Friday, March 20, 2015

"Open Season: The Walking Dead" and "TM" by David Butler

Artists Against Police Violence added 2 new photos. "Open Season: The Walking Dead" and "TM" by David Butler

Paintings dedicated to the loss of Trayvon Martin from the show “Forceful Perceptions” at the Kings Art Complex in Columbus, OH, featuring 13 Black artists:

Columbus Dispatch reported on the show: “The works by 13 African-American artists in central Ohio demand that viewers dig deeply and keep their eyes open at how race is internally and individually perceived, and what perceptions people of all races impose on others. Perceptions, you’ll find, are sometimes more institutionalized than their cousin — stereotypes. “This expresses the darkness, the cloud over black bodies,” said David Butler, the King Arts Complex artist in residence and curator of “Forceful Perceptions.” “Art has always been a catalyst for dialogue, period. This art takes a stance.” His 12-foot-long painting Open Season: The Walking Dead leads the show. Although the work began as a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in 2012 in Florida, the piece continued to grow after other controversial deaths of young black men. The homage to those individuals is presented alongside a painted reproduction of an Instagram photo from a protest over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Butler emphasized, though, that the show isn’t about Ferguson or black and white issues but about how the black community perceives itself as well.”

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This is a great place, it’s superb that the people at Los Angeles event venues recognize that the holiday party is the time to celebrate not only the year’s achievements, but the talent and teamwork that made those achievements possible.

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