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“I Feel Ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” at Mana Miami

A new exhibition at Mana Miami pays homage to influential artist, musician, performer and actor André 3000 Benjamin (aka André 3000), juxtaposing his message-bearing custom jumpsuits with works by filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O’Neal. Organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the SCAD Museum of Art (SCAD MOA), the exhibition brings together for the first time 47 jumpsuits that were originally created for the 2014 worldwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Outkast, featuring slogans like “everything is temporary”, “loners get lonely too”, “passionate about compassion”, “teacher’s deserve more” and “which type of stereo are you?”.

“I Feel Ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” is, according to the organizers, an “invitation to think critically and consider rhetorical expression”, encouraging visitors to form part of an ongoing dialogue between art and fashion. André 3000 Benjamin’s jumpsuits are accompanied by “Trumpets”, a commissioned film directed by SCAD alumnus Greg Brunkalla that uses the slogans that appear on the jumpsuits in order to establish a conversation about language and context, as well as by a series of large-scale abstract paintings by painter Jimmy O’Neal, who obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from SCAD in 1989. “As I initially thought about displaying this collection, I immediately knew that I wanted to work with my longtime collaborative partners at SCAD. The diverse group of people that come to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach are the right audience to see this for the first time,” said André 3000Benjamin.

“I Feel Ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” will remain on view at Mana Miami (318 NW 23rd St., Wynwood) until December 14, 2014, and it will later travel to the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where it will be exhibited during the summer of 2015.