as the “Sacred Art of the Ori.” As he told Milk’s Rachel Hodin about his process, “Basically I’m going to hold your hand, stare into your face, ask you a few questions, just get to know you a little bit—get a little bit of your energy. I kind of interpret you based on my instinct. And that is what I try [to do with my] patterns. Those patterns have symbols; symbols have meaning.”

Laolu’s work as seen on Beyoncé in ‘Lemonade.’

Tomorrow, May 31st, you have the chance to see Laolu in action at a pop-up at Barclays Center, spearheaded by the artist and his management, and Milk Social Media Director Emily Spinner. Titled BROOKLYN DREAMSCAPE, the event will feature Laolu doing live body painting. Subjects will be chosen from the crowd, giving anyone the chance to be one of the his muses. The event will also incorporate a live dance performance, post-painting portraits by Lumia Nocito, and the opportunity to purchase environmentally friendly t-shirts designed by Devin James Gilmartin. Laolu’s work is both beautiful and meaningful, art that both honors his Yoruba heritage and remains steadfastly alive. Come check it out!

Come see BROOKLYN DREAMSCAPErunning from 3 PM to 8 PM at Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza on Tuesday, May 31st.

Photo by Lumia Nocito.

Special thanks to Marvin Bing, Jr.

Stay tuned to Milk for more on the installation. 

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