Jan 15th 2021

Grey James: Fleurs and BlackManWhiteBaby: MockingBird

@ Bert Green Fine Art

8 S Michigan Ave Suite 620 Chicago IL 60603

Opening Friday, January 15th, from 12PM - 4PM

On view through Friday, February 26th

There will be no opening reception for this show due to COVID.

Gallery Hours Fridays 12-4 pm or by appointment Monday – Saturday. Free Admission.

RSVP requested to maintain social distancing. Face coverings required to enter the building.

Grey James’ paintings and mixed media works are concerned with the examination of specific motifs. Many of his core subjects are repeatedly and rigorously selected: the male nude, lemons, the sky, the sea, the horizon, the fleur de lys. At the center of the work is the idea of “Nothing.” As the artists observes: “there’s a lot going on in Nothing.” As banal and monotonous as that appears, there are deeper meanings that touch on age old experiences of solitude, simplicity, and the truth found in silence and the observation and contemplation of the world. Simple works presented without pretension are tremendously powerful.

BlackManWhiteBaby uses the self portrait to focus attention on the black body as a locus for the recognition of the lack of justice in American life and history. The presence of the white baby doll and the use of gender fluidity introduces a flexible, performative power to the work, allowing the artist to wield a powerful critique of cultural touchstones, which he then proceeds to demolish.

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