A few months ago we decided that it would be very interesting to do collaborative pieces.
It would be a first for me, although Ann has done other collaborative work with other artists. I enjoy venturing into the unknown, and this was certainly one of those times. No talking, and no judgment of what the other contributed allowing us to freely move into the paintings. For this exhibition we will be showing two of the pieces. We titled them “Black Bars,” and “Prison Jammed.”
My artwork also includes events of unrest, protest marches, citizen grievances and injustices, so often recognized for short periods of time and then forgotten. Archived as cold cases, to gather dust, distort our history leaving growth in a dark and forgotten place because we can’t remember, we don’t remember, and as is often quoted, “if we don’t remember the past, we are domed to repeat it.”
‘Forgetting’ is illustrated how easily our society can be molded in the most effective way
to not understand what has happened before, is happening now, and will probably continue in the future.
So I use art as a vehicle to remember our grievances of the past, the present and
for the sake of our future, I ask are we domed. To repeat those things which are not good for our Humanity? Perhaps we can have Art help us to remember.
On April 4, between the hours of 5-7 pm
there will be an informal conversation for the public to meet both of us and to learn more
about our work. Light refreshments and seating will be provided.
Let us remember our children and fellow adults, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Jordan Edwards and the men and women whose lives also ended too soon, such as Oscar Grant, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and many others, past and present. Let’s say - never forget, and remember we can do better.