"White Constructions", MW Fine Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016
"White Constructions", Kern Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2016
"White Constructions 2", Spacecamp Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2017
"White Constructions 3", Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2017
In white constructions I present constructions that explore notions around the calculated construction of race as it pertains to us here in the united states.
This series explores the deliberate construction of the white race and the strategic placement of white identities as superior to the rest.
In White Constructions I limit my materials to the word white cut out from black vinyl adhered on a clear surface such as glass, plastic and/or film. These transparent substrates often times implicate the architecture of the gallery in the work itself— revealing the symbiotic relationship as well as the conceptual predication between the white walls and the white constructions.
Given the abstract nature of the white construction of race in the United States I decided to employ language as a way to have us imagine the world of the ‘real’ as something that is made up through the limitations of language, in other words we create the world around us through words/language. I secretly and opening suggest to viewers that language is actually malleable flexible and limitless as opposes to perpetual permanent or static.
In White Constructions I utilize language as art in an effort to show and articulate what the construct of race in the United States looks like, and to expose the power held within words and their ability to dominate and dictate our socially constructed realities.
My hope with white constructions is that I can hopefully make a complex topic visible, palpable, approachable and encourage a timely conversation around the social construction of race, and the social implications or consequences within it for people of color.