Trinidadian artist G.A. Gardner will be a part of the group exhibition “Black Male Identity: Speak My Name,” to be held at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art from November 10, 2011 until January 4, 2012. The opening reception will take place on November 10 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The museum is located at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland.
“Black Male Identity: Speak My Name” is conceptually influenced by Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, and the book’s nameless hero, who shares his personal journal in reclaiming his identity as a black male. Artists include: Lavett Ballard, Rams Brisueno, MA Booker, Eric Briscoe, David Brown, Larry Brown, Brandon Buckson, Schroeder Cherry, Colette Veasey-Cullors, Jenai Davis, Thommy Davis, Bobby English, Matthew Freel, Garth Gardner, David Allen Harris, Winston Harris, John Holyfield, Guy Jones, Tiffany Jones, Ursula Cain-Jordan, Joe Lewis, Fletcher Mackey, Charles McGill, Ashley Milburn, Jefferson Pinder, Ernest Shaw, Amy Sherald, Frank Smith, Sulaymaan, Ken Royster and Tobechi Tobechukwu.
G.A. Gardner earned a doctorate in Art Education at Ohio State University. About his artistic process, Gardner writes, “My work is about the expression of color. I create art that educates about the complexity of color and its effects on form, in our surroundings. The extreme colors and textures of the earth or the abstractions, transparency and layering of organic formations, all inspire me to explore and create. In essence my work is not abstract rather it is a representation of abstract subjects in our environment.”
Shown here: G.A. Gardner’s “PPS 101”