Raub Welch is a gallerist, designer and an artist-friend of mine who creates wonderful collages and paintings depicting the regality of young African-American children before the turn of the century. He uses a collection of found objects, vintage accoutrements, photographs, gold paint, resin and other mixed mediums to create these vibrant and dandy pieces.
Despite all of the information that we, as the viewer, can absorb while looking at the piece, Mr. Welch always draws us back to the central figures in each piece. There is a solemnity and pride that is emitting from the faces of the young men and young women in each collage. The mixed media pieces that accompany the photographs allows us to create our own narrative for each piece. Who is this child? What did he or she dream of? Is the life that we see here the life they truly lived?
Like Mr. Welch’s artwork, we may ask the same questions of vintage furniture and accessories: What kind of person owned this piece before me? What was he or she liked? How much did they love this piece? For this edition of Art Cart, I turned to a place where I could find pieces that I would be inspired to purchase: Urban Remix Consignment in the South Loop.
The store is a woman-owned business and an antique playground for the vintage aficionado. Urban Remix Consignment, located at 1468 South Michigan Avenue, has recently entered its second year and its rapidly growing with new inventory stocked weekly. Urban Remix Consignment also hosts jewelry trunk shows and cocktail parties. After visiting the shop, I came across several items that I felt could easily compliment Mr. Welch’s wonderful collages.
The furniture pieces were for sale at the time I wrote this, but like most vintage and consignment shops, availability is not guaranteed.
The art pieces featured here are currently available for sale to private collectors of Raub Welch. As the owner of a very private gallery space, Mr. Welch does not have his gallery’s information listed. Thankfully he has a good friend in me! If you’re interested in a piece, drop me a line! *wink*