Here at projekt202, we believe what makes our company culture unique is our focus on the entire self. While we are hired to do a job and do it well, we are so much more than just engineers, designers, and marketers. We’re painters, runners, pilots, dog walkers… the list can and does go on!
One of the most meaningful ways employees celebrate their diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and passion projects is through our ENGs, or employee-led network groups.
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, our AAPI employee network group is hosting an art exhibit in partnership with MINT. Located near our Atlanta office, Big Nerd Ranch, MINT is a nonprofit art space and cultural hub that celebrates artists of all shapes and forms and its local communities.
The AAPI + MINT Exhibition
projekt202’s AAPI ENG group is incredibly proud to announce Andrew Blooms’s solo exhibition! Blooms is an Atlanta-based artist dedicated to practicing and growing as an artist. Titled “A.B.,” Blooms’s work focuses on Japanese paintings, tattoos, and clothing design.
For local Atlanta folks, the show will run from Wednesday, May 18th – Sunday, May 22nd from 11 am to 6 pm EST. The opening reception will be held Thursday, May 19th, from 6 pm to 9 pm EST.
Check out more of Blooms’s work on his Instagram and website, and view MINT’s calendar for additional upcoming events!
I believe that there is an opportunity now for this art to serve as a bridge for those who feel caught in between two worlds, as well as those who are simply interested in Asian philosophy, culture, and art.
About Andrew Blooms:
In 2015, I took a relief printmaking course through my college that sparked my interest and deep appreciation for traditional Asian art. I remember being particularly drawn to the art of Ukiyo-e, or Japanese printmaking. I couldn’t believe its simplicity, not quite understanding how something so seemingly humble could be so powerful. From that point on, I tried to emulate those woodblock print motifs in my class, and my love for Japanese printmaking and traditional Asian art began. Over the years, my passion for these art forms grew, and I began exploring the Ukiyo-e expression through drawing, painting, and eventually tattooing.
Being Taiwanese American, my art became my way of exploring a cultural part of me that had been buried deep beneath my American upbringing. Studying and emulating this art became my way of dignifying, celebrating and rediscovering my own Asian identity within my mostly American experience.
Through my paintings, I want to display the beauty, simplicity and power of traditional Asian culture within a Western context, and I believe that there is an opportunity now for this art to serve as a bridge for those who feel caught in between two worlds, as well as those who are simply interested in Asian philosophy, culture, and art. My work is my way of honoring and enjoying who I am at my core, and I hope that it might inspire others to do the same.
About Our AAPI ENG:
The projekt202 AAPI ENG is an employee-led network group that provides resources for employees of AAPI heritage and aims to foster diversity and inclusion in the workspace. Led by co-leads and members of LoAPAC (Leaders of APAC) Dhriti Bahl and Ken Hoang, the AAPI ENG sponsors events that further p202’s appreciation for the contributions of the diverse cultures of Asia. Each ENG provides a safe space for candid conversations about the important issues affecting the participants’ lives and work—in and out of the office.