(October 28 - November 30, 2016) Flyer
Reflections upon a journey into an expanded studio practice and the implementation of “Passed On: Requiem for Our Ancestors”
For me struggle is the key ingredient, the fuel that drives the creative impulse. Struggle is and can be a wonderfully invigorating force for the artistic spirit. The sense of and dedication have for all of my creative years driven my creative impulse in using Images (Art) as an agent for change. However essential struggle is to my work, it is not overwhelming. I wish my work to engage the viewer in such a way that they are moved to become a better person, become engaged in the beauty and joy of life that comes through struggle. Yes, life is a struggle, but a joyous one.
This sense of struggle has always moved me to investigate issues and situations in such a way that it invariably becomes the fuel that ignites my work. As an Image-maker, I seek to create work that moves people to a better place from where they are, when they come upon my work.
An overarching element of my work is based upon the changes present in music, and music’s ever evolving colors, moods and rhythms. Ultimately, I am endeavoring to embody my work with what I call “visual music” a syncopated rhapsody of colors, shapes, symbols, and rhythms stimulating the senses and awakening the spirit; while probing issues of universal humanity, especially, issues of African humanity and by extension, the humanity of all humankind.
Struggle and agitation: "[t]he artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but rather, the reality of the force the thing contains."1
1.James Baldwin: “Nobody Knows My Name” Napoleon Jones-Henderson © 2016