The gallery presents 730, a new exhibition of painting and collage by Cameron Spratley.
The ten new works by Spratley depict Dale Earnhardt Sr’s cockpit, black & white Michael Jackson, a still from Heaven’s Gate, and seven paintings of the devil. D’Evils are meant to be a vessel for misery– protecting those in their presence from bad luck and evil spirits. Other works dive into violence, hip hop, Americana, pop culture and personal narratives. The ever present chaos reflects the schizophrenic nature of being young and black in America.
730 is a common term in rap music. It is a metaphor for the current times we’re living in and the feelings of those most affected. Using the mechanisms of racism against itself, the work is purposefully abrasive. If you can get past the surface, remove the mask, or get to know them, the vulnerabilities and references become clear. However, a relationship is required to do so.
730 opens June 13 and runs through Aug 15.
The opening reception will be held Saturday June 13 from 12pm to 11pm. All are welcome.
Pursuant to the city’s Phase 3 guidelines, there will be limited occupancy in the gallery and masks will be required.
CAMERON SPRATLEY (American, b. 1994 in Manassas, VA) lives and works in Chicago. Spratley obtained his bachelors degree in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended the Yale University at Norfolk residency, was the recipient of the Alice Cabell Horsely Parker Scholarship from Virginia Commonwealth University, and received a full tuition scholarship from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he is completing is MFA. Recent exhibitions of Spratley’s work include Botanicá (2019) at Demon Leg in New York, Angel Dust (2019) at ADA Gallery in Richmond, and GHOSTBLOOD (2017) at Valet in Richmond. In addition, this past year, Spratley collaborated with Monkey Paw Studios on the upcoming remake of Candyman, set in Chicago.
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