On March 16th and 17th, The Art Trap House will be hosting the first ever all-black exhibition at SXSW in Austin, TX. This event is being headed by Aja Cobbs will feature African-American artists from across the United States.
One artist that was invited by Cobbs to attend this inaugural event is Anthony Mace. I met Mace back in December and not only has work continued to grow but his brand and confidence have done the same. The Anthony Mace I met at Kingpin Disco 2017 was a lot more reserved. The Anthony that I spoke to this past Sunday was not only having his first solo show but was gearing up for the next step in his career. Beyond SXSW.
SXSW didn’t just happen for Mace, he “hustled his ass off” and “manifested” everything that has happened thus far. “I want it and I’m gonna get it”, he said during our phone conversation.
I could feel his confidence over the phone. Mace’s work-rate is insane for a creator. Especially one that has decided to shy away from digital for the time being.
Being chosen to exhibit in Austin was just one of many accolades he’s accomplished and plans on accomplishing this year. “I’m focused on everything. I’m everything. Now, I’m getting paid to be myself. I’m dope and I know it. Being the on the first show is an honor but I expected it. I’m the only one from Cali, so I have to represent. I am just secure with myself and I want to inspire others to do the same.”
Whenever I’m around Anthony’s work, I rarely make eye contact with him because his work grabs me by the throat and demands my attention. The Art Trap House is only the beginning of the wave. Salute.
If you’re in Austin for SXSW 2018, Anthony Mace and 19 other up and coming African-American artists will be showing at The Art Trap House show on the 16th and 17th at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.
You can follow Mace on IG @imjustmace and Aja Cobbs and the Art Trap House @ajacobbs and @thearttraphouse.