Photo by Greg Cristman
Darryl Jenifer Talks Bad Brains, Artwork In New Interview
Relive the opening night of Darryl Jenifer's "Mind Power."
On June 8, Bad Brains' Darryl Jenifer hosted the opening of his MIND POWER art exhibition at Okay Space, our art gallery located in the front of Okayplayer and OkayAfrica's headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. The show features 32 new works from Darryl as well as five Shepard Fairey Bad Brains inspired originals, plus Bad Brains career spanning photography from Lucian Perkins, John Mousheghian and Craig Wetherby. The opening night included a very special surprise performance from Bad Brains, with the group going through songs such as “Banned in D.C.,” “Jah Love,” “Youth Are Getting Restless,” and “Re-Ignition.”
Now, for those of you that were in attendance (and for those that weren't) you can can now check out the video (above) which recaps the night's performances and includes an interview with Jenifer as he discusses the difference between making music and art, what inspires him, his life as part of the Bad Brains family.
Couldn't make the opening? The running exhibition continues through August 9 and on Wednesday, July 26, we will be hosting an artist talk with Darryl. RSVP to save the date mindpower.splashthat.com.
In the meantime, we have also just launched a limited edition t-shirt designed by our friends at Rockers NYC. This Okayplayer exclusive is limited edition of 40 pieces, commemorating 40 years of Bad Brains. The design features photographs of original band members Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know, H.R., and Earl Hudson taken by Bad Brains cohort John Mousheghian.
Additionally, there are still "Brain Storm"giclée prints available out of the edition of 40 signed and numbered by Darryl.
"We knew each other before Bad Brains so it's like a family — big brother, little brother, and we played music other than punk rock and all that before," Jenifer says in the video. "So it's just a family — it's all we know, it's all I know, it's what I do, it's what I've done for most of my adult life. It's what I live."
For a full catalog from the show, please email space at okayplayer dot com and come by Okay Space gallery to see it all in person Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 281 North 7th Street, Suite #1, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11211.