Gallery19 is very excited to be collaborating with Chicago Artist Ervin Alex Johnson to present InHonor:Monoliths, an intensely personal mixed media photographic exhibition. Mr. Johnson’s art deals with identity, disenfranchisement, and legitimacy. His work speaks to self-acceptance and social acceptance. The artist describes his project in this way:
“InHonor is a series of photo-based mixed media portraits made to honor blackness as it exists in its various forms. More specifically, it speaks to the violence and destruction occurring across America, in the form of police brutality. The skin color is removed from each portrait and then aggressively renegotiated. Pigment stands in for an idea or preconceived notion about a particular type of human experience. That experience is culminated and summed up in a word: Black. Questions of tangibility and digital approximations of an entire race are raised. What does a digital approximation of skin color mean and what does it mean to physically remove it and reapply it? The faces are forever transformed, just as our world is, with each loss of life.”
Join us for an opening of Johnson’s #InHonor:Monoliths exhibition on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 from 5-8pm. The show will be up at the gallery May 2nd-May 7th, 2017.
Attached Image: “Victor” Photo-Based Mixed Media