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Post – Black, Post Black-Modernist, Post Black Experimental-ist

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In this month’s exhibition I have invited artist Lois Stone, and Phil Cotton to mid-career Chicago artists as a feature because each are presenting critical thought and expressing Modernism in their artwork. In their work, they have thought critically about being African American and experimenting with “Modernism” and what that means.
I want to think about artists whose work we might not consider experimental and see how the innovations in that work begin to shift the ground beneath what we think of as Black Experimentalism and modernism in the same context. 

So, what use do we find in the terminology that supposes a distinction? We know, despite this slippage in terminology, however, that Modernism as an artistic movement—embraced by a range of practitioners in literature, music, and the visual arts—is often described as a break from, and a revolt against, “Realism”. 

Intuitive Space is a collection of abstract paintings I have created in an exploration of mark-making. Decided or automatic expressions, marks are created in a push and pull manner with spontaneous movement and expression to discover, free, and reveal my own creativity. Through this process, I hope to evoke that same joy of the process to the viewer.

Areas of Investigation: Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated, set the boundaries or limits of, in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Post-modernism.